breeders’ cup classic

Flat Out impresses in Sunday morning work at Churchill

Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Flat Out worked a half-mile in :46 3/5 in the pre-dawn at Churchill Downs Sunday morning, Oct. 30, with jockey Greta Kuntzweiler aboard, reports The BloodHorse. “It was just what we wanted, what I was expecting him to do,” trainer Scooter Dickey said. “The track has been kind of slow, but […]

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Gio Ponti decision gives Ice Box a shot in BC Classic

The decision to run Gio Ponti in the Breeders’ Cup Mile instead of the Classic opens the door for Ice Box to give it the longshot try in the big race.  You remember Ice Box.  Finished second in the 2010 Kentucky Derby.  But he hasn’t won since, a period which included a lengthy layoff due […]

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Repole plans to enjoy the moment with ‘Mo, Stay Thirsty

When Mike Repole brought Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty to the Breeders’ Cup in 2010, all three lacked experience. Just one month before Repole’s colts started in the $2 million Juvenile, Uncle Mo had given the owner his first graded stakes victory when he dominated Belmont Park ‘s Grade 1 Champagne Stakes. A month before […]

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Gio Ponti will go in BC Mile instead of Classic

The Paulick Report learned today that the six-year-old will start in the Breeders’ Cup Mile Saturday November 5 instead of running in the Classic.  Shane Ryan, president of Castleton Lyons, said he came to the decision after discussing the choice with trainer Christophe Clement. “We both feel that we should aim Gio Ponti for the […]

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O’Brien: Dirt the only question mark with So You Think

Trainer Aidan O’Brien admits he doesn’t know how So You Think will handle the Churchill Downs dirt in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but that’s about his only query heading into the race.  O’Brien says So You Think travels well, is battle-tested and relishes the 1 1/4-mile distance. “I suppose that ability to travel and to […]

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Gio Ponti: ‘Consistently brilliant or brilliantly consistent’?

The New York Racing Association is producing a series of features on top 2011 Breeders’ Cup contenders who have been successful recently on the NYRA circuit.  The following piece by Jenny Kellner profiles Gio Ponti, who is cross-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and Breeders’ Cup Classic.  He’s most likely to go in the Mile […]

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Repole on Uncle Mo: ‘It’s been an amazing comeback’

If owner Mike Repole has any doubts about Uncle Mo’s chances in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, he’s not showing it.  With a little over a week to go before the big race, Repole said he was ‘real confident’ heading into the Classic, writes the Blood-Horse: “Any horse who loses 200 pounds in May and June […]

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Await The Dawn prepares to travel after near-fatal illness

Breeders’ Cup contender Await The Dawn is preparing to ship overseas just weeks after he almost died from a condition caused by traveling.  Trainer Aidan O’Brien tells The Guardian that Await The Dawn was “so sick, he nearly passed away” after returning from a third-place finish in his last race – the Juddmonte International Stakes […]

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Drosselmeyer to stand in New York after BC Classic bid

Drosselmeyer, the Classic-winning son of Distorted Humor, will retire to stud after making a final start in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs. He is set to stand in 2012 at Keane Stud in Amenia, NY as a WinStar/Keane Stud Venture. Drosselmeyer is in the process of being […]

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Tizway out of BC Classic with injury, to be retired

Tizway, winner of two prestigious Grade 1 races in New York this year, will miss the Breeders’ Cup Classic and be retired to stud after being diagnosed with a suspensory injury after a gallop Tuesday morning. “He galloped over the track very well this morning,” said trainer Jim Bond. “We put him on ice for […]

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