Wednesday, October 21 2015


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.






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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.






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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.






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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.





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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.





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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.





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Monday, November 03 2014


Breeders’ Cup - Odds & Ends - Sunday Notes


Smith Extends Lead in Breeders’ Cup Victories

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, 49, extended his lead for Breeders’ Cup victories with one win to bring his total to 21. His victory came in the DraftKings Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint with Judy the Beauty.





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Breeders’ Cup - Sunday Notes


Art Sherman - “He pulled up good,” said Art Sherman, trainer of Breeders’ Cup Classic third-place finisher California Chrome by telephone from his Los Alamitos base Sunday after shipping the 3yo colt back from Santa Anita Saturday night.





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Sunday, November 02 2014


Quotes for the $5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic


Martin Garcia (jockey, Bayern, 1st) – “It’s an amazing feeling, a dream come true. To compete in these races, especially this day, is a big thing for everyone. In this situation, you don’t take away when a horse likes to run on the lead. We let him run, and if anything happens, you make adjustments. In this race, he broke really good and I took advantage.”

On the inquiry: “I was pretty sure that I didn’t do anything. In racing, these things happen.”





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