Mendelssohn

Favored Accelerate Draws Widest Of All In Breeders’ Cup Classic

The West Coast-based Accelerate was granted morning-line favoritism of 5-2 for the 35th running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, despite drawing the far outside post in the full 14-horse field. John Sadler will be trying to saddle his first Breeders’ Cup winner with Joel Rosario in the saddle. “Fourteen’s actually a good post because you’re […]

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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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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA Bets: Breeders’ Cup Fever

Fall is upon us and that means the Breeders’ Cup is only weeks away, and this year’s World Championships shift to Churchill Downs for the first time since 2011. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss some of the hot topics heading into the 2018 Breeders’ Cup. Will favored […]

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Classic Conundrum: Final Round Of Preps Serves Up More Questions Than Answers

With five weeks to go, the picture of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic is muddier than ever. There was a 45-1 upset in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in which the favored Diversify faded to finish fifth, and Accelerate ran his lowest Beyer figure of the year when he won the Awesome Again. Additionally, potential […]

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Discreet Lover Delivers At 45-1 In Jockey Club Gold Cup; Thunder Snow Second By A Neck

As the second-longest shot on the board at odds of 45-1, Discreet Lover flew down the stretch to get his neck in front of Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow (6-1) in Saturday’s Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Jockey Manny Franco celebrated at the wire, knowing the results of the impending photo finish would […]

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Equibase Analysis: Will Diversify Repeat In Jockey Club Gold Cup?

One of the biggest questions regarding the 100th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup is whether Diversify can lead from start to finish for the second year in a row. Having earned $1.9 million to date while winning 10 of 15 career starts, six at Belmont, we know where Diversify will […]

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‘A Lot Of Marbles On The Table’: Diversify Bids For Jockey Club Gold Cup Repeat

Lauren Evans and Ralph M. Evans’ New York-bred millionaire Diversify will vie for his second straight victory in the 100th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup against a field of eight on Super Saturday at Belmont Park. Carrying an all-fees-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic as a  “Win and You’re […]

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Justify To Stand For $150,000 In First Season At Coolmore

Justify, winner of the 2018 Triple Crown, will debut at stud for an advertised fee of $150,000 during the 2019 breeding season, leading the projected 17-horse stallion roster at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy arrived at Ashford Stud on Sept. 17 after initially being retired in July and residing at WinStar […]

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Diverse, Intriguing Field Shaping Up For Breeders’ Cup Classic

Classic division stars Accelerate and Diversify lead the way over an aspiring group 3-year-olds as the field for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic November 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville figures to become much more defined over the next five weeks. The 1 ¼-mile Classic rates as the centerpiece of a two-day extravaganza that heads to […]

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Mendelssohn ‘In A Good Place’ After Travers, Will Train Up To Classic

Mendelssohn emerged from his runner-up performance behind Catholic Boy in the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers in good shape, T.J. Comerford, assistant to trainer Aidan O’Brien, said Sunday. “Even after his race yesterday, I had him down at the test barn, and he pulled the arms on me and he was still whinnying, so the race […]

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