As Jessica Paquette succeeds Chris Griffin at the Parx Racing microphone, this self-styled "weird horse girl" is living another one of her dreams and inspiring the next generation to pursue theirs as well.
The Bahrain International Trophy (G3) seeks to continue its positive trajectory and growing footprint on the global racing scene Nov. 18 when 10 contenders trained in five countries clash over 10 good-to-firm furlongs at Bahrain Turf Club.
Gabriel Duignan with Paramount Bloodstock bought the first seven-figure horse Nov. 6 at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, going to $1.35M for the first foal out of multiple grade 1 winner Bellafina. The filly was consigned as Hip 128 by Eaton Sales.
In the grand scheme of horses recently retired—Blackbeard, Baaeed, and Stradivarius, to name but three—you'd never assume a horse rated 64 at his peak would be a spectacle on a Saturday at Newmarket, yet here we are.
The ability of Australian Bloodstock's Jamie Lovett and Luke Murrell to source quality international horses suitable for Down Under again came to the fore Nov. 1 when Gold Trip delivered the Newcastle syndicators their second Melbourne Cup (G1).
Before the connections of Clairiere hope for a top effort from the two-time grade 1 winner in the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) Nov. 5 at Keeneland, they'll first send some good thoughts her way before the gates ever open.
The return of the Breeders' Cup to Keeneland would provide a nice boost for the Lexington economy in normal years. But that impact is even more forceful after two anything-but-normal COVID-19 pandemic years.