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LOUISVILE (CCN) — You can bet Jack Van Berg was looking down over Churchill Downs from the big paddock far above the clouds Friday in Louisville. I'm sure the Hall of Fame trainer who died in December was making some noise from his sky box in heaven as a horse named after him raced toward the finish line.  READ MORE


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LOUISVILE (CCN) — The 35th Breeders' Cup weekend kicked off at Churchill Downs in Louisville with "Future Stars Friday" as five events were presented during a first ever all juveniles day of fun at the annual world championship weekend for thoroughbred horses from around the world. While 2-year-olds were on display during Friday's opening day, nine more races will take place on Saturday for older horses in various divisions.  CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS OF ALL 9 RACES

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LOUISVILE (CCN) — The 35th Breeders' Cup weekend kicked off at Churchill Downs in Louisville with "Future Stars Friday" as five events were presented during a first ever all juveniles day of fun at the annual world championship weekend for thoroughbred horses from around the world.


While 2-year-olds were on display during Friday's opening day, nine more races will take place on Saturday for older horses in various divisions.





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LOUISVILE (CCN) — The 2018 Breeders' Cup, the year-end horse-racing showcase featuring a whopping $30 million in combined purses, will be held on Friday and Saturday at Churchill Downs. Over those two days, 14 races will be held, culminating in the titular Breeders' Cup Classic -- which boasts a $6 million purse and has been called the Super Bowl of horse racing.  The packed two-day slate features the most races in North America, and the best horses in the world congregate to race. While the Triple Crown generally hosts North American 3-year-olds, the Breeders' Cup hosts 2-year-olds for "Future Stars Friday" while Saturday belongs to mares ages 3 and up.n 2018, all five Juvenile (two-year old) races will be run on the same day to create Future Stars Friday. The day will culminate with the $2 Million Sentient Jet Juvenile that will help decide who will return to Churchill Downs as a favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Enjoy Tony and Tanlines performance in the Plaza.Who will be the next future star to rise to the challenge on Future Stars Friday at the Breeders' Cup? Don't pass up your chance to witness horse racing's stars of tomorrow at the 2018 Breeders' Cup World Championships.. To learn more about this event and the Breeders' Cup Challenge series visit Breeders' CupRacing highlights for the day include:

  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (Race 5)
  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Race 6)
  • Tito's Handmade Vodka Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (Race 7)
  • Breeder's Cup Juvenile Turf (Race 8)
  • Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Race 9)There will be more coverage for undercard events. On Friday, NBC Sports' coverage of Future Stars Friday will start at 3 p.m. ET, and on Saturday coverage will begin at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports. The coverage will switch to NBC at 3:30 for the Breeders' Cup Mile, Distaff, Turf and, finally, Classic.

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Breeders' Cup weekend kicks off with "Future Stars Friday" as five championship events all for juveniles run under the Twin Spires.

Thoroughbred horse racing could return to Michigan

Buyers from Kentucky eye racing dates at Sports Creek Raceway

 

SWARTZ CREEK (CCN) — Thoroughbred horse racing could return to Michigan if a request for dates is accepted by state officials, according to a story Thursday on The Morning Gazette Radio Show. Approval of racing dates is necessary to close a sale of property in Swartz Creek formerly used for harness racing until the track closed after the 2014 live racing season, according to a statement on the web site for the Michigan Horsemen's Benevolent and Protection Association.  READ MORE

19 final 'Win and You're In' qualifiers in 5-day span for Breeders' Cup event Nov 2-3 in Louisville

The world's best horses have 19 remaining automatic spots available during a five-day span to punch tickets for the upcoming Breeders' Cup Nov. 2-3 in Louisville at Churchill Downs. The "Win and You're In" events include 10 at Keeneland in Lexington. Four more will be at Belmont Park and two each at San Anita Park and Longchamp in Paris. Breeders' Cup pays the entry fees for winners of 85 "Win and You're In" qualifier events as part of its Breeders' Cup Challenge Series. Breeders' Cup also pays all winners based outside of North Americas a $40,000 travel allowance to compete in the World Championships during its 35th annual event at Churchill Downs next month.  Read More


Abel Tasman finishes disappointing 5th in 5-horse race at Santa Anita 'Win and You're In' event

Abel Tasman after winning the 2017 Kentucky Oaks

SAN ANITA, CALIFORNIA  — Abel Tasman won't be the favorite any more at the upcoming Breeders' Cup Distaff. Finishing fifth in a five-horse race Sunday in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita Park surprised everyone, including trainer Bob Baffert. Another horse from Baffert's stable won the race as Vale Dori  covered the 1 1/16 mile track in 1:44.88 with jockey Joe Talamo aboard. It was a “Win and You’re In” qualifier to the 1 1/8-mile Breeders' Cup Distaff on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Read More

Fine Needle becomes 3rd Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint automatic qualifier by winning in Japan

JAPAN — Fine Needle became the third horse to punch its ticket for the upcoming $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint by winning Sunday by a neck at  Nakayama Racecourse in Japan. The 5-year-old closed strong in the  $2,169,091 Sprinters Stakes with jockey Yuga Kawada aboard. Fine Needle joins  Disco Partner and Havana Grey as automatic qualifiers during the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series. Disco Partner won the Jaipur Invitational at Belmont Park in June and Havana Grey won two weeks ago in the  Derrinstown Stud Flying Five at  Leopardstown in Ireland.

 

Discreet Lover surprises Belmont field to punch ticket for Breeders' Cup Classic as longshot winner

BELMONT, NEW YORK  —  Discreet Lover went off as a 45-to-1 underdog but captured a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the upcoming Breeders' Cup Classic by winning Saturday's 100th running of the  $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park in New York. It was the first Grade 1 stakes victory for owner/trainer Uriah St. Lewis and his 5-year-old Parx Racing-based horse who was making the 44th start of his career. Discreet Lover made it into the winners’ circle five months ago in the Grade 3 Excelsior at Aqueduct and held off two competitors Saturday who had won Grade 1 races.  

Accelerate tunes up for Breeders' Cup Classic by breezing over West Coast in Awesome Again Stakes

SAN ANITA, CALIFORNIA  —   Accelerate tuned up for a run at the upcoming Breeders' Cup Classic by winning Saturday's $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at San Anita Park. He beat  Breeders' Cup Classic contender West Coast by 2 1/4 lengths and 2 3/4 lengths over surprising 57-to-1 longshot Isotherm. It was the fourth Grade 1 stakes victory of the year for jockey Joel Rasario on Accelerate who also won the San Anita Handicap Presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes and the TVG Pacific Classic. Saturday's triumph came after Accelerate acted up going into the gate and broke slowly before recovering to cover the 1 1/8 mile track in 1:50.38.


Bellafina makes it 3-for-4 with another impressive triumph for one of top 2-year-old filly prospects

SAN ANITA, CALIFORNIA  —  Bellafina once again dominated 2-year-old fillies by winning for the third time in four starts Saturday by capturing the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The triumph gave Bellafina $488,000 in earnings after also winnin the Sorrento Stakes and Del Mar Debutante earlier this summer. The filly won by her widest margin yet on Saturday, however, as jockey Flavien Prat guided her to victory by 6 1/2 lengths in a 1:44.59 clocking over the 1 1/16 mile track. 

Former claimer making bid for chance at Breeders' Cup by winning first Grade 1 stakes at Santa Anita

SAN ANITA, CALIFORNIA  —  A former claimer is now in the conversation for a chance in the upcoming Breeders' Cup after Vasilika won Saturday's $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita Park. It was the initial Grade 1 stakes victory for the horse picked up by Hall-of-Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer for a mere $40,000 price tag in February.  Jockey Flavien Prat steered Vasilika to victory in a close race with Paver for his seventh straight triumph aboard the surprising filly.

Pair of races at Newmarket in England earn winners free trip to Breeders' Cup events next month

SUFFOLK, ENGLAND — Two horses punched automatic tickets to the upcoming Breeders' Cup last weekend in Suffolk, England at Nemarket Jockeys Club Racecourse. Mohawk won Sunday's  Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes to get a free trip to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf while Just Wonderful won Saturday's $135,000 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes to get a free trip to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.


Channel Maker wins Belmont's Joe Hirsch Turf Classic to punch ticket for Breeders' Cup Longines Turf

BELMONT, NEW YORK — Channel Maker, a 58-to-1 longshot at last year's Joe Hirsch Turf Classic when behind as many as 14 lengths at one point, rebounded strong with a dominant wire-to-wire performance at Belmont Park Sunday. Jose Ortiz steered Channel Maker to victory in 2018's $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic by 4 1/2 lengths to get an automatic spot in the upcoming $4 million Breeders' Cup Longines Turf on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.


Imperial Hint strong to become favorite on most betting slips at Twin Spires Breeders' Cup Sprint

BELMONT, NEW YORK — Imperial Hint won Sunday's $340,000 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park to grab a free trip to the upcoming Twin Spires Breeders' Cup Sprint. Jockey Javier Catellano steered Imperial Hint to a 1 1/4 length victory to establish the horse as the favorite on many betting slips next month in the world championship event at Churchill Downs in Louisville.



McKenzie rebounds from first loss to win by breeze in Pennsylvania Derby

 BENSALEM, PENN.—  McKenzie rebounded from his first loss six months ago to win the Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday (Sept. 21). With jockey Mike Smith aboard, McKenzie had a comfortable 1 3/4-length victory for trainer Bob Baffert's third victory in the race in the last five years.    

Kentucky Oaks champion Monomoy Girl beaten in disqualification at Pennsylvania Derby

BENSALEM, PENN.  —  Kentucky Oaks champion Monomoy Girl beat Midnight Bisou again Saturday (Sept. 21) but was disqualified after wandering in front of her down the stretch in the $1 million Cotillion S. at Parx Racing and Casino. Monomoy Girl had twice before beaten Midnight Bisou (at the Kentucky Oaks by 4 1/4 lengths and at the CCA Oaks by 3 lengths).