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.





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• 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





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Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 22


• BEHOLDER GALLOPS TO BEGIN BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC PREPARATIONS
• GOT LUCKY, LIAM’S MAP AMONG PLETCHER WORKERS
• WORK TAB
• GALLOPING OUT
• FALL MEET LEADERS

BEHOLDER GALLOPS TO BEGIN BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC PREPARATIONS

B. Wayne Hughes’ Beholder, sporting the first Breeders’ Cup saddle towel seen this week at Keeneland, made her first appearance on the main track Thursday morning galloping once around under exercise rider Janeen Painter. She was pre-entered in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) with first preference in the Classic.






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Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries Lists Have South Florida Flavor


Championship Meet Produces Multiple Stakes-Winning Contenders in Several Races
Gulfstream Playing Host to Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge October 30-31

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park will be well-represented next week at the Breeders' Cup World Championships after more than 30 of its stars from the Championship Meet pre-entered to run in the 32nd Breeders' Cup Oct. 30-31 at Keeneland.





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Empire Showcase Day serves as New York-bred prelude to Breeders’ Cup


ELMONT, N.Y. - The Saturday before the Breeders' Cup, Belmont Park will host Empire Showcase Day, a championship event of its own exclusive to New York-bred horses featuring eight stakes races worth $1.75 million led by the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap.






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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.






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Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 21


• SUNSET GLOW, OSAILA TOP STRONG PIN OAK VALLEY VIEW FIELD OF 14
• BEHOLDER DOING BETTER DAY AFTER SPIKING A FEVER
• RUNHAPPY IS JUST THAT IN BREEDERS’ CUP WORK
• FIORETTI WORKS FIVE FURLONGS AT THE THOROUGHBRED CENTER
• STAKES PROBABLES
• FALL MEET LEADERS






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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


Keeneland Barn Notes for Oct. 19


• GREENPOINTCRUSADER PUTS IN FIRST KEENELAND WORK FOR BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE
• DEFENDING BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT CHAMPION JUDY THE BEAUTY BREEZES
• MOTT WORKS BREEDERS’ CUP HOPEFULS HARMONIZE, TOURIST
• WORK TAB
• STAKES PROBABLES
• FALL MEET LEADERS





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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


$125,000 Maryland Million Turf


Phlash Phelps Fights Back to Capture $125,000 Maryland Million Turf

LAUREL, MD -- Phlash Phelps almost pranced into the winner's circle at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon after his victory in the $125,000 John Deere Maryland Million Turf. Despite having to dig in down the stretch of the one-mile race to put away Roadhog, a two-time Turf winner, Phlash didn't break a sweat.





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