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High-Class Field Lines up for Grande Premio Brasil

High-Class Field Lines up for Grande Premio Brasil

George Washington wins the 2019 Grande Premio Brasil at Hipodromo da Gavea (Hipodromo da Gavea) Breeders' Cup Press Release RIO DE JANEIRO- Led by Cruzeiro do Sul (Brazilian Derby, G1) winner Raptor's (BRZ) and multiple Group stakes-winning mare High Wire (BRZ), both trained by Luis Esteves, a field 18 runners, including seven Group 1 winners, has…
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Charles Dickens Storms to Victory in L’ormarins King’s Plate

Charles Dickens Storms to Victory in L’ormarins King’s Plate

Charles Dickens gets a berth into Breeders' Cup via King's Plate victory. (Chase Liebenberg Photography and Design) Breeders' Cup Press Release CAPE TOWN, South Africa- Drakenstein Stud and trainer Candice Bass-Robinson savored double success with homebreds Saturday at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth Racecourse, sweeping the 163L'Ormarins King's Plate…
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‘Ten million dollars in play on one afternoon

‘Ten million dollars in play on one afternoon

As America's two-day spectacular prepares for its 40th anniversary at Santa Anita, Steve Dennis recalls how the inaugural event fully lived up to advance billing at Hollywood Park in 1984 Nostalgia is a sweet fix, the rose-tinted repetition of the way we were, a daydreamy diversion from the way we are, and to revisit the memory of the inaugural…
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Breeders’ Cup 2023: Juvenile Fillies Turf keys and trends

Breeders’ Cup 2023: Juvenile Fillies Turf keys and trends

We'll closely examine the winners of the last 10 Breeders' Cup races for 2-year-olds. This will include the respective winners' final preps, how the Europeans stacked up, race running styles, favorites and more. The $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf is easier to handicap than the colts' counterpart. Betting the top three favorites generally results…
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‘The Breeders’ Cup puts equine safety first and foremost’

‘The Breeders’ Cup puts equine safety first and foremost’

With the 40th anniversary championships at Santa Anita not far away, Breeders' Cup president and CEO Drew Fleming answers our questions Drew Fleming, the president and CEO of Breeders' Cup Ltd, has been at the helm of the two-day championships since 2019. With the 40th anniversary edition of the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita fast approaching, he…
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Topics: Mawj, Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien, Santa Anita, City Of Troy, Breeders' Cup, Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, Breeders' Cup Classic

Topics: Mawj, Michael Tabor, Aidan O'Brien, Santa Anita, City Of Troy, Breeders' Cup, Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, Breeders' Cup Classic

There was some mention of the Breeders' Cup after City Of Troy lit up Newmarket at the weekend - just not the 2023 event in under three weeks' time. Here's our latest update on matters arising As this slot is designed to provide a Breeders' Cup update and matters arising pertinent to the two-day extravaganza just under three weeks hence, it might…
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Topics: Breeders' Cup Turf, Pat Eddery, Clive Brittain, Sheikh Mohammed, Pebbles, Champions Stakes, Aqueduct Race Track, Breeders' Cup, Breeders' Cup Challenge Series

Topics: Breeders' Cup Turf, Pat Eddery, Clive Brittain, Sheikh Mohammed, Pebbles, Champions Stakes, Aqueduct Race Track, Breeders' Cup, Breeders' Cup Challenge Series

Ahead of the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday [Oct 21], the ever-popular former trainer Clive Brittain recalls how his star filly parlayed victory in historic G1 event (then run at Newmarket) into a barnstorming Breeders' Cup triumph As part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday [Oct 21] is…
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2023 Breeders' Cup: Field is Taking Shape

2023 Breeders' Cup: Field is Taking Shape

Fame and fortune will be on the line this November at Santa Anita as some of the world's fastest Thoroughbreds compete at the 40th edition of the Breeders' Cup. Breeders' Cup, which takes place at Santa Anita in Arcadia, California on November 3-4, and the international event is projected to feature horses from England, France, Ireland, Argentina,…
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How To Bet on the Breeders Cup in the UK

How To Bet on the Breeders Cup in the UK

Are you interested in betting on the Breeders' Cup World Championship this November 3-4, 2023? Who isn't? It's the biggest horse racing event of the year, and horses worldwide can compete for a spot! This World Championship has fans around the world, including the United Kingdom! Are you excited to watch and bet on Mostahdaf, Inspiral, Mutasaabeq,…
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Idiomatic, Nest square off again in Spinster; Bourbon attracts overflow

Idiomatic, Nest square off again in Spinster; Bourbon attracts overflow

One of two Breeders' Cup Challenge series races at Keeneland on Su nday, the $600000 Spinster (G1) may determine favoritism for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 4. A total of three stakes will be offered on the 10-race program. Idiomatic and Nest highlight seven fillies and mares competing for an expenses-paid berth to the…
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Final 2023 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Picks

Final 2023 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Picks

The Racing Dudes preview and give picks for the final Saturday of Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge Series races from Keeneland, Santa Anita Park, and Belmont at the Big A. Featuring your resident Racing Dudes, Blinkers Off delivers weekly insights into the world of horse racing including race selections and previews, handicapping…
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Breeders' Cup Challenge Pick Six Set For Oct. 7

Breeders' Cup Challenge Pick Six Set For Oct. 7

Santa Anita Park, which will host this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships for a record 11th time Nov. 3 and 4 and storied Keeneland Racecourse, site of last year's Breeders' Cup, have announced that both tracks will combine to present the Keeneland/Santa Anita Breeders' Cup Challenge Pick 6 to players nationwide on Saturday, Oct. 7. A…
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Keeneland ready to welcome fans back for 2023 Fall Meet

Keeneland ready to welcome fans back for 2023 Fall Meet

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Keeneland's Fall Meet kicks off on Friday. Races will take place Wednesday through Sunday until October 28. Crews are spending the next few days cleaning up the grounds and grooming the track for race day. Keeneland's staff said they're excited to welcome fans back for a sold-out weekend. "Fall is such a special time of year…
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Passion for Racing Drives Connections of Breeders’ Cup Hopeful Nutella Fella

Passion for Racing Drives Connections of Breeders’ Cup Hopeful Nutella Fella

When two people who are passionate about horse racing join forces, the result can be extraordinary. Such is the case with the dynamic duo of trainer Gary Contessa and Nick Beaver of Bell Gable Stable. They will send Nutella Fella, winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at odds of 54.50-1, into the $500000 Champagne Stakes on Saturday at Belmont at…
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Keeneland Fall Meet kicks off in a week with prestigious Fall stars weekend

Keeneland Fall Meet kicks off in a week with prestigious Fall stars weekend

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Keeneland's 17-day Fall Meet opens Friday, Oct. 6, with the start of Fall Stars Weekend, three days of exceptional Thoroughbred racing that will help determine the fields for the Breeders' Cup World Championships and the contenders for Eclipse Awards as North American champions. The Fall Meet, which runs through Saturday, Oct. 28,…
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Aidan O’Brien Eyes Record 8th Win in Juddmonte Royal Lodge With Capulet

Aidan O’Brien Eyes Record 8th Win in Juddmonte Royal Lodge With Capulet

NEWMARKET, England- Kentucky-bred Capulet has been declared to face eight rivals as the favorite in Saturday's Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) at Newmarket. The winner of the 1-mile contest will gain an automatic berth into the $1 million Prevagen Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) through the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In. The…
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Weekend Stakes Preview: Rapid-Fire Picks

Weekend Stakes Preview: Rapid-Fire Picks

The Racing Dudes preview and give picks for this weekend's major stakes races around the country, including FIVE Breeders' Cup Challenge Series races. Featuring your resident Racing Dudes, Blinkers Off delivers weekly insights into the world of horse racing including race selections and previews, handicapping methods, exclusive stories, interviews,…
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Topics: Breeders' Cup Mile, Woodbine, Woodbine Racetrack, Charlie Appleby, Master Of The Seas, Breeders' Cup, Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, Godolphin

Topics: Breeders' Cup Mile, Woodbine, Woodbine Racetrack, Charlie Appleby, Master Of The Seas, Breeders' Cup, Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, Godolphin

It's been a less-than-stellar season in Europe for Godolphin's former world #1 trainer - but he unearthed another potential leading contender for Santa Anita in the million-dollar Woodbine Mile Languishing only tenth in the table in defence of his UK trainers' title, several big names retired after failing to shine, and down to #3 from top spot in…
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2023 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: A Quick Look into the UK Races

2023 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: A Quick Look into the UK Races

The 2023 Breeders' Cup World Championship will occur on November 3-4, 2023, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. It will be the 40th edition of this premier horse racing event. There will be 14 races happening during the two-day championships. One way to qualify for the Breeders' Cup World Championships is through the Breeders' Cup Challenge…
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Highfield Princess Bids To Join Exclusive Four in Flying Five

Highfield Princess Bids To Join Exclusive Four in Flying Five

Bradsell (GB) defeats Highfield Princess (FR) in the King's Stand (Eclipse Sportswire) Breeders' Cup Press Release CURRAGH, Ireland- Two top-class Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In races will take place at The Curragh on Sunday to round off what is set to be a thrilling Irish Champions Weekend. The Trainers House Enterprises…
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Rivelli enters Nobals, Old Timer in Turf Sprint; Bay Storm, Behind Enemy Lines head Kentucky Downs sprint stakes

Rivelli enters Nobals, Old Timer in Turf Sprint; Bay Storm, Behind Enemy Lines head Kentucky Downs sprint stakes

Saturday's blockbuster stakes action at Kentucky Downs features six graded events offering purses of at least $1 million, including three sprint events. Larry Rivelli has a strong 1-2 punch in the 25th running of the $1 million Turf Sprint (G2), entering Grade 2 winner Nobals and Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Preview victor Old Timer. Thirteen are…
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A Narrowly Focused Strategy to Bet Short Field in Flower Bowl Stakes

A Narrowly Focused Strategy to Bet Short Field in Flower Bowl Stakes

Making money betting stakes races with small fields is a challenging proposition, but it's not impossible. We're ready to tackle the challenge in Saturday's $500000, Grade 2 Flower Bowl Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. It comes down to math. Say you're betting an exacta, which requires selecting the top two finishers in the correct order. In a race…
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KY Downs' Barn Notes: Kitodan Returns in Tapit Stakes

KY Downs' Barn Notes: Kitodan Returns in Tapit Stakes

KY Downs' Barn Notes: Kitodan Returns in Tapit Stakes (Kitodan / Photos by Coady Photography & Courtesy of KY Downs) From the KY Downs Media Team / Jennie Rees: (Photo: Kitodan winning last year's Dueling Grounds Derby, when it was worth $750000 and sponsored by Big Ass Fans. Coady Photography) An overflow field that includes last year's…
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Live in the Dream is Breeders’ Cup bound after Nunthorpe shocker

Live in the Dream is Breeders’ Cup bound after Nunthorpe shocker

Trainer Adam West now has Breeders' Cup plans after Live in the Dream rocketed to the front and kept going to win the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes on Friday at York, England. The long shot held off last year's winner Highfield Princess in the five-furlong race. The race offered an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint to the winner, and West…
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FanDuel Title Sponsor of $1.7M Turf Cup at Ky. Downs

FanDuel Title Sponsor of $1.7M Turf Cup at Ky. Downs

Red Knight (#1 inside) wins the 2022 Kentucky Turf Cup over Gufo (Coady Photography) Kentucky Downs Press Release FRANKLIN, Ky.- The FanDuel Meet at Kentucky Downs, 2023 edition: seven days, $24 million in purses, 11 of 17 stakes worth at least $1 million apiece - and three dozen sponsors. FanDuel leads the way, returning as the meet's title…
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KY Downs' Barn Notes: Torres Excited About 1st Visit

KY Downs' Barn Notes: Torres Excited About 1st Visit

KY Downs' Barn Notes: Torres Excited About 1st Visit (Jockey Cristian Torres / Coady Photography) From the KY Downs Media Team / Jennie Rees: Cristian Torres excited to ride at KY Downs for first time • Ortiz brothers to return to FanDuel Meet but probably after Saratoga • G2 Wise Dan winner Stitched headed to $2M Mint Millions on 9/3 (Jockey…
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FanDuel Named Title Sponsor of Kentucky Turf Cup

FanDuel Named Title Sponsor of Kentucky Turf Cup

FanDuel, already returning as the Kentucky Downs meet's title sponsor, will also now assume sponsorship of the $1.7-million GII FanDuel Kentucky Turf Cup. The 1 1/2-mile stakes anchors the Sept. 9 card of six graded stakes each worth at least $1 million for Kentucky-breds at the Franklin, Kentucky oval. The sponsorship includes the Aug. 31…
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Fev Rover punches Breeders' Cup ticket with Beverly D. triumph

Fev Rover punches Breeders' Cup ticket with Beverly D. triumph

Not long after son Norm saddled Rhyme Scheme to an emphatic victory in the Saratoga Special (G2), Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse enjoyed a big win of his own several hundred miles to the south with Fev Rover, who made all in the $500000 Beverly D. (G1) for fillies and mares at Colonial Downs in Virginia. The 1 3/16-mile Beverly D., the first Grade…
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Selections for the Whitney and Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

Selections for the Whitney and Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

For the seventh year in a row, America's Best Racing is challenging some of the brightest minds in horse betting to come up with their top three picks for key races every weekend leading up to the 2023 Triple Crown and then continuing through the 2023 Breeders' Cup World Championships. The handicappers face off in what we like to call the "Big Race…
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Colonial Downs hosting Breeders' Cup Challenge Series

Colonial Downs hosting Breeders' Cup Challenge Series

As a third-generation Virginia horseman and former leader of the state's racing commission and the Breeders' Cup, D.G. Van Clief Jr., grasps more than most the magnitude of Aug. 12 at Colonial Downs. Promoted as a "Festival of Racing," the card includes two Grade 1 races, the Arlington Million and Beverly D. Stakes, plus the Grade 2 Secretariat…
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Paddington Six For The Season With Dominant Qatar Sussex

Paddington Six For The Season With Dominant Qatar Sussex

CHICHESTER, England- Odds-on favorite Paddington (GB) extended his unbeaten record to six and further enhanced his lofty reputation by winning today's 1-mile Qatar Sussex Stakes (G1) at Goodwood. The victory gave him an automatic starting position and fees paid into the $2 million FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) through the Breeders' Cup Challenge…
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Topics: Breeders' Cup Mile, Paddington, Breeders' Cup, Sussex Stakes, Qatar Goodwood Festival, Inspiral, Glorious Goodwood, Breeders' Cup Challenge Series

Topics: Breeders' Cup Mile, Paddington, Breeders' Cup, Sussex Stakes, Qatar Goodwood Festival, Inspiral, Glorious Goodwood, Breeders' Cup Challenge Series

New Ballydoyle superstar is seeking seventh straight win in the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday, the £1m highlight of the five-day Glorious Goodwood meeting - and also part of the Breeders' Cup'Win and You're In' Challenge Paddington bids for a seventh straight win and a fourth G1 in ten weeks when he takes on five rivals headed by the high-class…
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Saratoga, Del Mar Feature 10 Graded Stakes Throughout Week

Saratoga, Del Mar Feature 10 Graded Stakes Throughout Week

This weekend promises to be an exciting one for horse racing fans as several prestigious races take center stage at various tracks across the US including Saratoga and Del Mar. From turf to dirt, from graded stakes to prestigious invitational races, these events will showcase top-tier thoroughbreds battling it out for fame, and fortune. In two of…
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Geaux Rocket Ride Wins Breeders Cup Classic Prep At Monmouth Park

Geaux Rocket Ride Wins Breeders Cup Classic Prep At Monmouth Park

It took Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella 23 years to make it back to the Grade 1, $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park. Geaux Rocket Ride made it well worth the wait on Saturday with a 1¾-length victory over Kentucky Derby winner Mage. "He was the right horse for the right race at the right time," said the Southern…
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Geaux Rocket Ride Digs in for Haskell Victory

Geaux Rocket Ride Digs in for Haskell Victory

Geaux Rocket Ride with Mike Smith draws away from Mage in an exciting finish to the TVG.com Haskell Stakes. (Nikki Sherman/EQUI-PHOTO) Story by Lynne Snierson of the Monmouth Park publicity staff OCEANPORT, N.J. - It took Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella 23 years to make it back to the Grade 1, $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes at Monmouth…
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Geaux Rocket Ride flies to Haskell triumph * The Racing Biz

Geaux Rocket Ride flies to Haskell triumph * The Racing Biz

It took Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella 23 years to make it back to the Grade 1, $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park. Geaux Rocket Ride made it well worth the wait on Saturday with a 1¾-length victory over Kentucky Derby winner Mage. "He was the right horse for the right race at the right time," said the Southern…
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Arabian Knight returns to scene in Haskell at Monmouth Park

Arabian Knight returns to scene in Haskell at Monmouth Park

Arabian Knight, a potential star on the Kentucky Derby trail early in the season, returns to the track for Saturday's Haskell Stakes to try to enter the cloudy 3-year-old picture. A field of eight sophomores will assemble at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., at the $1 million Grade 1 TVG.com Haskell with an automatic bid at stake in the Grade 1…
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Stable Notes July 20, 2023

Stable Notes July 20, 2023

SUMMER STAKES SCHEDULE MIRRORS 2022 Del Mar's lucrative stakes schedule kicks off Friday with the traditional Opening Day feature, the $100000 Caesars Sportsbook Oceanside, a one mile test for 3-year-olds on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. It's the start of a stakes line-up that keeps intact last year's record-breaking summer of stakes racing: 39…
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Inside the Numbers: 2016 Haskell Invitational Stakes

Inside the Numbers: 2016 Haskell Invitational Stakes

Monmouth Park takes the national spotlight this Sunday as the $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational is broadcast on NBC. Last year's race featured Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and this year's edition promises plenty of thrills as the top three Kentucky Derby finishers line up for the historic track. The 2016 Haskell is a Breeders'…
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Ten Things to Know Before You Go: The Haskell Invitational

Ten Things to Know Before You Go: The Haskell Invitational

The Betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes is the biggest race in New Jersey, and if you're taking a trip to Monmouth Park for Sunday's War at the Shore, we have ten things you'll need to know before you go! 1. The field will have superstars. While Triple Crown hero Justify will skip the Haskell, there are plenty of equine superstars heading to…
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Mishriff and other Breeders' Cup hopefuls return this weekend

Mishriff and other Breeders' Cup hopefuls return this weekend

A busy weekend of racing in Ireland is highlighted by a quintet of Breeders' Cup Challenge Series races. Among the prospective starters are Mishriff, Saffron Beach, and Highfield Princess, a trio of Group 1 winners whose connections have mentioned the Breeders' Cup among their possible year-end targets. Let's dive in and explore the upcoming…
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Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Great clash expected in King's Plate

Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Great clash expected in King's Plate

The Breeders' Cup Challenge series heads to Kenilworth racecourse in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday with two qualifying races - one of which has a new name. With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the former Queen's Plate is reverting to its previous name of the King's Plate (G1). Its winner will have automatic entry to the Breeders' Cup Mile…
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Q and A with Courtney Reid on New Breeders' Cup Incentive Programs

Q and A with Courtney Reid on New Breeders' Cup Incentive Programs

Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 4:19 pm |Back to: Breeders' Cup's Director of Racing and Industry Relations Courtney Reid | photo courtesy Courtney Reid By An incentive-based participation bonus program called the Breeders' Cup Dirt Dozen was unveiled by the Breeders' Cup this Thursday. The new program will award monetary credits, funded by Breeders'…
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Two-year-olds take feature roles in weekend horse racing

Two-year-olds take feature roles in weekend horse racing

Winning connections celebrate after the inaugural running of the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club's $150000 Pitons Cup on Friday. Photo courtesy of Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club Dec. 16 (UPI) -- On a horse racing weekend when "new" was the watchword from Japan all the way to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, Instilled Regard and War Story provided a hint of…
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Arizona Downs climbs up off the canvas, to reopen this month

Arizona Downs climbs up off the canvas, to reopen this month

They might want to consider renaming it Upson Downs. I refer to Arizona Downs, the new racetrack in Prescott Valley, Arizona, which announced this week it will resume its inaugural season July 20 after abruptly canceling the remainder of its season two weeks ago amid a dispute with a simulcasting provider. A news release from the track, one of the…
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