Today’s Edition

Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Saturday, Oct. 20

GI Breeders' Cup Distaff contender Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) breezed a sharp five furlongs in 1:00.20 (3/44) at Churchill Downs with regular rider Florent Geroux in the irons. Working in company with Dazzling Gem (Misremembered) (1:01.40), the leading sophomore filly clicked off splits of :12.80, :24.60, :36.40 and :48.60 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.40. "It was a fantastic breeze," trainer Brad Cox said. "We got a little bit of rain overnight so the track was a little slow but she worked fantastic over it. She started a few lengths...

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Riccio, Ortiz Ride Fate, Hard Work to the Top of the Game

Growing up the son of a successful racehorse owner has its perks. Days hanging around the backstretch, getting to know and experience the animals up close, seeing firsthand the fast-paced roller coaster that is a racing life. But also attached to the deal is the heft of living in your father's shadow within the game, particularly if you happen to share his name. Jimmy Riccio, Jr., beginning with a push from dad, taking off from one chance encounter and soaring via a lot of elbow grease and teamwork, has achieved...

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Another Champion Display At Ascot From Frankel’s Cracksman

It was seven lengths 12 months ago and while the winning margin was slightly less on Saturday, the manner of the performance from Anthony Oppenheimer's Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}) was practically identical as he dominated the feature G1 Qipco Champion S. for a second time. Finally granted the rainfall he craves at the beginning of the week, racing's most vivid reminder of the unparalleled racing prowess of his sire strode to the line in a relative victory lap with Crystal Ocean (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) struggling six lengths behind...

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Kitten’s Joy’s Roaring Lion Battles To QEII Glory

If toughness is transmitted genetically, Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy) had it all from the beginning with his rock-hard sire combining with the gallant ill-fated Vionnet (Street Sense) and the results of that ensemble was in evidence on Saturday in the culmination of Ascot's G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. Made to labour on ground that blunts his greatest weapon, Qatar Racing's redoubtable grey who had carried all before him since early July showed the other side of his character as he toughed out a fourth straight win in a prestige event....

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Breeders’ Cup Bulletin: Friday, Oct. 19

W.S. Farish's homebred Code of Honor (Noble Mission {GB}), a strong second after stumbling at the start in the GI Champagne S. Oct. 6, returned to the worktab Friday, breezing four furlongs in :48.90 seconds on Belmont Park's main track as he prepares for the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs. "I thought he worked excellent. It was kind of more than I hoped for," trainer Shug McGaughey said. "He ran off easy and finished up well, galloped out great and seemed to come back good. It...

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Why Astros Fan Jim McIngvale to Name a Horse in Honor of Red Sox

A bet's a bet, and I'm calling on Mattress Mack to pay off. During my recent TDN podcast with Jim McIngvale I got him to agree to a friendly wager. McIngvale is a huge Houston Astros fan and there is no bigger Red Sox fan than myself. With the American League Championship Series tied at 1-1 at the time, I offered to have my picture taken and printed in the TDN wearing an Astros jersey if Houston won the the ALCS. He asked that it be the jersey of Alex...

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Littles Carry On With Brains and Class

When Marvin Little, Jr. passed away in July of 2017, the legendary horseman left one goal unfulfilled. The breeder of 1991 GI Preakness S. and GI Belmont S. winner Hansel wanted that missing jewel in the Triple Crown. A year plus later and Little's daughters Teresa and Marilyn hope to accomplish that dream on behalf of their late father. The sisters will take a first step in their mission with their first consignment under the Little's Bloodstock banner at the Fasig-Tipton October Sale. "The one dream my father had, he...

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Atzeni To Miss Champions Day

Jockey Andrea Atzeni is a late scratch from Champions Day after he failed to have a suspension delayed. Atzeni picked up a two-day ban, to be served Oct. 20 and 21, for a riding offence at ParisLongchamp on Oct. 6, which was reciprocated by the British Horseracing Authority, as is customary. Atzeni was approved earlier this week to have one day of the ban moved-which is generally permitted for bans in Britain four days or fewer-but because French stewards only allow jockeys to use this option once a year, and...

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Gosden Holds Strong Champions Hand

John Gosden's Clarehaven Stables have assembled a trophy haul from seven of this year's British Group 1 races, with another Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe also added to the coffers, but all that may just be the preamble to a Qipco British Champions Day gala performance from four of the yard's five dominant members on Saturday. All of them, Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}), Roaring Lion (Kitten's Joy), Lah Ti Dar (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) present a formidable array of equine aptitude and will start...

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Taking Stock: Turf and Dirt Under the Microscope

First, the facts, bare and unvarnished: In 2017, 17% of the 37,483 flat races in the United States were on turf, up from 5% of 71,454 races in 1991. I wrote about this shift to turf and its relationship to the breeding industry here in March. At face value, this is a significant increase, but it's bigger than I thought, because turf racing at some of the most prestigious race meets is even more impactful when filtered for quality. After removing claiming races from totals and using only races with...

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