breeders’ cup classic

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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Porter: Horse of the Year, BC Classic the goals for Havre de Grace

Havre de Grace’s narrow loss to Blind Luck in the Delaware Handicap last month did nothing to deter her connections from taking on the boys in Saturday’s Woodward Stakes at Saratoga.  In fact, on a teleconference Tuesday, owner Rick Porter said – with Horse of the Year being the goal – he and trainer Larry […]

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Await The Dawn recovers from illness; BC Classic still targeted

Await the Dawn may have had some measure of excuse for his sound defeat this week at the hands of Twice Over and Midday in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.  The Racing Post says the Aidan O’Brien-trained runner came back with a high temperature after the race.  His connections say Await the Dawn is […]

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Potential BC Classic contender Await the Dawn seeks first G1 Wednesday

Aidan O’Brien-trained Await the Dawn will face a strong lineup of five rivals in Wednesday’s International Stakes at York.  Sir Henry Cecil will send out Midday, 2009 winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare turf and Twice Over, who finished third to Zenyatta in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Await the Dawn is seeking […]

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Game On Dude owners seek BC win in honor of Lanni

Game On Dude narrowly missed an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic with his nose loss to then-stablemate First Dude in the Hollywood Gold Cup.  But it appears likely he’ll have another “Win and You’re In” chance in the August 28 TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar – as his co-owners look to honor […]

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Jerardi: Finally, someone goes to the head of the class

At the Breeders’ Cup Classic website, Dick Jerardi says Tizway’s performance in winning Saturday’s Whitney Handicap at Saratoga was finally the kind of breakthrough performance we haven’t seen so far in 2011: “It took until the first Saturday in August at Saratoga, but in what was certainly the most accomplished field assembled in 2011, one […]

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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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