Breeders’ Cup News & Notes- 2018

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Blue Prize Punches Breeders' Cup Ticket in Fleur de Lis

The Pure Prize mare gained an automatic berth to the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1).

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... eur-de-lis
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Mikki Rocket gets jump on Werther in Breeders’ Cup WAYI Takarazuka Kinen

Mizuki Noda’s Mikki Rocket capitalized on a ground-saving trip, and first run, to deny Hong Kong celebrity Werther in Sunday’s $2.955 million Takarazuka Kinen (G1) at Hanshin. Under a well-judged ride by Ryuji Wada, the 12-1 chance earned his first Grade 1 laurel in the “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).

http://www.brisnet.com/content/2018/06/ ... uka-kinen/
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Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:14 am

Breeders' Cup Plans Hinge on Dwyer for Mendelssohn

Connections hope to get Scat Daddy colt back on track after Kentucky Derby (G1) loss.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... endelssohn
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Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:00 am

Nineteen to Line Up for Grande Premio Brasil

Brazilian group 1 is Breeders' Cup Challenge race for the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T).

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... mio-brasil

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Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:46 am

July 15 Deadline For Discounted Breeders’ Cup Nominations Of Horses Of Racing Age

Owners of horses of racing age currently not nominated to the Breeders' Cup program can nominate their runners at discounted rates on or before Sunday, July 15 for competition in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships, Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. All horses must be nominated in order to compete in any of the 14 Breeders' Cup World Championship races.

https://www.paulickreport.com/news/bree ... acing-age/
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Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:47 pm

Breeders’ Cup Announces Board Election Results

The Breeders' Cup today announced the election results to its Board of Directors by the 44 Breeders' Cup Members. Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm; Gavin Murphy, SF Bloodstock; Barbara Banke, Stonestreet Stables and Walker Hancock, Claiborne Farm were each elected to serve a four-year term. Ms. Banke and Mr. Walden were re-elected as Directors. William S. Farish, Jr., Lane's End Farm and Alex Solis II, Solis/Litt Bloodstock were each elected to serve a three-year term. Mr. Farish was re-elected as a Director. Dan Pride, Godolphin, was re-elected and will fill a one-year term. The terms were filled in descending order based upon the number of votes cast for each candidate.

https://www.paulickreport.com/news/peop ... n-results/
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Santa Anita Renames Gr.I Race for American Pharoah

https://www.horseracingnation.com/news/ ... an_Pharoah

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I am still bewildered by the Juvenile Turf Sprint.....
Agreed, and now this race has a Win and a Your In prep at the upcoming SA meet in the Speakeasy S. which will be run at 5f. Does this mean they position the starting gate halfway down the hill? Don't think I've ever seen a 5f turf race at SA before.
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Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:43 pm

From DRF....

Catalina Cruiser, winner of the San Diego Handicap earlier in the meet, will remain at Del Mar for the Grade 2, $200,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes on Saturday, with trainer John Sadler saying it's the best option to move Catalina Cruiser along toward his intended year-end goal, the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.

His regular rider, Drayden Van Dyke, has the mount.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:45 am

Received this in e-mail from BreedersCup....

We've announced today that we'll be offering future wagers on the Breeders' Cup World Championship in three pools, beginning with Breeders’ Cup Classic and Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff wagering opening on Friday, Aug. 24 at 12 p.m. ET. The Classic Future wager pool will conclude at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 26, and the Distaff Future wager pool will conclude at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The second Breeders’ Cup Future Wager pool will include the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sire Future Wager, and will open on Aug. 31 and close on Sept. 2. The third and final Future Wager pools, scheduled to open on Oct. 5 and close on Oct. 7, will consist of the Breeders’ Cup Classic Future Wager #2 and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. This is a $2 minimum win wager only.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:41 pm

Bill Mott is just full of surprises this weekend.

On Saturday, Mott was surprisingly vocal after the stewards did not disqualify Abel Tasman from first and bumping with the Mott-trained Elate in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga.

On Sunday, when I asked if he would look forward to a rematch with Abel Tasman in the Breeders' Cup, Mott said, "they may have to put her in the Classic to meet us." The Breeders' Cup Classic, run at 1 1-4 miles, will be run on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs as will the $2 million Distaff at 1 1-8 miles.

Mott said he is strongly considering pointing Elate to the Classic, where she would meet some of the top older males and 3-year-old males in training. The 1 1-4-mile distance is attractive to Mott for Elate, who at 3 won the Grade 1 Alabama and last month won the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap, both at 1 1-4 miles.

Beyond just the distance, Mott said, "I just think she’s that good. In all due respect to all our other competition -- I'm not taking anything away from anybody -- I just believe in our horse. Not trying to be cocky or arrogant, I think we’re going to take it under serious consideration."
http://live.drf.com/nuggets/44729-elate ... up-classic
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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stark wrote:
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:41 pm
Bill Mott is just full of surprises this weekend.

On Saturday, Mott was surprisingly vocal after the stewards did not disqualify Abel Tasman from first and bumping with the Mott-trained Elate in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga.

On Sunday, when I asked if he would look forward to a rematch with Abel Tasman in the Breeders' Cup, Mott said, "they may have to put her in the Classic to meet us." The Breeders' Cup Classic, run at 1 1-4 miles, will be run on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs as will the $2 million Distaff at 1 1-8 miles.

Mott said he is strongly considering pointing Elate to the Classic, where she would meet some of the top older males and 3-year-old males in training. The 1 1-4-mile distance is attractive to Mott for Elate, who at 3 won the Grade 1 Alabama and last month won the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap, both at 1 1-4 miles.

Beyond just the distance, Mott said, "I just think she’s that good. In all due respect to all our other competition -- I'm not taking anything away from anybody -- I just believe in our horse. Not trying to be cocky or arrogant, I think we’re going to take it under serious consideration."
http://live.drf.com/nuggets/44729-elate ... up-classic
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Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:14 pm

One thing that's kind of interesting is where Catholic Boy will show up for his final Classic prep. I kind of expected him to run next in something like the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. I) but the Paulick Report states he will likely move back to turf for the Hill Prince (gr. IIT) at Belmont.
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Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:22 pm

Well, this is interesting. And kind of surprising. :shock:

Breeders' Cup Classic bid an option for Roaring Lion, John Gosden reveals
The Breeders' Cup Classic, run on dirt at Churchill Downs on November 3, is an option for Roaring Lion, trainer John Gosden revealed on Sunday.
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"If he went to the Breeders' Cup, it could be the mile and a half on turf or we could look at the Classic on dirt. He's a mile-and-a-quarter horse so you'd consider the Classic as well as the turf."

Read more: https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/ ... als/346968

I know nothing is certain, since Gosden still has to see whether the colt runs in the Champions Stakes and, if he does, how well he bounces back from the Ascot race.
One wouldn't normally think of the Classic on dirt for a Kitten's Joy horse, but RL's dam side teases the potential. He's out of Vionnet (Street Sense x Cambiocorsa). Vionnet and Cambiocorsa were both grass runners, but Street Sense certainly did OK on dirt. :P ;)
Roaring Lion is a big, strong colt, and he could be the type who can run on almost anything.
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Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:28 pm

I swear if all these good horses actually show up this could be the best field we've seen in a while for the Classic.

Not that the fields have been trash of course, it'd just be the best.

As far as Kitten's Joy goes, I'm hoping Hill 'N Dale tries him out with some higher quality dirt mares to see what would happen. He is a son of El Prado, the same as Medaglia d'Oro, who we know throws dirt and turf horses. And he's had stakes winners on dirt before, like Csaba. Now would be the time to do it, since Kitten has established himself as an international sire.
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Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:31 pm

Starine wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:14 pm
One thing that's kind of interesting is where Catholic Boy will show up for his final Classic prep. I kind of expected him to run next in something like the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. I) but the Paulick Report states he will likely move back to turf for the Hill Prince (gr. IIT) at Belmont.
I'm not entirely convinced Catholic Boy can add the BCC to his CV, but, damn he looks good. I love this horse's "type" and how happily he runs, even in the afternoon.

https://www.xbtv.com/video/belmont-park ... 23rd-2018/
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It's worth noting Churchill is a surface usually kind to horses with Turf form... so it could get very interesting indeed with decent weather. I am very much looking forward to the Breeders' Cup.
Now I suppose though we are all very focused on the Classic but if a lot of Turf horses are aiming at the Classic... what's the field for the Turf shaping up like?
A filly named Ruffian...

Eine Stute namens Danedream...

Une pouliche se nommant Trêve...

Kincsem nevű kanca...


And a Queen named Beholder
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It's worth noting Churchill is a surface usually kind to horses with Turf form... so it could get very interesting indeed with decent weather. I am very much looking forward to the Breeders' Cup.
Now I suppose though we are all very focused on the Classic but if a lot of Turf horses are aiming at the Classic... what's the field for the Turf shaping up like?
Well according to HRN, which isn’t the most reliable thing but at the same time isn’t too far off the mark, these horses are possibles/probables for the Turf.

Robert Bruce
Glorious Empire
Channel Maker
Fashion Business
Cliffs of Moher
Latrobe
Cloth of Stars
Rostropovich
Crystal Ocean
Roaring Lion
Study of Man
Hunting Horn

Not a lot of American horses listed at the time but that’ll probably change. Wonder if Canada will bring Johnny Bear.
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Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:39 pm

With the BC just around the corner, I was not happy to see this on DRF:
Four racing fatalities in one week at Churchill
By Matt Hegarty
Four horses suffered fatal racing injuries over the previous week of racing at Churchill Downs in Louisville, state racing regulators confirmed on Tuesday, a statistical abnormality that has led regulators to closely examine the cases as the Breeders’ Cup event at Churchill approaches.
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:? I don't know if there's more information than that, since I don't have an account.
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Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:14 pm

If you sign up (free) with DRF, you get something like 10 free articles a month. The article names the horses.

Four racing fatalities in one week at Churchill
...The breakdowns occurred one each on the four days of racing held Sept. 20-23. The bodies of all four horses are currently being necropsied, according to state racing regulators, who are attempting to find evidence for any common causes or factors that could be countered.

“We’re looking at everything,” said Dr. Mary Scollay, the equine medical director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, on Tuesday morning. “It is clearly an unacceptable rate of occurrence. We’re accumulating evidence right now and looking at it very hard.”

The causes of fatal injuries are multi-variant, and it is difficult, especially in the earliest stages of an investigation, to determine if there is a common element to the breakdowns. Scollay said that racing regulators continue to conduct aggressive pre-race examinations, and that Dr. Mick Peterson, a professor at the University of Kentucky who is an expert on racing surfaces, has surveyed the Churchill Downs racetrack.
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Kentucky’s racing commission has been one of the national leaders in embracing measures intended to identify at-risk horses prior to racing, and the state’s racetracks generally outperform other U.S. racetracks in long-term fatality rates of horses. Still, racetracks across the U.S. can experience spates of fatal injuries that defy long-term rates, which can lead horsemen, regulators, and the public to grasp for answers in an area in which there are seldom clear-cut explanations.

The four horses that suffered fatal injuries were Ricochet Bay, a 3-year-old maiden trained by Steve Assmussen who broke down on Sept. 20; Conquest Hiosilver, a 6-year-old lifetime winner of six races trained by Tom Amoss, who broke down on Sept. 21; Medlin, a 3-year-old winner trained by Aaron Shorter (Sept. 22); and Lilt, a 4-year-old trained by Brendan Walsh who has finished in the money six times from 10 lifetime starts (Sept. 23).

All four broke down in dirt races. The track was listed as fast for the races in which the first three horses broke down, and sloppy (sealed) for the fourth breakdown.

While the condition of a racing surface is always a popular target for criticism in the wake of breakdowns, research on fatal injuries have shown that they occur for a wide variety of reasons, including pre-existing microscopic bone fractures that are sometimes difficult to detect.

Walsh, the trainer of Lilt, said that he did not have an explanation for the breakdown of the filly, who broke a sesamoid bone, one of the most critical stress-bearing structures in a horse.

“Who knows?” Walsh said. “It’s very hard to assess stuff like this. Unfortunately these things happen, and they happen everywhere.”
More: https://www.drf.com/news/four-racing-fa ... nable=true
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