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N.Y. TIMES: GOOD AND BAD OF BREEDERS’ CUP

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The N.Y. Times, critical of late of the sport of horse racing, took an opportunity to point out the good and the bad about last weekends’ Breeders’ Cup.  Writer Joe Drape highlighted the inspiring moments of Mucho Macho Man, Wise Dan, Gary Stevens and the successful European invasion while questioning California rules regarding the public availability of medication and treatments which are different than in New York.

To read the story, click here.

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VA-BRED BOND HOLDER FORTH IN $2 MILLION BC JUVENILE

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BOND HOLDER (2nd from right) ON THE RAIL. (Getty Images)

Virginia-bred Bond Holder (Lazy Lane Farm, Inc.), dismissed at 12 to 1, rallied late but flattened out on the rail in deep stretch to finish 3 ¾ lengths from the winner Gary and Mary West’s New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day, a 10-1 shot from trainer Bob Baffert, rallied strongly up the rail to catch favored Havana inside the final sixteenth and win the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Gr.1. The bay colt by Street Cry covered the 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park in 1:43. 52.

The winning margin was 1 1/4 lengths. Havana held for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Strong Mandate in third. Bond Holder was 1 1/4 lengths back in fourth.

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PHOTOS OF THE DAY – BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC

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Jockey Gary Stevens, top, rides Mucho Macho Man to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic horse race ahead of Will Take Charge, bottom, and Declaration of War at Santa Anita Park Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Jockey Gary Stevens, right, rides Mucho Macho Man to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic horse race ahead of Will Take Charge, left, and Declaration of War at Santa Anita Park Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Arcadia, Calif.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Jockey Gary Stevens reacts after Mucho Macho Man wins the Breeders’ Cup Classic horse race at Santa Anita Park Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Jockey Gary Stevens celebrates atop Mucho Macho Man in the winner’s circle after winning the Classic during the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Jockey Gary Stevens rides atop Mucho Macho Man enroute to winning the Classic during the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Mucho Macho Man (right), riden by Gary Stevens crosses the finish line ahead of Will Take Charge, riden by Luis Saez and Declaration of War, riden by Joseph O’Brien, to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic during the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images North America)

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New Year’s Day, riden by Martin Garcia, is led to the winner’s circle after winning the Juvenile at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Matthew Stockman/Getty

Jockey Gary Stevens, top, rides Mucho Macho Man to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic horse race ahead of Will Take Charge, bottom, and Declaration of War at Santa Anita Park Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

 

 

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PHOTOS OF THE DAY – BREEDERS’ CUP – DAY TWO

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Wise Dan, ridden by Jose Lezcano, surges to the finish line to win the Mile during the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Jockey Rajiv Maragh celebrates atop Groupie Doll after winning the Filly & Mare Sprint during the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Ryan Moore celebrates aboard Dank after winning the Filly & Mare Turf during the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Ryan Moore races to a win atop Magician in the Turf during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Martin Garcia rides Secret Circle #9 ahead of Majestic Stride #4 ridden by Edwin Maldonado and Gentlemen’s Bet ridden by Javier Castellano to win the Sprint during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Jockey Martin Garcia (R) rides atop New Year’s Day enroute to winning the Juvenile during the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Mizdirection, riden by Mike Smith, leads Tightened Touchdown, riden by Javier Castellano and Reneesgotzip, riden by Edwin Maldano down the final stretch of the Turf Sprint during the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Javier Castellano rides Ria Antonia to win the Juvenile Fillies during the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

 

Wise Dan, ridden by Jose Lezcano, surges to the finish line to win the Mile during the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VA-BRED BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS SECOND IN BC MARATHON

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Blueskiesnrainbows (on rail) finishes second in the $500,000 BC Marathon Gr.2. (Breeders’ Cup Ltd. Photo)

Virginia-bred Blueskiesnrainbows (Edward P. Evans) stuck his nose in front 100 yards from the finish only to be passed in deep stretch by British raider London Bridge won the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships opener to take the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Maraton Gr.2 on November 1 at Santa Anita.

London Bridge, the 3-year-ol son of Arch, was ridden to a one-length victory by Mike Smith, the Hall of Fame rider who won his all-time best 18th Breeders’ Cup event.

London Bridge, sent off at odds of 9-1, is owned by Waratah Thoroughbeds and is trained by Jo Hughes. The bay colt was bred in New York by Patricia S. Purdy.

Blueskiesnrainbos, who had fought off Wordly and Suns Out Guns Out to get the lead from the inside at mid-stretch, was second, with Worldly third. The final time for the 1 3/4-mile distance on a fast track was 2:58.32.

The victory was the first in a group or graded stakes for London Bridge, who has won four of nine races in his career. He came into the Marathon with $32,969 in career earnings and banked $275,000 for the victory.

Blueskiesnrainbows held second by a neck over Worldly, who finished 1 1/4 lengths better than Suns Out Guns Out.

London Bridge, bay colt out of the Indian Ridge mare Kindness, was coming off a fourth-place finish Aug. 15 in a minor stakes at Deauville going 1 7/8 miles.

Blueskiesnrainbows came into the race off a fifth place finish in the Bull Dog Handicap at Fresno and a win in the $100,000 Ralph M. Hinds Handicap at Fairplex.

Yesterday’s $90,000 purse for the place boosted his earnings for Bad Boy Racing and Whizaway Farm and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer to $459,552.

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FIELDS SET FOR BREEDERS’ CUP RACES

The post position draw for the 30th Breeders’ Cup was held yesterday and a field of 12 will go to post in the feature race, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic G.1.

The first four finishers from last year’s race—Fort Larned, Mucho Macho Man, Flat Out, and Ron the Greek—returning, as well as last year’s favorite Game On Dude.  Unique to this year’s race are the ages of the major contenders—Game On Dude is 6, Ron the Greek is 6, and Flat Out is 7. No 6-year-old or older has ever won the Classic.

Game On Dude, installed as the 8-5 favorite, drew well in post 9, while the Bill Mott pair of Ron the Greek and Flat Out will break side by side on the outside in posts 11 and 12, respectively.

Virginia-bred Bluesiesnainbows (Edward P. Evans) drew the number 8 post in a field of ten in the 1 ¾ mile $500,000 Marathon Gr.2 on Friday while Virginia-bred Bond Holder (Lazy Lane Farm, Inc.) drew the number 5 post in a full field of 14 in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Gr.1 on Saturday’s main card.

To see all the races, click here.

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TWO VA-BREDS PRE-ENTERED IN BREEDERS’ CUP RACES

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LAZY LANE-BRED BOND HOLDER (Benoit Photo)

(Equibase, Blood Horse & other sources) California Grade 1 winner Bond Holder (BC Juvenille) and stakes winner Blueskiesnrainbows (BC Marathon) have been pre-entered in the 30th Breeders’ Cup to be run November 1 and 2 at Santa Anita Park.

Bond Holder broke his maiden in Front Runner Gr. 1 last out and Blueskiesnrainbos has a stakes win in his next-to-last start to go with a close third in the 12 furlong Cougar II Handicap Gr.3.  Bond Holder was bred by Lazy Lane Farms, Inc. and Blueskiesnrainbows by Edward P. Evans.

This year’s championship day attracted  nine winners from last year’s Breeders’ Cup will be returning—Fort Larned (Classic), Royal Delta (Distaff), Wise Dan (Mile), Little Mike (Turf), Groupie Doll (Filly & Mare Sprint), Beholder (Juvenile Fillies), Mizdirection (Geico Turf Sprint), Flotilla (Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Trinniberg (Xpressbet Sprint).

In addition, nine others who placed in last year’s Breeders’ Cup will be heading back for another try—Mucho Macho Man, Flat Out, Point of Entry, Marketing Mix, The Fugue, Obviously, Capo Bastone, The Lumber Guy, and Reneesgotzip.

A total of 172 horses were pre-entered by the Oct. 21 deadline, down from the 180 horses pre-entered in 2012.

Part of that decline can be attributed to the six horses pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I), which drew such a quality field it discouraged others from pre-entering. The chances of defeating Princess of Sylmar, two-time Distaff (then the Ladies’ Classic) winner Royal Delta, Beholder, Close Hatches, and Authenticity are about as good as going against the starting five of the Miami Heat.

A victory by Princess of Sylmar, or possibly Royal Delta, could raise the bar for Horse of the Year honors the following day. Game On Dude and possibly a couple more from the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) and Wise Dan, trying for consecutive Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) victories, will attempt to stake their own claim for top honors.

To see the complete BC pre-entries, click here.

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NBC TO AIR BREEDERS’ CUP GREATEST MOMENTS

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ZENYATTA (Bauer Griffin Photo)

(Edited Press Release)

In honor of the 30th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, NBC Sports Network will televise the “Daily Racing Form Presents Breeders’ Cup 30-1: Greatest Moments in Breeders’ Cup History” Saturday.

The one hour telecast (5:30-6:30 p.m. ET) captures the indelible accomplishments of the horses and individuals who graced the Breeders’ Cup with the greatest drama and excitement since the event’s inception in 1984.

Produced by Breeders’ Cup, The Hennegan Brothers and NBC Sports, “30-1” brings to life a dramatic countdown of the top 30 moments in Breeders’ Cup history, reliving the magnificent performances from the likes of Alysheba in the “Midnight Classic”, Sunday Silence battling Easy Goer, Cigar’s great campaigns in the 1990=s, the “Three-Peat” of Goldikova and the dramatic Classic runs of the incomparable racemare Zenyatta.

 

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FULL FIELD LIKELY FOR SUNDAY’S PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE G1

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ORFEVRE (The Times UK Photo)

Undefeated Treve and Japanese champion Orfevre were among 19 horses entered at the supplemental stage for Sunday’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).

Treve, along with St. Leger (Eng-I) hero Leading Light and Group 1 winner Meandre were supplemented at a cost of €100,000 ($136,000 U.S.).

Those removed from consideration for the Arc included two from Aidan O’Brien – Camelot and Kingsbarns. In addition to Leading Light, O’Brien will also saddle Investec Derby (Eng-I) winner, Ruler of the World.

Other contenders in the Arc include John Gosden’s top filly The Fugue; Prix du Jockey-Club (Fr-I) winner, Intello; Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-I) winner Flintshire; Coral-Eclipse (Eng-I) victor Al Kazeem; King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) winner Novellist, and Japanese Derby (Jpn-I) winner, Kizuna.

Final entries and jockey assignments will be taken Friday. The Arc is one of seven Group 1 races to be run at Longchamp on Sunday.

To see the list of entries, click here, and scroll down to Longchamp.

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