Horse Racing News by Claire Novak
There was no Groupie Doll to stand in her way this season, and Judy the Beauty would not be denied victory in the the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
The team connected to champion Zenyatta reported a saddening loss Oct. 29 when a weanling War Front filly out of the 2010 Horse of the Year was euthanized following a paddock accident at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Multiple graded stakes winner Handsome Mike on Oct. 28 was declared from the upcoming Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile because of a leg injury.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah will be scratched from the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Oct. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
With two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan sidelined after dominating back-to-back editions of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile, a slew of contenders entered the marquee turf event to be run Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
The winner of last year's $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile leads a group of 10 entered for the 2014 edition as he aims to become the first two-time victor in the race's seven-year history Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
California Chrome turned in his final pre-Breeders' Cup Classic work Oct. 25 at Los Alamitos Racecourse, clocking a sharp five furlongs in :59 3/5 seconds under jockey Victor Espinoza.
Taris blazed to the lead and kept on going in the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes Oct. 18, drawing off to an authoritative 9-length score in the seven-furlong sprint at Keeneland.
Charles Town Oaks winner Miss Behaviour is the 120-pound highweight in a field of 13 sophomore fillies entered for the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland.
Morton Fink, owner of two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, has informed Breeders' Cup officials that the winner of the past two running's of the Breeders' Cup Mile will miss this year's renewal.