Tags ‘Breeders’ Cup’

Baffert’s Classic quartet sets record for number of starters

DRF | 3 weeks ago
It'll be four (for trainer Bob Baffert) against one (for Steve Asmussen) in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Del Mar. Read More...

Gun Runner, Arrogate post final works for Classic

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Only hours before they were entered in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Gun Runner and Arrogate turned in their final workouts for the race on Monday. Read More...

World Approval aims to give dam rare double in BC Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Win Approval has foaled four earners of more than $1 million each. The latest of these, World Approval, aims to give the now-pensioned broodmare her second Breeders' Cup Mile winner. Read More...

Owners totally focused on West Coast in Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The first time Gary and Mary West won a Breeders' Cup race they nearly missed the moment. The Wests are hoping for a more sustained view of their colt West Coast winning the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar on Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup clocker: Elate impresses ahead of Distaff

DRF | 3 weeks ago
There was action aplenty on all fronts, turf and dirt, at Del Mar on Sunday, with 19 potential Breeders’ Cup starters recording works during the busiest day yet at the site of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile contenders Ribchester, Suedois settle in

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The young man on the backstretch viewing stand next to the Del Mar racing oval had a question for several passersby, both on foot and horseback, late during training hours Sunday: “How is the turf?” Read More...

Del Mar visitors’ guide for Breeders’ Cup week

DRF | 3 weeks ago
In these parts, “surf and turf” is related to our favorite hometown racetrack, not putting steak and lobster on the same plate. Fortunately, you can combine the best of both worlds this week, for with the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar for the first time Friday and Saturday, you can partake of both this great racetrack and all that the area has to offer in terms of food and fun. Read More...

Ward’s Breeders’ Cup trio stretches legs

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Wesley Ward ran six horses in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup. Two won, three finished second, and the other third. It doesn’t really get much better than that, but Ward is exuding confidence in the three horses he plans to start in Breeders’ Cup races Friday and Saturday. Read More...

Mor Spirit among five Breeders’ Cup workers for Baffert

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Mor Spirit’s performance in winning the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park four months ago was nothing short of brilliant. But it certainly took a toll on Mor Spirit, who has not run since. Read More...

Bolt d’Oro breezes five furlongs in final prep at Santa Anita

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The undefeated Bolt d’Oro breezed five furlongs in 1:01.96 Sunday morning at Santa Anita, his final preparation for his start as the expected overwhelming favorite in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar. Read More...

Elate has sharp workout for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Bill Mott has won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff five times, and it appears he’ll have a strong chance to make it a six-pack Friday, the way Elate has been training since arriving at Del Mar. Read More...

Itsinthepost may be lost in BC Turf crowd

DRF | 3 weeks ago
When he starts in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar, Itsinthepost will be overlooked, despite a win in the Grade 2 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Oct. 1. The focus will be on runners from New York or Europe. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup clocker: Mixed bag for Romans’s juveniles

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Two-year-olds took center stage at Del Mar on Saturday, with three of the nine Breeders’ Cup workouts during the morning turned in by horses pointing for the Juvenile, including Free Drop Billy and Hollywood Star for trainer Dale Romans. Read More...

Free Drop Billy stands out among Saturday Breeders’ Cup drills at Del Mar

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer Dale Romans decided to send his Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runners out to California several weeks in front of the Breeders’ Cup, and the decision appears to be agreeing with Free Drop Billy, who continued his impressive local training with a five-furlong work on Saturday morning at Del Mar. Read More...

Injury knocks Imperative out of Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The veteran gelding Imperative will not run in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on Friday at Del Mar owing to "what appears to be the beginning of a hairline fracture of the pelvis," trainer Bob Hess Jr. said Saturday. Read More...

Firenze Fire sharp in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile work

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Bolt d’Oro is the established horse to beat in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar next Saturday, but Firenze Fire confirmed that he will be one of the serious challengers in the 1 1/16-mile race with a serious workout Saturday morning at Belmont Park. Read More...

Lady Eli among a dozen Breeders’ Cup workers for Brown

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Calling it “one of the best breeze days I’ve had going into a Breeders’ Cup,” trainer Chad Brown worked 12 of his 13 expected Breeders’ Cup starters Saturday morning at Belmont Park. Read More...

Stellar Wind, Abel Tasman drill for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Stellar Wind and Abel Tasman – a champion preparing for the final start of her career, and the other a potential champion preparing for her final start of the season – posted final workouts for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Clocker: American Pastime sizzles for Sprint

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Finally, some real action at Del Mar, the home of the 2017 Breeders' Cup. There were a half-dozen recorded workouts on Friday morning at Del Mar, including a sizzler from Sprint contender American Pastime and an easier, maintenance-type move turned in by Classic outsider Pavel. Read More...

Equipment snafu adds drama to routine gallop for Sharp Azteca

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile contender Sharp Azteca went out for a routine gallop over the main track at Del Mar on Friday that turned out to be not so routine after all. Read More...

Hovdey: Breeders’ Cup brings Del Mar back to the top

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Del Mar has never had what you'd call an inferiority complex. One glowing sunset over the cliffs of Solana Beach is enough to cure any feelings that karma has given the seaside track short shrift. It is a fact, however, that in its 80 years of operation, Del Mar has risen to the upper reaches of the national sports consciousness only four times – and now five counting the Breeders' Cup to be run next weekend. Read More...

Hazit under consideration for BC Juvenile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Hazit worked well on dirt Friday morning at Belmont Park and will now be strongly considered for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Read More...

Takaful sharp in final drill for BC Sprint

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Takaful worked a sharp half-mile in 46.66 seconds Friday morning over the Belmont Park training track in preparation for a start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Read More...

Bal a Bali retired, will not run in BC Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Bal a Bali, who was among the pre-entrants for the Breeders' Cup Mile, has been retired, trainer Richard Mandella said Friday. Read More...

CHRB investigating timing of shock-wave treatment for Imperative

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The California Horse Racing Board is investigating the timing of a shock-wave treatment and subsequent workout for Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile contender Imperative. Read More...

Hollendorfer, Unique Bella ride racing’s roller coaster

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Jerry Hollendorfer marches to and from the track each morning with quick yet purposeful strides, his head down, focused on getting to his favorite spot in the grandstand to watch his horses train. There's little variance in the approach. He likes his routine. And that determination has served him well this year, Read More...

Skip Away grandson Golden Dragon will try dirt in BC Juvenile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
It has been two decades since Skip Away shipped out to California to win the 1997 Breeders' Cup Classic – highlighting a career in which the big gray Hall of Famer brought home four Eclipse Award statues, including the 1998 Horse of the Year trophy, won 10 Grade 1 races, placed in 20 other graded events, and bankrolled $9.6 million. Read More...

BC Classic upsetter Cat Thief stays under the radar in second career

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Cat Thief sprang a $41.20 upset in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic at Gulfstream Park. The stallion, who now stands in Saudi Arabia, has flown similarly under the radar in his second career and is now quietly fashioning a good reputation as a broodmare sire, with champion Classic Empire on his résumé and Highway Star a contender for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Read More...

Generazios double up in Turf Sprint with Disco Partner, Pure Sensation

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Many breeders spend their entire lives trying to produce one horse with the chops to make it to the Breeders' Cup. This year, Frank and Patricia Generazio have two in the same race. Read More...

Nelson’s potential defection could make room in BC Juvenile Turf

DRF | 3 weeks ago
If the Aidan O'Brien trained Nelson is taken out of the Juvenile Turf it would allow another horse into a race capped at 14 runners that attracted 27 pre-entrants. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: Princess Karen to give it a shot

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Princess Karen was second in the Grade 3 L.A. Woman Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 8, beaten 3 1/2 lengths by Unique Bella. The race was a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Del Mar on Nov. 4, and a chance to gauge Princess Karen against the filly expected to dominate the seven-furlong race. Read More...

Pavel, Gunnevera post final BC drills

DRF | 3 weeks ago
A pair of 3-year-olds who will try to upset a strong group of older horses in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic worked on opposite ends of the country on Friday morning. Read More...

Eurton sees good energy in Champagne Room’s work

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer Peter Eurton was happy with Breeders' Cup Distaff contender Champagne Room's five-furlong workout Friday morning at Santa Anita. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Breeders’ Cup Storylines?

The 2017 Breeders' Cup World Championships are just one week away. For the first time ever, the event will be held where The Turf Meets the Surf, on the Pacific Ocean at Del Mar. In this episode of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup draws contenders from 11 states, one Canadian province

DRF | 3 weeks ago
It's 850 miles from Columbus, Ind., where Greg and Deann Baer's Full Throttle Racing is based, to Ocala, Fla., where their Indiana-bred daughter of Overanalyze stepped into the sale ring in March. The Baers were elated when noted bloodstock agent Dennis O'Neill went to $80,000 to purchase the filly on behalf of brother Doug O'Neill, who now trains her for owners Nice Guys Stables, Jack Bick, and Jay Oringer. Read More...

Second-year owner Edwards back at Breeders’ Cup with another top contender

DRF | 3 weeks ago
In his first year as a racehorse owner, Bob Edwards won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with New Money Honey in 2016. This year he's back in the race with Rushing Fall. Read More...

Keen Ice retired after injury forces him out of BC Classic

DRF | 3 weeks ago
A minor injury will keep Keen Ice out of the Breeders' Cup Classic, which was to have been his last start. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup clocker: Imperative drills for Dirt Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Breeders' Cup contenders continue to trickle into Del Mar, with a handful of new faces making their first appearances over the track during training hours here Thursday. Read More...

Nezwaah likely for BC Filly and Mare Turf

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Nezwaah is likely to start in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Del Mar on Nov. 4, and not the BC Turf against males the same day. Read More...

Kumin buys interest in Fatale Bere

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Sol Kumin's Head of Plains Partners has purchased a 25 percent interest in Fatale Bere, who has been pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar on Nov. 3. Read More...

Hess expects Imperative will run well fresh

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Imperative will be making his first start in more than six months when he starts in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile here at Del Mar on Nov. 3. Read More...

Half-siblings to Bolt d’Oro, Moonshine Memories looking like smart buys

DRF | 3 weeks ago
After Bolt d'Oro captured the Del Mar Futurity and Moonshine Memories won the Del Mar Debutante, their half-siblings fetched $250,000 and $750,000, respectively, at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Read More...

Medaglia d’Oro proving to be more than a top filly sire

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Medaglia d'Oro has made his mark as an outstanding filly sire and is working on breaking through on several other fronts – including with his unbeaten son Bolt d'Oro. Read More...

Malibu Moon represented by top contenders in BC Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Malibu Moon has not yet been represented by a Breeders' Cup winner, but the stallion has them surrounded in this year's Juvenile Fillies, with three pre-entrants. Read More...

Ribchester to start in BC Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Ribchester will travel from England to have his career finale in the Breeders' Cup Mile, his owner, Godolphin, announced Thursday morning. Read More...

Blackjackcat Glatt’s ace in the hole for Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Blackjackcat was part of the Breeders' Cup show at Santa Anita last year. About 40 minutes after Beholder and Songbird finished a nose apart in the BC Distaff, Blackjackcat was third by a half-length in the Grade 2 Twilight Derby in the day's final race. A year later, Blackjackcat has a greater role in the Breeders' Cup program at Del Mar on Nov. 4. The 4-year-old gelding has gone from a bit player in a supporting race to California's leading hope in the BC Mile. Read More...

BC Juvenile Turf: Euro shippers prominent in pre-entries

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf will be contested in Southern California with a very European feel. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Clocker: Contenders for Roman, Ward stretch legs

DRF | 3 weeks ago
After spending training hours Wednesday morning at Del Mar, it's hard to imagine that in less than one week, more than 150 of the world's best horses will have converged on this track to compete in the Breeders' Cup. Read More...

BC Sprint: Pre-entries suggest small but select field

DRF | 3 weeks ago
As expected, the field for the Breeders' Cup Sprint will be a small but select one once again in 2017, a group that includes defending champion Drefong. Read More...

BC Juvenile: Bolt d’Oro tops 13 pre-entries

DRF | 3 weeks ago
As dominant as Bolt d'Oro has been in his first three starts, he won't lack for challengers in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Nov. 4 at Del Mar. Read More...