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Zenyatta: Champion Mother
Learn more about Zenyatta's life as a broodmare in this companion piece to 'Long Live The Queen," Tracy Gantz's Breeders' Cup longform at www.BloodHorse.com/Zenyatta.
Weanling Daughter of Champion Zenyatta Dies
The team connected to champion Zenyatta reported a saddening loss Oct. 29 when a weanling War Front filly out of the 2010 Horse of the Year was euthanized following an Oct. 28 paddock accident at Lane's End Farm.
That Handicapping Show: Breeders' Cup Friday
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap several Breeders' Cup Friday races. They look at the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Mile, Juvenile Fillies, and Juvenile Fillies Turf. Return Saturday for the Breeders' Cup Classic!
TVG Offering Shared Belief Guaranteed Odds
TVG has announced it will offer a guaranteed 5-2 return for win bets on Shared Belief for wagers up to $20 made Friday, Oct. 31, through TVGe's mobile platforms.
Sprint Wins Come From Every Post Position
At only six furlongs, the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) raises more questions regarding post positions than do many of the longer races. Yet historically Sprint wins have been scattered throughout the starting gate.
Smith Has Calming Influence on Tom's Tribute
If you watch Mike Smith in the post parade of the upcoming Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park, don't be surprised to see him slouched a bit in the saddle, his feet dropped out of the irons.
Sire Tapit Closing in on Record Season
Leading North American sire Tapit has piled up impressive numbers this season and, as you might expect, his progeny figure prominently in the weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Sherman, Others Honored by Turf Writers
Art Sherman, who trains Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome, and others were honored by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association the evening of Oct. 29.
Santa Anita Confident in New Dirt Surface
As Santa Anita Park prepares to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 31-Nov. 1, track management is confident its new dirt surface will perform well and safely.
Pleasantly Perfect Sold to Stand in Turkey
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Pleasantly Perfect has been purchased by Turkish interests and will stand at the Turkish National Stud in 2015, Murat Sancal of Sancal Racing said Oct. 30.
Northern Cal Trainers On Cup's Center Stage
As unlikely as it seems, a couple of grizzled bantamweights from Northern California are playing the heavyweights as their respective 3-year-olds approach the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 1.
Miss Mischief Seeking to Make the Grade
The daughter of Into Mischief is looking to extend a three-race winning streak and pick up her first graded stakes win.
Longform: Long Live the Queen
The legacy of one of the modern era's best-known Thoroughbred stars continues to this day as two-time Breeders' Cup winner and 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta maintains a devoted fan following.
Leparoux Posts Career Win 2,000 at Churchill
Jockey Julien Leparoux rode In My Time to a one-length win in the ninth race Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Churchill Downs to secure his 2,000th career win.
Leading Edge Heads Princess Elizabeth
Chiefswood Stable's homebred Leading Edge, a daughter of Tapit out of a grade II winner, heads Woodbine's Princess Elizabeth Stakes Nov. 2. The $250,000 race is Canadian-foaled fillies at 1 1/16 miles.
Lameness Knocks Magician Out of BC Turf
Magician, winner of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), has been withdrawn from this year's race at Santa Anita Park, Breeders' Cup officials confirmed the morning of Oct. 29.
Indiana Completes Drug Sample Testing Backlog
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission announced Oct. 30 that the backlog of its drug testing samples is cleared and testing current at its Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse race meet at Indiana Grand.
Identifying Profitable Yearlings In-Utero
More than 1,900 broodmares will be offered in-foal at this year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Hopes of Calderon, Peru with Valiant Emilia
Should Valiant Emilia register an upset victory in the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), it not only would be a dream come true for owner-breeder Bernardo Calderon but could spark interest in Peru.
Haskin Friday Longshot Plays
Let's start by saying that this year's Breeders' Cup is one of the toughest to handicap in many years, with deep, wide-open fields, none of which, except perhaps one, have a clear-cut favorite that stands far above the others
Frat Brothers Team Up on Lawn Ranger
The good old college days continue for Ken McPeek and Rusty Jones, whose Lawn Ranger goes in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, and adds to their success with graded stakes winners such as My Baby Baby, War Dancer, and Pure Fun
Eastern Fillies Top Good Field in Goldikova
Eastern based Filimbi and Strathnaver, along with four-time Santa Anita turf stakes winner Pontchatrain, head a strong field of nine fillies and mares Nov. 2 in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.
By the Moon Settles In for Juvenile Fillies
Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon shipped well from New York to California Oct. 28 and is getting some light exercise in advance of the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Nov. 1.
Breeders' Cup to Honor Top Jockey
The Breeders' Cup will again present the most outstanding jockey of the Breeders' Cup World Championships with the Bill Shoemaker Award based on competition in the 13 races Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Breeders' Cup News Update for Oct 30, 2014
Claire Novak provides updates on Shared Belief, Rich Tapestry, and Art Sherman's thoughts on the contenders for Horse of the Year.
Breeders' Cup Friday Selections
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Breeders' Cup Friday races.
Baffert Hopes Luck Turns with One Lucky Dane
Dual champion Lookin At Lucky has two colts from his first crop in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and trainer Bob Baffert, who lost favorite American Pharoah from the race, hopes One Lucky Dane can fill the void.
BC, NBC Extend Media Rights Deal 10 Years
NBC Sports Group is extending its media rights partnership with Breeders' Cup through 2025 with a 10-year extension, it was announced Oct. 30.
BC 2014: Shared Belief at Santa Anita
Classic favorite Shared Belief, walking after visiting track at Santa Anita Park.
Aktabantay Out of BC Juvenile Turf
Aktabantay has been scratched out of the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) due to a stress fracture of right rear caused by kicking stall, according to Breeders' Cup officials.