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Juvenile Fillies: Stall thinks Top Decile deserves higher rating

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Al Stall is making a return trip to Southern California, where he will start Top Decile in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. She is listed at 10-1 on the morning line, but her two races suggest she should be a shorter price than that. Read More...

Main Sequence tries to topple Euros in BC Turf

DRF | 8 months ago
Main Sequence is America’s leading hope for Saturday’s $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

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Breeders’ CUp Turf analysis

DRF | 8 months ago
DRF handicappers Mike Watchmaker, Byron Ki ng and Brad Free give their analysis of the Breeders' Cup Turf. Read More...

Multiple contenders difficult to separate in BC F-M Sprint

DRF | 8 months ago
Judy the Beauty, unraced since winning her last start in August, is a lukewarm morning-line choice in a field for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint that also includes Artemis Agrotera, Sweet Reason, and Leigh Court as likely favorites. Read More...

Strength of Breeders’ Cup Classic is in 3-year-olds

DRF | 8 months ago
he kids are all right. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome and Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist both look like viable candidates to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita. Yet the favorite is another member of this year’s 3-year-old crop, Shared Belief, and so is the expected pacesetter, Bayern. Read More...

England-based Moore feeling right at home

DRF | 8 months ago
There really is no close approximation of the Santa Anita turf course among the regular circuit of racecourses in Europe. Two tight turns and grass cut short as a pool tabletop are not conditions to be found overseas, and there have been European jockeys surprised and overwhelmed by the demands of the smaller American ovals, Santa Anita in particular, upon riding Breeders’ Cup races with foreign horses. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile wagering strategy

DRF | 8 months ago
TORONADO spent the summer hanging out with all the cool kids in Europe. He started the year by winning the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, then finished second to the mighty Kingman in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, and was second by just a head to the late-season upstart Charm Spirit in the Prix du Moulin de Longhchamp in Paris. Those results have made him a deserving favorite in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hovdey: Three Breeders’ Cup shots for Desormeaux et frere

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Keith Desormeaux will take three shots at Breeders' Cup glory with his brother, jockey Kent, in the saddle. Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Coolmore shipper intriguing longshot in Juvenile

DRF | 8 months ago
Given the choice between starting Coolmore colorbearer The Great War in either the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile or the Juvenile Turf, the partnership selected the former. It’s by far the taller order for the colt, a minor stakes winner in Europe who has raced exclusively on turf and never beyond 6 1/2 furlongs. Still, The Great War has a dirt-leaning pedigree with enough stamina influences to make him an intriguing longshot in a Juvenile field that lost favored American Pharoah to lameness on Tuesday, leaving a wide-open group of colts with some major distance questions Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Juvenile Fillies favorite Angela Renee stands out

DRF | 8 months ago
The field for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies includes three entrants – Angela Renee, Cristina’s Journey, and Puca – who already have won at the race distance of 1 1/16 miles. Angela Renee's score in the Grade 1 Chandelier at Santa Anita on Sept. 27 will likely make her the favorite in the Juvenile Fillies. What’s more, that filly’s bloodlines make her even more formidable in the race that will likely determine year-end divisional championship honors. Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Juddmonte holds strong hand with Commemorative in Juvenile Turf

DRF | 8 months ago
Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farm has shone at the Breeders’ Cup, capturing four races with homebreds. The operation has an excellent chance to add another victory with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf entrant Commemorative. The Zamindar colt is from the family of several high-class turf routers, including two of Juddmonte’s champions. Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Europeans stand out in Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 8 months ago
Given European shippers’ past history of dominance in Breeders’ Cup races contested on turf, those handicapping Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies turf must give primary consideration to the quartet of 2-year-old fillies making the trip across the pond to the Santa Anita starting gate. Several members of the group have already won or placed in stakes overseas, and sport pedigrees highly slanted toward turf success. Read More...

Asmussen rises above the storm

DRF | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 months ago
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Lady Eli gives Brown another good shot at Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 months ago
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf analysis from DRF handicappers. Read More...

Danette has look of surprise package

DRF | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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...