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Bell's the One skipping the Breeders' Cup for Kentucky target

Bell’s the One will skip the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Del Mar and will instead stay in Kentucky for the $300,000 Dream Supreme Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 13, trainer Neil Pessin confirmed to Horse Racing Nation on Friday. The news was first reported by Marty McGee of the Daily Racing Form.
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Barn Tour: See latest on the Dale Romans youth movement

Dale Romans has a stable full of younger horses with potential. One of them will run Saturday at Keeneland, while another is set to take on the Breeders’ Cup. Romans this week updated Horse Racing Nation on some of his top young talent. Strong Silent. The 3-year-old Wicked Strong filly...
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Kimari comes off bench for Ward in ’21 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Wesley Ward’s six Breeders’ Cup horses include five who were certainly expected to be going to Del Mar – and a turf sprinter who was a question mark because she has been on the bench most of the year. Kimari has not raced since April 3, when the Madison Stakes...
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Poll results: Is Breeders' Cup doing enough with Baffert?

The results of Horse Racing Nation’s Monday Twitter poll as to whether the extra testing of Bob Baffert-trained horses by the Breeder’s Cup was the correct move showed a divide among voters. The winning option in the poll, with 38.1 percent of the 1,016 votes, was “too little too late,”...

No Breeders' Cup for Maxfield; Extravagant Kid will go

Brendan Walsh will skip the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Stephen Foster (G2) winner Maxfield, and instead point to the Clark Stakes (G1) on Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs, the trainer confirmed to Horse Racing Nation. The news was first reported by the Daily Racing Form, which noted that Maxfield had...

Sound off: What do you think of Breeders' Cup call on Baffert?

Word came Sunday that the Breeders' Cup would require Bob Baffert's horses to undergo extra testing at his expense before they may be entered in the championships on Nov. 5 and 6 at Del Mar. Other security measures also are required. (Click here for more.) The move follows the positive...

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint 2021: Latest odds and preview

Of the 14 Breeders' Cup races on tap for Del Mar on Nov. 5-6, the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint is shaping up to have the shortest field and heaviest favorite. Set to defend her Breeders' Cup title is last year's champion female sprinter Gamine, who in overseas futures markets is trading as the prohibitive 4-5 favorite. Given her towering presence, there are just three other contenders on course to take a swing at Del Mar: Bella Sofia for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, and a pair of Southern California-based rivals in CeCe for trainer Michael McCarthy and Edgeway for trainer John Sadler.

Fixed-odds wagering is coming soon: How will it unfold?

You have been hearing this for months, but it’s truer now than ever: Fixed-odds wagering is coming soon. Like probably in the next few weeks. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law in August to allow fixed-odds wagering. The bill instructed the state’s Department of Gaming Enforcement to create regulations, and it gave the attorney general’s office 90 days to approve them. The 90-day period ends Nov. 3.

Rattle N Roll is taking the show to Del Mar for the Juvenile

"Rattle N Roll is coming." That was the latest word from trainer Kenny McPeek to Horse Racing Nation, confirming that last Saturday's upset Breeders' Futurity (G1) winner will target the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar on Nov. 5. McPeek had been giving strong consideration to bypassing the...

Barn Tour: Check out Lobo's Breeders' Cup horses and more

Paulo Lobo has been red hot in stakes races lately, winning at Kentucky Downs with Imperador and Saturday at Keeneland with In Love. Now the trainer is set to take them to Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup in November. The trainer updated Horse Racing Nation on the condition of...

Barn Tour: Kelly Breen points Firenze Fire to the Breeders' Cup

If you have read anything in the last few months about trainer Kelly Breen, it likely had to do with 6-year-old Firenze Fire, who gained notoriety after trying to bite Yaupon in the stretch of the Forego Stakes (G1). Ahead of Saturday's Vosburgh (G2) at Keeneland, Breen told Horse Racing...

McPeek: Envoutante, Crazy Beautiful to bypass the BC Distaff

Two names can be removed from the list of "possibles" for this year's Breeders' Cup Distaff: Envoutante and Crazy Beautiful. Trainer Kenny McPeek informed Horse Racing Nation on Tuesday that neither horse would be making the trip to Del Mar to compete in the $2 million Distaff on Nov. 6.

Another defendant in Servis and Navarro case will plead guilty

Harness trainer Chris Oakes, named in the same indictment as Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro, will change his plea to guilty in the federal drug case, according to court documents filed in New York Southern District Court and obtained by Horse Racing Nation. Oakes will join a host of others...

Date for Baffert NYRA hearing set for January 2022

A hearing over whether Bob Baffert will be suspended by the New York Racing Association will begin on Jan. 24, the trainer’s attorney Craig Robertson confirmed to Horse Racing Nation on Monday. The news was first reported by the Daily Racing Form. Robertson said he had no further statement to...

Bocachica explains how things lined up for his 8-win night

The list of jockeys who have won at least eight races on one Thoroughbred card is understandably thin – and undeniably eclectic. Pat Day did it first at Arlington Park in 1989, at least according to an hour-long research dive into internet. In 2002, Yutaka Take was the first to do it in his native Japan, 14 years before Christophe Lemaire also did it at Tokyo Racecourse. Eddie Castro actually won nine times in one day at Calder in 2005. Brazil star João Moreira hung a pair of eights, in Singapore in 2013 and Hong Kong in 2017.

Expert picks: 2021 First Lady offers field packed with options

The First Lady (G1) at Keeneland on Saturday features 10 graded stakes winners facing off for a fees-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Here is how the staff at Horse Racing Nation will be playing the race. Reinier Macatangay, Setting the Pace. Winner: #9 Blowout. On...

Barn Tour: D'Amato lines up his Breeders' Cup team

In a little more than a decade, Phil D'Amato has firmly established himself as one of the top trainer's on the Southern California circuit, particularly with turf horses. So far this year, the former assistant to the late Mike Mitchell has saddled seven individual graded-stakes winners while ranking 15th nationally in earnings with $5,688,250. He could break his personal earnings record set in 2019 ($6,396,890), particularly with any success at this year's Breeders' Cup at Del Mar.

Out of First Lady, Princess Grace might go to BC Mile

Loaded with 11 graded-stakes winners in a field that is already Breeders’ Cup worthy, the Grade 1, $400,000 First Lady lost one of its top contenders Friday because of the less-than-firm turf at Keeneland. Princess Grace, who won her last four starts including last month’s Ladies Turf (G3) at Kentucky...

BC 2021: In which races is a last-out win most important?

What is it about the hot hand that lures bettors to follow it? It is like a moth to a flame. That is especially true with the Breeders’ Cup, where history is not so kind to that angle. Research on behalf of Horse Racing Nation and VSiN unearthed a clear...

NYRA: Suspended Gulfstream trainers told not to enter horses

The New York Racing Association has asked five trainers not to enter its races while they are suspended by Gulfstream Park. As reported last week, Gulfstream suspended Georgina Baxter, Gilberto Zerpa, Peter Walder, Rohan Crichton and Daniel Pita for clenbuterol violations. Their suspensions range from 10 to 40 days and became effective last Friday.