Breeders’ Cup 2011

Game On Dude ready to roll; Big ‘Cap defense or Dubai possible

After a valiant 2011 season which ended with a deep stretch loss in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Game On Dude is set to launch his five-year-old season Sunday at Santa Anita.  The son of Awesome Again is expected to start in the Grade 2, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes, and trainer Bob Baffert says the Breeders’ […]

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Stacelita retired, will be bred to Smart Strike

Potential 2011 female turf champion Stacelita has been retired from racing and has been booked to Smart Strike, reports the Blood-Horse.  The French-bred daughter of Monsun won two of her four U.S. starts in 2011 – the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park and the G1 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park.  She […]

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Drosselmeyer’s Classic win voted NTRA Moment of the Year

The exciting victory by Drosselmeyer and Mike Smith over Game on Dude and Chantal Sutherland in the Breeders’ Cup Classic has been voted the 2011 National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Moment of the Year. Drosselmeyer’s victory also represented the second “Classic” win in as many days for trainer Bill Mott, who had saddled Royal Delta […]

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ESPN wins Eclipse Award for Breeders’ Cup Classic coverage

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced that ESPN has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television – Live Racing Programming for its telecast of “The Breeders’ Cup Classic” at the 2011 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The one-hour program at Churchill Downs in […]

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Coolmore repeats as outstanding owner of Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series

Benefitting from seven first place finishes in Ireland, Canada and the United States, Coolmore Stud, represented by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, has won the Montblanc Rieussec Star Award as outstanding owners of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Challenge series. The Montblanc Rieussec Star Award, presented by Montblanc, the official timepiece of the […]

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Pair of Breeders’ Cup juvenile turfers return in Gulfstream stakes

Richard Kaster and Frederick Wietling’s 2-year-old Excaper finished a game second last out behind Irish invader Wrote in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) as a 33-to-1 longshot under regular rider Emma Jayne Wilson. They will go off a lot shorter odds Sunday when they team up again in the $100,000 Dania Beach […]

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Perfect Shirl to face 23 rivals in major South American race

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Perfect Shirl was expected to arrive in Argentina Wednesday to mount a challenge in South America’s top race – Saturday’s Group 1 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini. The four-year-old Perfect Soul filly drew post nine in a 24-horse field and will again be ridden by John Velazquez, who was […]

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Ramseys win first Breeders’ Cup John Deere Award

Ken and Sarah Ramsey will receive the inaugural John Deere Award as the top breeder in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.  The Ramseys led the point standings for wins in Win and You’re In races as well as the 15 Breeders’ Cup races earlier this month.  Among their winners was Stephanie’s Kitten, a homebred who […]

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Trainer Bill Mott has November to remember

New York Times turf writer Joe Drape looks at trainer Bill Mott’s sizzling November performance.  Mott won six graded stakes this month – including the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Ladies’ Classic – to vault him into fourth place in the national trainer standings with $10.3 million in purse earnings.  Drape says Mott’s patient approach is […]

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