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Classic: Gunnevera Comes ‘So Close,’ Thunder Snow ‘Stayed Fighting To The End’

Gunnevera was on the outside looking in to the Breeders’ Cup Classic when pre-entries were announced, but the hard-knocking colt did his trainer proud on Saturday with a second-place finish in the $6 million race. A 4-year-old son of Dialed In, Gunnevera came hurtling down the Churchill Downs stretch under Irad Ortiz to finish just […]

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Breeders’ Cup Winners Accelerate, City Of Light, And Monomoy Girl Could Meet In Pegasus

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate was bright-eyed the morning after his triumphant victory at Churchill Downs, and trainer John Sadler told drf.com that the colt was in good shape. Plans call for the 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky to spend a few days at Lanes End Farm this week, where he will stand stud for […]

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Breeders’ Cup Countdown Presented By DRF Bets: Trainer View

Fans have fond memories of many legendary performances in the Breeders’ Cup, but how many have wondered what those races looked like to trainers of the winners? Bob Baffert, Shug McGaughey, and Mark Casse gathered to share their Breeders’ Cup memories earlier this week at Equestricon, and they revealed a few things fans may not […]

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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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Classic: Bin Suroor, Soumillon Express Confidence In Mercurial Thunder Snow

Which Thunder Snow will the world see? The question beckons and global racing seeks an answer as the bay 4-year-old colt attempts history on Saturday at the Breeders’ Cup. A Godolphin/Darley homebred, Thunder Snow has shown downright dominance and perplexing volatility in a career that has garnered him seven victories and 15 top-three finishes from 20 efforts. […]

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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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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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Classic: Thunder Snow, Mind Your Biscuits Record Final Works Beneath Twin Spires

Godolphin’s Dubai World Cup (GI) winner Thunder Snow (IRE) completed his final step prior to the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) with a seven-furlong move in 1:27 at 5:30 a.m. EDT Friday at Churchill Downs. Thunder Snow worked through eighth-mile splits in :13.20, 26, :38.40, :50.40, 1:02.40 and 1:14.60. The 4-year-old colt completed his work with […]

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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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Mind Your Biscuits ‘Perfect,’ Thunder Snow ‘Fresh’ Ahead Of Breeders’ Cup Engagements

With just two weeks until the Breeders’ Cup World Championships returns to Churchill Downs for a record-equaling ninth time, locally-based contenders Mind Your Biscuits, Seeking the Soul, Thunder Snow (IRE), Whitmore and Wonder Gadot logged their penultimate breezes for the Nov. 2-3 championship event on a chilly Friday morning beneath the historic Twin Spires. Mind […]

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