Friday, October 23 2015
NYQUIST DRILLS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:02.09
UNDEFEATED NYQUIST DRILLS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:02.09 WITH GUTIERREZ UP;
‘I SAW WHAT I WANTED’ IS O’NEILL’S ASSESSMENT OF FINAL WORK IN PREPARATION
FOR $2 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE OCT. 31
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2015)—Reddam Racing’s undefeated Nyquist, in his final drill in preparation for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Oct. 31, worked a handy five furlongs early Friday afternoon in 1:02.09, prompting trainer Doug O’Neill to opine “I saw what I wanted, I really did.” With regular rider Mario Gutierrez up, Nyquist, who sat in behind stablemate Semper Fortis leaving the 5 ½ furlong pole, took the lead three furlongs from home while cruising through splits of 24.94 and 49.68 en route to an eventual gallop out time of 1:15.70 for six furlongs.
• AMERICAN PHAROAH SCHOOLS, GALLOPS
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES
Triple Crown king American Pharoah stood in the gate and later galloped Friday morning as he nears his final workout at Santa Anita Monday for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland next Saturday.
American Pharoah Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mVQ9DBiugk
Wednesday, October 21 2015
Riker/Plenty of Can-Con for Breeders’ Cup
TORONTO, October 21
– “We’re dreaming the dream.”
With his undefeated, ultra-impressive colt slated to take on the world nine days from now in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, it’s easy to understand why trainer Nick Gonzalez is dreaming big.
As he watched Riker in the final yards of the Grade 3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine earlier this month, Gonzalez marveled at the ease in which the dark bay went about his business in the 1 1/16-mile feature, while notching his fourth win in as many starts for owner Tucci Stables.
Sheer Drama Turns in Final Breeze for Breeders’ Cup Distaff
Leaving Thursday for Kentucky
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Harold Queen’s multiple Grade 1 winner Sheer Drama breezed a sharp five furlongs over Gulfstream Park’s main track on Wednesday, the final work before her next scheduled start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) October 30.
The 5-year-old mare, a half-sister to 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Big Drama, was clocked in 58.88 seconds, the fastest of 11 horses. It was her fourth timed work since earning an all-fees-paid trip to Keeneland for the Distaff by virtue of her victory in the Personal Ensign (G1) August 28 at Saratoga.
AMERICAN PHAROAH DRILLS RAPID SIX FURLONGS IN 1:10.80
SANTA ANITA BASED AMERICAN PHAROAH DRILLS RAPID SIX FURLONGS IN 1:10.80;
TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP HAS SIXTH WORK IN PREPARATION FOR THE $5 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC OCT. 31
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2015)—In his most serious drill to date, Santa Anita based Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah worked six furlongs in 1:10.80 this morning for Bob Baffert as the clock continues to tick down to a possible epic showdown with superstar mare Beholder and others in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Monday, October 19 2015
Beholder Arrives at Keeneland for $5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic
LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 19, 2015) – Spendthrift Farm’s nine-time Grade 1-winning mare Beholder arrived at Keeneland Monday afternoon for an anticipated matchup with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Oct. 31.
Beholder, winner of six consecutive races, landed at Blue Grass Airport a little after 1 p.m. ET and arrived at Barn 60 on Rice Road at 1:40 p.m. with trainer Richard Mandella leading her off the van.
Sunday, October 18 2015
Breeders’ Cup contenders work at Belmont Park
ELMONT, N.Y. - A cadre of candidates for the Breeders' Cup took to Belmont Park's tracks Saturday morning, led by Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup victor Tonalist, who went six furlongs in 1:14 under exercise rider Lee Vickers in advance of the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES
• UNHERALDED SMOOTH ROLLER WORKS FOR BC CLASSIC
• BEVY OF BREEZES AT SANTA ANITA FOR BREEDERS’ CUP
• EASY MORNING FOR AMERICAN PHAROAH AND BEHOLDER
SMOOTH ROLLER ‘THRIVING’ FOR CLASSIC ENDEAVOR
Unsung Smooth Roller, who earned a fees-paid berth to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31 by virtue of his impressive 5 ¼-length victory at 5-1 in the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes Sept. 26, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday in 1:01 under Tyler Baze, who rides the 4-year-old Hard Spun gelding in the mile-and-a-quarter Classic.
Thursday, October 15 2015
BEHOLDER WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:02.00
SANTA ANITA-BASED BEHOLDER WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:02.00;
SUPERSTAR MARE TO SHIP TO KENTUCKY MONDAY IN PREPARATION FOR
EPIC SHOWDOWN WITH TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP AMERICAN PHAROAH IN
$5 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC OCT. 31
STEVENS GUIDES MARE THROUGH PRE-DAWN BREEZE OVER RECENTLY AMMENDED SURFACE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2015)—In her final local work in advance of what looms an epic showdown with Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 31, two-time Eclipse Champion mare Beholder worked a solid five furlongs this morning at Santa Anita in 1:02.00 and will be headed to Lexington, Kentucky early Monday morning according to her Hall of Fame conditioner, Richard Mandella.
AMERICAN PHAROAH WORKS
TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH WORKS RAPID SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:23 FLAT,
GALLOPS OUT MILE IN 1:35.40 IN PREPARATION FOR $5 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC OCT. 31
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2015)—Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah, in his most serious drill since running second in the Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29, worked seven furlongs in 1:23 flat and galloped out a mile in a rapid 1:35.40 this morning at Santa Anita as he continues to prepare for what is shaping up as an epic showdown with superstar mare Beholder in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31.
Friday, October 09 2015
PRELUDE TO $5 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC
IN PRELUDE TO $5 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC,
SUPERSTAR MARE BEHOLDER & TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH
EACH WORK FIVE FURLONGS FRIDAY MORNING AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2015)—With the clock winding down to what looms an epic showdown in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31, superstar mare Beholder and Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah each worked five furlongs on Friday morning at Santa Anita.
Thursday, April 09 2015
2015 “BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE SERIES: WIN AND YOU’RE IN” SCHEDULE
Below is the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win And You’re In” schedule on NBC and NBCSN. Breeders’ Cup Challenge races are listed in bold.