Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Races: The Distaff

The $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Distaff

The Distaff brings together the best female dirt horses for a championship showdown at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. It will go off as the fourth and final Breeders’ Cup race on Friday, Oct. 31st. Post time at 4:35 PDT.

The “Win and You’re In” Contenders:

Close Hatches

Close Hatches

Close Hatches. Coming into her last race, Close Hatches appeared unbeatable. She had won three straight Grade 1 races, including the Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park that got her into the B.C. Distaff. She started the year winning the G2 Azeri at Oaklawn Park so she was undefeated in 2014. But she threw in a clunker at Keeneland in the G1 Spinster, finishing 4th. Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Joel Rosario, a rebound is not out of the question meaning Close Hatches still poses a formidable force to be reckoned with in the Distaff.

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Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Races: The Dirt Mile

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

The Dirt Mile is a race for 3-year-olds and older and is run around two turns of the main track at Santa Anita Park. It goes as the 2nd Breeders’ Cup race on Friday, Oct. 31st. Post time is at 3:05 PDT

The “Win and You’re In” Contenders:

Goldencents

Goldencents

Goldencents. He is the defending champion and doesn’t appear to have lost any of his form in 2014. He set a track record when winning the 7-furlong G2 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar, earning his way into the Dirt Mile, then followed that with a tough beat in the G1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship when he lost a hard fought duel with Rich Tapestry. He is normally trained by Doug O’Neill, but since O’Neill is on suspension, Leondro Moro, is overseeing the preparations. Rafael Bejarano has the mount.

 

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Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Races: The Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Fillies Turf

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Run at 1 mile on the grass course, the Juvenile Turf is restricted to male 2-year-olds. The Juvenile Turf is the first of the Breeders’ Cup races on Friday, October 31st. Post time at 2:25 PDT

The “Win and You’re In” Contenders:

Conquest Typhoon

Conquest Typhoon

 

Conquest Typhoon. He ships in from Canada where he won the G2 Summer Stakes in September then came back and finished 2nd in the G3 Grey in October. He is trained by Mark Casse and will be ridden by Patrick Husbands. The pair has proven to be a lethal combination at Woodbine this year.

 

 

Lawn Ranger

Lawn Ranger

 

 

 

Lawn Ranger. He got in for winning the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland earlier this month. The son of U.S. Ranger has won two of his three starts and will be ridden by Chris Landeros for trainer Kenny McPeek.

 

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12 Days of Breeders’ Cup: Day 12 – The Classic

Breeders' CupFor the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup we have presenting the “12 Days of Breeders’ Cup”, kind of like the 12 Days of Christmas just without the French Hens and Turtle Doves. We have featured one Breeders’ Cup race per day and today we reach the end with the best of them all.

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 Classic… Read the rest of this entry >>

Irish Surf Looks to Go the Distance in the G2 Las Vegas Marathon

Irish Surf will get his prefered marathon distance Friday in the Las Vegas, the first of two G2 races on the Breeders' Cup undercard.

Irish Surf will again be ridden by Elvis Trujillo Friday in the Las Vegas, the first of a pair of G2 races on the Breeders’ Cup undercard.

Irish Surf is winless in two tries over Santa Anita’s dirt course, but trainer Dan Hendricks is optimistic about the colt’s chances in Friday’s $200,000 G2 Las Vegas Marathon at 1 ¾ miles on the recently renovated main track.

“He’s doing great, he’s training great,” Hendricks said of the Kentucky-bred son of Giant’s Causeway, who has raced on nothing but turf and synthetics in his last 14 starts including a victory in the G3 Cougar II, a 1 1/2 mile race he won by eight lengths at Del Mar this past summer. The question is, how will he run on the dirt?

“I don’t know,” Hendricks said, “but he acts like this distance is what he’s always wanted and we’re going to give it a try. It will be very interesting to see what the pace scenario is. I would have never thought there would be a mile-and-three-quarter race with this much speed in it.

“It shouldn’t be a problem for him, because he gets into his one pace and he’ll clip off those twelves (12-second eighths of a mile) from start to finish, and not a lot of horses can do that. Hopefully, it works out.”… Read the rest of this entry >>

Enterprising Looks to Regain Form in G2 Twilight Derby Friday

Enterprising looked unbeatable for a while at Del Mar.

Enterprising looked unbeatable for a while at Del Mar.

By Jim Charvat

At one point during the summer Del Mar meet, Enterprising looked like the best 3 year old on the grounds let alone on the grass. He had won the Oceanside Stakes on opening day and followed that with an impressive win in the G3 La Jolla. Then he laid an egg in the Del Mar Derby, finishing 6th. Shared Belief, a fellow 3-year old, showed up for the Pacific Classic and Enterprising’s stature was considerably diminished.

But trainer, Tom Proctor, is hoping for a rebound performance when he runs Enterprising in the G2 Twilight Derby Friday, on the undercard of the first four Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita. The son of Elusive… Read the rest of this entry >>

Racing Analyst, Bob Neumeier, Suffers Stroke, Hospitalized

Bob Neumeier suffered a stroke Thursday and has been hospitalized

Bob Neumeier suffered a stroke Wednesday night

By Jim Charvat

Bob Neumeier, the likeable veteran horse racing analyst and handicapper for NBC and ESPN, has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.

Neumeier has been a part of most of the biggest horse racing events over the past two decades, at times teaming-up with Mike Battaglia on the national broadcasts and giving his choices and insight into such big races as the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup.

During the Kentucky Oaks broadcast at Churchill Downs in 2009, Neumeier collapsed and was taken to a Louisville hospital and eventually recovered.

While his condition is unknown at this time, his current employer, Comcast SportsNet New England issued a statement, saying in part, “[We] are keeping Neumy and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

 

 

Regally Ready Holds On in Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita

Regally Ready holds off a pair of closers to win the Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita Thursday.

Regally Ready holds off a pair of closers to win the Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita Thursday.

Favored Regally Ready, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, called upon his considerable class to win Thursday’s $75,000 Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita by a half length, as he negotiated a flat mile in 1:35.65.

Breaking from the outside in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up, Regally Ready was a close sixth around the Club House turn as speedy Blueskiesnrainbows set a fast pace under Martin Pedroza. Regally Ready pounced on the pacesetter and Blue Tone three furlongs from home and held off a fast-closing Stryker Phd… Read the rest of this entry >>

A Rocky Start to Tonalist, Christophe Clement’s Breeders’ Cup Week

Trainer Christophe Clement swears by Fed Ex after the shipping company got him and his horses out to California late Tuesday.

Trainer Christophe Clement swears by Fed Ex after the shipping company got him and his horses out to California late Tuesday.

By Jim Charvat

It has been a rough week so far for trainer Christophe Clement and his Breeders’ Cup contenders.

Clement and his equine entourage, including Belmont Stakes winner, Tonalist, finally arrived at Santa Anita late Tuesday night aboard a Fed Ex plane. They had hoped to get out to Southern California and Santa Anita late Sunday aboard a Tex Sutton Air Equine Transport plane, the customary mode of transportation for race horses in this country. But due to a broken windshield on Sutton’s plane, schedules for several East Coast horses got pushed back. Clement told Bloodhorse.com that Tex Sutton could not ‘accommodate’ him and so he switched gears and booked the Fed Ex flight.

This is on top of Clement’s inability to get works into his two turf runners before they… Read the rest of this entry >>

12 Days of Breeders’ Cup: Day Eleven – The Mile

Photo by Todd Buchanan

Photo by Todd Buchanan

For the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup we have presenting the “12 Days of Breeders’ Cup”, kind of like the 12 Days of Christmas just without the French Hens and Turtle Doves. We have featured one Breeders’ Cup race per day and now we’re at our second to last 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 Mile… Read the rest of this entry >>

Zenyatta Filly Euthanized Following Paddock Accident

Zenyatta with Z-Princess shortly after her birth last May.

Zenyatta with Z-Princess shortly after her birth last May.

By Jim Charvat

The youngest foal of champion mare, Zenyatta, had to be euthanized Tuesday night after a paddock accident at Lane’s End Farm. She was rushed to nearby Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital but veterinarians could not save her and she was later humanely put down.

The weanling daughter by War Front was Zenyatta’s third foal following a colt by Bernardini, named Cozmic One, and another colt, Ziconic, by Tapit. They’re both doing fine. Cozmic One, now a two-year old, is actually training for her debut with John Sherreff’s at Belmont Park. Ziconic, a yearling, has just begun training at Mayberry Farm near Ocala, Florida.

Zenyatta has been residing at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky since her retirement in 2010. Owners, Jerry and Ann Moss gave Zenyatta… Read the rest of this entry >>

Silver Charm Returning to U.S., To Reside at Old Friends

Silver Charm will returns to Kentucky, to Old Friends Farm next month

Silver Charm returns to Kentucky, to Old Friends Farm, next month

Silver Charm is returning home to Kentucky.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in 1997, Silver Charm missed the Triple Crown by a few yards when he was run down by Touch Gold in the Belmont Stakes. He was owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis and trained by Bob Baffert.

Silver Charm was retired to Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky in 1999 and stood there for five seasons until he was sold to a Japanese interest and moved to Japan in 2005. Earlier this year the big gray was pensioned and earlier this month, Michael Blowen, of Old Friends said he got a call asking if he had room for a gray stallion “that needs a home.”

“I freaked out,” Blowen told Bloodhorse.com adding that in the past month they have received arguably the two best horses Bob Baffert has ever trained, referring to Game On Dude who arrived at the farm a couple of weeks ago.

Silver Charm was named 3-year old champion in 1997. At four he won the Dubai World Cup and ran second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic later that year. He retired with 12 wins in 24 starts and earning totaling over $6.9 million.

The 20-year old son of Silver Buck, out of Bonnie’s Poker, is expected to arrive at Old Friends by late November.