Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries Announced: Record Number of Horses Entered

The 13 Breeders’ Cup races came into focus Wednesday with the announcements of the pre-entries for this year’s races. 201 horses were entered, that’s a record high. Ten of the races are over-subscribed including a record 29 horses in the Turf Sprint.

Over the course of the next ten days there will be a few changes with so many horses cross entered in more than one race. But for those anxious to get started with their handicapping, here you go.  The actual draw is on Monday.

And keep an eye out for our daily, “12 Days of Breeders’ Cup” feature, providing you with comprehensive run downs on each Breeders’ Cup race.

 

Breeders’ Cup Classic

BC Classic

 

Breeders’ Cup Distaff

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12 Days of Breeders’ Cup: Day Three – The Distaff

BreedersCup2014For the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup we are presenting the “12 Days of Breeders’ Cup”, kind of like the 12 Days of Christmas just without the French Hens and Turtle Doves. We are featuring one Breeders’ Cup race per day.

We will tell you who is expected to run and give you a brief recap of their past races. We are not going to tell you who to choose, just give you valuable information you can use to make your own selection.

It’s just another way sdhorserace.com keeps you on top of the racing news and information from around the country. Today, it’s the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

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Breeders’ Cup To Limit Seating to 28,000 at Keeneland Next Year

It's still a year away and already people are upset about Breeders' Cup at Keeneland in 2015

It’s still a year away and already people are upset about Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in 2015

The announcement by the Breeder’s Cup to limit ticket sales at Keeneland for next year’s event has raised quite a stir in the horse racing community. After assessing the accommodations at the beautiful facility in Lexington, Kentucky, officials have determined that, for the sake of comfort in the grandstand, it is best to limit the number of tickets sold to 28,000.

Of that, 10000 will be sold as general admission. Tables on the North Terrace and benches on the track apron will be first come first serve. Another 10,000 seats will be sold on a reserved basis in the grandstand, restaurants and other areas. The remaining 8000 will be sold for access to a large chalet that’s being built adjacent to the clubhouse turn and various tents that will be erected around the ‘campus.’

Of course the limited amount of tickets means a lot of people are going to be left out of the event and that’s what has upset people. The smallest crowd to see a Breeders’ Cup event was the 37,000 that showed up at Belmont Park in 1995. Meanwhile, some of the largest crowds for Breeders’ Cups have come at Keeneland’s neighboring… Read the rest of this entry >>

Brown Panther To Run in the Breeders’ Cup Turf

Brown Panther's connections don't want to waste his good form so they're bringing him to the Breeders' Cup. Photo by Michael Burns.

Brown Panther’s connections don’t want to waste his good form so they’re bringing him to the Breeders’ Cup. Photo by Michael Burns.

By Jim Charvat

Brown Panther, the favorite in last Sunday’s G1 Canadian Int’l at Woodbine before he bolted from the post parade, threw his rider and was eventually scratched from the race, is now being pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Owner Michael Owen made the announcement Tuesday, two days after his 6-year old son of Shirocco unseated rider, Richard Kingscote, in the post parade. An outrider helped Kingscote back onboard Brown Panther and that’s when the horse bolted. Kingscote hung on but with no control over the horse because his feet were not in stirrups. He was eventually unseated again but was not injured. Brown Panther continued around the big turf course until finally corraled.

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Shared Belief Puts in Breeders’ Cup Work at Golden Gate Fields

shared belief#3By Jim Charvat

The probable favorite for The Breeders’ Cup Classic put in his longest work to date in his preparations for the big race a week from Saturday. Shared Belief drilled 6-furlongs in 1:14.2 handily on the Tapeta track at Golden Gate Fields Tuesday. With jockey, Russell Baze, in the irons Shared Belief set fractions of :13.0, 25.2, 37.1, 49.3, 1:02.3, galloping out seven furlongs in 1:27.2.

Video: Shared Belief’s Work on 10-21-14

Shared Belief worked in company with two other horses from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn, Prodicious Facts and Hard to Please. He spotted his stablemates four lengths, came to the inside of Prodicious Facts entering the stretch and then pulled away.

“It was a great work,” Hollendorfer said. ” We had him come up the rail today and we’re very pleased with how everything went.”

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12 Days of Breeders’ Cup: Day Two – The Dirt Mile

Breeders' Cup#2For the next 11 days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup we will be presenting the “12 Days of Breeders’ Cup”, kind of like the 12 Days of Christmas just without the French Hens and Turtle Doves. We are featuring one Breeders’ Cup race per day.

We will tell you who is expected to run and give you a brief recap of their past races. We are not going to tell you who to choose, just give you valuable information you can use to make your own selection.

It’s just another way sdhorserace.com keeps you on top of the racing news and information from around the country. Today, it’s the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

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Judy the Beauty, Bourbon Courage: Breeders’ Cup Works at Keeneland

Judy the Beauty tunes up for her run in the Filly and Mare Turf on Breeders' Cup day.

Judy the Beauty tunes up for her run in the Filly and Mare Sprint on Breeders’ Cup day.

Judy the Beauty, winner of this summer’s G3 Rancho Bernardo at Del Mar, tuned up for an expected start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) by working five furlongs on Keeneland’s main track in :57.80.

Owner and trained by Wesley Ward, Judy the Beauty started nine lengths in back of two workmates and while racing three wide closed the gap to two lengths at the wire. She covered the first three-eighths in :34.60 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:11.80. The five-furlong time was easily the best of 10 for the morning and the fastest morning clocking at the distance for the meet.

Judy the Beauty, who also won last year’s Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) at Keeneland, finished second to champion Groupie Doll in… Read the rest of this entry >>

Red Outlaw Remains Undefeated After Win In Uniformity Stakes

Red Outlaw may next stretch out in the G2 Twilight on Breeders' Cup Day

Red Outlaw may next stretch out in the G2 Twilight on Breeders’ Cup Day

In one of the most impressive efforts of the current Autumn Meet, California-bred Red Outlaw ran his unbeaten streak to six in taking Sunday’s $75,000 Uniformity Stakes geared down by 2 ½ lengths under Edwin Maldonado, getting 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.92.

Trained by Peter Miller and heavily favored 4-5, Red Outlaw rocketed out of the gate and led throughout while smoking through fractions of 21.30, 43.36 and 1:05.97. He paid $3.80, $3.00 and $2.40.

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12 Days of Breeders’ Cup: Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Fillies Turf

08bc1Marathon1329DDFor the next 12 days we will be presenting the “12 Days of Breeders’ Cup”, kind of like the 12 Days of Christmas just without the French Hens and Turtle Doves. After today, we will feature one Breeders’ Cup race per day.

We will tell you who is expected to run and give you a brief recap of their past races. We are not going to tell you who to choose, just give you valuable information you can use to make your own selection.

It’s just another way sdhorserace.com keeps you on top of the racing news and information from around the country.

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Beholder Out of B.C Distaff: Spiked a Fever Sunday

Unconfirmed reports say Beholder spiked a fever overnight and will not run in the B.C. Distaff.

Beholder spiked a fever overnight and will not run in the B.C. Distaff.

By Jim Charvat

Reports from the Richard Mandella barn have it that two-time Eclipse Award winner and last year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff champ, Beholder, will not defend her title this year after spiking a fever overnight.

The 4-year old daughter of Henny Hughes just worked a bullet work at Santa Anita Saturday and seemed ready to run in the Breeders’ Cup in less than two weeks.

“She had a little bit of a temperature this morning and it got higher (peaking at 104), so we had to treat it,” Mandella said. “We hope she doesn’t get sicker, but she won’t run in the Distaff.”

After she was medicated the fever subsided. This is Beholder’s second setback this year after being sidelined by a cut pastern suffered in the G1 Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park in June.

While their dreams of another Breeders’ Cup win are dashed, the connections, Spendthrift Farm, say they still plan to take Beholder to the Fasig Tipton Sale in November where other standout fillies, Princess of Sylmar, Rosalind and Stopchargingmaria, will also be… Read the rest of this entry >>