Tags ‘Breeders’ Cup’

Distaff: Untapable works swift five furlongs

DRF | 6 days ago
The visually impressive workout by Untapable on Sunday morning at Santa Anita was so fast trainer Steve Asmussen declined to reveal the time on his stopwatch. Read More...

Tapiture more likely for Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile than Classic

DRF | 6 days ago
Tapiture had been under consideration for both the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Dirt Mile, but after he worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds on Sunday morning here at Santa Anita, owner Ron Winchell said it was most likely that Tapiture would go in the Dirt Mile, and wouldn’t even be cross-entered in the Classic at the pre-entry stage on Monday. Read More...

Sweet Reason good to go in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 6 days ago
Sweet Reason, who came out of her second-place finish in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx on Sept. 20 with an eye injury, returned to the work tab Sunday morning, drilling three furlongs in a quick 34.63 seconds over Belmont Park’s main track, a move that convinced her connections to move on to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Sherman pleased with California Chrome’s work

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer Art Sherman stood in the stands at Los Alamitos on Saturday morning, a few minutes before California Chrome was to come on the track and work in preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. This was to be the longest and most important of the four works he will have prior to the race, and Sherman was anxious that it would go as planned. Read More...

Beholder drills for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 7 days ago
Beholder will have one more work before the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, but her workout Saturday at Santa Anita was the final major drill, and trainer Richard Mandella turned it into a mini-race. Read More...

Welsch: Belmont BC clocker’s report for Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 7 days ago
There are upward of 40 potential Breeders’ Cup starters currently stabled at Belmont or Aqueduct, the overwhelming majority of whom will get in all major preparation for their races prior to shipping to Santa Anita over the next 10 days. Read More...

Palace, Zivo work for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 7 days ago
Empire Showcase Day didn’t just pertain to Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park. On Saturday morning, two of the possible 10 New York-breds who could be pre-entered Monday for the Breeders’ Cup, to be held in two weeks at Santa Anita, put in workouts for their respective races. Read More...

Bahamian Squall gets green light for Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer David Fawkes said Friday that Bahamian Squall will return to Santa Anita to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint for a second straight year. Read More...

Hovdey: The show goes on without its star

DRF | 1 week ago
The Breeders' Cup will go on, although when it comes time to the run Mile, trainer Charlie LoPresti is forgiven if he finds something else to do, like mend a fence, check the sumps, or go sit in the corner of Wise Dan’s stall and dream of what might have been. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup tickets at Keeneland will be limited to 28,000

DRF | 1 week ago
Keeneland Racecourse is preparing to sell 28,000 reserved tickets for next year’s two-day Breeders’ Cup, track officials said Friday, a number that will guarantee the smallest crowd ever for the event’s marquee Saturday card. Read More...

Looking like Breeders’ Cup Mile for Better Lucky

DRF | 1 week ago
Better Lucky, a multiple Grade 1 winner on turf against females, will most likely take on males in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 1, trainer Tom Albertrani said Friday. Read More...

Belle Gallantey taking shot at Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 1 week ago
Belle Gallantey, the former claimer turned two-time Grade 1 winner, will try to complete her rags-to-riches story when she runs in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Oct. 31. Read More...

Bright Thought to rest sore feet, skip BC Turf

DRF | 1 week ago
Bright Thought, the winner of the Grade 2 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Sept. 28, will miss the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Crist: Wise Dan still in hunt for Horse of the Year title

DRF | 1 week ago
A day before Wise Dan was declared out of the Breeders’ Cup last Tuesday, he was 6-1 in William Hill’s future-book wagering to win his third straight Horse of the Year title, the third choice behind Shared Belief at 8-5 and California Chrome at 5-2. Read More...

Toronado inherits role of favorite in BC Mile

DRF | 1 week ago
On Monday, the Breeders’ Cup Mile lost its favorite, but one day later, it officially found another one. Read More...

Dettori gets mount on Hootenanny for BC Juvenile Turf

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Wesley Ward said that on the track Frankie Dettori is world class, and he plans to play the Dettori card in the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf as the jockey has been engaged to ride Hootenanny. Read More...

Upstart gives owner first BC contender

DRF | 1 week ago
After watching Upstart finish second in the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont Park on Oct. 4, trainer Rick Violette wasn’t rushing to his nearest travel agent to book a trip to Southern California for the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Potential BC Classic field swells with additions of Prayer for Relief, Noble Moon

DRF | 1 week ago
The ranks of prospective pre-entrants for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita now includes Prayer for Relief and Noble Moon, bringing to at least 16 the number of horses expected to be pre-entered on Monday. Read More...

Starspangled Heat may run in BC Turf on short rest

DRF | 1 week ago
Starspangled Heat may not lack for recent racing experience when he starts as an outsider in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Just The Judge targets E.P. Taylor as BC Filly and Mare Turf prep

DRF | 1 week ago
European filly Just The Judge’s time of laying low has passed. Unraced for two months since shipping to America and finishing third Aug. 16 in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington, she is set to return to competition Sunday in the Grade 1, $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine. Read More...

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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks ago
Kent Desormeaux is eager for a comeback. Read More...

Shared Belief picks up pace in breeze for BC Classic

DRF | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 2 weeks 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 | 3 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...