Breeders’ Cup

Breeders’ Cup still on agenda for Alpha, Miss Netta

ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin reported Sunday that Alpha and Miss Netta, respective runner-up and third-place finishers in the Champagne and Frizette, had both emerged from their races in good order. “Everyone came back in good shape and of this morning, all systems are ‘go’ for the Breeders’ Cup [Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies], but we […]

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Union Rags heading for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Michael Matz, who was spending Sunday at a horse show watching his children compete, reported that undefeated Union Rags returned from his victory in the Grade 1 Champagne is excellent order. “He ate up everything last night and again this morning,” said Matz, who trains Union Rags for Phyllis Wyeth’s Chadds Ford […]

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Camp Victory preps for Breeders’ Cup in Morvich

Trainer Mike Mitchell is playing it by ear with Camp Victory, using Monday’s Grade 3 Morvich Stakes on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course as a prep race for a Breeders’ Cup start. Possible races for Camp Victory include the Turf Sprint, the Sprint, or the Dirt Mile. “I think it’s a real good prep race […]

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Tizway must overcome weather in training up to BC Classic

With miserable weather creating the usual obstacles to training at Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track, trainer Jim Bond is faced with the task of keeping Tizway on course for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5, reports Michael Veitch in The Saratogian. After missing the Sept. 22 Jockey Club Gold Cup due to a fever, Tizway […]

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Hovdey: BC Classic link to HOY a scenario being crafted for mass consumption

With all the chatter about the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 determining 2011 Horse of the Year, Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey points out that more often than not winning the Classic means nothing in terms of earning Horse of the Year. History is filled with examples of horses who were […]

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Strong Suit mustering for assault on Breeders’ Cup Mile

Strong Suit powered home under Richard Hughes to win the Burj Khalifa Challenge Stakes (Group 2) at Newmarket, setting up for an assault on the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5, reports the Racing Post. Strong Suit, trained by Richard Hannon, romped home by four and a half lengths over Chachamaidee, with […]

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Gio Ponti likely heading to Breeders’ Cup Mile

After Gio Ponti’s brilliant performance on firm turf in Saturday’s Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland, trainer Christophe Clement said he would probably be pointed to the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile, for which the horse qualified through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” series, according to Thoroughbred Times. Gio Ponti, owned by Castleton […]

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Dullahan’s connections considering Breeders’ Cup options

Following Dullahan’s victory in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland Saturday, owner Jerry Crawford and trainer Dale Romans are considering either the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile or the $1 million Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs. “Trust me, Churchill is on our radar, though we were thinking next year,” Crawford laughed on Saturday. “The […]

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Caracortado may try BC Turf Sprint

Following a half-mile work in :49.40 Friday, trainer Mike Machowsky said that Caracortado, winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile, is being considered for the $1-million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs Nov. 5. Caracortado recently missed a week of training because of an abscess in a foot, a setback that may prevent […]

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Drill resumes training, heading for BC Juvenile

Trainer Bob Baffert said Drill, winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity last month and runner-up in the Grade 1 Norfolk Oct. 1, has sufficiently recovered from an elevated temperature and will resume training Sunday, according to Steve Andersen in Daily Racing Form. Drill is a leading candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. “His […]

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