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Asmussen rises above the storm

DRF | 7 months ago
After a tumultuous spring, Steve Asmussen arrives at the Breeders' Cup with his filly Untapable the solid favorite for the $2 million Distaff. Read More...

Smith shows no signs of slowing with nine Breeders’ Cup mounts

DRF | 7 months ago
The Breeders’ Cup is never far from Mike Smith’s mind. The Hall of Fame jockey seldom encounters a group of racing fans without someone mentioning his win on the famous mare Zenyatta in the 2009 BC Classic at Santa Anita. Read More...

Effort to market Breeders’ Cup overseas proving worthwhile, expensive

DRF | 7 months ago
At this point, the paucity of shippers from Europe and elsewhere out of the Breeders' Cup Challenge program isn’t a big concern for Breeders’ Cup, accoding to Josh Christian, Breeders' Cup's director of rracing. Read More...

Crist: Playable pick four spices up Friday BC card

DRF | 7 months ago
With the elimination of the Juvenile Sprint last year and the Marathon this year, Breeders’ Cup Friday is down to four races, and they are largely devoid of championship implications. They do, however, comprise a very playable pick-4 that concludes with a showdown between two fillies who probably have already clinched Eclipse Awards. Read More...

Distaff is highlight of four-race BC lineup on Day 1

DRF | 7 months ago
Beginning on Halloween Friday and running through Saturday, the Breeders’ Cup will conduct 13 races, all Grade 1 events, worth a total of $26 million. Many will decide Eclipse Awards, all will enrich the winning connections, and all have the potential to result in life-changing scores for bettors, what with large fields throughout. Read More...

Artemis Agrotera rolls into Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 7 months ago
In the weeks and months leading into the Breeders’ Cup, there have been a number of impressive efforts turned in by some of the leading candidates. Few, however, have matched the “wow” factor elicited by Artemis Agrotera in her last three starts. Read More...

European juveniles set to leave mark on 2014 Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 7 months ago
European 2-year-olds have been a dangerous group in the brief history of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Read More...

Magician withdrawn from Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 7 months ago
Magician, winner of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf, was withdraw from Saturday's BC Turf because of lameness, Breeders' Cup officials said on Wednesday. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Friday’s Breeders’ Cup card

DRF | 7 months ago
As for wagering strategy Friday at Santa Anita, there is plenty from which to choose. The Friday card is 10 races; the pick six is races 4-9 ending with the Distaff. Pick fours (50-cent minimum) begin races 3, 6, and 7. The least expensive wager (14 percent takeout) remains the pick five on races 1-5. Read More...

Free as a Bird out of BC Turf Sprint

DRF | 7 months ago
Free as a Bird, a winner of five consecutive sprint stakes this year, was withdrawn from Saturday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita after she became upset on an airplane in Kentucky early Wednesday, trainer Ian Wilkes said. Read More...

Ward finds a way to balance his priorities this Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 7 months ago
Horse trainers are people, too, which explains why Wesley Ward will not be here at Santa Anita this weekend for the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Difficult to deny Goldencents in bid for a repeat

DRF | 7 months ago
Goldencents returns to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile as quite possibly the heaviest favorite in any of the 13 Breeders’ Cup races to be run this weekend at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf analysis

DRF | 7 months ago
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Lady Eli gives Brown another good shot at Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 7 months ago
With a win and two seconds in four tries in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, trainer Chad Brown believes he has an idea of what makes a horse competitive in the one-mile turf race. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile analysis

DRF | 7 months ago
DRF handicappers Mike Watchmaker, Dave Litfin and Brad Free give their analysis of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Read More...

Untapable looks to cap breakout season

DRF | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months ago
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf analysis from DRF handicappers. Read More...

Danette has look of surprise package

DRF | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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 | 7 months 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...