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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf wagering strategy

DRF | 2 months ago
The full field for the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf is such a well-matched group that it’s difficult to narrow the options down to just a handful of runners. There are 10 stakes winners entered, and of them, seven have accounted for group or graded races. In addition, eight entrants last raced in Europe. It makes for a tough handicapping assignment, but the tradeoff is price. Below is one breakdown on the chief players for the one-mile turf race. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile wagering strategy

DRF | 2 months ago
DRF handicapper Dave Litfin gives his insight on how to bet the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Read More...

Aktabantay scratched from Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF | 2 months ago
Aktabantay is out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf after suffering a foot injury, trainer Hugo Palmer announced. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff wagering strategy

DRF | 2 months ago
Clearly, any discussion of the 2014 running of Friday's Breeders' Cup Distaff has to revolve around impressions of Untapable, who will go into the gate as the favorite. Read More...

California Chrome runs for the gold

DRF | 2 months ago
To suggest that Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is the top draw on Breeders’ Cup weekend is only a slight exaggeration. Read More...

Trainers hope to get off Breeders’ Cup duck

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainers Mark Casse, Christophe Clement, Ken McPeek, John Sadler, and Wesley Ward have won a lot of races in their careers. Oddly enough, none of the quintet has won a Breeders’ Cup race. Read More...

Eye protection for Sweet Reason

DRF | 2 months ago
Sweet Reason will be equipped with a transparent green bubble over her right eye Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint because of an injury she incurred in her last race, the Sept. 20 Cotillion at Parx. Read More...

Velazquez hopes to cap comeback year with Breeders’ Cup success

DRF | 2 months ago
“So, what are you planning to do? You going back?” The questions, posed to him by his wife, Leona, caught John Velazquez by surprise. They came last November, a few weeks after Velazquez was seriously injured in a spill at Santa Anita early on Breeders’ Cup Saturday. Among other issues, Velazquez had to undergo surgery to remove his spleen. Read More...

Europeans figure prominently in Breeders’ Cup turf events

DRF | 2 months ago
This year’s European contingent on Saturday at the Breeders' Cup is long, and it is strong. Let’s take a look, race by race, listed in post position order, at the European invasion. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic wagering strategy

DRF | 2 months ago
The undefeated Shared Belief is going to be the clear-cut favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and even his detractors (Are there any? How could there be?) would probably concede that it is impossible to rule him out of the number, whether you are engaging in horizontal or vertical wagers. Read More...

Trainer Murphy makes most of life-changing betting score

DRF | 2 months ago
Anyone who dreams of a life-changing journey to the races has an idol in Breeders’ Cup trainer Conor Murphy. Murphy, who starts Dimension in Saturday’s $1 million BC Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, is proof anything is possible in the world of race betting. Read More...

Shared Belief leads the way in battle for Breeders’ Cup immortality

DRF | 2 months ago
After Shared Belief won his first start at Golden Gate Fields on Aug. 19, 2013, he was transferred to the Hollywood Park barn of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who was informed the horse was for sale. Hollendorfer asked Marty Wygod, who bred and owned Shared Belief, if he could have the first crack at buying the horse. Read More...

Litfin: Santa Anita pick four play for Friday, Oct. 31

DRF | 2 months ago
It sure seems like the 2-year-old grass races with 14-horse fields are the spots to cast a wide net in the Breeders’ Cup Friday pick four, while there is considerably more to go on in the Dirt Mile and Distaff. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf wagering strategy

DRF | 2 months ago
SUNSET GLOW is the deserving 7-2 morning-line favorite, but she has history working against her as the favorite hasn’t won the Juvenile Fillies Turf since it was established in 2008. She also reportedly did not eat up after arriving in California, and trainer Wesley Ward altered her training schedule, missing a planned workout. Daily Racing Form’s Mile Welsch also mentioned she looked listless on the track in one of his clocker reports. Despite her excellent record, she looks vulnerable in what appears to be a wide-open race. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint wagering strategy

DRF | 2 months ago
A deep search for the true speed in this fascinating renewal of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint finds this conclusion: It should very well be Stonetastic (#3), hurried up the rail by Paco Lopez, followed closely by a trio of mid-drawn runners: Artemis Agrotera (#5), Leigh Court (#6), and Judy the Beauty (#7). Read More...

Breeders’ Cup, NBC extend broadcast deal

DRF | 2 months ago
The Breeders’ Cup will be televised on NBC’s networks through 2025 under a 10-year extension to a current agreement, the companies announced Thursday. Read More...

On the Ground at Breeders’ Cup: Standouts and Longshots?

The anticipation is building at Santa Anita Park for Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The track’s famous Clockers’ Corner is buzzing each morning with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

History says Toronado is vulnerable favorite in BC Mile

DRF | 2 months ago
If it is like father, like son, the favorite for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile, Toronado, is in trouble.
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Speed rules the BC Sprint, but there is no clear standout

DRF | 2 months ago
The 2014 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita is packed with full and wide-open fields, none more so than the $1.5 million Sprint on Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Al Stall has started seven horses over four Breeders’ Cup events. Only once has he run a horse when the event was held outside of his home base at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Crist: Take pair of 3-year-olds with best odds in Classic

DRF | 2 months ago
I prefer Tonalist and Bayern to the two favorites, Shared Belief and California Chrome, among the 3-year-olds in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Read More...

Juvenile Fillies: Stall thinks Top Decile deserves higher rating

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Al Stall is making a return trip to Southern California, where he will start Top Decile in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. She is listed at 10-1 on the morning line, but her two races suggest she should be a shorter price than that. Read More...

Main Sequence tries to topple Euros in BC Turf

DRF | 2 months ago
Main Sequence is America’s leading hope for Saturday’s $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

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Breeders’ CUp Turf analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
DRF handicappers Mike Watchmaker, Byron Ki ng and Brad Free give their analysis of the Breeders' Cup Turf. Read More...

Multiple contenders difficult to separate in BC F-M Sprint

DRF | 2 months ago
Judy the Beauty, unraced since winning her last start in August, is a lukewarm morning-line choice in a field for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint that also includes Artemis Agrotera, Sweet Reason, and Leigh Court as likely favorites. Read More...

Strength of Breeders’ Cup Classic is in 3-year-olds

DRF | 2 months ago
he kids are all right. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome and Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist both look like viable candidates to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita. Yet the favorite is another member of this year’s 3-year-old crop, Shared Belief, and so is the expected pacesetter, Bayern. Read More...

England-based Moore feeling right at home

DRF | 2 months ago
There really is no close approximation of the Santa Anita turf course among the regular circuit of racecourses in Europe. Two tight turns and grass cut short as a pool tabletop are not conditions to be found overseas, and there have been European jockeys surprised and overwhelmed by the demands of the smaller American ovals, Santa Anita in particular, upon riding Breeders’ Cup races with foreign horses. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile wagering strategy

DRF | 2 months ago
TORONADO spent the summer hanging out with all the cool kids in Europe. He started the year by winning the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, then finished second to the mighty Kingman in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, and was second by just a head to the late-season upstart Charm Spirit in the Prix du Moulin de Longhchamp in Paris. Those results have made him a deserving favorite in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hovdey: Three Breeders’ Cup shots for Desormeaux et frere

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Keith Desormeaux will take three shots at Breeders' Cup glory with his brother, jockey Kent, in the saddle. Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Coolmore shipper intriguing longshot in Juvenile

DRF | 2 months ago
Given the choice between starting Coolmore colorbearer The Great War in either the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile or the Juvenile Turf, the partnership selected the former. It’s by far the taller order for the colt, a minor stakes winner in Europe who has raced exclusively on turf and never beyond 6 1/2 furlongs. Still, The Great War has a dirt-leaning pedigree with enough stamina influences to make him an intriguing longshot in a Juvenile field that lost favored American Pharoah to lameness on Tuesday, leaving a wide-open group of colts with some major distance questions Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Juvenile Fillies favorite Angela Renee stands out

DRF | 2 months ago
The field for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies includes three entrants – Angela Renee, Cristina’s Journey, and Puca – who already have won at the race distance of 1 1/16 miles. Angela Renee's score in the Grade 1 Chandelier at Santa Anita on Sept. 27 will likely make her the favorite in the Juvenile Fillies. What’s more, that filly’s bloodlines make her even more formidable in the race that will likely determine year-end divisional championship honors. Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Juddmonte holds strong hand with Commemorative in Juvenile Turf

DRF | 2 months ago
Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farm has shone at the Breeders’ Cup, capturing four races with homebreds. The operation has an excellent chance to add another victory with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf entrant Commemorative. The Zamindar colt is from the family of several high-class turf routers, including two of Juddmonte’s champions. Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Europeans stand out in Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 2 months ago
Given European shippers’ past history of dominance in Breeders’ Cup races contested on turf, those handicapping Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies turf must give primary consideration to the quartet of 2-year-old fillies making the trip across the pond to the Santa Anita starting gate. Several members of the group have already won or placed in stakes overseas, and sport pedigrees highly slanted toward turf success. Read More...

Asmussen rises above the storm

DRF | 2 months ago
After a tumultuous spring, Steve Asmussen arrives at the Breeders' Cup with his filly Untapable the solid favorite for the $2 million Distaff. Read More...

Smith shows no signs of slowing with nine Breeders’ Cup mounts

DRF | 2 months ago
The Breeders’ Cup is never far from Mike Smith’s mind. The Hall of Fame jockey seldom encounters a group of racing fans without someone mentioning his win on the famous mare Zenyatta in the 2009 BC Classic at Santa Anita. Read More...

Effort to market Breeders’ Cup overseas proving worthwhile, expensive

DRF | 2 months ago
At this point, the paucity of shippers from Europe and elsewhere out of the Breeders' Cup Challenge program isn’t a big concern for Breeders’ Cup, accoding to Josh Christian, Breeders' Cup's director of rracing. Read More...

Crist: Playable pick four spices up Friday BC card

DRF | 2 months ago
With the elimination of the Juvenile Sprint last year and the Marathon this year, Breeders’ Cup Friday is down to four races, and they are largely devoid of championship implications. They do, however, comprise a very playable pick-4 that concludes with a showdown between two fillies who probably have already clinched Eclipse Awards. Read More...

Distaff is highlight of four-race BC lineup on Day 1

DRF | 2 months ago
Beginning on Halloween Friday and running through Saturday, the Breeders’ Cup will conduct 13 races, all Grade 1 events, worth a total of $26 million. Many will decide Eclipse Awards, all will enrich the winning connections, and all have the potential to result in life-changing scores for bettors, what with large fields throughout. Read More...

Artemis Agrotera rolls into Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 2 months ago
In the weeks and months leading into the Breeders’ Cup, there have been a number of impressive efforts turned in by some of the leading candidates. Few, however, have matched the “wow” factor elicited by Artemis Agrotera in her last three starts. Read More...

European juveniles set to leave mark on 2014 Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 months ago
European 2-year-olds have been a dangerous group in the brief history of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Read More...

Magician withdrawn from Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 2 months ago
Magician, winner of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf, was withdraw from Saturday's BC Turf because of lameness, Breeders' Cup officials said on Wednesday. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Friday’s Breeders’ Cup card

DRF | 2 months ago
As for wagering strategy Friday at Santa Anita, there is plenty from which to choose. The Friday card is 10 races; the pick six is races 4-9 ending with the Distaff. Pick fours (50-cent minimum) begin races 3, 6, and 7. The least expensive wager (14 percent takeout) remains the pick five on races 1-5. Read More...

Free as a Bird out of BC Turf Sprint

DRF | 2 months ago
Free as a Bird, a winner of five consecutive sprint stakes this year, was withdrawn from Saturday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita after she became upset on an airplane in Kentucky early Wednesday, trainer Ian Wilkes said. Read More...

Ward finds a way to balance his priorities this Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 months ago
Horse trainers are people, too, which explains why Wesley Ward will not be here at Santa Anita this weekend for the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Difficult to deny Goldencents in bid for a repeat

DRF | 2 months ago
Goldencents returns to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile as quite possibly the heaviest favorite in any of the 13 Breeders’ Cup races to be run this weekend at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
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Lady Eli gives Brown another good shot at Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 2 months ago
With a win and two seconds in four tries in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, trainer Chad Brown believes he has an idea of what makes a horse competitive in the one-mile turf race. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
DRF handicappers Mike Watchmaker, Dave Litfin and Brad Free give their analysis of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Read More...