Tuesday, October 28, 2014


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Viewer's Guide to Breeders' Cup - TV schedule

Full Card Past Performances - Fri-Sat
Includes under-card races 1-5 on Friday

Breeders Cup favorites - biggest flaw for top contenders

DRF Mike Watchmaker handicaps race by race
Pull down menu loads each race for Watchmaker's comments and odds
DRF Handicapping videos, workouts, on-site reports

Bleacher Report - Comprehensive racing info
Breeders Cup official web site 
Click on the Entries tab and each horse is a link to more information about record, commentary, etc.
Breeders Cup official site - Headlines

Jockey Club's fan site for news, information

Many of HRTV's videos are free and on demand


Return after the race for a replay by clicking on the "CARD"
Time ordered races and entries - printable file

Friday, October 31, 2014
5:25 ET  Juvenile Turf   $1,000,000  1 Mile  Details   CARD
6:05 ET  Dirt Mile   $1,000,000  1 Mile  Details   CARD
6:50 ET  Juvenile Fillies Turf   $1,000,000  1 Mile  Details  CARD
7:35 ET  Longines Distaff  $2,000,000  1 1/8 Miles  Details CARD

Handsome Mike SCR in Dirt Mile

Saturday, November 1, 2014
3:05 ET Juvenile Fillies  $2,000,000  1 1/16 Miles  Details  CARD
3:43 ET Filly & Mare Turf  $2,000,000  1 1/4 Miles  Details CARD
3:21 ET   Filly & Mare Sprint   $1,000,000  7 F  Details   CARD
5:05 ET   Turf Sprint   $1,000,000  6.5 Furlongs  Details   CARD
5:43 ET   Sentient Jet Juvenile   $2,000,000  1 1/16 miles  Details CARD
6:22 ET   Longines Turf   $3,000,000  1 1/2 miles  Details   CARD
7:01 ET   Xpressbet Sprint   $1,500,000  6 Furlongs  Details  CARD
7:40 ET   Mile   $2,000,000  1 mile  Details  CARD
8:35 ET   Classic   $5,000,000  1 1/4 miles  Details CARD 

American Pharoah scratch from Juvenile
Magician scratch from Turf
Free as a Bird scratch from Turf Sprint

The 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships will be broadcast live on NBC Sports:
Friday, October 31: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Saturday, November 1: 3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Saturday, November 1: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC

BreedersCup.com will live stream all races on Friday and Saturday. The live stream will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET on Friday, October 31 and 12:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 1.

Breeders' Cup National Coverage in Canada:
Oct. 31: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (TSN2)
Nov. 1: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (TSN2)

For complete NBC coverage in Canada, watch online at www.TSN.ca/Go. To watch via mobile device (tablets/phones) download the TSN GO app for Apple or Android.

Breeders' Cup National Coverage in France:
Breeders Cup will be broadcast live on TV Channel Equidia Live and also live streamed on the Equidia website here.

DRF also providing online live streaming for the entire Breeders Cup
Click here to view race order and post times.

STEVE HASKIN:  Everything you ever wanted to know about the Breeders' Cup Classic, but were afraid to ask! (click here)
STEVE HASKIN: High Noon for Bayern and Moreno

DRF pre-race videos - workouts

HRN - Breeders Cup Dashboard - click here - click on a race, click on a horse, scroll to the bottom of the page, past the comments, for a listing and link to view each of the past races for a particular horse.  Best site to view video past performances for individual horses
British BC contingent represented by 16 entries

Haskin: Top 3-year-olds abound in BC Classic

Affordable at the Top - Runners in BC that sold under $50K


Friday, October 17, 2014

Oct 18-19

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From U.S., to Canada, to Australia, to Great Britain, and Japan
Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file

WEEKEND RACING, PRIMARILY OVERSEAS: With the lull before our own Breeders Cup coming up, the top class racing will take place outside the U.S. this weekend, but there are a couple of races in the U.S. that might be of interest. First on Friday, Rosalind runs in the G3 Pin Oak Valley View at Keeneland (a friend of mine has an interest in Goldy Espony also in this race). Then on Saturday, the Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run at Keeneland has several 3 yr old fillies whose sires are of... interest: Street Sense (2 entries), A.P. Indy, Tapit, Flatter, Birdstone, Speightstown (2 entries). 

Also in the U.S. will be the biggest day of American hunt races at Far Hills, New Jersey. See more info below.
In our own backyard, on Sunday, our Canadian friends will be celebrating the running of the PATTISON CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL. Brown Panther (the Irish St. Leger winner), Big Blue Kitten (Kitten's Joy), and Hillstar (another British invader, to be ridden by Ryan Moore, trained by Sr. Michael Stoute) head a field of ten.

The biggest races, however, are taking place overseas: Saturday, AUSTRALIA'S G1 CAULFIELD CUP, one of the lead-up races to the Melbourne Cup; GREAT BRITAIN, BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS. Sunday: JAPAN's G1 SHUKA SHO, the final leg of the Japan Fillies Triple Crown. Due to the time difference for Australia and Japan, it will be easier to catch the replays later in the day.

There are some races around the U.S. for state-breds in Maryland, New York,  Oklahoma, and West Virginia.  Check out any races you might have an interest in at BloodHorse racing index

The BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS can be seen in the U.S. starting Saturday morning at 8:45 a.m. New York time, with the two key races -- the QE II at 10:30 ET, and the Champions Stakes at 11:05 a.m. The race at 8:45 a.m. is the Long Distance Cup, which will feature the Queen's Estimate in what could be her last race. Despite many of the biggest stars being ruled out for conditions, injury or retirement, Cirrus des Aigles, the 8 year old wonder gelding, is expected to be in the lineup for the Champions Stakes, along with Noble Mission (Frankel's brother), Al Kazeem, and Ruler of the World. Conditions at Newmarket are expected to be "testing" (wet!). More to come!
British Championships - Champions Day info
Champions Day looks short of champions

British Championships - Entries
Advance Going: Heavy 
British Champions Day - All races on one page
Result will show up at the CARD link
9:20 a.m. ET  BC Sprint Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1)  (3YO plus) - 6f   Gordon Lord Byron
9:55 a.m. ET  BC Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1) (Class 1)  (3YO plus) - 1m 4f  Replay
10:30 a.m. ET  Queen Elizabeth II S (One Mile G1 3+, 1m  Race Replay - Charm Spirit
11:05 a.m. ET  Champion Stakes G1, (BC Middle Distance (3YO plus) - 1m 2f  Race Replay - Noble Mission
11:45 a.m. ET  Balmoral Handicap 3YO + - 1m

More on today's races
Estimate profile
Estimate given go ahead for crack at long distance Cup

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Oct 4-5

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Note:  The full card at Longchamp Sunday is being live streamed via HRTV (stream/TV) and TwinSpires. 


Treve and her jockey, Theiry Jarnet
Two time Arc winner - Treve


If the Japanese are to ever get that coveted Arc win, it likely will be Sunday Silence who will take them there.  "...what had changed in the 1980s and ‘90s was the nature and quality of the Japanese Thoroughbred in an era when the mighty yen could buy almost any stallion it wanted. And what changed after that was the arrival in Japan of Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Sunday Silence, whose impact on the class of the Japanese herd was transformative."  Read article
Sunday Silence

Since 2006 through 2013, the Japanese have had 10 entries, with all save one having Sunday Silence in their first or second generation.  They are getting closer to victory, with two horses winning second (Orfevre, 2012 & 2013; Nakayama Festa in 2010).  There had been entries dating back to 1969, however, none until recent years has had a serious chance at even getting close.  That Sunday Silence has had a profound influence upon the Thoroughbred in Japan is not in question.

This year, Japan is fielding 3 entries:  Just A Way, Gold Ship, and Harp Star (filly).  All have Sunday Silence in their second generation back.  Just A Way has been ranked as the world's best racehorse by Longine's for several months in 2014.

Hopes have been dashed, and the Japanese take it hard when they have come up short.  In 2006, when Deep Impact ran, it is estimated that more than 5,000 Japanese fans made the trip to France, and no less are expected this year. 

So, what shall it be? If it happens this year, there will be a big, black stallion looking down, with a hint of a smile (and only a slight smirk for all those American breeders who turned their backs on him).  With nearly $1 Billion in progeny earnings to his credit, Sunday may well consider it just another day at the office, but not to the island of Japan.  It will erupt like one of the many volcanos the small island is noted for.  Regardless of who you are rooting for in the Arc, if Japan takes the trophy, we can all celebrate.
A look at the three entries for the Arc on Sunday, Oct 5

Keeneland unveils its new dirt track, as well as opening its Fall meet with 6 Grade 1 races this weekend.  Wise Dan, the grand old man, faces a stiff test in the Shadwell Mile on Saturday.    Keeneland meet opens with rich stakes and new dirt surface  Last of the Win and You're In Breeders Cup races this weekend.


Kingston Hill in perfect shape for his run at history in the Arc
In the 94-year history of the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, France’s premier race has yet to be won by that season’s St Leger winner but that did not stop Roger Varian putting up a convincing argument on Thursday for a good showing from this year’s Doncaster hero, Kingston Hill, on Sunday.

There are, of course, “lies, damned lies and statistics”. Not many Leger winners ever try to follow up at Longchamp and it is perhaps worth remembering that the last dual winner of the Arc, Alleged, was runner/-up to Dumferline in the 1977 Leger before the first of his two famous victories.  Read more at source


Saturday, Oct. 4, NBC/SN 4:30-6:00 ET
Sunday, Oct. 5, NBC  5-6 ET


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Note:  Once a U.S. race has been completed, you can return to the CARD below for the result and video replay.