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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Diamond Bachelor blows out

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

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: Thoroughbreds Who Change Lives

We normally witness the power of the Thoroughbred charging down the stretch, but today we meet a group of ex-racehorses who reveal a much greater power. They’re affecting the lives of entire... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile: Wise Dan tries to silence doubters

DRF | 11 months ago
Wise Dan’s loss last out in the Shadwell Mile has some doubting he is the same horse who won the Breeders’ Cup Mile last year. But trainer Charlie LoPresti doesn’t believe it. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Mexikoma stepping up off big win

DRF | 11 months ago
Barry Irwin didn’t buy Mexikoma with the expressed intent of running him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. But there Irwin was Wednesday morning at Santa Anita, where he watched his 2-year-old colt work four furlongs in 49.72 seconds over the dirt in preparation for Saturday’s $2 million Juvenile. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Artemis Agrotera, Untapable have speed but can also rate

DRF | 11 months ago
Speed and the ability to harness it is a lethal combination.
They are what make Artemis Agrotera and Untapable seemingly the two most dangerous horses in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita, a race that will most likely crown the champion 2-year-old filly of 2013.
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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Marooned favorites appear vulnerable

DRF | 11 months ago
When Grade 1 winners Havana and Strong Mandate drew the far-outside posts in a full field of 14 for Saturday’s Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the stage was set for another shocking result. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Opening furlong might determine winner

DRF | 11 months ago
They’re putting the band back together! Five of the runners from last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, including the top four finishers, have returned for this year’s running Saturday at Santa Anita. What with $5 million in prize money up for grabs, they’ll be on a mission. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf: History may hold key to finding winner

DRF | 11 months ago
History will try repeat Saturday in the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf, added to the Breeders’ Cup program in 1999 and being run this year for the 15th time. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: The Fugue seeks win against males as the favorite

DRF | 11 months ago
A year is a long time to wait for a shot at redemption. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Secret Circle jumps into the picture

DRF | 11 months ago
After Secret Circle sat idle for 18 months before returning to the races just three weeks ago, it seemed inconceivable that he would be among the 12 starters in Saturday’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint, let alone be considered one of the horses to beat in the six-furlong dash. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Point of Entry, Magician look to fire fresh

DRF | 11 months ago
Saturday’s $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf will be the first race for Magician and Point of Entry since they ran in major stakes in June. Despite their layoffs, they have leading chances to win the richest turf race in the United States. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: Eleven line up to derail Groupie Doll

DRF | 11 months ago
Groupie Doll … for or against? That’s the obvious question horseplayers will need to answer for themselves as they dig into the past performances for the seventh running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Puype confident Mizdirection can repeat

DRF | 11 months ago
Horseplayers taking a stand against defending champion Mizdirection in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint might be doing so at their peril, according to trainer Mike Puype. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile: Wise Dan following same routine

DRF | 11 months ago
Charlie LoPresti has no need to feel his way into the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Wise Dan won the 2012 Mile here at Santa Anita after shipping from Kentucky the week of the race. The template for success already has been laid out. This week, LoPresti simply will follow established protocol. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup workouts: Royal Delta, Goldencents, Worldly impress

DRF | 11 months ago
The following are the final thoughts on selected horses racing on Friday’s Breeders’ Cup card from impressions formed over the past two weeks at Belmont Park and Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Foreign-based runners merit respect throughout Friday’s card – 1383152889

DRF | 11 months ago
Handicappers will find contenders among the nine foreign-based runners in Friday’s Breeders' Cup Marathon, Juvenile Turf, and Juvenile Fillies Turf. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Jerkens instrumental in success of Gyarmati and Hushion

DRF | 11 months ago
Allen Jerkens most likely will be at his Long Island, N.Y., home Saturday afternoon, but the Hall of Fame trainer’s presence will be felt across the country when the field is loaded for Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Royal Delta’s three-peat bid in Distaff is highlight of Friday card

DRF | 11 months ago
When Royal Delta lined up in the starting gate a year ago at Santa Anita against two undefeated champion fillies, it seemed as though the Breeders’ Cup’s championship dirt race for females had reached its zenith. But, like the boys in Spinal Tap, they raised it one louder this year. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: A few well-thought-out plays can lead to a winning weekend

DRF | 11 months ago
If the 30th Breeders’ Cup is like the preceding ones, several dark horses will get the money at boxcar odds. A constructive initial overview of these fascinating races aims to categorize their degree of difficulty and ascertain where they might be hiding. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Ramsey brand continues to make a name for itself

DRF | 11 months ago
All things considered, Ken Ramsey would rather let his horses do the talking. But since they can’t – talk, that is – Ramsey is more than happy to share a few thoughts on their behalf. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Migliore shares secrets of quirky Turf Sprint

DRF | 11 months ago
The saving grace of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint is that, for the fourth time in six years, it will be presented at Santa Anita, which means it must be run at about 6 1/2 furlongs on a downhill course with a right-hand turn that crosses the dirt track a quarter of a mile from the finish. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: Bobby’s Kitten is sentimental choice

DRF | 11 months ago
If Bobby’s Kitten turns out to be fractionally as good as the first prominent horse named after the late trainer Bobby Frankel, he will have a great chance to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Foreign-based runners merit respect throughout Friday’s card

DRF | 11 months ago
Handicappers will find contenders among the nine foreign-based runners in Friday’s Breeders' Cup Marathon, Juvenile Turf, and Juvenile Fillies Turf. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff: Royal Delta needs her best to beat Princess of Sylmar, Beholder

DRF | 11 months ago
Royal Delta lost her final prep. So she is still mortal, still not invincible. But she still is very good, and both trainer Bill Mott and jockey Mike Smith believe Royal Delta is loaded for Friday’s marquee event – the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: History warns to beware of favorites

DRF | 11 months ago
Handicapping the Juvenile Fillies Turf is never easy. Favorites are winless in five runnings, and the average win mutuel is $22.80. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Marathon: Distance the big question for Worldly, nine opponents

DRF | 11 months ago
Worldly and nine opponents will see who can get 1 3/4 miles the fastest in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Marathon, the first of five Breeders’ Cup races on Friday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Goldencents, Verrazano will have to use speed to overcome outside posts

DRF | 11 months ago
Favorites are still winless in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile since the $1 million race became part of a new two-day program six years ago in a New Jersey downpour. The odds are good the streak will remain intact Friday at Santa Anita, because regardless of who is favored in a full field of 12, he will be lukewarm, with “the other 11” rating a far better mathematical chance. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Rome is racing ambassador

DRF | 11 months ago
It takes a lot to make Jim Rome miss work, but the allure of the Breeders’ Cup is enough to make the 49-year-old sports-talk superstar take off Friday to be on hand at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: Hard to say goodbye to Groupie Doll

DRF | 11 months ago
A fair number of Breeders’ Cup horses will be making their final starts Friday and Saturday. Win or lose, that means some teary farewells are in store, whether in front of television cameras or back in the relative privacy of the stables. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: The Thoroughbred as Athlete

Thoroughbreds were born to run, but that’s certainly not all they can do. Programs like CANTER California take runners off the track and teach them to use their athletic prowess in other ways.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup workouts: Flat Out, Chriselliam make impressions

DRF | 11 months ago
As of Tuesday, most of the Breeders’ Cup horses were on the grounds at Santa Anita, with more new faces hitting the track each morning. First sightings on Tuesday included all Breeders’ Cup starters trained by the New York-based trio of Bill Mott, Chad Brown and Shug McGaughey. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Guillot apologizes to Lukas over Travers accusation

DRF | 11 months ago
At a press conference following Monday’s post-position draw for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Eric Guillot, the trainer of Moreno, apologized to D. Wayne Lukas, the trainer of Will Take Charge, for accusing Lukas’s rider, Luis Saez, of carrying an electrical device during the Travers, in which Will Take Charge beat Moreno by a nose. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Four contenders stretch legs

DRF | 11 months ago
Four leading contenders for Saturday’s $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf – Big Blue Kitten, Point of Entry, Real Solution, and The Fugue – had their first morning of exercise at Santa Anita on Tuesday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Easter Gift to scratch

DRF | 11 months ago
Relegated to the also-eligible list for the Dirt Mile, Easter Gift did not ship to California from New York on Tuesday. Trainer Chad Brown said Easter Gift likely will be pointed to the Clark Handicap on Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Mott, like his horses, getting better with age

DRF | 11 months ago
Bill Mott turned 60 in July, but in much the same way as his horses do, Mott isn’t getting older – he’s getting better. Read More...