Archive for October, 2013

Cleburne out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with shin injury

Donegal Racing’s Cleburne, winner of the Grade III Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs, will miss Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with a bucked left shin, trainer Dale Romans said Thursday.

“I guess it came up when he worked the other day and if finally popped out on him the other morning,” Romans said. “It’s just a normal shin, it won’t take long, he’ll get over it. It might be a blessing in the long run, hopefully he’ll be fresh for the spring when we’re aiming at the big races.”

Cleburne is unbeaten in two starts, breaking his maiden by half a length going a mile on the turf at Ellis Park on August 16 before winning the Iroquois by a neck over stablemate Smart Cover at odds of 34-to-1.

The son of Dixie Union was 12-to-1 on the morning line for the Juvenile and was scheduled to break from post No. 7 in the 14-horse field.

Ron the Greek out of Classic with quarter crack

Grade 1 winner Ron the Greek will not run in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic due to a quarter crack in his right front foot, trainer Bill Mott confirmed Thursday.

Mott said an abscess was discovered in the foot Wednesday.

“Long term it’s not a problem but he’s not going to run'” Mott said.

Ron the Greek was coming off a 6 3/4 length win in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and was fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last year. The 6 year old horse was slated to break from post 11 in the 12-horse field.

“He certainly ran so well in the Jockey Club Gold Cup you had to respect his chances,” said trainer Todd Pletcher, who will saddle Palace Malice in the Classic. “It’s a significant defection in my eyes.”

Ron the Greek  won the 2012 Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and  defeated eventual Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the 2012 Grade 1 Stephen Foster.

Grade I winner Paynter to retire to WinStar Farm

Zayat Stable’s Grade I winner Paynter will be retired at year’s end and enter stud for 2014 at WinStar Farm. A stud fee has yet to be announced.

Campaigned by Zayat Stables, Paynter is currently on track for Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park.


“When we set our goals for 2013, one of them was to get Paynter into the WinStar stallion barn,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar President & CEO. “I look at our stallions in North America today and I see real dirt pedigrees slipping away from us. WinStar remains focused on the Classics and striving to bring home stallions that excel at running around two turns and on the dirt. Paynter’s pedigree and race record epitomizes the classic American dirt horse. I am elated we got him. He was our first round draft pick.”


Trained by Bob Baffert, Paynter has become a sentimental favorite after battling back from a life-threatening bout with colitis last year. His ailments flared up shortly after the son of Awesome Again captured the 2012 Grade I Haskell Invitational by 3 3/4-lengths in what was his sixth career start.


After rejoining Baffert’s barn at the first of this year, Paynter embarked on a 4-year-old comeback with a  4 ½-length win at Hollywood Park in June. The bay colt most recently ran second to Mucho Macho Man in the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes on September 28th.


Paynter is out of multiple graded stakes producer Tizso, a full sister to two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and WinStar stallion Tiznow.


“Paynter is a horse like no other. Win or lose Saturday, he goes down as one of the greatest of all time in my mind,” said owner Ahmed Zayat, “The fact that he’s even competing in the Breeders’ Cup is miraculous. He’s such a fighter and natural talent. Combine that with his gene pool and awesome race record, I’m excited about Paynter’s chances to be a leading sire.”


Grade I winner Verrazano to retire to Ashford Stud after Breeders’ Cup

Multiple Grade I winner Verrazano, who races for Let’s Go Stable in partnership with the Coolmore team, will have his final start in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile before retiring to Ashford Stud for the 2014 breeding season it was announced Tuesday. A stud fee has yet to be announced.

A son of More Than Ready, Verrazano headed into this year’s Kentucky Derby unbeaten in four starts including a victory in the Grade I Wood Memorial Stakes. The  bay colt finished 14th in the first leg of the Triple Crown before coming back to take the Grade III Pegasus and Grade I Haskell Invitational over the summer.

“Verrazano has given us some magical days, none more so than that 9¾ length romp in the Haskell,” said Let’s Go Stable’s Bryan Sullivan. “We’re really looking forward to Friday.”

Verrazano was instilled as the 3-to-1 morning line favorite for the Dirt Mile and comes into the race off a seventh-place run in the Grade I Travers.

Verrazano did not make his career debut until January 1 of this year, breaking his maiden by 7 3/4-lengths over 6½ furlongs on his debut at Gulfstream Park.

“Verrazano is a very welcome addition to the roster here at Ashford which will be the strongest we’ve ever assembled,” said Ashford’s Director of Sales Charlie O’Connor. “Verrazano’s brilliance is there for all to see, but he’s also got the pedigree and looks to match. He’s very exciting.”

Out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Enchanted Rock, Verrazano has six wins from eight career starts and is a half brother to graded stakes winner El Padrino.

Game On Dude, Paynter head Monday Breeders’ Cup worktab

Multiple Grade I winner Game On Dude signaled that this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic may finally be his for the taking, putting in a huge five furlong move in :59 over the Santa Anita Park main track Monday morning.

Working in company with Amazing Hearted, Game On Dude broke off about six lengths behind before surging past his partner to his inside as the two were finishing up in the lane. It was Game On Dude’s monster gallop out that proved most impressive to trainer Bob Baffert and the rest of the onlookers as the 6-year-old gelding maintained his powerful rhythm around the turn, putting several more lengths between himself and his workmate.

“He just seems to be a stronger horse this year and more focused,” jockey Mike Smith said of his Classic mount after watching the move on the apron. “He steps on the racetrack and he looks straightforward, he won’t turn his head from side to side. He just is all business now, it’s pretty cool. Until he gets off over there (to the gap) and he gets a peppermint.”

Saturday will mark the third consecutive year Game On Dude will start in the Classic, having finished second in the race in 2011 and an uncharacteristically dull seventh here last season. The gelded son of Awesome Again is unbeaten in five starts this year and is coming off an 8 1/2 length victory in the Grade I Pacific Classic at Del  Mar on August 25.

Shortly after dubbing Game On Dude’s work “perfect”, Baffert hustled back up to the stands to watch his other Classic contender Paynter put in his final serious work. Zayat Stables’ Grade I winner and sentimental fan favorite went five furlongs in company with stablemate Flashback, staying in front of that one while covering the distance is 1:00 flat.

Paynter’s Breeders’ Cup presence is remarkable regardless of result as the 4-year-old son of Awesome Again nearly died last year during a battle with colitis.

“I’m not a big miracle guy but this horse what he went through, it’s amazing,” Baffert said. “He’s tough. If he were a human, he’d be a big obnoxious, tough bully type linebacker. That’s what kept him fighting.

“They’re two different types of horses,” Baffert said of Game On Dude and Paynter. “You know so one will be rolling up front, the other will be in the second wave.”

Baffert also worked Juvenile contender Tap It Rich four furlongs in 48.20 and sent Filly & Mare Sprint contender Book Review through a four-furlong work in 48.60.

Champion Beholder continued to tout herself in advance of her expected run in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, working four furlongs in 49.20 Monday. The 3-year-0ld daughter of Henny Hughes bested older girls last time out in the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita on September 28 and won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies over this main track in 2012.

“That’s it; we’re all set now,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “I didn’t want her to do too much today and it was fine. I may have to put her back on the track tomorrow; we’ll see. It (the Distaff) is a heckuva race and she’s going to have to be at her best for it.”



Preakness winner Oxbow retired, will enter stud at Taylor Made

Calumet Farm’s Oxbow, winner of this year’s Preakness Stakes, has been retired and will stand the 2014 season at Taylor Made Stallions for  a fee of $20,000.

Trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, Oxbow had not raced since finishing fourth in the Grade I Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 28. The son of Awesome Again emerged from that outing with an ankle injury that was set to sideline him for the remainder of the 2013 season.

Oxbow made eight starts his 3-year-0ld season, winning the Grade III LeComte Stakes in his seasonal bow before suffering four straight losses leading up to his Preakness triumph. Having finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby after tracking wicked early fractions, Oxbow captured the second leg of the Triple Crown in gate-to-wire fashion, giving Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens his first Classic win since coming out of a seven-year retirement and Lukas his record-setting 14th career win in a Triple Crown race.

“There’s so much to like about Oxbow,”  Lukas said in a release. “When we bought him as a yearling, he was so athletic that it looked like you could put a saddle on him and run him. He was one tough son of a gun and as durable as they make them. On top of his great pedigree, Oxbow has the most important trait a stallion needs, and that’s his natural speed and ability to carry it over a distance of ground.”

Oxbow went on to finish a game runner-up in the Belmont Stakes after being involved in the fastest paces set in the final leg of the Triple Crown since 1973 when Secretariat won the Belmont.  A $250,000 yearling, Oxbow retires with three wins from 13 career starts and earnings of $1,243,500.

“We are absolutely thrilled and very appreciative that Calumet Farm has made the decision to stand Oxbow at Taylor Made, along with their plans to support his stallion career,” said Ben Taylor, Vice President of Taylor Made Stallions. “To us, Oxbow is the classic, two-turn dirt horse that both the breeders and yearling buyers look for. He was a major contender in every Triple Crown race and is one of the toughest horses I’ve seen in some time.”

Oxbow is out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare, Tizamazing who is a full sister to two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow.

“Oxbow is a special horse,” Stevens said. “He has the speed of a sprinter, stamina of a classic winner, and the heart of a champion. And he’s so intelligent.”






Oxbow’s Preakness triumph gave Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens the biggest win of his comeback from retirement, and it served as one of racing’s signature moments of 2013.


“Oxbow is a special horse,” said Stevens. “He has the speed of a sprinter, stamina of a classic winner, and the heart of a champion. And he’s so intelligent.”


Oxbow is the first American classic winner by Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Awesome Again. His dam, Tizamazing, is a full sister to two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow.


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Hall of Famer Calvin Borel fractures fibula in Keeneland spill

Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel has suffered a broken fibula according to his wife, Lisa, after being unseated during the sixth race at Keeneland Wednesday afternoon.

Borel was unseated shortly after the start of the 1 1/16-miles turf race when his mount Sonic Dancer suffered a fatal injury to his right front while going for the lead just past the stands for the first time.

“We are so lucky today, Calvin  had a horrible spill but managed to walk away with only a broken Fibula (lesser bone connecting knee to ankle) no concussion or soft tissue injuries,” Lisa Borel posted in a message on her Facebook page. “We are very very lucky considering how hard he fell. Prayers to the connections of the fallen horse, and thanks to God above for keeping ‘Boo’ from further harm today. It could have been much much worse.”

The sixth race was waved off midway down the backstretch and declared a no contest as Borel was still prone on the turf course. Borel briefly lay motionless on the turf but did start moving his extremities as loaded onto a stretcher and put into the ambulance. He was conscious as he was transported a short while later to University of Kentucky Medical Center but Dr. Barry Schumer, medical director for Keeneland, said the three-time Kentucky Derby winning rider was suffering from concussion-like symptoms.

Sonic Dancer, a 3-year-old son of Suave trained by Larry Lay for Rakesh and Sikand Kumud, was vanned off but later euthanized due to a broken cannon bone in his right front.

The 46-year-old Borel was inducted into Racing’s Hall of Fame this August with more than 5,000 career wins.

Total of 172 horses including nine 2012 race winners, pre-entered for Breeders’ Cup

A total of nine race winners from last year,  including reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Fort Larned and two-time Distaff winner Royal Delta, head up the 172 horses that have been pre-entered for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park. The total number  is down from the 180 horses pre-entered for the 2012 Breeders’ Cup.


The 30th Breeders’ Cup World Championships consisting of 14 races with purses and awards totaling $27 million, will be held at Santa Anita Park for the seventh time on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2. There will be five Breeders’ Cup races on Championship Friday and nine Breeders’ Cup races on Championship Saturday.


The Breeders’ Cup will be televised live by NBCSN and NBC. The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be televised live and in primetime Saturday, November 2 on NBC (8-9 p.m. ET).


Fort Larned (Classic); Royal Delta (Distaff) Little Mike (Turf); Wise Dan (Mile); Beholder (Juvenile Fillies) Groupie Doll (Filly & Mare Sprint); Trinniberg (Sprint); Mizdirection (Turf Sprint) and Flotilla (Juvenile Fillies Turf) are the nine 2012 winners pre-entered for this year’s Breeders’ Cup.

A total of 13 horses were pre-entered for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic including five starters returning from the 2012 Classic. Heading up the list multiple Grade I winner and leading Horse of the Year candidate Game On Dude, who has won all five of his starts this year in dominating front-running fashion, including grade 1 scores in the Santa Anita Handicap, the Hollywood Gold Cup and, most recently, Del Mar’s Pacific Classic by 8 ½ lengths on August 25.

Janis Whitham’s homebred Fort Larned won last year’s Classic in a stirring stretch drive over Mucho Macho Man by three-quarters of a length. However, the 5-year-old son of E Dubai has had an inconsistent season with just two wins in five starts, but was impressive in his last start winning the Homecoming Stakes at Churchill Downs on September 28. Tiznow, in 2000 and 2001, is the only horse to win the Classic twice.

Mucho Macho Man, second in last year’s Classic, has made just four starts this year, but got his first of 2013 win in a dominant performance against West Coast horses when he won th Grade I Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on September 28.


Trainer Bill Mott has again pre-entered Flat Out and Ron the Greek, the third- and fourth- place finishers in last year’s Classic with Grade I winner Graydar,  Zayat Stable’s 4-year-old Paynter, Last Gunfighter, also among the U.S.-based older horses pre-entered. The 4-year-old Aidan O’Brien-trained Declaration of War, winner of the Group I Juddmonte International and 6-year-old Planteur,  third in the Dubai World Cup,  are the overseas pre-entrants in the Classic, among 24 in all from outside of North America in this year’s Breeders’ Cup.


The 3-year-old male title will also be on the line in the Classic as both Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice and Travers winner Will Take Charge have been pre-entered. Travers and Pennsylvania Derby runner-up Moreno completes the 13 pre-entered for the Classic.


Just six fillies and mares have been pre-entered in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff but that field stands as one of the best of the lineup. Royal Delta, who was pre-entered in the Distaff only, is seeking to become the first three-time winner of the race but will face top 3-year-old fillies Princess of Sylmar and Beholder. Princess of Sylmar bested Royal Delta in the Grade I Beldame with Beholder also taking down older females in the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes.


The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile on turf precedes the Classic on the Saturday program. Morton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan set a course record in last year’s Mile but saw his nine-race win streak snapped by fellow Mile entrant Silver Max in Keeneland’s Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile, which was taken off the turf and run on the Polytrack. Wise Dan will face challenges from the aforementioned Silver Max, winner of his last three starts for trainer Dale Romans, and the 5 year-old Obviously, who was third in last year’s Mile and has won three stakes this year. Two European standouts from the Richard Hannon barn representing Sheikh Joaan Al Thani are the 3-year-olds Olympic Glory, who won the Queen Elizabeth II on Champions Day at Ascot last week and Toronado, winner of the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in August. Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Flotilla  has also been pre-entered.


Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey have pre-entered the most horses of all owners in this Breeders’ Cup with seven, and they have two formidable stars in the Turf in Big Blue Kitten and Real Solution, both trained by Chad Brown. Big Blue Kitten won back to back grade I’s this summer in United Nations at Monmouth Park and the Sword Dancer at Saratoga before finishing second by a nose to Little Mike in the Joe Hirsch. The 4-year-old Real Solution, third in the Joe Hirsch, won the Grade I Arlington Million in August.


Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s 4-year-old filly The Fugue, who was third in last year’s Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita appears to be the main European challenger in the Turf. Trained by John Gosden, who won the 2008 Classic with Raven’s Pass at Santa Anita, The Fugue comes into the race off consecutive group I victories in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes against male rivals.

Champion Groupie Doll will be seeking to defend her title in the Filly and Mare Sprint in what will likely be her final career start. A total of 13 have been pre-entered in that 7-furlong test.

Breeders’ Cup announces post times, race order

Breeders’ Cup release:

The Breeders’ Cup announced the official race order, wagering menu and post times for the 30th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be held on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at Santa Anita Park. This year’s wagering menu on the 14 Breeders’ Cup races features two Breeders’ Cup Ultra Pick Sixes, 10-cent Superfectas, 50-cent Trifectas, Pick 3’s and Pick 4’s, a Breeders’ Cup Distaff/Classic daily double and two Super High 5 wagers.

There will be a total of 11 races (five Breeders’ Cup races) on the Championship Friday program and 12 races on Championship Saturday (9 Breeders’ Cup races). Championship Friday begins at 10:40 a.m. Pacific Time with five undercard races. Champion Saturday first post is 10:15 a.m., and also begins with three undercards races.

Breeders’ Cup has announced that there will be $10,000,000 in guaranteed gross pools over the two days.  Friday’s guarantees include: $500,000 Pick 5 on races 1-5; a $1,000,000 Pick 6 on races 5-10; and a $1.5 million late Pick 4 on races 7-10.  On Saturday, the guarantees include: a $500,000 Pick 5 guarantee on races 1-5; a $1 million early Pick 4 on races 4-7; a $2.5 million Ultra Pick 6 on races 7-12; and a $3 million late Pick 4 on races 9-12.

The first Championships race on Breeders’ Cup Friday is scheduled to be the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon (1:45 p.m.), followed by the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2:25 p.m.); $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (3:05 p.m.); $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (3:50 p.m.) and the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (4:35 p.m.). There will be an Ultra Pick Six on the five Friday Breeders’ Cup races and the Twilight Derby, which will be run as the fifth race. The $150,000 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup race for Arabian horses will follow the Distaff as race eleven.

On Championship Saturday, first post time is 10:15 a.m., starting with the Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes, the Damascus Stakes and the Ken Maddy Stakes.  The order of Breeders’ Cup races is as follows:  $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (12:05 p.m.); $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (12:43 p.m.); $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint (1:21 p.m.); $1 million Geico Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (2:05 p.m.); $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2:45 p.m.), $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (3:25 p.m.); $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (4:05); $2 million  Breeders’ Cup Mile (4:42 p.m.) and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (5:35 p.m.).. There will be an Ultra Pick Six with a guaranteed gross pool of $2.5 million on the Saturday program beginning with the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (race 7) and concluding with the Breeders’ Cup Classic (race 12).

Each Breeders’ Cup World Championships race will feature a maximum of 14 horses and wagering interests with the exception of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, which is limited to 12 starters. In addition to the standard Win, Place and Show betting, there will be Exacta and Trifecta wagering on every race and rolling Pick 3 wagers beginning with the first race and continuing through all races on both Championship Friday and Championship Saturday. Among the featured wagers this year are:

·         Breeders’ Cup Pick 5’s with a fifty-cent minimum bet value.  The wager will be offered on the first five races each day and will give players a chance to cash a large bet for a small investment.  The wager may carryover from Friday to Saturday but is a mandatory payout on Saturday.  In 2012, Friday’s Pick 5 paid $37,705 for a fifty cent wager.

·         Friday’s Ultra Pick 6 will have a guaranteed gross pool of $1,000,000 and Saturday’s Ultra Pick 6 will feature a $2 million guaranteed gross pool. If no one hits the Friday Ultra Pick 6, the pool will carry over into Saturday’s Ultra Pick 6. The wager may also carryover from Saturday’s program into Sunday.  In such case, the Pick 6 would be a mandatory payout on Santa Anita’s closing day program on Sunday, November 3rd.  Last year, Friday’s Pick 6 paid $773,865 for a $2 wager.  Saturday’s Pick 6 paid $419,245.

·         A Daily Double wager linking the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Friday to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday will again be offered. Last year’s “Classic Double” of Distaff winner Royal Delta and Classic winner Fort Larned paid $31.

·         Other Wagering Highlights this year are:
The Pick 4, with a 50-cent minimum, continues to be a fan favorite bet at the Breeders’ Cup. Friday’s late Pick 4 (races 7-10) will have a guaranteed pool of $1,500,000. On Saturday, there will be two guaranteed Pick 4s. The early all Championships Pick 4 (races 4-7) will have a $1,000,000 guaranteed gross pool and the late all Championships Pick 4 (races 9-12) will have a $3,000,000 million gross pool.  The 2012 late Saturday Pick 4 paid $5,647 for a fifty cent wager.

·         There will be a   Super High Five wager on both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Bettors are required to select the first five finishing places on one ticket. If no one hits the Super High Five on Friday the pool will carry over to Saturday’s Super High Five on the Classic. The wager is a mandatory payout after the Classic.  Last year, Saturday’s Classic Super Hi 5 paid  $14,024 for a $1 bet.  The bet minimum  for this wager has been reduced to fifty cents.


All Times Pacific

(Breeders’ Cup races in bold)

Friday, November 1

1.     300  North Capital Allowance

  10:40 am             WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD         Pick 5

2.          Allowance                  11:15 am             WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD

3. Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes

                  11:50 pm             WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD         Pick 4


4. Golden State Juvenile    12:27 pm               WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD

5. Twilight Derby  (gr. II)      1:02 pm                 WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD         Pick 6


6.  $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon (gr. II)

                                                  1:45 pm               WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD          

7. $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I)


  2:25 pm               WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD       Pick 4                     

8.  $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I)

3:05  pm                WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD                        

9$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I)

                                                  3:50  pm              WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD         Super Hi 5

 10$2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff  (gr. I)

                                               4:35  pm                WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             Special DD                          

11.   $150,00  President of the United Arab Emirates Cup (gr. 1)

5:10  pm               WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER                 

Saturday, November 2

1.  Juvenile Turf Sprint       10:15 am              WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD   PICK 5

2.  Damascus Stakes

                                                10:50 am              WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD

3.  Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. III)

11:25 am               WPS          EX           TRI           SUPER              PICK 3    DD

Opening Ceremonies

4.  $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I)

  12:05 pm            WPS          EX           TRI           SUPER              PICK 3   DD    PICK 4

5. $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I)

                                                  12:43 pm            WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD          

6. $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I)

                                                  1:21  pm              WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD                        

7. $1 million Geico Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I)

                                                   2:05  pm             WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD    PICK 6       

8. $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I)

                   2:43  pm             WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD                        

9.  $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I)

                                                   3:22  pm             WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD     PICK 4

10. $1.5 million Xpressbet  Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I)

                                                   4:01 pm              WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER             PICK 3    DD        

11. $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I)

                                                   4:40 pm              WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER                             DD                         

 12. $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I)

                                                   5:35 pm              WPS           EX           TRI           SUPER                                  Sup Hi 5

Multiple Grade I winner Dullahan dies due to ruptured colon

Donegal Racing’s multiple Grade I winner Dullahan, whose retirement from racing was announced a week ago, was euthanized early Sunday after suffering a ruptured colon, trainer Dale Romans confirmed Sunday morning.

Romans said the 4-year-old son of Even the Score had been at rehabing from a tendon injury at WinStar Farm the last couple weeks. Despite undergoing emergency surgery at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, efforts to save the chestnut colt were to no avail.

“They said the night watchman came in around midnight and he (Dullahan) was sweating,” an emotional Romans said. “They got him right to the clinic but just could not save him. The one thing about it is he didn’t suffer long because they caught him early and…it didn’t last long. We know he was with the best hands in the game.

“Everything was done that could have been done. There’s no fault, it’s just nature.”

A half brother to 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, Dullahan quickly developed a devoted fan base of his own with his try-hard ways and flashy looks. All three of his career wins from 18 starts came over synthetic surfaces against Grade I company, the first being his maiden-breaking triumph in the 2011 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.

Keeneland would also serve as the site of Dullahan’s second top-level score when he bested reigning juvenile champion Hansen in the 2012 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, setting off one of that race’s wildest celebrations as the Donegal crew tossed green and gold beads into the packed crowd. A third place finish in the Kentucky Derby would follow but, after off the board efforts in the Belmont Stakes and Haskell Invitational, Dullahan would score his most defining victory by besting Game On Dude in the 2012 Grade I Pacific Classic in a  track record time of 1:59.54 for 1 1/4-miles

“He was just a special horse, special to be around,” Romans said. “He had such a great personality. He gave us such a thrill in the Derby when he went wide and came running and…his Pacific Classic was about as good as a horse can run.”

That Pacific Classic score would serve as Dullahan’s final career win. He began his 2013 campaign in Dubai, finishing 11th in the $10 million Dubai World Cup, and ran eighth behind Game On Dude in this year’s running of the Pacific Classic.

Out of the Smart Strike mare Mining My Own, Dullahan retired with $1,735,901 in earnings.

“It’s bad for horse racing because I really believe he would have made an impact in stallion barn,” Romans said.

“I am devastated we will not get to see baby Dullahans growing up and becoming gorgeous racehorse,” Donegal managing partner Jerry Crawford said in a statement.


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