breeders’ cup classic

Porter: Havre de Grace pointing to Personal Ensign

Racing fans could see another rematch between Havre de Grace and Blind Luck this month after all.  Havre de Grace owner Rick Porter writes on the Fox Hill Farm website “that the Personal Ensign is probably our best spot because it gives us more time until the prep races at Belmont October 1st. That would […]

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Whitney Handicap looks deep, tough to call

Flat Out was penciled in as the morning line favorite Wednesday after the draw for what looks to be a deep and contentious field in Saturday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Handicap Invitational at Saratoga. The Whitney is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, meaning the winner earns an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at […]

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Shandler: Sidney’s Candy will prove he’s the most talented horse in the country

At his Breeders’ Cup Chat blog, Jason Shandler argues that Sidney’s Candy is the most talented horse in the country and will prove it by the end of the year: “The options for Sidney’s Candy are limitless given his versatility. He can pretty much run on any surface from seven to 10 furlongs. Right after […]

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Jerardi: Coil, Shackleford could make a tough BC Classic pair

The past weekend’s stakes races didn’t exactly clear up the picture of the three-year-old division, but Shackleford proved his grit once again and the late-comer Coil might have shown a sign of great things to come.  At the new Breeders’ Cup Classic site, turf writer Dick Jerardi says he was impressed with both: “Shackleford may […]

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Law: Coil, Stay Thirsty up against history

The impressive victories by Coil and Stay Thirsty over the weekend have put them squarely in the conversation about the three-year-old division of the Eclipse Awards, with about three months left in the season. In The Saratogian, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters president Tom Law says recent history isn’t in their favor: “In 20 years […]

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McGrath: Frankel’s ‘duty’ is the Breeders’ Cup Classic

In his column at Britain’s The Independent, Chris McGrath writes that trainer Sir Henry Cecil should seriously consider running Frankel in this year’s Breeders’ Cup and not in the Mile but in the Classic.  So far, Cecil has suggested Frankel will wrap up his year in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot October 15, […]

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Mitchell: Industry leaders must seize rivalry opportunity

At his Blood-Horse blog, Eric Mitchell urges the racing industry’s marketing leaders to take full advantage of the rare rivalry that’s developed between Havre de Grace and Blind Luck.  Mitchell suggests the wheels are already in motion: “The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has begun cranking up its public-relations machine for a campaign that will be […]

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First Dude is first horse to qualify for BC Classic following Gold Cup win

PRESS RELEASE LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 9, 2011) – Donald R. Dizney’s 4-year-old  homebred First Dude became the first horse this year to qualify for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic  through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series following a thrilling victory by a nose over stablemate Game on Dude in Saturday’s  1 ¼ mile, $500,000 Hollywood […]

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Breeders’ Cup unveils new marketing push for the Classic

Press Release Building on 2011 record levels of consumer awareness for its flagship asset, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Breeders’ Cup is launching a series of marketing activities highlighting the Classic, Classic contenders and Breeders’ Cup Challenge (“Win And You’re In”) Classic division races, Breeders’ Cup announced today. The campaign includes a racetrack-focused […]

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Zipse: Who’s the best Older Female?

Zipse At The Track profiles the three fillies who seem to be dominating this year’s Older Female division – Awesome Maria, Blind Luck and Havre de Grace.  All three appear to be legitimate Horse of the Year candidates and could be on a crash course for a showdown in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic or […]

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