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Fleet Renee, 2 others out of Cup
Three Breeders' Cup entrants, Fleet Renee, Slew Valley, and Numerous Times, were scratched from their respective races early Friday morning due to minor physical problems
Increased security for Cup
Apart from potential attacks on the crowd or facility at Belmont, one of the most sensitive security concerns for NYRA officials had expected to be protecting Arab owners, who this year will start 20 out of the 98 horses entered.
Moss: Making sense of the 'Dubai Brothers'
The Maktoums have blue-blooded stables in Europe and America, and lavish farms on both continents. Under the banner of Godolphin, they are the world's most powerful racing and breeding operation. They also have no Derby and no Classic victories.
Don't forget about Lukas on Cup Day
Rational thinking usually goes out the window when it comes to Lukas and big afternoons. The Hall of Fame trainer has won major events with so many downright screwy horses that you can never count him out out on the big days.
Guided Tour sold
Guided Tour, who will run in Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park, was sold this week to the Fustok brothers' Buckram Oak Farm, according to Morton Fink, the majority partner in Guided Tour
Breeders' Cup XVIII's surest thing: Officer
Is Officer unbeatable in the Juvenile? Many horsemen think so, but his trainer Bob Baffert says it's no gimme.
McNamara: Godolphin makes a Classic move
Sakhee, Godolphin Racing's runaway winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, would have been odds-on in the 1 1/2-mile Turf. So why he is starting in the Classic?
Middle Eastern-owned horses prominent at Cup
People of Middle Eastern descent have generally been keeping a low profile in this country since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but they will be a major presence Saturday in New York.
Bad luck for Frankel; post 12 for Aptitude
Bobby Frankel says he won't admit he's jinxed in the Breeders' Cup until he goes 0-for-6 in Saturday's World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park.
Rice: Owner rides 'Crest' of serendipity to Cup
If Calvin Nguyen had been able to buy a ticket to a California Angels game back in 1989, he may never have bought Breeders' Cup Classic contender Freedom Crest
Cronley: A losing proposition
Jay's trying something new this year with the Breeders' Cup. He's assembled a team that will try to pick the losers, which should ultimately lead him to the winners. Right?
Eddie Mac: Are the Europeans ready?
This year's Europeans are supposed to be one tough bunch. But do they have anything left for the Cup?
Kinane candid about Europe's Cup chances
Like most sports, competitors in horse racing don't like to tip their hand. But on Tuesday, Irish jocky Mick Kinane was refreshingly honest.
McNamara: Everything but a Cup
If you've never bet on Bobby Frankel's horses on Breeders' Cup day, you've spared yourself three dozen losers. If you've disregarded him the other 364 days, you've passed up thousands of winners.
Galileo to be retired to stud after Classic
No stud fee has yet been set for Galileo, whose only defeat came at the Irish Champions Stakes, where he was narrowly beaten by Fantastic Light.
McNamara: Is Officer the next big thing?
He's undefeated and untested, a stunningly gifted 2-year-old who hasn't even broken a sweat in five races and he could be the sport's next superhorse.
NTRA gives Imus 90G charity bet
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will give radio host Don Imus $90,000 to wager on the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, with all proceeds going to charity.
McNamara: El Corredor ready for Sprint glory
He's won from 6 furlongs to a mile on both coasts, taking 7 of 9 career starts and finishing out of the money only in his debut. He's called El Corredor, which in Spanish means "the runner." His name and his game are the same.
Aptitude to retire to Juddmonte
Grade 1 winner Aptitude will retire to his owner's Juddmonte Farms in Lexington at the conclusion of his racing career, at least through the Breeders' Cup on October 27.
Bella Bellucci deals 'Heiress' first loss in Astarita
Bella Bellucci earned a spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies by rallying from last to run down front-running Forest Heiress and take the Grade 2 $103,400 Astarita Stakes.
Shesastonecoldfox now a hot item, looks toward BC
The Petrisaks were close to selling their undefeated Shesastonecoldfox over the weekend. Instead of consummating the deal Monday they were waiting for the Breeders' Cup offices to open to deliver personally their pre-entry fee for the Juvenile Fillies.
Chavez picks up injured Wilson's mount on Xtra Heat
Jorge Chavez will replace the injured Rick Wilson aboard Xtra Heat in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Aptitude runs away with $1 million Gold Cup
Aptitude became a major player for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic by rolling to an emphatic 10-length victory in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Freedom Crest upsets Goodwood
Freedom Crest overtook Skimming in the stretch and won the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap by one-length.
Champagne a walk in the park for Officer, You takes Frizette
Siphonic led every step of the way Saturday for a highly impressive victory in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, emerging as a top contender for the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Miss Linda defeats Starrer in the Spinster
Miss Linda returned $45.60 after defeating Starrer by 2 1/4 lengths in the $562,000 Spinster, the Midwest's definitive autumn race for fillies and mares.
Hap takes Shadwell Mile
Hap became one of the deserving favorites for the Breeders' Cup Mile after getting a textbook trip under Jerry Bailey to win the $558,500, Grade 2 Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile.
Val's Royal king of Oak Tree Mile
More than two years after his career was threatened by a tendon injury, Val Royal joined the list of contenders for the Breeders' Cup Mile with a striking victory in the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile.
Delaware Township wins Forest Hills Handicap
Delaware Township won Belmont Park's Grade II $250,000 Forest Hills Handicap for the second straight year.
Swept Overboard sweeps by Kona Gold in Ancient Title
Swept Overboard won his first Grade 1 stakes in the Ancient Title, ending a three-race losing streak in graded sprint stakes in California.
You beats Cashier's Dream in Frizette
You established herself as the top 2-year-old filly in the East by rolling past Cashier's Dream approaching the top of the stretch and drawing clear for a 6 1/4-length victory in the Grade 1, 500,000 Frizette.
Forbidden Apple wins Kelso again
Forbidden Apple proved again that he is a monster at Belmont Park by winning the $250,000 Kelso Handicap, a Grade 2, for the second year in a row.
Exogenous survives inquiry in Beldame
First, Exogenous had to survive a health scare in the days leading up to Saturday's Grade 1 Beldame. Then, she had to survive a stewards' inquiry.
Siphonic, 'Sunshine' impressive in Lane's End
Siphonic led every step of the way for a highly impressive victory in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, emerging as a top contender for the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.