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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As usual, the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) will have a decidedly foreign accent when it is run Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park. Of the 20 horses pre-entered for the one-mile event, eight made their previous start on another continent.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Goldencents, W. C. Racing's winner of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) in 2013, leads a group of 12 pre-entered contenders for the 2014 edition as he aims to become the first two-time winner in the race's seven-year history on Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

After finishing fourth as the 1-5 favorite in the Spinster Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 5 at Keeneland, Juddmonte Farms' Close Hatches will try to bounce back in the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) Friday, Oct. 31, at Santa Anita Park.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

After the victories the past two years in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) by European invaders Flotilla and Chriselliam, who mowed down the best America had to offer with electrifying stretch runs, the question this year is can the Americans turn back what promises to be another strong European challenge?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Three automatic qualifiers are among the 15 2-year-old fillies pre-entered in the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) set for Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two-time grade I winner Artemis Agrotera boasts a three-race win streak going into this year's $1 million DraftKings Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One of the most exciting World Championships races, the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) is also one of the most popular with horsemen, drawing 29 pre-entries for this year's third consecutive renewal over the unique downhill turf course at Santa Anita Park.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The top three 2-year-olds haven’t scared anybody off as 15 horses have been pre-entered with first preference in the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

United States-based horses will have their work cut out for them in the $3 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 1 with a powerful contingent of foreign horses pre-entered, including Coolmore's defending winner Magician.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

With 21 pre-entries, the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) is oversubscribed and has attracted an international field. Hong Kong has its first-ever Breeders' Cup entry in Rich Tapestry, who will face the best sprinters from the U.S. as well as Wind Fire, a filly from Europe.

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