Breeders' Cup

October 01, 2014
Todd Pletcher has won two of the past four runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and a month ago it appeared as though he would have one of the favorites for this year’s race after Competitive Edge won the Grade 1 Hopeful impressively at Saratoga.
Wise Dan is the gleaming headliner on the last major weekend of North American grass races leading to the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and the 7-year-old gelding – a two-time Horse of the Year and two-time BC Mile winner – stands on a strange threshold.
Twice in his career, Cigar Street has been sidelined by serious injuries, but he has come back as good as ever this fall, and his victory Saturday in the Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs has left his connections contemplating a run in the $5 ...
In terms of producing potential Dirt Mile starters, Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile Indiana Derby and the six-furlong Santa Anita Sprint Championship are the long and short of it.
When the field reaches deep stretch in Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris, racing fans seeking clues for the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 may be best served by watching the also-rans.
The prospective starting lineup for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint should come into focus before the weekend runs its course, with the final two Win and You’re In races to take place Friday at Keeneland and Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
The field for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff will solidify after the final prep, the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland on Sunday. Meanwhile, challenges remain for Distaff candidates whose prep races are already behind them.
Trainer Michael Stidham is hoping a strong performance by Her Emmynency in the $100,000 Surfer Girl at Santa Anita on Sunday will propel her into becoming a serious contender in the Grade 1, $1 million Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Oct. 31.
The Grade 1 Alcibiades on Friday and Grade 1 Frizette on Saturday will play pivotal roles in determining who moves on to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Trainer Mike Maker is hoping for a smoother trip Sunday, when International Star starts in the Grade 3, $250,000 Bourbon at Keeneland.