Statement from Breeders’ Cup Limited on the Passing of Pam Blatz-Murff
Statement from Breeders’ Cup Limited:
"It is with great sorrow that we note the passing of Pam Blatz-Murff, our colleague at the Breeders’ Cup from 1984 through 2009. Pam played a critical role from the beginning of the Breeders’ Cup in helping create the nominations and racing programs that are today pillars of one of the world’s great racing festivals. Her commitment to the international character of the event was recognized in the conferring of the Derby Award in 2001 which focused on her “care and passion about the horses themselves: about their owners and breeders; about their trainers and lads.” Among the many initiatives Pam played a major role in at the Breeders’ Cup was the expansion of the event to two days in 2007, formation of the Veterinary Inspection Team and the implementation of the Breeders’ Cup Security Protocols. Most notably, Pam enjoyed the comradery and respect of horsemen both domestically and internationally. We will miss her passion for Thoroughbred racing and her pride in the Breeders’ Cup and extend our deepest sympathies to Pam’s daughter Tiffany and the family."
- February 17, 2019
Inti Goes Wire to Wire in February Stakes in Tokyo and Gains First Automatic Berth into 2019 Breeders' Cup Classic
Shigeo Takeda’s 5-year-old homebred Inti (JPN), the 2.6-1 favorite under jockey Yutaka Take, controlled the pace throughout Sunday’s 36th running of the one-mile, $1,879,000 February Stakes (G1) on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse, winning by a neck over second choice Gold Dream (JPN), and secured the first automatic berth into this year’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge.
- February 15, 2019
February Stakes on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse is First Automatic Qualifier for 2019 Breeders' Cup Classic
Led by former champions Gold Dream (JPN), Nonkono Yume (JPN), and Moanin, and the speedy Inti (JPN) 14 horses have been entered for Sunday’s 36th running of the one mile, $870,000 February Stakes (G1) on dirt at Tokyo Racecourse, the first automatic qualifier for this year’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) to be awarded through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.
- February 8, 2019
Dora Delgado, Drew Fleming and Justin McDonald Promoted