Breeders' Cup

Sparkman: Raising a Cup to Quality Road

Barbara D. Livingston
Caledonia Road, a daughter of Quality Road, wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 4.

Although established stars Medaglia d’Oro and More Than Ready both sired two of this year’s Breeders’ Cup winners, no stallion benefited more from the event than Quality Road.

Quality Road’s daughter Caledonia Road probably earned a champion 2-year-old filly Eclipse statuette with her victory in the Juvenile Fillies, and another daughter Abel Tasman almost certainly clinched a 3-year-old filly championship with her closing second to the older Forever Unbridled in the Distaff.

Watchmaker: A few lingering Breeders' Cup thoughts

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Watchmaker: A few Breeders' Cup thoughts

A few lingering Breeders’ Cup thoughts:

** Allow me to echo the widespread praise for the job Del Mar did hosting the Breeders’ Cup. Logistically, everything came off without an obvious hitch. Moreover, the setting is simply gorgeous, so much so that I can’t imagine any racing person who was there on that sun-splashed Breeders’ Cup Saturday wanting to be anywhere else in the world.

BC Dirt Mile winner Battle of Midway retired to stud at WinStar

Susie Raisher
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Battle of Midway will stand the 2018 breeding season at WinStar Farm for an advertised fee of $20,000.

Battle of Midway, winner of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, has been retired from racing, and will stand the 2018 breeding season at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. for an advertised fee of $20,000.

Breeders’ Cup 2017 insights from The Wizard

Breeders’ Cup telecast (C-)

The main track featured a dead rail both days. The on-air commentators made no mention of the bias until just before the final race, the Classic, was run. It was only then that Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss pointed out that speed had not been holding. They still never picked up the real story that if you raced on the inside part of the track, you were finished.

Peter Miller (A+)

Some Eclipse titles cemented, others up in the air in Breeders' Cup aftermath

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Some Eclipse titles cemented, others up in the air
Barbara D. Livingston
Besides the $16 million Pegasus World Cup, plans for Breeders' Cup Classic winner Gun Runner are fluid.

DEL MAR, Calif. – The victory by Gun Runner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday left no doubt as to the Horse of the Year and champion older dirt male for 2017, and while several other Eclipse Award divisions were decided over the 13 Breeders’ Cup races Friday and Saturday at Del Mar, a good number are still as murky as the fog that can roll in off the Pacific Ocean here, leaving voters with some potentially difficult choices.

Versatility marks sires with 2017 Breeders' Cup doubles

Debra A. Roma
Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Roy H was sired by More Than Ready, who also sired BC Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Rushing Fall.

On paper, there aren’t many similarities between the young Rushing Fall, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf going a route on the lawn, and Roy H, an older gelding who won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on dirt.

The same goes for New York-bred Bar of Gold, who got her dark nose down on the line to win the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in a major upset, and the flashy Great Britain-born, French-based Talismanic, who prevailed in the marathon Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Broodmares Leslie's Lady, Win Approval join exclusive club

Susie Raisher
With his win in the Juvenile Turf, Mendelssohn (outside) made dam Leslie's Lady just the fourth mare to have produced multiple individual Breeders' Cup winners.

Breeders’ Cup winners comprise an exclusive club. Even more exclusive is the club broodmares Leslie’s Lady and Win Approval joined during the most recent renewal of the event.

For trainer John Sadler, time to regroup

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For trainer John Sadler, time to regroup
Barbara D. Livingston
Stellar Wind finished eighth and last in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, her final career start.

DEL MAR, Calif. – November will be a rebuilding month for prominent California trainer John Sadler.

Last Friday, Sadler had two leading hopes in Breeders’ Cup races at Del Mar, but sustained disappointing results. Accelerate finished ninth of 10 at odds of 7-2 in the BC Dirt Mile. Stellar Wind was last of eight at 3-1 in the BC Distaff.

Multi-race exotics key increase in Breeders' Cup betting

Wagering on the 13 races of the Breeders’ Cup this year, held on Friday and Saturday at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., rose for the second straight year, with both years showing the strongest gains in the pools for multi-race wagers, according to data collected from Equibase charts.

Mares owned by late Evans make impact at Breeders' Cup

Emily Shields
Breeders' Cup Classic winner Gun Runner is out of the Grade 2-winning Giant’s Causeway mare Quiet Giant.

The pinnacle of the late Edward P. Evans’s experience with the Breeders’ Cup came when Saint Liam, a horse he bred, rallied four wide down the Belmont stretch to win the 2005 Classic.

The Virginia horseman died in December 2010, and his Spring Hill Farm’s roster was dispersed the following year to a record-setting reception at the Keeneland September and November sales, but this year’s Breeders’ Cup results were still covered with his fingerprints.

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