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Shirreffs always uncomfortable with Zenyatta vs. Rachel debate

“I always thought the industry made a little mistake trying to put one against the other last year, especially with Rachel being a 3-year-old,” said Shirreffs. “I thought it was a big mistake with these two great horses. It didn’t help racing.” require_once(ABSPATH. ‘/wp-content/blogad.php’); ?> Read more at the Albany Times-Union

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ZENYATTA NOTES: Rain Doesn’t Hinder Zenyatta’s Training Plans

PRESS RELEASE Any questions of how Zenyatta may take to a rain soaked racetrack should be answered well before she gets to Kentucky on November 2 for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs as California is experiencing much more wet weather than the Bluegrass State at the moment. As steady rain fell, Zenyatta […]

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Churchill Barn Notes: Talking Espoir City and Blame

PRESS RELEASE ESPOIR CITY GETS FIRST FEEL OF TRACK AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – Two days after arriving at Churchill Downs from Japan, Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) hopeful Espoir City (JPN), got the opportunity to set foot on the track beneath the Twin Spires. Leaving the quarantine barn at 9 o’clock Thursday morning, Espoir City was […]

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Zixty minuteZ

Unbeaten racing superstar Zenyatta will be featured on CBS television’s 60 Minutes on Oct. 31, the Sunday night before the Breeders’ Cup championships are held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The appearance on the highly rated, long-running news magazine is the kind of exposure that few human athletes ever receive, much less a horse […]

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Violon Sacre Gets Up Late to Win Grade 3 Knickerbocker at Belmont

By Scott Jagow Odds-on favorite Violon Sacre outdueled a game Whatsthescript to capture the Grade 3, $100,000 Knickerbocker Stakes on the Belmont turf Sunday. With Pablo Fragoso riding, Violin Sacre caught Whatsthescript at the eighth pole and surged clear for a one-length win in the 1 1/8 mile race.  It was Violon Sacre’s first graded […]

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T.O., Ochocinco Score Points for Zenyatta and Breeders’ Cup

By Ray Paulick Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco have both picked up a little Breeders’ Cup fever and are spreading it among their three-million-plus followers on Twitter and Facebook. And with the Bengals not scheduled to play this weekend, Owens went to Hollywood Park on Sunday, stopped by the John Shirreffs […]

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Breeders’ Cup Hopefuls Take Final Shot at Automatic Berths

You might call it Last Chance Saturday.  Today represents the final opportunity for horses to qualify for the Breeders’ Cup through the Win and You’re In Challenge. There are five races in which the winners will gain an automatic berth for various Breeders’ Cup races at Churchill Downs, November 5th-6th. Three of them are at Woodbine, all Grade […]

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Australian Racing: Descarado Upsets Caulfield Cup

PRESS RELEASE The emerging High Chaparral gelding Descarado (NZ) held off Harris Tweed (NZ) and Monaco Consul (NZ) to top off an all-Kiwi bred trifecta and take down the 133rd running of the $2,500,000 Caulfield Cup (GI) Saturday, October 16th at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. Trained by Gai Waterhouse, who collected her […]

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Euro Filly Serious Attitude Upsets Woodbine’s Nearctic Stakes at 23-1

By Scott Jagow The only filly in a field of 12, Serious Attitude exploded through the lane to win the Grade 1, $500,000 Nearctic Stakes on the Woodbine turf Saturday. Under Garrett Gomez, the four-year-old making her North American debut surged clear by three lengths to win the six furlong race in a time of 1:09.37. […]

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Reggane Captures E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woobine, Earns BC Spot

Making her North American debut, Reggane won the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes on the Woodbine turf Saturday. The four-year-old filly closed from last into a slow pace and overtook Miss Keller in deep stretch to win by a length in the 1 1/4 mile race.  The winning time, under jockey Christophe Soumillion, was 2:03.38.  The […]

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