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Saudi Cup Draws 140 Nominations, Including 32 Individual Group/Grade 1 Winners

The first running of the US$29.2 million Saudi Cup race day has attracted an impressive entry, including no less than 32 Group or Grade 1 winners in the big race alone, across an eight-race card. Held at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh on Saturday February 29, 2020 the Saudi Cup kicks off a new era […]

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Gift Box May Skip World Cups, Stay Home For Santa Anita Handicap

Gift Box, who worked four furlongs Friday in 49.20, “might stay here” for the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, trainer John Sadler said Saturday morning. The 6-year-old gray son of Twirling Candy won the Big ‘Cap by a nose last April but also has been listed as under consideration for the […]

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No Pegasus For McKinzie; Baffert Trainee Will Make Next Start In Saudi Cup

Though the 5-year-old son of Street Sense made the list of invitees to the $3 million Pegasus World Cup, McKinzie’s first start of 2020 won’t come until the $20 million Saudi Cup on February 29, trainer Bob Baffert told drf.com on Sunday. Most recently the runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic behind Vino Rosso, McKinzie’s highlight […]

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‘Spry’ Midnight Bisou Preparing For Saudi Cup At Fair Grounds

Breeders’ Cup Distaff runner up Midnight Bisou arrived at the Fair Grounds on Friday morning, according to drf.com, to prepare to race against males for the first time in the $20 million Saudi Cup. “I was amazed how good her attitude was, how spry and how well she came back,” trainer Steve Asmussen said. “It was […]

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Horse Of The Year Candidate Bricks And Mortar Leads Final NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

After capping off his unblemished season with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita Park, Bricks and Mortar was an emphatic choice to hold the No. 1 position in the final NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll of 2019. Trained by Chad Brown for owners William Lawrence and Klaravich Stables, Bricks and Mortar defeated […]

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Midnight Bisou ‘Thrives On Her Job,’ Could Take On Male Rivals In Pegasus Or Saudi Cups

Owner Jeff Bloom of Bloom Racing Stable is excited to see what 2020 holds for his stable star Midnight Bisou, second in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff. He announced before the race that the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute would be withdrawn from the Fasig-Tipton November sale to remain in training with Steve Asmussen next year, […]

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McKinzie To Race In 2020; Baffert Trainee Will Target Saudi, Dubai World Cups

Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up McKinzie will remain in training following Saturday’s performance at Santa Anita Park, trainer Bob Baffert told the Daily Racing Form. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense was defeated 4 1/4 lengths by Vino Rosso, but Baffert was pleased with the colt’s performance. “He ran his ass off. Just got beat by a […]

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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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