Sadler hoping Higher Power can give him second Breeders’ Cup Classic

Trainer John Sadler got the 0-for-44 Breeders’ Cup monkey off his back last year by winning the Classic with Accelerate. And if Higher Power is a long shot to follow Accelerate as champion older male, the 4-year-old colt has credentials to give Sadler and Eclipse Award-winning owner Hronis Racing a second straight victory in the $6 million Classic that concludes […] Continue Reading

One on one: Romans, Baffert on their BC Juvenile favorites

Video: Dale Romans (Dennis’ Moment) and Bob Baffert (Eight Rings) hold a conversation on their TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile  favorites.        ARCADIA, Calif. (Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019) — Trainers Dale Romans and Bob Baffert are good friends along with being frequent competitors in America’s top races for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds. They face off again in Friday’s $2 million […] Continue Reading

Serengeti Empress owner: ‘Zero doubt … that she’s a great filly’

By Jennie Rees Serengeti Empress has lost her three races since winning Churchill Downs’ $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks, but owner Dr. Joel Politi says he has “zero doubt in confidence that she’s a great filly.” The Oaks winner will get a chance to show that on the world’s largest stage for international horse racing. Serengeti Empress was pre-entered in […] Continue Reading

Kentucky horsepower in high gear at Breeders’ Cup

     LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky horsepower will be on full display during the 14-race, $30 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park. The bumper crop headed to California includes several anticipated race favorites. At least 36 of the 188 pre-entered horses could be termed Kentucky-based, depending on how one defines where a horse is […] Continue Reading

Year after getting first Breeders’ Cup win, Cox back with five chances

By Jennie Rees LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In a career that has skyrocketed in recent years, Brad Cox last year won his first Breeders’ Cup race in the Longines Distaff with Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl, who that spring gave the trainer his first Grade 1 victory in Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes. Cox had four Breeders’ Cup horses last year, his other […] Continue Reading

Scabbard on target for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

By Jennie Rees Joseph Sutton’s Scabbard, who finished second to huge favorite Dennis’ Moment in Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes, had his penultimate work before the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Thursday, starting off behind two stablemates and finishing well to be timed the half-mile in 48 4/5 seconds. “We were trying to give him a little target, just […] Continue Reading

Fox on Dennis’ Moment after 5F work in 58 3/5: ‘Spooky good’

By Jennie Rees The goal of the electrifying 2-year-old Dennis’ Moment’s timed workout Friday morning at Churchill Downs was to go a little slower than the prior week’s 58 4/5 seconds, if possible. It wasn’t. With regular exercise rider Tammy Fox in the saddle, Albaugh Family Stables’ standout colt cruised the five furlongs in 58 3/5 seconds in his penultimate […] Continue Reading

Walsh: Juvenile-bound Maxfield is ‘like the perfect employee’

By Alicia Hughes LEXINGTON, Ky. (Friday, Oct. 18, 2o19) — There are certain things that happen around a trainer’s barn when an unbeaten Grade 1 winner is within the shedrow. For one, otherwise routine workouts become a crowd-drawing event. As Godolphin’s homebred Maxfield headed to the Keeneland main track Friday morning for his first breeze since capturing the Grade 1 […] Continue Reading

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile watch: Dennis’ Moment ‘moves like a Cadillac, fast as a Ferrari’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Oct. 11, 2019) — When Tammy Fox comes back from a morning workout on a racehorse, the ultimate sign of approval is the former jockey flashing two thumbs up as they come off the track. After Albaugh Family Stables’ 2-year-old colt Dennis’ Moment cruised five-eighths of a mile in 58 1/5 seconds Friday at Churchill Downs, Fox […] Continue Reading