DRF.com | Special Events: Breeders' Cup http://www.drf.com/feeds/xml/news-categories/breeders%27-cup en Breeders' Cup Classic long-range goal for Collected http://www.drf.com/news/preview/breeders-cup-classic-long-range-goal-collected The 4-year-old colt Collected is progressing so rapidly this spring that co-owner Peter Fluor has aspirations of a start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on Nov. 4. Track Notes Breeders' Cup Classic Collected Breeders' Cup Classic long-range goal for Collected 1492982394 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:19:54 +0000 Steve Andersen 408597 at http://www.drf.com Collected earned his fifth career stakes victory in the Grade 2 Californian. 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"> Breeders' Cup Classic long-range goal for Collected </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> <p>ARCADIA, Calif. - The 4-year-old colt Collected is progressing so rapidly this spring that co-owner Peter Fluor has aspirations of a start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on Nov. 4.</p> <p>Saturday, Collected won his second race of the year, and fifth career stakes, in the Grade 2 Californian Stakes at 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita. Ridden by Martin Garcia for trainer Bob Baffert, Collected was always near the front and drew off to win by 3 3/4 lengths as the 3-5 favorite.</p> <p>“This was a big race for him,” Fluor said in the winner’s circle.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/breeders-cup-classic-long-range-goal-collected" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hovdey: Battle to Arrogate, but Chrome's still a war hero http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-battle-arrogate-chromes-still-war-hero Heroes die hard and California Chrome went down with a ferocious fight in the Breeders' Cup Classic, stretching Arrogate to be every inch of the colt he was in his breathtaking Travers last August. Opinion Columns Breeders' Cup Arrogate California Chrome Classic Hovdey: Battle to Arrogate, but Chrome's still a war hero 1478882219 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:10:15 +0000 Jay Hovdey 397846 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-article-columnist"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>In show business, it’s how you leave ’em that counts – laughing, crying, wanting even more. Last Saturday’s Day 2 of the Breeders’ Cup provided all that and then some.</p> <p>Brilliant races from Arrogate, California Chrome, Highland Reel, and Tourist marked the day, while Peter Eurton, Phil D’Amato, Seamus Heffernan, and Flavien Prat joined the company of Breeders’ Cup winners.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-battle-arrogate-chromes-still-war-hero" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Breeders' Cup clarifies most Eclipse Award categories http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-breeders-cup-clarifies-most-eclipse-award-categories As a championship event, the 2016 Breeders’ Cup delivered, and especially in tremendous renewals of the Classic and Distaff. But while there is some important stakes racing left this year, mainly on Thanksgiving weekend, most of this year’s Eclipse Award divisions were decided by the time “official” went up on the tote board following Saturday’s Classic. Opinion Columns Breeders' Cup Arrogate California Chrome Classic Distaff Watchmaker: Breeders' Cup clarifies most Eclipse Award categories 1478450375 Sun, 06 Nov 2016 02:21:39 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 397688 at http://www.drf.com Despite his loss in the Breeders' Cup Classic, California Chrome should still be honored as the year's top older dirt male. Debra Roma <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"> Watchmaker: Breeders' Cup clarifies most Eclipse Award categories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>ARCADIA, Calif. – As a championship event, the 2016 Breeders’ Cup delivered, and especially in tremendous renewals of the Classic and Distaff. But while there is some important stakes racing left this year, mainly on Thanksgiving weekend, most of this year’s Eclipse Award divisions were decided by the time “official” went up on the tote board following Saturday’s Classic.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-breeders-cup-clarifies-most-eclipse-award-categories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hovdey: All together, BC females are stronger than ever http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-all-together-bc-females-are-stronger-ever The story of the 2016 Breeders' Cup already may have been written by the half-dozen world-class fillies and mares who have made this party something to remember. Never before has the Santa Anita Park backstretch been home to such depth of female talent. A stroll through the stables is like walking a wing of the Louvre, with masterpiece after masterpiece staring down from the walls. Opinion Columns Breeders' Cup Beholder Found Miss Temple City Songbird Stellar Wind Tepin Mile Hovdey: All together, BC females are stronger than ever 1478192174 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:56:14 +0000 Jay Hovdey 397483 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-article-columnist"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>The Breeders’ Cup always has been intended to take the breath away. </p><p>In the beginning, it was the money, more purse money than American racing ever had seen before. As it evolved, it was the competition, international in scope, dizzy with intensity. At one point, it became the action and how astounding it was to see just how much people wanted to bet, upward of $150 million over a two-day show.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-all-together-bc-females-are-stronger-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Breeders' Cup choice for three cross-entered horses should be obvious http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-breeders-cup-choice-three-cross-entered-horses-should-be-obvious Cross-entered horses in the Breeders' Cup sometimes make for spirited discussion. And there might be three such horses in this Breeders’ Cup: Limato, Mondialiste, and Curalina. Opinion Columns Breeders' Cup Curalina Limato Mondialiste Distaff Turf Mile Turf Sprint Filly & Mare Sprint Watchmaker: Breeders' Cup choice for three cross-entered horses should be obvious 1477930824 Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:40:24 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 396520 at http://www.drf.com Mondialiste won the Arlington Million going 1 1/4 miles, but appears a far better fit in the Breeders' Cup Mile than he does in the Turf. Four-Footed Fotos <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"> Watchmaker: Breeders' Cup choice for three cross-entered horses should be obvious </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>Pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on Nov. 4 and 5 will be taken Monday, and after the oversubscribed races are dealt with on Tuesday, the pre-entries will be released to all on Wednesday.</p> <p>I find two aspects to the Breeders’ Cup pre-entry process to be especially interesting. One is the work of the Breeders’ Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel, which determines which horses are relegated to the also-eligible list in oversubscribed races. The other is the concept of cross-entering horses in two different Breeders’ Cup events.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-breeders-cup-choice-three-cross-entered-horses-should-be-obvious" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hovdey: Black likes what he sees from What a View http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-black-likes-what-he-sees-what-view Trainer Kenny Black, once a jockey of considerable renown, will be running a horse in the Breeders' Cup for the first time on Nov. 5, when he saddles What a View in the $2 million Mile against the best the U.S. and Europe have to offer. Opinion Columns Breeders' Cup What a View Mile Hovdey: Black likes what he sees from What a View 1477602416 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:26:19 +0000 Jay Hovdey 396892 at http://www.drf.com Trainer Kenny Black will have a starter in the Breeders' Cup for the first time with What A View. Emily Shields <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-article-columnist"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jay Hovdey </div> </div> </div> <p>Trainer Kenny Black, once a jockey of considerable renown, will be running a horse in the Breeders’ Cup for the first time on Nov. 5, when he saddles What a View in the $2 million Mile against the best the U.S. and Europe have to offer.</p> <p>There will be a brief pause while those familiar with the Kenny Black saga come to terms with this information.</p> <p>What a View belongs in the Mile. The 5-year-old son of the Danzig stallion Vronsky is 5 for 5 on the Santa Anita turf course, including a victory in the Grade 1 Kilroe Mile over a strong field last March.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-black-likes-what-he-sees-what-view" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Frosted belongs in Breeders' Cup Classic, not Dirt Mile http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-frosted-belongs-breeders-cup-classic-not-dirt-mile Regarding the question of why anyone would want to face California Chrome in the Breeders' Cup Classic, here’s the answer: Because the best horses are supposed to run in the best races. Opinion Columns Breeders' Cup California Chrome Classic Frosted Watchmaker: Frosted belongs in Breeders' Cup Classic, not Dirt Mile 1476122781 Sun, 02 Oct 2016 14:52:26 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 394911 at http://www.drf.com California Chrome's tremendous performance in the Awesome Again may cause the connections of some top horses to avoid facing him in the Breeders' Cup Classic. 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"> Watchmaker: Frosted belongs in Breeders' Cup Classic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Watchmaker </div> </div> </div> <p>In the wake of California Chrome’s devastatingly easy score in Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes, more than a few people wondered why anyone would want to face the world’s best racehorse in next month’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-frosted-belongs-breeders-cup-classic-not-dirt-mile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crist: Imagine that – a formful Breeders’ Cup http://www.drf.com/news/crist-imagine-%E2%80%93-formful-breeders%E2%80%99-cup Thirteen Breeders’ Cup races with big fields over two days usually produce some wacky results – a couple of winners who still make no sense after the race is over, some 40-1 shots clunking up to complete gigantic trifectas and superfectas, mystifying no-shows by big names. There was a stretch a few years ago when you could have turned a profit by betting every single entrant in every Cup race because the winners’ payoffs added up to more than $300. Not this year. Opinion Columns Breeders' Cup Classic Crist: Imagine that – a formful Breeders’ Cup 1446823233 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:08:03 +0000 Steven Crist 371161 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-article-columnist"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Crist </div> </div> </div> <p>The most bizarre thing about last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup was that nothing bizarre happened.</p> <p>Thirteen races with big fields over two days usually produce some wacky results – a couple of winners who still make no sense after the race is over, some 40-1 shots clunking up to complete gigantic trifectas and superfectas, mystifying no-shows by big names. There was a stretch a few years ago when you could have turned a profit by betting every single entrant in every Cup race because the winners’ payoffs added up to more than $300.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/crist-imagine-%E2%80%93-formful-breeders%E2%80%99-cup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Jerardi: Juvenile filly Songbird much faster than colt Nyquist http://www.drf.com/news/jerardi-juvenile-filly-songbird-much-faster-colt-nyquist Songbird won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with complete ease, earning a career-best 99, 10 points better than the 89 Nyquist got four hours later in the Juvenile. Opinion Columns Breeders' Cup Nyquist Songbird Jerardi: Juvenile filly Songbird much faster than colt Nyquist 1446750647 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 17:57:58 +0000 Dick Jerardi 371167 at http://www.drf.com Songbird earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure for winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, 10 points higher than the colt Nyqust received for his victory in the Juvenile. 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"> Jerardi: Songbird faster than Nyquist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dick Jerardi </div> </div> </div> <p>Before we get to this Saturday’s stakes, let’s review a few of the Breeders’ Cup Beyer Speed Figure highlights beyond the 120 that American Pharoah got in the Classic.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/jerardi-juvenile-filly-songbird-much-faster-colt-nyquist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Watchmaker: Thanks for allowing American Pharoah to give us a Classic ending http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-thanks-allowing-american-pharoah-give-us-classic-ending We, all of us in this great game, owe trainer Bob Baffert and the Zayat family a tremendous debt of gratitude for giving American Pharoah the opportunity to thrill us one last time in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Opinion Columns Breeders' Cup American Pharoah Classic Watchmaker: Thanks for allowing American Pharoah to give us a Classic ending 1446566415 Sun, 01 Nov 2015 00:01:52 +0000 Mike Watchmaker 370806 at http://www.drf.com American Pharoah went out like a champion with his dominant victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic. 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"> Watchmaker: Thanks for American Pharoah's Classic finish </div> </div> </div> <p>LEXINGTON, Ky. - Bob Baffert said in the post-race Breeders’ Cup Classic press conference that, “We can’t be afraid to run these horses.”</p> <p>We, all of us in this great game, owe Baffert and the Zayat family a tremendous debt of gratitude for this philosophy.</p> <p>It would have been the easiest thing in the world for them to retire American Pharoah after he completed his historic Triple Crown. Instead, they shared him with us.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-thanks-allowing-american-pharoah-give-us-classic-ending" target="_blank">read more</a></p>