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Breeders' Cup News & Notes

Stevens takes mount for BC just 14 weeks after knee replacement

Gary Stevens was all smiles last year after winning the BC Classic aboard Mucho Macho Man (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Hall of Fame jockey and 10-time Breeders' Cup winner Gary Stevens will be riding the Breeders' Cup World Championships exactly 14 weeks to the day after undergoing total knee replacement surgery on July 25.

Stevens will be aboard Sivoliere in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on October 31., reuniting with owner Martin Schwartz and trainer Chad Brown.

Stevens and Martin Schwartz famously won the Beverly D. at Arlington Park in 2005 aboard Angara. It was Stevens' first mount back at Arlington after his near career-ending fall there in the 2003 Arlington Million.

"I feel like we got the band back together. I couldn't be more excited," Schwartz remarked after speaking with Stevens about riding the race.

Stevens rode his last race in July for Brown, before announcing he was taking some time off to get his right knee replaced.

"It was something that I knew I would need to do eventually. I just put it off until I had to deal with it," the rider explained. "I always hoped I would be able to ride in the Breeders' Cup this year, but I knew that I wasn't going to do it unless I was 110 percent. I'm so grateful to have owners and trainers that believe in me."

Stevens scored a nice Breeders' Cup double last year when piloting Mucho Macho Man to victory in the Classic and guiding Beholder to capture the Distaff one day prior. Neither horse is running in this year's races.

"Nothing can top the Breeders' Cup I had last year," he admitted. "But being able to go out there and ride at the highest level, for great people only three months after having a new knee put in, well it's right up there."

The Breeders Cup will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, on October 31-November 1.

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Smith looks to pad Breeders' Cup record

Mizdirection was but one of Mike Smith's three BC winners in 2013 (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Mike Smith has 20 Breeders' Cup victories, more than any jockey. Retired Hall of Fame riding great Jerry Bailey has 15, and John Velazquez 12, second to Smith among active riders.

Smith, inducted into racing's Hall of Fame in 2003, attributes his success to more than skill, luck and longevity. How about favorable circumstances?

"It's getting the opportunity to ride great horses, that's the key," the 49-year-old New Mexico native said recently.

Santa Anita hosts the 31st Breeders' Cup World Championships for an unprecedented third straight year on October 31 and November 1, but as soon as the big event is over, Smith and his agent of 10 years Brad Pegram will have their eyes peeled for next year's Breeders' Cup prospects.

"As soon as this one's over, you start looking for horses you think belong next year," Smith said. "Brad's been doing a great job in that respect. It's not a coincidence when you wind up on live horses every year. The Breeders' Cup takes planning. You work for it and you go after it, and he's been doing a pretty good job."

Smith, willow-trim and oak-strong, rarely deviates from his personal training regimen, which accounts for his UFC-like condition as he nears the mid-century mark, which he will reach on August 10 of next year.

"Good Lord willing, I'm healthy and staying strong and fit," he said. "Hopefully that will continue for future Breeders' Cups."

There's more to just staying physically strong, of course. It's important to have your head in the game and do your homework, watching film and perusing past performances.

"At this point, you pretty much know who's running and what their style is," Smith said. "There are no secrets other than when it comes to a younger horse. We kind of know who the older horses are and what they can do.

"We've been watching them all year, but you don't really begin strategizing and handicapping until the races are drawn. That's a big part of it, seeing where the horses draw and what you think they might do or might not do."

Smith's former stakes winners read like a Who's Who of racing, and he does his best to stay in contact.

"I try to see Zenyatta as often as I can when I ride at Keeneland," the regular rider of the great mare said. "I didn't get to see her last year, but hopefully this year when we head down to Kentucky, at some point I'll get a chance to stop by and see her. Holy Bull, Lure, and now Game On Dude and Amazombie. That's pretty neat.

"I saw a picture of Game On Dude playing in the paddock the other day. He had a ball in his mouth and was throwing it in the air."

The old gelding was just living up to his name.

In other Breeders' Cup news:

Imperative will have Frankie Dettori in the irons for the BC Classic (Charles Town/Coady Photography)

Trainer George Papaprodromou termed Imperative's six-furlong bullet work Thursday in 1:12 1/5 "great" and said he has engaged Frankie Dettori to ride the Charles Town Classic winner in the Classic, replacing Kent Desormeaux. Imperative worked in company with Mr. Sexy, who was timed in 1:12 2/5 and is listed among the also-eligibles for both the Sprint and Turf Sprint.

Goldencents (Dirt Mile) and Moreno (Classic) are scheduled to work Friday, while Private Zone (Sprint) likely will work Monday under regular rider Martin Pedroza.

"This will be the last tune up and he'll be ready," trainer Leandro Mora said of Goldencents, who captured last year's Dirt Mile wire to wire by a 2 3/4-length margin.

Richard Baltas said Big Macher (Sprint) came out of Sunday's five-furlong bullet breeze in 58 3/5 in great shape.

Sean McCarthy reported Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Majestic Harbor (Classic) doing well after his six furlong workout Monday in 1:11 3/5.

"He worked super and came out of it in great shape," the trainer said.

Cavorting has been declared out of the Juvenile Fillies by Kiaran McLaughlin.

"She's fine," the trainer said, "but she's just not 100 percent and needs some time off. We're hoping for a big year in 2015."

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Team British Racing represented by 16 in BC

Dank returns to the U.S. for a title defense run in the BC F&M Turf (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Team British Racing, an initiative launched by Great British Racing International to showcase Britain's finest runners on the international stage, will be represented by 16 runners at the Breeders' Cup.

The team includes Dank, who will look to defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, as well as last weekend's E.P. Taylor heroine Just the Judge (F&M Turf); Irish St Leger winner Brown Panther and dual Group 2 victor Telescope in the Breeders' Cup Turf; and U.A.E. Derby scorer Toast of New York, second in the Pacific Classic last out, in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Team British Racing boasts a team of four for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, including Group 3 winner Aktabantay, who will be the first Breeders' Cup starter for young trainer Hugo Palmer.

"It's hugely exciting to have a horse good enough to take to the Breeders' Cup," Palmer said. "I have only been training for 3 1/2 years and you could say that it is the culmination of a dream, though of course my aspirations and ambitions go some way beyond my first good horse, which is what Aktabantay is."

Aktabantay checked in sixth in a Group 1 at Longchamp October 5 after meeting some trouble in running, and Palmer reported his charge in fine shape.

"The conditions of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf are exactly what he has been crying out for," Palmer remarked. "He is undoubtedly a fast-ground horse, so the fast ground should suit him as should the likely strong pace."

Great British Racing International Executive Carter Carnegie commented on the Team British Racing initiative.

"The Breeders' Cup provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the quality of British trainers, and having so many Team British Racing entries this year is a testament to their talent and hard work," Carnegie said. "Team British Racing was partly devised to heighten the impact of British runners overseas. The quality of its string at the Breeders' Cup underlines Britain's status as both a center of excellence for the global horse racing industry and a world class venue to purchase and race the best bloodstock."

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Longines to be title partner for BC Distaff and Turf

The Breeders' Cup has announced its newest partner: famous Swiss watchmaker Longines. As the official partner of the 31st Breeders' Cup World Championships, taking place October 31 and November 1 at Santa Anita Park, Longines will be the official timekeeper and watch of the event. The brand will also be the title partner of the Breeders' Cup Turf and Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Longines will also present Conquest Classic watches to the owner, breeder, trainer, jockey and stable staff of the winning horse in the Distaff, Turf and Breeders' Cup Classic. The brand will also have a prominent presence throughout Santa Anita Park with branded clocks and banners decorating the course.

In keeping with the brand's motto that "elegance is an attitude," Longines Ambassador of Elegance Simon Baker will attend the Breeders' Cup World Championships and the brand will organize the Longines Prize of Elegance competition on October 31 and November 1 to celebrate the iconic style of the World Championships. With the help of celebrity judges, Longines will choose the most elegant man and woman and award them each with a Longines watch.

"We couldn't be more excited about joining forces with Longines," said Craig Fravel, president and CEO of the Breeders' Cup. "This partnership reflects the evolution of the Breeders' Cup and illustrates its appeal to prestigious brands and their target audience. The inherent sophistication and style in typical Breeders' Cup attendees mirrors that found in Longines traditional consumers."

"We are really proud to be the official partner and timekeeper of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, an event that matches perfectly our core values, namely tradition, performance and elegance," said Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines vice-president and head of international marketing. "Our passion for equestrian sports dates back to 1878, when the brand produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount and being now associated with one the most important events of the international horseracing season is a great honor."

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AKTABANTAY   Hugo Palmer   V I Araci
COMMEMORATIVE   Charles Hills   Juddmonte Farms Ltd.
CONQUEST TYPHOON   Mark Casse   Conquest Stables LLC
DANNY BOY   Dale Romans   Donegal Racing
HOOTENANNY   Wesley Ward   Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith
IMPERIA   Kiaran McLaughlin   Godolphin Racing LLC
INTERNATIONAL STAR   Mike Maker   Ken & Sarah Ramsey
LAWN RANGER   Kenny McPeek   Turf Stable LLC & Ted Melot
LUCK OF THE KITTEN   Wesley Ward   Ken & Sarah Ramsey
OFFERING PLAN   Chad Brown   Michael Dubb, Nantucket Thoroughbred Partners, Bethlehem Stables
STARTUP NATION   Chad Brown   Klaravich Stables Inc., William H. Lawrence
THE GREAT WAR   Aidan O'Brien   Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Joseph Allen LLC
WAR ENVOY   Aidan O'Brien   Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Joseph Allen LLC
WET SAIL   Charlie Fellowes   Qatar Racing Ltd.
Not selected for field & listed in order of preference        
DADDY D T   John Sadler   Hronis Racing LLC
FAITHFUL CREEK   Brian Meehan   Decadent Racing
PAPACOOLPAPACOOL   Jeff Mullins   Ali Nilforushan
MAJESTICO   D. Wayne Lukas   Calumet Farm
ERNEST SHACKLETON   Leandro Mora   Steve Keh, Gary A. Vaccaro, R3 Racing
MILTEE   Simon Callaghan   Reddam Racing LLC
*Danny Boy has second preference in the Juvenile
*The Great War has first preference in the Juvenile
*War Envoy has second preference in the Juvenile


BIG BANE THEORY   Carla Gaines   Scott Gross, Mark Devereaux
BOURBON COURAGE   Kellyn Gorder   Bourbon Lane Stable
BRONZO   Jorge Andres Inda   Don Alberto Stable
CAPO BASTONE   Todd Pletcher   Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
CARVE   Brad Cox   Michael Langford
FED BIZ   Bob Baffert   Kaleem Shah, Fed Biz LLC
GOLDEN TICKET   Kenny McPeek   Magic City Thoroughbred Partners
GOLDENCENTS   Leandro Mora   W C Racing
HANDSOME MIKE   Leandro Mora   Reddam Racing LLC
PANTS ON FIRE   Kelly Breen   George & Lori Hall
TAPITURE   Steve Asmussen   Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
VICAR'S IN TROUBLE   Mike Maker   Ken & Sarah Ramsey
*Big Bane Theory has first preference in the Mile
*Bourbon Courage has first preference in the Sprint
*Capo Bastone has second preference in the Sprint
*Handsome Mike has second preference in the Mile


CONQUEST HARLANATE   Mark Casse   Conquest Stables LLC
ISABELLA SINGS   Todd Pletcher   Siena Farms LLC
LADY ELI   Chad Brown   Sheep Pond Partners
LADY ZUZU   D. Wayne Lukas   Three Chimney Farm LLC
OSAILA   Richard Hannon   Al Shaqab Racing
PARTISAN POLITICS   Chad Brown   Klaravich Stables Inc., William Lawrence
QUALIFY   Aidan O'Brien   Louis & Kate Ronan
QUALITY ROCKS   Bill Mott   Brous Stable, Wachtel Stable, Destiny Oaks of Ocala LLC
RAINHA DA BATERIA   Graham Motion   Three Chimneys Farm LLC
SHE'S COMPLETE   Leandro Mora   Great Friends Stable, Steve Keh, Gary Vacarro, Bada Bing Stable
SIVOLIERE   Chad Brown   Martin S. Schwartz
SUNSET GLOW   Wesley Ward   Ten Broeck Farm Inc.
TAMMY THE TORPEDO   Chad Brown   Long Lake Stable LLC
Not selected for field & listed in order of preference        
PRIZE EXHIBIT   Jamie Osborne   Michael Buckley, Mrs. Paul Shanahan, M.V. Magnier
NICKY'S BROWN MISS   Savino Capilupi   Savino Capilupi
FLYING TIPAT   Dale Romans   Frank L. Jones Jr.
WAR ALERT   David Brown   Qatar Racing Ltd.
UNBRIDLED SONYA   David Cannizzo   All American Horses LLC
*Lady Zuzu has second preference in the Juvenile Fillies
*She's Complete has second preference in the Juvenile Fillies


BELLE GALLANTEY   Rudy Rodriguez   Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables, Gary Aisquith
CLOSE HATCHES   Bill Mott   Juddmonte Farms Inc.
DON'T TELL SOPHIA   Philip Sims   Philip Sims, Jerry Namy
IOTAPA   John Sadler   Hronis Racing LLC
L'AMOUR DE MA VIE   Pia Brandt   Pegasus Farms Ltd.
PARRANDA   Jerry Hollendorfer   Gilbert Campbell, D. Clark, Gatto Racing LLC, Jerry Hollendorfer
RIA ANTONIA   Tom Amoss   Loooch Racing Stable, Chris Dunn
STANWYCK   John Shirreffs   Mr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss
TIZ MIDNIGHT   Bob Baffert   Pegram, Watson, Weitman
UNBRIDLED FOREVER   Dallas Stewart   Charles E. Fipke
UNTAPABLE   Steve Asmussen   Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
VALIANT EMILIA   Gary Mandella   Teneri Farm Inc.
*L'Amour de Ma Vie has second preference in the Filly & Mare Turf
*Parrando has first preference in the Filly & Mare Turf



ANGELA RENEE   Todd Pletcher   Siena Farms LLC
BY THE MOON   Michelle Nevin   Jay Em Ess Stable
CONQUEST ECLIPSE   Mark Casse   Conquest Stables LLC
DANETTE   Keith Desormeaux   Don't Tell My Wife Stables
FEATHERED   Todd Pletcher   Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
HENNYTHELOVEPENNY   Peter Miller   Rogite, Fink, La Vida Loca Racing Stable et al
MAJESTIC PRESENCE   Jerry Hollendorfer   Mark Dedomenico, North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Inc.
PUCA   Bill Mott   Donegal Racing
SHE'S COMPLETE   Leandro Mora   Great Friends Stable, Steve Keh, Gary Vacarro, Bada Bing Stable
TAKE CHARGE BRANDI   D. Wayne Lukas   Willis D. Horton
TOP DECILE   Al Stall Jr.   Klaravich Stables Inc., William H. Lawrence
WONDER GAL   Leah Gyarmati   Treadway Racing Stable
Not selected for field & listed in order of preference        
LADY ZUZU   D. Wayne Lukas   Three Chimneys Farm LLC
*She's Complete has first preference in the Juvenile Fillies Turf
*Lady Zuzu has first preference in the Juvenile Fillies Turf


ABACO   Shug McGaughey   Phipps Stable
CHICQUITA   Aidan O'Brien   Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor
DANK   Sir Michael Stoute   London Thoroughbred Service
DAYATTHESPA   Chad Brown   Jerry & Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon, Bradley Thoroughbreds
EMOLLIENT   Bill Mott   Juddmont Farms Inc.
FIESOLANA   Willie McCreery   Flaxman Holdings Ltd.
JUST THE JUDGE   Charles Hills   Qatar Racing Ltd., Sangster Family Stable
L'AMOUR DE MA VIE   Pia Brandt   Pegasus Farms Ltd.
MISS SERENDIPITY   Ron McAnally   Matias Cavalieri
PARRANDA   Jerry Hollendorfer   Gilbert Campbell, D. Clark, Gatto Racing LLC, Jerry Hollendorfer, Greg Skoda, Kathy Justice (Lessee)
SECRET GESTURE   Ralph Beckett   Qatar Racing Ltd., Newsells Park Stud
STEPHANIE'S KITTEN   Chad Brown   Ken & Sarah Ramsey
TARFASHA   Dermot Weld   Shadwell Farm LLC
VEDA   Alain de Royer-Dupre   H.H. The Aga Khan
Not selected for field & listed in order of preference       Allen
IRISH MISSION   Christophe Clement   Robert S. Evans
RUSTY SLIPPER   Graham Motion   Zanim R. Meahjohn
STORMY LUCY   Ed Moger Jr.   Steve Moger
*Dayatthespa has second preference in the Mile
*Just the Judge has second preference in the Turf
*L'Amour de Ma Vie has first preference in the Turf
*Parranda has second preference in the Distaff
*Chicquita has first preference in the Turf
*Fiesolana has second preference in the Mile
*Secret Gesture has second preference in the Turf
*Veda has first preference in the Mile


ARTEMIS AGROTERA   Michael Hushion   Chester & Mary Broman Sr.
BETTER LUCKY   Tom Albertrani   Godolphin Racing LLC
JUDY THE BEAUTY   Wesley Ward   Wesley Ward
LEIGH COURT   Josie Carroll   Melnyk Racing Stables
LITTLE ALEXIS   Donna Green   Carlo Vaccarezza
LIVING THE LIFE   Gary Mandella   HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC
MIDNIGHT LUCKY   Bob Baffert   Pegram, Watson, Weitman
SOUTHERN HONEY   Rusty Arnold   Ashbrook Farm
STONETASTIC   Kelly Breen   Stoneway Farm
SWEET REASON   Leah Gyarmati   Treadway Racing Stable
THANK YOU MARYLOU   Mike Maker   Ken & Sarah Ramsey
*Better Lucky has first preference in the Mile
*Living the Life has second preference in the Turf Sprint


AMBITIOUS BREW   Marty Jones   Pamela C. Ziebarth
BOBBY'S KITTEN   Chad Brown   Ken & Sarah Ramsey
CASPAR NETSCHER   David Simcock   Charles Wentworth
DIMENSION   Conor Murphy   Riverside Bloodstock LLC
HOME RUN KITTEN   David Hofmans   Tarabilla Farms LLC
KAIGUN   Mark Casse   Gary Barber, Quintessential Racing Florida LLC, Horse'n Around Stable
MARCHMAN   Keith Desormeaux   Martin Racing Stable
NO NAY NEVER   Wesley Ward   Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Ice Wine Stable
RENEESGOTZIP   Peter Miller   Lanni Family Trust
SILENTIO   Gary Manella   Wertheimer et Frere
SOMETHING EXTRA   Gail Cox   John Menary, Gail Cox
SWEET SWAP   John Sadler   Hronis Racing LLC
TIGHTEND TOUCHDOWN   Jason Servis   Mr Amore Stables LLC
UNDRAFTED   Wesley Ward   Wes Welker
Not selected for field & listed in order of preference        
FREE AS A BIRD   Ian Wilkes   Elizabeth Jones Valando
AGELESS   Arnaud Delacour   Roy & Gretchen Jackson
LIVING THE LIFE   Gary Mandella   HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC
ZA APPROVAL   Christophe Clement   Live Oak Plantation
ROCK ME BABY   Craig Dollase   West Point Thoroughbreds Inc.
BIO PRO   Bill Mott   Gary Barber, Brous Stable, Wachtel Stable
REGALLY READY   Steve Asmussen   Vinery Stables
LIL BIT O'FUN   Philip D'Amato   Phil Belmonte, Mark Gorman, Sterling Stables
UNBRIDLED'S NOTE   Steve Asmussen   Mike McCarty
WIND FIRE   David Brown   Qatar Racing Ltd.
GLOBAL POWER   Bob Hess   Loooch Racing Stable
INDEXICAL   Ben Cecil   Reddam Racing LLC
HEAVEN'S RUNWAY   James Toner   K.K. & Vilasini D. Jayaraman
EDDIE'S FIRST   Leandro Mora   Reddam Racing LLC
MR. SEXY   George Papaprodromou   Kretz Racing LLC
*Bobby's Kitten has second preference in the Mile
*Kaigun has first preference in the Mile
*Reneesgotzip has second preference in the Sprint
*Silentio has second preference in the Mile
*Living the Life has first preference in the Filly & Mare Sprint
*Rock Me Baby has second preference in the Mile
*Wind Fire has first preference in the Sprint
*Indexical has first preference in the Sprint
*Eddie's First has second preference in the Sprint
*Mr. Sexy has second preference in the Sprint


AMERICAN PHAROAH   Bob Baffert   Zayat Stables LLC
CALCULATOR   Peter Miller   Richard C. Pell
CARPE DIEM   Todd Pletcher   Stonestreet Stables LLC, WinStar Stables
DANNY BOY   Dale Romans   Donegal Racing
DAREDEVIL   Todd Pletcher   Let's Go Stable
LUCKY PLAYER   Steve Asmussen   Jerry Durant
MR. Z   D. Wayne Lukas   Zayat Stables LLC
ONE LUCKY DANE   Bob Baffert   Michael Lund Petersen
PRIVATE PROSPECT   Michael Campbell   Mellon Patch Inc.
SOUPER COLOSSAL   Ed Plesa Jr.   Live Oak Plantation
TEXAS RED   Keith Desormeaux   Erich G. Brehm, Wayne Detmar, Lee Michaels, Keith Desormeaux
THE GREAT WAR   Aidan O'Brien   Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Joseph Allen LLC
UPSTART   Richard Violette Jr.   Ralph M. Evans
WAR ENVOY   Aidan O'Brien   Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Joseph Allen LLC
Not selected for field & listed in order of preference        
TOUGH CUSTOMER   Wayne Catalano   Gary & Mary West
COMBAT DIVER   Gary Contessa   Wounded Warrior Stables
BLUE DANCER   Greg Tracy   Derby Quest Farms Ltd, Shot in the Dark Racing Inc.
*Danny Boy has first preference in the Juvenile Turf
*The Great War has second preference in the Juvenile Turf
*War Envoy has first preference in the Juvenile Turf


BIG BLUE KITTEN   Chad Brown   Ken & Sarah Ramsey
BIG JOHN B   Philip D'Amato   Michael House
BROWN PANTHER   Tom Dascombe   Andrew Black, Owens Production Ltd.
CHICQUITA   Aidan O'Brien   Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor
FLINTSHIRE   Andre Fabre   Juddmonte Farms Ltd.
HANGOVER KID   Jason Servis   Four Tags Stable
HARDEST CORE   Edward Graham   Andrew P. Bentley Stables LLC
IMAGINING   Shug McGaughey   Phipps Stable
JUST THE JUDGE   Charles Hill   Qatar Racing Ltd., Sangster Family Stable
MAGICIAN   Aidan O'Brien   Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier
MAIN SEQUENCE   Graham Motion   Flaxman Holdings Ltd.
SECRET GESTURE   Ralph M. Beckett   Qatar Racing Ltd., Newsells Park Stud Ltd.
TELESCOPE   Sir Michael Stoute   Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd.
TWILIGHT ECLIPSE   Tom Albertrani   West Point Thoroughbreds Inc.
Not selected for field & listed in order of preference        
FINNEGANS WAKE   Peter Miller   Donegal Racing, Rockingham Ranch
STARSPANGLED HEAT   Barry Abrams   Madeline Auerbach, Barry Abrams, Vincenzo Loverso
*Just the Judge has first preference in the Filly & Mare Turf
*Chicquita has second preference in the Filly & Mare Turf
*Secret Gesture has first preference in the Filly & Mare Turf


BAKKEN   Chad Brown   Mr. & Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.
BIG MACHER   Richard Baltas   Thomas Mansor, Tachycardia Stables
BOURBON COURAGE   Kellyn Gorder   Bourbon Lisa Stable
FAST ANNA   Kathy Ritvo   Frank Calabrese
INDIANAPOLIS   Bob Baffert   Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith
MICO MARGARITA   Steve Asmussen   Judy & J. Kirk Robinson
PALACE   Linda Rice   Antonino Miuccio
PRIVATE ZONE   Alfredo Velasquez   Good Friends Stable
RENEESGOTZIP   Peter Miller   Lanni Family Trust
RICH TAPESTRY   Michael C.W. Chang   Silas Yang Siu Shun, Wong Tak Wai, Ho Chi Keung, Cheung Yuk Tak
SALUTOS AMIGOS   David Jacobson   David Jacobson, Southern Equine Stables LLC
SECRET CIRCLE   Bob Baffert   Pegram, Watson, Weitman
SEEKING THE SHERIF   Ron Ellis   Tim Goodwin, Steven & Sabina Zolotas
WORK ALL WEEK   Roger Brueggemann   Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc.
Not selected for field & listed in order of preference        
WIND FIRE   David Brown   Qatar Racing Ltd.
CAPO BASTONE   Todd Pletcher   Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
BAHAMIAN SQUALL   David Fawkes   Donald R. Dizney
INDEXICAL   Ben Cecil   Reddam Racing LLC
EDDIE'S FIRST   Leandro Mora   Reddam Racing LLC
MR. SEXY   George Papaprodromou   Kretz Racing LLC
BELLARMINE   Bob Hess   Loooch Racing Stable
*Bourbon Courage has second preference in the Dirt Mile
*Reneesgotzip has first preference in the Turf Sprint
*Wind Fire has second preference in the Turf Sprint
*Capo Bastone has first preference in the Dirt Mile
*Indexical has second preference in the Dirt Mile
*Eddie's First has first preference in the Turf Sprint
*Mr. Sexy has first preference in the Turf Sprint


ANODIN   Freddy Head   Wertheimer et Frere
DAYATTHESPA   Chad Brown   Jerry & Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon, Bradley Thoroughbreds
FIESOLANA   Willie McCreery   Flaxman Holdings Ltd.
GRAND ARCH   Brian Lynch   Jim & Susan Hill
KAIGUN   Mark Casse   Gary Barber, Quintessential Racing Florida LLC, Horse'n Around Stable
KARAKONTIE   Jonathan Pease   Niarchos Family
MUSTAJEEB   Dermot Weld   Shadwell Farms LLC
OBVIOUSLY   Philip D'Amato   Anthony Fanticola, Joseph Scardino
SEEK AGAIN   Bill Mott   Juddmonte Farms Inc.
SUMMER FRONT   Christophe Clement   Thomas Moore
TOM'S TRIBUTE   James Cassidy   Braly Family Trust
TORONADO   Richard Hannon   Al Shaqab Racing
TRADE STORM   David Simcock   Qatar Racing Ltd.
VEDA   Alain de Royer-Dupre   H.H. Aga Khan Studs
Not selected for field & listed in order of preference        
SAYAAD   Kiaran McLaughlin   Shadwell Stable
TOURIST   Bill Mott   WinStar Farm LLC, Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable
SILENTIO   Gary Mandella   Wertheimer et Frere
BIG BANE THEORY   Carla Gaines   Scott Gross, Mark Devereaux
BOBBY'S KITTEN   Chad Brown   Ken & Sarah Ramsey
KIYOSHI   Charles Hills   Qatar Racing Ltd.
BETTER LUCKY   Tom Albertrani   Godolphin Racing LLC
ROCK ME BABY   Craig Dollase   West Point Thoroughbreds Inc.
KINGSBARNS   Aidan O'Brien   Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith
MR. COMMONS   John Shirreffs   St. George Farm Racing LLC (Banwell)
HANDSOME MIKE   Leandro Mora   Reddam Racing LLC
*Dayatthespa has first preference in the Filly & Mare Turf
*Kaigun has second preference in the Turf Sprint
*Fiesolana has first preference in the Filly & Mare Turf
*Veda has second preference in the Filly & Mare Turf
*Silentio has first preference in the Turf Sprint
*Big Bane Theory has second preference in the Dirt Mile
*Bobby's Kitten has first preference in the Turf Sprint
*Better Lucky second preference in the Filly & Mare Sprint
*Rock Me Baby first preference in the Turf Sprint
*Handsome Mike first preference in the Dirt Mile


BAYERN   Bob Baffert   Kaleem Shah Inc.
CALIFORNIA CHROME   Art Sherman   Steve Coburn, Perry Martin
CANDY BOY   John Sadler   CRK Stable LLC
CIGAR STREET   Bill Mott   Jake Balls, Rashard Lewis
FOOTBRIDGE   Eoin Harty   Godolphin Racing LLC
IMPERATIVE   George Papaprodromou   KM Racing Enterprise Inc.
MAJESTIC HARBOR   Sean McCarthy   Gallant Stable
MORENO   Eric Guillot   Southern Equine Stable LLC
PRAYER FOR RELIEF   Dale Romans   Zayat Stables LLC
SHARED BELIEF   Jerry Hollendorfer   Jungle Racing LLC, KMN Racing LLC, Hollendorfer, Litt, Solis II, Todaro
TOAST OF NEW YORK   Jamie Osborne   Michael Buckley
TONALIST   Christophe Clement   Robert S. Evans
V.E. DAY   James Jerkens   Magalen O. Bryant
ZIVO   Chad Brown   Thomas J. Coleman
Not selected for field & listed in order of preference        
BIG CASANOVA   Peter Miller   Gary Barber, Brous Stable, Dona Licha, Wachtel Stable

Breeders' Cup draws a record 201 Pre-Entries

Led by an international all-star cast of the world's best horses, including Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, undefeated Pacific Classic and Awesome Again winner Shared Belief, Belmont Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Tonalist, Haskell Invitational and Pennsylvania Derby winner Bayern, and European champions Magician and Dank, a record 201 horses, including 38 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships.

The Breeders' Cup, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races with purses and awards totaling $26 million, will be held at Santa Anita for the third consecutive year on October 31 and November 1. There will be four Breeders' Cup races on Championship Friday and nine Breeders' Cup races on Championship Saturday.

The Breeders' Cup will be televised live by NBCSN and NBC. The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic will be broadcast live and in primetime on November 1 on NBC (8-9 p.m. EDT).

Goldencents (Dirt Mile), Ria Antonia (Juvenile Fillies), Magician (Turf); Secret Circle (Sprint) and Dank (GB) are the five 2013 winners pre-entered for this year's Breeders' Cup. A total of 37 horses have received automatic qualifying berths into the races through the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" series.

The Breeders' Cup Classic, the climactic event of the Championships, will be run on the main track at 1 1/4 miles. An oversubscribed field of 15 horses have been pre-entered. Since the event's inception in 1984, 11 winners of the Classic have been voted Horse of the Year, and with California Chrome and Shared Belief leading the way, this year's race could produce No. 12.

California Chrome took the sports world by storm this year with rousing victories in Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness for trainer Art Sherman. He ran fourth in his bid to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes. He returned to the races in the 1 1/8 mile Pennsylvania Derby on September 20, but was a disappointing sixth behind Bayern. California Chrome, a son of Lucky Pulpit, has won eight times in 14 lifetime starts.

While California Chrome dominated racing during the first half of 2014, Shared Belief has been the big horse during the second half. Shared Belief was an easy choice for two-year-old champion as he went undefeated and untested in three starts, which culminated in a 5 3/4-length win in the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park in December. The son of Candy Ride missed the Triple Crown season with lingering foot issues, but quickly rose to the forefront of his division off victories in a pair of wins over older horses: Del Mar's Pacific Classic in August and Santa Anita's Awesome Again on September 27. Shared Belief, with the Breeders' Cup's all-time winningest rider Mike Smith aboard, will put his perfect seven-for-seven record on the line in the Classic and would be odds-on to win Horse of the Year, as well as the three-year-old championship, with a win.

Tonalist, trained by Christophe Clement, has built an impressive resume of his own and would warrant a long look for both titles with a Classic win. The son of Tapit didn't break his maiden until January at Gulfstream Park but gained national attention when he upset California Chrome in the Belmont, then secured an automatic berth into the Classic when he beat older horses in Belmont's Jockey Club Gold Cup on September 27.

Front-running Bayern has been a tough competitor all year. He captured Belmont's Woody Stephens in June and had dominant wins in Monmouth Park's Haskell Invitational in July and in the Pennsylvania Derby in September for trainer Bob Baffert. The son of Offlee Wild will try to extend his high cruising speed to 1 1/4 miles in the Classic.

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens has decided to pre-enter Travers Stakes winner V. E. Day, and the son of 2007 Breeders' Cup Turf winner English Channel should relish the 1 1/4-mile distance. The remaining group of three-year-olds pre-entered for the Classic includes Candy Boy, third in the Pennsylvania Derby for John Sadler, and Toast of New York, a synthetic specialist who was second to Shared Belief in the Pacific Classic and a winner of the U.A.E. Derby in Dubai back in the spring for Jamie Osborne.

The Classic has been won by older horses in 10 of the past 12 runnings, with Curlin in 2007 and Raven's Pass in 2008 being the only three-year-olds to win in that stretch. This year's group is led by a pair who secured automatic starting berths in the Classic with "Win and You're In" victories: four-year-old Moreno, a son of 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Ghostzapper, who won Saratoga's Whitney in August for trainer Eric Guillot, and Majestic Harbor, who rolled to victory in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita in June for trainer Sean McCarthy.

Imperative, who won the Charles Town Classic in April for George Papaprodromou; Footbridge, who was third to Shared Belief in the Awesome Again; Cigar Street, winner of the Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs for trainer Bill Mott; Zivo, who won Belmont's Suburban Handicap at 1 1/4 miles and was second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup for Chad Brown; and Big Cazanova, a Group 1 winner in South America last year, round out the pre-entries for the Classic.

Friday's headline event is the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at 1 1/8 miles for fillies and mares. Close Hatches was the undisputed divisional leader off a four-for-four record this year for trainer Bill Mott but will need to rebound from an extremely disappointing fourth-place finish at 1-5 in Keeneland's Spinster on October 5. The four-year-old daughter of First Defence, who was second to Beholder in last year's Distaff, won Oaklawn Park's Apple Blossom Handicap in April, the Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park and the Personal Ensign at Saratoga in August to take charge of the division. Close Hatches owns a nine-for-13 lifetime record for Mott, who has won the race an unprecedented five times.

The undisputed queen of the three-year-old fillies is Untapable, who has dominated her rivals in all five starts against her peers this season for trainer Steve Asmussen. The daughter of Tapit won her first four starts of the year, including Churchill Downs' Kentucky Oaks in May and Belmont's Mother Goose in June, but then was a disappointing fifth when favored in the Haskell  at Monmouth Park in July. Untapable rebounded with a win in Parx Racing's Cotillion on September 20 and will put her seven-for-10 career record on the line when she tests older fillies and mares for the first time in the Distaff.

Belle Gallantey, who won Belmont's Beldame on September 27 for Rudy Rodriguez; Don't Tell Sophia, who upset Close Hatches in the Spinster; Iotapa, who won the local Vanity in June and Clement Hirsch at Del Mar in August and was third in the Zenyatta for John Sadler; Ria Antonia, who upset last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and was second in the Spinster for Tom Amoss; and Valiant Emilia, who won the Cesar del Rio in Peru in June, now under the care of trainer Gary Mandella stateside, have all been pre-entered.

While the Classic and Distaff figure to have deserving and identifiable favorites, the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf and $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf are shaping up as deep and wide open affairs. The Turf, run over 1 1/2 miles, is led by Main Sequence, who has done little wrong in winning all three U.S. starts for trainer Graham Motion: Monmouth Park's United Nations in July, Saratoga's Sword Dancer Invitational in August and Belmont Park's Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on September 27. The five-year-old son of Aldebaran is seven-for-17 lifetime in a career that started in Europe and has had a nose for the finish line in his three starts this year, as all three wins have come in photo finishes.

Coolmore's defending Turf champion Magician will also attract support for Aidan O'Brien. The four-year-old son of Galileo, has won just once this year, but has been second in three Group 1 races, including the Arlington Million. Two Breeders' Cup Challenge winners in Big John B, who won the Del Mar Handicap in August for Phil D'Amato and Hardest Core, who took the Arlington Million on August 16 for Eddie Graham, also merit respect as do Imagining and Twilight Eclipse, who have lost photo finishes to Main Sequence for Shug McGaughey and Tom Albertrani, respectively.

In addition to Magician, Europe figures to send formidable foes in Flintshire, who was last seen finishing second to Treve in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe; Brown Panther, winner of the Irish St Leger on September 14 and Telescope, for trainer Michael Stoute, a four-time winner of the Turf who won the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and was third in the Juddmonte International at York this summer.

The Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, run at 1 1/4 miles, is led by Stephanie's Kitten, who could be the favorite off her sharp win in Belmont's Flower Bowl Invitational on September 27 for trainer Chad Brown. Emollient earned an automatic berth into the race when she won the local course and distance prep, the Rodeo Drive, on September 27 for Mott and will look to better her fourth-place run in last year's race. Tough competition should come from Fiesolana, who earned an automatic Filly & Mare Turf bid with her win in Leopardstown's Matron Stakes in September for trainer Willie McCreery and defending champion Dank, who has started just twice this year, most recently a fifth-place finish in Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Wise Dan's defection from the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile has opened up the race considerably as 25 horses have been pre-entered. Obviously, who captured the Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita in June for Phil D'Amato, has been third and fifth, respectively, in the last two editions of the Mile at Santa Anita. Tom's Tribute, who won Del Mar's Eddie Read and Del Mar Mile this summer for Jim Cassidy, is in the best form of his career and looms a major contender as well.

The Europeans counter with Toronado, who won the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Richard Hannon Jr. The four-year-old son of two-time Breeders' Cup Turf winner High Chaparral lost the Prix de Moulin de Longchamp by just a head in his most recent start on September 14. Trade Storm, who captured the Woodbine Mile on September 14 for David Simcock has been pre-entered. Anodin, a full-brother to three-time Mile winner Goldikova, exits a second in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville in August for Freddie Head and was third to Toronado in the Queen Anne, could also be formidable.

The $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Sprint is oversubscribed with 21 horses pre-entered. Run at six furlongs, the Sprint will bring together a quartet of stars who will look to dethrone defending champion Secret Circle: Palace, who won Saratoga's Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap in July and the Forego in August for trainer Linda Rice; Private Zone, who defeated Palace in Belmont Park's Vosburgh on September 27 for trainer Alfredo Velazquez; Rich Tapestry, who came from Hong Kong and upset Secret Circle in winning his U.S. debut in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship on October 4 for trainer C.W. Chang; and Work All Week, who remained undefeated in nine dirt starts when he won Keeneland's Phoenix on October 3 for trainer Roger Brueggemann.

The Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, run at seven furlongs, could be the most balanced race of the weekend, with trainer Wesley Ward's Judy The Beauty, who was second in the race last year, leading the way. Artemis Agrotera, who earned an automatic bid in Saratoga's Ballerina in August for trainer Mike Hushion; Leigh Court, who captured Keeneland'sThoroughbred Club of America on October 4 for trainer Josie Carroll; Midnight Lucky, who dominated Churchill Downs' Humana Distaff in May in her only start of the year for Baffert; and Sweet Reason, a one-turn dynamo who won Belmont's Acorn in June and Saratoga's Test in August for trainer Leah Gyarmati, are also major contenders.

The $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, run at about 6 1/2 furlongs, is contested over one of the world's most challenging turf courses in Santa Anita's undulating hillside course. The race is oversubscribed with a record 29 horses. Home Run Kitten and Ambitious Brew, the one-two finishers over the course and distance in the Eddie D. on September 26, will attract attention for trainers David Hofmans and Marty Jones, respectively. Dimension looked good winning the Kentucky Downs Turf Dash for trainer Conor Murphy. The second- and third-place finishers in last year's Turf Sprint, Reneesgotzip and Tightend Touchdown, should also bear watching.

Goldencents figures one of the shorter prices of the weekend when he looks to defend his title in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, which is run at two turns at Santa Anita, and is limited to 12 starters. The four-year-old son of Into Mischief, who will be trained by Leandro Mora, blitzed the field in last year's renewal and has held his form this year through an abbreviated campaign for then-trainer Doug O'Neill. Goldencents may be just one-for-four in 2014 but did secure a Dirt Mile berth in Del Mar's Pat O'Brien in August and was second in his three other starts, all in Grade 1s.

Bronzo, who earned a Dirt Mile berth in the Copa de Oro de Chile at Hipico Chile in June for Jorge Andres Inda; Fed Biz, who almost upset Shared Belief in the Awesome Again for Bob Baffert; Golden Ticket, second in the race last year for Kenny McPeek; and Tapiture for Steve Asmussen also figure as key contenders.

The 1 1/16-mile, $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile has brought stars from the east and Midwest, but it's California's American Pharoah who headlines the field. A bay son of Pioneerof the Nile, American Pharoah broke his maiden in the Del Mar Futurity in September then backed that win up with a dominant score in the track-and-distance FrontRunner on September 27 to move his lifetime record to two-for-three.

Across the country, Carpe Diem built on his debut win at Saratoga when he remained undefeated in Keeneland's Breeders' Futurity. The son of Giant's Causeway stretched out from 5 1/2 furlongs in his debut to win the Futurity at the Juvenile's 1 1/16-mile distance and looks primed to take the next step at Santa Anita. Daredevil, a son of More Than Ready, looked equally impressive taking Belmont Park's Champagne on October 4 and, like his stablemate, will also put his two-for-two career record on the line in the Juvenile, though he has yet to start on a fast track or at two turns.

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies is led by Angela Renee, who earned an automatic berth into the race with her win in the track-and-distance Chandelier on September 27 for Pletcher. By the Moon won Belmont's Frizette on October 4 for trainer Michelle Nevin and will attract her fair share of support, as will Cristina's Journey, who stayed undefeated in two starts for trainer Dale Romans when she won Churchill's Pocahontas on September 6.

A maximum of 14 starters are allowed in each of the 13 Breeders' Cup World Championships races with the exception of the Dirt Mile (12). Breeders' Cup Limited has adopted a field selection system to select runners in the event fields are oversubscribed. After pre-entry, any vacancies in the fields will be filled by horses in order of panel preference. Entry for the Breeders' Cup World Championships races will be October 27 by 10 a.m. (PDT). At the time of entry, a maximum of 14 horses (or 12) will be accepted for each race based on the order of preference established at pre-entry. 

There will be up to two also-eligible horses for each Championship race. The also-eligible horses will be designated in accordance with the Breeders' Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel's order of preference for each Championship race that is oversubscribed at the time of pre-entry. Scratch time for all Championships races to be contested on both Championship Friday and Championship Saturday will be 8 a.m. on October 31.

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Breeders' Cup announces race order, wagering menu

The Breeders' Cup announced Wednesday the order of races, wagering menu and post times for the 31st Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 at Santa Anita Park. There will be a total of 10 races (four Breeders' Cup races) on the Championship Friday program and 12 races on Championship Saturday (9 Breeders' Cup races). Championship Friday begins at 11:25 a.m. (PT) with five undercard races. Champion Saturday first post is 10:15 a.m. and also begins with three undercards races.

The Official race order of the undercard races for both days of the World Championships will be finalized on Monday, October 28 after entries have been taken.

The first Championships race on Breeders' Cup Friday will be the $1,000,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (2:25 p.m. -- all times Pacific); followed by the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (3:05 p.m.); the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (3:50 p.m.); and the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (4:35 p.m.). There will be an Ultra Pick Six starting with the Twilight Derby (race 4) and concluding with the Distaff (race 9). The Marathon Stakes follows the Distaff at 5:10 p.m.

On Championship Saturday, first post time is 10:15 a.m., starting with the Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes, the Golden State Juvenile Stakes and the Ken Maddy Stakes.  The order of the Breeders' Cup Saturday races is as follows:  $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (12:05 p.m.); $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (12:43 p.m.); $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (1:21 p.m.); $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (2:05 p.m.); $2 million Sentient Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2:45 p.m.), $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf (3:23 p.m.); $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (4:02); $2 million  Breeders' Cup Mile (4:45 p.m.) and the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (5:35 p.m.). There will be an Ultra Pick Six with a guaranteed gross pool of $2.5 million beginning with the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (race 7) and concluding with the Breeders' Cup Classic (race 12).

This year's wagering menu on the 13 Breeders' Cup races features an abundance of wagering opportunities including two Ultra Pick 6s, a low takeout 50-cent Pick 5, 10-cent Superfectas, 50-cent Trifectas, Pick 3's , Pick 4's and Pick 5's, a Breeders' Cup Distaff/Classic daily double and two Super High 5 wagers.

"The Breeders' Cup offers the best betting value of the year for horseplayers around the globe," said Ken Kirchner, President of FalKirk International and the manager of the Breeders' Cup wagering and simulcasting operations for the last 19 years. "With outstanding fields of Grade 1 competitors and low priced betting options like 50-cent trifectas and Pick 3s, Pick 4 and Pick 5s, the Championships yield some of the highest pari-mutuel payouts of the year. The outstanding full fields will ensure that this year's event will live up to its moniker or 'the best bet in sports'"

Each Breeders' Cup World Championships race will feature a maximum of 14 horses and wagering interests with the exception of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, which is limited to 12 starters. In addition to the standard Win, Place and Show betting, there will be Exacta and Trifecta wagering on every race and rolling Pick 3 wagers beginning with the first race and continuing through all races on both Championship Friday and Championship Saturday. Among the featured wagers this year are:

  • Breeders' Cup Pick 5's with a 50-cent minimum bet value and a 14 percent takeout. The wager will be offered on the first five races each day and will give players a chance to cash a large bet for a small investment. The wager may carryover from Friday to Saturday and also from Saturday to Sunday. Last year's Saturday Pick 5 handled $6,438,510 and paid $23,665 for a 50-cent wager.
  • Friday's Ultra Pick 6 will have a guaranteed gross pool of $750,000 and Saturday's Ultra Pick 6 will feature a $2.5 million guaranteed gross pool. If no one hits the Friday Ultra Pick 6, the pool will carry over into Saturday's Ultra Pick 6. The wager may also carryover from Saturday's program into Sunday. In such case, the Pick 6 would be a mandatory payout on Santa Anita's closing day program on Sunday, November 2nd. Last year, Friday's Pick 6 paid $106,839 for a $2 wager. Saturday's Pick 6 paid $47,516.
  • Breeders' Cup race days continues to offer some of racing's highest payouts.  Trifecta and Sueprfectas continue to pay huge dividends.  Last year saw $1 trifectas pay $3,710, $2,810 and $2,619.  Superfecta payouts were $27,889, $17,140 and $14,718 for a $1 bet.
  • A Special Daily Double wager linking the Breeders' Cup Distaff (race 9) on Friday to the Breeders' Cup Classic (race 12) on Saturday will again be offered.
  • The Pick 4, with a 50-cent minimum, continues to be a fan favorite bet at the Breeders' Cup. Friday's late Pick 4 (races 6-9) will have a guaranteed pool of $1,500,000. On Saturday, there will be two guaranteed Pick 4s. The early all Championships Pick 4 (races 4-7) will have a $1,500,000 guaranteed gross pool and the late all Championships Pick 4 (races 9-12) will have a $3,000,000 million gross pool. The Friday Pick 4 last year paid $29,725 for a 50-cent wager.
  • A Super High 5 wager on both the Breeders' Cup Distaff and the Breeders' Cup Classic. Bettors are required to select the first five finishing places on one ticket. If no one hits the Super High 5 on Friday the pool will carry over to Saturday's and if no one hit's the Saturday High 5, it will carry into Sunday. The bet minimum is 50 cents.
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    Fawkner lands barrier 4, favoritism in Cox Plate

    While the Melbourne Cup is indeed "The Race that Stops a Nation," and the Golden Slipper certainly signifies the speed and precocity that embodies the Australian Thoroughbred, it is perhaps the Group 1 Cox Plate -- Australia's A$3 million weight-for-age showpiece that sees its latest renewal on Saturday -- that is the most sought-after by Australian owners, breeders and trainers alike.

    Contested over 2040 meters of Moonee Valley's quirky, nearly square track, the Cox Plate -- due to it's unusual track configuration and weight-for-age scale -- may be one of the more difficult races in the land to win, making it all the more desirable. Those that have saluted in the Cox Plate include some of the best-known legends of the Australian turf and horses who have gone on to make their presence felt worldwide.

    Horses like Kingston Town, who holds the record of three wins in the race; 10-time Group 1 winner Octagonal, the sire of champion stallion Lonhro; the globetrotting champion Strawberry Road, who went on to become an influential sire and broodmare sire worldwide; and the famed Phar Lap, who boasts two Cox Plates on his resume.

    More recent winners include the great New Zealand mare Sunline and middle-distance champion Northerly, who each won back-to-back editions between 1999 and 2002; the peerless staying mare Makybe Diva; and dual winner So You Think, who went on to win five Group 1s in Europe.

    Popular Australian owner Lloyd Williams has never won the Cox Plate, but that is in line to change if the punters are correct about his reliable gelding Fawkner, who firmed into clear-cut favoritism for Saturday's edition after drawing barrier 4 on Tuesday.

    A regular in the top-level middle-distance contests the last two years, Fawkner scored his most important victory to date in last year's Group 1 Caulfield Cup going 2400 meters. He made up ground to be an eye-catching sixth in last year's Group 1 Melbourne Cup after traveling last of 24, and has proven thus far this prep that his seven years have not caught up with him. The dark bay gelding finished second, beaten a head, first-up over a mile in the Group 1 Makybe Diva on September 13, and captured the Group 1 Caulfield two weeks ago.

    Perhaps the only knock against Fawkner is his one-for-four record over the course, but Nick Williams, who manages the racing interests of his father, noted that two of those efforts were over distances much too short for the Robert Hickmott charge.

    "Two of his runs here have been over 1200 meters at Group 1 (level)," he told "We targeted this race as soon as his preparation completed last spring. The Cox Plate would be his aim and he hasn't put a foot out of place."

    Fawkner has shipped to the course to train a few times in recent weeks.

    "We've made sure he's had a bit of experience around the Valley," Williams added.

    Fawkner's sire, Reset, who was also campaigned by Williams, sired 2011 Cox Plate heroine Pinker Pinker.

    New Zealand-breds have fared particularly well in the Cox Plate, and have claimed the trophy in five of the last seven renewals. A trio of Saturday's runners carry the New Zealand suffix, headed by second choice Sacred Falls.

    Expatriated to Australia after winning the Group 1 NZ Two Thousand Guineas two years ago, Sacred Falls earned his first domestic Group 1 for trainer Chris Waller in last year's Doncaster Mile. A seven-race cold spell ensued, but the O'Reilly dark bay five-year-old nonetheless defended his title from stablemate Royal Descent on April 12. He finished second just a week later in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth -- Australia's new richest weight-for-age prize -- going 2000 meters, and got back to the winner's circle third-up over a mile in the Group 1 George Main on September 20.

    Sacred Falls came from last to be fourth in the Caulfield, one slot behind the re-opposing Criterion, last season's Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and Group 1 Australian Derby winner who rallied late to nearly catch Fawkner.

    The trio of Kiwis is brought up by the six-year-old mare Silent Achiever, whose four-race win streak last season included the Group 1 New Zealand, Group 1 Ranvet and Group 1 The BMW. The Roger James charge has not shown much this campaign, finishing off the board in three outings, including a most recent ninth in the Group 1 Turnbull on October 4, but it is worth noting that it took her five starts to find the winner's circle last season before the start of her streak.

    James indicated Silent Achiever has reached peak fitness, and said the three week's rest after the Turnbull will be in her favor.

    "She's taken time to get fit but appears to be there now," he told "That three weeks between runs should be perfect for her. Her work has been perfect and I'm very happy with where she's at."

    This year's Ballydoyle star Australia may have already hung up his shoes, but Coolmore have another chance to clinch a big international prize in the form of the aptly named Adelaide.

    The Derrick Smith colorbearer, who will be the first Cox Plate starter for trainer Aidan O'Brien, won the Group 3 Gallinule at The Curragh in May, and earned his first win at the highest level in the Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington on August 16. Adelaide finished an eye-catching third after being hopelessly boxed in in the Group 2 Prix Niel at Longchamp on September 14, and although he enjoys a six-pound weight break from the heavyweights here, the Galileo sophomore was not helped by Tuesday's draw, landing out in barrier 13.

    While noting that Adelaide traveled well and is in good order, Coolmore Australia's Tom Magnier recognized the task ahead.

    "Personally, I think it's a huge ask to bring a horse all the way from Ireland down to Moonee Valley, but he traveled well," Magnier told RSN Radio. "To have a runner in the Cox Plate is very exciting. He's the kind of horse that might suit the racing down here, but there haven't been that many horses come down for the Cox Plate. It's a first for us. We're in the game of making stallions, so it's something we're going to try this year and see how it goes. We'll learn a lot off it anyway."

    Adelaide gets the services of leading jockey Ryan Moore, who has ridden him in his last two starts.

    The fairytale story of this year's Cox Plate is no doubt that of The Cleaner, dubbed "The Lion of Longford," who will become the first starter in the race from Tasmania.

    Bred in the island state town of Longford by a family known for its eventing horses, The Cleaner was sold to trainer Mick Burles for A$10,000 as a yearling at the Magic Millions Tasmanian yearling sale and has since won 18 of 43 starts. The Savoire Vivre seven-year-old gelding appears to be only improving with age and, after previously splitting his time between Australia and the mainland, has gone three-for-three at Moonee Valley this campaign, including the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam on September 6 and Group 3 JRA Cup over the Cox Plate distance on September 26.

    The Cleaner was not helped by the draw, where he landed widest of all, and he will have to be on his toes at the break to ensure he can take up his favored position on the front end on the short run into the first turn.

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    Churchill Downs opens doors on 125th fall meet

    Cooler temperatures and the leaves changing colors signify the return of live horse racing to the Louisville, Kentucky, area as Churchill Downs, the historic home of the Kentucky Derby, readies to open its 125th fall meet on Sunday.

    The popular 26-day stand, which covers a five-week stretch through November 30, kicks off in style Sunday with the 10th annual "Stars of Tomorrow I" program, which is entirely devoted to hopeful two-year-old stars who have aspirations of trail-blazing their way to next year's Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

    The 11-race opening day program is headlined by a pair of one-mile $58,000 overnight stakes -- the Street Sense and Rags to Riches for fillies. Both races serve as local steppingstones to the Kentucky Jockey Club and Golden Rod for fillies, a pair of $200,000, 1 1/16-mile contests scheduled for the "Stars of Tomorrow II" program on November 29. The Kentucky Jockey Club and Golden Rod are part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks series which award points to the top four finishers.

    The successful Stars of Tomorrow events have helped launch the careers of numerous graded winners, including 33 Grade 1 winners and 19 millionaires led by 2010 Kentucky Derby victor Super Saver; 2011 Preakness and 2012 Met Mile and Clark Handicap winner Shackleford; 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra; 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic and 2013 Stephen Foster Handicap hero Fort Larned; 2012 Kentucky Oaks vixen Believe You Can; and 2013 champion three-year-old male Will Take Charge.

    Last year's renewals included future stakes stars such as Grade 2 winners Tapiture, Stonetastic and Tiz Windy; Grade 3 scorers Albano and Southenr Honey; Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve; Preakness second Ride On Curlin; Grade 1-placed stakes winners General a Rod and Unbridled Forever.

    First post Sunday, as is the case for most of the meeting, is 12:40 p.m. (ET). The National Weather Service forecast for Louisville calls for ideal fall conditions on Sunday, sunny skies with a high near 68.

    There's a special treat for the kids, too, on Sunday as track mascot "Churchill Charlie" will lead a Halloween "Trick or Treat" Costume Parade around the facility starting at Gate 17 at 2:30 p.m.

    Over the course of the meet, horsemen will have ample opportunities to uncork promising juveniles or seek year-end graded glory. All told, 13 stakes races cumulatively worth $2.032 million -- which includes a quartet of overnight stakes -- will be run during the fall stand. Meanwhile, bettors are certain to be challenged by the competitive fall meet racing that typically pits the fastest and battle-tested horses against the recently freshened year-end bloomers.

    With a compact 26-day schedule and not as many competing race meets at year's end, the fall meet traditionally offers larger fields. Last fall, the average field size was 8.84 horses per race compared to the 7.29 and 7.70 at this year's spring and September meets, respectively.

    The anchor of the lucrative stakes program comes on "Black Friday," November 28, with the 140th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Clark Handicap. The 1 1/8-mile test for three-year-olds and up annually lures some of the top older horses in North America and is one of five stakes events to be contested over Thanksgiving weekend.

    After Sunday's opener, live racing will be conducted on a Wednesday through Sunday schedule with dark days on Mondays and Tuesdays. Most race days will begin at 12:40 p.m. and feature 10 live races. Eleven-race programs are scheduled for opening day and November 14. Twelve-race cards are scheduled for November 27-29.

    Churchill Downs will have special post times for October 31 (Halloween) and November 1 so the races coincide, but don't overlap, with a simulcast of the Breeders' Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park. The October 31 card will begin at 2 p.m. while the November 1 action will commence at 2:15 p.m. All Breeders' Cup races will be shown between live races on Churchill Downs' Big Board, the world's largest 4K ultra-high definition video board, and $2 Bud/Bud Light and $3 Stella Artois drink specials will be offered throughout most of the facility on both days.

    The November 14 program is "Downs After Dark" -- the lone night racing program of the fall meet with a first post of 4:30 p.m. and nod to James Bond films.

    The only other special post time is an 11:30 a.m. early start for Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs -- a Louisville tradition since 1969 where more than 7,000 turkey dinners are served with all the trimmings, making it the largest number anywhere in the region.

    Other special events throughout the fall meet include Pigskins and Ponies every Saturday (except November 1) in the Plaza with college football games on the Plaza video board, drink specials ($2 Bud/Bud Light, $3 Stella Artois and $1 Pepsi products and bottled water) and tailgate-style food from the Plaza Grill. Churchill Downs will offer free admission to college students every Saturday with a current student I.D.

    Family Adventure Day, which was a hit for families during the spring and September meets, returns November 9 with plenty of games and activities for children while the adults enjoy an exciting day of horse racing.

    The "Who's the Champ? Betting Challenge" returns for the final three Sundays of the fall meet (November 16, 23 and 30) with lucrative prizes being awarded to the top three entrants with the most profitable $2 win/place mythical wagers on the 3RD-8TH races. The challenge is $35 to enter ($30 for TSC Elite members).

    Lastly, Churchill Downs will conclude its meet on November 30 with Fan Appreciation Day featuring $1 draft Bud/Bud Light, $1 22-ounce Pepsi products, $1 bottled water and $1 hot dogs. Also, the first 5,000 fans through admission gates will receive a voucher that can be redeemed for a free 2015 calendar that features classic Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby imagery.

    Jockey Julien Leparoux could enter the fall meet with a chance to collect his 2,000th career win (he began Thursday's action at Keeneland with 1,995 victories). Also, Robby Albarado is just five wins shy of becoming only the third rider to win 1,000 races at Churchill Downs. He has 995 local wins and only trails Pat Day (2,482) and Calvin Borel (1,167) in the all-time standings.

    Meanwhile, record-breaking owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who collected their 22nd Churchill Downs leading owners' title in September, are two wins away from their 400th local victory.

    The defending fall meet champs are jockey Corey Lanerie (36 wins), trainer Mike Maker (16) and the Ramseys (18).

    Larry Collmus will describe action in what will be his final meet as track announcer at Churchill Downs (in addition to being the voice of Gulfstream Park's winter meet he'll be the NYRA announcer starting in April 2015). While Collmus is attending to Breeders' Cup duties for NBC, Mike Battaglia, the voice of Churchill Downs from 1978-96, will substitute October 29 through November 2.

    General admission to Churchill Downs is $3 ($1 for senior citizens age 60 and up; $10 for Downs After Dark). Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free in the Longfield Avenue lot (Gates 10 & 12) and $3 in all other lots. Valet parking is $5.

    Free seating is available daily on a first-come, first-serve basis in sections 113-118. Premium reserved seats in the Matt Winn Dining Room, Third Floor Box Seats, Millionaires Row, Jockey Club Suites, Finish Line Suites and Skye Terrace may be purchased online at, in person at the Gate 1 box office (open most race days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or by calling 502-636-4400.

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    Total, average daily handle decline at recently concluded Delaware meet

    The 77th season of live racing at Delaware Park concluded with mixed results on Wednesday. On a positive note, the winner of the Delaware Handicap emerged as a leading contender in the Distaff division for the fourth consecutive year. However, average daily all-sources handle declined as compared with the 2013 season.

    The Del 'Cap was run as a Grade 1 race for the second time since 1989. On July 12, Belle Gallantey posted an upset victory over heavy favorite Princess of Sylmar in the filly and mare summer classic. The five-year-old daughter of After Market, conditioned by Rudy Rodriguez, followed up two races later with an 8 1/4-length romp in the Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont Park, which stamped her as one of the leading contenders in the Breeders' Cup Distaff set to be run on October 31 at Santa Anita Park.

    For the fourth straight year, the Delaware Handicap could produce the champion older female. Two-time Delaware Handicap heroine Royal Delta won the Eclipse Award in 2013 and 2012 as champion older female while Havre de Grace finished a nose second to rival Blind Luck in 2011 before being named Horse of the Year and champion older female.

    "Once again, the Delaware Handicap has proven to be a pivotal stepping stone on the road to the filly and mare championship," said John Mooney, the executive director of racing at Delaware Park. "We are very proud of the unique and special history of our signature race and especially proud of the success that past runners have enjoyed in national races.

    "I congratulate the connections of Belle Gallantey on the 2014 Delaware Handicap victory and wish them the best of luck in her race to be named the filly and mare champion."

    Jockey Carol Cedeno notched her first riding title by recording 50 winners. Juan Vazquez captured the race for leading trainer by notching 49 winners. This is the third leading trainer title won by Vazquez, who was also the leading trainer in 2010 and 2011. King Star won the leading owner title with 20 wins.

    Total handle for the 80-day meet was $102,834,201, as compared to $115,151,678 last year, a decline of 10.7 percent. The average per race day of $1,285,428 was down from the 2013 average of $1,421,626, a decline of 9.6 percent.

    The decline in average daily handle was due in part to a decrease in the average number of races per day. The average number of races per day was 8.21 as compared to 8.91 races in 2013, representing a 7.9 percent decline. The total number of races in 2014 was 657 compared to 722 in 2013, a 9 percent decline. Average handle per race was $156,521 in 2014 and $159,490 in 2013, reflecting a decline of 1.9 percent. The average starters per race in 2014 was 7.05 compared to 6.97 in 2013.

    "Purse reductions due to the increased casino competition in the Mid-Atlantic region and the continued foal crop decrease have continued to make things challenging," Mooney explained. "Despite those challenges, we had a very exciting meet in 2014 and we have much to look forward to next year. The combined handle on the Delaware Handicap and Delaware Oaks cards improved dramatically and there were significant memorable moments on the track, as well. We will continue to explore every option to strengthen our racing product in the current environment."

    The combined handle on the Delaware Handicap and Delaware Oaks cards was $6,452,595 as compared to $3,439,604 last season, reflecting an increase of more than 85 percent.

    Some noteworthy on-the-track moments include Hardest Core using the July 12 Cape Henlopen Stakes as a prep before winning the Grade 1 Arlington Million; Fortune Pearl and Joint Return finishing first and second, respectively, in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks; and Coup de Grace using the July 5 Oh Say Stakes as a prep before winning the Grade 2 Amsterdam at Saratoga.

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    Canterbury requests 70 days for 2015 season

    Canterbury Park officials submitted a request to the Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) seeking approval for a 70-day horse racing season in 2015. The proposed race meet would begin May 15 and conclude September 12, making the 2015 season the longest since 1992 when 87 days were conducted. The 2014 season, which concluded September 13, consisted of 68 days. The MRC is expected to consider the request next month.

    "Horse racing and breeding in Minnesota is as strong and popular as any period in recent history and I expect the popularity to continue to grow," Canterbury Park President Randy Sampson explained. "We have found a schedule that works very well and look forward to running a 70-day meet in 2015, the longest since we reopened the racetrack in 1995."

    Horsemen purses at the Shakopee, Minnesota, racetrack, more than $13 million, were at an all-time high in 2014 and are expected to increase another 5 percent next season due to a cooperative marketing and purse enhancement agreement reached in 2012 with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) that will supplement those purses by $75 million over 10 years.

    "Breeding increased as purses increased which means more horses in Minnesota in the coming years," Sampson said. "We also saw trainers and owners that had not raced at Canterbury coming here and experiencing success. There will be more new faces in 2015 and with those new faces come more jobs in the industry."

    The success of the cooperative marketing agreement with SMSC led to a broader marketing coalition unveiled earlier this year. Canterbury Park, in a joint public-private collaboration, joined forces with Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Valleyfair, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, SMSC, and the cities of Shakopee and Prior Lake to promote the premier entertainment opportunities that exist in the southwest Twin Cities, naming the collaboration RiverSouth, Land of Big Fun.

    "Canterbury Park is an integral part of this community, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area each summer," Sampson said. "All businesses and residents in the area benefit from the strength and success of the entertainment venues that comprise RiverSouth. This new unity of public and private entities will pay off for everyone."

    Proposed post time on Thursday and Friday will be 6:30 p.m. (CT) with weekends and holiday racing beginning at 12:45 p.m. Select Saturdays will have special evening racing.

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    Departing highlights competitive Fayette

    Departing owns three Derby wins, incluidng the WV Derby (Mountaineer Park/Coady Photography)

    Multiple Grade 2 hero Departing heads a field of eight entered in the Grade 2, $200,000 Fayette over Keeneland's main track on Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile contest is the closing-day feature at the Lexington, Kentucky, track.

    Departing will be making just his fifth start of the year in the Fayette while visiting Keeneland for the first time. Trained by Al Stall Jr., the War Front gelding captured an optional claimer in his season opener on April 14 at Churchill Downs, ran third in the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap under the Twin Spires, returned August 2 at Saratoga for an eighth-placing in the Whitney Handicap and is exiting a runner-up effort in the Homecoming Classic back at Churchill on September 27.

    Robby Albarado had the call for each of those starts and retains the mount Saturday.

    Pick of the Litter and Call Me George are also coming into the Fayette off the Homecoming Classic. The former, who is Grade 3-placed for trainer Dale Romans, filled the fourth spot in the Homecoming Classic while the Grant Forster-conditioned Call Me George ran third, just a half-length behind Departing.

    Call Me George was making just his second stakes try in that nine-furlong contest following a fourth-place effort in the 1 1/2-mile Greenwood Cup at Parx Racing on September 1. Pick of the Litter tried graded company as a sophomore but went on a nine-race streak without facing black-type competition before reappearing in the Monmouth Cup over the summer.

    Stewart Elliott will be aboard Call Me George while Corey Lanerie has piloting duties on Pick of the Litter.

    Long River and Stephanoatseee faced off in their last two races, the Woodward and Jockey Club Gold Cup, and will make it three in a row in the Fayette. Stephanoatseee finished fifth on both occasions, though he was elevated to fourth via disqualification in the Gold Cup, while Long River ran third in that race and seventh in the Woodward.

    Both runners are by A.P. Indy, with Long River being a half-brother to classic victor Shackleford and Grade 1 queen Lady Joanne as a son of Oatsee and Stephanoatseee being out of Breeders' Cup Distaff heroine Round Pond. Rosie Napravnik will be holding the reins on Long River while Julien Leparoux will be in Stephanoatseee's irons.

    The Fayette field also includes Canadian classic star Coltimus Prime, front-running winner of the Prince of Wales and second in the Ontario Derby in his past two, and dual Grade 3 conqueror Mister Marti Gras, a neck third in the Washington Park Handicap most recently. Grade 3 scorer Code West completes the field.

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    Bold Ruler field includes Salutos Amigos

    Pre-entered to the Breeders' Cup Sprint, Salutos Amigos is part of a short but salty field of seven entered for Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler H. at Belmont Park. Trainer David Jacobson is still waiting to decide whether to keep his charge in New York for the seven-furlong Bold Ruler or ship him to California for the six-furlong Sprint.

    A multiple Grade 2-placed gelding, Salutos Amigos exits a close fourth in the September 27 Vosburgh, a race that the winner (Private Zone) and third-place finisher (Palace) are both using as a springboard to the Breeders' Cup Sprint. A three-time winner this season, Salutos Amigos placed in both the Belmont Sprint and True North at Belmont during the summer. Cornelio Velasquez rides the four-year-old son of Salute the Sarge.

    River Rocks defeated Salutos Amigos two starts back in a deep allowance/optional claiming event at Saratoga and most recently finished second to Vyjack in the Kelso H. The front-running colt has registered BRIS Speed ratings as high as 109 this year, as well as three consecutive century-topping numbers, and the four-year-old son of Western Pride will be the one to catch from the break. Joel Rosario picks up the mount for John Terranova.

    Romansh, winner of the Excelsior earlier this year and an excellent third in the Metropolitan H., will cut back in trip following unplaced finishes in the Woodward, Whitney and Suburban. Jose Ortiz has the call for Tom Albertrani. Grade 3 winner Sage Valley will make his second start of the year for Rudy Rodriguez, finished a neck second in a Laurel Park allowance on October 3, and has the back class to challenge with his best. Irad Ortiz Jr. will be up.

    Rounding out the field are expected longshots Cease, Confrontation and Joe Tess.

    Later on the program, two-year-old fillies will square off in the $100,000 Chelsea Flower at a mile on turf. Three of the 14 entrants are slated for the main-track only, and Ack Naughty will be the one to beat if the race remains on turf. Conditioned by Chad Brown, the Afleet Alex filly exits a convincing three-length score over Belmont's turf in her career bow.

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    In brief

    Kent Desormeaux resumes riding Sunday, a month to the day after suffering five fractured ribs and a bruised lung in a post parade mishap on September 28. The Hall of Fame jockey and his agent are excited about the return. "It feels great to have him back," agent Mike Ciani said of the 44-year-old Desormeaux, a three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby. "He's been working hard the last three days, but mentally, he's been back since Day One. Physically, he needed to wait a while, but now he's ready to go." Added Desormeaux: "I'm very anxious yet glad to be able to be up and about and playing the game I love to play."...

    Irish National Hunt trainer Philip Fenton has been fined 6,000 by the Irish court for possession of steroids and other banned substances. Fenton faced eight charges after a box hidden in the horse spa in his Co. Tipperary yard containing the substances was found in January 2012. One of the substances was Nitrotain, a steroid that is one of the most potent of its kind and four times stronger than Stanozolol. Fenton did not give evidence in the one-day hearing in Carrick-on-Suir District Court and refused to explain afterward why he had the steroids in his yard. Irish Turf Club officials monitored the case in court and will now speak to Fenton. "The next step is we will be interviewing Philip and the matter will then be referred to our referral committee," Chief Executive Denis Egan said. "We will get to work on it almost immediately, but nothing can happen until after the referral committee hearing."...

    Trainer Eve Johnson Houghton has been fined £1,000 by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) as the result of the positive morphine test for Charlie Wells (High Chaparral), a winner at Chepstow in June. Johnson Houghton's hearing was the last involved in Britain's morphine saga this summer, where eight horses tested positive for the drug. In the other seven cases, the horses were disqualified but the trainers not charged, as the source of the morphine was deemed to be a contaminated feed source. Johnson Houghton's case, however, was heard separately, as she does not use the feed product involved in the other cases. The source of Johnson Houghton's positive is still believed to be feed-related, potentially from linseed used in a mash prepared in her yard. A full scan analysis revealed no prohibited substance in the linseed, but an independent analysis ordered by Johnson Houghton tested positive for morphine. "The difference between my case and the others was that I use a straight feed and not a compound," Johnson Houghton said. "The BHA felt that I should have traced it back further. I'm disappointed, but that's a line under the matter now and we can move on."...

    Eclipse champion Cape Blanco (Galileo), who has stood at Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky, since retiring from racing in 2012, will stand the 2015 season at the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association stallion station in Hokkaido, Japan, according to Racing Post. Cape Blanco will head to Hokkaido after completing the current Southern Hemisphere season at Cambridge Stud in New Zealand. Trained by Aidan O'Brien for the Coolmore partners and later Mrs. Fitri Hay, Capo Blanco defeated subsequent Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) hero Workforce (King's Best) in the Dante (Eng-G2) in his sophomore bow. He went on to add that year's Irish Derby (Ire-G1) and Irish Champion (Ire-G1) to his resume, and was second in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II (Eng-G1). Cape Blanco rounded out his career at four with three straight Grade 1 wins on the turf in the United States -- the Man o' War, Arlington Million and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. The seven-year-old's first-crop yearlings have been well-received in sales rings this year, with 69 sold for an average of $78,794, and a top price of $545,088. Cape Blanco covered 220 mares in his first season -- the highest in the United States -- and this year he covered 141...

    Veteran jockey Perry Ouzts, who won his record 30th riding title this past Sunday at Belterra (former River Downs) near Cincinnati, will realize a longtime goal when he gets a leg up to ride three-year-old filly Wonderfully (Galileo) for Tom Proctor in Saturday's Autumn Miss (G3) as it will mark his first-ever mount at Santa Anita. With a record 164 winners at what is now known as Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment Center, Ouzts, 60, finished an astonishing 91 wins in front of his nearest competitor, 39-year-old Edgar Paucar. While Irish-bred Wonderfully is listed at 20-1 on the morning line, she is a Group 3 winner in Ireland and has broken slowly in her last two starts, one at Del Mar and the most recent at Santa Anita, in the Unzip Me, run at 6 1/2 furlongs down the hillside turf course on September 27. Ouzts, who broke his maiden in March, 1973, at Beulah Park in Ohio, is also at the threshold of a significant milestone, as he now has 6,383 wins -- just one shy of legendary Hall of Famer Eddie Delahoussaye's 6,384, which ranks 14th on racing's all-time list of leading jockeys. A joint native of Riverdale, Arkansas, along with his cousin, retired Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires (11th leading jockey all-time with 6,470 wins), Ouzts recently stated that his career objective is to now get win number 6,471. "That would give me bragging rights as the winningest jockey in Riverdale," he quipped...

    Brice Blanc has never ridden Zindaya (More Than Ready) but he will have precedent going for him when he is given a leg up for Saturday's Autumn Miss (G3), a one-mile turf affair for three-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. Frenchman Christophe Clement trains the Kentucky-bred filly for Regis Racing and fellow countryman Blanc has ridden for Clement in the past. "I'll talk to Christophe before the race and he'll tell me what to do," Blanc said of Zindaya, who will be making her first stakes start and her first start beyond six furlongs. "She has a good a bit of natural speed, but she is stretching out," Blanc said. "I went to see her this morning (at trainer Leonard Powell's barn). She's a good-looking filly. I've ridden for Christophe many times in the past. We've done well together." Zindaya easily broke her maiden by 3 1/4 lengths two starts back at Saratoga and exits a 2 1/2-length score over entry-level allowance rivals at Belmont Park, both turf sprints...

    Alexis Tangier (Tiznow) and Diversy Harbor (Curlin) head a field of 14 entered in Saturday's $100,000 Autumn Miss (G3) at Santa Anita. Only 10 will be allowed to start in the one-mile turf test for three-year-old fillies, with four runners on the also-eligible list, and Alexis Tangier brings a two-race win streak into the race for Richard Mandella, capturing her stakes debut most recently, the September 27 Unzip Me. Victor Espinoza has the mount. Diversy Harbor opened her racing career with a pair of victories earlier this year, including the China Doll at Santa Anita in early March, and followed with three straight stakes placings. Runner-up in the American Oaks (G1) three starts back, the Tom Proctor-trained lass will look to turn things around following a couple of unplaced efforts versus stakes foes at Del Mar. Mike Smith rides. Lexie Lou (Sligo Bay), winner of the Queen's Plate on Polytrack three starts back, also rates as a serious contender for trainer Mark Casse...

    Eight juveniles will line up in Saturday evening's $200,000 Jean Lafitte S. going a mile at Delta Downs in preparation for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) on November 22. Only three in the field have prior stakes experience, with Waha Wild (Offlee Wild) breaking his maiden in the Evangeline Downs Star last out on August 30, Sharon's Boy (Scrimshaw) finishing fourth in the Louisiana Cup Juvenile and sixth last out in the Sunday Silence and Big Big Easy (Midshipman) fading to ninth in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile two back. The remainder of the group is comprised of three maiden winners and two still seeking a first career victory...

    There figures to be plenty of early speed in Friday night's $100,000 My Trusty Cat S., a seven-furlong prelude to next month's Delta Downs Princess (G3). Among those expected to show early gas are morning-line favorites Vivian Da Bling (Too Much Bling) and Sandy's Song (First Samurai). Vivian Da Bling, a tiring fourth in the Adirondack S. (G2) at Saratoga last time, romped by a combined margin of more than 15 lengths in her first two outings over the summer at Lone Star Park, while Sandy's Song enters off a maiden score at Los Alamitos after placing in two starts over Del Mar's Polytrack. Exiting open company wins at Louisiana Downs are allowance scorer Private Promise (Private Vow) and 7 1/2-length maiden winner Fantasy Queen (K One King). Joy of the Saints (Saint Afleet), a multiple stakes winner in the Louisiana-bred ranks, and Casual Class (Erlton), an eight-length, state-bred maiden winner on debut, also merit respect.

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    OCTOBER 24, 2014

    by Dick Powell

    There is an old saying that "Weight can stop a freight train." We'll see if the freight train can make history in about 10 days when Japan's Admire Rakti (Heart's Cry) tries to win the Melbourne Cup (Aus-G1) going two miles and carrying at least 58.5 kilograms (129 pounds). History is certainly against him.

    Most of us in this part of the world do not put much stock in weight. We notice it but don't give it that much attention in the equation of handicapping. But we probably are not giving it enough value.

    Take, for example, Taylor Rice. When she was an apprentice, and carrying five pounds less that her assigned weight, trainers were lining up for her services. She lost the "bug" during the Saratoga meet and only has two winners at the current Belmont meet.

    Yes, she is not riding the stock she had been riding when she had the bug. But the reason she is not riding the stock she had been riding is that trainers wanted that five pounds off and are now looking elsewhere. With all the experience she has gained, she is a better rider than ever. But without the five-pound advantage, she is having trouble getting business. Those trainers think weight matters.

    Admire Rakti was a sensational winner of the Caulfield Cup (Aus-G1) last Saturday going 1 1/2 miles when he swooped eight wide and mowed the field down in the short stretch at Caulfield. Making his first start since May 4, the seven-year-old carried 128 pounds and will now carry at least 129 in the "Race that stops a nation" and could even pick up a penalty when track handicapper Greg Carpenter announces the final weights.

    Owner Riichi Kondo has said that he will not run him if he is weighted at 130 pounds. Yes, we are only talking about a pound or two. But, already conceding weight to the rest of the field, he does not want the spread to be even more.

    Perhaps Kondo is posturing and planting the seed that he will not run and keep the marquee runner out of the race. Would he skip a $6.2 million race over one or two pounds? We will know on Monday when Carpenter makes his final decision. Kondo thinks weight matters.

    What Admire Rakti is facing is the fact that no horse in the last 40 years has carried 129 pounds to victory. Only the immortal Makybe Diva (Desert King), who won with 128 pounds when capturing her third straight Melbourne Cup in 2005, has come close during that time period.

    What makes the Melbourne Cup such a fascinating handicapping exercise is that the better the form of the horse, the higher the weight they have to carry. The race now gets a much better field since many international horses are now involved so the days of hiding form and getting in with an absurdly low weight seems to be over. You have to have decent form to be in the top 24 weighted horses in order to make it into the starting gate so trainers have to show their hands more than ever before.

    With a week to go in the Belmont meet, and with rain drenching the New York City area, which has washed off turf racing for at least Wednesday and Thursday, the turf season is winding down on its two expansive turf courses. We wrote last week about how bad speed and the rail have done going one mile on the Widener turf course.

    Now, with a week to go, 31 races have been run going one mile on the Widener turf course and not a single horse has won going gate to wire and only one has won from post 1.

    Below are the horses that broke from the rail and made the lead. They were, in effect, up against a double bias and should be worth following if they come back at Aqueduct where all the turf races are run around two turns. As a group, we can take them as if they were a mutual fund and see how, as a group, they do pari-mutuelly when they run back at Aqueduct.

    By the way, the only horse to win from post 1 going a mile on the Widener turf course was Costenia (Giant's Causeway) as the 4-to-5 favorite.

    Horse   Date   Race   Result
    Doukas   9/7   6   second
    Byrama   9/13   7   second
    Gear Jammer   9/14   10   third
    Readthebyline   9/19   5   eleventh
    Distorted Dream   10/5   11   eighth
    Northern Analyst   10/12   10   eighth

    I will enter them into my stable mail and keep track of their results. When the Aqueduct turf season ends in early December, I will go back and see how betting on them turned out. Should be interesting. In the meantime, continue to give added value for horses coming out of one mile races on the Widener turf course that broke from the rail and/or showed high speed.

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    Friday, October 31   BC Distaff (G1)
        BC Dirt Mile (G1)
        BC Juvenile Turf (G1)
        BC Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)
        5 - 8 p.m.
    Saturday, November 1   BC Turf (G1)
        BC F&M Turf (G1)
        BC Mile (G1)
        BC Juvenile (G1)
        BC Juvenile Fillies (G1)
        BC Sprint (G1)
        BC F&M Sprint (G1)
        BC Turf Sprint (G1)
        3:30 - 8 p.m.
        BC Classic (G1)
        8 - 9 p.m.

    all times Eastern


    Monday thru Friday   At the Races w/ Steve Byk
        9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
        6 - 9 a.m. (Replays)
        Sirius Premier 220; XM 206;
        Online 962; SXM On Demand
    Thursdays Call-In Show
        6 - 7 p.m.
        Sirius 220 - XM 206
    Saturdays   Down the Stretch w/ Don Knobel
        10 - 11 a.m.
        790 AM (WKRD)
    Saturdays   Down the Stretch
        10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
        Sirius 93 - XM 208
    Saturdays   Equine Forum
        8 - 10 a.m.
        Sirius/XM 92
    Wednesday thru Friday, October 29-31   Breeders' Cup Countdown Show
        11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
        HRRN website
    Friday, October 31   Breeders' Cup Friday
        5 - 8 p.m.
        Sirius/XM 92 - HRRN website
    Saturday, November 1   Breeders' Cup Saturday
        3 - 9 p.m.
        Sirius/XM 92 - HRRN website

    all times Eastern

    At a Glance
    Avg. Winning Odds: 4.85 - 1
    Favorite Win%: 35%, Favorite Itm%: 76%
    Daily Double81.04
    Pick 3621.77
    Pick 625,987.53
    Pick 43,731.74
    Pick 523,627.76
    Grand Slam178.42
    TRACK BIAS MEET(09/05 - 10/22)
    Distance #
    6.0fDirt 53 34% E Rail/Ins
    6.5fDirt 40 25% E Rail/Ins
    1 MileDirt 39 26% E/P Middle
    1 1/16mDirt 26 19% P Rail
    InTf Sprint 22 18% S Middle
    Turf Sprint 29 14% P Outside
    InTf Routes 41 22% E Rail/Ins
    Turf Routes 47 4% S Middle
    TRACK BIAS WEEK(10/16 - 10/22)
    Distance #
    6.0fDirt 14 29% E Outside
    6.5fDirt 4 75% E Outside
    1 MileDirt 6 17% P Middle
    1 1/16mDirt 7 29% P Rail
    InTf Sprint 3 0% S Inside
    Turf Sprint 1 0% P Outside
    InTf Routes 4 0% E/P Rail/Ins
    Turf Routes 6 0% E/P Mid/Out
    Who's HOT, Who's NOT
    HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    '13-' 14
    Brown Chad C. 22 9 4 4 4.05 5 27%
    Adsit Abigail C. 10 4 3 0 3.55 0 16%
    Parker Joseph G. 5 2 0 0 42.91 1 3%
    Morley Thomas 6 2 0 1 15.43 1 18%
    Serpe Philip M. 6 2 0 1 11.69 0 12%
    HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    '13-' 14
    Ortiz, Jr. Irad 25 7 6 6 5.26 5 17%
    Rosario Joel 20 6 4 3 3.96 3 20%
    Castellano Javier 22 6 3 3 3.81 5 23%
    COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    '13-' 14
    COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    '13-' 14
    Worrie Andre Shivnarine 13 0 1 2 29.62 0 7%
    Davis Dylan 10 0 0 1 34.07 0 12%
    Avg. Winning Odds: 4.95 - 1
    Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 74%
    Daily Double96.90
    Pick 31,281.84
    Pick 47,431.08
    Pick 537,155.34
    Super High Five6,976.35
    TRACK BIAS MEET(10/03 - 10/22)
    Distance #
    6.0fDirt 29 38% E Outside
    7.0fDirt 12 17% E/P Mid/Out
    1 1/16mDirt 31 16% P Outside
    1 1/8mDirt 8 13% P Mid/Out
    Turf Sprint 4 50% E Outside
    Turf Routes 26 0% P Outside
    TRACK BIAS WEEK(10/16 - 10/22)
    Distance #
    6.0fDirt 10 60% E Outside
    7.0fDirt 4 50% E Rail/Ins
    1 1/16mDirt 11 18% P Mid/Out
    1 1/8mDirt 3 33% E/P Rail
    Turf Sprint 2 50% E Mid/Out
    Turf Routes 9 0% E/P Rail/Ins
    Who's HOT, Who's NOT
    HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    '13-' 14
    Ward Wesley A. 9 4 2 1 3.53 4 21%
    Stall, Jr. Albert M. 10 4 0 3 6.89 1 19%
    Sharp Joe 5 3 0 0 3.02 1 50%
    Richard Chris 7 3 1 2 2.64 1 27%
    Mott William I. 8 3 0 1 7.33 2 17%
    McLaughlin Kiaran P. 5 2 0 0 9.74 2 22%
    Walsh Brendan P. 5 2 2 1 4.12 1 19%
    McKeever Andrew 6 2 1 0 11.72 1 13%
    HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    '13-' 14
    Napravnik Rosie 23 7 1 4 6.37 1 22%
    Bridgmohan Shaun 20 6 3 1 7.80 2 18%
    COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    '13-' 14
    COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    '13-' 14


    MONDAY:   Laurel Park and Remington Park
    TUESDAY:   Hawthorne and Santa Anita Park
    WEDNESDAY:   Indiana Grand and Woodbine
    THURSDAY:   Delaware Park and Gulfstream Park West
    FRIDAY:   Belmont Park and Keeneland

    Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


    For Friday

    Belmont Park   (5th) Zo Zo, 9-2
        (10th) Chase This Bandit, 3-1
    Delta Downs   (5th) Tunnelformoney, 5-1
        (10th) Mr. Madalyn, 3-1
    Finger Lakes   (1st) Five to One, 5-1
        (5th) Lucky Ned, 9-2
    Golden Gate Fields   (6th) Mr. Candy Bar, 7-2
        (8th) Delta Ranger, 7-2
    Gulfstream Park West   (2nd) Tiz Time Is Now, 4-1
        (9th) Native Gold, 3-1
    Hawthorne   (5th) Proud Jackson, 4-1
        (8th) Love You Mon, 4-1
    Indiana Grand   (3rd) Sergios Pride, 9-2
        (4th) Chia Spice, 3-1
    Keeneland   (6th) Ben's Juliette, 5-1
        (7th) Costenia, 3-1
    Laurel Park   (6th) Bren's Golden Girl, 4-1
        (9th) Harbingerofthings, 4-1
    Meadowlands   (3rd) R Clever Cat, 6-1
        (6th) Briteliteinthecity, 4-1
    Penn National   (1st) Galactico, 7-2
        (3rd) Quizzer, 5-1
    Remington Park   (4th) Lightninginabottle, 7-2
        (7th) Strawberry Cat, 7-2
    Retama Park   (1st) Condobound, 4-1
        (7th) Silver Spot, 4-1
    Santa Anita   (5th) Aperfectdaytofly, 4-1
        (6th) Snuggley Bear, 7-2
    Thistledown   (3rd) Carol's Enjoyment, 7-2
        (5th) Moon, 4-1
    Woodbine   (5th) Emma's Love, 7-2
        (8th) Copper Kitten, 7-2


    For Friday

    BELMONT PARK (12:50): $85,000 ocl, 3&up, 7fT (9TH).
    DELTA DOWNS (6:50): $100,000 My Trusty Cat, 2yo, f, 7f (9TH).
    FINGER LAKES (12:35): $16,900 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (7TH).
    GOLDEN GATE FIELDS (3:45): $34,000 alw, 3&up, 6f (3RD).
    HAWTHORNE (2:45): $23,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT (4TH).
    INDIANA GRAND (5:05): $34,000 ocl, 2yo, 1mT (3RD).
    KEENELAND (1:05): $65,000 alw, 3yo, f, 7f (8TH).
    LAUREL PARK (12:35): $47,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2fT (9TH).
    MEADOWLANDS (7:00): $37,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 5fT (5TH).
    PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $30,400 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 1m70yd (4TH).
    REMINGTON PARK (8:00): $50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f (8TH).
    RETAMA PARK (7:45): $15,500 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).
    SANTA ANITA (4:00): $58,000 ocl, 3&up, 1 1/4m (7TH).
    THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $22,500 alw, 3&up, 1m (7TH).

    *all times Eastern

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