champions cup

Longshots Giant Expectations, Pavel Prepare For ‘Tough Spot’ In San Pasqual

Peter Eurton would like to have a decent start for Giant Expectations in Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita, a nine furlong test for older horses that is a precursor to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 9. A six-year-old New York-bred son of Free Giant, Giant Expectations is a […]

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Favored Le Vent Se Leve Ties Track Record In Champions Cup; Pavel Last

Odds-on-favorite Le Vent Se Leve won this year’s Grade 1 Champions Cup in record-tying speed of 1:50.1 and extended his winning streak to four. He is the fourth 3-year-old to claim the race (including the Japan Cup Dirt) following Kurofune (2001), Kane Hekili (2005) and Alondite (2006). Scoring three consecutive wins in his three starts […]

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Pavel ‘Very Comfortable’ With Local Surface Ahead Of Japan’s Champions Cup

American trainee Pavel has settled right into the routine at Japan’s Chukyo Racecourse, according to Doug O’Neill’s assistant trainer Leandro Mora. “He kept his weight on, and he hasn’t lost any appetite which is a sign of a horse that’s a great traveler and knows what to do,” Mora said. On Sunday, the 4-year-old son […]

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Pavel ‘In Fine Condition’ For Japan’s Champions Cup

The sole North American contender for this year’s Grade 1 Champions Cup in Japan, the U.S.-trained┬áPavel arrived safely at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture on Wednesday. The Doug O’Neill-trained 4-year-old colt was then transported to the quarantine facilities at the JRA Horseracing School Quarantine Center, where he arrived at 10:35 a.m., completing about a […]

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Pegasus Playbook: Reeves Heads To Japan

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, a private racing stable owned by Dean and Patti Reeves of Atlanta, GA., is one of a dozen stakeholders in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the world’s richest horse race to be run Saturday, Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park. The Reeves, who formed their stable in 2009 with trainer Kathy […]

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Lani’s Connections Target 2017 Dubai World Cup, Breeders’ Cup Classic At Del Mar

Koji Maeda has big plans for his star 3-year-old colt Lani, according to The fan-favorite Triple Crown contender earned widespread acclaim during his stay in the United States for his unusually extensive training sessions, as well as his feisty antics on and off the racetrack. Lani finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby, fifth in […]

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Hokko Tarumae Battles for Champions Cup Victory; Imperative 15th

Third in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Japan Cup Dirt, Hokko Tarumae held off rivals to win the newly-named Champions Cup at Chukyo Racecourse Sunday. American challenger Imperative sat midpack early but faded in the stretch to finish 15th. Ridden by Hideaki Miyuki, Hokko Tarumae was close to the pace throughout, taking the […]

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JRA Adds New Group 1 Champions Cup to Schedule for 2014

The Japan Racing Association announced Tuesday that it has added the new Group 1 Champions Cup to the racing calendar. The Champions Cup, a nine-furlong contest, will be run on the main dirt track at Chukyo Race Course Dec. 7. The race is for 3-year-olds and up, and will have an estimated purse of $1.9 […]

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