breeders’ cup classic

Nonkono Yume Becomes First Horse To Qualify For 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic

Kazumasa Yamada’s 6-year-old gelding Nonkono Yume (JPN) closed powerfully down the stretch to catch defending champion Gold Dream (JPN) to win Sunday’s one mile, US$1,964,000 February Stakes (G1) on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse by a neck and became the first horse this year to qualify for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge. The […]

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Defending Champ Gold Dream Takes On 15 Rivals In G1 February Stakes

Katsumi Yoshida’s defending champion Gold Dream (JPN) and Masatsugu Takezono’s TM Jinsoku (JPN) lead a field of 16 horses in Sunday’s 35th running of the one mile US$1,833,632 February Stakes (G1) on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse, the first automatic qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Challenge series. The Breeders’ […]

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‘Beyond Equine Capability’: Juddmonte Reflects On Arrogate’s Dubai World Cup

It has been nearly 11 months since a big silver train of a horse named Arrogate came rolling through the desert of Dubai and wowed the globe with a Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) performance that will be remembered for decades to come. Owned by the iconic Juddmonte Farms, trained by America’s premier classic-race conditioner […]

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Geroux Reflects On Gun Runner’s ‘Desire Of Winning Races’

With 2017 Horse of the Year and Grade I Pegasus World Cup victor Gun Runner’s racing career in the rearview mirror, jockey Florent Geroux took some time to talk about what the horse meant to his riding career and how special he really was. Geroux began riding Gun Runner at the beginning of his 3-year-old campaign, which began […]

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‘I Still Believe There’s A Grade 1 In Him’: Osborne Keeps The Faith In Toast Of New York

It was a fairytale from the start for 7-year-old Toast of New York. After being retired and covering a few mares, the horse returned from a 1,130-day layoff to win a race at Lingfield Park. Trainer Jamie Osborne had his sights set on bigger dreams for “Toast,” pointing him to the world’s richest horse race […]

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Gun Runner Makes His Own Trip In Swan Song Pegasus World Cup Victory

There were questions about the post position and about the pace scenario, but Horse of the Year and race favorite Gun Runner answered them all with a 2 1/2-length triumph in Saturday’s second running of the $16 million Pegasus World Cup. Florent Geroux rode hard out of the gate on the 5-year-old son of Candy […]

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‘Good Memories’: Asmussen And The 11-Year-Old Tan Suit

 No horse will be better suited for Saturday’s $16 million Pegasus World Cup Gulfstream Park than overwhelming favorite Gun Runner. He’s the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, riding a streak of four straight dominating Grade 1 victories that are expected to propel him to Horse of the Year honors Thursday and been training up a storm. On top […]

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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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Baffert: ‘A Different Approach’ For Collected, West Coast ‘On It’ For Pegasus

West Coast and Collected, in their final major drills for the world’s richest race, the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at GulfstreamPark next Saturday, each went in company Sunday morning at Santa Anita under jockey Drayden Van Dyke. West Coast, favored to win an Eclipse Award this Thursday as the outstanding three-year-old male of 2017, went five furlongs in […]

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Pegasus: After Three-Year Hiatus, ‘Fire Still Burning’ In Toast Of New York

Trainer Jamie Osborne admits the odds of running Toast of New York in the Jan. 27 Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park a year ago “were a 1,000-1.” But after a three-year hiatus, the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) runner-up has returned to racing and is one of the more intriguing entries in the $16 […]

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