Breeders’ Cup

Overnight ratings for BC Classic improve over 2011

According to the Nielsen Company, overnight ratings for the Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup Classic on NBC registered a 2.2, up from last year’s race portion of the Classic on ESPN, which drew a 1.2 rating. One ratings point is the equivalent of approximately 770,000 households. The overnight ratings are obtained from 56 markets across the […]

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Three reported cases of bleeding as a result of BC Lasix ban

At least three 2-year-olds who participated in Breeders’ Cup races this weekend at Santa Anita bled, according to their connections. This information contradicts a statement put out by the equine director of the California Horse Racing Board, according to an article in the Daily Racing Form. Trainer John Sadler told the DRF that both Capo […]

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Beyer: No contest in race for Horse of the Year

Even though this was a year that saw injuries and retirements to many of the top horses in the country, the racing season ended on a high note with the 2012 Breeders’ Cup, with an unmistakeable choice for Horse of the Year. “The day produced an unequivocal championship performance and what ought to be a […]

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Many repeat contenders in Breeders Cup races

Besilu Stables’ Royal Delta scored her second straight victory in the $2 million Ladies’ Classic Friday in the best effort of the weekend by the eight previous Breeders’ Cup winners who performed during the 15-race World Championships held at Santa Anita Park. The 4yo filly by Empire Maker captured the 9f race by 1 ½ […]

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Smith becomes all-time Breeders’ Cup winning jockey

With his winning ride aboard Besilu Stable’s 4-year-old filly Royal Delta for trainer Bill Mott in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic Friday at Santa Anita, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith became the all-time leading rider of Breeders’ Cup winners with his 16th score, breaking out of a 15-15 tie with retired Hall […]

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Participants made BC a global event

Stamping an exclamation point as a truly “global” event on the 15 races worth more than $25 million of the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita was the remarkable diversity of origin of the winners and their connections as they came together from major racing centers throughout North America, England, […]

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Smith wins Bill Shoemaker Award

Powered by victories on Royal Delta in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic and Mizdirection in the Breeders’ Cup Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith has won the Bill Shoemaker Award as the most outstanding jockey of the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, held November 2-3 at Santa Anita Park. This is […]

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Fort Larned will return in 2013

Trainer Ian Wilkes had a not so surprising revelation Sunday morning, a little more than 12 hours after Fort Larned’s front-running victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.    “I didn’t sleep a lot last night,” Wilkes said after his first Breeders’ Cup victory. “It has not really sunk in yet.”   Wilkes said […]

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Rome experiences BC victory first-hand

When Mizdirection crossed the wire first in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) on Saturday, Jim Rome started a journey that he was told about earlier in the week. The popular sports talk host interviewed chef, and Breeders’ Cup winner, Bobby Flay and asked him how it felt to win a race. “I said, […]

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One horse reported to have bled after juvenile races

There has only been one report of a 2-year-old bleeding at this year’s Breeders’ Cup event. It was the first year Lasix was banned for Juveniles. Rick Arthur, equine medical director of the California Horse Racing Board, and Craig Fravel, president and CEO of the Breeders Cup, said there were no reports of any horses […]

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