Friday, November 02 2012


$2 Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Almost an Angel – Ice Wine Stable’s galloped 1 1/2m under exercise rider Lindsey Molina as she continued her preparations for Friday’s $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

“She could not be training any better,” Molina said. “She almost ripped my guts out this morning.”





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$1 Million Juvenile Fillies Turf


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Flashy Ways – Shipped over Hollywood Park on Tuesday, jogged 6f on Wednesday, and galloped 1 1/4m Thursday morning for trainer Richard Baltas before schooling in the paddock prior to the second race.

Baltas is pleased with the preparation by the Kentucky-bred daughter of Catienus owned by Riley Racing Stable.





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$500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hightail – A routine 1 1/2m gallop was on the schedule for Hightail again Thursday as the son of Mineshaft out of the Storm Cat mare Stormy Renee prepares for what Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas hopes will be his trainee’s first career victory.

He’s the only maiden in the race, but also one of three prospective starters in the field of seven to have run in graded or group stakes races. The other two, both fillies, are Ceiling Kitty and Sweet Shirley Mae.





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Thursday, November 01 2012


$500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon (Grade II)


Atigun – Shortleaf Stable’s Atigun, the 9-2 morning line favorite for Friday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon, galloped a little more than 1 1/2m Wednesday morning under exercise rider Danny Ramsey.

Atigun will be ridden in the Marathon by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who is tied with Jerry Bailey as the all-time winningest rider in Breeders’ Cup history with 15. Atigun will be Smith’s first opportunity to reach victory No. 16.





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$2 Million Breeders’ Cup Mile (Grade I)


Animal Kingdom – Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom galloped 1m under exercise rider David Nava Wednesday morning at Santa Anita in preparation for a return from an eight-month layoff in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Assistant Alice Clapham supervised the morning activity while trainer Graham Motion was en route from his Fair Hill Training Center base in Maryland to Santa Anita. The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, who has recovered from a pelvis fracture detected following an allowance turf victory at Gulfstream on Feb. 18, is sending the signal that he’s ready to get back in action.





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$1.5 Million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Grade I)


Amazombie – On Halloween morning, Amazombie rose from the straw (of his stall) and proceeded out into the predawn fog. A scene dramatic enough for the opener of a horror film.

But Bill Spawr is a thoroughbred trainer, not a movie director. And the most appropriately named horse for the holiday, also the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint defending champion, was routinely put through a 6f jog and 1 ½m gallop under exercise rider Javier Meza. The same as he'd done the day before, and the day before that.





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$500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint


Ceiling Kitty – see European report

Hightail – “Strange things can happen,” said D. Wayne Lukas while talking about sending out a maiden to tackle more successful runners in Friday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint. “Actually, I don’t think he’s your average maiden,” Lukas added.

The trainer said Hightail wasn’t considered for the race early, but, he said, “The [Breeders’ Cup] people called me and told me the race was coming up light, so we decided to come in.”

Hightail galloped 1 1/2m Wednesday.





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Breeders’ Cup European Report - October 31, 2012


While the horses from Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle Stables remain in quarantine until they are able to make their first appearance on the track Thursday, the trainer was at the barn on Wednesday morning and spent some time with members of the international media discussing some of his Breeders’ Cup hopefuls:

Of St Nicholas Abbey (defending champion in the Breeders’ Cup Turf), O’Brien had this to say, “I think it is safe to say you can put a line through his last run in the Arc. (Jockey) Joseph (O’Brien) knew after a furlong or so that the horse was in trouble on that ground, and did his best to look after the horse as well as he could. Hopefully it will be a different story on quicker ground here.”





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Wednesday, October 31 2012


$5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic


Breeders' Cup World Championships, Nov. 2-3

$5 Million Breeders' Cup Classic (Grade I)
World Championships
Three-Year-Olds & Up
1 1/4 Miles

Alpha – Travers winner Alpha was schooled in the starting gate Tuesday morning during his morning activities at Santa Anita Park in preparation for a start in Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“We backed him up to the backside, he galloped a mile and went back to the starting gate, where he stood and backed out beautifully. Then, he galloped back to the frontside and went home,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “Sometimes he gets a little temper in there, but he schools great every day. I just wanted the gate crew to see that he’s a good boy.”






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$2 Million Breeders’ Cup


Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Nov. 2-3

$2 Million Breeders’ Cup
Ladies’ Classic (Grade I)
World Championships
Three-Year-Olds & Up Fillies & Mares
1 1/8 Miles

Awesome Feather – Stronach Stable’s unbeaten filly is one of several standouts in a star-studded field for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic that includes defending champ Royal Delta, the unbeaten My Miss Aurelia, and Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama winner Questing.





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Saturday, October 20 2012


PRE-ENTERED FIELDS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP TO BE ANNOUNCED OCTOBER 24


PRE-ENTERED FIELDS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RACES TO BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24

Pre-entered fields for all 15 Breeders’ Cup World Championships races will be announced on Wednesday, October 24. The 29th Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global event, will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

PRE-ENTERED FIELDS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RACES TO BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24

Pre-entered fields for all 15 Breeders’ Cup World Championships races will be announced on Wednesday, October 24. The 29th Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global event, will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.





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Monday, November 09 2009


Breeders’ Cup World Championships: Odds and Ends


Zenyatta Becomes First Horse to Win Two Different Breeders’ Cup World Championships Races;
Goldikova and Conduit Double-Up in Mile and Turf

ARCADIA, Calif. – Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss’s undefeated 5yo mare Zenyatta made history on several fronts Saturday with her thrilling last-to-first victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita as she ran her perfect streak to 14 and became the first horse in the 26-year history of the event to win two different Breeders’ Cup races, following her score in the Ladies’ Classic here last year.

In the race before the Classic Saturday, English-trained 4yo colt Conduit scored a repeat victory in the Turf after French-trained 4yo filly Goldikova rallied to a repeat tally over male rivals in the Mile earlier on a sensational day of racing.





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