breeders’ cup preps

Churchill’s Dogwood Stakes: Covfefe At Home For Filly & Mare Sprint Prep

LNJ Foxwoods’ Test Stakes (Grade I) winner Covfefe tops a compact field of six 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $125,000 Dogwood Stakes (Listed) – the featured event on an 11-race program at Churchill Downs – as she preps for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The seven-furlong Dogwood is carded as Race 10 with a post time of 5:26 […]

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BC Classic Contender Blame Arrives at Churchill

One of the leading contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Blame, shipped to Churchill Downs Wednesday to make final preparations for the big race. The four-year-old had been training at Keeneland but will finish his prep work at Churchill, stabled in trainer Al Stall Jr.’s barn. require_once(ABSPATH. ‘/wp-content/blogad.php’); ?> In his most recent race […]

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Paddy O’Prado, First Dude Work for Romans

PRESS RELEASE Louisville-born trainer Dale Romans’ pair of 3-year-old contenders for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) – Paddy O’Prado and First Dude – topped the roster of works by Breeders’ Cup hopefuls Saturday over their home track at Churchill Downs. require_once(ABSPATH. ‘/wp-content/blogad.php’); ?> Donegal Racing’s Paddy O’Prado, third in […]

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Hurricane Ike Sharp in Work for BC Dirt Mile

PRESS RELEASE With jockey Calvin Borel up, Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Hurricane Ike tuned up for his engagement by working six furlongs in 1:12.40 in company with Third Dawn after the renovation break Saturday morning.         Fractions for the move, which was the fastest of five at the distance, were :12.20, :24, :35.80, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Hopefuls Take Final Shot at Automatic Berths

You might call it Last Chance Saturday.  Today represents the final opportunity for horses to qualify for the Breeders’ Cup through the Win and You’re In Challenge. There are five races in which the winners will gain an automatic berth for various Breeders’ Cup races at Churchill Downs, November 5th-6th. Three of them are at Woodbine, all Grade […]

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Euro Filly Serious Attitude Upsets Woodbine’s Nearctic Stakes at 23-1

By Scott Jagow The only filly in a field of 12, Serious Attitude exploded through the lane to win the Grade 1, $500,000 Nearctic Stakes on the Woodbine turf Saturday. Under Garrett Gomez, the four-year-old making her North American debut surged clear by three lengths to win the six furlong race in a time of 1:09.37. […]

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Reggane Captures E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woobine, Earns BC Spot

Making her North American debut, Reggane won the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes on the Woodbine turf Saturday. The four-year-old filly closed from last into a slow pace and overtook Miss Keller in deep stretch to win by a length in the 1 1/4 mile race.  The winning time, under jockey Christophe Soumillion, was 2:03.38.  The […]

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Three-year-old Joshua Tree Takes the Canadian International at Woodbine

By Scott Jagow Joshua Tree, the lone three-year-old in a field of nine, won a thrilling stretch run to capture the Grade 1, $2 million Canadian International Stakes on the Woodbine turf Saturday. Under Colm O’Donoghue, the Irish-bred surged to the lead mid-stretch and held off late closers Mores Wells and Redwood to win by a head in […]

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Euro Shippers Sweep Win and You’re In Races at Woodbine

By Scott Jagow Horses making their North American debuts won all three Grade 1 races at Woodbine Saturday, giving each winner a berth in the Breeders’ Cup three weeks from now. European connections brought plenty of firepower for the last chance at Win and You’re In for this year’s Breeders’ Cup.  In the three […]

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Breeders’ Cup Hopefuls Get Ready to Roll

By Scott Jagow As the October mornings get chillier in Kentucky, Churchill Downs and Keeneland are heating up with Breeders’ Cup workouts. Breeders’ Cup contenders are shipping into the Bluegrass state to begin their preparations for the big races November 5th and 6th at Churchill. require_once(ABSPATH. ‘/wp-content/blogad.php’); ?> Saturday and Sunday, […]

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