Countdown to the Breeders' Cup World Championships Newsletter - October 8
Advisory: This is the sixth of eight weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 38th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at Del Mar. For more information, please visit BreedersCup.com. The Breeders’ Cup will be televised live on NBC and NBCSN. You can follow all the contenders’ activity leading up to the Breeders’ Cup with Equibase’s free “Road to the Breeders’ Cup” Virtual Stable notification service.
Keeneland Returns with a Flourish, Hosts nine of 11 Challenge Races
Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, leads the way on the second biggest Breeders’ Cup Challenge weekend, as its opening weekend offers nine “Win and You’re In” automatic qualifiers for racing’s World Championships, led by the Keeneland Turf Mile (G1) and Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1), which will award an automatic starting berth into the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile presented by PDJF (G1) and $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1), respectively. Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, counters with two “Win and You’re In” sprint qualifiers, with the Vosburgh (G2) offering a starting berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), while the Futurity (G3) will offer a free stating position into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2).
NBCSN will televise live today’s Darley Alcibiades (G1) and Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) from 5-6 p.m. ET. Saturday’s Keeneland Turf Mile and Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity will be shown from 5-6 p.m. ET, and Sunday’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1), Castle & Key Bourbon (G2) and Indian Summer will air from 4:30-6 p.m. ET, all as part of the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In – Presented by America’s Best Racing.”
Keeneland Turf Mile Shines on a Huge Challenge Saturday
The $750,000 Keeneland Turf Mile (G1) is the biggest of the four “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup automatic qualifiers at Keenland Saturday, with a berth into the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) waiting in the balance. The $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) will award a berth into the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1), while the $400,000 First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare (G1) will award a berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1), and the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) offers a berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).
Order of Australia (IRE) winning 2020 FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Keeneland
Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire photo
The Keeneland Turf Mile is led by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Anne Marie O’Brien’s ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (IRE), who won the FanDuel Mile over the course last year at 73-1 for O’Brien’s husband, trainer Aidan. The 4-year-old son of Australia (GB) is 1-for-5 this year, with a win in the Minstrel (G2) at The Curragh in July, and is 4-for-14 lifetime.
The locals are led by Bonne Chance Farm and Stud R D I’s defending champion IVAR (BRZ), who has started just once this year when sixth in Churchill Downs’ May 1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic (G1). The 5-year-old son of Agnes Gold (JPN) parlayed his local win last year to a fourth behind Order of Australia in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and is 5-for-9 lifetime for trainer Paulo Lobo.
Clipper Logistics’ SPACE TRAVELLER (GB) enters off a second for trainer Brendan Walsh in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1), another “Win and You’re In” for the FanDuel Mile, while ARGENTELLO (IRE), BROWN STORM (CHI), DIAMOND OOPS, FIELD PASS, FRONT RUN THE FED, IN LOVE (BRZ), MONARCHS GLEN (GB), PIXELATE, SOMELIKEITHOTBROWN and TELL YOUR DADDY also are entered in the “Win and You’re In” Keeneland Turf Mile.
The Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, at 1 1/16 miles, will mark the second start for Kentucky West Racing and Clarke Cooper’s CLASSIC CAUSEWAY, who won his Sept. 4 debut at Saratoga by 6 ½ lengths for trainer Brian Lynch. The son of Giant’s Causeway is bred top and bottom for two turns and looks like the controlling speed while trying two turns for the first time.
Phoenix Thoroughbred III’s DOUBLE THUNDER won at two turns when he won the Sept. 5 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park for trainer Todd Pletcher and is 3-for-4 lifetime, while Michael McLoughlin’s KEVIN’S FOLLY was third in Saratoga’s Sept. 6 Hopeful (G1) for trainer Tom Amoss. AMERICAN SANCTUARY, COSTA TERRA, DON’T WAIT UP, GREAT ESCAPE, KING CURLIN, MAC’S TIME, MR. BOUMA, RATTLE N ROLL, SEAL BEACH and STELLAR TAP also are entered for the “Win and You’re In” Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity.
The 1-mile First Lady marks the third U.S. start for Godolphin’s homebred star ALTHIQA (GB), who won the Just a Game (G1) at Belmont Park in June and the July 17 Diana (G1) at Saratoga for trainer Charlie Appleby. The 4-year-old daughter of Dark Angel (IRE) is 6-for-11 lifetime and also won the Cape Verdi (G2) at Meydan in January.
The Estate of Harvey Clarke and Paul Braverman’s HARVEY’S LIL GOIL won the local Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) last October for trainer Bill Mott and the Beaugay (G3) at Belmont in May, while trainer Chad Brown will start a trio of graded-stakes winners in Peter Brant’s BLOWOUT (GB) and REGAL GLORY and Juddmonte’s homebred VIADERA (GB). ABSCOND, DADDY IS A LEGEND, DALIKA (GER), EMPRESS JOSEPHINE (IRE), HENDY WOODS, LA SIGNARE (FR), PRINCESS GRACE and STAR COMMAND also are entered for the “Win and You’re In” First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare.
The 6-furlong Thoroughbred Club of America stars Frank Fletcher’s homebred FRANK’S ROCKETTE, a multiple graded-stakes winner for Mott who was 11th against males in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint over the track and distance last year. The 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief is 8-for-16 lifetime and won the Saylorville at Prairie Meadows in July.
Lothenbach Stables’ BELL’S THE ONE captured the Honorable Miss (G2) at Saratoga in July and was third in the Filly & Mare Sprint last year at Keeneland for trainer Neil Pessin and rates the main danger, while CLUB CAR, ESTILO TALENTOSO, INTHEMIDSTOFBIZ and MISS MOSAIC also are entered in the “Win and You’re In” Thoroughbred Club of America.
Alcibiades, Phoenix Open Meet Friday
The $400,000 “Win and You’re In” Darley Alcibiades (G1) is once again the traditional opening day centerpiece and will award an automatic starting berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), with the co-featured $250,000 “Win and You’re In” Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) offering a berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).
The Alcibiades, at 1 1/16 miles, drew a wide-open field of 12, with trainer Brad Cox starting two with big chances in Albaugh Family Stables’ JUJU’S MAP and Godolphin’s homebred MATAREYA, as both come in off easy maiden wins. The former, a daughter of 2015 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Liam’s Map, won her second start Sept. 3 at Ellis Park, while the latter, a daughter of Pioneerof the Nile, won on debut there Aug. 20.
Harold Lerner, AWC Stables, Scott Akman, Nehoc Stables, Paul Braverman and Magdalena Racing’s MAMA RINA, second in Churchill Downs’ Sept. 18 “Win and You’re In” Pocahontas (G3), another automatic qualifier for the Juvenile Fillies, and Milam Farm’s PENNY SAVER, who broke her maiden in her third start by 9 ½ lengths at Churchill Sept. 24, both warrant respect for trainer Keeny McPeek, as do New York invaders DISTINCTLYPOSSIBLE and MISS INTERPRET and Monmouth Park stakes winner RUNUP. DREAM LITH, MYFAVORITEDAUGHTER, PIPELINE GIRL and SEQUIST also are entered for the “Win and You’re In” Darley Alcibiades.
The 6-furlong Phoenix lured seven, with Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher’s SPECIAL RESERVE rating as the one to beat for trainer Mike Maker. The 5-year-old son of 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Midshipman is 7-for-21 lifetime, including the Maryland Sprint (G3) at Pimlico in May, and enters off a second-place finish in Saratoga’s July 31 Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1).
Griffon Farms and trainer Michelle Lovell’s homebred JUST MIGHT enters off four straight stakes wins, including the Louisville Thoroughbred Society Sept. 18 at Churchill, while both ENDORSED and MUCHO finished second to him during the streak, and ALOHA WEST enters off a fast Sept. 2 Saratoga optional-claiming win. QUICK TEMPO and SIR ALFRED JAMES also are entered in the “Win and You’re In” Keenon Stoll Ogden Phoenix.
- October 24, 2021
“We were very saddened to learn today of the passing of Bob Neumeier. Bob was a big part of the NBC Breeders’ Cup World Championships broadcasts for many years as a handicapper, reporter and analyst. Bob brought his expertise of Thoroughbred racing and a great sense of humor to every show. We extend our sincere condolences to Bob’s wife Michele and to his extended family.”
- October 22, 2021
For good reason, much of the attention on the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) will be on the international runners who come to Del Mar for the 12-furlong contest. In the last decade, just three winners have hailed from the United States, with the other seven coming from Europe. Since 2000, that split is 16 Europe, six for America.
- October 22, 2021
Breeders' Cup Pre-Entry Announcement to be Televised Live on TVG and Streamed Live on Breederscup.com on Wednesday, October 27
Pre-entered fields for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be announced live on TVG along with the Breeders’ Cup website, Official Mobile App, and Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET.