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BC Turf: Starspangled Heat taking a shot

DRF | 4 days 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 | 4 days 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 | 4 days 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 | 5 days 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 | 5 days 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 | 5 days 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 | 5 days 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 | 5 days 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 | 5 days 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 | 5 days 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 | 5 days 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 | 5 days 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 | 5 days 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 | 6 days 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 | 6 days 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 | 6 days 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 | 6 days 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 | 6 days 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 | 6 days 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 | 6 days 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...

Romans pleased with Prayer for Relief

DRF | 6 days ago
Dale Romans has shocked the world. Not himself, mind you. But he has shocked the world. He did it in 2011 in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, where he scored a 64-1 upset with Court Vision when Goldikova was going for an unprecedented fourth straight win in the race. Read More...

Distaff contenders post final works leading up to Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 6 days ago
Untapable and Close Hatches will command the most attention leading to the Breeder’s Cup Distaff, and both are scheduled for their final workout Sunday. Read More...

California Chrome has final pre-Breeders’ Cup workout

DRF | 6 days ago
After California Chrome worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds Saturday at Los Alamitos, his final workout before the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, Art Sherman had flashbacks. Read More...

Belmont: Artemis Agrotera among BC workers

DRF | 7 days ago
After three consecutive mornings of sloppy surfaces, the two tracks at Belmont Park dried out at least to the point where some trainers felt confident enough Saturday morning to work their horses for next week’s Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Tonalist works five furlongs for BC Classic

DRF | 7 days ago
Saturday morning did not start off particularly well for trainer Christophe Clement when he was told by New York Racing Association officials that he would not be allowed to work a horse on the turf for the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Weather forcing New York horses to scramble

DRF | 1 week ago
As of Friday, there were still 44 possible Breeders’ Cup starters stabled in New York, and Mother Nature was wreaking havoc with the work schedules for many of them. Read More...

Clocker: Goldencents shows he’s sitting on ready

DRF | 1 week ago
A handful of Breeders’ Cup workers, topped by defending Dirt Mile champ Goldencents and Classic contender Moreno, spiced up Friday’s training session at Santa Anita. Read More...

Fiesolana going in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf

DRF | 1 week ago
Fiesolana, cross-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and the Breeders’ Cup Mile, will run in the Filly and Mare Turf, according to Alan Cooper, racing manager for her owner, the Niarchos family. Read More...

Finley has rooting interest on two fronts

DRF | 1 week ago
When Twilight Eclipse starts in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita next Saturday, he will be part of a unique sporting week for Terry Finley, the president of the West Point Thoroughbreds, which owns the gelding.
Sunday afternoon, Finley will be at the StubHub Center stadium in Southern California to watch his 23-year-old son Ryan play forward for Chivas USA versus the San Jose Earthquakes in the regular-season finale of Major League Soccer. Read More...

Midnight Lucky retired, out of Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 1 week ago
The Breeders’ Cup incurred another major defection on Friday when Bob Baffert said that Midnight Lucky will be retired. Read More...

Guillot putting his faith in voodoo

DRF | 1 week ago
Eric Guillot is practicing the voodoo that he knows so well. His attempt to ward off evil spirits worked at Saratoga when he won the Whitney with Moreno, so as part of his preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, the Louisiana-born trainer has fashioned another voodoo wall on his barn at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hollendorfer making all the right moves with Shared Belief

DRF | 1 week ago
Shared Belief and Jerry Hollendorfer are made for each other, and they’re made like each other. Seen from afar, in the inky light here at Golden Gate Fields early one morning several days ago, they’re not very imposing. Smallish, even. Yet get up close, and they swell with an intimidating presence. Try to compete with them, and you’re likely to lose. Read More...

Distaff favorite Untapable displays air of confidence

DRF | 1 week ago
Untapable was up early Friday, strutting her stuff pre-dawn at Santa Anita with a smug attitude, appropriate for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff favorite. Read More...

Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens to Ride in Breeders’ Cup

Michael Compton | 1 week ago
Hall of Fame jockey and 10-time Breeders’ Cup winner Gary Stevens will be riding the Breeders’ Cup World Championships exactly 14 weeks to the day after undergoing total knee replacement surgery on July 25. Stevens will be aboard Sivoliere in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday, Oct. 31. He will be reuniting with […](Read more...) Read More...

King: Preliminary thoughts on Breeders’ Cup races

DRF | 1 week ago
Although post positions, defections from races, and other factors could still alter my thinking between now and next weekend, here are some early observations and leanings about the Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Tough Customer will skip Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 1 week ago
Tough Customer, who was first on the also-eligible/preference list to get into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, will pass the race even if he gets in, trainer Wayne Catalano confirmed Thursday morning. Read More...

Better Lucky rerouted to Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 1 week ago
The connections of Better Lucky were hoping to run their Grade 1-winning filly against males the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile. But when relegated to seven-deep in the Mile, a race that drew 29 pre-entrants, Better Lucky will be re-routed to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, for which she was also pre-entered. Read More...

Imperative solid in Breeders’ Cup Classic workout

DRF | 1 week ago
It was another perfect morning Thursday for training at Santa Anita, but the action was limited when it came to Breeders’ Cup workers. Only Classic contender Imperative and stablemate Mr. Sexy (on the outside looking in for the Sprint and Turf Sprint) breezed over a racetrack that seems to have been on the dull side over the last several days. Both are trained by George Papaprodromou, and they worked together. Read More...

Stevens accepts Breeders’ Cup mount on Sivoliere

DRF | 1 week ago
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will make his comeback from a summertime knee operation in time for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita next weekend. Stevens has been booked to ride Sivoliere in the $1 million BC Juvenile Fillies Turf over a mile on Oct. 31 for owner Martin Schwartz and trainer Chad Brown. Read More...

Blue Dancer should make Breeders’ Cup Juvenile field

DRF | 1 week ago
Blue Dancer, who won the $75,000 Ascot Graduation by a nose over Lord Rosberg on Oct. 13 at Hastings, will be taking an extreme jump up in class when he makes his next start in the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Crist: Inside-the-numbers look at pre-entries

DRF | 1 week ago
It’s time to meet the 201 pre-entrants for the 13 Breeders’ Cup races next Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita. It is, as always, a dazzling group in the aggregate, though skewing a little poorer at the top end than in most years. Read More...

Garcia not clowning around as career takes off

DRF | 1 week ago
There are pictures of clowns decorating Martin Garcia’s new home in the foothills not far from Santa Anita – Emmett Kelly hobo-style clowns sharing wall space with equine portraits and handsome silver hammerings of traditional Mexican art. Garcia was asked, as politely as possible, “Hey, jock, what’s with the clowns?” Read More...

Brown uncertain whether Big Blue Kitten will run

DRF | 1 week ago
Big Blue Kitten may not start in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Free as a Bird gets in, thanks to Kaigun’s defection

DRF | 1 week ago
There is expected to be a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 for Free as a Bird, the winner of five consecutive sprint stakes for fillies and mares in Kentucky and New York this year. Read More...

Hovdey: Euros don’t want to get their hooves dirty

DRF | 1 week ago
They weren’t bluffing, those Euros. When they threatened several years ago that Santa Anita’s switch back to a dirt main track would stick a fork in half the Breeders’ Cup program, at least in terms of European participation, they definitely meant what they said. Read More...

Clocker: Private Prospect has solid drill for Juvenile

DRF | 1 week ago
Wednesday proved to be another slow day on the Breeders’ Cup workout front, with the monotony of the long morning finally broken when Private Prospect came out after the second renovation break to work six furlongs for the Juvenile. Read More...

Jerardi: Searching for a replacement single

DRF | 1 week ago
Without a horse or horses to frame multi-race wagers around or use as a free space on top of a vertical bet, the very difficult task of converting Breeders’ Cup opinions into cash becomes monumentally difficult. Read More...

Three females among 16 pre-entered in Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 1 week ago
There may be a feminine presence to the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: Top Kisser out, Thank You Marylou in

DRF | 1 week ago
Just a couple of minor surprises were in store when pre-entries for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint were announced Wednesday at Santa Anita: Top Kisser is not in the lineup, and Thank You Marylou is. Read More...

Dank among 17 F&M Turf pre-entries

DRF | 1 week ago
Eight top-class Europeans, led by defending champion Dank, were among the 17 pre-entries announced Wednesday for the $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 – setting up an intriguing international matchup. Read More...