Breeders’ Cup

Breeders’ Cup details reasons for handle decline

The Lexington, Ky.-based Breeders’ Cup Ltd. released a statement Friday providing some detail on its wagering declines for this year’s event at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. “The $144,272,332 common pool handle on the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships was down 7% from the 2011 figure of $155,525,947 when the races were held at […]

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Breeders’ Cup produced several star performances

Going into last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, racing appeared to be “absent any superstar horses or compelling stories,” notes Dick Jerardi in a column for the Daily Racing Form. However, after some of the performances turned in, both in victory and in defeat, there are now a few stars on the rise to look forward to […]

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Small Kansas town celebrates ‘Fort Larned Day’

It had been 22 years since Bayakoa won her second consecutive Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) for Janis and Frank Whitham on that fateful day at Belmont Park. Things came full circle on Saturday when Fort Larned, a grandson of Bayakoa, held off a stubborn Mucho Macho Man to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. […]

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Breeders’ Cup winners to be paraded at Churchill Nov. 11

Five of the seven Breeders’ Cup champions with Churchill Downs ties will be paraded at the home of the Kentucky Derby between races on Sunday. Mort Fink’s Wise Dan (Mile), Janis Whitham’s Fort Larned (Classic), Fred and “Buff” Bradley, Carl Hurst and Brent Burns’ Groupie Doll (Filly & Mare Sprint), Priscilla Vaccarezza’s Little Mike (Turf) and […]

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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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