breeders’ cup sprint

Catalina Cruiser Pivots To Sprint; Bellafina ‘Looked Really Good’ In Penultimate Work

Higher Power worked five furlongs in 1:01 flat this morning in his penultimate major drill for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita two weeks hence, on Nov. 2. With Flavien Prat aboard, the Pacific Classic winner was one of four John Sadler workers bound for the Breeders’ Cup, the others being Catalina […]

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Omaha Beach: Malibu, Pegasus Named As Post-Breeders’ Cup Targets

While trainer Richard Mandella has not announced a final decision on a Breeders’ Cup race for Omaha Beach, the 3-year-old son of War Front is expected to race after the Nov. 2 World Championships. According to horseracingnation.com, the Grade 1 Malibu over seven furlongs on Dec. 26 is the current mid-range target, while the G1 […]

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Forced To ‘Improvise,’ Papa Mandella Over The Moon With Omaha Beach

Like Bill Mazeroski’s home run that won the World Series, Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech, and Secretariat’s 31-length victory in the Belmont, the mythic return to glory by Omaha Beach in Saturday’s Santa Anita Sprint Championship will grow in lore through the ages. The pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 4 finally returned to […]

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Engage Holds Off Whitmore To Earn Breeders’ Cup Berth In Phoenix

Woodford Racing’s Engage had to fight hard to win Friday’s Grade 2 Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland, fending off multi-millionaire Whitmore by about three parts of a length on the wire. The 4-year-old son of Into Mischief, ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Steve Asmussen, found clear sailing down the center of the stretch and was […]

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Equibase Analysis: Upset Brewing In Santa Anita Sprint Championship?

The Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship is an interesting race on many fronts, not the least of which is due to the return of Omaha Beach, sidelined since winning the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes and Grade 1 Arkansas Derby this spring. The ultra-fast Shancelot ships in from the East Coast off a loss […]

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BC Sprint: Omaha Beach Tackles Shancelot In Santa Anita Sprint Championship

High percentage eastern-based trainer Jorge Navarro’s brilliant sprinter Shancelot will square off with Richard Mandella’s comebacking sophomore Omaha Beach, in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,00 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 2.             […]

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Promises Fulfilled, Whitmore Renew Rivalry In Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix

Promises Fulfilled and Whitmore, who finished a head apart in last year’s Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2), will renew their rivalry Friday at Keeneland as they headline a field of 11 sprinters for the 167th running of the $250,000 race at 6 furlongs on the main track for 3-year-olds and up. Scheduled as the eighth […]

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Imperial Hint Gets A ‘Standing Ovation’ For Gritty Vosburgh Victory

A day after Raymond Mamone’s Imperial Hint battled back in the stretch to edge Firenze Fire by a nose in the Grade 1, $300,000 Vosburgh, winning trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr. said the color finally returned to his face. “My friend [and fellow trainer] Arnaud Delacour texted me to congratulate me and said, ‘Why do you […]

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Imperial Hint Battles Back To Nail Firenze Fire In Vosburgh

Raymond Mamone’s pint-sized Imperial Hint showed off the size of his heart once again in Saturday’s Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes, winning the contest for the second straight year under jockey Javier Castellano. The 6-year-old son of Imperialism, trained by Luis Carvajal, Jr., grabbed the lead at the start but was headed by 2-1 second choice […]

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Promises Fulfilled Scratched From Vosburgh; American Power Stays In

Robert Baron and WinStar Farm’s talented sprinter Promises Fulfilled will be scratched from Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Vosburgh at Belmont Park. Promises Fulfilled, a chestnut Shackleford colt, breezed on Friday morning at his Churchill Downs base going five furlongs in 59.80 seconds. The five-time graded stakes winner was a disappointing sixth last out in the […]

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