Tags ‘Breeders’ Cup’

Leigh Court leads speedsters into TCA Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Coincidence or not, there has been a very strong correlation in recent years between who wins the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes and who wins the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint four weeks later. Read More...

Rock Me Baby uses City of Hope to determine Breeders’ Cup plans

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Rock Me Baby's performance on Saturday in the Grade 2, $200,000 City of Hope Mile at Santa Anita will determine where he heads next for the Breeders’ Cup, to either the Turf Sprint down the hill, in which he finished sixth last year, or the Mile on turf. Read More...

Prix de l’Opera could produce a few starters

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The North American racing schedule is largely void of major preps this weekend for the $2 million, Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, but in France on Sunday there is a significant race that could produce some Filly and Mare Turf starters: the Group 1 Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp on Arc day. Read More...

Rivals take aim on Wise Dan in rich Shadwell Turf Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Wise Dan drew post 6 in the field of eight older horses entered in the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile on Saturday at Keeneland. Read More...

BC Juvenile: Lightly raced Pletcher duo will make final preps

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Todd Pletcher has won two of the past four runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and a month ago it appeared as though he would have one of the favorites for this year’s race after Competitive Edge won the Grade 1 Hopeful impressively at Saratoga. Read More...

Wise Dan’s connections hope to see improvement in Shadwell Turf Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Wise Dan is the gleaming headliner on the last major weekend of North American grass races leading to the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and the 7-year-old gelding – a two-time Horse of the Year and two-time BC Mile winner – stands on a strange threshold. Read More...

Strong race puts Bern Identity into Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The prospective starting lineup for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint should come into focus before the weekend runs its course, with the final two Win and You’re In races to take place Friday at Keeneland and Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Bleeding incident won’t stop Iotapa, trainer says

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The field for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff will solidify after the final prep, the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland on Sunday. Meanwhile, challenges remain for Distaff candidates whose prep races are already behind them. Read More...

Her Emmynency switches surfaces, eyes BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer Michael Stidham is hoping a strong performance by Her Emmynency in the $100,000 Surfer Girl at Santa Anita on Sunday will propel her into becoming a serious contender in the Grade 1, $1 million Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Oct. 31. Read More...

Bern Identity goes for fourth straight win in speed-laden Phoenix

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Even if you were sure that the new Keeneland dirt track favors speed like the old one, which horse would you pick Friday in the Phoenix Stakes? Read More...

Top prospects for BC Juvenile Fillies in Alcibiades, Frizette

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The Grade 1 Alcibiades on Friday and Grade 1 Frizette on Saturday will play pivotal roles in determining who moves on to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
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International Star seeks cleaner trip in Bourbon

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer Mike Maker is hoping for a smoother trip Sunday, when International Star starts in the Grade 3, $250,000 Bourbon at Keeneland. Read More...

Fashion Alert favored for third straight stakes win in Alcibiades

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Not that she needs any help as the only graded stakes winner in the field, but Fashion Alert was assigned the favorable rail slot Friday in the 63rd running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race on the new dirt track at Keeneland. Read More...

Pontchatrain auditions for Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

DRF | 3 weeks ago
On Friday at Santa Anita, Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint prospect Pontchatrain, the winner of four consecutive stakes from September 2013 until February of this year, returns from an ankle injury to start in a third-level optional $75,000 claimer over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course. Read More...

Imperia emerges as strong BC Juvenile Turf contender

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Of the trio of 2-year-olds who won major turf stakes over the weekend, Imperia might be the only one advancing to the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 31. He won his maiden Sunday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim at Belmont Park. Read More...

Bright Thought comes into BC Turf in good form

DRF | 3 weeks ago
In a year, Bright Thought has gone from being a completely overmatched longshot in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Mile to one with an outsider’s chance for the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Pivotal preps coming up for Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 3 weeks ago
It was all quiet on the Breeders’ Cup Mile front this past weekend, but the division blazes back to life Saturday and Sunday with action in Kentucky, California, and France. Read More...

Stephanie’s Kitten, Emollient clinch spots in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf

DRF | 3 weeks ago
This past Saturday’s Grade 1 preps for the Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita helped clarify the picture regarding the leading U.S. prospects. Read More...

O’Neill gets the nod as trainer of Private Zone for BC Sprint

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Private Zone stamped himself a major contender for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint after successfully defending his title with a game victory over Dads Caps in Saturday’s Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park. But the question still remained who would saddle Private Zone in the Sprint? Read More...

River Rocks, Fed Biz possible for BC Dirt Mile after runner-up prep efforts

DRF | 3 weeks ago
After barely holding third in a three-way photo behind Vyjack and River Rocks as the odds-on choice and highweight in Saturday’s Grade 2 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park, Itsmyluckyday will not be supplemented to either the Breeders’ Cup Classic or Dirt Mile, and will await the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 29. Read More...

BC Filly and Mare Sprint: Two major preps Saturday

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The last two major preps toward the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint are set for Saturday, with the Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland and the L.A. Woman at Santa Anita. Read More...

3-year-olds looking dominant ahead of BC Classic

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Victories by Shared Belief in the Awesome Again here at Santa Anita and Tonalist in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Saturday further strengthened the already strong hold 3-year-olds appear to have on the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Read More...

Big stakes on tap at Keeneland for Fall Stars Weekend

DRF | 3 weeks ago
With so many implications toward the Breeders’ Cup, there is an incredible amount of energy building toward the opening Fall Stars Weekend at Keeneland, where the 17-day meet begins Friday. Read More...

Angela Renee, Conquest Eclipse put in solid preps for BC Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Angela Renee and Conquest Eclipse put in as close to perfect preps as you can get for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 1 by respectively finishing first and second in Saturday’s Grade 1 Chandelier at Santa Anita. Read More...

Cigar Street being considered for Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Cigar Street will return Wednesday to trainer Bill Mott’s main base at Belmont Park to prepare for a possible run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic after his stirring victory Saturday in the Homecoming Classic, the highlight of closing weekend of the 12-day September meet at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Zenyatta win puts Beholder back on track

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Racing for the first time in 112 days, Beholder won the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes by three-quarters of a length to re-establish herself as a top contender for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Read More...

BC Juvenile Fillies Turf: Brown has strong contender in Lady Eli

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Lady Eli gave trainer Chad Brown his third straight win in the Grade 3, $200,000 Miss Grillo at Belmont Park on Sunday, and Brown hopes she can give him a second win in the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 31. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup still a possibility for Maragh

DRF | 3 weeks ago
According to his agent, Tony Micallef, Rajiv Maragh has been told by doctors that his broken right arm could heal in time allow him to ride in the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on Oct. 31-Nov.1. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Baffert has strong early favorite

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer Bob Baffert has won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile three times. However, he is winless with four favorites in the race dating back to 1999. Read More...

John Henry win earns Bright Thought shot at Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Ridden by Tyler Baze, Bright Thought won the Grade 2 John Henry Turf Championship by three-quarters of a length over Finnegans Wake, running 1 1/4 miles on turf in 1:58.27. The victory will lead to a start in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf here on Nov. 1 Read More...

McLaughlin maiden Imperia takes Pilgrim

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin doesn’t run a maiden in a graded stakes race very often, but he thought there was plenty more to gain than to lose by running Imperia in Sunday’ Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Moulin de Mougin still pointed to Breeders’ Cup despite fall

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Moulin de Mougin will be trained toward the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 despite falling in Saturday’s Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes. Read More...

Who will ride Main Sequence in Breeders’ Cup Turf?

DRF | 3 weeks ago
In Main Sequence, trainer Graham Motion has a top-flight contender for the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf. Unfortunately, it appears as though he will need a new rider for his three-time Grade 1 winning colt. Read More...

Shared Belief will train more lightly towards Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Shared Belief emerged in good condition from his eventful, winning journey in the Awesome Again Stakes on Saturday, but his trainer and co-owner, Jerry Hollendorfer, on Sunday morning at Santa Anita said the hard race would likely cause him to train Shared Belief differently than anticipated prior to his next start, the Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 1. Read More...

Tonalist, Zivo likely to meet again in Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 3 weeks ago
<p>ELMONT, N.Y. - Tonalist and Zivo, the first two finishers from Saturday&rsquo;s Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup, will both be pointed to the $5 million Breeders&rsquo; Cup Classic, but will both do all their major preparations... Read More...

Angela Renee’s long trip worthwhile in Chandelier

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The decision of trainer Todd Pletcher to send Angela Renee to California to get a two-turn race into her paid off handsomely on Saturday at Santa Anita when Angela Renee captured the Grade 1, $300,500 Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Read More...

Emollient rebounds to capture Rodeo Drive

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Emollient ended a disappointing summer campaign with her fourth career Grade 1 win in Saturday’s $301,750 Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita. Read More...

Shared Belief by a neck in Awesome Again

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Shared Belief overcame a wide trip to extend his unbeaten streak to seven races in Saturday’s $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita and confirm his status as the favorite for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic over this track Nov. 1. Read More...

American Pharoah delivers as FrontRunner favorite

DRF | 3 weeks ago
American Pharoah led throughout the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity over seven furlongs on Sept. 3 to record his first career win. He used the same tactics to win Saturday’s $300,750 FrontRunner Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita, a victory expected to make him the favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile here on Nov. 1. Read More...

Beholder strong enough in Zenyatta Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Beholder did not need a brilliant performance Saturday in the Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita to move toward the Breeder’s Cup. All she needed was to run well. Mission accomplished. Read More...

Private Zone earns trip to BC Sprint with Vosburgh repeat

DRF | 3 weeks ago
For the second year in a row, Private Zone came East to prepare for the Breeders’ Cup, and for the second year in a row, he put forth a game performance to win the Grade 1, $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park by a neck, thus earning a fees-paid berth into the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Private Prospect targets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Private Prospect, who won his first three starts before finishing second by a nose in the Arlington-Washington Futurity, is an intended runner in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, trainer Mike Campbell said. Read More...

Obviously, Tom’s Tribute will train up to Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Two of California’s leading turf milers – Obviously and Tom’s Tribute – will pass the $200,000 City of Hope Mile on Oct. 4 and be trained to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile, their trainers said on Friday. Read More...

Opportunity knocks in Chandelier

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The field of 12 in the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita has only one stakes winner in Sharla Rae, but has several fillies capable of winning a key prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 1 Read More...

Main Sequence merits slight edge in Joe Hirsch Classic

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park on Saturday matches a battle-tested field of seven, many of whom are under consideration for the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

New winner guaranteed in Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 4 weeks ago
With reigning two-time champion Groupie Doll retired, the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint will have a new winner when the seven-furlong race is run Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Gold Cup: Speedsters Big Cazanova, Moreno draw outside posts

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Eric Guillot, the trainer of the speedy Moreno, didn’t love hearing that Big Cazanova, a speedster from Southern California, was shipping cross-country to run in Saturday’s $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Without Big Cazanova in the field, Moreno looked like the potential lone speed in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, the centerpiece of a six-stakes, 11-race card to be run Saturday at Belmont. Read More...

Few willing to challenge Beholder in Zenyatta

DRF | 1 month ago
The smallest field among the graded stakes Saturday at Santa Anita will be the Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles. Beholder, the two-time champion, will be a heavy favorite against Iotapa, Tiz Midnight, and stablemate Tiz the Key. Read More...

Few willing to challenge Beholder in Zenyatta

DRF | 1 month ago
The smallest field among the graded stakes Saturday at Santa Anita will be the Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles. Beholder, the two-time champion, will be a heavy favorite against Iotapa, Tiz Midnight, and stablemate Tiz the Key. Read More...

FrontRunner a distance test for American Pharoah

DRF | 1 month ago
The Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita can confirm American Pharoah’s status as a top 2-year-old, and move him closer to a potential start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1. Read More...