Horse Racing News
If the long-range forecast for Louisville, Ky. is any indication, those attending the Nov. 4-5 Breeders' Cup World Championships should be prepared for precipitation.
Saturday's $150,000 Fayette Stakes is the closing-day feature at Keeneland and a well-matched field of 12 will line up for the Grade 2 event over Keeneland's Polytrack.
With the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap not a part of the program as originally scheduled, the Grade 3, $100,000 Bold Ruler Handicap stands alone as the feature on the final Saturday of the fall meet at Belmont Park.
A tantalizing matchup in the Breeders' Cup Classic featuring Havre de Grace, the best filly in the United States, and Uncle Mo, the nation's most compelling 3-year-old.
Conditioner Tony O'Sullivan will send out 11 starters on the 12-race card, five of them in the $300,000 Open Mare Pace, and he sends out the buzz horse, Alsace Hanover, with his final bullet in the $500,000 sophomore pace for colts and geldings.
Tizway will not get a chance to state his case for those accolades in the Breeders' Cup Classic as he will miss that race due to a strain in the suspensory ligament of his left foreleg, trainer James Bond said Tuesday.
Twirling Candy, one of the top older horses in California this year, is out of the Breeders' Cup with an injury and will be retired to stud at Lane's End farm in Kentucky in 2012, trainer John Sadler said Saturday.
Jessica Coudelaria's homebred Great Hot overcame a rough beginning to prevail over a fast-charging Groupie Doll in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland.
Saturday's Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland is the lone graded stakes in North America Saturday and a well-matched field of 13 sophomores fillies will square off over seven furlongs on Polytrack in the $250,000 race.
In an effort to avoid another Life At Ten situation, the Breeders' Cup, Churchill Downs, and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission have adopted new policies that will be in effect for this year's World Championships Nov. 4-5.