DRF.com | Special Events: Breeders' Cup http://www.drf.com/feeds/xml/news-categories/breeders%27-cup en Beholder looks formidable in Clement Hirsch http://www.drf.com/news/preview/beholder-looks-formidable-clement-hirsch There are several indications Beholder will be difficult to beat in Saturday’s $300,000 Clement Hirsch Stakes for fillies and mares at Del Mar. Race Preview Breeders' Cup Beholder Distaff Beholder looks formidable in Clement Hirsch 1438371522 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2015-08-01T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:7:"Del Mar";s:16:"field_track_code";s:3:"DMR";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"8";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:15:55 +0000 Steve Andersen 362417 at http://www.drf.com Beholder can clinch a berth to the Breeders' Cup Distaff by winning the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch. Shigeki Kikkawa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beholder formidable in Clement Hirsch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steve Andersen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-premium-content"> <div class="field-label">Premium Content: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium Content </div> </div> </div> <p>DEL MAR, Calif. – There are several indications that Beholder will be difficult to beat in Saturday’s $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes for fillies and mares at Del Mar. About the only thing missing is pre-race bravado from trainer Richard Mandella.</p> <p>“I’m not bragging too much until it’s over,” Mandella said. “I think she’ll do pretty good. I’d just like her to win.”</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/beholder-looks-formidable-clement-hirsch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Solow earns berth in Breeders’ Cup Mile by winning Sussex http://www.drf.com/news/preview/solow-earns-berth-breeders%E2%80%99-cup-mile-winning-sussex Solow won his eighth consecutive race, and earned a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 31, with a half-length win in Wednesday’s $1.56 million Sussex Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse in England. International Breeders' Cup Solow Mile Solow earns berth in Breeders’ Cup Mile by winning Sussex 1438193160 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:05:59 +0000 Steve Andersen 362317 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solow earns berth in Breeders' Cup Mile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steve Andersen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-premium-content"> <div class="field-label">Premium Content: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium Content </div> </div> </div> <p>Solow won his eighth consecutive race and earned a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 31 with a half-length win in Wednesday’s $1.56 million Sussex Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse in England.</p><p>Solow (2-5) raced as a stalker in the field of eight before taking the lead with a furlong to go. Ridden by Maxime Guyon, Solow was tested to the finish by Arod, a 6-1 shot who set the pace. Gabrial, a 50-1 outsider, finished third.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/solow-earns-berth-breeders%E2%80%99-cup-mile-winning-sussex" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Monmouth works to line up Haskell challengers to face American Pharoah http://www.drf.com/news/preview/monmouth-works-line-haskell-challengers-face-american-pharoah With the Haskell Invitational two weeks away, Mike Dempsey, Monmouth Park’s director of racing, and stakes coordinator Dan Dufford are beating the bushes to round up rivals to take on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Track Notes Breeders' Cup Classic Competitive Edge Keen Edge Monmouth works to line up Haskell challengers to face American Pharoah 1437332000 Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:29:55 +0000 Jim Dunleavy 361467 at http://www.drf.com Keen Ice, third in the Belmont Stakes last time out, is under consideration for the Aug. 2 Haskell. Barbara D. Livingston <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Monmouth works to build field for Haskell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-premium-content"> <div class="field-label">Premium Content: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium Content </div> </div> </div> <p>With the Haskell Invitational two weeks away, Mike Dempsey, Monmouth Park’s director of racing, and stakes coordinator Dan Dufford are beating the bushes to round up rivals to take on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.</p> <p>It’s not an easy assignment.</p> <p>Not only is American Pharoah the No. 1 ranked horse in the country, horsemen have other options that weekend besides the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell, which is a Win and You’re In for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/monmouth-works-line-haskell-challengers-face-american-pharoah" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brown regards Lady Eli as Eclipse Award candidate http://www.drf.com/news/preview/brown-regards-lady-eli-eclipse-award-candidate Lady Eli’s dominant victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational not only kept her unbeaten but continued to validate the belief of her trainer, Chad Brown, that she is the “best filly of her age group” regardless of surface. Track Notes Breeders' Cup Lady Eli Filly & Mare Turf Brown regards Lady Eli as Eclipse Award candidate 1436211119 Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:16:40 +0000 David Grening 360288 at http://www.drf.com The unbeaten 3-year-old filly Lady Eli earned a 98 Beyer Speed Figure for her win in the Belmont Oaks. Barbara D. Livingston <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brown regards Lady Eli as Eclipse candidate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-premium-content"> <div class="field-label">Premium Content: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium Content </div> </div> </div> <p>ELMONT, N.Y. - Lady Eli’s dominant victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational not only kept her unbeaten but continued to validate the belief of her trainer, Chad Brown, that she is the “best filly of her age group” regardless of surface.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/brown-regards-lady-eli-eclipse-award-candidate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Merry Meadow comes back strong in Princess Rooney http://www.drf.com/news/preview/merry-meadow-comes-back-strong-princess-rooney Merry Meadow made a triumphant return to south Florida while earning an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in the process with a 1 3/4-length victory over Flutterby in the Grade 2 Princess Rooney on Sunday at Gulfstream Park. Race Recap Breeders' Cup Merry Meadow Filly & Mare Sprint Merry Meadow comes back strong in Princess Rooney 1436140488 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2015-07-05T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:15:"Gulfstream Park";s:16:"field_track_code";s:2:"GP";s:17:"field_race_number";s:2:"10";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:29:57 +0000 Mike Welsch 360320 at http://www.drf.com Merry Meadow, ridden by Javier Castellano, earns a berth to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint by winning the Princess Rooney. Lauren King/Coglianese Photos <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Merry Meadow comes back strong </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Welsch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-premium-content"> <div class="field-label">Premium Content: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium Content </div> </div> </div> <p>HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla . -   Merry Meadow made a triumphant return to south Florida while earning an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in the process with a 1 3/4-length victory over Flutterby in the Grade 2 Princess Rooney  on Sunday at Gulfstream Park. The question now, for trainer Mark Hennig and his owners, William Parsons Jr. and David Howe, is whether they will accept the bid.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/merry-meadow-comes-back-strong-princess-rooney" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozzo, 94, savors the ride with Flutterby http://www.drf.com/news/preview/bozzo-94-savors-ride-flutterby At the age of 94, Jerry Bozzo became the oldest trainer ever to win a stakes when Flutterby ran the race of her life to capture the Sea Lily Handicap here last month. On July 5, Bozzo will attempt to become the oldest trainer ever to win a graded stakes when he brings his homebred filly back in the Grade 2 Princess Rooney Handicap. Track Notes Breeders' Cup Flutterby La Verdad Filly & Mare Sprint Bozzo, 94, savors the ride with Flutterby 1435087028 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:26:11 +0000 Mike Welsch 359242 at http://www.drf.com Trainer Jerry Bozzo (far left) in the winner's circle with Flutterby after the Sea Lily Handicap on May 30. Coglianese Photos <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Welsch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-premium-content"> <div class="field-label">Premium Content: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium Content </div> </div> </div> <p>HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – At the age of 94, Jerry Bozzo became the oldest trainer ever to win a stakes when Flutterby ran the race of her life to capture the Sea Lily Handicap here last month. On July 5, Bozzo will attempt to become the oldest trainer ever to win a graded stakes when he brings his homebred filly back in the Grade 2 Princess Rooney Handicap.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/bozzo-94-savors-ride-flutterby" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sadler mulls next-race options for Stellar Wind http://www.drf.com/news/preview/sadler-mulls-next-race-options-stellar-wind Stellar Wind and Tara’s Tango were separated by a nose in Saturday’s $200,250 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita. They may be on the same course through the summer. Both are expected to start during the Del Mar summer meeting, and could meet again in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles at Parx Racing on Sept. 19. Track Notes Breeders' Cup Stellar Wind Distaff Sadler mulls next-race options for Stellar Wind 1434907167 Sun, 21 Jun 2015 17:19:27 +0000 Steve Andersen 359111 at http://www.drf.com The 3-year-old filly Stellar Wind could run next against older females in the Clement Hirsch or try turf in the Del Mar Oaks. Shigeki Kikkawa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sadler mulls options for Stellar Wind </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-premium-content"> <div class="field-label">Premium Content: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium Content </div> </div> </div> <p>ARCADIA, Calif. - Stellar Wind and Tara’s Tango were separated by a nose in Saturday’s $200,250 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita. They may be on the same course through the summer.</p> <p>Both are expected to start during the Del Mar summer meeting, and could meet again in the $1 million Cotillion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles at Parx Racing on Sept. 19.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/sadler-mulls-next-race-options-stellar-wind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Noble Bird outfights Lea in Stephen Foster http://www.drf.com/news/preview/noble-bird-outfights-lea-stephen-foster Noble Bird, a rapidly improving 4-year-old colt, turned back Lea in the desperate final yards Saturday night to win the 34th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Race Recap Breeders' Cup Classic Lea Noble Bird Noble Bird outfights Lea in Stephen Foster 1434461249 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2015-06-13T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:15:"Churchill Downs";s:16:"field_track_code";s:2:"CD";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"8";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Sun, 14 Jun 2015 02:55:27 +0000 Marty McGee 358586 at http://www.drf.com Noble Bird (right), under Shaun Bridgmohan, edges Lea by a neck in the Stephen Foster Handicap. Barbara D. Livingston <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Noble Bird outfights Lea in Stephen Foster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-premium-content"> <div class="field-label">Premium Content: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium Content </div> </div> </div> <p>LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jack Oxley has known true glory at Churchill Downs, but still, it seemed like almost forever since he experienced the thrill of winning a major race under the famed twin spires.</p> <p>“It’s been a long time since ’01,” Oxley said with a laugh, referring to his Kentucky Derby victory with Monarchos.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/noble-bird-outfights-lea-stephen-foster" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Talco punches ticket to Breeders' Cup Mile http://www.drf.com/news/preview/talco-punches-ticket-breeders-cup-mile The primary goal of Talco’s 2015 season was determined with his upset win in Saturday’s $400,000 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita. The race was part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees-paid berth for the winner to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 31 Track Notes Breeders' Cup Talco Mile Talco punches ticket to Breeders' Cup Mile 1434387658 Sun, 14 Jun 2015 19:13:19 +0000 Steve Andersen 358622 at http://www.drf.com Talco could run next in the Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar. Shigeki Kikkawa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Talco punches ticket to Breeders' Cup Mile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-premium-content"> <div class="field-label">Premium Content: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium Content </div> </div> </div> <p>ARCADIA, Calif. - The primary goal of Talco’s 2015 season was determined with his upset win in Saturday’s $400,000 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita.</p> <p>The race was part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees-paid berth for the winner to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 31. The Grade 1 Shoemaker was the most significant win of Talco’s career in his 15th start, and a turnaround from his behavior after he joined trainer John Sadler’s stable last summer from France.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/talco-punches-ticket-breeders-cup-mile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Frivolous strikes again at huge odds in Fleur de Lis http://www.drf.com/news/preview/frivolous-strikes-again-huge-odds-fleur-de-lis Frivolous must like being an underdog at Churchill Down. Some 6 1/2 months after winning the Grade 3 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs at 19-1 odds on Nov. 27, she upset Saturday night’s Grade 2, $200,000 Fleur De Lis Handicap at 32-1. Race Recap Breeders' Cup Frivolous Distaff Frivolous strikes again at huge odds in Fleur de Lis 1434300573 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2015-06-13T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:15:"Churchill Downs";s:16:"field_track_code";s:2:"CD";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"7";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Sun, 14 Jun 2015 02:14:44 +0000 Byron King 358580 at http://www.drf.com Frivolous, ridden by Jon Court, pays $66.20 for her upset win in the Fleur de Lis. Reed Palmer Photography/Churchill Downs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-alternate-title"> <div class="field-label">Alternate title: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Frivolous strikes again at huge odds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-premium-content"> <div class="field-label">Premium Content: </div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium Content </div> </div> </div> <p>LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Frivolous must like being an underdog at Churchill Down. Some 6 1/2 months after winning the Grade 3 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs at 19-1 odds on Nov. 27, she upset Saturday night’s Grade 2, $200,000 Fleur De Lis Handicap at 32-1.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/frivolous-strikes-again-huge-odds-fleur-de-lis" target="_blank">read more</a></p>