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Futurity, Starlet Headline Eight-Day Meet At Los Alamitos

A pair of Grade I races for 2-year-olds highlight the 2018 Winter meet at Los Alamitos. The eight-day season will begin Thursday, Dec. 6 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 16. Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis. Post time will be 1 p.m. on weekdays and 12:30 p.m. on weekends. The $300,000 Starlet for […]

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‘We Got The Big One’: Accelerate Takes Classic To Silence Sadler Doubters

Breaking from the outside number 14 stall after being reluctant to load in the starting gate, Hronis Racing’s Accelerate won the 35th running of the $6-million, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday, giving trainer John Sadler his first victory in the world championships with his 45th starter. Ridden by Joel Rosario […]

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Classic Notes: Sloppy Track Has Accelerate Stick To Jog, Thunder Snow ‘Scary’ Good

Accelerate – Trainer John Sadler, in deference to track conditions, chose to send out his morning-line favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic for a one-mile jog on the sloppy Churchill Downs main track Thursday morning. “No problem, just a matter of making sure he got the exercise in,” Sadler said. “I’m sure the track will […]

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Breeders’ Cup Classic: Baffert’s Duo En Route, Thunder Snow Should ‘Improve Again’

Accelerate – Trainer John Sadler’s morning-line favorite Accelerate galloped 1 1/2 miles Tuesday morning and stood in the gate as the 5-year-old colt moved toward Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Javier Meza, Accelerate’s regular exercise rider was in the saddle. Sadler reiterated his position on Accelerate far outside post in the 14-horse field by […]

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West Coast Classic Contenders: ‘Super-Duper’ Work For Accelerate, Baffert Duo Sharp

There were more significant workers at Santa Anita Saturday morning than there is spittin’ in a Clint Eastwood Western. With the weather clear, the track fast, the sun shining through azure skies and the 35th Breeders’ Cup less than a week away, Nov. 2 and 3 at Churchill Downs, horses expected to participate were out […]

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Breeders’ Cup News Minute Presented By Adequan: Classic Preps

Three of the leading contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Classic – Accelerate, McKinzie and West Coast – had their final serious preps at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., on Saturday. Meanwhile in Louisville, Ky., whose Churchill Downs hosts the two-day championships on Nov 2-3, a plane carrying 22 European horses, including two-time Prix de l’Arc […]

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Breathing Issue Will Keep G1 Winner Dream Tree Out Of Filly & Mare Sprint

Trained by Bob Baffert, the Grade 1 winner Dream Tree was preparing to make the journey to Churchill Downs with the rest of her stablemates; she was set to contest the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. The 3-year-old blew through a half-mile work at Santa Anita on Friday in :46.80, according to drf.com, but came […]

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An Oversubscribed Classic: Who Is Guaranteed A Spot At Churchill Downs?

There are currently a total of 18 horses under consideration for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, but next Saturday’s field at Churchill will be limited to 14 starters with two also-eligibles. According to Breeders’ Cup regulations, oversubscribed races at the time of pre-entries (which were due on Monday afternoon) will be handled according to three […]

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‘Remember McKinzie!’: Baffert Has Colt Ready For ‘Tall Order’ In Classic

Bob Baffert’s battle cry for the Breeders’ Cup Classic won’t be “Remember the Alamo!,” but it could be “Remember McKinzie!” Seemingly the odd horse out although he is among the three favorites for the Classic to be run Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs, McKinzie is the third choice behind John Sadler trainee Accelerate and Baffert’s […]

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McKinzie, West Coast Breeze ‘Well’; Sadler ‘Couldn’t Be Happier’ With Accelerate

Bob Baffert seeks to add to his record of three Breeders’ Cup Classic wins—all consecutive—with West Coast and McKinzie in this year’s edition of the $6 million event at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3. Towards that end, the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer worked both horses Sunday morning at Santa Anita, West Coast going five furlongs […]

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