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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014

Breeders' Cup News & Notes

Magician, Free as a Bird latest Breeders' Cup scratches

Magician's opportunity for a BC Turf repeat has been halted due to lameness (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)

Magician and Free as a  Bird have been withdrawn from Saturday's Breeders' Cup Turf and Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, respectively.

This brings the number of scratches on this weekend's Breeders' Cup programs to four. Juvenile favorite American Pharoah and Dirt Mile entrant Handsome Mike were declared on Tuesday.

"When he came out for a trot this morning he was found to be acutely lame on his off-fore," said trainer Aidan O'Brien of Magician, who was seeking a repeat win in the 1 1/2-mile Turf. "It was an instant decision to take him out of the race."

The Breeders' Cup Turf was slated to be Magician's final career start and the plan was to retire him to Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

The other defection reported Wednesday morning was for the five-year-old mare Free as a Bird as handlers attempted load her onto a Tex Sutton charter Wednesday morning in Kentucky.

"She didn't like the sound of the engines and had to be backed off the plane. She is scratched," trainer Ian Wilkes said. "As long as she is OK, we're fine."

Ageless, second to Free as a Bird in the Franklin County at Keeneland last time, has drawn into the Turf Sprint from the also-eligible list.

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Shared Belief arrives for Classic, scheduled for gate work and gallop

Shared Belief's (outside) only start at Santa Anita resulted in a close neck victory over Fed Biz in the Awesome Again (Benoit Photo)

Undefeated champion and Breeders' Cup Classic early favorite Shared Belief arrived at Santa Anita at 6:30 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday after vanning south from his home base at Golden Gate Fields.

"He shipped fine and just walked this morning," said Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. "He will go to the gate and stand Thursday and gallop and will be going out at 6:45."

Shared Belief, seeking to become the first three-year-old to win the Classic since Raven's Pass here in 2008, will be ridden by Mike Smith.

Smith, who has won a record 20 Breeders' Cup races that include three in the Classic -- Skip Away (1997), Zenyatta (2009) and Drosselmeyer (2011) -- has ridden the unbeaten Shared Belief in his past three starts.

"The first time I ever got on him was the Los Alamitos Derby because he trains up north and Russell (Baze) works him," Smith explained. "The initial thing I noticed about him was his length.

"He is extremely long and has great balance. He is very unique in that he can adapt during a race. That ability is really a huge plus."

With Smith in the saddle, Shared Belief has captured the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Derby, Grade 1 Pacific Classic and Grade 1 Awesome Again in succession. The Candy Ride gelding has been made the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the 1 1/4-mile Classic and will break from post position 6.

Tonalist, shown here a few days before his Belmont Stakes triumph, will be competing on the West Coast for the first time in the Classic (Jamie Newell/Horsephotos.com)

Belmont Stakes hero and Classic hopeful Tonalist also arrived at Santa Anita Tuesday evening as part of trainer Christophe Clement's three-horse brigade for this year's Breeders' Cup, and was out on the track Wednesday morning for an easy jog once around the oval followed by a visit to the paddock under exercise rider Lee Vickers.

"The trip across the country went fine," reported Christophe Lorieul, Clement's longtime top assistant. "We're in good shape."

Trainer Peter Miller said the only also-eligible for the Classic, Big Cazanova, was shipped from San Luis Rey Downs to Santa Anita Wednesday morning after jogging two miles and going to the gate.

Miller reiterated that he would wait as long as possible Friday in hopes of the Argentine-bred son of Giant's Causeway getting into the Classic with a scratch. If not, he is also entered in the Grade 2 Las Vegas Marathon Friday and would run there instead.

Breeders' Cup Distaff entrant Ria Antonia did not waste any time getting reacquainted with the Santa Anita track by jogging at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning with Corey Black aboard.

"We got here at 5:30 last night, just in time to catch the rush hour traffic," said Katie Allen, who traveled with the sophomore filly from her home base at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Trained by Tom Amoss, the Rockport Harbor miss is scheduled to gallop Thursday morning at the same time and visit the paddock.

Defending BC F&M Turf champ Dank will be making just her third start of the year on Saturday against 10 rivals including... (Cecilia Gustavsson/Horsephotos.com)

Breeders' Cup Turf new arrivals Finnegans Wake, Hardest Core, Imagining and Twilight Eclipse were all doing well Wednesday.

Trainer Peter Miller said Finnegans Wake was shipped from San Luis Rey Downs to Santa Anita Wednesday morning after jogging two miles and going to the gate.

Hardest Core arrived safely at Santa Anita early Tuesday evening after an uneventful Fed Ex flight from Newark, New Jersey, that also contained horses from the Christophe Clement stable. The Eddie Graham trainee settled in well to Barn 106 in a stall adjacent to Breeders' Cup Sprint contender Work All Week and got his first taste of Santa Anita around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"He just galloped nice and easy today, though he was definitely very strong," exercise rider Jody Petty said. "I just jogged him up to the half-mile pole and galloped the turn."

The tall bay is trained on Graham's farm in Unionville, Pennsylvania, and is not as accustomed to the commotion of the racetrack.

"I took him out just before the break so we could avoid all the horses," Petty added. "That way we could be going out when most of them were coming back. If he sees horses in front of him galloping, he will try to pass them all. He only passed two that he saw and is definitely feeling good."

...Dayatthespa, who captured her last one against Grade 1 company (Cecilia Gustavsson/Horsephotos.com)

Imagining galloped "an easy mile and a quarter" for trainer Shug McGaughey Wednesday morning after arriving from Belmont Park on Tuesday.

"What I'm really kind of excited about is running him over this turf course where it's a little bit quicker and will carry him a little bit farther than Belmont," McGaughey said. "Here, he can run on top of the ground instead of going right into it. I think it's something he'll really like."

Twilight Eclipse, the world-record holder at the 1 1/2-mile distance of the Turf, handled the cross country trip from New York on Tuesday without incident and jogged once around the track Wednesday morning under exercise rider Hector Hernandez and was scheduled to school in the paddock on Thursday.

Tom Albertrani, who trains him for West Point Thoroughbreds, said that his horse could not look any better as he kept his eye on the weather forecast.

"He's been a unlucky in that it has rained in the days before his his last three races, which were all Grade 1s, and even though he ran very well and just missed by a neck in two of them, he prefers nice firm ground," Albertrani said. "I'm hoping the weather holds and the turf stays the way it is."

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint hopeful Better Lucky arrived with stablemate Twilight Eclipse and was reported to have handled the excursion without turning a hair. On Wednesday morning, the multiple Grade 1-winning Ghostzapper mare was sent to the track for a jog once around under Hernandez.

Karakontie will need to run back to his French 2000 Guineas-winning form if he hopes to challenge in the BC Mile one race before... (Cecilia Gustavsson/Horsephotos.com)

"She has been so consistent throughout her entire career. She's an extremely nice mare," Albertrani praised.

Work All Week, who earned his spot in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Sprint via victory in Keeneland's Grade 3 Phoenix, arrived Tuesday evening at Santa Anita after a delayed flight from Kentucky and took up residence in Barn 106. On Wednesday around 8 a.m., the Roger Brueggemann-trained son of City Zip got his first taste of the main track with an easy 1 1/2-mile gallop.

"He was a little stiff from the trip, but other than that it went great," Brueggemann said. "Today we just had an exercise rider I borrowed from Tom Amoss. Tomorrow (regular jockey) Florent (Geroux) will be in to gallop him."

The Wesley Ward-trained trio of Undrafted, No Nay Never and Judy the Beauty arrived around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning after a delayed flight from Kentucky. No Nay Never and Judy the Beauty are morning-line favorites for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint and Filly & Mare Sprint, respectively, with Undrafted scheduled to join the former in the Turf Sprint gate. All are expected to hit the track Thursday morning, with champion jockey Frankie Dettori astride race mount No Nay Never.

"They've all arrived and we're excited," Ward said.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies entrant By the Moon had an easy jog with exercise rider Tom Singh aboard Wednesday morning on her first day at Santa Anita.

...Cigar Street lines up in the Classic (Cecilia Gustavsson/Horsephotos.com)

"We got in about 5:30 yesterday afternoon and she shipped well," said trainer Michelle Nevin, who will saddling her first Breeders' Cup starter. "She will gallop tomorrow, then jog Friday and won't go to the track Saturday morning."

Saturday's race will be the first around two turns for By the Moon, winner of the Frizette on a sealed, sloppy track in her most recent start. The Indian Charlie filly worked five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 on Monday at Belmont Park.

Trainer Peter Miller reported that both of his two-year-olds -- Calculator (Juvenile) and Hennythelovepenny (Juvenile Fillies) -- were shipped from San Luis Rey Downs to Barn 44 at Santa Anita Wednesday morning. Before their departure, Calculator jogged 1 1/2  miles and Hennythelovepenny galloped the same distance, according to the trainer.

In other Breeders' Cup news:

Aktabantay enters the BC Juvenile Turf off his first non-top two finish... (Cecilia Gustavsson/Horsephotos.com)

This weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships will, for the first time, be held under newly enacted national uniform medication reforms adopted in California and currently in the process of being adopted and implemented in other racing jurisdictions across the United States.

Breeders' Cup runners will compete under California regulations and house rules that enforce three of the national reforms regarding medications, furosemide (Lasix) administration and accredited laboratory testing.

Effective October 1, California adopted the Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule establishing permitted thresholds for medications that have been recognized as necessary for the routine treatment of illness or injury in the horse.

Protocols will be in place again this year requiring third-party administration of furosemide as well as enhanced security -- limiting access to the horse on race day. Post-race testing of Breeders' Cup runners will be conducted at the University of California-Davis Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory -- an RMTC-accredited facility.

...while Hootenanny will go in the same race following a runner-up effort in a French Group 1 (Cecilia Gustavsson/Horsephotos.com)

The RMTC consists of 23 racing industry stakeholders and organizations that represent Thoroughbred, Standardbred, American Quarter Horse and Arabian racing. The organization works to develop and promote uniform rules, policies and testing standards at the national level; coordinate research and educational programs that seek to ensure the integrity of racing and the health and welfare of racehorses and participants; and protect the interests of the racing public.

For additional information, visit rmtcnet.com or contact Hallie Lewis, RMTC director of communications, at 859-224-2848.

The Breeders' Cup will also, for the first time, be integrating a live social media stream in its real time video coverage. The social media activation will feature two custom hashtags and take the shape of a highly engaging Social Media Wall to be integrated into the Players' Show as well as dedicated televisions throughout Santa Anita.

Designed to further engage attendees, the Social Media Wall will consistently display tweets, Instagram photos and Facebook posts as the races unfold each day. The event's massive Jumbotron will also be showcasing an array of these posts in 15 second spots every hour. All fans must do is incorporate one of the two official hashtags -- #BreedersCup and #BC14 -- when uploading their pictures, posts and tweets. By doing this they will have the opportunity to see their personal posts displayed on the Social Media Wall, Jumbotron and select monitors throughout the World Championships.

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American Pharoah scratched from BC Juvenile

American Pharoah's connections are hopeful that he can return to the races next year(Benoit Photo)

American Pharoah, the 2-1 morning line favorite for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile off back-to-back Grade 1 victories in the Del Mar Futurity and FrontRunner, was withdrawn from the race Tuesday morning.

The news was initially revealed by owner Ahmed Zayat, who tweeted that the son of Pioneerof the Nile "was off this morning."

The flashy colt is trained by Bob Baffert.

"He has a deep foot bruise in his left front," the Hall of Fame trainer said. "We'll still be putting him through some scans and other things. We're hopeful he'll be all right and you'll see him in the spring.

"If you look at him he appears just fine. The timing is just terrible. I've had to scratch horses before a big race, but this is possibly the worst.

"He feels really good. He walks OK, but when he jogs you can see there is something there. Something like this gives you a sickening feeling. It's a disappointment for the barn and the Zayat family, and anyone around the horse."

Another scratch announced Tuesday was Handsome Mike from Friday's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Trainer Leandro Mora was forced to declare the five-year-old because of a leg injury.

"He came back from the track after galloping with a little swelling in his left front leg," Mora. "We scanned him, and it came back clean, but the swelling was still there. Four veterinarians recommended that I scratch for the health of the horse.

"It was bad timing," said Mora of the injury that he did not consider career-threatening. "He will get 20 days off."

Handsome Mike won the 2012 Pennsylvania Derby and has earned $1,005,413 with three victories in 30 starts. He is winless in seven outings this year.

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BREEDERS' CUP ENTRIES 2014

Friday

DISTAFF

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   L'AMOUR DE MA VIE   Pia Brandt   Maxime Guyon   15-1
2   TIZ MIDNIGHT   Bob Baffert   Victor Espinoza   10-1
3   IOTAPA   John Sadler   Joe Talamo   6-1
4   BELLE GALLANTEY   Rudy Rodriguez   Jose Ortiz   6-1
5   UNBRIDLED FOREVER   Dallas Stewart   John Velazquez   20-1
6   STANWYCK   John Shirreffs   Corey Nakatani   20-1
7   DON'T TELL SOPHIA   Phil Simms   Joe Rocco Jr.   5-1
8   VALIANT EMILIA   Gary Mandella   Rafael Bejarano    20-1
9   RIA ANTONIA   Tom Amoss   Paco Lopez   15-1
10   UNTAPABLE   Steve Asmussen   Rosie Napravnik   5-2
11   CLOSE HATCHES   Bill Mott   Joel Rosario   3-1

JUVENILE FILLIES TURF

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   PARTISAN POLITICS   Chad Brown   Javier Castellano   15-1
2   OSAILA   Richard Hannon   Frankie Dettori   5-1
3   SUNSET GLOW   Wesley Ward   Victor Espinoza   7-2
4   LADY ELI   Chad Brown   Irad Ortiz Jr.   6-1
5   ISABELLA SINGS   Todd Pletcher   John Velazquez   12-1
6   SIVOLIERE   Chad Brown   Gary Stevens   12-1
7   RAINHA DA BATERIA   Graham Motion   Joel Rosario   12-1
8   NICKY'S BROWN MISS   Savino Capilupi   Francisco Torres   20-1
9   LADY ZUZU   D. Wayne Lukas   Julien Leparoux   15-1
10   QUALITY ROCKS   Bill Mott   Jose Lezcano   20-1
11   CONQUEST HARLANATE  

Mark Casse

  Patrick Husbands   10-1
12   TAMMY THE TORPEDO   Chad Brown   Rafael Bejarano   12-1
13   PRIZE EXHIBIT   Jamie Osborne   Jamie Spencer (2nd pref)   20-1
14   QUALIFY   Aidan O'Brien   Ryan Moore   5-1
    Also-eligibles            
15   FLYING TIPAT   Dale Romans   Jose Ortiz   20-1
16   WAR ALERT   David Brown   Jamie Spencer (1st pref)   20-1

   DIRT MILE

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   GOLDENCENTS   Leandro Mora   Rafael Bejarano   6-5
2   CARVE   Brad Cox   Mike Smith   15-1
3   VICAR'S IN TROUBLE   Mike Maker   John Velazquez   12-1
4   PANTS ON FIRE   Kelly Breen   Paco Lopez   6-1
5   HANDSOME MIKE   ***SCRATCHED***        
6   GOLDEN TICKET   Ken McPeek   Joel Rosario   15-1
7   BRONZO  

Jorge Andres Inda

  Luis Torres   12-1
8   FED BIZ  

Bob Baffert

  Martin Garcia   7-2
9   TAPITURE   Steve Asmussen   Rosie Napravnik   6-1
10   BIG BANE THEORY   Carla Gaines   Joe Talamo   15-1

 JUVENILE TURF

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   WET SAIL   Charlie Fellowes   Jamie Spencer   15-1
2   DADDY D T   John Sadler   Corey Nakatani   15-1
3   LUCK OF THE KITTEN    Wesley Ward   Mike Smith   8-1
4   COMMEMORATIVE   Charlie Hills   James Doyle   8-1
5   HOOTENANNY   Wesley Ward   Frankie Dettori   3-1
6   CONQUEST TYPHOON   Mark Casse   Patrick Husbands   12-1
7   WAR ENVOY   Aidan O'Brien   Ryan Moore   9-2
8   OFFERING PLAN   Chad Brown   Irad Ortiz Jr.   20-1
9   AKTABANTAY   Hugo Palmer   Olivier Peslier   12-1
10   STARTUP NATION   Chad Brown   Joel Rosario   12-1
11   IMPERIA   Kiaran McLaughlin   Javier Castellano   6-1
12   INTERNATIONAL STAR   Mike Maker   John Velazquez   15-1
13   LAWN RANGER   Ken McPeek   Chris Landeros   20-1
14   DANNY BOY   Dale Romans   Julien Leparoux   20-1
    Also-eligibles            
15   FAITHFUL CREEK   Brian Meehan   Kieren Fallon   20-1
16   PAPACOOLPAPACOOL   Jeff Mullins   Joe Talamo   30-1

 Saturday

CLASSIC

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   PRAYER FOR RELIEF   Dale Romans   Irad Ortiz Jr.   30-1
2   CIGAR STREET   Bill Mott   John Velazquez   12-1
3   IMPERATIVE   George Papaprodromou   Frankie Dettori   30-1
4   MORENO   Eric Guillot   Javier Castellano   20-1
5   V. E. DAY   Jimmy Jerkens   Joe Talamo   20-1
6   SHARED BELIEF   Jerry Hollendorfer   Mike Smith   9-5
7   BAYERN   Bob Baffert   Martin Garcia   6-1
8   ZIVO   Chad Brown   Jose Lezcano   15-1
9   TOAST OF NEW YORK   Jamie Osborne   Jamie Spencer   12-1
10   FOOTBRIDGE   Eoin Harty   Rafael Bejarano   30-1
11   TONALIST   Christophe Clement   Joel Rosario   5-1
12   CANDY BOY   John Sadler   Corey Nakatani   20-1
13   CALIFORNIA CHROME   Art Sherman   Victor Espinoza   4-1
14   MAJESTIC HARBOR   Sean McCarthy   Tyler Baze   20-1
    Also-eligible            
15   BIG CAZANOVA   Peter Miller    Elvis Trujillo   30-1

MILE

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   GRAND ARCH   Brian Lynch   John Velazquez   20-1
2   OBVIOUSLY   Phil D'Amato   Joe Talamo   8-1
3   VEDA   Alain de Royer-Dupre   Christophe Soumillon   12-1
4   MUSTAJEEB   Dermot Weld   Pat Smullen   6-1
5   TORONADO   Richard Hannon   Richard Hughes   5-2
6   TOM'S TRIBUTE   Jim Cassidy   Mike Smith   15-1
7   KAIGUN   Mark Casse   Patrick Husbands   20-1
8   TRADE STORM  

David Simcock

  Jamie Spencer   12-1
9   ANODIN   Freddy Head   Olivier Peslier   6-1
10   SUMMER FRONT   Christophe Clement   Javier Castellano   30-1
11   SAYAAD  

Kiaran McLaughlin

  Julien Leparoux   30-1
12   SEEK AGAIN   Bill Mott   Joel Rosario   6-1
13   TOURIST   Bill Mott   Rosie Napravnik   12-1
14   KARAKONTIE   Jonathan Pease   Stephane Pasquier   10-1
    Also-eligible            
15   MR. COMMONS   John Shirreffs   Corey Nakatani   30-1

  SPRINT

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   SEEKING THE SHERIF   Ron Ellis   Edwin Maldonado   20-1
2   INDIANAPOLIS   Bob Baffert   Mike Smith   12-1
3   WIND FIRE   David Brown   Jamie Spencer   30-1
4   SECRET CIRCLE   Bob Baffert   Martin Garcia   9-2
5   PRIVATE ZONE   Alfredo Velasquez   Martin Pedroza   6-1
6   RICH TAPESTRY   Michael Chang   Olivier Doleuze   5-1
7   MICO MARGARITA   Steve Asmussen   Rosie Napravnik   15-1
8   PALACE   Linda Rice   Cornelio Velasquez   6-1
9   SALUTOS AMIGOS   David Jacobson   Javier Castellano   6-1
10   BIG MACHER   Richard Baltas   Tyler Baze   12-1
11   BAKKEN   Chad Brown   Gary Stevens   10-1
12   FAST ANNA   Kathy Ritvo   John Velazquez   12-1
13   WORK ALL WEEK   Roger Brueggemann   Florent Geroux   10-1
14   BOURBON COURAGE   Kellyn Gorder   Ricardo Santana Jr.   30-1
    Also-eligibles            
15   BAHAMIAN SQUALL   David Fawkes   Rafael Bejarano   20-1
16   INDEXICAL   Ben Cecil   Mario Gutierrez   30-1

   TURF

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   TELESCOPE   Sir Michael Stoute   Ryan Moore   4-1
2   TWILIGHT ECLIPSE   Tom Albertrani   Javier Castellano   12-1
3   IMAGINING   Shug McGaughey   Joel Rosario   12-1
4   BROWN PANTHER   Tom Dascombe   Richard Kingscote   8-1
5   HANGOVER KID   Jason Servis   Jose Lezcano   30-1
6   FINNEGANS WAKE   Peter Miller   Joe Talamo   30-1
7   FLINTSHIRE   Andre Fabre   Maxime Guyon   7-2
8   MAGICIAN   Aidan O'Brien   Joseph O'Brien   5-1
9   HARDEST CORE   Eddie Graham   Eriluis Vaz   10-1
10   STARSPANGLED HEAT   Barry Abrams   Corey Nakatani   30-1
11   CHICQUITA   Aidan O'Brien   Frankie Dettori   8-1
12   MAIN SEQUENCE   Graham Motion   John Velazquez   6-1
13   BIG JOHN B   Phil D'Amato   Mike Smith   20-1

   JUVENILE

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   CALCULATOR   Peter Miller   Elvis Trujillo   15-1
2   PRIVATE PROSPECT   Michael Campbell   Jesse Campbell   30-1
3   BLUE DANCER   Greg Tracy   Rico Walcott   30-1
4   THE GREAT WAR   Aidan O'Brien   Ryan Moore   12-1
5   AMERICAN PHAROAH   ***SCRATCHED***        
6   LUCKY PLAYER   Steve Asmussen   Ricardo Santana Jr.   30-1
7   TEXAS RED   Keith Desormeaux   Kent Desormeaux   20-1
8   SOUPER COLOSSAL   Eddie Plesa Jr.   Paco Lopez   12-1
9   CARPE DIEM  

Todd Pletcher

  John Velazquez   4-1
10   MR. Z   D. Wayne Lukas   Mike Smith   20-1
11   ONE LUCKY DANE   Bob Baffert   Rafael Bejarano   10-1
12   DAREDEVIL   Todd Pletcher   Javier Castellano   7-2
13   UPSTART   Rick Violette Jr.   Jose Ortiz   8-1

  TURF SPRINT

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   RENEESGOTZIP   Peter Miller   Edwin Maldonado   5-1
2   SILENTIO   Gary Mandella   Victor Espinoza   8-1
3   SWEET SWAP   John Sadler   Corey Nakatani   12-1
4   TIGHTEND TOUCHDOWN  

Jason Servis

  Javier Castellano   8-1
5   AMBITIOUS BREW   Marty Jones   Mike Smith   12-1
6   BOBBY'S KITTEN   Chad Brown   Joel Rosario   10-1
7   MARCHMAN   Keith Desormeaux   Kent Desormeaux   12-1
8   SOMETHING EXTRA   Gail Cox   Eurico da Silva   20-1
9   FREE AS A BIRD   Ian Wilkes   Tyler Baze   15-1
10   HOME RUN KITTEN   David Hofmans   Joe Talamo   12-1
11   UNDRAFTED   Wesley Ward   John Velazquez   8-1
12   DIMENSION   Conor Murphy   Ryan Moore   12-1
13   CASPAR NETSCHER   David Simcock   Pat Smullen   10-1
14   NO NAY NEVER  

Wesley Ward

  Frankie Dettori   9-2
    Also-eligibles            
15   AGELESS   Arnaud Delacour   Julien Leparoux   20-1
16   ZA APPROVAL   Christophe Clement   Rafael Bejarano   20-1

  FILLY & MARE SPRINT

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   SWEET REASON   Leah Gyarmati   Irad Ortiz Jr.   9-2
2   LITTLE ALEXIS   Donna Green   Joel Rosario   15-1
3   STONETASTIC   Kelly Breen   Paco Lopez   8-1
4   THANK YOU MARYLOU   Mike Maker   John Velazquez   20-1
5   ARTEMIS AGROTERA   Mike Hushion   Jose Ortiz   3-1
6   LEIGH COURT   Josie Carroll   Gary Boulanger   4-1
7   JUDY THE BEAUTY   Wesley Ward   Mike Smith   5-2
8   BETTER LUCKY   Tom Albertrani   Javier Castellano   15-1
9   LIVING THE LIFE   Gary Mandella   Rafael Bejarano   12-1
10   SOUTHERN HONEY   Rusty Arnold   Julien Leparoux   20-1

   FILLY & MARE TURF

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   ABACO   Shug McGaughey   Jose Ortiz   15-1
2   JUST THE JUDGE   Charlie Hills   Jamie Spencer   5-1
3   DANK   Sir Michael Stoute   Ryan Moore   5-2
4   DAYATTHESPA   Chad Brown   Javier Castellano   8-1
5   SECRET GESTURE   Ralph Beckett   Pat Smullen   6-1
6   FIESOLANA   Willie McCreery   Billy Lee   8-1
7   EMOLLIENT   Bill Mott   Rosie Napravnik   12-1
8   IRISH MISSION   Christophe Clement   Joel Rosario   20-1
9   PARRANDA   Jerry Hollendorfer   Elvis Trujillo   20-1
10   STEPHANIE'S KITTEN   Chad Brown   John Velazquez   3-1
11   RUSTY SLIPPER   Graham Motion   Aaron Gryder   20-1

  JUVENILE FILLIES

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   FEATHERED   Todd Pletcher   Javier Castellano   8-1
2   ANGELA RENEE   Todd Pletcher   John Velazquez   3-1
3   DANETTE   Keith Desormeaux   Kent Desormeaux   20-1
4   CONQUEST ECLIPSE   Mark Casse   Corey Nakatani   4-1
5   CRISTINA'S JOURNEY   Dale Romans   Miguel Mena   6-1
6   TAKE CHARGE BRANDI   D. Wayne Lukas   Victor Espinoza   30-1
7   MAJESTIC PRESENCE   Jerry Hollendorfer   Elvis Trujillo   20-1
8   PUCA   Bill Mott   Joel Rosario   6-1
9   HENNYTHELOVEPENNY   Peter Miller   Fernando Perez   20-1
10   WONDER GAL   Leah Gyarmati   Mike Smith   12-1
11   TOP DECILE   Al Stall Jr.   Rosie Napravnik   10-1
12   BY THE MOON   Michelle Nevin   Jose Ortiz   6-1

Racing Headlines

Zenyatta's weanling filly euthanized following paddock accident

Zenyatta's weanling War Front filly was euthanized Tuesday night after suffering a paddock accident at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky, where she was born on Easter Sunday.

It was announced earlier this month on Zenyatta's official Facebook page that the filly, nicknamed Z Princess, had successfully been weaned from her dam.

The following statement was posted on Zenyatta's official website:

Dear fans,

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Zenyatta's filly, affectionately nicknamed Z Princess. She was a member of our family and had just begun to make her mark on the world. This is a heartbreaking loss for those who knew and loved her.

The following is a statement from Lane's End Farm:

It is with a heavy heart that I must report the death of the 2014 War Front / Zenyatta weanling filly. She was humanely euthanized last night at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital after a paddock accident on the farm.

As caretakers of these Thoroughbreds, we collectively mourn the loss of this beautiful filly.

On behalf of the Farish family and the entire staff at Lane's End Farm, our condolences go out to Jerry and Ann, Team Zenyatta and all the great fans who support Zenyatta.

Respectfully,
Mike Cline
General Manager of Lane's End Farm

At this time, we ask that all messages of love and condolence be sent to the Zenyatta office. Team Z would like to lessen the load on Lane's End Farm and their dedicated staff.

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Our planned 2014 Zenyatta.com Celebration will continue as scheduled this weekend. This event is about celebrating the love that we share for Zenyatta, the strength of this community, and working together to improve our sport. We invite you to join us in raising money for Thoroughbred Rehab Center, Inc. Details will follow.

Thank you for all of your love and support during this difficult time,

-Team Z

Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year who became the first distaffer to win the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2009, attracted a large following during her career. She earned more than $7 million and suffered only one loss in her time on track, with that coming as a head second while trying to defend her Classic title in 2010.

The dark bay mare has two other foals, an unraced two-year-old colt by Bernardini named Cozmic One and a yearling Tapit colt named Ziconic.

Molly Morgan seeks third stakes win of the year in Chilukki

Winning big races under the lights is old hat to Molly Morgan (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Molly Morgan, who scored graded stakes wins earlier this year in the Fleur de Lis Handicap and Gardenia, will go for a third on Saturday in the Grade 2, $200,000 Chilukki at Churchill Downs.

The one-mile test, a traditional prep for the 1 1/8-mile Falls City Handicap on Thanksgiving Day, will be run under the lights and is one of three graded stakes in North America contested outside Southern California on day two of the Breeders' Cup.

Since her head victory in the Gardenia at Ellis Park, Molly Morgan has been in the shadow of Breeders' Cup Distaff contender Don't Tell Sophia, finishing second in the September 6 Locust Grove at Churchill and third in the October 5 Spinster at Keeneland.

"She came out of her last race fine," said Baldemar Bahena, assistant to trainer Dale Romans. "She's a nice mare and she's been training well here at Churchill since."

The Ghostzapper mare also owns a second in the La Troienne, which occurred a month prior to her four-length tally in the Fleur de Lis.

Honey Hues, who the Mint Julep Handicap and Ellis Park Turf on the grass over the summer, is looking to bounce back from two sub-par efforts recently.

"This mare has a hard time with heat," trainer Bernie Flint said. "In the summer time she just doesn't run as well; that's the bottom line. It's supposed to be very cold this weekend, so she should be in good shape."

Honey Hues has won six of 13 starts on dirt, including an allowance at the Churchill spring meet by a commanding seven lengths.

Invading from California is Grade 3 veteran My Happy Face, who is seeking an elusive first win since transferring to Peter Miller's barn in Southern California. She has run third in each of her last four starts, including the Las Madrinas at Los Alamitos and the L.A. Woman at Santa Anita.

My Happy Face was twice Grade 1-placed in 2013, finishing second in the Coaching Club American Oaks and a close third in the Test.

Spring in the Air, the Canadian champion juvenile filly of 2012, will make only her second ever start on dirt in the Chilukki. Winner of the Hendrie, a Grade 3 event at Woodbine, in May, she exits a third to Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint candidate Leigh Court in the Seaway at Woodbine.

Another Grade 3 winner on Polytrack, My Option, has placed just once in three outings since taking the June 28 Chicago Handicap at Arlington. She finished fourth in her only prior attempt at Churchill in last year's Falls City.

Others of note in the Chilukki are Street Girl, the Humana Distaff runner-up, and Enchanting Lisa, an allowance-winning half-sister to dual Horse of the Year Wise Dan.

Earlier in the Churchill card, a solid group of older sprinters will travel six furlongs in the $58,000 Bet On Sunshine. Star Harbour, No Distinction, Sharp Sensation, Apprehender, Ghost Is Clear, and Card are among the leading contenders in a wide-open race, which has also attracted 2012 New Orleans Handicap winner Nates Mineshaft, who returned from a layoff of more than nine months on September 13 to beat allowance foes at Remington Park by three lengths.

Aqueduct

Jerome hero Noble Moon will attempt to get back into winning form in the Discovery (NYRA/Joe Labozzetta/Adam Coglianese)

A pair of late developing three-year-olds will go in search of their first graded stakes victory at Aqueduct Saturday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Discovery Handicap at 1 1/8 miles.

The likely favorite is Three Alarm Fire, a Pyro gelding who has looked sharp in taking a maiden at Saratoga and an allowance at Belmont Park in his last two starts. Tom Albertrani trains the chestnut for a partnership headed by West Point Thoroughbreds.

"He's a nice horse. The biggest question is two turns," Albertrani said. "I think he'll handle it fine if he can relax a little. He was up on the muscle going shorter in his last race, but he acts like he can settle. He's training really well coming into the race."

The one to catch might be Bay of Plenty, a Godolphin-owned colt who has won three in a row in wire-to-wire fashion, including two allowances over a mile at Belmont.

"We're running him back in three weeks, but he's doing so well. We're excited about it," said Artie Magnuson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "In his last three, he's been forward, but he's not really speedy. He's been breaking better, and just happens to be on the lead; he doesn't have to be there. He's pretty tractable."

Noble Moon, who took the Jerome on the inner dirt in January, exits fourth-place finishes in the King's Bishop and Pennsylvania Derby. Protonico, who took the Smarty Jones at Parx on Labor Day, also exits the Pennsylvania Derby, where he finished a distant seventh.

Also in the mix are stakes winners Just Call Kenny, third in the Indiana Derby last time, and Our Caravan, who notably upset Ring Weekend in the Calder Derby by 9 3/4 lengths back in April.

The Discovery field is rounded out by Away Game, an allowance scorer in the mud at Saratoga prior to sub-par effort in the Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park.

Woodbine

Moonlit Beauty could steal another edition of the Grade 3, C$150,000 Maple Leaf for fillies and mares at Woodbine. The now eight-year-old registered a 25-1 upset in the 1 1/4-mile test last year, and again appears to be the lone speed on paper.

Miss Mischief, who has won three straight since joining the Dale Capuano barn, is the probable favorite off a victory in the H.B.P.A at Presque Isle Downs. Last-out stakes winners Llanarmon and Strut the Course, 2013 Maple Lead third Sky High Lady, and the turf performers Julie's Love, Modernstone, and Industrial Policy are other potential contenders.

A field of six two-year-olds will go 1 1/16 miles in the C$125,000 Display. Bourbon Cowboy, runner-up in the Fitz Dixon Memorial Juvenile at Presque Isle, will likely garner most of the wagering support, although debut winner Sea to Sea and stakes-placed maidens Glenville Gardens and Hollywood Critic have a license to improve.

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Churchill Downs unveils plans for new Winner's Circle Suites

(Renderings courtesy of Churchill Downs)

Churchill Downs Racetrack plans to enhance the experience for owners that start horses in the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks through a $4.2 million capital improvement project that includes the construction of 20 private, open-air, all-inclusive Winner's Circle Suites in a premium location under the Twin Spires between the sixteenth-pole and finish line.

The notable project also includes a remodeled Trackside Winner's Circle and the creation of a new Courtyard that will accommodate temporary premium seating during Derby Week while providing a relaxed park-like setting for everyday racing fans.

The new and exclusive Winner's Circle Suites will be conveniently located adjacent to the Trackside Winner's Circle with easy access to the racetrack and paddock runway with minimized congestion. The number of complimentary tickets for all participating owners in the Derby and Oaks will be tripled to 18 tickets for their respective race day.

The Winner's Circle Suites will feature comfortable undercover seating with in-venue wagering options and full-service hospitality, including a premium open bar and gourmet food. Also, guests will have access to an indoor, semi-private hospitality area and restrooms exclusive to the venue. All areas of the project will be accessible for persons with mobility disabilities.

In prior years, owners of Derby and Oaks horses received a complimentary six-person box in Section 318, food and beverage hospitality in a separate area overlooking the paddock, and the opportunity to purchase two additional boxes in 318. Should owners require additional seating in 2015 beyond the 18 complimentary tickets provided, they may still purchase an additional box of six seats in Section 318.

"There are many wonderful seating options at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks but these new Winner's Circle Suites are where anyone who has ever owned or dreamed of owning a racehorse wants to be," Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery said. "We're thrilled to make this investment and truly thank our Derby and Oaks owners by creating an exclusive area that will provide more complimentary tickets, food and beverage and other extraordinary amenities than ever before."

(Renderings courtesy of Churchill Downs)

The project is the latest investment by Churchill Downs to upgrade and enhance its historic racing and entertainment facility. More than $178 million has been devoted in the last decade to enrich the on-track experience, including: a sweeping Clubhouse and Grandstand renovation (2005); permanent lights (2010); the Plaza/Plaza Balcony (2012); the Mansion (2013); the Parlay (2013); the Grandstand Terrace (2014); and the world's largest 4K ultra-high definition Big Board with an enhanced sound system (2014).

"Churchill Downs has proudly offered racing since 1875, and these substantial investments in our iconic landmark signify that we're committed to ensuring the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and our everyday racing product remain viable and one of the region's major economic engines for many years to come," Flanery said.

The new Winner's Circle Suites and Courtyard will be constructed in a premium location of the facility by converting what are now box seats in Section 118 and 119 Clubhouse on the south side of the paddock runway, and bleacher seats in Section 119 Grandstand and one-third of Section 120 Grandstand on the paddock runway's north side. Total seating in the areas before renovation was 3,345, and the new space will accommodate more than 1,800.

The Courtyard, a family-friendly green space that will create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for everyday racing, will be a spacious lawn area in front of the new Winner's Circle Suites. For Derby Week, more than 600 temporary premium seats will be configured in traditional rows and aisles with padded chairs, and those guests will have access to an exclusive hospitality space with an all-inclusive menu and restrooms. Seating in the existing Sections 218-219 will have access to the hospitality space, as well.

The versatile Courtyard also will be utilized to enrich the experience of big-event days throughout the rest of the year, including Downs After Dark night racing and Family Adventure Days.

Select guests that are affected by the Winner's Circle Suites and Courtyard Project are in the process of being contacted personally by track officials, and every effort will be made to relocate those guests to a comparable area. Additionally, those guests can opt to upgrade their seating packages with new inventory, including more availability in Section 318, or premium areas that include food and beverage hospitality.

The new Courtyard seats for Derby Week will be offered to existing customers first. Any remaining inventory will be sold to the general public through an online sale in mid-November. The deadline to register for the online sale at KentuckyDerby.com/Tickets has been extended to November 7.

(Renderings courtesy of Churchill Downs)

Guests seated in most sections, including the new Winner's Circle Suites and Courtyard, will have unobstructed views of the racetrack and the Big Board, which is 171-feet wide, 90-feet tall and towers 80-feet above the ground to top out at 170 feet high.

The Trackside Winner's Circle will be remodeled and repositioned directly next to the paddock runway on the south side to create more space for winning horses, their connections and other dignitaries.

Construction on the $4.2 million project will begin in December after the conclusion of the fall meet, and will be complete before the start of the 2015 spring meet on April 25.

Churchill Downs is currently working with architectural firm Populous, headquartered in Kansas City, on the project designs. Populous designed downtown Louisville's innovative KFC Yum! Center, and their other numerous projects include the new Yankee Stadium and the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.

Churchill Downs also has retained PC Sports, a division of Texas-based Raba Kistner Inc., to assist in the project's management. The firm, which helped manage the expansion of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and construction of the KFC Yum! Center, will serve as a consultant and third-party advisor to ensure the project finishes on or ahead of schedule and on budget.

A general contractor for the project has not yet been selected.

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Silver Charm pensioned, to live at Old Friends

Silver Charm will spend his retirement days at Old Friends (Horsephotos.com)

Three Chimneys Farm and Old Friends Farm jointly announced Wednesday that 1997 champion three-year-old colt and Hall of Fame inductee Silver Charm has been retired from breeding in Japan and will return to the United States per an understanding that was reached at the time he was acquired by the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association (JBBA).

Silver Charm raced for the late Robert Lewis and his wife, Beverly, earning $6,944,365, winning 12 of 24 races over four years. The Lewis family have agreed to pay for the horse's flight from Japan to the United States.

"We thought the best thing for a horse of his stature was to let him live out his retirement years at Old Friends, a place that will provide him the opportunity to receive his many fans," said Case Clay, president of Three Chimneys. "I'd like to thank the JBBA for their excellent care of Silver Charm throughout the past 10 years and the Lewis' for everything they are doing for Silver Charm."

Three Chimneys Farm is offering a small donation to Old Friends for their magnanimous gesture to make this horse available to his fans.

"Everyone at Old Friends is overjoyed," said farm president Michael Blowen. "He's my favorite horse of all time. And it's a great story combining the generosity of the Lewises, the foresight of Three Chimneys and the continuing support from the JBBA."

Old Friends tweeted that Silver Charm is expected to arrive at the farm in late November.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Silver Charm won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness during his championship campaign, but narrowly lost his Triple Crown bid to Touch Gold in the Belmont Stakes.

His other major victories include the Dubai World Cup, Strub, Clark Handicap, Goodwood Handicap, Del Mar Futurity, Kentucky Cup Classic, San Fernando, San Pasqual Handicap, and San Vicente. Silver Charm also finished a close second in the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic.

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Marathon, Twilight Derby highlight BC Friday undercard

Ring Weekend will go for his third stakes win in a row in the Twilight Derby (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

The short-lived Breeders' Cup Marathon is no more, but the nation's better long-winded Thoroughbreds will not be left out in the cold Breeders' Cup weekend as Santa Anita hosts the $200,000 Las Vegas Marathon over 1 3/4 miles on Friday.

Despite no longer being run under the Breeders' Cup banner, the Marathon still carries the Grade 2 status of the race it has replaced. The Marathon is the back-up plan for Big Cazanova, an also-eligible for Saturday's $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic and the 5-2 morning line favorite. An impressive winner of two Del Mar allowances this summer, the Peter Miller charge drops in class after setting the pace and fading in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Distance doesn't figure to be an issue for either Big Kick, winner of the about 1 3/4-mile San Juan Capistrano on turf in June, or 1 1/2-mile Cougar II Handicap hero Irish Surf, but neither have proven to be powerhouses on dirt. Perhaps more likely to find happiness with the footing are Mystery Train, a multiple Group 1 winner in Argentina who finished up the track in the Pacific Classic and Awesome Again, and Sky Kingdom, a past winner of the 12-furlong Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita.

Invading from the east is Cary Street, upset winner of the Greenwood Cup at Parx in September over the noted South American import Ever Rider.

Ring Weekend heads a solid field of 12 three-year-olds in the Grade 2, $200,000 Twilight Derby over 1 1/8 miles on the turf. The Graham Motion trainee is a three-time graded stakes winner this season, including the Saranac and Hill Prince on turf in his last two starts.

Divine Oath is hoping to bag his third stakes win of the year after taking the Kent at Delaware Park and American Derby at Arlington, but the local contingent looks strong, too. Enterprising looks to rebound off a disappointing sixth in the Del Mar Derby, which came on the heels of back-to-back stakes scores in the La Jolla and Oceanside. Del Mar Derby runner-up Sawyer's Hill and Del Mar Derby third Talco also return.

Stablemates Midnight Hawk (outside) and Chitu both return from long layoffs in the Damascus (Coady Photography)

Flamboyant, winner of the course-and-distance La Puente in April, subsequently placed in the Pennine Ridge and Belmont Derby in New York before trailing in the Del Mar Derby as the 2-1 second choice.

Trainer Bob Baffert holds several aces in the $100,000 Damascus at seven furlongs. Chitu and Midnight Hawk, both Grade 3-winning three-year-olds, finished one-two in the Sunland Derby back in March, but have each run only once since. Chitu finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby after setting the early pace, while Midnight Hawk led for all but the last jump of the nine-furlong Illinois Derby April 19.

Both are undoubtedly using this race as a prep for the Malibu on December 26.

Baffert also has the four-year-old Declassify, who gutted out a photo-finish victory in the Triple Bend on June 28. However, the Orientate colt trailed throughout in the Bing Crosby next out.

The Damascus field also includes multiple Grade 3 winner Broadway Empire, and a trio of horses that were pre-entered in various Breeders' Cup races but didn't make it into the main body of the fields: Bahamian Squall, Unbridled's Note, and Indexical.

The other undercard stakes on Breeders' Cup Friday is the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies for California-bred or -sired horses going seven furlongs. The early favorite is My Fiona, who won and placed in a pair of stakes during the Del Mar meet.

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Richies Party Girl on familiar ground in Senator Ken Maddy

Richies Party Girl goes for a second Breeders' Cup weekend celebration at Santa Anita (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Experience over Santa Anita's tricky downhill turf course is typically good to have, which should benefit Richies Party Girl as she returns to the site of her first stakes win on Saturday for the Grade 3, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy, an about 6 1/2-furlong test that precedes the Breeders' Cup portion of the program.

The complexion of the Maddy changed on Wednesday when Ageless, a three-time stakes winner this year and one of the likely Maddy favorites, moved into the main body of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint field from the also-eligible list. She replaces rival Free as a Bird, who reportedly became unsettled after boarding a plane in Kentucky bound for Southern California and was scratched from the Turf Sprint.

The three-year-old Richies Party Girl posted her first stakes victory a year ago this weekend when beating males in the Juvenile Turf Sprint on the Breeders' Cup undercard. The Wesley Ward trainee has blown hot and cold this year, winning stakes at Belmont and Kentucky Downs, but finished ninth to Ageless in the Royal North, a Grade 3 at Woodbine, after bearing out at the turn.

Other stakes veterans at the course and distance competing in the Maddy include Judy in Disguise, Llandudno, Gender Agenda, Biorhythm, Stars Above Me, and Velvet Mesquite.

European invaders are prominent in this year's edition of the $100,000 Juvenile Turf Sprint, which kicks off Saturday's 12-race program. Faithful Creek, Group 3-placed by Coolmore's highly-regarded John F Kennedy at Leropardstown last time, is also joined by Guilty, a winner at Newmarket and Chester, and two-time winner War Alert, who runs for successful Qatar Racing stable.

Wesley Ward has entered one gelding and two fillies hoping to replicate Richies Party Girl's success last year. The gelding is Crown the Kitten, who romped by nearly six lengths in the El Joven at Retama Park last time. The fillies are Cool Comfort, an impressive maiden winner at Kentucky Downs who faded to fourth in the 1 1/16-mile Jessamine at Keeneland next out, and Saratoga graduate Lamontagne.

Among the locally-based contenders are Stormy Liberal, a course-and-distance maiden winner; Metaboss, third to Stormy Liberal in her debut; and Ocho Ocho Ocho, who tries turf after winning on debut going 5 1/2 furlongs on the dirt.

The $200,000 Golden State Juvenile, a race that included a colt by the name of California Chrome last year, is scheduled between the Juvenile Turf Sprint and Senator Ken Maddy. Wake Up Nick, a four-time stakes winner already this year, and Acceptance, a 13 1/4-length debut winner, figure to take most of the wagering support in the seven-furlong dash.

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In brief

Julien Leparoux has had 2,000 victories since 2005 (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Jockey Julien Leparoux rode In My Time (Scat Daddy) to a one-length win in Wednesday's 9TH race at Churchill Downs to secure his 2,000th career win. It took Leparoux, a 31-year-old native of Senlis, France, 18 attempts to land the milestone since capturing win No. 1,999 at Keeneland on October 24. "I'm glad we got it out of the way; now we can focus on the next wins and the Breeders' Cup," said Leparoux, who has five Breeders' Cup mounts on Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita. "For the past nine years that I've been riding it's been an interesting journey. I've been able to ride so many good horses and have won so many races. The main thing is to stay safe and healthy and try to keep winning races -- that's it." Leparoux, the son of the late jockey and trainer Robert Leparoux, dreamed of becoming a jockey while growing in Chantilly, France. He rode competitive hunter/jumpers until his father allowed him to begin a racing career at age 18. In January 2003, Leparoux came to the United States and worked as an exercise rider for trainer Patrick Biancone. As Leparoux's riding talents became evident, the French trainer made Leparoux his first-call rider in August 2005 at Saratoga when he took out his jockey's license. Leparoux rode his first winner in his third mount on August 18, 2005 at Saratoga. In nine years, he's ridden in 10,674 races, won 163 graded stakes events and his mounts have amassed $109,741,659. Leparoux first rode at Churchill Downs in the fall of 2005 and has won 619 races beneath the Twin Spires -- which ranks 10th all time -- and nine local riding titles.


Lauralea Glaser earned her first win with her first mount (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Apprentice jockey Lauralea Glaser made her riding debut in Wednesday's 2ND second race at Laurel Park, rallying from last to register her first lifetime win aboard Breezy Girl (Scipion). "It doesn't get better than this," said Glaser, a 20-year-old native of Buffalo, New York. "I am ecstatic. I can't believe it." Glaser, a graduate of Chris McCarron's North American Riding Academy, was riding for trainer Ricky Sillaman, who put her atop the five-year old Maryland-bred mare. Breezy Girl was winning for the second time since being claimed for $5,000 at Delaware Park in July. Her most recent try was a ninth-place finish in the Maryland Million Distaff Starter Handicap 11 days ago. On Wednesday, Breezy Girl broke with the pack, dropped back steadily until she was last around the far turn before reversing course and mounting a steady run to reach the front in 1:41 4/5 for one mile over the fast main track. She won by three-quarters of a length. "I had a lot of horse left at the quarter-pole," Glaser added. "I just moved her out wide and she just took off." Glaser has been galloping for Sillaman and Hamilton Smith at Laurel Park since September. "I have a lot of good connections," Glaser said. "Chris wanted me to come here because the trainers love using the bug and this would be my best chance at a good start. I grew up riding barrel racers and decided I wanted to pursue racing as a career in high school and found out about the jockey school in Kentucky and went as soon as I graduated in 2012." Former rider Frank Douglas is Glaser's agent...

Tickets for the 44th annual Eclipse Awards will go on sale Monday at 9 a.m. (EDT). The Eclipse Awards are set for January 17 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Eclipse Awards tickets are available for $400 each or $4,000 for a table of 10. A block of rooms have been reserved at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa, located on the ocean and only a short distance from Gulfstream Park. For ticket purchases and room reservations, please contact Michele Ravencraft of the NTRA at mravencraft@ntra.com or call 859-422-2657. The "black-tie optional" Eclipse Awards highlight a full weekend of events, several of which will be tied to charitable causes. A Friday night, January 16, party in the Gulfstream Park paddock benefiting Gulfstream Thoroughbred Aftercare will have a "Havana Nights" theme. Saturday, January 17, is Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream with five major stakes races for Florida-breds cumulatively worth more than $1 million. Sunday, January 18, features a "First Chance/Last Chance" qualifier for the National Handicapping Championship...

A field of nine has been entered to sprint six furlongs on Friday in the $58,000 Dream Supreme at Churchill Downs. Dual stakes winner Speedinthruthecity (City Zip) is looking for her third stakes win of the year, and her career, when she lines up in the far outside post under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the dark bay lass opened her four-year-old season with romping scores at Oaklawn Park, including the Carousel, and added Churchill's Roxelana to her resume on June 21. Since then, Speedinthruthecity has been fourth in the Honorable Miss H. (G2) and third by a neck in the Smart and Fancy at Saratoga and fourth last out in Keeneland's Thoroughbred Club of America (G2). Among those she'll face Friday are Grade 3-placed multiple stakes heroine Vuitton (Smart Strike) and Grade 2-placed multiple stakes vixen Sweet Cassiopeia (Five Star Day)...

Unbeaten and among the creme of her crop, Prix Thomas Bryon (Fr-G3) heroine Alea Iacta (Invincible Spirit) takes on the colts again in Thursday's one-mile Criterium International (Fr-G1) at Saint-Cloud. So impressive in that course-and-distance contest October 9, the Andre Fabre trainee was six-lengths best easing down in the closing stages after steering a lone path up the stand's rail. As usual, Richard Hannon Jr.'s presence is strongly felt in a major juvenile staging post and in Burnt Sugar (Lope de Vega) he has a leading player. After readily disposing of the subsequent Somerville Tattersall S. (Eng-G3) winner Maftool (Hard Spun) in Kempton's Sirenia S. (Eng-G3) over six furlongs, he stayed on into fourth, beaten around a length, over an extra panel in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Fr-G1) at Longchamp. Also from overseas is Vert de Grece (Verglas), who was flattered by his three-quarter length proximity to the subsequent Lagardere demotee Gleneagles (Galileo) in The Curragh's Futurity S. (Ire-G2) over seven furlongs. He has since joined Roger Varian from Joe Murphy and his new trainer said, "Vert de Grece goes to France in good form. He has been training nicely and a repeat of his second to Gleneagles would see him in with a good chance." Cherek (Paco Boy) was green when third as the favorite for the Prix des Chenes (Fr-G3) over this trip at Longchamp, but is bred to improve with age and experience...

Superlative S. (Eng-G2) and Champagne S. (Eng-G2) winner Estidhkaar (Dark Angel) emerged from his fourth-place effort in the October 17 Dewhurst S. (Eng-G1) with a hairline fracture of a hock, according to trainer Richard Hannon Jr.. "We felt something had to be wrong in the Dewhurst, because Paul Hanagan had rung me after he had worked the Sunday before and said how well the horse had gone," Hannon noted. "However, he did not move well going to post at Newmarket and then didn't travel well in the race, which is not like him, so we suspected that all was not right, especially as he hadn't been keen on leaving the stalls. Estidhkaar will have between four to six weeks of box rest before going on the walker, but it is nothing major and he will be back next season."...

Slade Power (Dutch Art)'s participation in the VRC Sprint (Aus-G1) at Flemington November 8 is in doubt after trainer Eddie Lynam discovered that his dual Group 1 winner would not be able to be loaded last in the gates. The five-year-old, who won this year's Diamond Jubilee S. (Eng-G1) and July Cup (Eng-G1), is notorious for his bad gate behavior, and Lynam revealed that Slade Power acted up in the gates at Flemington prior to a barrier trial Tuesday. "He had a barrier trial (Tuesday) and, unfortunately, things didn't go good for him," Lynam explained. "He got very upset in the barrier. He's got a couple of nicks and a couple of cuts, but hopefully he's going to be okay." Lynam said he had spoken to Melbourne officials before making the trip, and was under the impression Slade Power would be able to be loaded last, despite the custom in that country that horses be loaded in order of barrier. Lynam noted that the last time Slade Power wasn't loaded last was for last year's Nunthorpe S. (Eng-G1), when he acted up and finished 15th of 17. "From our point of view, if he wasn't to go in late on the big race day, I'd have to think of it as a health-and-safety issue, as he could hurt (jockey) Wayne (Lordan), and we don't want that happening," the conditioner told At The Races. "He could also hurt himself, and we don't want that happening, either. He could also hurt the horses each side of him. I just don't think we're going to be able to teach him some new tricks in the week that's leading up to what is his career-final race." Lynam said that if Slade Power does not run in Australia, he could reroute to the Hong Kong Sprint (HK-G1) in December, or be retired. He is set to stand at Darley's Kildangan Stud in Ireland next year for €20,000. "Let's see what happens tomorrow first before we make any decisions," Lynam added. "Hopefully common sense will prevail."...

World champion sprinter Black Caviar (Bel Esprit), who produced her first foal -- an Exceed and Excel filly -- down under this Southern Hemisphere breeding season, has been confirmed in foal to Sebring. Sebring, whose first crop are four-year-olds, was also a celebrated sprinter. He won the Golden Slipper (Aus-G1) and Sires' Produce S. (Aus-G1) and missed the Australian two-year-old Triple Crown by a head when second in the Champagne S. (Aus-G1). Sebring's progeny, however, have excelled at all distances. In addition to the smart miler Dissident, the winner of three Group 1s, Sebring is responsible for Australian Derby (Aus-G1) winner Criterion, as well as last season's smart two-year-old filly Bring Me the Maid. Sebring stands for A$60,500 at Widden Stud.

Fair Grounds will play host to the Fair Grounds Championship handicapping tournament on December 20 that will offer two paid berths into the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. The 16th annual NHC is scheduled for January 23-25, 2015 at Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas. Contest entries will cost $200 per entry, with a maximum of three entries per person. A $50 NHC Tour registration fee will be required of any player wishing to be eligible to win one of the two available NHC berths; players already registered for the NHC Tour will be exempt from the additional $50 fee. A complimentary lunch and race day program will be included in the entry fee. The contest will consist of 15 races and a $60 mythical bankroll. Players will be required to wager $2 to win and $2 to place on one horse in each of the 15 races which will include a mix of mandatory and optional races. The final ten races on the Fair Grounds card on December 20 will be considered mandatory races, and players will be able to select any five races of their choice from the last five live races at Gulfstream Park and the last five races at Aqueduct as their optional plays. Players may mix races from Gulfstream Park and Aqueduct as they see fit to reach their maximum five optional plays. A cap will be placed on all payoffs. The win cap is 20-1 ($42), and the place cap is 10-1 ($22). Players do not have to place all 15 wagers to be eligible to win, but should a player elect not to make a wager on any of the races, the $4 for that race will still be deducted from their account. All wagers are fictional and only contest account credit is accrued from winning wagers; no money is paid on contest wagers. The top two finishers will receive a paid berth into the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, along with a four night hotel stay at Treasure Island Casino and a $400 travel voucher. Third place will receive $750 cash, and both the fourth and fifth-place finishers will receive $400. Additional cash prizes may be available based on the total number of contest entries. Pre-registration for the Fair Grounds Championship begins November 20. Walk-up registrations will be taken until one hour before the post time of the first contest race on December 20. Players can pre-register by calling Katherine at 504-948-1230 or Lindsay at 504-948-1171 beginning at 11 a.m. (CST) on November 20. All players will need to provide a valid government issued ID on the day of the contest to complete registration...

The Fair Grounds OTB Challenge is scheduled for November 8 and offers two players the opportunity to gain free entry into the Fair Grounds Championship ($250 value). The entry fee for the Fair Grounds OTB Challenge is $10 with a maximum of three entries per player. Players are eligible to compete at any of the 11 Fair Grounds off-track betting facilities and at the Fair Grounds OTB. The contest format will mirror that of the Fair Grounds Championship, but with ten races and a $40 mythical bankroll. Players will be required to wager $2 to win $2 to place on one horse in each of the 10 races which will include a mix of mandatory and optional races. The final six races from Churchill Downs will be considered mandatory races, and players may select any four races of their choice from the last four live races at Gulfstream Park West and the last four races at Aqueduct. Players may mix races from Gulfstream Park West and Aqueduct as they see fit to reach their maximum four optional plays. The payoff caps and rules regarding fictional wagers applied in the Fair Grounds Championship will also apply in the OTB Challenge. The first-place finisher will receive a paid berth into the Fair Grounds Championship along with 60 percent of entry fees collected, and the second-place finisher will receive a paid berth into the Fair Grounds Championship along with 20 percent of entry fees collected. Third place receives 10 percent of entry fees collected, and both the fourth and fifth-place finishers will each receive 5 percent of entry fees collected. Pre-registration for the Fair Grounds OTB Challenge begins Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (CST) at any Fair Grounds OTB and at the Fair Grounds Race Course OTB and continues until one hour before post time of the first contest race on November 8. Complete rules and additional information for the Fair Grounds Championship and the Fair Grounds OTB Challenge can be found at fgno.com.

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Features

BREEDERS' CUP FEATURE

OCTOBER 29, 2014

Distaff deserving of its high reputation

by Jennifer Caldwell

One of the original seven Breeders' Cup races, the Distaff has been known as the sister race to the Classic. In fact, the race was renamed the Ladies' Classic in 2008 to reflect it.

That proved a disservice to both the race and the division, and the race reverted back to its original name in 2013.

But why is the Distaff so important?

Since 2000, four Distaff winners have gone on to be named champion older female. Three others managed to beat their elders and earned the Eclipse Award (Thoroughbred racing's equivalent of the Oscars) for champion three-year-old filly.

So half of the last 14 winners were credited with being the best of their crop.

However, the Classic has proven little better in determining the year-end champions with eight of the past 14 winners being awarded either a championship, Horse of the Year or both.

Despite this, it actually only takes a few names to prove the worthiness of the Distaff -- Lady's Secret, Personal Ensign, Dance Smartly, Azeri, Royal Delta and, yes, Zenyatta.

Those are but a few of the winners who achieved glory long before their Distaff triumphs and the Breeders' Cup proved to be the icing on the cake.

That is why the Distaff is so important.

The Breeders' Cup was created to pit the best Thoroughbreds against one another; there were enough prestigious races from coast to coast in the United States to keep the best separated each year before the first running in 1984.

And what about the international community?

Worldwide, countries have established their own championship-style events. They're not necessarily billed that way because for centuries -- yes centuries -- those were the races everyone knew produced the best and brightest.

Races like the Epsom Derby, Ascot Gold Cup, St Leger, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and Melbourne Cup are just a few that shine the brightest among the top races across the globe. In recent years, the Dubai World Cup and Hong Kong Cup have been added to the list.

The Distaff, like the other Breeders' Cup events, presents an opportunity for fillies and mares across the world to assemble in one place and strut their stuff against the best in their division.

Now it doesn't always work out that way. The worldwide racing jurisdictions have different schedules, different seasons of competition, so getting all the greats together in one place at the same time is a daunting task.

But the Distaff is there for just that reason. North American horses pretty much dominated the entry box for the race, but when a foreign import decides to make an appearance people take notice.

A good example of that is Argentinean-bred Bayakoa, a back-to-back winner of the Distaff (1989-90). She was followed two years later by fellow Argentinean-bred Paseana, who just fell short of joining her countrymate as a dual scorer when missing by a nose in 1993. Third that year was yet another Argentinean, Re Toss.

South American runners are not the only ones who eventually wound up competing against the best in the Distaff. Finishing fifth behind Paseana in 1992 was multiple Group 1 heroine Marling, who spent her career based in Great Britain. And this year's Distaff includes L'Amour de Ma Vie, a stakes winner in France and Dubai who will be making her U.S. debut at Santa Anita.

The reason the Distaff doesn't attract more foreign entrants is because it's run on the main track. Most overseas racing takes place on turf courses, but periodically owners and trainers take a stab at Distaff glory.

Even when those efforts don't produce a win for the connections, it still results in a victory for the Breeders' Cup and, especially, the Distaff. It proves that the race is living up to its purpose of bringing the best runners across the globe together.

The Breeders' Cup has changed over the years, with races being created and removed, but the Distaff has been a fixture and will remain so as long as the event takes place. Champions come and champions go, but the great races remain the same.

POST PARADE

OCTOBER 28, 2014

The Breeders' Cup through the eyes of a child

by Vance Hanson

The Breeders' Cup was inaugurated 30 years ago this month, but for those of us with slightly less gray on our temples, the first memories of racing's showcase day would come a little later.

Fast forward two years to 1986, and the grade-school version of me was just starting to get his toes wet following the sport and, ahem, betting. My father, an immediate race tracker when Canterbury Downs opened the previous year, would kindly oblige my whims with token $2 wagers on selections that sometimes involved nothing more than liking a horse's name. We all start somewhere.

Memories are fuzzy, but it seems that through the course of that season I subconsciously absorbed bits and pieces of information on some of the nation's top horses while browsing through my father's old programs and occasionally watching racing broadcasts with him. I don't know how else to explain the fact that, after trick-or-treating on Halloween night, I glanced at the next day's Breeders' Cup fields and swiftly recognized a horse in each race for my father to back on my behalf.

Santa Anita was a first-time host for that third Breeders' Cup, and back then the first race was the Juvenile. I don't recall why I liked Gulch other than he was the second choice in the morning line and had the familiar, potent combo of trainer LeRoy Jolley and jockey Angel Cordero Jr. in his corner. In hindsight, it wasn't a bad pick. Gulch had won his first five races, four of which were graded stakes, before finishing second to Juvenile favorite Capote in the Norfolk.

Gulch couldn't catch Capote in the Breeders' Cup, either, over a track biased toward early speed. Gulch wound up fifth in a field that also included Alysheba, Bet Twice, Polish Navy and Demons Begone. In other words, the winners of the 1987 Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont, Haskell Invitational, Super Derby, Met Mile, Wood Memorial, Woodward and Arkansas Derby were in that field. They don't make Breeders' Cup Juveniles like they used to.

Gulch, who would eventually earn Breeders' Cup glory in the 1988 Sprint, is virtually the lone remaining survivor of that fabulous crop. He's been a neighbor of mine for a while, living a mile or so down the road from me at Old Friends Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky. Who would have believed, 28 years later, my first ever Breeders' Cup pick and I would be so close?

My Juvenile Fillies selection, Zero Minus, was more of a sentimental choice having broken her maiden and winning a small stakes at Canterbury that summer for future Hall of Fame trainer Carl Nafzger. She also had Canterbury's leading jockey that year, Hall of Famer Sandy Hawley, on her back. Unbeknownst to me at the time, she had later achieved something more notable by winning the Alcibiades at Keeneland, but she fared no better than a distant seventh behind Brave Raj in the Juvenile Fillies.

Canterbury-related sentimentality would have been better served in the next race, the Sprint. Smile, the 1985 Sprint runner-up, was owned by Minneapolis resident Frances Genter and had won the $150,000 Canterbury Cup in July. But how could I go against odds-on speedball Groovy, who I remembered from his pace-setting tactics in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and could surely outrun anything at a much shorter six-furlong trip?

In the event Groovy was flat leaving the gate, and over that track that was a death sentence. D. Wayne Lukas' filly Pine Tree Lane broke on top, with the rail-hugging Smile in close pursuit. The latter ultimately put her away in deep stretch at odds of 11-1, while Groovy languished in fourth. As great a sprinter as he was, Groovy for some reason always had difficulty out-breaking fillies in the Breeders' Cup.

My pari-mutuel fortunes turned around in the next three races. Palace Music, who I knew had run well in the Mile the previous year, was my pick to make amends in the first turf race of the day. I didn't win much, but at least I cashed, when the future sire of Cigar ran a terrific second at odds of 7-2.

Shuffled back early from post 1, Palace Music was last of 14 with a half-mile to go. Forced to make a ridiculously wide rally under Gary Stevens, the chestnut closed like a freight train but fell a frustrating head short of longshot French sprinter Last Tycoon. If memory serves, Palace Music's trainer Charlie Whittingham put it succinctly to NBC after the race: "They don't make it a mile and a jump."

The Distaff was a no-brainer. Even I was quite familiar with the brilliance of Lady's Secret, and there was nothing to do but accept the short price and enjoy the procession from the eventual Horse of the Year, both of which I did.

The Turf was undoubtedly the highlight of my day. I knew nothing about European sensation and odds-on favorite Dancing Brave, but had watched the two leading American contenders on television earlier in the year. The mare Estrapade had won for fun in the Arlington Million, while the up-and-coming three-year-old Manila had caught my eye winning the United Nations Handicap and Ballantine's Scotch Classic against older horses.

Seeking value for perhaps the first time in my horse-playing life, I went with the longer-priced Manila, who had to overcome traffic in deep stretch to overtake Theatrical in the final strides with a whip-less Jose Santos hand-urging him to victory.

Turkoman, a long-striding son of Alydar, was the slight favorite over Precisionist in the Classic, and having watched Turkoman get the better of that rival in the 1 1/4-mile Marlboro Cup, was my pick to do so again. Unfortunately, Turkoman's style of running was not conducive to winning over the track as it was playing. Ridden by Pat Day for the first time, he could not overcome a 16-length deficit and finished second to Skywalker, who had enjoyed a perfect trip tracking a fast pace from third and taking what would be an insurmountable lead around the far turn.

As can be gleaned from these recollections, my first Breeders' Cup was quite a memorable one for me. But there's an asterisk. Dejected by Gulch's no-show, and naturally having the attention span of someone my age, I had turned off the TV after the Juvenile and went about my day. It was only after my father returned home from watching the Breeders' Cup simulcast at Canterbury that I found out the rest of the results -- and about my positive ROI.

Again, memories are hazy, but I like to think what happened on November 1, 1986 ignited what was already a simmering passion. At the very least, the events of that day convinced me that this was a hobby worth pursuing more seriously. Simply put, it was fun.

As was customary, my father had videotaped the entire four-hour NBC broadcast of that Breeders' Cup. I watched and re-watched that tape countless times that winter, acquainting myself with the sport's leading horses, owners, trainers and jockeys. I familiarized myself with the names of the top racetracks and graded stakes, and probably a little bit about pedigree and breeding. For a rookie, it was an incredibly useful tool, among many, in aiding my racing education.

For three decades, the Breeders' Cup has changed the lives of many of those fortunate enough to have participated in it. It also changed, long ago, the life of at least one young spectator.

BREEDERS' CUP FEATURE

OCTOBER 28, 2014

Breeders' Cup celebrates its 31st edition

by James Scully

The Breeders' Cup serves as the preeminent showcase for Thoroughbred racing in the fall. Inaugurated in 1984, the championship event brought cohesion to the industry that is still evident today.

Prior to Breeders' Cup, year-end events were spread out at different tracks across the country, often leaving little incentive for top horses from each region to meet. Ad-hoc championship events existed -- fans could hope to see leading older horses from California travel to Belmont Park for the Jockey Club Gold Cup -- but match-ups didn't always materialize on track.

That enabled divisional Eclipse Awards, as well as Horse of the Year, to be decided at the ballot box, but the landscape changed with the advent of the Breeders' Cup.

The championship event proved a natural draw for American-based interests -- everybody wants to win a Breeders' Cup race -- and international participation raised its presence to another level.

Connections of foreign stalwarts such as Miesque, Goldikova, Ouija Board, Giant's Causeway, Sakhee, Dancing Brave, Galileo, Daylami, St Nicholas Abbey, The Fugue and others suddenly had the motivation for a North American sojourn in late fall. And the international appeal remains with 38 horses from other continents pre-entered to this year's event at Santa Anita.

Founded by John Gaines, who died in 2005 at age 76, the Breeders' Cup achieved one of its goals as a showcase event when the first running was held at Hollywood Park in 1984.

"It did indeed bring together, at one racetrack on a single autumn day in Southern California, more good racehorses and first-rate jockeys that had ever competed at any one place on any day in history," esteemed turf writer Bill Nack said at the time.

A prominent owner and breeder, John Gaines was a man of great vision and marketing genius. He developed Gainesway Farm into one of the world's leading stud farms; founded the National Thoroughbred Association, which later became the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA); and was instrumental in the creation of the Kentucky Horse Park and Maxwell H. Gluck Center for Equine Research at the University of Kentucky.

It's remarkable that his idea for the Breeders' Cup ever came to fruition.

Thoroughbred racing lacks a governing body with no commissioner. There are so many competing interests and rivalries between racing jurisdictions. The industry struggles with uniformity issues like a national medication policy and security protocols.

Gaines envisioned the Breeders' Cup bringing a sense of unity to the industry by promoting the sport in a positive light and attracting new fans. It would be Thoroughbred racing's version of the Super Bowl.

His son, Thomas Gaines, a fourth-generation horseman who co-founded Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds, remembers how it all started.

"My dad came up with the idea for the Breeders' Cup but had to decide how to present it," Thomas Gaines explained. "He was confronted with two choices. Build a consensus before he announced it, and he soon realized that would be impossible, that would kill it before it could ever become a reality. So what he decided to do, he told nobody and invited reporters to attend a news conference."

In the spring of 1982, John Gaines revealed his Breeders' Cup plans at the annual Kentucky Derby Festival "They're Off" awards luncheon at Churchill Downs.

"He stepped up to a podium and announced the vision for the Breeders' Cup," Thomas Gaines said. "It was a strategic decision because he decided to get TV and the media behind his grand idea and then he would bring in everybody else in the industry, including those who may not want to do it for whatever reason.

"And that's what he did. Nobody had heard of it before, people were scrambling around after his announcement, and momentum started to build. Television got behind it, said they would broadcast this great day of racing in the fall, and then all the politics came together."

The first edition at Hollywood Park featured seven races with $10 million in total purses. And the centerpiece event, the $3 million Classic, delivered a rousing conclusion that quickly became a staple of the Breeders' Cup's legacy, with Wild Again narrowly out-finishing accomplished rivals Gate Dancer and Slew O' Gold after a prolonged stretch duel.

"If you dig through a highlight reel of the greatest races over the last 30 years, so many will be Breeders' Cup races," Thomas Gaines said. "It's become an incredible showcase of the very best horses."

The Breeders' Cup has grown to a two-day event, featuring 13 races worth a combined $24.5 million in 2014.

It didn't cure all of Thoroughbred racing's problems, but the Breeders' Cup continues to make an enormous impact that benefits the sport -- total handle in 2013 was a record $135,958,816.

Breeders' Cup handle numbers should be robust again this year as wagering opportunities abound for horseplayers, with full and highly-contentious fields of top-class horses. And the Breeders' Cup will determine numerous championship honors.

John Gaines was asked what he thought was the Breeders' Cup's greatest accomplishment several years after its inception.

"The fact that it exists," he said without missing a beat.

BREEDERS' CUP FEATURE

OCTOBER 27, 2014

BC Trainer Report

by James Scully

Since its inception in 1984, the Breeders' Cup has been the target for top stables around the world. And many of the biggest trainers in Thoroughbred racing will be represented by multiple starters in this year's races at Santa Anita.

The two-day, 13-race event drew a record 201 pre-entries and handicappers will spend plenty of hours breaking down all the horses. But this is an opportunity to focus upon the conditioners, providing statistics and a look at their horses in the Breeders' Cup.

Among trainers in this year's Breeders' Cup, with a minimum of three wins, David Hofmans leads the way with a 20 percent win rate (three-for-15). He will be represented by only Home Run Kitten, who enters the Turf Sprint off a victory in the Eddie D. Stakes down the hillside course at Santa Anita.

Michael Stoute ranks second by win percentage, 17.6 percent. We'll take a closer look at the English-based trainer below.

Here is a breakdown of some major trainers in this year's Breeders' Cup:

Todd Pletcher (103-7-11-13 Breeders' Cup record)

The leading conditioner in the United States, Pletcher has earned the Eclipse Award for champion trainer an unprecedented six times and is poised to easily capture a fifth straight earnings crown. As of October 20, the Pletcher stable has bankrolled $19,737,598 in 2014, more than $8 million ahead of Chad Brown in second, and is scoring at an overall 24 percent clip (208-for-854).

Pletcher's Breeders' Cup record (6.7 percent win) does not come close to matching his typical heady win rate at high-profile meets like Saratoga, Gulfstream, Belmont and Keeneland,. He ranks second in overall starts (103) but only seventh by wins, going 17-1-1-2 the last two years at Santa Anita.

His number of Breeders' Cup horses is down significantly; Pletcher pre-entered a record 18 in 2006, but he started eight horses in 2013 and is represented by only five entries this year.

Breeders' Cup horses:

Angela Renee (Juvenile Fillies) – She is the Juvenile Fillies morning line favorite following her comfortable 1 1/2-length Chandelier victory at Santa Anita on September 27. Bernardini filly has won two-of-four starts, placing in a pair of graded stakes.

Carpe Diem (Juvenile) – Two for two in his career, son of Giant's Causeway earned a 100 BRIS Speed rating when rallying from just off the pace in the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, scoring by a widening 6 1/4-length margin while making a spectacular two-turn debut at the Juvenile's 1 1/16-mile distance.

Daredevil (Juvenile) -- Provides a formidable one-two punch, impressively winning both career starts on wet tracks. Speedster registered a Juvenile field-best 104 Speed rating taking the Champagne at Belmont Park.

Feathered (Juvenile Fillies) -- Posted a smart 9 3/4-length maiden win at Saratoga two starts back and exits a rallying third in the Frizette at Belmont. Out of a Dynaformer mare, she could appreciate the stretch out to two turns.

Isabella Sings (Juvenile Fillies Turf) – A debut winner on Belmont's turf, she established herself as a top contender with a neck second in the Natalma at Woodbine. Daughter of Eskendereya is bred to relish two turns and will show speed.

Outlook: Pletcher is focused upon juvenile events this year and two-year-olds have accounted for four of his seven Breeders' Cup victories, including three wins in 2010 (Juvenile, Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Fillies Turf). His only victory at Santa Anita the past two years came via Shanghai Bobby in the 2012 Juvenile and Havana finished second in the same race last year. His youngsters could make a serious impact.

Bob Baffert (83-10-11-3)

Baffert ranks second by wins among Breeders' Cup trainers, trailing D. Wayne Lukas 19-10, and the Hall of Famer appears well-represented this year with a couple of likely favorites, American Pharoah and Secret Circle, as well as Horse of the Year contender Bayern.

His 12 percent win clip compares favorably and four of his Breeders' Cup victories have come at Santa Anita, including New Year's Day (Juvenile) and Secret Circle (Sprint) last year as Baffert rebounded from a disappointing zero-for-10 stint in 2012. Baffert pre-entered eight horses for the 2014 Breeders' Cup but Midnight Lucky has been scratched from the Filly & Mare Sprint.

BC horses:

American Pharoah (Juvenile) – Broke his maiden in sensational fashion second time out in the Del Mar Futurity, registering a 103 BRIS Speed rating for the 4 3/4-length decision, and exits a 3 1/4-length romp in the local prep, the September 27 FrontRunner at Santa Anita. Son of Pioneerof the Nile looms a serious wire-to-wire threat.

Bayern (Classic) – Speed is his game, posting smashing front-running wins in the Haskell Invitational (106 Speed rating), Pennsylvania Derby (109) and Woody Stephens (108) in his last four starts, and his last-place Travers finish came over a deep track at Saratoga. Speed-friendly track at Santa Anita could aid his chances of getting the 1 1/4-mile distance.

Fed Biz (Dirt Mile) – Hasn't been a factor in this event the past two years (eighth in 2012 and sixth in 2013) but will enter in strong form this year, recording a convincing win in the San Diego before runner-up finishes in the Pat O'Brien and Awesome Again. Nearly defeated Shared Belief in the latter, falling a neck short in a valiant performance.

Indianapolis (Sprint) – Lightly-raced colt was on Kentucky Derby trail after opening career with a pair of sharp wins over the winter, including a 4 1/4-length tally in six-furlong San Pedro, and came back from eight-month layoff with a nice triumph in a recent Santa Anita allowance. Must overcome a lack of seasoning but can be considered a wildcard due to his immense potential.

One Lucky Dane (Juvenile) – High-priced son of Lookin at Lucky exits a 9 1/2-length maiden win going two turns at Santa Anita in his third start. Promising sort will be an outsider against a deep field of rivals.

Secret Circle (Sprint) – Following the same pattern as last year when he came back from a lengthy layoff with an October prep race before the main event. Proved best as the 5-2 Sprint favorite in 2013, rallying from just off the pace to a neck decision, and prepped for his title defense with a good third in the October 4 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, his first race since early February. Very formidable.

Tiz Midnight (Distaff) – She'll need a career-best to challenge, but four-year-old exits a respectable second to Beholder in her stakes debut, the September 27 Zenyatta, and could prove to be the speed of the speed. Filly will attempt to outperform expectations with further improvement.

Outlook: With major contenders in four events, Baffert probably expects to add to his Breeders' Cup trophy case. He's got a home-field advantage at Santa Anita.

Bill Mott (77-9-10-5)

With nine wins, Mott is tied with fellow Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey for third all-time. Five were recorded in the Distaff and he'll send out this year's likely favorite, Close Hatches.

Mott scores at an 11.6 percent rate in the Breeders' Cup, three coming in California, the last via 2012 Distaff winner Royal Delta. Two of his eight pre-entries this year will need assistance from the also-eligibles list.

BC horses:

Bio Pro (Turf Sprint) – An allowance winner most recently at Belmont Park, Bio Pro is stuck five spots down on the also-eligibles list and will be a huge longshot if he makes the starting gate.

Cigar Street (Classic) –Registered one of the top BRIS Speed ratings in 2013, a 115 for his victory in the Skip Away early in the year, but wasn't seen again under silks for nearly 17 months. He shows two starts in preparation, including a game win in the September 27 Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs, but needs to move forward significantly from that effort to challenge.

Close Hatches (Distaff) – Established her dominance in the division by opening the year with four straight stakes wins, including June's Ogden Phipps at Belmont over top rivals Beholder and Princess of Sylmar, but surprisingly came up flat in the October 5 Spinster at Keeneland, finishing a well-beaten fourth at 1-5 odds. That looks like an aberration and four-year-old filly appears capable of rebounding given her fine second in last year's Distaff at Santa Anita.

Emollient (Filly & Mare Turf) – She likes Santa Anita's turf, finishing only a length back in fourth in last year's Filly & Mare Turf and winning the Rodeo Drive over the course on September 27, but will need to raise her game against a deep group of challengers, including several quality invaders from Europe.

Puca (Juvenile Fillies) – Exits a 16-length maiden win over a short field at Belmont Park in her third career start and will face a stiff class check in her stakes bow.

Quality Rocks (Juvenile Fillies Turf) – After opening her career with a pair of wins on synthetic tracks, she was transferred to Mott and turned in a solid second in her turf debut, the October 8 Jessamine at Keeneland. Daughter of Rock Hard Ten figures to be up close from the start and rates as a possible sleeper.

Seek Again (Mile) – Proved to be a game winner of the Fourstardave at Saratoga two starts back but experienced a troubled trip last time, checking in sixth in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. With Wise Dan's absence, he's among the best U.S hopes but is in tough versus a talented group of European-based rivals.

Tourist (Mile) – Likely can make the field from the also-eligibles list (needs two defections) and would add to the pace, but it's probably best to look for more down the road from the promising three-year-old colt.

Outlook: The Distaff is a forte and Mott has been in this position before – previous winners Ajina (1997), Escena (1998), Unrivaled Belle (2010) and Royal Delta (first Distaff in 2011) all lost their final prep race. Close Hatches is the big gun and it's difficult to get excited about his remaining Breeders' Cup stock.

Chad Brown (23-2-3-3)

Brown led all trainers with 11 entries and easily captured the trainer's title during the Belmont fall meet. He has enhanced his reputation as a turf conditioner through the Breeders' Cup, with all eight of his top three finishes coming in grass races, and will bring a strong contingent of turf horses into this year's event.

BC horses:

Bakken (Sprint) – Speedster possesses a nice set of BRIS Speed ratings but has raced sparingly, with two starts this year and no stakes wins to his credit. He didn't fire when shipping to Santa Anita last year and it's tough to make a strong case for his chances.

Big Blue Kitten (Turf) – Rallied to finish a respectable second to Hillstar in the recent Canadian International but his only win since August 2013 has come in a restricted stakes. No factor in this race last year and he'll face an extreme class test once again.

Bobby's Kitten (Turf Sprint) – Poised to make first career start at less than a mile and brings quality speed to the race. Exits a fine third in the September 14 Woodbine Mile, his best performance since the spring, and finished a close third as the favorite in last year's Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.

Dayatthespa (Filly & Mare Turf) – Cross-entered to both the Mile and Filly & Mare Turf, her best chance comes in the latter. The 1 1/4-mile distance represents a challenge, but five-year-old mare is arguably in career-best form, registering a 103 BRIS Speed rating for her commanding Grade 1 victory in the October 4 First Lady at Keeneland. Will be up close from the start.

Lady Eli (Juvenile Fillies Turf) – Two for two in her career, daughter of Divine Park will contend for favoritism. She overcame a troubled trip to win her debut by a nose and captured the September 28 Miss Grillo at Belmont Park with ease, registering a 112 BRIS Late Pace rating while scoring by three lengths. Very formidable.

Offering Plan (Juvenile Turf) – Rallied to an easy debut maiden win over New York-bred rivals before a respectable third in the September 28 Pilgrim at Belmont Park, earning commendable BRIS Speed and Late Pace numbers after a wide trip. His ability to finish makes him an interesting candidate for a top three finish at an expected price.

Partisan Politics (Juvenile Fillies Turf) – Broke her maiden second time out in the P.G. Johnson at Saratoga but checked in a non-threatening fourth in the Miss Grillo last time. More Than Ready filly possesses a decent late kick but doesn't rate as one of Brown's main contenders in this event.

Sivoliere (Juvenile Fillies Turf) – Regally-bred daughter of Sea the Stars will be piloted by Gary Stevens in her first U.S. start. She's run better on ground with less give to it, which could benefit her over expected firm conditions at Santa Anita, and displayed good class overseas. Sivoliere may not be the most imposing European shipper on paper but remains eligible to run well from off the pace.

Startup Nation (Juvenile Turf) – New York-bred colt opened career with a pair of convincing wins, defeating state-bred maiden foes prior to a 4 1/2-length romp in the With Anticipation at Saratoga, but fell short as the 1-2 favorite in the September 28 Pilgrim at Belmont Park, finishing fourth. Will look to rebound and deserves serious consideration.

Stephanie's Kitten (Filly & Mare Turf) – Big chance to give Brown his second win in this event in three years (Zagora captured 2012 edition). Stephanie's Kitten opened the year with a couple of unplaced efforts before posting consecutive runner-up finishes, but she was dropping too far back during early stages before rallying belatedly. Displayed noticeable improvement last time, the September 27 Flower Bowl at Belmont, racing up close from the start before crushing rivals, and the multiple Grade 1 heroine is hitting her best stride at the right time of year.

Tammy the Torpedo (Juvenile Fillies Turf) – Easily broke her maiden first time out at Saratoga, looking like a filly with a bright future when rolling from off the pace to a 3 1/4-length decision, but came up short in third as the favorite in the Miss Grillo. Daughter of More Than Ready can't be completely dismissed from win consideration in a highly-contentious field.

Zivo (Classic) – Loves Belmont, earning 103 and 104 Speed ratings in his last two outings at "Big Sandy," both at 1 1/4 miles, and turned in a huge effort rallying for second in the September 27 Jockey Club Gold Cup after being steadied repeatedly during the race. New York-bred has really come on at age five but carrying his form forward to Santa Anita, with his deep closing style, is a difficult proposition.

Outlook: Brown could be labeled a "turf maestro" following this year's Breeders' Cup – he has a legitimate chance to win several grass races.

Steve Asmussen (32-4-4-2)

Asmussen brings a respectable 12.5 percent win clip into the Breeders' Cup and has fared well at Santa Anita. He didn't have the stock last year with only three starters, but upset the 2012 Dirt Mile with 15-1 Tapizar and recorded three seconds (all 9-2 or higher) at that year's edition in Arcadia, California.

BC horses:

Lucky Player (Juvenile) – Exits a career-best effort in the September 6 Iroquois at Churchill Downs, posting a narrow upset at 11-1, but the runner-up (Bold Conquest) and third-placer (Hashtag Bourbon) did not run well in subsequent starts versus graded rivals and Lucky Player steps up to face a deep group in this year's Juvenile.

Mico Margarita (Sprint) – Figures to be overlooked following stakes wins at Remington Park and Mountaineer, but four-year-old colt merits respect given his current form – he's posted BRIS Speed ratings of 103 (last time) and 101 (twice) in his last three outings. Class concerns remain but don't be shocked to see him jump forward with a strong effort.

Tapiture (Dirt Mile) – Cuts back in distance off a pair of commendable efforts, registering century-topping Speed ratings for a victory in West Virginia Derby and a runner-up effort in Pennsylvania Derby, and he's displayed a fine finishing kick in three outings since the Kentucky Derby. Don't know if he'll be able to run down the speed at Santa Anita, but three-year-old belongs in the mix of serious win contenders.

Unbridled's Note (Turf Sprint) – Finished second in 2012 and fourth last year in this event but is unplaced in all three outings this year and ranked sixth on the also-eligibles list, one spot ahead of stablemate Regally Ready. Appears unlikely to factor if he does make the field.

Untapable (Distaff) – Connections hope to see her make amends for a dreadful experience in last year's Juvenile Fillies in which she was eased after experiencing extreme trouble. Three-year-old filly is five-for-six this season, the only setback coming against males in the Haskell, and arrived early at Santa Anita, training locally the entire month of October with a recent five-furlong bullet work (:58). Classy filly is the likely second choice to Close Hatches.

Outlook: Asmussen has proven that he can get his horses ready for the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita and his 2014 contingent appears to be in good form (excluding the also-eligibles). He may not come away with any wins, but his horses appear capable of challenging in at least a couple of spots.

Aidan O'Brien (88-8-12-7)

Irish-based O'Brien is a huge supporter of the Breeders' Cup, targeting multiple races each year, and he's done his best work in the Turf, earning a fourth win in the 1 1/2-mile event when Magician posted a 12-1 upset last year. He'll send the colt back for a title defense and also has the filly Chicquita pre-entered.

BC horses:

Chicquita (Turf) – Her success on "good ground" overseas could bode well for her chances. After displaying top-class form at age three last season, she sold for a record price at an Irish auction ($8.073 million) in November. Her Coolmore connections brought her back in mid-September and despite dropping all three outings, she's performed respectably twice against good company, the only subpar showing coming from an extreme post position in the Arc. Don't underestimate O'Brien's ability to get the most out of his horses despite a demanding schedule as Chicquita makes her third start in a four-week window.

Magician (Turf) – Magician was off since June and had never raced at 1 1/2 miles prior to last year's Turf, but he won't be an unknown quantity this year. The four-year-old colt captured a Group 3 stakes at the Curragh before recording runner-up finishes to The Fugue and Noble Mission in Group 1 events during the spring/summer, and he's been freshened up since a second in the Arlington Million, a tactic that worked so well last November at Santa Anita. He's one of several capable international raiders in this event.

Qualify (Juvenile Fillies Turf) – Exits a Group 3 triumph at the Curragh and is bred to appreciate the stretch out to a two-turn mile. She wasn't a serious factor in two previous stakes attempts versus better company, but Qualify remains eligible to keep improving off a confidence-building win and shouldn't be easily dismissed from win consideration.

The Great War (Juvenile) – He's raced exclusively on turf but is bred to flourish on a dirt surface with similar bloodlines to multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Departing (both are by War Front and are out of full sisters). The $1 million yearling purchase hasn't performed up to lofty expectations so far but does show three wins from seven starts, including a convincing listed stakes tally last out on September 28. Faces a difficult challenge in a deep Juvenile field.

War Envoy (Juvenile Turf) – Looks like a serious player in this spot. A bit disappointing early in his career, the son of War Front brings improving form into the Breeders' Cup. He posted a third in an Irish Group 3 event and a second in an English Group 2 race before rallying to be a close fifth in a Group 1 test on the Arc undercard at Longchamp. Could continue to show more at Santa Anita.

Outlook: O'Brien is very adept shipping his horses to America and European-based horses tend to show up with their best over the Santa Anita turf course, producing four wins in 2013.

Sir Michael Stoute (34-6-2-3)

A 10-time champion English trainer, Stoute handles most of the Queen's best horses and is one of the most respected horsemen in the world. The four-time Turf winner has recorded four of his six Breeders' Cup victories at Santa Anita.

Dank (Filly & Mare Turf) – Showed an affinity for the course winning last year's Filly & Mare Turf but has been dogged by a foot problem and won't bring the same form into this event, recording a pair of non-threatening efforts in her lone appearances this year. She had won three of her previous four starts before last year's Breeders' Cup and is probably facing a deeper field this year, but Dank is still a talented mare who is unbeaten from two Grade 1 attempts in America.

Telescope (Turf) – After a solid sophomore season, Telescope has improved significantly at age four. He displayed high class in his last two outings, a third in the Juddmonte International and a second in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and his easy seven-length tally in the Group 2 Hardwicke three starts back was flattered by runner-up Hillstar's recent victory in the Canadian International at Woodbine. When Stoute announced in September that he was skipping the Arc and pointing the four-year-old son of Galileo to the Turf, it was easy to take notice. Telescope prefers good-to-firm ground and will take some beating.

Outlook: Stoute does a great job targeting big races and his horses will show up with their best at Santa Anita – he's won a Breeders' Cup race over the course in four of the last five editions (2003, 2008, 2009 and 2013).

Trainers with multiple Breeders' Cup wins like Richard Mandella (seven), Neil Drysdale (six) and John Gosden (four) are conspicuous by their absence in this year's Breeders' Cup.

Andre Fabre (44-4-5-7) and Freddy Head (6-3-0-1) have both proven dangerous in past editions and will be represented by a lone starter, with Fabre sending out Arc runner-up Flintshire in the Turf and Head responsible for Anodin in the Mile.

Flintshire's improving form must be respected and he's in good company following his second-place finish to Treve last time -- eight also-rans from the Arc have shipped over to win the Turf. Anodin doesn't rate as a top contender, but he shows some respectable performances this season and is a full brother to three-time Mile winner Goldikova.

D. Wayne Lukas and Shug McGaughey are both represented by a pair of entries, but none rate as serious win prospects.

UPCOMING STAKES

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Thursday, October 30
 
Big Bear S., Santa Anita Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1m.
 
Friday, October 31
 
BREEDERS' CUP DISTAFF (G1), Santa Anita Park, $2,000,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
BREEDERS' CUP DIRT MILE (G1), Santa Anita Park, $1,000,000, 3&up, 1m.
BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE FILLIES TURF (G1), Santa Anita Park, $1,000,000, 2yo, f, 1mT.
BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE TURF (G1), Santa Anita Park, $1,000,000, 2yo, c&g, 1mT.
MARATHON S. (G2), Santa Anita Park, $200,000, 3&up, 1 3/4m.
TWILIGHT DERBY (G2), Santa Anita Park, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
Golden State Juvenile Fillies (r), Santa Anita Park, $200,000, 2yo, f, 7f.
Magnolia S. (r), Delta Downs, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m.
Damascus S., Santa Anita Park, $100,000, 3&up, 7f.
Dream Supreme S., Churchill Downs, $58,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
 
Saturday, November 1
 
BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC (G1), Santa Anita Park, $5,000,000, 3&up, 1 1/4m.
BREEDERS' CUP TURF (G1), Santa Anita Park, $3,000,000, 3&up, 1 1/2mT.
BREEDERS' CUP FILLY & MARE TURF (G1), Santa Anita Park, $2,000,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/4mT.
BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE (G1), Santa Anita Park, $2,000,000, 2yo, c&g, 1 1/16m.
BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE FILLIES (G1), Santa Anita Park, $2,000,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m.
BREEDERS' CUP MILE (G1), Santa Anita Park, $2,000,000, 3&up, 1mT.
BREEDERS' CUP SPRINT (G1), Santa Anita Park, $1,500,000, 3&up, 6f.
BREEDERS' CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT (G1), Santa Anita Park, $1,000,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.
BREEDERS' CUP TURF SPRINT (G1), Santa Anita Park, $1,000,000, 3&up, abt 6 1/2fT.
CHILUKKI S. (G2), Churchill Downs, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1m.
DISCOVERY H. (G3), Aqueduct, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
SENATOR KEN MADDY S. (G3), Santa Anita Park, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, abt 6 1/2fT.
Maple Leaf S. (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/4m.
Golden State Juvenile (r), Santa Anita Park, $200,000, 2yo, 7f.
Frances Slocum S. (r), Indiana Grand, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Too Much Coffee S. (r), Indiana Grand, $150,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
Mountaineer Mile, Mountaineer Park, $130,000, 3&up, 1m.
Display S., Woodbine, $125,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m.
Gold Cup S. (r), Delta Downs, $100,000, 3&up, 1m.
Juvenile Turf Sprint, Santa Anita Park, $100,000, 2yo, abt 6 1/2fT.
Sky Beauty S., Gulfstream Park, $90,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Sparkler S., Gulfstream Park, $90,000, 3&up, f&m, 5fT.
Indiana Futurity (r), Indiana Grand, $85,000, 2yo, 1m 70yds.
Miss Indiana (r), Indiana Grand, $85,000, 2yo, f, 1m 70yds.
Bet On Sunshine S., Churchill Downs, $58,000, 3&up, 6f.
Shesastonecoldfox S. (r), Finger Lakes, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
Tin Cup Chalice S. (r), Finger Lakes, $50,000, 2yo, c&g, 6f.
Emerald Necklace S. (r), Thistledowns, $50,000, 2yo, f, 6f.
 
Sunday, November 2
 
NASHUA S. (G2), Aqueduct, $250,000, 2yo, 1m.
TEMPTED S. (G3), Aqueduct, $250,000, 2yo, f, 1m.
GOLDIKOVA S. (G2), Santa Anita Park, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 1mT.
Princess Elizabeth S. (r), Woodbine, $250,000, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m.
 
Monday, November 3
 
Veterans S., Zia Park, $55,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.

RACING DATES

Current Meetings
     
AQUEDUCT:   Oct. 29 - Dec. 31
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
CHURCHILL DOWNS:   Oct. 26 - Nov. 30
DELTA DOWNS:   Oct. 15 - March 14
FINGER LAKES:   April 18 - Dec. 5
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Oct. 16 - Dec. 14
GULFSTREAM PARK WEST:   Oct. 8 - Nov. 30
HAWTHORNE:   Oct. 3 - Dec. 31
INDIANA DOWNS:   May 6 - Nov. 1
LAUREL PARK:   Sept. 5 - Dec. 31
MEADOWLANDS:   Sept. 18 - Nov. 1
MOUNTAINEER PARK:   March 1 - Nov. 30
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
REMINGTON PARK:   Aug. 15 - Dec. 14
RETAMA PARK:   Sept. 5 - Nov. 29
SANTA ANITA PARK:   Sept. 26 - Nov. 2
THISTLEDOWN:   April 18 - Nov. 16
TURF PARADISE:   Oct. 18 - May 5
WOODBINE:   April 12 - Dec. 7
ZIA PARK:   Sept. 6 - Dec. 2
     
Upcoming Meetings
     
DEL MAR:   Nov. 7 - 30
FAIR GROUNDS:   Nov. 21 - March 29
TAMPA BAY DOWNS:   Nov. 29 - May 3

At a Glance
AQUEDUCT AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.69 - 1
Favorite Win%: 25%, Favorite Itm%: 100%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Quinella47.45
Exacta145.38
Daily Double87.49
Trifecta624.94
Pick 3610.25
Superfecta3,561.50
Pick 42,680.25
Pick 54,325.00
Grand Slam33.80
TRACK BIAS MEET(11/01 - 04/27)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 127 28% E Outside
1 MileDirt 115 19% E/P Outside
Turf Routes 74 8% P Rail/Ins
TRACK BIAS WEEK(10/29 - 10/29)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 4 25% S Outside
1 MileDirt 1 0% S Inside
Turf Routes 3 0% E/P Outside
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Clement Christophe 16 7 3 0 3.13 5 20%
Jacobson David 21 7 3 2 4.35 4 23%
Hills Timothy A. 3 3 0 0 5.30 1 14%
Nevin Michelle 7 3 0 1 7.01 2 22%
Gullo Gary P. 8 3 0 0 14.93 0 14%
McLaughlin Kiaran P. 8 3 1 1 10.20 0 23%
Breen Kelly J. 3 2 0 1 3.17 1 19%
Adsit Abigail C. 4 2 1 0 2.98 0 16%
Parker Joseph G. 4 2 0 1 11.04 1 3%
Violette, Jr. Richard A. 6 2 0 1 11.76 0 14%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Ortiz, Jr. Irad 40 12 7 4 6.11 6 17%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Martin Carlos F. 10 0 1 1 16.81 0 12%
Quartarolo Anthony T. 10 0 0 0 36.82 0 5%
Sciacca Gary 10 0 0 1 17.81 0 6%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Rodriguez Israel O. 18 0 0 0 32.71 0 9%
Davis Dylan 16 0 1 1 44.21 0 12%
Garcia Wilmer A. 11 0 0 0 48.79 0 8%
               
CHURCHILL DOWNS AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.47 - 1
Favorite Win%: 37%, Favorite Itm%: 70%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta79.33
Daily Double63.93
Trifecta548.67
Pick 3446.18
Superfecta2,852.73
Pick 63,549.33
Pick 42,335.73
Pick 524,093.53
Pick 6 Jackpot36,480.67
Super High Five3,995.96
TRACK BIAS MEET(09/05 - 10/29)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 44 20% E/P Rail
6.5fDirt 12 17% E/P Mid/Out
1 MileDirt 26 15% E/P Mid/Out
1 1/16mDirt 15 7% S Rail
Turf Routes 20 40% E Rail/Ins
TRACK BIAS WEEK(10/23 - 10/29)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
6.0fDirt 7 0% E/P Outside
6.5fDirt 1 0% S Inside
1 MileDirt 6 17% E/P Rail
1 1/16mDirt 1 0% S Inside
Turf Routes 4 50% E Inside
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Gorder Kellyn 17 6 0 1 10.01 3 19%
Motion H. Graham 18 6 1 3 7.31 0 19%
McLaughlin Kiaran P. 6 4 0 1 2.50 4 23%
Ward Wesley A. 8 3 2 0 5.49 2 21%
Sharp Joe 5 2 0 1 2.60 1 47%
Jones J. Larry 6 2 0 0 7.27 2 23%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Hernandez, Jr. Brian Joseph 16 4 1 3 10.74 0 14%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Calhoun W. Bret 13 0 2 1 5.84 1 23%
Lynch Brian A. 11 0 2 1 9.36 2 17%
Asmussen Steven M. 10 0 1 1 10.94 0 21%
Proctor Thomas F. 10 0 2 1 9.60 2 17%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Hernandez Rafael Manuel 16 0 4 1 28.38 1 26%
Mena Miguel 16 0 1 2 21.75 2 13%
Rocco, Jr. Joseph 16 0 2 2 18.52 0 11%

AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

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:   Aqueduct and Churchill Downs

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Thursday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Aqueduct   (2nd) Fleeting, 7-2
    (8th) Here Comes Tommy, 6-1
Charles Town   (4th) Aragorn's Queen, 3-1
    (7th) Kings Village, 7-2
Churchill Downs   (3rd) Wise Crossing, 4-1
    (5th) Sky Mirage, 7-2
Delta Downs   (1st) Gallop's Greatness, 6-1
    (6th) Piney Grove, 4-1
Finger Lakes   (8th) Riverdance Rock, 4-1
    (9th) Late Moon, 3-1
Golden Gate Fields   (6th) Giant Journey, 7-2
    (7th) Another Winter, 3-1
Gulfstream Park West   (1st) Fiddlers Chico, 4-1
    (8th) Jakob's Way, 10-1
Hawthorne   (5th) On the River, 9-2
    (6th) Pistols Drawn, 5-1
Indiana Downs   (3rd) Valovich, 3-1
    (4th) Renn Lake, 5-1
Laurel Park   (1st) Rainbowappears, 9-2
    (8th) Johns Kitten, 3-1
Penn National   (4th) Switching to Glide, 8-1
    (6th) Raybern's Gold, 3-1
Remington Park   (2nd) Senor Smokey, 3-1
    (5th) Chile Frito, 10-1
Santa Anita   (1st) Expo and Fig, 7-2
    (7th) Indian Classic, 5-1

HIGHLIGHTS

For Thursday

AQUEDUCT (1:00): $69,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (7TH).
CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $27,000 alw, 3&up, 1 1/16m (7TH).
CHURCHILL DOWNS (12:40): $47,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 7f (9TH).
DELTA DOWNS (6:50): $42,000 alw, 3&up, 5f (7TH).
FINGER LAKES (1:10): $19,200 alw, 3&up, f&m, 5 1/2f (5TH).
HAWTHORNE (2:45): $22,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 1mT (6TH).
INDIANA DOWNS (2:05): $34,000 alw, 2yo, f, 6f (8TH).
LAUREL PARK (12:35): $42,000 alw, 3&up, 1mT (7TH); $42,000 alw, 3&up, 1m (9TH).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $30,400 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (5TH).
REMINGTON PARK (8:00): $30,000 alw, 3&up, 1 1/16mT (8TH).
SANTA ANITA (4:00): $75,000 Big Bear S., 3&up, 1m (8TH).

*all times Eastern

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