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October

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Breeders’ Cup Foal Nomination Deadline Closes Oct. 15

The Breeders’ Cup issued a reminder today that Thursday, Oct. 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET is the last chance for horsemen to nominate weanlings of 2020 to the Breeders’ Cup program at the one-time regular nomination fee of $400 USD. The $400 nomination entitles each foal with lifetime eligibility to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and the Breeders’ Cup Racing Programs. All foals sired by a fully-nominated North American Breeders’ Cup stallion are eligible for nomination to the Breeders’ Cup program in their year of birth at the weanling rate. Breeders’ Cup Limited has been Thoroughbred racing’s most significant national […]

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October

05
Cairo Memories is pointed to Breeders’ Cup after Surfer Girl win

A close third heading into the far turn, Cairo Memories set sail for home leaving the quarter pole and never was threatened through the lane en route to a 2 1/4-length score in Sunday’s $200,000 Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, the 2-year-old filly by Cairo Prince got one mile on turf in 1:34.27 and now will likely start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Nov. 5 at Del Mar. “She’s been doing everything right,” said trainer Bob Hess Jr. “We were encouraged by the way she broke her maiden and she’s been moving forward in […]

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September

28
Bella Sofia Dominant In Gallant Bloom At Belmont Park

In her first four lifetime starts, Bella Sofia had been triumphant three times. In her fifth start in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., the 3-year-old filly added to that total with an easy victory over a short field of older fillies, going gate-to-wire to get her second graded stakes victory. Bella Sofia took the initiative at the start, darting out to a one-length lead over Lady Rocket, who was able to take up second position despite stumbling at the break. The 3-year-old filly went :22.46 for the first quarter and then :45.40 for the […]

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September

21
Penn Derby: See the draw, horses facing Medina Spirit at Parx

Shipping out of California for the first time since he concluded third in the Preakness, Medina Spirit (2-1) drew post 9 in a field of 10 and was made the morning-line favorite for the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday at Parx Racing. The 1 1/8-mile feature for 3-year-olds and the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (G1), a 1 1/16-mile race Saturday for 3-year-old fillies, were filled during draws Monday afternoon. Still the Kentucky Derby winner – but with the asterisk of a positive drug test – Medina Spirit will be ridden again by John Velázquez for trainer Bob Baffert. With the same […]

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September

14
Lonesome Glory a clash of steeplechase titans, with The Mean Queen vs. Snap Decision

The queen of the steeplechase game takes on the king in a Grade 1 showdown in Thursday’s $150,000 Lonesome Glory Stakes, which helps kick off the 28-day Belmont Park fall meet. The Mean Queen, the mare who defeated the boys as the favorite in the Grade 1 Jonathan Sheppard Steeplechase at Saratoga, will now be the hunter when she meets Snap Decision, who seeks his 10th consecutive triumph, in the 2 1/2-mile Lonesome Glory over National fences. Trainer Jack Fisher, recently inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame, kept Snap Decision out of the two Grade 1 steeplechase events in Saratoga […]

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September

07
Tell Your Daddy leads gate to wire to win Bernard Baruch

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez sent Tell Your Daddy to the front and the Scat Daddy gelding did not relinquish the lead, posting a gate-to-wire victory by a half length in the Grade 2, $200,000 Bernard Baruch for 3-year-olds and up on Monday, closing day of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. The 63rd running of the Bernard Baruch, contested over 1 1/16 miles on the Mellon turf course, saw morning-line favorite and early speed threat En Wye Cee scratch before the race after an early afternoon rainstorm. Tell Your Daddy, who ran second to Flavius going the same distance at Saratoga […]

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August

31
Experienced leads field of 12 for Virginia Derby

A field of 12 will go to post in the 18th running of the Grade 3 Virginia Derby on Tuesday at Colonial Downs, the featured event of five stakes on the card and eleven races in all. The Virginia Derby carries a purse of $250,000 and will be contested at 1 1/8 miles over the track’s signature Secretariat Turf Course. Programmed as the 10th race, it will be the final leg of an all-stakes, all-turf Pick-5 wager covering races 6-10 that kicks off with the $150,000 Old Nelson Stakes and continues with the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes, the $100,000 Rosie’s Stakes and […]

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August

24
Queen’s Plate Card Sees Second-Highest Handle In Event History

Safe Conduct’s triumph in Sunday’s 162nd running of The Queen’s Plate, the first leg of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, highlighted a tremendous day of world-class racing at Woodbine Racetrack that produced the second-highest wagering handle in event history. A total of $16,122,170 was wagered on Sunday’s 13-race card, including $3,491,564 on The Queen’s Plate. The total handle is second-only to the 2019 event total of $18,005,973 and tops the 2020 handle of $14,532,678 by 11 percent. “This year’s Queen’s Plate brought the energy of our great sport back in full-force to Woodbine with an outstanding crowd and thrilling racing,” […]

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August

18
Knicks Go Holds No. 1 Spot in BC Classic Ranking

Korea Racing Authority’s Knicks Go, a front-running winner of the Whitney Stakes (G1) Aug. 7 at Saratoga Race Course, has kept the top spot in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, a weekly poll of the top 10 horses in contention for the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). This year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic will be run at Del Mar in Del Mar, Calif., on Nov. 6 as the final race of the 38th Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Knicks Go, trained by Brad Cox, received 286 votes in his second week at No. 1. Knicks Go has obtained three of five starts this […]

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August

10
Zoffarelli Wins La Jolla Handicap Via Disqualification In U.S. Debut

Red Baron’s Barn or Rancho Temescal’s Zoffarelli, in from England just a week earlier and unable to even get a work in over the Del Mar track, didn’t let that stop him as he ran well and survived a bumping match through the stretch to be declared the winner of the $150,500 La Jolla Handicap Sunday at the seaside track north of San Diego, Calif. The bay gelding by Zoffany actually was second across the wire just a nose behind Yuesheng Zhang’s Sword Zorro and just a head in front of Double L. Racing or Baffert’s Hudson Ridge in a […]

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