Breeders’ Cup

McGoey repeats as BC Betting Challenge Champ

Yogi Berra’s “it was déjà vu all over again” was never truer than during the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge at Santa Anita on Saturday. Defending champion Patrick McGoey staged another improbable last race comeback to defeat last year’s 2nd place finisher Christian Hellmers to win the tournament and $255,341. McGoey of New Orleans, LA […]

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BC Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail headlines Delta Jackpot noms

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail headlines the list of pre-entries for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) Nov. 17. The Jackpot, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, will highlight the $2.2 million Jackpot Day program which will feature eight stakes races. The Jackpot is also part of the new “Road to […]

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Ask Ray? What about that track bias at Santa Anita?

The following feature was originally published in the Paulick Report Special, our print edition distributed at major Thoroughbred auctions. What was up with that track bias at Santa Anita for Breeders’ Cup dirt races? Until the synthetic track era began, Southern California racetracks had the reputation – deserved or not – of racing over concrete […]

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CHRB: All Breeders’ Cup tests cleared

All samples collected from Breeders’ Cup horses have been cleared by the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at UC Davis, which completed testing Tuesday morning after the samples were couriered Sunday morning to UC Davis – allowing testing to begin within 24 hours of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the final race of the […]

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Racing Post Ratings: Breeders’ Cup ‘produces excitement, but not champions’

For many in the racing industry, the Breeders’ Cup is one of the most important events on the racing calendar. However, Sam Walker of the Racing Post Ratings feels that while the Breeders’ Cup has its place as an important event, Walker writes “the Breeders’ Cup will never be a world championship. A highly coveted […]

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Breeders’ Cup handle down from 2011

The total commingled handle on the two-day Breeders’ Cup program at Santa Anita Park dropped 9.5 percent as compared with 2011, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. According to the report, the total handle of $126.8 million on the Friday races and Saturday races was down from handle of $140.1 million on […]

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Rees: Classic strategy pays off for trainer Ian Wilkes

On the morning after Fort Larned captured the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), trainer Ian Wilkes was still somewhat in a state of disbelief. In an interview with Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Wilkes called the experience “very humbling. I don’t think it’s sunk in, I don’t think it will sink in for awhile.” […]

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Ask Ray? What was the highlight of this year’s Breeders’ Cup or Bust cross-country drive?

The following feature was originally published in the Paulick Report Special, our print edition distributed at major Thoroughbred auctions What was the highlight of this year’s Breeders’ Cup or Bust cross-country drive to raise money for Breeders’ Cup Charities? Aside from an incredible night at Remington Park, which donated $22,000 toward the cause, it had […]

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PR Special presents the Question of the Day

The following feature was originally published in the Paulick Report Special, our print edition distributed at major Thoroughbred auctions Now that the two-day Breeders’ Cup championships have been run for six years, do you think they are a success over the previous one-day event? Mark Popham, Racenews: It’s stretched out and doesn’t get such good […]

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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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