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Untapable looks to cap breakout season

DRF | 1 month ago
The $2 million Distaff is not the first Breeders’ Cup drama for Untapable or Close Hatches. They were supporting players in 2013 – Untapable eighth in the Juvenile Fillies, Close Hatches second in the Distaff. Read More...

Clocker: Iotapa asked to finish strongly

DRF | 1 month ago
Iotapa was asked for some finish from the wire to the seven-furlong pole to conclude an efficient five-furlong move Tuesday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf analysis

DRF | 1 month ago
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf analysis from DRF handicappers. Read More...

Danette has look of surprise package

DRF | 1 month ago
Angela Renee and Conquest Eclipse, the first two finishers from the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes here Sept. 27, are 3-1 and 4-1 on the morning line for Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Danette, who finished third in that race, is 20-1 on the line. Read More...

Telescope’s focus has been on Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Michael Stoute and Harry Herbert of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing confirmed Telescope’s next start in a conversation after the colt had finished third in the Grade 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York. Read More...

Hootenanny’s work in Europe stands out

DRF | 1 month ago
A 2-year-old with strong European form appears poised to make it six wins from eight races in Friday’s $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. The catch is that this horse, Hootenanny, is based in the United States with trainer Wesley Ward. Read More...

Foot problem forces American Pharoah out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 1 month ago
American Pharoah, expected to be a heavy favorite, was scratched from Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Tuesday due to an injury, his connections announced. Read More...

Shared Belief takes it easy in Breeders’ Cup Classic work

DRF | 1 month ago
Shared Belief, the likely favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and V. E. Day, one of the race’s outsiders, both turned in easy half-mile workouts on Tuesday morning in their final preps for Saturday’s $5 million race. Read More...

Jerardi: Four Penn Challenge winners entered for BC

DRF | 1 month ago
Four winners of the first 15 races in the Penn Gaming Racing Challenge are among the horses entered for the Breeders’ Cup races Friday and Saturday in Santa Anita.
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Caspar Netscher brings full passport to Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

DRF | 1 month ago
Caspar Netscher has been on the go all through October – to racetracks in three countries and over the Atlantic twice. Read More...

Hovdey: Main Sequence plays Yankee Doodle Dandy

DRF | 1 month ago
Trying to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf with a horse based in North America is one of those “why bother?” endeavors. American runners usually end up high-class cannon fodder, reduced to chanting the mantra, “It’s an honor simply to be nominated.” This was not always the case. Read More...

American Pharoah out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 1 month ago
American Pharoah, the multiple Grade 1-winning 2-year-old, will be scratched from Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Tuesday morning. Read More...

BC Turf: Farm-trained Hardest Core brings little-known trainer to big stage

DRF | 1 month ago
Hardest Core’s out-of-the-blue win in the Arlington Million was the feel-good story of the summer. A little-known horse – owned, trained, and ridden by obscure connections – takes on the big guys and wins a $1 million race, defeating the reigning Breeders’ Cup Turf champ, Magician, fair and square. Read More...

Classic: Post No. 13 may be lucky for California Chrome

DRF | 1 month ago
Art Sherman flashed a thumb’s-up sign. Victor Espinoza flashed a smile. The California Chrome camp, anxiously watching the post-position draw Monday for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita, was thrilled when California Chrome drew an outside post, No. 13, for a race that should decide Horse of the Year. Read More...

Distaff: Untapable, Close Hatches draw outside

DRF | 1 month ago
The Breeders’ Cup Distaff favorites drew advantageous outside post positions Monday for the $2 million race that will be held Friday at Santa Anita. Read More...

In Wise Dan’s absence, Toronado inherits role of favorite

DRF | 1 month ago
Wise Dan, injured earlier this month, can’t return on Saturday to try and win his third straight Breeders’ Cup Mile, and his defection swelled the field to bursting. Fourteen turf milers are in the main body of the $2 million Mile, with Mr. Commons the lone also-eligible. Read More...

BC Juv. Fillies: Pletcher’s pair draws inside posts

DRF | 1 month ago
Todd Pletcher won’t have to look too far to find his pair of runners in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. Read More...

Pletcher’s pair of Daredevil, Carpe Diem drawn toward outside

DRF | 1 month ago
For the second straight year, Pletcher will have a horse leave from post 12 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, where there is a short run to the first turn in races run at 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

BC Filly & Mare Sprint: Artemis Agrotera in post 5

DRF | 1 month ago
A well-balanced field of 10 has been entered for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, with likely favorites Artemis Agrotera and Judy the Beauty assigned to the middle of the starting gate for the seven-furlong race Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Favored Hootenanny will start from post 5 with Dettori

DRF | 1 month ago
Frankie Dettori’s last Breeders’ Cup flying dismount, his signature leap performed after a victory, came in 2010, when he won the Turf on Dangerous Midge. But Dettori is well mounted this year to claim another Breeders’ Cup race, and his live mount in the Juvenile Turf, Hootenanny, drew well in post 5 for the $1 million race. Read More...

BC Dirt Mile: Golden rail for Goldencents

DRF | 1 month ago
As if he needed anything else in his favor, Goldencents was assigned the favorable rail post when a field of 10 older horses was drawn Monday afternoon at Santa Anita for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Read More...

BC Juv. Fillies Turf: Sunset Glow made 7-2 favorite

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Wesley Ward is winless with 16 Breeders’ Cup starters, but he will send out the favorite, Sunset Glow, in Friday’s $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

BC Turf: Imagining to be involved early from post 3

DRF | 1 month ago
In the early fall of 2013, Imagining was considered a candidate for the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita until he finished sixth in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park. Read More...

BC Sprint: Fast Anna favorably drawn in post 12

DRF | 1 month ago
Like the rest of her colleagues with a horse in Saturday’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint, trainer Kathy Ritvo held her breath during the post-position draw. The Sprint is arguably the one race among the 13 Breeders’ Cup events to be decided this weekend at Santa Anita for which post position is likely to have the most impact on the outcome. Read More...

BC Filly & Mare Turf: Dank seeks repeat

DRF | 1 month ago
The biggest mystery of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare has little to with post position and everything to do with current form. Read More...

BC Turf Sprint: Favorites draw rail, far-outside posts

DRF | 1 month ago
Tightend Touchdown may not be the same horse who finished second in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita. Read More...

BC Clocker: Souper Colossal sizzles in work

DRF | 1 month ago
Monday marked the final busy morning for Breeders’ Cup workers at Santa Anita, with the emphasis on speed, as five of the 14 prospective starters in the Sprint turned in their final major tune-ups for the event, including defending champion Secret Circle and his speedy stablemate, Indianapolis. Read More...

Gyarmati back for more with Sweet Reason, Wonder Gal

DRF | 1 month ago
Last year’s trip to the Breeders’ Cup proved not to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for trainer Leah Gyarmati. Read More...

French BC invaders get feel for track

DRF | 1 month ago
The five French horses who stepped onto the Santa Anita main track at about 10 a.m. Monday might as well have been walking over the surface of the moon. In France, there is training on turf and training on all-weather surfaces, but very few horses – and certainly not Grade 1-caliber animals like this quintet – will ever train on dirt. Read More...

Souper Colossal blazes in workout for BC Juvenile

DRF | 1 month ago
Eddie Plesa Jr. wasn’t singing the trainer’s familiar refrain of “it was just what we wanted” following Souper Colossal’s super-fast half-mile workout in 45.57 seconds Monday at Santa Anita in preparation for Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Read More...

BC Turf: Starspangled Heat taking a shot

DRF | 1 month ago
A third-place finish by Starspangled Heat in Sunday’s $81,850 Lure Stakes was good enough for trainer Barry Abrams to plan a quick turnaround to Saturday’s $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

Classic: Fishing buddies all eligible for a whopper

DRF | 1 month ago
There have been some real fish tales told on the annual Alaska fishing trip trainers Alan Sherman, Eoin Harty, and Sean McCarthy take each summer, but imagine the tales that will be told if one of them lands the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Nevin makes quick ascent to the big leagues

DRF | 1 month ago
Michelle Nevin always thought one day she would go out on her own and be a trainer. Just not the day, or in the way, that it happened. Read More...

Travel schedule thrown off for some BC horses

DRF | 1 month ago
If it’s not one thing, it’s another. First, Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the training schedules for New York-based horsemen. Now, a plane malfunction has delayed the shipping of horses based in New York and Kentucky for this week’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. Read More...

Bronzo carries Chile’s hopes in BC Dirt Mile

DRF | 1 month ago
Among the more obscure Breeders’ Cup entrants this year is a 5-year-old Chilean-bred named Bronzo, who figures as one of the longer shots behind Goldencents in the BC Dirt Mile. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup expands ‘convicted trainer rule’

DRF | 1 month ago
Horses who have been transferred to assistants of trainers who are serving suspensions for serious drug infractions will not be able to run in the Breeders’ Cup races as of next year, according to a rule approved by the Breeders’ Cup board of directors. Read More...

Clocker: American Pharoah sharpest on busy day

DRF | 1 month ago
Every trainer has his or her own style when it comes to preparing horses for major races, as was evident throughout Sunday’s training session, with an array of different workout styles on display among the two dozen or so Breeders’ Cup contenders to turn in their final major preps at Santa Anita. Read More...

BC Turf Sprint: This may be Reneesgotzip’s year

DRF | 1 month ago
The career of Reneesgotzip has been defined by the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, but that has meant more heartbreak in the last two years. Read More...

Obviously, Tom’s Tribute set to enter Breeders’ Cup Mile fresh

DRF | 1 month ago
The waiting game nearly is over for the two top turf milers in California, Obviously and Tom’s Tribute, who will be among a full gate of starters in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile. Read More...

Big Blue Kitten will skip Breeders’ Cup Turf, point to Japanese stakes

DRF | 1 month ago
Big Blue Kitten will not start Saturday in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita and is under consideration for two stakes in Japan in November and December, owner and breeder Ken Ramsey said Sunday. Read More...

Kaigun’s connections still undecided on Breeders’ Cup race

DRF | 1 month ago
Kaigun is cross-entered in the Mile and the Turf Sprint, and though the Mile is listed as first preference, serious consideration has been given to entering the Turf Sprint. In fact, as of Saturday afternoon, Kaigun's connections were leaning toward the Turf Sprint, but that position had shifted by Saturday night, with the Mile now the more likely spot. Read More...

Top Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contenders have final works

DRF | 1 month ago
The top three choices for next Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita put in their final workouts Sunday. Read More...

Bayern, Majestic Harbor work for BC Classic, as California Chrome arrives at Santa Anita

DRF | 1 month ago
The speedy Bayern and the steady Majestic Harbor both turned in their final works Sunday at Santa Anita for next Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic on a day that saw Cigar Street and Zivo work at Belmont Park and California Chrome arrive at Santa Anita following an early-morning van ride from Los Alamitos. Read More...

Untapable, Close Hatches each work half-mile toward BC Distaff

DRF | 1 month ago
Untapable and Close Hatches will be a lot closer to one another Friday in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff than they were Sunday morning in California and New York, where the Distaff favorites each posted their final workouts. Read More...

Untapable, Close Hatches each work half-mile toward BC Distaff

DRF | 1 month ago
Untapable and Close Hatches will be a lot closer to one another Friday in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff than they were Sunday morning in California and New York, where the Distaff favorites each posted their final workouts. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint prospect Big Macher goes nice and easy

DRF | 1 month ago
Big Macher, who has not started since turning in an uncharacteristically dull effort in the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien at Del Mar on Aug. 24, breezed an easy half-mile in 47.40 seconds with jockey Tyler Baze aboard Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Clocker: Stonetastic makes favorable impression

DRF | 1 month ago
What was essentially a three-furlong blow-out turned into work of the day honors for Stonetastic, not so much for her swift final clocking but more so for the manner in which she galloped out upon completion of the drill and the overall impression she made in the process. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Calculator works slowly by design

DRF | 1 month ago
On Saturday, at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in Bonsall, Calif., Calculator completed preparations for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile by working six furlongs in 1:13.80. Read More...

Salutos Amigos wins Bold Ruler, targets BC Sprint

DRF | 1 month ago
Maybe it wasn’t an either/or situation after all for Salutos Amigos. After dominating Saturday’s Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap by 3 1/4 lengths at Belmont Park, David Jacobson, part-owner and trainer of Salutos Amigos, said he wants to wheel the horse back in next Saturday’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. Salutos Amigos was pre-entered for the Sprint and did make it into the body of the race. Read More...

Nakatani to ride Sweet Swap in BC Turf Sprint

DRF | 1 month ago
Sweet Swap, a two-time stakes winner in turf sprints this year, will be ridden by Corey Nakatani in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...