Breeders' Cup

Breeders' Cup Classic long-range goal for Collected

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Breeders' Cup Classic long-range goal for Collected

ARCADIA, Calif. - The 4-year-old colt Collected is progressing so rapidly this spring that co-owner Peter Fluor has aspirations of a start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on Nov. 4.

Four additional Breeders' Cup qualifying races this year

Eighty-one stakes races this year, including 49 scheduled at North American racetracks, will offer automatic berths in Breeders’ Cup races this year, according to the organization, with seven of the races providing the winner with a guaranteed starting slot in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Breeders' Cup to cap Del Mar event at 37,500 each day

Breeders’ Cup will limit ticket sales to 37,500 attendees for each day of the two-day event this year on Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club near San Diego, the company announced on Tuesday.

Breeders' Cup selects retail merchandising partner

The Breeders’ Cup and Upper Right Marketing, a retail merchandising company, have signed a multiyear agreement making Upper Right the exclusive Breeders’ Cup retailer for its branded merchandise and apparel, the Breeders’ Cup announced on Thursday.

Ellis banned from running horses in 2017 Breeders' Cup

The trainer Ron Ellis will not be allowed to enter any horses in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup under a formal adoption of a sanction by Breeders’ Cup on Tuesday regarding a positive test for a trace amount of an anabolic steroid after the Ellis-trained Masochistic finished second in the 2016 Sprint.

The 2017 prohibition, announced Tuesday by Breeders' Cup, will also apply to Masochistic under rules Breeders’ Cup adopted several years ago to project a tough stance on the use of medications and drugs in racing.

Masochistic to be disqualified from BC Sprint

Barbara D. Livingston
Masochistic will be disqualified from the Breeders' Cup Sprint due to small amounts of a legal steroid in his system.

Masochistic will be disqualified from his second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, and his trainer, Ron Ellis, faces a potential penalty from the California Horse Racing Board after two separate tests confirmed small amounts of a legal steroid in the horse’s system, Ellis said Monday.

Road to the Derby: Breeders' Cup Juvenile analysis

Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; 1 1/16 miles; Santa Anita; Nov. 5, 2016

Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby: Breeders' Cup Juvenile analysis

Emily Shields
Classic Empire confirmed his status as the season's top 2-year-old by winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, 1 1/16 miles, Santa Anita, Nov. 5, 2016

 (20 Derby qualifying points for a win, 8 for second, 4 for third, 2 for fourth)

 Winner: Classic Empire, by Pioneerof the Nile

 Trainer: Mark Casse

 Jockey: Julien Leparoux

 Owner: John Oxley

 Beyer Speed Figure: 102

Breeders' Cup Sprint purse yet to be paid out

Barbara D. Livingston
Drefong, ridden by Martin Garcia, wins the Breeders' Cup Sprint by 1 1/4 lengths on Nov. 5.

DEL MAR, Calif. – The purse for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint has yet to be released, though the other 12 Breeders’ Cup races have had their purses released, the California Horse Racing Board said on Wednesday.

Purses are often held up if there is an issue with a post-race test. Asked if that was the case regarding the Sprint, Mike Marten, a spokesman for the racing board, said, “We cannot comment.”

Tamarkuz retired to stand at owner's farm

Barbara D. Livingston
Tamarkuz, with Mike Smith aboard, wins the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile by 3 1/2 lengths Friday.

Tamarkuz earned a place at stud at his owner’s farm when he won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Friday. Three days after the biggest victory of his career, it was announced that he would take up residence at Sheikh Maktoum’s Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Ky., for the 2017 breeding season. The son of Speightstown will stand for a fee of $12,500.

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