Tag: Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Following Sea's dominant victory in the Grade 2 Vosburgh sets him up as a Cigar Mile contender. The Grade 1 race is Saturday at Aqueduct. (Image: Susie Raisher/NYRA)

Following Sea Seeks Validation, Breakout Win in Cigar Mile

Following Sea spent much of his 3-year-old season as a colt seeking a breakout victory that would vault him into the front rank of his class. His last chance to garner that as a sophomore comes in Saturday’s Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct. The Cigar Mile is the signature […]

Jackie's Warrior and Joel Rosario used this Grade 2 Gallant Bob romp as a Breeders' Cup Sprint tune-up. After finishing a disappointing sixth, Jackie's Warrior suffered a bone chip that puts him on teh shelf until 2022. (Image: Chad B. Harmon)

Jackie’s Warrior Has Bone Chip Removed, Will Return in 2022

Standout sprinter Jackie’s Warrior joined other 2021 stars on the operating table last week, undergoing surgery for a bone chip in his left knee at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky. Dr. Larry Bramlage, who this week performed shin surgery on 2-year-old star Jack Christopher, did the procedure. The […]

Gamine, seen here winning the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga, is the biggest favorite of the 14 Breeders' Cup favorites. She opens at 3/5 to defend her title in the Filly & Mare Sprint. (Image: Coglianese Photos/Dom Napolitano)

Knicks Go, Essential Quality Your Breeders’ Cup Classic Favorites

Knicks Go and Essential Quality are stablemates, travel mates from East Coast to West Coast and now – after Monday’s post-position draws – they are gate neighbors for Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar. Essential Quality will start from post 4 in the nine-horse Classic field as […]

Idol's Sunday workout at Del Mar went well, according to trainer Richard Baltas. But the conditioner did not like how the Santa Anita Handicap champion looked afterward. (Image: Ella DeGea)

Breeders’ Cup Scratches: Idol is Idled From Classic, Flagstaff Out of Sprint

Santa Anita Handicap winner Idol, standout sprinter Flagstaff and promising juvenile Rattle N Roll were all scratched from their various Breeders’ Cup races Sunday with various ailments. Trainer Richard Baltas pulled Idol out of the Breeders’ Cup Classic after the conditioner found something untoward after his Sunday morning workout at […]

Del Mar plays host to the Breeders Cup World Championships for the second time. (Image: Breeders Cup)

Here is Your First Look at the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries

Seven returning Breeders’ Cup champions, including Breeders’ Cup Classic favorites Knicks Go and Essential Quality, lead the pre-entry field for next weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar. The 14-race festival begins on Friday, Nov. 5 with five juvenile races before segueing into nine races on Saturday, Nov. 6. […]

This year's Breeders' Cup wagering menu offers an all-turf Pick 4, mandating you pick the winners of four of the top Breeders' Cup grass races. (Image: K.C. Allred/San Diego Union-Tribune)

Breeders’ Cup Betting Menu Offers a Healthy Smorgasbord of Wagers

The Breeders’ Cup unveiled its 2021 wagering menu on Wednesday, adding a new All-Turf Pick 4 and a third Pick 5 to Saturday’s betting smorgasbord. Along with the wagering menu, officials for the Nov. 5-6 racing festival at Del Mar announced the official race order. Friday’s first day features 10 […]

Following Sea and Joel Rosario wired the field in Saturday's Grade 2 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park. This victory gives trainer Todd Pletcher options on which Breeders' Cup race the 3-year-old will run. (Image: NYRA Photo)

Following Sea’s Vosburgh Victory Gives Pletcher Enviable Options

Even as he reveled in Following Sea’s gate-to-wire victory in Saturday’s six-furlong Grade 2 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park, trainer Todd Pletcher said he planned lengthier travels for his 3-year-old. “He’s a very talented horse and trains very impressively. He’s also galloped out in a fashion that would indicate he […]

Assistant trainer Laura Moquett, the wife of trainer/co-owner Ron Moquett, was the only one who galloped Whitmore during his storied career. The 8-year-old Champion Sprinter retired Saturday. (Image: Richard Rasmussen/Sentinel-Record)

Popular Champion Sprinter Whitmore Retired from Racing

Popular and petulant sprinter Whitmore was retired from racing on Saturday, ending a remarkable career culminating in his naming as 2020 Champion Sprinter of the Year. Whitmore finished fifth of eight in Saturday’s Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga. Sensing something was wrong with the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion, […]

The temperamental Whitmore in one of his more gentle moments, right after he and Irad Ortiz Jr. won the Breeders' Cup Sprint last November at Keeneland.(Image: Coady Photography)

Temperamental, Cranky Champion Whitmore Returns to Saratoga

Whitmore is the equine version of your cranky uncle; the one who tells the great stories when he’s not telling the neighborhood kids to get off his lawn. And while this creates a special brand of headache for trainer Ron Moquett, it also comes with built-in aspirin for those headaches. […]

Authentic went gate-to-wire to win the Breeders' Cup Classic over an all-star field of Grade 1 stakes winners. (Image: AP Photo)

On Record-Setting Day, Breeders’ Cup Handle Takes Mild Dip

With Kentucky Derby champion Authentic, standout filly Gamine, and Knicks Go all winning Breeders’ Cup races in record time – and without general public tickets available – the Breeders’ Cup World Championships managed its sixth-highest all-sources handle since 2007. That was the year the Breeders’ Cup expanded to two days. […]

Vekoma sprinted to 3/1 favorite status in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. But the 4-year-old scratched from Saturday's race due to a fever. (Image: Skip Dickstein/Albany Times Union)

Breeders’ Cup Sprint Favorite Vekoma Scratched With Fever

Breeders’ Cup Sprint favorite Vekoma scratched out of the $2 million race on Wednesday after spiking a fever late Tuesday night. That likely ends his career and sends him to the breeding shed earlier than expected. “Vekoma did not train. He spiked a fever last night. He got treated,” trainer […]

Put three horseplayers in a room with the Breeders' Cup program and the number of possible bets is off the charts. (Image: Associated Press)

Breeders’ Cup Rolls Out Lucrative Wagering Menu, Race Schedule

Along with announcing its race schedule, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships announced a wagering smorgasbord for horseplayers consisting of seven multi-race pools offering a combined $8 million in guaranteed money. The two-day Breeders’ Cup is Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland. Even running spectator-free due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it provides bettors […]

Mind Control brings late speed, the ability to overcome adversity and a three-race winning streak into Saturday's Carter Handicap. (Image: Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)

Carter Handicap Breaks Out of the Gate With a Blur of Sprinting Talent

The depth of the Grade 1 Carter Handicap field provides exotic bettors with a dream handicap opportunity. The mind reels with the exacta, trifecta and superfecta possibilities in a race featuring some of the top sprinting talent in the country. The flip side of that coin, however, comes with figuring […]