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Ward high on Sunset Glow ahead of BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Wesley Ward is thrilled with the way Sunset Glow is heading into the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Read More...

American Pharoah works for BC Juvenile

DRF | 1 week ago
American Pharoah, trainer Bob Baffert’s leading 2-year-old, worked six furlongs in 1:11.80 on Tuesday at Santa Anita, preparing for the BC Juvenile on Nov. 1. Read More...

Desormeaux hopes to return ahead of Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
Kent Desormeaux is eager for a comeback. Read More...

Shared Belief picks up pace in breeze for BC Classic

DRF | 1 week ago
After an easy half-mile drill last week, Shared Belief picked up the pace this week with a sharp five-furlong drill in 1:00.60 on Tuesday at Golden Gate Fields, the second of four scheduled workouts he will have prior to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Big Macher coming into Sprint fresh

DRF | 1 week ago
Big Macher may be one of the best-kept secrets in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Idle since an uncharacteristically poor sixth-place finish in the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien at Del Mar on Aug. 24, Big Macher will come into the Sprint a fresh horse off a series of swift works that includes six furlongs in 1:11.40 on Monday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Sweet Reason back on track after eye injury

DRF | 1 week ago
Sweet Reason is back on target for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint after recovering from an eye injury suffered in her runner-up finish behind Untapable in the Sept. 20 Cotillion at Parx. Read More...

Tonalist gets an easy tune-up

DRF | 1 week ago
Three of the potential starters in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 1 at Santa Anita worked at two different tracks on Monday morning, with Tonalist and Cigar Street tuning up at Belmont Park, while in California, Footbridge drilled at Santa Anita. Read More...

Leading contenders dot the work tab

DRF | 1 week ago
Two fillies that will keep the pace honest in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff worked five furlongs within minutes of each other Monday morning at Santa Anita, while a turf specialist has joined the list of possible starters. Read More...

Wise Dan injured, will miss Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
Wise Dan, a two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, will miss the 2014 Mile because of an injured ankle. Read More...

Battaglia won’t work Breeders’ Cup broadcast for NBC

DRF | 1 week ago
Mike Battaglia, part of major racing broadcasts on NBC for more than 20 years, said recently at Keeneland that he will not be working the upcoming Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita and instead will call the races live at Churchill Downs while Larry Collmus is on leave. Read More...

Mandella prefers Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint for Silentio

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Silentio will race in sprints this autumn, with the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 the next goal for the 5-year-old horse. Read More...

Untapable, Tapiture tune up for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen has sent six horses to California, all for the Breeders’ Cup, and on Sunday morning at Santa Anita, he worked the best of them, Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable -- who is preparing for the Distaff -- as well as Tapiture, who will go in either the Dirt Mile or the Classic. Read More...

Moulin de Mougin will miss Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Moulin de Mougin, the winner of the Grade 2 John Mabee Stakes in August but who went down in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes on Sept. 27, will miss the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

California Chrome shows signs of progress

DRF | 2 weeks ago
California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby winner, continued his encouraging training regimen on Saturday when he worked five furlongs here at Los Alamitos in 59.60 seconds, a drill that had both trainer Art Sherman and jockey Victor Espinoza believing he was headed in the right direction for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic three weeks away at Santa Anita. Read More...

Sadler encouraged by how Candy Boy is working

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Candy Boy and Sweet Swap, two of trainer John Sadler’s hopes for Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 1, worked at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Fast Anna, Little Alexis work towards Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainers Kathy Ritvo and Carlo Vaccarezza were all smiles after watching their Breeders’ Cup candidates Fast Anna and Little Alexis work over a very quick main track Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park.. Read More...

Lochte gets allowance test before Breeders’ Cup Mile decision

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Marcus Vitali said his Grade 1 winner Lochte could use Sunday’s $44,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park West as a springboard to a possible start in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Rainha Da Bateria earns way into Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Rainha Da Bateria earned an expenses-paid berth in the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with a win in the Grade 3 Jessamine at Keeneland on Wednesday. Read More...

Rainha De Bateria goes from last to first in Jessamine

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Rainha De Bateria rallied from last to earn her way to the Breeders’ Cup with a 1 1/2-length triumph Wednesday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Jessamine Stakes on the Keeneland turf. Read More...

Texas Red the bargain baby of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile field

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Among a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile field that will include a $1.6 million purchase and several others that brought six figures at auction, there is Texas Red, a son of Afleet Alex who sold for a mere $17,000. Read More...

Ritvo returning to Breeders’ Cup with swift Fast Anna

DRF | 2 weeks ago
One year after making Breeders’ Cup history by becoming the first woman to saddle the winner of the Classic, Kathy Ritvo is headed back to Santa Anita. Read More...

Head feels Anodin will fit well at Santa Anita

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Anodin, who finished fifth Oct. 5 in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp, remains on course to start in the Breedres' Cup Mile, trainer Freddy Head said. Read More...

Close Hatches staying the Breeders’ Cup Distaff course

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The top New York-based candidates for the Breeder’s Cup Distaff will be equine riddles if they ship to California later this month. Read More...

Cristina’s Journey gets ample time to acclimate to California

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Cristina’s Journey punched her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies by winning the Grade 2 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs on Sept. 6. She hasn’t raced since but trainer Dale Romans is comfortable training her up to the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Bayern, Majestic Harbor, Imperative work for BC Classic

DRF | 2 weeks ago
With all the final major prep races completed for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, all that is left now is for the race’s prospects to complete their series of workouts for the Classic, and on Wednesday at Santa Anita, three Classic contenders worked for the first time since their most recent starts. Read More...

Goldencents likely to be on lead in BC Dirt Mile

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Given that Santa Anita has an all-new dirt track, it’s purely conjecture whether there will be a reprise of last year’s pronounced inside-speed bias on Breeders’ Cup Friday, one which helped the front-running Goldencents become the first Dirt Mile winner to stretch out successfully from a shorter race. Read More...

International Star, Conquest Typhoon head to BC Juvenile Turf off one-two finish in Grey

DRF | 2 weeks ago
There are many paths to the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, but at least two leading contenders for the Oct. 31 race at Santa Anita will be coming out of an unlikely prep. Read More...

Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup could produce Breeders’ Cup contenders

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The lone Grade 1 race in North America this weekend – Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland – is among the most prestigious grass races for 3-year-old fillies. But it doesn’t carry the Breeders’ Cup significance of races such as the Rodeo Drive and Flower Bowl, races for older mares that serve as the primary U.S. preps for the Filly and Mare Turf, which will be run Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Read More...

BC Turf: Woodbine turf condition will help decide Big Blue Kitten’s next start

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Big Blue Kitten may be the lone representative in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Chad Brown. Read More...

Shared Belief back on work tab

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Shared Belief, the ante-post favorite for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, worked a half-mile in 50.80 seconds on Tuesday morning at Golden Gate Fields, his first drill since overcoming an eventful trip to capture the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 27. Read More...

Women in Racing: The View From Here

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Lawn Ranger improving ahead of BC Juvenile Turf

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The winners of last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup challenge races for the Grade 1, $1 million Juvenile Turf appear headed in different directions. Lawn Ranger, who won the Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland, is on board for the Breeders’ Cup, while Full Mast, placed first in the Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp, is calling it a season. Read More...

Pletcher-Baffert matchup looms in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The landscape of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile field changed over the weekend, but one thing that remained the same is trainers Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher will once again be front and center in the $2 million race. Read More...

BC Distaff: Race shape changes after Spinster flop by Close Hatches

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The field for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff was expected to be trimmed, and the odds for early favorite Close Hatches were expected to drop. Instead, the opposite occurred over the weekend. Read More...

Her Emmynency bona-fide contender for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Her Emmynency stamped herself as a serious contender for the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with an impressive win in the $100,000 Surfer Girl at Santa Anita Sunday. Read More...

Wise Dan finds himself in familiar role of Breeders’ Cup Mile favorite

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Wise Dan has been favored in his last 17 starts and an odds-on favorite in 15 of them, and after winning the Shadwell Turf Mile by one length Saturday, he will be favored again when he tries to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile for the third straight year. Read More...

Sims gets first crack at Breeders’ Cup with Don’t Tell Sophia

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Phil Sims now can lay claim to two of the most prestigious races at his home track, and that’s all right with him. Sims, based at Keeneland since 1980, won the Grade 1 Spinster on Sunday with Don’t Tell Sophia, bookending his 2009 win in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup with Hot Cha Cha. Read More...

Top three from Prix de l’Opera likely to pass

DRF | 2 weeks ago
For all the drama and excitement of Sunday’s Group 1 Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp – in which the top four finishers were three necks apart – the race, at least in the immediate wake of the running, seemingly did little to alter the European cast expected to participate in the Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita
The winner, We Are, earned an entry- and expense-paid berth in the Filly and Mare Turf under the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In Challenge race program, but trainer Freddie Head reportedly is not keen to try the race. Read More...

Longshots enter the picture in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Rain played havoc with the racing surfaces for the final major Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies preps last weekend, and the results were a pair of longshot winners in the Alcibiades and Frizette. Read More...

Candy Boy joins parade of 3-year-olds

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The prospective field for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, already dominated with 3-year-olds, has gained another potential starter from that class in Candy Boy, who worked a half-mile in 47.80 seconds on Saturday at Santa Anita in his first drill since finishing third in the Pennsylvania Derby. Read More...

Leigh Court now a major contender

DRF | 2 weeks ago
An eventful weekend gave further definition to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, with Leigh Court emerging as a major contender and Judy the Beauty and Sweet Reason being committed to the seven-furlong race by their connections. Read More...

What Next for O’Neill? Possibly a Lengthy Suspension in California

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Flintshire is early Breeders’ Cup Turf favorite

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The European contingent for the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf strengthened on Sunday when Flintshire ran second to Treve in the $6.2 million Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Read More...

Quality Rocks lukewarm favorite in Jessamine Stakes

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The eighth and last Breeders' Cup Win and You’re In event at the Keeneland fall meet will kick off the first five-day week of racing action when a field of nine 2-year-old fillies lines up Wednesday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Jessamine Stakes. Read More...

Rich Tapestry, Work All Week enter Breeders’ Cup Sprint picture

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The starting lineup for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Sprint gained a couple of new players last weekend in Rich Tapestry and Work All Week, speedsters who couldn’t have come from more diverse backgrounds. Read More...

Her Emmynency handles turf just fine in Surfer Girl

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Sent off favored in the Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa An, Her Emmynency ran a mile on turf in 1:34.77, winning by 2 3/4 lengths over She’s Complete. Read More...

Luck of the Kitten looks set to try Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Luck of the Kitten has been on the move throughout his career, but he it looks like he will be putting down roots in Southern California for the next month, because his victory in the $101,250 Zuma Beach Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita should earn him spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf for 2-year-olds on Oct. 31. Read More...

Don’t Tell Sophia takes Spinster; Close Hatches fades to fourth

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Don’t Tell Sophia rolled from last for a 2 1/2-length victory Sunday in the 59th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland while Close Hatches was defeated for the first time this year when laboring home fourth as the 1-5 favorite. Read More...

Lawn Ranger scores at 12-1 in Bourbon Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Lawn Ranger got a great stalking trip behind a pair of longshot front-runners before seizing command approaching the furlong pole and holding sway down the stretch to pull a 12-1 upset Sunday in the Grade 3, $250,000 Bourbon Stakes on the Keeneland turf. Read More...

Big Bane Theory may not be pointed to Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
A win by Big Bane Theory in the Grade 2 City of Hope Stakes for turf milers at Santa Anita on Saturday may not result in an automatic appearance in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 1. Read More...