Breeders’ Cup

Mott smiles as Royal Delta dazzles, To Honor And Serve drills

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s good weekend continued Sunday with strong works by Breeders’ Cup World Championships contenders Royal Delta (Ladies Classic) and To Honor and Serve (Classic). Palides Investments’ Royal Delta, winner of the Alabama (GI) and runner-up to Classic contender Havre de Grace in the Beldame (GI), produced Mott’s biggest smile as […]

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Havre de Grace to have final Classic workout Monday morning

Fox Hill Farms Inc.’s Havre de Grace, who arrived at Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Saturday afternoon, galloped on the main track under trainer Larry Jones after the renovation break Sunday morning and is scheduled for a five-furlong work Monday morning after the break with Gabriel Saez to ride. Havre de Grace, who was pre-entered […]

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Uncle Mo, Stay Thirsty work for BC Classic

Another busy morning for the Todd Pletcher barn at Churchill Downs was headlined by two five-furlong workouts Sunday from Mike Repole’s duo of Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty in preparation for Saturday’s Grade I, $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Working shortly after the renovation break, Uncle Mo breezed five furlongs in 1:01.40 on a fast […]

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A Breeders’ Cup Classic ‘draw’

The post position draw for all the Breeders’ Cup races will be held today at Churchill Downs.  But artist Sage Stossel held her own drawing session for the BC Classic, creating unique depictions of each of the contenders for the big race (and BC Mile favorite Goldikova).  View them below and learn more about Stossel’s […]

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Aruna to Filly and Mare Turf; Dominguez will ride It’s Tricky in Ladies’ Classic

Trainer Graham Motion, reticent to try Aruna on the dirt in a race for the first time, decided Friday to run her in the Filly and Mare Turf rather than the Ladies’ Classic, according to Jay Privman in Daily Racing Form. Consequently, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has named Ramon Dominguez – who would have ridden Aruna […]

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Pricci to Breeders’ Cup: Give us another 48 hours during the pre-entry stage

With final entries, post positions, early line odds, jockey assignments and equipment changes scheduled to be announced on Monday, HorseRaceInsider’s John Pricci makes a plea to Breeders’ Cup management on behalf of American horseplayers:  give us more time to handicap during the pre-entry stage. Adding two days – by setting pre-entries almost immediately after the […]

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It’s Official: Havre de Grace to face boys in BC Classic

Trainer Larry Jones said on Saturday that Havre de Grace will enter the Breeders’ Cup Classic and will not be entered in the Ladies’ Classic, according to Jay Privman in Daily Racing Form. Havre de Grace had been pre-entered in both races, but Jones said that he and owner Rick Porter decided to only enter […]

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Jeranimo ready for BC Mile following Saturday work

Jeranimo, winner of the Grade 2 Oak Tree Mile on Oct. 8, had his final workout for the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Saturday at Santa Anita, going a half-mile in :50, according to the Daily Racing Form. “He was full of run,” (trainer Mike) Pender said. “It’s the perfect situation.” Pender said he thinks his […]

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After impressive works, Shackleford, Dullahan declared ready for Breeders’ Cup

Trainer Dale Romans indicated both Shackleford and Dullahan are ready for their respective Breeders’ Cup races after works at Churchill Downs Saturday, writes Tom LaMarra of The BloodHorse. Shackleford was timed in :58 1/5 for 5 furlongs, and Dullahan went 1:00 4/5 for the same distance. “They both worked super,” Romans said after watching the […]

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Bobby Flay’s Her Smile, Super Espresso record BC works at Churchill

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s two Breeders’ Cup contenders worked Saturday at Churchill Downs, reports Claire Novak in The BloodHorse. Her Smile went 4 furlongs in :48 2/5, and Super Espresso worked 5 furlongs in company in 1:01 4/5. On Her Smile’s move, Trainer Todd Pletcher said: “She worked really well, which she’s kind of been […]

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