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Breeders’ Cup: Euros win five races, sweep three exactas

DRF | 11 months ago
Carve away Santa Anita’s two synthetic-surface years and European horses had their best Breeders’ Cup showing last weekend. European-based horses won five of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races, adding three seconds and a third. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Englehart still soaking in Juvenile Fillies win

DRF | 11 months ago
Trainer Jeremiah Englehart thought the highlight of his year was going to be when his New York-bred King Kreesa finished a more-than-respectable second to reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga. That was relegated to second place when Ria Antonia, a horse that wasn’t even in his barn two months ago, was moved by the Santa Anita stewards to first place in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, after first-place finisher She’s a Tiger was disqualified for bumping with Ria Antonia in deep stretch. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Handle bounces back up 11 percent off sluggish 2012 numbers

DRF | 11 months ago
Handle on the Breeders’ Cup rebounded from a sharp downturn at the event last year, with all-sources wagering on the 14 races on the Breeders’ Cup slate jumping seven percent and total handle on the two Breeders’ Cup cards at Santa Anita surging 11 percent. Read More...

Trip Notes: Breeders’ Cup 2013

DRF | 11 months ago
Trip Notes: Breeders' Cup 2013 by Michael Hammersly. Read More...

Wise Dan emerges from Breeders’ Cup as Horse of the Year front-runner

DRF | 11 months ago
After Game On Dude faded to ninth in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday, with Princess of Sylmar finished last of six in the Distaff on Friday, Wise Dan becomes the front-runner to repeat as Horse of the Year following his victory on Saturday in the Mile. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Baffert hopeful New Year’s Day is his 2014 Kentucky Derby horse

DRF | 11 months ago
New Year’s Day had barely crossed the finish line in the eighth race at Santa Anita on the first Saturday in November before trainer Bob Baffert started thinking about the 11th race on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Smith edges Stevens for Shoemaker Award

DRF | 11 months ago
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith won the Shoemaker Award for the second consecutive year as outstanding jockey of the two days of Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita on Friday and Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Magician, The Fugue, Indy Point could meet again

DRF | 11 months ago
If Magician returns to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Turf on Nov. 1, 2014, he could face the second- and third-place runners from Saturday’s race – The Fugue and Indy Point. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Caracortado now pointing to Hollywood Turf Express

DRF | 11 months ago
Mike Machowsky said the hoof abscess bothering Caracortado is so minor that he hopes his homebred gelding will be ready for the $100,000 Hollywood Turf Express on Dec. 8. Read More...

Andrew Beyer: Here’s why slower Juvenile got better figure than Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 11 months ago
How could New Year’s Day win the Juvenile in slower time than the Juvenile Fillies and earn a higher figure? The explanation, said Andrew Beyer, is evidence suggesting that the Santa Anita track was significantly faster for the first two dirt races on the card than it was for the rest of the day. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Ria Antonia’s owner has big plans

DRF | 11 months ago
Ron Paolucci, the co-owner of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Ria Antonia, mentioned he would like to see her challenge males next season in races such as the Sunland Park Derby, a stepping-stone to the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff: Beholder will race as 4-year-old in 2014

DRF | 11 months ago
Beholder, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012 who won the biggest race of her career in Friday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff, will stay in training in 2014, trainer Richard Mandella said on Sunday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: Groupie Doll’s win closes fun era for Bradleys

DRF | 11 months ago
Buff Bradley, whose 14 graded stakes wins in more than two decades of training horses have all come through two-time Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare champion Groupie Doll (8) and Brass Hat (6), fully knows he might not ever pass this way again. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Does Secret Circle deserve an Eclipse?

DRF | 11 months ago
Did Secret Circle turn his three-week 2013 campaign into an Eclipse Award-winning campaign with his victory in Saturday’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint? Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile: Expect to see little less of Wise Dan in 2014

DRF | 11 months ago
As long as his will to win remains intact and Wise Dan retains the physical tools to use it, he will be back in California for another Breeders’ Cup in 2014. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Mucho Macho Man’s trainer Ritvo expresses gratitude

DRF | 11 months ago
The morning after reaching the pinnacle of her racing career, trainer Kathy Ritvo was both excited and contemplative over what she and her horse, Mucho Macho Man, had accomplished in winning the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup handle rises for first time in three years

DRF | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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 | 11 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...