Breeders' Cup

Nonkono Yume earns BC Classic berth; Sumahama wins Kentucky Derby berth

Nonkono Yume earned a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November, and Sumahama earned a place in the Kentucky Derby on May 5 with their stakes wins at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan on Sunday.

Nonkono Yume (9-1) won the Group 1 February Stakes at a mile for his fifth stakes win. The $2,031,984 February Stakes is the first race in the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees-paid berth for the BC Classic to the winner.

Kentucky bill would make Breeders' Cup tax break permanent

The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a bill that will grant tax breaks to Breeders’ Cup Ltd. any time it holds its two-day event at a track in the state.

The House approved the bill on Monday, and it is expected to gain approval in the Kentucky Senate. The bill was introduced and sponsored by Rep. Dave Osborne, a Louisville-area Republican who is a horse owner and breeder.

Breeders' Cup board set to discuss major event changes

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The board of the Breeders’ Cup is scheduled to meet Friday to discuss a number of proposals that could have significant impacts on its two-day event, including several radical changes that could upend the racing calendar, according to officials involved with the organization.

Craig Fravel, president and chief executive of Breeders’ Cup, said late last week that he would not comment specifically on any proposals that are expected to come before the board, and he rejected suggestions that any of the ideas are on a fast track to implementation.

Watchmaker: Sharp Azteca wears crown as top miler

Ronnie Betor
Sharp Azteca wins the Grade 1 Cigar Mile with authority.

To afford a full four-week gap between the Breeders’ Cup and the stakes that mark New York’s last truly big racing weekend until the spring, the New York Racing Association chose this year to move Aqueduct’s Cigar Mile, Remsen, and Demoiselle out of their traditional spots on Thanksgiving weekend and run them instead on the first Saturday in December.

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.

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