Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic

Unique Bella ‘Doing Very Well’; Long-Term Goal Could Be Sept. 23 Cotillion

Don Alberto Stable’s talented sophomore filly Unique Bella had to be withdrawn from consideration from both the Santa Anita Oaks and the Kentucky Oaks with shin soreness, but it appears the daughter of Tapit will be returning to training soon. According to bloodhorse.com, Unique Bella has been walking the shed row at Santa Anita and visiting […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Life After Zenyatta

This weekend marks seven years since John Shirreffs’ most famous trainee, Zenyatta, upset the boys in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, a year after she won the Ladies’ Classic. Ahead of this Saturday’s Juvenile, Shirreffs will take 2-year-old colt Gormley to the same saddling area where he readied Queen Z for her triumphs at Santa Anita […]

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Breeders’ Cup Distaff Name Restored

The Breeders’ Cup today announced that as a part of celebrations for this year’s 30th running of the World Championships, the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, for fillies and mares 3-years-old and older, will be returned to its original name, the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. The 30th Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international year-end event, consisting […]

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Royal Delta dominates foes in BC Ladies Classic

Royal Delta staked her claim for Horse of the Year honors with a dominating wire to wire victory in the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) Nov. 2. The 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker won the Ladies Classic for the second straight year, providing jockey Mike Smith with his 16th victory in the Breeders’ […]

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BC Ladies Classic report: Thursday notes

Awesome Feather – Stronach Stables’ unbeaten champion galloped 1 1/2m on the main track for trainer Chad Brown on the eve of her run in the Ladies’ Classic. The Awesome of Course filly is 10-for-10 in a three-season career that has been interrupted by a tendon injury in her left front leg. Brown said he […]

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Ladies Classic: Deep field continues tuning up for big dance

Awesome Feather – Trainer Chad Brown sent the unbeaten 4yo filly out for a 1 1/2m gallop at 9:45 Wednesday morning. “She trained beautifully,” Brown said. “I’m very happy with the way she looked.” Awesome Feather is an intriguing member of what is being described as one the deepest fields in Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic […]

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Females gear up for highly competitive Ladies Classic

Awesome Feather , Stronach Stable’s unbeaten filly, is one of several standouts in a star-studded field for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic that includes defending champ Royal Delta, the unbeaten My Miss Aurelia, and Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama winner Questing. “What we’re in the horse racing game for is a race […]

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Grace Hall heading to BC Ladies Classic

Grace Hall, the emphatic winner of the Indiana Oaks (gr. II) Oct. 6, will make her next start in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, trainer Tony Dutrow confirmed to the Daily Racing Form on Wednesday. The addition of Grace Hall to the Ladies’ Classic strengthens a race widely thought to be the deepest of the […]

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Finley: Royal Delta should get BC Classic shot

After a romping 9 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s Beldame Invitational at Belmont Park, ESPN.com’s Bill Finley writes that the 4-year-old’s connections should seriously consider pointing her to the Breeders’ Cup Classic instead of taking on the females in the Ladies’ Classic next month.  Finley says while owner Ben Leon and trainer Bill Mott are thinking […]

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Royal Delta begins gearing up for 2012 campaign, Dubai World Cup

Likely three-year-old female champion Royal Delta got back into the swing of things Tuesday with her first official work of her four-year-old season.  The daughter of Empire Maker went an easy three furlongs in :36 at Payson Park Training Center in Florida for trainer Bill Mott. Mott says the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic winner will […]

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