Track Notes

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf: U S Navy Flag potential favorite

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf three times in the race’s 10-year history, and he figures to have the favorite for the 2017 edition at Del Mar if U S Navy Flag comes to run.

Breeders' Cup Mile: Will Ribchester run on short rest?

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BC Mile: Will Ribchester run on short rest?

Trainer Richard Fahey has been saying for weeks that it wouldn’t be possible to commit Ribchester to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar on Nov. 4 before the horse ran in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Saturday at Ascot. This week, Fahey opened the door to a fall campaign that could have Ribchester headed to Japan instead of California.

Horses try out new Aqueduct turf course

ELMONT, N.Y. – When Aqueduct opens its fall meet on Nov. 3, it will unveil a new turf course. On Wednesday, horses were permitted on the course for the first time, with trainer Rudy Rodriguez sending out four horses to gallop over it.

“There were some parts on the [clubhouse] turn where the grass came back up, but most of it looked pretty good,” said Rodriguez, who was on one of the horses himself. “It looks like it’s holding up really good. Of course, it’ll be different when you breeze over it or when they start racing on it.”

Race-caller Stone not returning to NYRA

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Travis Stone

ELMONT, N.Y. – Travis Stone, who has split the race-calling duties at Aqueduct the last three winters with John Imbriale, will not be returning to the New York Racing Association this winter.

Stone, the regular race-caller at Churchill Downs, said he doesn’t want to move around so frequently.

Brown has strong hand for New York Showcase Day

ELMONT, N.Y. – Even on New York Showcase Day, trainer Chad Brown looks tough to beat.

Hole-in-one realized, Van Dyke eyes another first

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Hole-in-one realized, Van Dyke eyes another first

ARCADIA, Calif. – When jockey Drayden Van Dyke reached the 15th hole at the Santa Anita Golf Course during a charity tournament on Oct. 10, the round was not going well.

Richard's Boy may be considered for Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

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Richard's Boy may be considered for BC Turf Sprint

ARCADIA, Calif. – This may be a busy autumn for Richard’s Boy, a four-time stakes winner trained by Peter Miller.

Field size up at Santa Anita autumn meeting

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Field size up at Santa Anita autumn meeting

ARCADIA, Calif. – Average field size has shown growth at the Santa Anita autumn meeting, months after the track canceled four days of racing in the spring because of insufficient entries.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile: Rivelli has high expectations for The Tabulator

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BC Juvenile: High expectations for The Tabulator

Two years ago, trainer Larry Rivelli ran Cocked and Loaded in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and the 16-1 shot ran a creditable fifth behind Nyquist, beaten just a length for third.

Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf: Not enough spots for all contenders

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BC F&M Turf: Not enough spots for all contenders

Even with last weekend’s Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and Grade 1 E.P. Taylor generating only a few possible starters for the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Del Mar, an oversubscribed field is expected when pre-entries are announced next week.

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