Wise Dan, Other Breeders' Cup Runners Arrive
The final contingent of Breeders' Cup runners, including Mile (gr. IT) favorite Wise Dan and Classic (gr. I) contenders Mucho Macho Man, Fort Larned, and Brilliant Speed, arrived at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31 after an eventful weekend of altered travel plans due to Hurricane Sandy.
The flight coming from New York to Louisville and then to California arrived at Ontario Airport at noon PDT, after which the Breeders' Cup horses were loaded onto Brook Ledge and Hubbard horse vans for an approximately one-hour drive to the track.
Among those also unloaded on the Santa Anita backside around 1:15 p.m. PDT were Ladies' Classic (gr. I) runner Grace Hall, Grey Goose Juvenile (gr. I) favorite Shanghai Bobby, Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) contenders Dreaming of Julia and Kauai Katie, FIlly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) runners Belle of the Hall and Turbulent Descent, Dirt Mile (gr. I) runner Jersey Town , and Marathon (gr. II) starter Not Abroad.
Wise Dan settled well into his new stall in Barn 36 after walking the shedrow for several minutes. Trainer Charlie Lopresti said the 5-year-old son of Wiseman's Ferry would either take his first trip over the California oval's main track around 7:30 a.m. local time on the dirt, or would wait until 10 a.m. to go out on the turf under exercise rider Damian Rock.
- April 18, 2018
18 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Features 82 Races in 12 Countries Awarding Automatic Berths, Travel and Paid Entry Fees Into World Championships
This year’s series, which includes 66 Grade/Group 1 events, will have at least 49 Challenge races held in the U.S. and Canada and 33 races to be run outside of North America.
- April 14, 2018
Alizee Wins Coolmore Legacy Stakes at Royal Randwick in Australia and Gains Automatic Berth Into Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf
Godolphin’s 3-year-old filly Alizee (AUS) came from last-to-first in a 17 horse field to win Saturday’s one-mile, $1 million Coolmore Legacy Stakes
- April 12, 2018
Dixie Blossoms (AUS), Silent Sedition (AUS), Daysee Doom (AUS) and Foxplay (AUS) Lead Coolmore Legacy Stakes (G1) in Australia for Free Berth Into Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf
Dixie Blossoms (AUS), Silent Sedition (AUS), Daysee Doom (AUS) and defending champion Foxplay (AUS) lead a field of 17 fillies and mares in Saturday’s one-mile $1 million Coolmore Legacy Stakes