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King: Breeders’ Cup pick four play for Friday, Oct. 30

DRF | 10 months ago
King: Breeders' Cup pick four play for Friday, Oct. 30 Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

DRF | 10 months ago
Key contenders for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on Friday at Keeneland. Read More...

Key contenders in Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 10 months ago
Key contender profiles for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Sprint at Keeneland. Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF | 10 months ago
Key contenders for Friday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland. Read More...

Two top Europeans hurt by posts in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF | 10 months ago
two of the highest-regarded Europeans, Hit It a Bomb and Cymric, drew terrible posts, 14 and 13, for Friday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Read More...

Expert says Keeneland has no problems with track

DRF | 10 months ago
Keeneland Racecourse, which will host the Breeders’ Cup on Friday and Saturday, did not change any of its track-maintenance procedures despite a spate of catastrophic breakdowns early in its meet, according to track officials who cited the advice of a renowned surface expert who reviewed the track’s condition and the maintenance crew’s procedures in the wake of the injuries. Read More...

Key contenders in Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

DRF | 10 months ago
Key contender profiles for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland. Read More...

American Pharoah, Beholder stay dry

DRF | 10 months ago
American Pharoah got no farther than Barn 62 on Wednesday morning at Keeneland, as the steady rain that has soaked this area for 48 hours left the track sloppy and prompted trainer Bob Baffert to keep American Pharoah inside. Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 10 months ago
Key contenders for the Breeders' Cup Mile on Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Doyle family looking to make impact

DRF | 10 months ago
A Breeders’ Cup billed as a homecoming event will have a special shine for British-born jockey Sophie Doyle. Not only will she be riding her first Breeders’ Cup in her adopted home state of Kentucky, but her younger brother James Doyle will have a mount in the Juvenile Turf. Read More...

Crist: Even as first course, Friday’s card still appetizing

DRF | 10 months ago
Despite being the lesser of the two Breeders’ Cup programs, Friday’s 10 races at Keeneland still comprise an excellent card of highly competitive racing. The four Cup races are bookended by a pair of strong Grade 2 races, the Fayette and the Marathon, and there are three guaranteed multirace pools: a $500,000 Pick 5 on races 1-5, a $750,000-guaranteed pick 6 on races 5-10, and a $1.5 million pick 4 on the quartet of Cup races. Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 10 months ago
Key contenders for Saturday's $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Keeneland. Read More...

For Lexington locals, a Breeders’ Cup win would be special

DRF | 10 months ago
Winning a Breeders’ Cup race is a remarkable accomplishment for any trainer, but for a select few with close ties to Lexington, winning one at the first Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland would be all that more special. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup returns to its roots

DRF | 10 months ago
The concept of the Breeders’ Cup was first hatched here in the cradle of American racing, the Bluegrass country of Lexington, back in 1982. But not until Friday will the Breeders’ Cup be run at Keeneland. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Loaded with contenders, Bravo looks to cap turnaround

DRF | 10 months ago
Joe Bravo began 2015 going 7 for 157 – an uncharacteristic slump for the 44-year-old rider. But on Kentucky Derby Day he won five races, including three graded stakes, to turn around his year. In this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, Bravo will try to cap his season with mounts on several contenders. Read More...

Casse hoping to end up-and-down year with a bang

DRF | 10 months ago
After a year encompassing satisfying highs and devastating lows, trainer Mark Casse brings his strongest hand yet to the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff: I’m a Chatterbox proves a keeper

DRF | 10 months ago
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray have tasted Breeders’ Cup success from afar, as the breeders of 2008 Juvenile Fillies winner and champion Stardom Bound. This year, however, they could be in the thick of things with I'm a Chatterbox in the Distaff. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Roths new players on Breeders’ Cup and sale scene

DRF | 10 months ago
Few owners at this Breeders’ Cup have risen farther or faster than the LNJ Foxwoods operation of Larry and Nanci Roth and their daughter Jaime. Read More...

American Pharoah arrives at Keeneland

DRF | 10 months ago
American Pharoah took his last flight out of California on Tuesday morning and has arrived back at his old Kentucky home, essentially for good. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: History is against Cavorting

DRF | 10 months ago
Kiaran McLaughlin wasn’t trying to be funny after finding out that a 3-year-old has never won the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint despite 24 attempts, including four losing favorites. “Well, this is a case where 1 for 25 is going to look pretty good,” he said. Read More...

Watchmaker: Breeders’ Cup Saturday late pick four

DRF | 10 months ago
The Breeders’ Cup late pick four sequence Saturday that ends with the Classic might be the marquee 50-cent multirace exotics offering of the weekend. But in reality, this sequence is potentially one of the least-interesting pick-whatever sequences on Friday and Saturday at Keeneland. And that is because two of the four heaviest favorites in the 13 Breeders’ Cup events – Golden Horn and American Pharoah – are in Saturday’s late pick four sequence. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Blue blood vs. blue collar

DRF | 10 months ago
If there’s a horse to keep Golden Horn from winning the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf, it might be The Pizza Man. The 6-year-old gelding was a pie that took time baking, but he is now a finished product, having won the Arlington Million and rallied for second in the Shadwell Turf Mile in his last two starts. Read More...

King: Handicapping tips for Keeneland configuration

DRF | 10 months ago
With the Breeders’ Cup just days away, here’s a primer of what to expect from the host track, Keeneland Race Course. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Exaggerator can make it a Desormeaux double

DRF | 10 months ago
A year after his Texas Red pulled a 13-1 upset in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, trainer Keith Desormeaux has brought two runners to Keeneland for this year’s $2 million Juvenile, and at least one, Exaggerator, has a realistic chance of winning. Read More...

Remembering John Gaines And His ‘Powerful Dream’

More than 10 years have passed since the death of John R. Gaines, whose extraordinary contributions to the horse world and the Central Kentucky community were remembered on Monday morning during a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Additional Breeders’ Cup seats available

DRF | 10 months ago
A limited number of tickets for the Breeders’ Cup this weekend in two premium areas of the Keeneland grandstand were made available for purchase on Tuesday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Plenty of speed to set up late runners

DRF | 10 months ago
The East Coast-West Coast rivalry will be evident throughout this Breeders’ Cup weekend at Keeneland, no more so than in the $1.5 million Sprint, which features several top contenders from both camps. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff: Parity the name of this game

DRF | 10 months ago
The last time the Breeders’ Cup Distaff got a full gate of 14 was in 2006 at Churchill Downs, where longshots led by Round Pond filled out a superfecta worth $19,297 for $1. This does not necessarily imply the favorites are vulnerable when a full field of 14 fillies and mares goes postward Friday in the $2 million Distaff at Keeneland, because, really, are there any favorites this year? Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 10 months ago
Key contenders for the Grade 1, $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland on Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Regional battle of unbeatens

DRF | 10 months ago
The Breeders’ Cup was conceived as an event that would bring top horses from all regions together to settle championships. Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup races begin with one of those classic East-versus-West showdowns, between Rachel’s Valentina and Songbird in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: American Pharoah faces strong cast in career finale

DRF | 10 months ago
The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Keeneland suffered a major blow Thursday when Beholder, the race’s second choice, was withdrawn from the race after bleeding during her gallop that morning, trainer Richard Mandella said. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Brown has outside chance for a repeat

DRF | 10 months ago
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf has often run through trainer Chad Brown. He won with Maram in 2008, finished second with Watsdachances and Testa Rossi in 2012 and 2013, and then sent out Lady Eli to dominate last year.This year, if the one-mile race runs through him, it might have to be run near the outside fence. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf: Legatissimo leads European contingent

DRF | 10 months ago
The British are coming . . . and the Irish . . . and the French. They’re all converging on Keeneland for the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf on Saturday. The Europeans will meet a cast of U.S.-raised and -raced turf females, plus a few the U.S. has adopted from other countries. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Bobby’s Kitten shortens up in repeat bid

DRF | 10 months ago
Year in and year out, handicappers find the $1 million Turf Sprint to be one of the most inscrutable of all the Breeders’ Cup races, and Saturday’s edition at Keeneland fits that mold once again. Despite the presence of defending champion Bobby’s Kitten, the 5 1/2-furlong Turf Sprint brings together another full and evenly matched field, with the break, pace scenario, and even a little luck all helping to determine the winner among a large and deserving group of logical contenders. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: Casse duo faces foreign invaders

DRF | 10 months ago
The $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf will make history as the first Breeders’ Cup event contested at picturesque Keeneland. Appropriately enough for an event themed as a “homecoming,” a pair of leading European-based runners leading the annual invasion were, in fact, bred in Kentucky. However, a strong North America-based contingent is waiting to welcome them back. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Liam’s Map in comfort zone

DRF | 10 months ago
In the end, it came down to doing what you know you do best. So, instead of wondering if Liam’s Map could carry his speed 1 1/4 miles against the likes of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and champion mare Beholder in Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, handicappers will be wondering if Liam’s Map can lose Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Keeneland. Read More...

Untapable sick, will miss Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 10 months ago
Untapable, the winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and one of the favorites for its 32nd running Friday at Keeneland, has been scratched from the $2 million race after spiking a temperature, trainer Steve Asmussen announced Tuesday. Read More...

Beyer: Borell getting all the ink with Runhappy in Sprint

DRF | 10 months ago
The 32nd Breeders’ Cup figures to be dominated by men who are well established at the upper echelon of the training profession. Hall of Famers Bob Baffert and Richard Mandella will saddle the leading contenders in the $5 million Classic. Earlier on Saturday’s card at Keeneland, two of the three winningest trainers of all time, Steve Asmussen and Jerry Hollendorfer, will be among the participants in the $1.5 million Sprint. In this company, Maria Borell could hardly be more of an outlier. She has won a total of five races as a trainer. She’s 32 years old. Underscoring the generational divide between her and the racing establishment, she could display (depending on her attire) the most impressive tattoo ever seen at stately Keeneland. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff: Sheer Drama will start from post 14

DRF | 10 months ago
Sheer Drama drew the far outside post as one of a handful of favorites in a remarkably contentious renewal of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Friday at Keeneland. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Golden Horn will break from rail in quest for history

DRF | 10 months ago
Golden Horn will begin his quest to become the first same-year winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders’ Cup Turf from post 1, a draw that’s not ideal but which Golden Horn ought to be able to overcome if his superiority shines through Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Speed bunched together

DRF | 10 months ago
The presence of the brilliantly fast Liam’s Map makes Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile a difficult race to win for any of his 10 rivals. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Favorite Tale’s hard luck continues

DRF | 10 months ago
After being stuck in quarantine, forced to train at three different locations, and having his van break down en route to Kentucky, Favorite Tale hit yet another obstacle on Monday when he drew the outside post in a field of 14 speedsters set to contest the six-furlong Sprint. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf: Euros vs. U.S. horses

DRF | 10 months ago
The stage is set for an international showdown Saturday in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Keeneland after a full field of 12, plus a pair of also-eligibles, was drawn Monday. Read More...

Karakontie draws wide again in Mile repeat bid

DRF | 10 months ago
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Karakontie drew post 11 on Monday for his repeat bid in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile, but that draw, while less than ideal, hardly seems impossible considering that Karakontie won the 2014 Mile after breaking from post 14. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Ward trio gets lucky

DRF | 10 months ago
With three of the 14 starters in the race, Wesley Ward had to hold his breath a little longer than his fellow horsemen while post positions were being drawn on Monday for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. But in the end, Ward came out smiling on all fronts. Read More...

Nyquist draws post No. 13 for Juvenile

DRF | 10 months ago
Nyquist does not enter Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with quite the fanfare usually bestowed upon an undefeated 2-year-old with a pair of Grade 1 victories on his résumé. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Unbeaten Songbird, Rachel’s Valentina clash

DRF | 10 months ago
In their showdown for a divisional title, unbeaten Grade 1 winners Songbird and Rachel’s Valentina will be asked to prove their supremacy not only against one another, but against eight rivals who got a break Monday at the post-position draw when the two favorites drew to the outside. Read More...

Hovdey: Barber’s script calls for memorable Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 10 months ago
Gary Barber, head of the legendary MGM Studios, will be front and center at Keeneland on Friday and Saturday to watch three horses carry his fortunes in Breeders’ Cup events. But unless he wins, and there’s always that chance, the Breeders’ Cup will be only the second-most-exciting event of his week. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Catch a Glimpse, Harmonize seemingly well-positioned

DRF | 10 months ago
Led by Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In race winners Catch a Glimpse and Harmonize, a field of 14, plus an also-eligible, were drawn Monday afternoon for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland on Friday. Read More...

Firm turf looking unlikely for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 10 months ago
The Keeneland turf course could easily be rated soft for the Breeders’ Cup grass races Friday and Saturday if mid-week rain falls as forecast, according to Keeneland track superintendent Javier Barajas Read More...