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Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint entrant Bucchero result of rescue mare

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Even the humblest horse at a reputable Thoroughbred auction is afforded the dignity of a black and white sticker on its hip to designate its lot number. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Clocker: Team O’Brien joins the fray

DRF | 3 weeks ago
After seeing an endless stream of Chad Brown and Bob Baffert-trained Breeders' Cup contenders out on the track at Del Mar the previous couple of mornings, along came Team O'Brien to join them on Thursday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup gives Del Mar its chance to shine

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Dan Hendricks grew up just inland from Del Mar racetrack and has been a trainer on this circuit for 30 years after being an assistant before that, so he has seen Del Mar itself, and the area around here, grow exponentially over the years. Read More...

Firenze Fire remains on course for Juvenile despite temperature

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Firenze Fire is expected to run in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar, despite having developed an elevated temperature Wednesday morning. Read More...

Skye Diamonds proving herself a terrific claim

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Jon Lindo, who heads a partnership that in August 2016 dropped a $40,000 claim for Filly and Mare Sprint contender Skye Diamonds, had no idea just how good the filly would become. Read More...

Runnymede Farm hoping to make more history in Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Runnymede Farm is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year – making it the oldest continuously operated Thoroughbred farm in Kentucky. Runnymede is looking to celebrate in style on Saturday at the Breeders' Cup with two horses it bred and raised – multiple Grade 1 winner Lady Eli, and Collected, who defeated Arrogate in the Pacific Classic. Read More...

Win or lose, Lady Eli will leave lasting impression

DRF | 3 weeks ago
There are a lot of lasts that Cherie DeVaux, the Belmont Park-based assistant to trainer Chad Brown, exercise rider Walter Melasquez, groom Hugo Rodriguez and hotwalker Juan Estrada – those closest to Lady Eli – are experiencing. They hope there are two more firsts to experience as well, as in Lady Eli finishing first in Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Del Mar and subsequently winning her first Eclipse Award as champion female turf horse. Read More...

Local boy Ruis and his horse look to make good in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Owner-trainer Mick Ruis could fulfill one dream and fuel another as he brings the undefeated Bolt d'Oro to Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar, about 30 miles from where Ruis wrestled at El Capitan High School in Lakeside, Calif. A victory by Bolt d'Oro would clinch an Eclipse Award as 2-year-old champion while stamping him as the favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Ray’s Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Travel Guide: Final Thoughts

Hope the last few installments of my Del Mar Breeders' Cup Travel Guide have helped some out-of-towners decide what to do with any spare time they have and where to find good food in an unpretentious... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

History says European runners will figure

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Analyzing the form of the European runners in the 2017 Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile: Ribchester looks like the boss

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Just two short weeks ago, Ribchester raced hard over testing ground at Ascot, his sixth start – all Group 1's – in an ambitious campaign that began March 25 in Dubai. Outwardly, Ribchester has given the right signs – energy good, coat good, weight good. The horse is made of iron, Fahey says. But what lies beneath the surface, whether Ribchester can stand up to the demanding schedule, won't be known until jockey William Buick asks the question Saturday in the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf: Victory would make Lady a champ

DRF | 3 weeks ago
A year after Lady Eli fell a nose shy of writing a fairy-tale ending to her remarkable comeback story, she gets a chance to flip the script in Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Del Mar. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Drefong to gun it in repeat bid

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Bob Baffert is the only trainer to have won the Breeders' Cup Sprint back to back with the same horse, turning the trick with Midnight Lute in 2007 and 2008. On Saturday, Baffert will be favored to do it again, when he sends out Drefong in defense of his title in the six-furlong, $1.5 million Sprint. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Casse takes three shots

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The first of nine straight Breeders' Cup events, the $2 million Juvenile Fillies, might well be one of the deepest races on the program and will set the tone for an unforgettable day. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Bolt d’Oro looks good as gold

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Only three times in the last time 19 years has the favorite won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. This year's favorite, Bolt d'Oro, not only has proven to be by far the fastest horse in his division but has the added benefit of owning a distinct home-field advantage over his competition in Saturday's 34th renewal of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Ulysses gets another shot at Highland Reel

DRF | 3 weeks ago
When he wasn't winning Group 1 races in England earlier this year, Ulysses lost to pretty sexy company, dropping decisions to Highland Reel and Enable in Europe. He will face Highland Reel again in Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Del Mar, the richest grass race in the United States. Read More...

Watchmaker: This Breeders’ Cup all about Arrogate

DRF | 3 weeks ago
I was talking last weekend to a friend of long standing, an outstanding handicapper and avid racing historian, about the Breeders' Cup. Almost immediately, the conversation turned to Arrogate, of whom we were of similar minds. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup clocker: Classic favorites stretch legs

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The gang's all here at Del Mar for the Breeders' Cup, including the two major players in the main event, the $6 million Classic, defending champion Arrogate and Gun Runner, both of whom were out on the track early Wednesday morning. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: Unique Bella needs her best

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Some Breeders' Cup fans are expecting a freak show when the sixth race rolls around Saturday at Del Mar. Others will shade to the skeptical side when attempting to somehow beat Unique Bella, whose freakish exploits will make her a heavy favorite in the Grade 1, $1 million BC Filly and Mare Sprint. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Gun Runner at his apex for rematch with Arrogate

DRF | 3 weeks ago
A lot can happen in seven months. From the time Arrogate and Gun Runner last met in March in the Dubai World Cup until they face another anew on Saturday in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar, an entire baseball season was played, champions were crowned in hockey and basketball, and Roger Federer won a record eighth title at Wimbledon. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Lady Aurelia, Marsha to settle score

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Round 3, the much-anticipated rubber match between archrivals Lady Aurelia and Marsha, will take place Saturday, not down the straights of York or Ascot but around the tight turns of the Del Mar turf course in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup contenders between a rock and a hard place

DRF | 3 weeks ago
There are horses in the Breeders' Cup that are perfectly suited to the race conditions, with Lady Eli in the Filly and Mare Turf being perhaps the clearest example, having compiled a 3-for-3 record at that race's distance of 1 1/8 miles on grass. And then there are the Breeders' Cup “tweeners” – those horses that appear to be running between their preferred distances, or still others that are simply competing under circumstances under which their form is not as established. Read More...

O’Brien brings record run into Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Only a protest at a suburban racecourse in Paris last weekend has been able to interrupt Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien's record year of wins in Grade 1 or Group 1 races. O'Brien has plenty of chances to add to his historic season in the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar on Friday and Saturday. O'Brien has 13 runners in eight Grade 1, seven-figure races. Read More...

Cambodia’s Breeders’ Cup run especially meaningful to breeder

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Don Robinson of Winter Quarter Farm has a four-generation association with the family of Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf contender Cambodia. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup a key barometer for first-crop sires

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The best-case scenario for a freshman stallion heading into the fall of his debut season involves having runners at the Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Sooner or later, McPeek is going to get his Breeders’ Cup win

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Anytime a Thoroughbred trainer is compared to the late Bobby Frankel, it’s got to be good, right? After all, Frankel was a Hall of Famer nonpareil. Not so fast there, says Kenny McPeek. Read More...

Hovdey: Mott, Mandella tangle again 21 years after making history

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Bill Mott was asked to recall the last time he was at Del Mar. “Well, I've sent a number of horses here,” he said, standing near his Breeders' Cup contingent on the Del Mar backstretch. “Somebody told me we had something like nine wins from 19 runners in the last 20 years.” Read More...

Thrill remains for connections of returning Breeders’ Cup winners

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Nine horses will be in action this weekend at Del Mar as previous Breeders' Cup winners, and for the connections of each, the chance to show off their champion before a huge audience of admirers is priceless. Read More...

This time, Baffert has Arrogate right where he wants him

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The Breeders' Cup Classic is a pivotal race for Arrogate's career. A victory would make him only the second horse to win the Classic twice, and make him both Horse of the Year and champion older male on dirt for 2017, adding to the champion 3-year-old male title he won in 2016. A loss means Arrogate will retire with a three-race losing streak. Read More...

European juvenile fillies look stronger than colts

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Two trends have emerged in the decade-long history of the Breeders' Cup turf races for 2-year-olds at a mile. Dismiss the European fillies. Fear their colts. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: Masar has what it takes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Masar at about 3:50 p.m. Pacific will be among 14 2-year-olds flying around a tight Del Mar turf course with $1 million at stake in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Luck will be required in equal proportion to talent. But tactical pace, athleticism, and acceleration help a horse make luck, and Masar possesses those qualities. Read More...

Long layoffs the new norm for Breeders’ Cup contenders

DRF | 3 weeks ago
A single race supposedly promotes greater fitness than a handful of morning workouts, but there are plenty of trainers who will be looking to buck that conventional wisdom when they send out horses off substantial layoffs in the upcoming Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Rushing Fall, Significant Form give Brown solid pair

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Rushing Fall and Significant Form, fillies trained by Chad Brown, meet for the first time in Friday's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar. They are certainly from a stable that knows how to win the nation's richest turf race for 2-year-old fillies. Read More...

TimeformUS Pace Projector: Dirt Mile could favor a closer

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile is a race that appears most likely to be hotly contested and fast early. Closers usually take the worst of it in horse racing, but this race could be an exception. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Two turns the issue for Practical Joke

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, like real estate, comes down to location, location, location. This year's race will be run at Del Mar, where the race is one lap around the oval. The dynamics of the race make a difference, and no horse may be impacted by the scenario more than Practical Joke. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Clocker: Wuheida impresses in turf drill

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Mike Welsch's Breeders' Cup Clocker update for Tuesday, October 31 from Del Mar. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Arrogate draws the rail

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Arrogate, the defending race winner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, will leave from post 1 in this year’s race at Del Mar on Saturday after drawing the inside in a field of 11 on Monday, a situation his jockey, Mike Smith, said will cause him to be aggressive leaving the gate. Read More...

Ray’s Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Travel Guide: The Most Important Meal

(Each day leading up to the Breeders' Cup championships Nov. 3-4, Ray Paulick, who's been visiting Del Mar each summer since 1979, will offer some tips to first-time visitors about some of his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Catholic Boy heading into BC Juvenile Turf the right way

DRF | 3 weeks ago
When the trainer Jonathan Thomas sends Catholic Boy out in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf on Friday he'll follow along the trail well worn by his old boss, trainer Todd Pletcher. Read More...

Golden Dragon bound for Juvenile following sharp main track work

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Golden Dragon will run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile after a blazing five-furlong move in 58.97 seconds over Del Mar's main track. Read More...

Casse trio set for Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Mark Casse likes the way his three horses are coming into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, even in the face of talented California-based opponents. Read More...