Breeders’ Cup

Breeders’ Cup trainers, owners pledge percentage to Thoroughbred retirement group

Some of horse racing’s biggest stars are stepping up to the plate to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their purse earnings from this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships it was announced today. For the third consecutive year, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is working with trainers and owners of […]

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Marathon contender A.U. Miner DQ’d from “Win and You’re In” race

A.U. Miner has been disqualified from the first-place purse won in July 16’s Greenwood Cup at Parx Racing, reports the Blood-Horse.  A.U. Miner tested positive for methylprednisolone following the race, which was a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” for the BC Marathon. The Blood-Horse says it’s unclear whether A.U. Miner would lose his automatic […]

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Team Valor goes for second straight BC Juvenile Turf

Team Valor International will fire two shots in a bid to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf for the second straight year, with State of Play and Lucky Chappy to represent the prominent stable and trainer Graham Motion in the $1-million Grade 1 race on November 5 at Churchill Downs. Undefeated Grade 2 winner State […]

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Romans: Shackleford more likely for Dirt Mile than Classic

The connections of Shackleford appear to be leaning away from a start in the 1 1/4-mile Breeders’ Cup Classic and instead will give the Preakness winner a shot in the BC Dirt Mile, reports the Daily Racing Form: “The Dirt Mile is probably the way to go, the way we’re leaning anyway,” Romans said Wednesday […]

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Flat Out first Classic contender to arrive at Churchill

Flat Out, the millionaire who dominated rivals in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup earlier this month, was the first major Breeders’ Cup Classic contender to arrive at Churchill Downs when he settled into Barn 47 Tuesday evening following a flight from New York. “He shipped well and he’s doing good,” said 70-year-old trainer […]

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Bond: Tizway “dead-fit” and “dead-ready” for Classic

Trainer James Bond said Wednesday that Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Tizway is “dead-fit and dead-ready to run” following a workout at Belmont Park.  Bond shipped Tizway from his home at Saratoga 200 miles to Belmont because the trainer wanted to Tizway to work over a racing surface instead of the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga. […]

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Ruler On Ice confirmed for Breeders’ Cup Classic

Trainer Kelly John Breen has confirmed that the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5, will be the next start for Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice.     The Classic winning gelding, who calls the Monmouth Park barn area his home, will continue his training over the Oceanport oval before shipping to Churchill Downs […]

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Pricci: Breeders’ Cup still a possibility for Winter Memories?

While trainer James Toner has suggested for a while now that Winter Memories will finish up her 2011 campaign this Saturday in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland, Horse Race Insider John Pricci reports that Toner is at least leaving the door open a tad that Winter Memories might take a shot at […]

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Acclamation to miss Breeders’ Cup with foot problem

Acclamation, winner of five consecutive graded stakes races and a top contender for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, will not race again this year after being diagnosed with a foot problem, owner and breeder Buddy Johnston told the Daily Racing Form. “He isn’t in any real discomfort, but you know when you’ve got heat you’ve got […]

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Cronley: Breeders’ Cup handicapping tricks and traps

At ESPN.com, Jay Cronley is trying to get himself into that Breeders’ Cup handicapping state of mind.  As a lot of horseplayers might do in the coming weeks, he’s gone back through his notes from previous Breeders’ Cups to come up with a few personal observations.  Among them: “Eliminating horses from a Breeder’s Cup race […]

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