breeders’ cup classic

BC Classic is goal for Prayer for Relief

Trainer Bob Baffert said on Sunday morning that the next objective for Super Derby winner Prayer for Relief will be the $5-million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5, reports the Daily Racing Form. The horse earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 98 in the Grade 2 race at Louisiana Downs, which equaled […]

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Wilson on HOTY: Stay Thirsty in front turning for home

California turf writer Art Wilson handicaps the Horse of the Year chase as the season enters its final two months.  If Havre de Grace beats the boys again in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, clearly she’ll be the odds-on favorite to take the award, but as of now, Wilson gives the edge to Stay Thirsty: “The […]

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Repole: Kelso, not Penn Derby, likely for Uncle Mo

Owner Mike Repole said Thursday that Uncle Mo is “most likely” headed next to the Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park October 1, instead of the Pennsylvania Derby a week earlier. Repole tells the Daily Racing Form the timing of the race and the one-mile distance of the Kelso versus the 1 1/8-mile Pennsylvania Derby is […]

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Breeders’ Cup announces new BC Friday promotions

The Breeders’ Cup announced today a collection of special Friday-only events to be held at Churchill Downs during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Nov. 4 and 5. New to the event this year, all Breeders’ Cup reserved ticket holders will receive a complimentary racing program. Post time on Friday for the first Breeders’ Cup race […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Havre de Grace Owner Rick Porter

Rick Porter has had some pretty big thrills in the 17 years he’s owned Thoroughbred racehorses: a Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama Stakes win with Jostle; a Breeders’ Cup Distaff victory with Round Pond; a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby by Hard Spun, a son of Danzig who went on to win the […]

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DeWitt: Havre de Grace ‘can never be another Zenyatta’

Trainer Larry Jones may have been speaking from excitement when he told his crew last winter that Havre de Grace “could be Zenyatta,” as reported by Steve Haskin.  But for argument’s sake, turf writer Burton DeWitt says such a comparison is impossible: “Havre de Grace can never be the racehorse Zenyatta was, even if she […]

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Haskin: Uncle Mo deserves shot at BC Classic

At his Blood-Horse blog, Steve Haskin suggests Uncle Mo’s connections should send him not to the one-mile Kelso but to the 1 1/8-mile Pennsylvania Derby, with an eye on giving the colt a shot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic if he runs well.  Haskin says if ‘Mo goes in the Kelso on his way to […]

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TCI: Time to get serious about Breeders’ Cup

Now that it’s September, the TCI is back in action with its first Breeders’ Cup Edition.  This week, Jon Siegel and Joel Cunningham get right to the heart of the matter:  Who are the current top contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic? Click below to watch.

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Zipse debate: Will Havre de Grace win Horse of the Year?

Zipse At The Track continues his point-counterpoint series with the subject being: Will Havre de Grace win Horse of the Year over Blind Luck if it comes down to those two?  Racing blogger Angela D’Amico argues Havre de Grace earns major points for taking on the boys in Saturday’s Woodward: “Up until right now, these […]

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Jerardi: Acclamation could be dangerous in the BC Classic

After he won Sunday’s Pacific Classic and earned an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Acclamation’s connections suggested he probably wouldn’t be pointed toward that race since it’s on the Churchill Downs dirt.  But turf writer Dick Gerardi says they may want to at least consider the idea because of his frontrunning speed: “In […]

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