DRF.com | Special Events: Breeders' Cup http://www.drf.com/feeds/xml/news-categories/breeders%27-cup en Imperial Hint seeks ticket to BC Sprint in Smile Sprint http://www.drf.com/news/preview/imperial-hint-seeks-ticket-bc-sprint-smile-sprint What began as one of the Cinderella stories of this year's Dubai World Cup program ended a little before midnight after trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. was forced to scratch his star Imperial Hint from the Dubai Golden Shaheen just days before the race due to a minor infection. Carvajal will be looking for a storybook ending of a different kind when he finally gets Imperial Hint back to action Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the Grade 3 Smile Sprint. Track Notes Breeders' Cup Awesome Banner Delta Bluesman Distinta Imperial Hint Sprint Imperial Hint seeks ticket to BC Sprint in Smile Sprint 1498246595 a:5:{s:15:"field_race_date";s:19:"2017-06-25T00:00:00";s:16:"field_track_name";s:15:"Gulfstream Park";s:16:"field_track_code";s:2:"GP";s:17:"field_race_number";s:1:"0";s:13:"field_session";s:1:"D";} Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:56:17 +0000 Mike Welsch 413468 at http://www.drf.com Imperial Hint won the General George Stakes on Feb. 18. Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Welsch </div> </div> </div> <p>HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – What began as one of the Cinderella stories of this year’s Dubai World Cup program ended a little before midnight when trainer Luis Carvajal Jr., who operates a modest eight-horse stable at Parx Racing, was forced to scratch his star, Imperial Hint, from the Dubai Golden Shaheen just days before the race due to a minor infection.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/imperial-hint-seeks-ticket-bc-sprint-smile-sprint" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bal a Bali, Stellar Wind in career-best form http://www.drf.com/news/preview/bal-bali-stellar-wind-career-best-form Bal a Bali, who won Saturday’s $400,690 Shoemaker Mile on turf, won the 2014 Rio Triple Crown in Brazil. Stellar Wind, who won the $368,000 Beholder Mile on dirt, was the champion 3-year-old filly of 2015. Even with those accomplishments, their respective trainers – Richard Mandella and John Sadler – had common thoughts on Sunday morning. Both think their runners could be in career-best form. Track Notes Breeders' Cup Bal a Bali Stellar Wind Distaff Mile Bal a Bali, Stellar Wind in career-best form 1496624033 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:53:53 +0000 Steve Andersen 412012 at http://www.drf.com Bal a Bali qualified for the Breeders' Cup Mile by winning the Shoemaker Mile. 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"> Bal a Bali, Stellar Wind in career-best form </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.- Bal a Bali and Stellar Wind had secure reputations long before wins in Grade 1 stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday.</p> <p>Bal a Bali, who won Saturday’s $400,690 Shoemaker Mile on turf, won the 2014 Rio Triple Crown in Brazil. Stellar Wind, who won the $368,000 Beholder Mile on dirt, was the champion 3-year-old filly of 2015.</p> <p>Even with those accomplishments, their respective trainers – Richard Mandella and John Sadler – had common thoughts on Sunday morning. Both think their runners could be in career-best form.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/bal-bali-stellar-wind-career-best-form" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hovdey: Filly and Mare Turf gets short shrift http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-filly-and-mare-turf-gets-short-shrift The announcement this week by Breeders' Cup Ltd. that the 2017 running of the Filly and Mare Turf at Del Mar will be run at nine furlongs effectively cuts the legs out from under a tradition that seemed safe from meddling. Opinion Columns Breeders' Cup Lady Eli Queen's Trust Filly & Mare Turf Hovdey: Filly and Mare Turf gets short shrift 1496430372 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:06:12 +0000 Jay Hovdey 411851 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 Filly and Mare Turf came onto the scene in 1999 under pressure from owners and breeders who were frustrated that they had championship-quality horses with no place to run on racing’s most important day.</p><p>They were right.</p><p>The race has tested some of the best females in the world over the turf courses of eight different American tracks. Of the 18 runnings, 11 have been offered at 1 1/4 miles, seven at 1 3/8 miles, and one – the Keeneland running – at 1 3/16 miles.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-filly-and-mare-turf-gets-short-shrift" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ransom the Moon may target San Carlos Stakes http://www.drf.com/news/preview/ransom-moon-may-target-san-carlos-stakes A move to sprints has redefined Ransom the Moon’s career this spring, and launched discussions regarding which races to use as a goal this summer and fall. Ransom the Moon won his stakes debut in the Grade 2 Kona Gold Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita on Saturday and is a candidate for the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on July 1. Track Notes Breeders' Cup Ransom the Moon Dirt Mile Sprint Ransom the Moon may target San Carlos Stakes 1495405014 Sun, 21 May 2017 22:16:54 +0000 Steve Andersen 410860 at http://www.drf.com Ransom the Moon seems like a candidate for two Breeders’ Cup race categories – the Dirt Mile on Nov.3 or the Sprint at six furlongs on Nov. 4. 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"> Ransom the Moon may target San Carlos </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. - A move to sprints has redefined Ransom the Moon’s career this spring, and launched discussions regarding which races to use as a goal this summer and fall.</p> <p>Ransom the Moon won his stakes debut in the Grade 2 Kona Gold Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita on Saturday and is a candidate for the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on July 1.</p> <p>“I think the seven-eighths distance will suit him very well,” trainer Phil D’Amato said.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/ransom-moon-may-target-san-carlos-stakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Look for Zhukova to show up at Breeders' Cup this fall http://www.drf.com/news/preview/look-zhukova-show-breeders-cup-fall Zhukova, the filly who dominated the boys by six lengths in Saturday’s Grade 1 Man o’ War at Belmont, is due to fly back to Ireland on Thursday. However, her connections are intending a return trip to the U.S. in the fall and the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Track Notes Breeders' Cup Zhukova Filly & Mare Turf Look for Zhukova to show up at Breeders' Cup this fall 1494795999 Sun, 14 May 2017 21:06:39 +0000 David Grening 410243 at http://www.drf.com The European mare Zhukova is a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf this fall at Del Mar. 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"> Look for Zhukova to show up at Breeders' Cup this fall </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> David Grening </div> </div> </div> <p>Zhukova, the filly who dominated the boys by six lengths in Saturday’s Grade 1 Man o’ War at Belmont, is due to fly back to Ireland on Thursday. However, her connections are intending a return trip to the U.S. in the fall and the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.</p> <p>Mark Weld, the assistant to his father, Dermot, trainer of Zhukova, said the filly “deserves a shot” at the Breeders’ Cup, which will be held this year at Del Mar.</p><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/news/preview/look-zhukova-show-breeders-cup-fall" 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>