There is a lot on trainer David Hofmans's shoulders these days, most notably a sling he wears because of a fractured right scapula he suffered courtesy of some roughhousing with his 11-year-old grandson, Cody.
There was plenty of debate after the Del Mar Derby, owing to the antics of Twirling Candy and the decision by the stewards to leave him in first after a severe bumping incident five furlongs from the wire.
Life Is Sweet, who has taken a back seat to her more accomplished stablemate Zenyatta all year long, finally got her due after exploding to an easy 2 1/2-length victory over Mushka in the $2 million Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita.
Music Note, who last year raced in the shadow of Zenyatta, and Careless Jewel are the top two choices on the morning line in the $2 million Breeders Cup Ladies Classic, to be run Friday during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita.
Led by the unbeaten Zenyatta and two of this year's Triple Crown race winners, a total of 166 horses were announced on Wednesday as pre-entries in the 14 races that will make up the 26th Breeders' Cup on Nov. 6-7 at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.
Although no decision has been made on which race Zenyatta will compete in in this year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting, she was put through a strong workout on Friday morning at Hollywood Park.
ea the Stars, acclaimed as the best horse in Europe this year, has been retired, a decision that removes the possibility of him running in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting on Nov. 7.