Breeders’ Cup championships

View From The Eighth Pole: A Breeders’ Cup Derby?

Should the Breeders’ Cup expand again? That’s a question the organization’s board of directors is expected to ponder at an upcoming meeting, when a proposal to add a “Breeders’ Cup Derby” for 3-year-olds and push the Breeders’ Cup Classic to a separate date in December will be discussed. Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup president and CEO, […]

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Del Mar Names Officials For Special 2017 Fall Meeting

With the Breeders’ Cup Championships adding a special dash of panache to the proceedings, Del Mar will host its fourth fall race meeting beginning on Wednesday, November 1, with an experienced crew of racing officials signed on to oversee the sport during the “Bing Crosby Season.” The 16-day session runs through Sunday, November 26. The seaside track […]

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Woodbine Presents The Breeders’ Cup Bracket Challenge: Final Four

We are down to the final four in the Breeders’ Cup Bracket Challenge, presented by Woodbine, a head-to-head contest allowing everyone with a Facebook page to vote for the horse they believe is the greatest Breeders’ Cup winner of all time. It started out with 32 horses in four brackets: Classic winners, other male winners, […]

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Mike Smith to be Inducted Into New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame

Jockey Mike Smith has been selected as a member of the 41st class of inductees for the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame. Born in Roswell and raised in Dexter, N.M., Smith began his riding career in his home state, taking out his first jockey’s license at 16 in 1982, before establishing himself as one […]

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Update: Velazquez Released From Hospital

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez has been released from a Pasadena, CA hospital following emergency surgery last weekend to remove a ruptured spleen. According to published reports, Velazquez’s agent, Angel Cordero, Jr., announced that the rider has been released and is expected to return to New York on Monday. Velazquez has been hospitalized since an accident in the Breeders’ […]

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No Violations in Out-of-Competition, TCO2, Post-Race Breeders’ Cup Tests

All samples collected from 2013 Breeders’ Cup horses have been cleared by the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at UC Davis. All horses competing in Breeders Cup races November 1 and 2 at Santa Anita Park underwent pre-race testing for TCO2 levels in blood. Post-race testing was performed for prohibited drugs on the […]

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Jockey Smith Wins Second Consecutive Bill Shoemaker Award

Propelled by three wins over the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Mike Smith won his second consecutive Bill Shoemaker Award as the most outstanding jockey of the 30th edition of the event, held at Santa Anita Park, Nov. 1-2. Smith scored back-to-back victories in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon on London Bridge and Outstrip (GB) in […]

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Update: Velazquez Out For The Year

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will remain at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA following emergency surgery late Saturday afternoon to remove a ruptured spleen. His injury stemmed from an accident in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies earlier in the day, the first of nine Breeders’ Cup races for the card. Velazquez’s agent, Angel Cordero, Jr., told the Daily […]

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BC F&M Sprint: Groupie Doll Pulls Off Second Consecutive Win

William “Buff” Bradley’s Groupie Doll pulled out all the stops in the Grade 1 $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in her final race before going into next week’s breeding stock sale at Keeneland. The 5-year-old Bowman’s Band mare out of Silver Deputy dam Deputy doll, duplicated her result in last year’s Filly and […]

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Beyer: Heavy Gamble of Horse Ownership

While the risk vs. reward weight is always on the minds of Thoroughbred racehorse owners, it may be even more apparent in the light of a major weekend for horseracing, Andrew Beyer writes in the Daily Racing Form. The Breeders’ Cup is the richest two days in sports with approximately $27 million in purse money […]

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