United States-based horses will have their work cut out for them in the $3 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf Nov. 1 with a powerful contingent of foreign horses pre-entered, including Coolmore's defending winner Magician.
The Breeders' Cup unveiled its pre-entrants for the 31st annual World Championships the morning of Oct. 22 at Santa Anita Park, with 201 horses named for the 13-race festival Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
Wes Welker's Undrafted worked five furlongs in :59 1/5, best of 27 at the distance, on the fast main track at Keeneland Oct. 19 as he prepares for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita Park.
Longines Kentucky Oaks winner Untapable, who suddenly looms as a possible favorite in the Breeders' Cup Distaff following the defection of Beholder, turned in a bullet five-furlong move at Santa Anita Park Oct. 19.
Spendthrift Farm's two-time champion Beholder spiked a temperature of 104 degrees the morning of Oct. 19 and will not be able to defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Park, trainer Richard Mandella said.
The countdown to the upcoming 31st Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park intensified Oct. 18 with a bevy of workers out at the Southern California track on a pleasant, sun-kissed morning.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, impressive winner of the Del Mar Futurity and Frontrunner Stakes, worked five furlongs in 1:00 at Santa Anita Park Oct. 14 in preparation for the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
A pair of top 3-year-olds preparing for starts in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park delivered workouts on opposite sides of the country Monday, Oct. 13, as classic winner Tonalist and Grade 1 winner Bayern.
Mark Deveraux and Scott Gross' homebred Big Bane Theory launched a perfectly timed move to capture Saturday's Grade 2, $201,500 City of Hope Mile at Santa Anita, getting the jump on deep closer Mr. Commons.
Rich Tapestry mounted a charge from last to capture his North American debut in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, a "Win & You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Sprint back here at Santa Anita next month.