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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Statement from Breeders' Cup Limited: "Breeders' Cup has been advised by the California Horse Racing Board that 12 of 13 races from this year's event at Santa Anita, not including the Breeders' Cup Sprint, have been cleared following post-race testing by the Maddy Laboratory at the University of California at Davis. Inquiries relating to testing results or regulatory proceedings should be directed to the CHRB."

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Jay Privman of Daily Racing Form and Claire Novak of the BloodHorse each won 2015 Breeders’ Cup Writing Awards, which were presented to them at the recent National Turf Writers and Broadcasters annual dinner at the Altadena Town and Country Club in Altadena, Calif.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Bob Baffert’s first- and fourth-place finishers were both in good condition on the morning after the climactic event to Breeders’ Cup XXXIII. “Who’d have thought I’d have another horse like American Pharoah,” Baffert said. “He’s doing some of the same things that Pharoah did.”

Sunday, November 6, 2016

It was another spectacular photo finish between a pair of distaffers during the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships. Lady Eli, the 8-5 favorite in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), was also the sentimental favorite because she had beaten laminitis and returned to the highest levels of racing. But when results flashed on the Santa Anita Park tote board Nov. 5, the daughter of Divine Park fell just short of a miraculous ending to her already remarkable comeback this year.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

It wasn't a theft. Highland Reel just ran away with the $4 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5. Under the guidance of Seamus Heffernan, the 4-year-old Galileo colt set stiff fractions in the 1 1/2-mile race, opened up a daylight lead in the backstretch, and was never threatened late by second-place finisher and favorite Flintshire en route to a 1 3/4-length score at Santa Anita Park.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

No matter which direction one looked in the aftermath of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT)—be it towards the crew surrounding the bay mare with neck slaps and nose kisses or at the son of a Hall of Fame trainer with his arm around his friend and fellow assistant—the eyes told a story of shock and pride.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Mark Casse's confidence didn't waver. It took a shot to the chin, admittedly, when Classic Empire wheeled and dumped jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. at the start of the Sept. 5 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). But after 37 years of conditioning multiple top-level horses, Casse had to trust what his gut was telling him regarding the son of Pioneerof the Nile —that his barn had its best ever 2-year-old prospect.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

It was the stretch duel everyone expected. But not the finish. A $6 million showdown came down to a private battle between the two favorites, but in the end it was the younger second choice who prevailed as Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate wore down 4-5 favorite California Chrome in the final yards to post a half-length victory in the BC Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita Park before a crowd of 72,811.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

A crowd of 72,811, the highest single-day attendance for a Breeders’ Cup since the event switched to a two-day format, cheered on as blossoming 3-year-old star, Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate, bested hometown favorite California Chrome, North America’s richest racehorse, at the wire to win the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic today at Santa Anita Park.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Mike Smith, who won three races and finished second in three others won the 14th Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park.

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