Classic Notes: ‘It’s Going To Be Who Comes With The Big Race’

Code of Honor – Given the chance, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey described how he would like the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic to unfold for Code of Honor, William Farish’s homebred colt. “I’d like to see a decent pace, just get in a good position – we’ll be back – and leaving […]

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The Haiku Handicapper Presented By TVG: 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic

Time to analyze the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic field, in post position order, in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. #1 – Math Wizard Squeaked out a Grade 1 When nobody else fired Won’t add up again #2 – Seeking the Soul A […]

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Weekend Lineup: Breeders’ Cup World Championships

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships are here! Fourteen races pitting the best against the best will be on offer this Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park, highlighted by a wide-open edition of the Breeders’ Cup Classic to finish off the action. Will Bob Baffert trainee McKinzie deliver on his morning-line favoritism, or will it […]

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Classic Notes: Math Wizard, Owendale Get First Looks At Santa Anita

Code of Honor – William Farish’s homebred colt jogged for a while Wednesday morning, then galloped 1 1/2 miles for exercise rider Lexi Pradun. Rider and horse returned to the barn area through the paddock at Santa Anita and returned to the paddock in mid-morning for more schooling in preparation for Saturday’s $6 million Longines […]

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McKinzie Draws Post Eight, Tabbed As 3-1 Morning Line Favorite For Breeders’ Cup Classic

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s McKinzie has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 11 3-year-olds and up for Saturday’s $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) to be run at 1 ¼ miles on the main track, the climax of the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championship races to […]

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Classic Notes: Mott Pair Exit Breezes Well, War Of Will Enjoying The Weather

Code of Honor – William S. Farish’s 3yo chestnut colt Code of Honor left Belmont Park on schedule Monday morning for cross-continent flight to Santa Anita, trainer Shug McGaughey said. Elate/Yoshida (Bill Mott) – Assistant trainer Riley Mott reported “all good” with their Breeders’ Cup Classic duo one day after the two Bill Mott trainees […]

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Mott: ‘Top-Class’ Elate Fits In Classic, Yoshida Should Be ‘In The Mix’

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff a record five times and the Breeders’ Cup Classic twice. He again has a top female and male horse, but this year will run the 5-year-old mare Elate against the boys for the first time in a field for the $6 million Classic […]

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Eight Rings ‘Very Good’ In Final Work For Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Working in company with Azul Coast on Sunday morning, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Eight Rings had his final breeze for Saturday’s $2 million race, going four furlongs in 47.20. Azul Coast, inside of Eight Rings throughout, was timed in 47.60 over Santa Anita’s main track. “I wanted to give him a target,” Bob Baffert said […]

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Owendale ‘Deserves A Chance’ In Breeders’ Cup Classic

It was a busy morning at Churchill Downs as five Breeders’ Cup contenders, led by Rupp Racing’s $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (GIII) winner Owendale (Classic) and Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider’s multiple Grade I-winning mare Elate (Classic or Distaff), logged their second-to-last workouts prior to the Nov. 1-2 World Championships at Santa Anita. Along with […]

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