Tags ‘Breeders’ Cup’

Breeders’ Cup handle rises for first time in three years

DRF | 10 months ago
Handle at the Breeders’ Cup rose for the first time in three years this year, despite the event having one fewer race this year. According to the charts of the races, handle on the 14 races this year was $135.5 million, up 6.8 percent compared to preliminary reported handle on 15 races last year. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Game On Dude’s defeat concludes bittersweet weekend for Baffert

DRF | 10 months ago
A roller-coaster day of experiences and emotions ended on a down note for trainer Bob Baffert, who watched Game On Dude finish far back as the 8-5 favorite in Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Mucho Macho Man, Stevens win a thriller

DRF | 10 months ago
On Saturday, in tandem, Gary Stevens and Kathy Ritvo completed the comeback story of the year. Stevens, who returned to riding early in the year, and Ritvo, able to follow her passion of training with a transplanted heart in her chest, won the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic with Mucho Macho Man, who survived a thrilling three-horse duel to the wire. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile: Wise Dan overcomes early stumble to repeat

DRF | 10 months ago
Despite stumbling at the start, and having lost the services of his regular rider, John Velazquez, Wise Dan ran down Za Approval to repeat in the $2 million Breeder’s Cup Mile Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Secret Circle overcomes layoff, traffic

DRF | 10 months ago
Secret Circle, a horse who wasn’t on anybody’s radar screen a month ago, emerged as the leading candidate to win a division championship after overcoming an eventful trip to register a neck victory over the fast-closing Laugh Track on Saturday at Santa Anita in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Magician pulls one out of his hat

DRF | 10 months ago
There was no illusion or tricks to Magician’s win in Saturday’s $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. In his first start since a ninth-place finish in the Group 1 St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, Magician ($25) made his first start over 1 1/2 miles on turf and took to the distance with ease, winning by a half-length over The Fugue, the 3-2 favorite. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: New Year’s Day benefits from Garcia’s patient ride

DRF | 10 months ago
New Year’s Day unleashed a strong stretch run along the inside to run down Havana and win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile by 1 1/4 lengths. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Mizdirection does it again

DRF | 10 months ago
Some things never change with Mizdirection. She’s showed once again on Saturday that she's unbeatable on Santa Anita’s turf course, winning the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on the track’s hillside course for the second consecutive year. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: Groupie Doll repeats

DRF | 10 months ago
The majority said Groupie Doll had lost a step or two, and they were proved absolutely correct when the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint was run Saturday at Santa Anita – although it did them little good. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf: Dank leads 1-2-3 finish for Europeans

DRF | 10 months ago
Dank continued the Europeans’ dominance on turf at the 2013 Breeders’ Cup by parlaying a perfect trip under jockey Ryan Moore into a half-length victory over Romantica in Saturday’s $2 million Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup pick five pays $23,000

DRF | 10 months ago
The 50-cent pick five on Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup program paid $23,665.90 on a day when the pool reached a record amount for a California track. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Ria Antonia placed first after being beaten by a nose

DRF | 10 months ago
She’s a Tiger finished first in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita, but was disqualified and placed second for bumping with Ria Antonia near the finish. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Marathon: London Bridge followed unique path

DRF | 10 months ago
The upset win by London Bridge in Friday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon proved Breeders’ Cup winners can come from anywhere. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Chriselliam will point to 1000 Guineas

DRF | 10 months ago
Chriselliam was reported to have come out of her 2 1/2-length victory in Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in good order and will soon head back to England to prepare for the spring classics. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Goldencents targets Malibu

DRF | 10 months ago
Goldencents, the dominant winner of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Friday at Santa Anita, could make his next start in the Grade 1 Malibu on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita, trainer Doug O’Neill said Saturday morning. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Caracortado scratched due to sore foot

DRF | 10 months ago
Caracortado was scratched early Saturday from the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita because of a sore front foot. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup 2013 Saturday Results and Video Replays

DRF | 10 months ago
2013 Breeders' Cup results, recaps, and video replays for Saturday, November 2. Read More...

Andrew Beyer: Sporting gestures don’t always have happy endings

DRF | 10 months ago
Owning racehorses is an expensive and risky enterprise, and at the Breeders’ Cup it can be especially daunting. Just ask Paul Viscovich of Los Angeles or Ed Stanco of Malvern, Pa., who operate modest-sized racing stables that rarely get a chance to compete in the sport’s year-end championships. Both have worthy horses this year, but both needed to pay a six-figure supplementary entry to run. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Pedigree profiles

DRF | 10 months ago
The Grade 1, $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies has crowned the divisional Eclipse Award champion in 26 of its previous 29 runnings. This year's renewal, to be contested Saturday at Santa Anita Park, figures to continue that trend, as it brings together East Coast standouts Sweet Reason - the morning line favorite - and Artemis Agrotera, and West Coast stars Secret Compass and She's a Tiger. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup betting hits $34.9 million on Friday

DRF | 10 months ago
Handle for the five Breeders’ Cup races held on Friday at Santa Anita was $34.9 million, according to charts of the races, compared to handle of $37.5 million on six Breeders’ Cup races held on the Friday card last year. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Classic could be historic for Adena sires

DRF | 10 months ago
Adena Springs stallion Awesome Again is in rarified air – and his son and fellow sire Ghostzapper has a chance to join him when the Breeders’ Cup Classic is run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Carryover of $891,813 in 50-cent pick five for Saturday

DRF | 10 months ago
A massive carryover of $891,813 in the 50-cent pick five gives bettors an early jackpot wager to conquer on Saturday’s star-studded Breeders’ Cup program at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: For Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar, an unfortunate end to a fine season

DRF | 10 months ago
The two beasts of the East, Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar, faded away in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff as gently as the late-afternoon sunshine slipping from the Southern California sky. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Beholder, speed bias the talk of Friday’s card

DRF | 10 months ago
Beholder strongly enhanced her chances of being named champion 3-year-old filly with an overpowering victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Friday at Santa Anita, a day when the speed-biased nature of the main track was a major talking point. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff: Beholder makes it look easy

DRF | 10 months ago
Beholder and jockey Gary Stevens turned a race billed as one of the most evenly contested of Breeders’ Cup 2013 into a tour de force. Beholder crushed the $2 million BC Distaff by 4 1/4 lengths, humbling a top-class field Friday at Santa Anita. Her rivals never really showed up. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Goldencents guns to the lead on way to victory

DRF | 10 months ago
Goldencents led throughout Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, winning his third stakes of 2013 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: Outstrip makes final move to top European exacta

DRF | 10 months ago
Outstrip overtook the dueling favorites in the desperate final yards Friday in the seventh running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, giving Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith a sweep of the first two of 14 BC races this weekend at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Marathon: London Bridge strongest in stretch under Mike Smith

DRF | 10 months ago
For the first mile of Friday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon at Santa Anita, London Bridge was giving Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith few positive vibes. Smith worried London Bridge was struggling on Santa Anita’s dirt track, in his first start on the surface. When the field reached the end of the backstretch in the race over 1 3/4 miles, the scenario changed. Read More...

Santa Anita: DRF Plus handicapping report for November 2, 2013

DRF | 10 months ago
DRF Plus handicapping analysis for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday, November 2. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup workouts: Game On Dude still sharp for Classic

DRF | 10 months ago
The following are final thoughts on selected horses racing on Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup card from impressions formed over the past two weeks at Belmont Park and Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup notes: Dance Card, Summer Applause shortening up

DRF | 10 months ago
Dance Card and Summer Applause, two of the challengers to Groupie Doll in the seven-furlong Filly and Mare Sprint, have raced primarily in longer races, and their presence represents an angle frequently favored by handicappers: route horses going short. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Asmussen staying at Santa Anita

DRF | 10 months ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen said Thursday that he plans to have a stable at Santa Anita this winter for the fourth consecutive season. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf: Marketing Mix might make one December start

DRF | 10 months ago
Marketing Mix, who starts in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita, will be retired at the end of this year, but a successful race Saturday could lead to another start in December. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Sweet Reason stretches legs

DRF | 10 months ago
Sweet Reason, the morning-line favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies who worked a slow mile Sunday, stretched her legs through the lane Thursday, going an easy quarter in 27.36 seconds from the top of the stretch to the wire. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Diamond Bachelor blows out

DRF | 10 months ago
Diamond Bachelor, who figures to be a pace factor in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, blew out a half-mile in 47.20 seconds Thursday over Santa Anita’s main track. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: O’Brien might have sleeper pick in Declaration of War

DRF | 10 months ago
Aidan O’Brien has started a horse in the Breeders’ Cup Classic 12 times, his best finishes being seconds with Giant’s Causesway in 2000 and Henrythenavigator in 2008, the latter on Santa Anita’s old all-weather main track. But this year might be different. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Saturday: DRF Plus stakes analysis

DRF | 10 months ago
DRF handicappers give their selections and analysis for the nine Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Friday: DRF Plus stakes analysis

DRF | 10 months ago
DRF handicappers provide selections and analysis for the five Breeders' Cup races on Friday, Nov. 1, at Santa Anita. Read More...

Andrew Beyer: Horse of the Year title on the line at Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 10 months ago
One year ago, the choice for Horse of the Year was settled in the final hour of the Breeders’ Cup. Wise Dan defeated high-class international competition to capture the Mile and establish his supremacy as a grass specialist. When Game On Dude, regarded as the country’s best dirt runner, flopped in the Classic, he handed the sport’s top honor to Wise Dan. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Ron the Greek to scratch due to quarter crack

DRF | 10 months ago
Ron the Greek, coming off a dominant victory in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup on Sept. 28, will be scratched from Saturday's $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic due to a quarter crack in one of his feet, trainer Bill Mott said Thursday. Read More...

Santa Anita: Closer Looks for November 1, 2013

DRF | 10 months ago
DRF Plus Closer looks for Santa Anita on Friday, November 1. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Game On Dude’s success continues to bring friends together

DRF | 10 months ago
Terry Lanni died a little more than two years ago, but every time Game On Dude runs, he’s still there. Lanni was one of the co-owners of Game On Dude, part of a four-member partnership that was put together by his longtime friend, Bernie Schiappa. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Europeans deserve look in four Saturday races – including Classic

DRF | 10 months ago
European runners have legitimate chances in four races on Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup card: the Filly and Mare Turf, Mile, Turf, and, yes, even the Classic. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Lukas back in the spotlight

DRF | 10 months ago
As far as the man himself is concerned he never went away. But to the rest of the Thoroughbred world, 2013 has been the year D. Wayne Lukas stormed back onto racing’s main stage. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Fort Larned tries to buck trend in quest of Breeders’ Cup Classic repeat

DRF | 10 months ago
How tough is it to defend in the Breeders' Classic? Well, 11 have tried and only one succeeded. Fort Larned tries to become the second on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Game On Dude’s bid for Horse of the Year in Classic is highlight of Saturday card

DRF | 10 months ago
For the past three years, Game On Dude has ranked as one of the best older horses in the country. But like the Buffalo Bills teams that went to four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990s and lost them all, Game On Dude has yet to win the one event that would finally bring him an elusive championship. Read More...

Steven Crist: Sprint, Turf Sprint two most inscrutable puzzles on Saturday’s card

DRF | 10 months ago
Of the nine Breeders' Cup races Saturday at Santa Anita, the two where it looks like a bettor will have to spread widely are the Turf Sprint and the Sprint. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: Pedigree profiles

DRF | 10 months ago
Thirteen 2-year-olds will line up for the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Friday at Santa Anita Park, in which morning-line favorite Bobby's Kitten could help cap off a huge year for sire Kitten's Joy with a victory. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Pedigree profiles

DRF | 10 months ago
A full field of 14 2-year-old fillies, including Grade 1 winner My Conquestadory and European Group 1 winners Vorda and Chriselliam, will contest the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Friday at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

The Haiku Handicapper: 2013 Breeders’ Cup card

DRF | 10 months ago
DRF Breeding staff writer Joe Nevills analyzes each race of the 2013 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...