Breeders' Cup

Mind Your Biscuits could point to BC Dirt Mile

ELMONT, N.Y. - Mind Your Biscuits solidified his position atop the nation’s sprint division with yet another electrifying performance Saturday at Belmont Park, an easy  3 1/2-length victory over Awesome Slew in the Grade 2 Belmont Sprint for which he received a 106 Beyer Speed Figure as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Green Mask gains BC Turf Sprint berth with Highlander win

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Green Mask and rider Javier Castellano won the Highlander Stakes by two lengths.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — The favored shipper Green Mask punched his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint this fall at Del Mar with a decisive score in Sunday’s Grade 2 Highlander Stakes, a BC Win and You’re In qualifier at Woodbine.

Commute set a lively pace in the six-furlong turf sprint, while being pressed by longshot Don Camillo, as Green Mask raced about five lengths back in fifth on the turn under Javier Castellano.

Imperial Hint's victory in Smile gives him BC Sprint spot

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Imperial Hint returned $3.40 in winning the Smile Sprint at Gulfstream Park.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The Cinderella story of Imperial Hint and trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. added another chapter Saturday at Gulfstream Park when the speedster ran away through the stretch to a popular and one-sided 4 3/4-length victory over Awesome Banner in the $250,000 Smile Sprint. By winning the Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, Imperial Hint is guaranteed an all-expenses-paid slot in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 4 at Del Mar.

Curlin's Approval punches ticket for BC Filly and Mare Sprint

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Curlin's Approval paid $11 in winning the Princess Rooney at Gulfstream on Saturday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Curlin’s Approval proved she’s back in top form - earning an all-expenses-paid, guaranteed berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in the process - in drawing away to a convincing 4 1/2-length victory over Distinta in Sunday’s $250,000 Princess Rooney at Gulfstream Park.

Lightstream, the 6-5 favorite, finished another half-length farther back in third.

Imperial Hint seeks ticket to BC Sprint in Smile Sprint

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.

Bal a Bali, Stellar Wind in career-best form

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Bal a Bali, Stellar Wind in career-best form

ARCADIA, Calif.- Bal a Bali and Stellar Wind had secure reputations long before wins in Grade 1 stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Hovdey: Filly and Mare Turf gets short shrift

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.

They were right.

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.

Japan: Breeders' Cup Mile berth at stake in Yasuda Kinen

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Japan: Breeders' Cup Mile berth at stake in Yasuda Kinen

More than three years have gone by since Isla Bonita won the Grade 1 Japanese 2000 Guineas.

The now-6-year-old horse has lost seven subsequent starts in Grade 1 races, a streak that could end in Sunday’s Grade 1 Yasuda Kinen at a mile on turf at Tokyo Racecourse. Isla Bonita is expected to be favored in the $1,817,540 Yasuda Kinen, which drew a field of 18.

The race could have Breeders’ Cup implications. The winner will receive a fees-paid berth in the BC Mile at Del Mar on Nov. 4 if nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program.

Bal a Bali seeks Breeders' Cup berth in Shoemaker Mile

ARCADIA, Calif. – Bal a Bali won the Triple Crown in Brazil, overcame a scary bout with laminitis, and became a Grade 1 winner in the United States this year.

Breeders' Cup alters distance of two turf races at Del Mar

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Breeders' Cup alters distance of two turf races at Del Mar

Two races on the Breeders’ Cup card this year will be run at non-traditional distances due to the configuration of the Del Mar turf course, Breeders’ Cup announced on Wednesday.

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