Statement from Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO on the Passing of Dick Enberg
Statement from Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO on the passing of Dick Enberg:
“All of us who love sports and racing are greatly saddened today with the passing of Dick Enberg, one of America’s greatest sports broadcasters and an even greater person, who exuded enormous warmth and respect for friends and fans in his wonderful life. Dick hosted the first seven broadcasts of NBC’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup, beginning with the unprecedented four-hour live program of the inaugural event from Hollywood Park in 1984. As with his remarkable proficiency and versatility in delivering play-by-play for the local teams in southern California, and for the many World Series, Super Bowls and NCAA Final Fours he worked, Dick brought the same energy, passion and knowledge of his craft to horse racing on the national stage. In addition to his professional duties, Dick was a devoted fan and Member of the Turf Club at Del Mar for many years. We were so very pleased to honor Dick just a few days prior to this year’s first-ever Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar with the Breeders’ Cup Sports and Racing Excellence Award. It was a remarkable evening of tributes from his many friends, colleagues and admirers who were there to salute his outstanding lifetime achievements. On behalf of all of us at the Breeders’ Cup, we extend our deepest sympathies to Dick’s wife, Barbara, and his extended family.”
- September 21, 2018
Owned by LNJ Foxwoods and trained by Brad Cox, Covfefe recently made her debut on September 16th, and while parody may have inspired her name, the filly proved no joke. Under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, she decimated her competition by 9-1/4 lengths, completing the six furlongs in 1:10.20, earning a solid 86 Beyer first time out. Making the victory even sweeter is that it happened beneath the spires of Churchill Downs, where the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held in November.
- September 21, 2018
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships in November will be held at Churchill Downs for the ninth time, thirty years after making its first appearance at the Louisville track and seven years since its latest swing through Derby City. When examining a list of past winners of the original seven Breeders’ Cup events that have been held at Churchill Downs, one notable aspect has been the tendency of the primary turf events, the Mile (G1) and the 1 1/2-mile Turf (G1), to produce minor-to-major upsets. Although the sample size of eight previous runnings held at Churchill is a small one, the recognizing of this emerging trend should be enough to convince handicappers to take a broader look at the two races once final fields are drawn.
- September 20, 2018
Three Guaranteed Berths into Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge on the Line This Weekend on Horseplayers.com
With just six weeks left until the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, qualifying contests for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) are in full swing with three guaranteed berths into the largest live-money handicapping contest in the world on the line this weekend, highlighted by Sunday’s (Sept. 23) tournament which has the lowest-ever qualifying ratio (1 per 5) and a $2,300 entry fee.