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

DRF | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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Cup Classic on Saturday at Keeneland suffered a major blow Thursday when Beholder, the race’s second choice, was withdrawn from the race after bleeding during her gallop that morning, trainer Richard Mandella said.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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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...

Karakontie, Nyquist get wide draws in BC races

DRF | 8 months ago
Several prominent horses landed potentially tricky posts when 11 of the 13 Breeders’ Cup races to be run Friday and Saturday at Keeneland were drawn early Monday afternoon, including Karakontie, who will again have to overcome an outside draw if he is to repeat in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and Nyquist, who will have to start from post 13 in a bid to remain undefeated in the Juvenile. Read More...

Beholder thrills crowd in final work for BC Classic

DRF | 8 months ago
With American Pharoah completing all his serious training for the Breeders’ Cup Classic in California, BEHOLDER has commanded the most attention at Keeneland since her arrival from the West Coast a week ago. Her much-anticipated final work for the Classic came here Monday, and the popular filly did not disappoint her legion of fans while headlining a list of 15 potential Breeders’ Cup starters who breezed over both the dirt and turf throughout the course of the morning. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: Likely favorites land outside in full field

DRF | 8 months ago
A murky picture for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf got even murkier on Monday, as the likely favorites landed the two outside posts in an overflow field. Read More...

Smooth Roller taking it easy in run-up to Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 8 months ago
Smooth Roller has made just four starts, and in that time went from being an unraced maiden to the winner of the Grade 1 Awesome Again at Santa Anita last time out. Since his arrival here at Keeneland, he has done very little, merely jogging nearly every day. Read More...

McLaughlin has more than home crowd going for him

DRF | 8 months ago
Like most natives of Lexington, Ky., trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is happy to see that after more than three decades the Breeders’ Cup has finally come to this city’s historic racetrack, Keeneland. But what really has McLaughlin jazzed about the 32nd Breeders’ Cup is the four-horse contingent he is bringing, all of whom have a reasonable chance to win their respective races. Read More...

Sticksstatelydude to miss Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 8 months ago
Sticksstatelydude was withheld from Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile due to a tendon strain in his right foreleg, trainer and part-owner Greg Burchell said Monday morning, hours before entries were due. Read More...

Golden Horn looking to pull off first Arc-Breeders’ Cup double

DRF | 8 months ago
Dancing Brave might as well have come to Hollywood Park in 1986 for the third edition of the Breeders’ Cup Turf with a cluster of footmen and butlers stationed outside his stall. Royalty – that’s what the 3-year-old colt looked like, his bitter defeat in the Epsom Derby having given way to a blistering romp in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the official performance rating of which (141) cast Dancing Brave in an epic light. He went off at odds of 1-2 in the Turf, and victory seemed absolutely assured all the way up to the point where jockey Pat Eddery started scrubbing on Dancing Brave a half-mile out and got very little response. The colt chunked home fourth and set off what has become nearly 30 years later an abiding Breeders’ Cup narrative: No Arc winner has come back the same season to win a Breeders’ Cup race. Read More...

Underdog role no longer fits O’Connell, Lady Shipman

DRF | 8 months ago
The last time Kathleen O’Connell saddled a horse for a major event in Kentucky there wasn’t much hope of winning. But when O’Connell leads over Lady Shipman for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland on Saturday, things will be considerably different. Lady Shipman figures as a major contender, if not the outright favorite, in the 5 1/2-furlong race. Read More...

American Pharoah sizzles in final workout

DRF | 8 months ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah zoomed a half-mile in 46.60 seconds at Santa Anita on Monday, the last workout of a legendary career that ends Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland. If the ease of Monday’s workout is an indication, American Pharoah’s status as the favorite for the BC Classic is well deserved. Read More...

Beholder works swiftly for Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 8 months ago
After a minor hiccup last week, all has gone according to plan for Beholder, who showed her readiness to take on males on Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Classic with a five-furlong drill on Monday that Daily Racing Form clocked in 59.27 seconds. Read More...

Lea headed for Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

DRF | 8 months ago
With a strong threat of rain mid-week and the potential for a soft turf course on the weekend, trainer Bill Mott called an audible Monday morning, electing to enter Lea in Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile as opposed to Saturday’s $2 million Mile on the turf. Read More...

Masochistic fires five-furlong bullet prepping for Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 8 months ago
Masochistic had his final workout at Santa Anita on Sunday in advance of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland next Saturday. The two-time stakes winner worked five furlongs in 58.40 seconds without company, the fastest of 50 recorded works at the distance. Read More...

Clocker: Ward sends out six to breeze on turf

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Wesley Ward sent all six of his potential Breeders’ Cup runners to the turf at 9:30 a.m. although two of them, The Great War and Judy the Beauty, did little more than gallop cautiously over the wet and somewhat chewed-up course. Read More...

Tale of S’avall misses workout, still on target for Juvenile

DRF | 8 months ago
Breeders' Cup Juvenile hopeful Tale of S’avall missed a workout scheduled for Sunday due to some tenderness in his frogs – the bottom part of the foot that acts like a shock absorber – trainer Barclay Tagg said Sunday morning. Read More...

Honor Code inspires confidence ahead of BC Classic

DRF | 8 months ago
Though Honor Code is coming off a lackluster third-place finish in the Grade 2 Kelso earlier this month, trainer Shug McGaughey said his confidence level is “pretty high” entering next Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland. Read More...

La Verdad headed to BC Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 8 months ago
La Verdad, who won Saturday’s $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park, is expected to ship Monday to Kentucky and run Saturday in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Keeneland, trainer Linda Rice said. Read More...

Clocker: Stopchargingmaria impresses in work

DRF | 8 months ago
The clear skies that prevailed throughout the past week gave way to rain on Saturday morning at Keeneland, the change in weather having a major impact on the training schedules of a handful of prospective Breeders’ Cup starters, including Distaff contenders STOPCHARGINGMARIA and I’M A CHATTERBOX along with likely Sprint favorite PRIVATE ZONE. Read More...

Songbird among Calif.-based Breeders’ Cup workers

DRF | 8 months ago
The standout 2-year-old in California this year has been Songbird, the unbeaten winner of Grade 1 races for fillies at Del Mar and Santa Anita in September. Read More...

Tonalist leads busy morning for Breeders’ Cup workers

DRF | 8 months ago
Tonalist, the two-time Jockey Club Gold Cup winner, and 10 horses from trainer Chad Brown’s stable led a flurry of Breeders’ Cup workers Saturday morning at Belmont Park. Read More...

Casse juveniles impress in works

DRF | 8 months ago
The connections of horses who pre-entered two oversubscribed Breeders’ Cup races were given a couple of extra days, until Monday, to declare their preference. Siding Spring lended trainer Mark Casse a hand ahead of that deadline with an impressive work at Churchill Downs that had the trainer giving the nod to the Juvenile over the Juvenile Turf. Read More...

Mshawish shines on busy day for Breeders’ Cup workers

DRF | 8 months ago
Friday proved to be the busiest morning yet at Keeneland for Breeders’ Cup workers, with a logjam after the renovation break caused in part by a forecast that calls for possible showers beginning around mid-morning Saturday and continuing over the next couple days. Read More...

Isotherm will try dirt again in BC Juvenile

DRF | 8 months ago
Though his connections listed the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf as his first preference, Isotherm will be entered Monday for Saturday’s $2 million Juvenile on the dirt, trainer George Weaver said Friday. Read More...

Turf Sprint: Holy Lute placed on pre-entries for correct race

DRF | 8 months ago
Holy Lute, who was listed in pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint but was meant for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, has been moved to the list of pre-entries for the Turf Sprint, according to both the horse’s connections and an official with Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

La Verdad, Palace unlikely to run in Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Linda Rice had pre-entered both La Verdad and Palace to Breeders’ Cup races next weekend, but said Friday that she intended to run both in stakes races at Belmont Park this Saturday instead. Read More...

Classic: Longshots Frosted, Hard Aces work well

DRF | 8 months ago
Frosted and Hard Aces, who will try to pull off an upset in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland, both turned in their final works on Friday, a day when Beholder had a good day both on the track and off at Keeneland. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup gives horsemen more time to finalize decisions

DRF | 8 months ago
With some horsemen wanting more time to ponder their options with cross-entered horses for Breeders’ Cup races, officials have decided to give them until entry time at 10 a.m. Eastern on Monday to finalize which race they are going to choose, Read More...