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Beholder by a nose over Songbird in thrilling Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 9 months ago
A champion mare produced a storybook ending to an amazing five-year career Friday at Santa Anita. Beholder, the 6-year-old making her 26th and final start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff, wore down the previously undefeated Songbird in a stretch-long street fight to win by a nose in a race for the ages. Read More...

Traynor leads after Day 1 in bid for second Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge title

DRF | 9 months ago
Bob Traynor, a 55-year-old packaging sales rep from Oceanside, Calif., is in the lead at the end of Day 1 of the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Traynor, who won the event in 2014 when it was held at Santa Anita, sits in first with $47,300. His big win came in the final Breeders’ Cup race on Friday, the Distaff, won in thrilling fashion by Beholder in a nose photo over Songbird. Read More...

Handle on Breeders’ Cup Friday races up 5.2 percent

DRF | 9 months ago
Total handle on the four Breeders’ Cup races held Friday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., was up 5.2 percent despite a significant drop in the number of runners in the races, according to charts. Read More...

For Smith, another heartbreaking loss with a previously undefeated superstar

DRF | 9 months ago
Mike Smith has been here before. While Smith is the all-time leader in wins in Breeders’ Cup history, he may also be the leader in heartbreaking defeats. Six years after Smith lost a heartbreaker in the Breeders’ Cup Classic when the previously undefeated Zenyatta fell a head short to Blame, Smith was on the short end of another photo finish in Friday’s $2 million Distaff at Santa Anita, where the previously undefeated Songbird lost by a nose to Beholder. Read More...

New Money Honey gets paid in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 9 months ago
New Money Honey is rapidly developing a diverse portfolio. A 2-year-old filly, New Money Honey won her stakes debut and recorded her first victory in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes on a yielding turf course at Belmont Park on Oct. 2, her second career start. On Friday at Santa Anita, New Money Honey won her Grade 1 debut in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on a firm course at Santa Anita. Read More...

Tamarkuz gets his Grade 1 win in Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

DRF | 9 months ago
Tamarkuz was fed a steady diet of one-turn races throughout his career, but in his 20th and perhaps final career start, he successfully stretched out around two turns to win the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Friday at Santa Anita, scoring an 11-1 upset over the likes of Dortmund, Gun Runner, and Runhappy. Read More...

Oscar Performance takes a bow in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF | 9 months ago
Oscar Performance acted like a good horse from the time he was broken to saddle, and on Friday at Santa Anita, he was the leading man in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, tracking the pacesetting Wellabled, bursting to the front, and going on to a 1 1/4-length win over Lancaster Bomber and a tough-luck Good Samaritan. Read More...

King: How I’ll play Santa Anita for Saturday, Nov. 5

DRF | 9 months ago
DRF handicapper Byron King outlines his strategy for playing the early pick five on Saturday's card at Santa Anita. Read More...

Paulick Report 11/4 News Minute

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Bernier: How I’ll play Santa Anita for Saturday, Nov. 5

DRF | 9 months ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier outlines his strategy for playing the late pick four on Saturday's card at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup contenders pledge winnings to New Vocations’ aftercare efforts

DRF | 9 months ago
A number of owners and trainers will be supporting New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championship purse earnings to New Vocations, which rehabilitates, retrain, and rehomes retired racehorses. This will be the seventh year owners and trainers have donated a percentage of their Breeders’ Cup purse earnings, and so far from such efforts more than $380,000 has been raised, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s aftercare efforts. Read More...

Minor injury forces Victory to Victory out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 9 months ago
Victory to Victory was scratched from Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita because of a splint bone injury, trainer Mark Casse said. Read More...

The Haiku Handicapper: 2016 Breeders’ Cup selections

DRF | 9 months ago
DRF sales editor Joe Nevills analyzes each race of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Roughies: Longshots That Might Just Make Your Day

Since I've just returned from Australia, the word “roughies” is stuck in my head. That's what they call longshots Down Under. But no matter what term you use, the Breeders' Cup is one of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hersh: Santa Anita Breeders’ Cup pick four play for Friday

DRF | 9 months ago
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Paulick Report 11/3 News Minute

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Peck: Santa Anita pick five for Breeders’ Cup Friday

DRF | 9 months ago
The lone pick five of the day on Breeders' Cup Friday starts in race 1, perhaps the most wide-open race of the sequence. The enclosed TicketMaker play is for $74, but I will play the "A" ticket twice for a total bet of $86. Read More...

Beer: DRF Bets ‘Hit It or Split It’ Breeders’ Cup analysis

DRF | 9 months ago
From a gambling perspective, the two-day Breeders’ Cup extravaganza, which offers 13 races for top horses in all divisions, is always among the best times of the year to look for prices and to try to make scores. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Key contenders

DRF | 9 months ago
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Illman: ‘Hit It or Split It’ Breeders’ Cup analysis

DRF | 9 months ago
Dan Illman's analysis for the DRF Bets "Hit It or Split It" promotion on Breeders' Cup Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Key contenders

DRF | 9 months ago
Key contenders for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Read More...

Clocker: O’Brien horses stretch their legs

DRF | 9 months ago
The first local appearance of trainer Aidan O'Brien's large and imposing Breeders' Cup contingent, led by Turf favorites Found and Highland Reel, highlighted Thursday morning's training session at Santa Anita. Read More...

Chrome-plated Classic caps title-deciding Breeders’ Cup card

DRF | 9 months ago
California Chrome heads a $6 million Classic that closes the two days of racing at Santa Anita for the 33rd Breeders' Cup. A victory by him would make him 7 for 7 this year, and likely a unanimous choice as Horse of the Year. The entire card, though, has championship implications. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile a stallion-making race

DRF | 9 months ago
Managers of major stud farms know the Breeders' Cup Juvenile is a fertile hunting ground for stallion prospects, so they will closely watch Saturday's race at Santa Anita. Read More...

Lord Nelson scratched from Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 9 months ago
Lord Nelson, the 5-2 morning-line second choice, had to be scratched from Saturday’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint after having to be treated for an infection in his right foreleg, his connections announced Thursday. Read More...

Hovdey: All together, BC females are stronger than ever

DRF | 9 months ago
The story of the 2016 Breeders' Cup already may have been written by the half-dozen world-class fillies and mares who have made this party something to remember. Never before has the Santa Anita Park backstretch been home to such depth of female talent. A stroll through the stables is like walking a wing of the Louvre, with masterpiece after masterpiece staring down from the walls. Read More...

Suedois injury opens spot for Green Mask in Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

DRF | 9 months ago
Suedois sustained a stress fracture of a foreleg during a turf gallop Thursday and has been withdrawn from the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile: Key contenders

DRF | 9 months ago
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Watchmaker: How I’d play the Breeders’ Cup Ultra Pick Six

DRF | 9 months ago
I’ll offer three different plays for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Ultra Pick Six. One will be a main/backup sort of play, and the others will be straight up caveman plays, where you lose a couple of horses for greater protection. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Key contenders

DRF | 9 months ago
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Breeders’ Cup Mile: Tepin has work cut out for her in repeat bid

DRF | 9 months ago
You hear a lot about the multiple Breeders' Cup Mile winners: Miesque in 1988, Lure in '93, Da Hoss in '98 after his win in '96, Goldikova in 2009 and 2010, Wise Dan in 2013. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Baffert has one-two punch

DRF | 9 months ago
From what seems to be an extremely well-matched field of 12 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, perhaps there will be a filly to go on to match the feats of such greats as Open Mind, Go for Wand, Silverbulletday, Storm Flag Flying, Beholder, Songbird, and all the others who have used the Juvenile Fillies as a stepping-stone to stardom. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Found primed for repeat win

DRF | 9 months ago
Autumn is the right time of year for Found, the only filly in Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: California Chrome poised to complete perfect season

DRF | 9 months ago
Before the year started, those associated with California Chrome mapped out an itinerary for 2016, and thus far they've hit every planned stop, with nary a misstep. The $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita was the year-end goal, and California Chrome comes into it in the best form of his career. Read More...

Alan Sherman has been California Chrome’s constant companion

DRF | 9 months ago
When California Chrome was sent by van from his home at Los Alamitos to Santa Anita last Sunday in advance of Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic, it was Alan Sherman who rode with him and got him settled in to his temporary quarters. When California Chrome spent two months in Dubai earlier this year, it was Alan Sherman who was there the entire time there, overseeing the day-to-day care. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Baffert well positioned to collect fifth victory

DRF | 9 months ago
Bob Baffert has already won the Breeders' Cup Sprint a record four times, and on Saturday stands a pretty good chance of adding to that impressive mark when he sends out Lord Nelson and Drefong against a small but extremely talented field in the 2016 edition of the six-furlong Sprint. Read More...

Klavarich Stables gets three shots at Breeders’ Cup breakthrough

DRF | 9 months ago
Seth Klarman is one of the most successful investors in the world, so much so he's earned the moniker “The Next Warren Buffett.” In racing, the stock of his Klaravich Stables also is on the rise and could potentially peak at this weekend's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly-Mare Sprint: How will complex race with baker’s dozen unfold?

DRF | 9 months ago
The Filly and Mare Sprint is one of the more vexing handicapping puzzles of the entire 2016 Breeders' Cup. For one, there's no obvious pacesetter among the field of 13. Read More...

Sherman grateful he’s gotten to train superstar California Chrome

DRF | 9 months ago
As the celebrated trainer of a celebrated horse, California Chrome, Art Sherman has jetted to places like Dubai and London. But as that run nears its end, Sherman reflected on what California Chrome has meant to him, marveling at the good fortune that came his way so late in his training career. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Little to dislike about Not This Time

DRF | 9 months ago
Trainer Dale Romans has been telling anyone who listens that he believes Not This Time could be the best horse he has ever trained.Not This Time will certainly have to bring his best if he wants to win Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Saturday: History in corner of foreign invaders

DRF | 9 months ago
Eighteen horses – 17 from Ireland, England, and France, one from Japan – were shipped overseas in the last week to start Saturday in the four Breeders' Cup turf races. If history is any guide, they will win at least one of them. Not since 2007 at Monmouth Park has the Saturday Breeders' Cup program passed without an international winner. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Course experience a big edge

DRF | 9 months ago
The $1 million Turf Sprint on Saturday may be the most wide open of any of the 13 Breeders' Cup races this week at Santa Anita, with a full field of 14 flying about 6 1/2 furlongs down the hillside course. But many handicappers feel they can quickly narrow the race down to only four contenders –the horses that already have competed over the quirky course. Read More...

Can Frosted get the Classic distance?

DRF | 9 months ago
Among the many questions for handicappers to ponder in analyzing the Breeders' Cup Classic is the following: Can Frosted be effective at 1 1/4 miles against horses of this elite caliber? Let's examine his race record and pedigree in search of an answer. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf: Lady Eli looking better than ever

DRF | 9 months ago
Overshadowed by her battle to overcome laminitis is the fact Lady Eli has run faster Beyer Speed Figures this year at 4 than she did when she won her first six starts at ages 2 and 3. Lady Eli will have to keep that ascension going when she takes on some of the world's top turf fillies and mares in Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup clocker: Melatonin becomes workaholic ahead of Classic

DRF | 9 months ago
A cool, crisp morning for Breeders' Cup horses training at Santa Anita on Wednesday was marred at the very end when Metaboss was pulled up by his rider near the quarter pole during a routing gallop over the turf course and was vanned off with a career-ending injury. Read More...

Kids to the Cup charity revived

DRF | 9 months ago
Kids to the Cup (KTTC), the organization founded by the late owner and breeder Trudy McCaffery to expose children and teens to the racing industry, is being relaunched under new leadership. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Key contenders

DRF | 9 months ago
Key contenders for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic Read More...

DRF creates wagering app

DRF | 9 months ago
Daily Racing Form Inc. has launched an app that allows customers of its betting platform to place bets on an iPhone, the company announced Wednesday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Injury ends career of Metaboss

DRF | 9 months ago
Metaboss, a longshot entrant in Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita, was retired on Wednesday after sustaining a sesamoid injury while galloping on the turf course, trainer Phil D'Amato said. Read More...

Paulick Report 11/2 News Minute

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