Sunday, November 06 2016


Breeders’ Cup Kentucky update


Juvenile Kentucky horses dominate Juvenile as Classic Empire nips Not This Time

Romans: ‘I think we proved that you can run a good horse at Ellis Park’

By Jennie Rees

ARCADIA, Calif. — Based on Saturday’s $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the road to the Kentucky Derby so far is going through, well, Kentucky.

John Oxley’s Classic Empire held off favored Albaugh Family Stable’s Not This Time by a neck at Santa Anita Park to remain unbeaten in the four races he finished, which spans maiden and Grade 3 Bashford Manor wins at Churchill Downs and Keeneland’s Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity. His only defeat came in Saratoga’s Hopeful, when Classic Empire wheeled at the start and dumped his rider. Julien Leparoux, Keeneland’s fall-meet champ who missed the Hopeful with a broken wrist, now is 4 for 4 on the Pioneerof the Nile colt.

Meanwhile, Not This Time won an Ellis Park maiden race by 10 lengths and Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Iroquois by 8 3/4, with trainer Dale Romans opting to skip the Breeders’ Futurity to train up to the Juvenile.





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Friday, November 04 2016


Breeders’ Cup Kentucky update


By Jennie Rees

Maker hoping growing claim to fame continues with Da Big Hoss, Al’s Gal

‘Get a good sound horse, put her in the right spot, get the right jockey on her and Mike is very lethal’

ARCADIA, Calif. (Friday, Nov. 4, 2016) — Mike Maker wouldn’t mind having a shedrow full of racehorses that were pricey yearling purchases. But while the Kentucky-based trainer does buy young horses at the sales, much of his clientele is more likely to spend $50,000 to claim a horse than to buy a baby.





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Breeders’ Cup Kentucky update


Bad fall in race doesn’t stop Lull
Colebrook glad he came for Sprint


ARCADIA, Calif. — There might be a faster horse than Lull in Friday’s $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita Park. But it’s hard to imagine there’s a 2-year-old filly in the race possessing more heart.

After winning her debut by three lengths at Belmont Park, Lull clipped heels rounding out of the turn and fell hard in Saratoga’s $100,000 Bolton Landing Stakes. She got up, ran off before being collared by the outrider, then was walked back to trainer Christophe Clement’s barn. Sixteen days later, Lull shipped from upstate New York to Kentucky Downs to capture the $350,000 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies over the promising Caroline Test.





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Monday, October 31 2016


BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MONDAY NOTES


CLASSIC

Arrogate/Hoppertunity – Arrogate worked 4f in 46 4/5 Monday morning under Martin Garcia.
“Worked really good, he was happy and comfortable," Garcia said.
“It was fine,” Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said.
Hoppertunity, Baffert's other Classic entrant, only jogged but drew the following compliment from Baffert.





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Friday, October 28 2016


Gulfstream West Adds Claiming Crown Preview Day Sunday, Nov. 6


11 Starter Races Totaling $440,000 in Purses

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - Gulfstream Park West has added Claiming Crown Preview Day to its Fall Turf Festival on Sunday, Nov. 6. The afternoon will feature 11 starter races worth a total of $440,000.

Free nominations can be made through the Gulfstream Park racing office by Sunday, Oct. 30.





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Undefeated Three Rules Sharp in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Tune-up


Breezes 5 Furlongs in ‘Bullet’ 57.64 Seconds at Gulfstream Park
Workout Video Link:
https://youtu.be/OXZG8MgN1JE

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Undefeated Three Rules breezed five furlongs in a sharp 57.64 seconds at Gulfstream Park Friday morning in preparation for a scheduled start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 5.

The fastest of 21 workouts recorded at the five-furlong distance can be viewed at https://youtu.be/OXZG8MgN1JE






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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES (FRIDAY, OCT. 28


• CLOCKER WEIGHS CHAMPIONS’ CHANCES IN DISTAFF
• KING OF MOUNTAIN CHROME MUST HURDLE ARROGATE
• STELLAR WIND IN LAST MAJOR DRILL FOR THE DISTAFF
• ALL IN THE FAMILY FOR STEVENS IN BREEDERS’ CUP
• SPRINT CHAMP RUNHAPPY TO BREEZE FOR DIRT MILE

DISTAFF LURES THREE CHAMPIONS

Perhaps the most anticipated race in the 33-year history of the Breeders’ Cup takes center stage next Friday, Nov. 4, when champions Beholder, Songbird and Stellar Wind meet in the $2 million Longines Distaff for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles.





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Thursday, October 27 2016


SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES (THURSDAY, OCT. 27


• SONGBIRD, BEHOLDER BREEZE FOR DISTAFF
• CLASSIC COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR CHROME
• NYQUIST, MELATONIN IN CLASSIC WORKOUTS
• GRADE I ACE FROSTED WORKS FOR CLASSIC


SONGBIRD, BEHOLDER WORK TOWARDS DISTAFF SHOWDOWN

Songbird and Beholder, two thirds of the three “Fab Females” set to run in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff next Friday, Nov. 4, had their final major works about an hour apart Thursday morning, undefeated two-year-old female champion of 2015 Songbird going five furlongs under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez in 1:01, breezing, after the 6:30 a.m. renovation break, and the six-year-old Beholder, winner of three Eclipse Awards, working six furlongs at 7:45 in 1:14.40 with regular rider Gary Stevens up for Richard Mandella.





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Wednesday, October 26 2016


Undefeated Three Rules among 12 Pre-Entries in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile


Florida Derby Winner Nyquist Pre-Entered in $6 Million Classic

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Shade Tree Thoroughbreds’ undefeated Three Rules was among 12.pre-entries announced Wednesday for the $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), leading a contingent of Gulfstream Park stakes winners scheduled to participate on the $26.5 million World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 4 and 5.

Trained at Gulfstream by Jose Pinchin, Three Rules has won his first five races by 31 lengths, including a 10-length romp in the $500,000 In Reality Oct. 1 to pull off a sweep of the 2016 Florida Sire Stakes Series.





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Economic Model looks to find winning formula in Saturday’s G3 Bold Ruler


ELMONT, N.Y. - Economic Model will look for his first graded stakes win after a pair of runner-up finishes, headlining a 13-horse field in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler for 3-year-olds and up at seven furlongs on Belmont Park's main track.





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Saturday, October 22 2016


Total Handle on Maryland Million Up 18.5 Percent, Attendance Grows


Saturday Crushes 2014 Handle by 59 Percent
Track Showcases Ongoing Improvements of More than $20 Million
Day Highlighted by Admirals War Chest Victory in Classic

LAUREL, MD – Total handle on Saturday’s 31st Jim McKay Maryland Million was up 18.5 percent over 2015 and a whopping 59.8 percent over 2014.

Saturday’s program had a total handle of $4.476 million compared to $3.778 last year. Total handle in 2014 was $2.801 million.





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Admiral’s War Chest Repeats in Maryland Million Classic


Rockin Jojo Pulls Off 31-1 Upset in Maryland Million Distaff

LAUREL, MD – Sinatra Thoroughbreds Racing LLC’s Admiral’s War Chest became the fifth back-to-back winner of the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic Saturday at Laurel Park with a dominating gate-to-wire triumph in the 1 1/8-mile stakes for Maryland-sired horses.

The 5-year-old gelding won by 3 ½ lengths under Taylor Hole to join Timely Warning (1990-91), Algar (1997-98), Docent (2002-03), and Eighttofasttocatch (2011, 2013-14) as a back-to-back winner of the Maryland Million Day feature.





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