Breeders’ Cup

Bellafina Found To Have Been In Season During Fourth-Place Juvenile Fillies Effort

Sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Friday, Bellafina finished a disappointing fourth for owner Kaleem Shah and trainer Simon Callaghan. The 2-year-old daughter of Quality Road was apparently in season during Friday’s race at Churchill Downs, Callaghan later told drf.com. “She’s come out of the race fine, sound,” Callaghan […]

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Justify Vs. Accelerate: Horse Of The Year Debate Heats Up After Breeders’ Cup

While Accelerate did nothing but enhance his chances of being named Horse of the Year by winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic yesterday, Justify, only the second undefeated Triple Crown winner in the annals of racing, was a precarious leader in the clubhouse. Meanwhile, the jury is out until the decision is announced on January 24 […]

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40-1 Juvenile Runner-Up Knicks Go Maps Out Path Toward Kentucky Derby

Keeneland-based trainer Ben Colebrook said his two Breeders’ Cup runners came back in good shape. Knicks Go, making a name for himself at delivering at big odds, ran second in the Sentient Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to the undefeated Game Winner at odds of 40-1; last month, he won Keeneland’s Breeders’ Futurity at 70-1. The stable’s […]

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Several European Breeders’ Cup Contenders To Stay In U.S. With New Trainers

Four of the record 50 European contenders in this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships will not be making return flights, and instead will look toward U.S.-based campaigns with new trainers. Fourth-place finisher in the Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on Friday, Queen of Bermuda (Exceed and Excel) will be transferred to the barn of […]

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Distaff, Likely Eclipse Award Winner Monomoy Girl ‘Always Had A Mind Of Her Own’

On horse racing’s biggest global stage, Monomoy Girl became only the third Kentucky Oaks winner to also take the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff in the same year. She further entrenched her status as the country’s best 3-year-old filly in Saturday’s length victory over Wow Cat at Churchill Downs. “That’s what you’re looking for, […]

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‘Really A Champion’: Sadler Shifts Focus To Accelerate After First Breeders’ Cup Win

The wait is over for highly respected trainer John Sadler, but he wasn’t all that interested in talking about winning his first Breeders’ Cup race after years of trying. Zero for 44 tries was a thing of the past, and Sadler wants to leave it there. Instead, he was talkin’ horses. And, though his Classic […]

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Catholic Boy Exits Classic With Gash On Ankle, Will Race In 2019

Jonathan Thomas’ trainee Catholic Boy finished a disappointing 13th out of 14 in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, but it was easy to see why as soon as he returned to be unsaddled. The dual Grade 1 winner on turf and dirt suffered a gash on his left ankle, according to drf.com, which may […]

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Enable ‘Very Pleased With Herself’ After Turf Triumph; No Future Plans Decided

No plans have been decided for the future of Breeders’ Cup Turf superstar Enable, the first horse to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Turf in the same season (besting males in both races). Her hard-fought half-length victory over the testing ground earned her a Beyer figure of 114, according to drf.com. The 4-year-old […]

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Breeders’ Cup Winners Accelerate, City Of Light, And Monomoy Girl Could Meet In Pegasus

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate was bright-eyed the morning after his triumphant victory at Churchill Downs, and trainer John Sadler told drf.com that the colt was in good shape. Plans call for the 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky to spend a few days at Lanes End Farm this week, where he will stand stud for […]

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Attendance Up, Handle Down 4 Percent At 2018 Breeders’ Cup

Following back-to-back Breeders’ Cup wins by Roy H and Stormy Liberal and a history-making win in the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf by 4-year-old European super filly Enable, Accelerate’s victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic capped a perfect day of racing at Churchill Downs in the 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Total handle […]

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