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

DRF | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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 | 10 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...

Verrazano to be retired after Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

DRF | 10 months ago
Verrazano, a two-time Grade 1-winning 3-year-old, will make the final start of his career in Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita and will stand the 2014 breeding season at Ashford Stud, the American division of Ireland’s Coolmore stud, it was announced Tuesday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Moreno draws inside of other speed

DRF | 10 months ago
While the post position draw for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita turned out well for Game On Dude, the placing of Moreno vis-à-vis the other potential speed in the race left trainer Eric Guillot believing his options had been compromised. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Moreno draws inside of other speed

DRF | 10 months ago
While the post position draw for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita turned out well for Game On Dude, the placing of Moreno vis-à-vis the other potential speed in the race left trainer Eric Guillot believing his options had been compromised. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Favorite memories from six Breeders’ Cup events at Santa Anita

DRF | 10 months ago
Everyone has their favorite horses among winners from the six previous times the Breeders' Cup was held at Santa Anita. These are mine. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile: Returning to championship day with Obviously is a win for Mitchell

DRF | 10 months ago
The last two races turned in by Obviously, one of North America’s best turf milers the past two seasons, were subpar by his standards, providing grounds on which to wonder if Obviously is doing quite as well as he was one year ago, when he finished a gallant third in the Breeders’ Cup Mile behind Wise Dan and Animal Kingdom. His trainer, Mike Mitchell, almost certainly is in a better place. Read More...

Golden Gate Fields notes: She’s a Tiger brings owner to pinnacle of sport

DRF | 10 months ago
Allen Aldrich thought he’d hit the horse racing heights when he saddled Steel Blue to win the Humboldt County Marathon in 2011. On Saturday, Aldrich will truly hit the big time as part-owner of She’s a Tiger, who is a contender in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. Read More...

Dick Jerardi: Horses with Mid-Atlantic ties abundant in Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 10 months ago
Horses that have run and won at the Mid-Atlantic tracks are all over the 14 Breeders’ Cup races to be run Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup 2013 entries, odds

DRF | 10 months ago
Breeders' Cup 2013 final entries and post positions. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff: Royal Delta, Beholder to start side by side

DRF | 10 months ago
Royal Delta will start the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff from directly inside pace rival Beholder, a draw that is likely to dictate a front-running strategy for the two-time Distaff winner. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Game On Dude gets comfortable post

DRF | 10 months ago
After a morning that went ideally for Game On Dude with his final workout, co-owner Bernie Schiappa anxiously awaited the draw on Monday afternoon for the post positions for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. There was an audible sigh of relief from him when Game On Dude landed post 9 in the field of 12 for the Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile: Wise Dan will be favored to repeat from post 8

DRF | 10 months ago
Four times in the Breeders' Cup Mile’s history has the previous year’s winner come home first again. Only four other Breeders’ Cup races have produced so much as a single back-to-back winner. Wise Dan broke the Santa Anita course record winning the 2012 Mile, a performance that propelled him to Horse of the Year honors, and he will be favored to add his name to the list of Mile repeaters when he breaks from post 8 in Saturday’s $2 million race. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: My Conquestadory must overcome post 14

DRF | 10 months ago
My Conquestadory, who overcame a difficult trip to win the Grade 1 Alcibiades in her last race, will now have to overcome post 14 if she is to win the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Top speed horses draw inside and outside posts

DRF | 10 months ago
Artemis Agrotera and She’s a Tiger, the two horses who appear to have the most early speed, drew the rail and extreme outside post, respectively, in a 10-horse field entered Monday for Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Private Zone draws lucky 7

DRF | 10 months ago
It was easy to tell who some of the winners were at Monday’s post position draw for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. The pulling of the pills put smiles on the faces of Doug O’Neill and Martin Pedroza, the jockey and trainer of Private Zone, and trainer David Fawkes, who’ll send out Bahamian Squall. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Mizdirection draws post 12 for repeat bid

DRF | 10 months ago
Defending champion Mizdirection drew favorably in post 12 when starting gates were assigned Monday for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, to be run Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: Bobby’s Kitten draws No. 5 post as favorite

DRF | 10 months ago
The connections of Bobby’s Kitten, the 5-2 morning-line favorite on the Santa Anita line, need not talk themselves into the idea of a decent post, since he actually has one. Bobby’s Kitten will break from post 5, a seemingly ideal spot. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Verrazano and Goldencents draw wide posts

DRF | 10 months ago
Three-year-olds Verrazano and Goldencents both were assigned tough outside posts Monday as the likely favorites for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Friday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Lasix ban for juveniles gets one last hurrah

DRF | 10 months ago
The waning effort to ban the race-day use of Lasix, an anti-bleeding medication legal to administer in every jurisdiction in North America, will have one last hurrah at this year’s Breeders’ Cup, where the drug will be banned for the second year in a row for all horses entered in races restricted to 2-year-olds. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup workouts: Game On Dude shows he’s ready to rock

DRF | 10 months ago
The last of the major workouts at Santa Anita for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup took place Monday, although with more and more horses continuing to arrive from across the United States and Europe, activity during training hours is just beginning to heat up. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile: He Be Fire N Ice gets his shot

DRF | 10 months ago
The $100,000 supplemental fee is far less than the highest supplemental payments of the past, which could approach $500,000, but it still is a significant investment – one that Ron and Barbara Perry of Cicero Farms have made with the California-bred 5-year-old He Be Fire N Ice, who starts Saturday in the $2 million BC Mile. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Marathon: Old Time Hockey stretching out

DRF | 10 months ago
There were simple reasons why Old Time Hockey was pre-entered for Friday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon over 1 3/4 miles on dirt at Santa Anita. “He wants to run all day, and it is for $500,000,” trainer Tom Proctor said. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Teaks North in with a shot

DRF | 10 months ago
Teaks North was claimed for $100,000 when he finished sixth in a turf race at Saratoga on Aug. 15. Just 11 weeks later, he will be a longshot in Saturday’s $3 million BC Turf. It is worth a gamble, according to trainer Eric Guillot. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Tap It Rich eager to run

DRF | 10 months ago
Trainer Bob Baffert used equipment known as “rings” on Tap It Rich for his final workout Monday before Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Read More...