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    October 18, 2017

    Hometown Hero Accelerate Perfectly Suited for Dirt Mile

  • Imperial Hint
    October 18, 2017

    Imperial Hint Takes Shot at Big Time in Sprint

    Imperial Hint has flown under the radar for most of his career, but is ready to step onto the big stage soon in the Grade 1 TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Del Mar on November 4. When it comes to this horse nothing is flashy until he steps onto the race track.

  • Del Mar history
    October 18, 2017

    The History of Del Mar

    From Seabiscuit to Shoemaker, a rich 80-year past lives “Where the Turf Meets the Surf”

    By Hank Wesch

  • O'Brien and Baffert
    October 17, 2017

    Two Rival Trainers Show No Signs of Slowing Down

    If there never had been a Breeders’ Cup, where would we find Bob Baffert? Would Baffert still be the most recognizable figure in Thoroughbred racing, with his white hair and his gregarious personality holding court, usually in victory lane?

  • World Approval
    October 17, 2017

    World Approval Inspires Confidence in Casse

    Once again trainer Mark Casse has a main contender for the prestigious mile grass test at the World Championships thanks to World Approval, a gelding who has come of age at five and emerged as one of the nation’s premier turf runners. A winner of just six of his first 19 starts through December, everything fell into place for World Approval when the pages of the calendar turned to 2017.

  • Unique Bella
    October 17, 2017

    Unique Bella Ready to Tackle Filly & Mare Sprint

    Back in March Unique Bella was on her way to being a heavy favorite in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. In fact, it was a foregone conclusion for many that she would win. The only question mark was by how many lengths in which she would stomp her competition.

  • Bolt d'Oro
    October 16, 2017

    Bolt d'Oro Favored for the First Saturday in November

    Anyone who has a quality 2-year-old colt inevitably daydreams about the first Saturday in May. Yet for owner/trainer Mick Ruis, it’s the first Saturday in November that is foremost on his mind. Ruis has Nov. 4 circled on his calendar in anticipation of the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar, a race in which he has the likely favorite in the undefeated Bolt d’Oro.

  • Stellar Wind
    October 16, 2017

    Chance for Stellar Wind to Join Exclusive Sorority

    The list of horses who have been the champion older dirt filly or mare in the last 10 years has a regal glow to it. They are stars along the lines of Zenyatta, Royal Delta, Havre de Grace and Beholder. Now it’s Stellar Wind’s chance to join that exclusive sorority.

  • Chad Brown
    October 16, 2017

    Brown Aims for Longines Turf with 1-2 Punch

    Trainer Chad Brown may be only 39 years-old, but his roster of turf stakes victories surpasses the floors of the Empire State Building. Yet one rather notable omission from his record is the nation’s richest turf race, the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.

  • Whitney winner Gun Runner
    October 15, 2017

    Patience Pays Off as Gun Runner Rises to Classic Challenge

    It was about a year ago that owner Roy Winchell and trainer Steve Asmussen formulated plans for Gun Runner. After finishing third in both the Kentucky Derby (G1) and the Travers (G1) at a mile-and-a-quarter, the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at the same 10-furlong distance seemed a reasonable option for their talented 3-year-old colt. Instead they opted for a different challenge.

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