Regally Ready won the $75,000 Big Bear Stakes for 3-year-olds by a half-length on Thursday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Regally Ready ran a mile in 1:35.65 and paid $5.60, $3.60 and $3 as the 9-5 favorite. ''This is such a cool horse,'' said Napravnik, who has won all five times she's ridden Regally Ready. He is owned by Santa Anita president Tom Ludt, who races as Vinery Stables.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 1:36 am
Untapable and jockey Rosie Napravnik can close out a stellar year with a victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff. ''We're expecting a big race out of her,'' said trainer Steve Asmussen, whose best finish in the Distaff was second with My Miss Aurelia two years ago. Untapable and Napravnik have been together for all but two of the 3-year-old filly's 10 career starts. ''This is as good as she's been and I feel really good because she's run some strong races this year.'' Napravnik has just one Breeders' Cup victory in her career, winning the Juvenile two years ago with Shanghai Bobby.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 10:44 pm
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens launches a second comeback in as many years on Friday aboard Sivoliere in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Stevens says he is now pain free, following right knee replacement surgery three months ago. ''I didn't make the decision, it was made for me'' Stevens said Thursday. ''The knee was completely shot.'' The 51-year-old last rode on July 25, ending a remarkable return last season that produced a Preakness win aboard Oxbow, and a pair of Breeders' Cup triumphs with Mucho Macho Man in the Classic and Beholder in the Distaff.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 10:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Making Havoc held on for a 13-1 upset on Thursday in the $69,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 10:17 pm
(Reuters) - The Breeders’ Cup and the NBC Sports Group announced on Thursday a 10-year extension that will keep the two-day thoroughbred racing extravaganza on NBC and its cable channel NBCSN through 2025. As part of the deal, NBC and NBC Sports Network will combine to present at least eight hours of live coverage of the 13-race, $26 million Breeders' Cup. The extension includes live primetime coverage of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2016 from Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles, and in 2017 from Del Mar north of San Diego. The Breeders' Cup, which began in 1984 and is billed as the World Thoroughbred Championship, will be held this year at Santa Anita beginning Friday.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 4:03 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Bob Baffert-trained Pimpernel held off heavily favored stablemate Hoppertunity by a half-length Wednesday in the $60,000 feature race at Santa Anita.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 3:29 am
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jockey Julien Leparoux rode In My Time to a one-length win in Wednesday's ninth race at Churchill Downs to earn his 2,000th career victory.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 10:56 pm
Magician was scratched from the Breeders' Cup on Wednesday, denying the colt a chance to defend his title in the $3 million Turf. Magician is the second major defection in as many days. Magician, trained in Ireland by Aidan O'Brien, was slated to make a second straight U.S. He is headed to stallion duty at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 10:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Doubledown Again powered to a 6 1/2-length victory on Wednesday in the $69,000 opening-day allowance feature at Aqueduct.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 10:26 pm
The organization that owns and services the harness racing's Breeders Crown year-end series has awarded the 12 annual championship events for the next three years to Woodbine Entertainment Group in Canada, The Meadowlands in New Jersey and to Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind. for the first time. The Hambletonian Society announced the plans on Wednesday. The Breeders Crown will return to Canada in 2015 after a two-year hiatus. The Meadowlands, the site for this year's Breeders Crown Festival on Nov. 21- 22, will be the host in 2016.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 9:11 pm
Churchill Downs says it will develop new trackside suites for the owners of horses running in the Kentucky Derby. The Louisville track said Wednesday the $4.2 million project will include 20 private, open-air Winner's Circle Suites. Churchill says it will also triple the number of complimentary tickets for all participating owners in the Derby and Kentucky Oaks.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 3:53 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Shared Belief, the morning-line favorite for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, polished off his final major training on Tuesday.
Posted: October 28, 2014, 10:21 pm
Oct 28 (Reuters) - Brief profiles of the entrants for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic to be run over 1 1/4 miles at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on Saturday (Post Position. HORSE; Jockey; Trainer; odds) 1. PRAYER OF RELIEF; Irad Ortiz; Dale Romans; 30-1; Though he has eight career wins and earnings of nearly $2 million from 33 starts, the 6-year-old is still looking for his first victory of 2014. In his most recent start, he was third in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes in August. 2. ...
Posted: October 28, 2014, 6:00 pm
Oct 28 (Reuters) - Factbox on the Breeders' Cup meeting, to be run at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on Friday and Saturday. * Billed as the world championships of thoroughbred racing, the annual Breeders' Cup meeting began in 1984 as a seven-race, one-day event with total prize money of $10 million. * In 2007, the meeting was expanded to 15 races over two days. This year's prize money will total $26 million from 13 grade one races. The feature race, the Breeders' Cup Classic, is worth $5 million, making it the richest horse race in North America. ...
Posted: October 28, 2014, 6:00 pm
By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Shared Belief is ideally placed to land Horse of the Year honours after being installed as favourite to win Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic, the showpiece in the two-day racing carnival at Santa Anita Park. The much vaunted 3-year-old has a perfect career record of seven wins from seven races and has been in a class of his own since missing the 2014 Triple Crown season due to lingering foot issues. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and with veteran jockey Mike Smith in the saddle, Shared Belief has been elevated to the 9-5 favourite for the $5 million feature event at iconic Santa Anita with its picturesque backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains. California Chrome, who won the first two legs of the Triple Crown this year, is the second choice at 4-1 with Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist at 5-1.
Posted: October 28, 2014, 6:00 pm
American Pharoah, who was the early 2-1 favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, was withdrawn Tuesday because of bruise in his left front foot. Trainer Bob Baffert said an X-ray and ultrasound both came back clean. ''We're hopeful he'll be all right and you'll see him in the spring.'' Owner Ahmed Zayat tweeted that he was ''crushed'' and ''devastated'' but couldn't take a chance ''with a special colt like this.'' Baffert said American Pharoah will have a full bone scan this week. Mr. Zayat didn't want to risk it.'' American Pharoah was to be ridden by Victor Espinoza in Saturday's $2 million Juvenile at Santa Anita.
Posted: October 28, 2014, 5:52 pm
Shared Belief was made the early 9-5 favorite on Monday in a field of 14 for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, a race featuring a strong contingent of seven 3-year-olds taking on older foes. Shared Belief is 7-0 in his career, with all of his races coming in California. Shared Belief's most recent win was in the Awesome Again at Santa Anita last month for co-owner and sports talk host Jim Rome. ''He's got speed all around him and we'll be able to follow them into the first turn,'' said Hall of Famer Mike Smith, the winningest jockey in the Breeders' Cup who will ride Shared Belief.
Posted: October 28, 2014, 3:17 am
By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Shared Belief, a leading candidate for Horse of the Year, has been installed as the early 9-5 favourite and will break from the sixth post for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park on Saturday. The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained three-year-old has been in a class of his own in recent weeks, extending his career record to a perfect seven-for-seven after missing the Triple Crown season due to lingering foot issues. "It is going to be a great race with a lot of great horses in there and we are just happy to be a part of it." With veteran jockey Mike Smith in the saddle, Shared Belief will arrive at Santa Anita fresh from wins at the Pacific Classic and Awesome Again in his last two starts but is expected to face a strong challenge from California Chrome. The chestnut colt took the sports world by storm earlier this year by winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown - the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes - before finishing a disappointing fourth at the Belmont Stakes in June.
Posted: October 28, 2014, 1:15 am
Alan Sherman couldn't be happier with California Chrome leading up to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. I think he's coming into the race just as good, if not better, than he was into the Derby and Preakness.'' That could spell bad news for California Chrome's rivals in the 1 1/4-mile Classic on Saturday, the richest race in North America. California Chrome was the darling of the racing world in the spring with his Triple Crown bid. The 3-year-old colt with a humble pedigree and a pair of blue-collar owners was a captivating story as he posted convincing wins in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
Posted: October 27, 2014, 9:39 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Pure Tactics led all the way to win the $75,000 Lure Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.
Posted: October 27, 2014, 1:43 am