Breeders' Cup Mile

Breeders' Cup Heroine Goldikova Dead at 16

Wertheimer et Frere's 14-time Group 1-winning mare Goldikova (Ire) (Anabaa-Born Gold, by Blushing Groom {Fr}), the only horse to win the same race three times at the Breeders' Cup, has died aged 16. "It is with immense sadness that we inform you of the death of champion Goldikova on Jan. 5, 2021," Wertheimer et Frere Racing Manager Pierre-Yves Bureau told Jour de Galop. "Goldikova will remain in our memories as our best racemare with her 14 Group 1 wins, among which was a splendid Prix Jacques le Marois in 2009...

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Magical to the Hong Kong Cup

MG1SW Magical ((Ire) (Galileo {Ire}--Halfway to Heaven {Ire}), by Pivotal {GB}), runner-up behind Tarnawa (Ire) (Shamardal) in the Nov. 7 GI Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland, has remained in training and is expected to make her next start in the G1 Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin Dec. 13. Earlier this season, the 5-year-old mare won the G1 Irish Champion S., G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and the G1 Pretty Polly S. "She ran very well in America, we were very happy with her at the Breeders' Cup," said trainer Aidan...

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Brant Goes to $4.1M for Champion Uni at FTKNOV

Champion Uni (GB) (More Than Ready--Unaided, by Dansili {GB}) made another big splash during Fasig-Tipton November's 'Night of the Stars' Sunday when selling for $4.1 million to Peter Brant. The chestnut, a stakes winner in both America and France as a sophomore, scored her first top-level triumph in the 2018 GI Matriarch S. and picked up tallies in the GI Breeders' Cup Mile and GI First Lady S. last season to earn champion turf female honors. She defended her First Lady crown this fall and was fifth while attempting for...

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Order of Australia Blows Up Tote in the Mile

Order of Australia (Ire) (Australia {GB}) only drew into the race with the scratch of One Master (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) and needed a back-up rider when Christophe Soumillon was sidelined by a positive COVID test, but the 3-year-old overcame it all to lead home a one-two-three finish for Coolmore and trainer Aidan O'Brien in the GI Fanduel Breeders' Cup Mile Saturday at Keeneland. Off as a 73-1 outsider with Pierre-Charles Boudot picking up the ride from Soumillon, Order of Australia was able to get down into the three path after...

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One Master Out Of Breeders' Cup Mile

Triple G1 Prix de la Foret winner One Master (GB) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) has been scratched from Saturday's GI Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland after suffering from set-fast, or 'tying up.' Speaking from Newmarket, trainer William Haggas said, "She got a bit set-fast on her first morning out. Her muscle enzymes are too high. I'm disappointed, but very pleased that they are not risking her at all." A homebred for Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Lael Stable, the 6-year-old One Master has won the seven furlong Foret on the Prix de...

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Breeders' Cup and FanDuel Host $1 Million Fantasy Contest

Officials at the Breeders' Cup, in conjunction with FanDuel Group, announced Wednesday a $1-million fantasy contest, giving fans the chance to win $1 million by picking the finishing order of the GI FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile presented by the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, to be held Saturday, Nov. 7. FanDuel is the official wagering partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. The "Breeders' Cup $1 Mil Perfect Finish Free Play" is live now on FanDuel.com and open until 3:15 p.m. ET Saturday. Players predict the full order of finish for...

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GISW Mo Forza to Miss BC Mile

Mo Forza (Uncle Mo) will miss the GI Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland Nov. 7 due to a minor issue, according to Peter Miller Saturday. "If all goes well, we'll run in the Breeders' Cup next year at Del Mar," the trainer said. "What happened is just bad timing. I think he's the best turf miler in the world and I'm disappointed he won't be able to prove it this year." Mo Forza is co-owned by Onofrio Pecoraro, who races as OG Boss, and by the estate of former trainer...

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Siskin Targeting Breeders' Cup

Khalid Abdullah's Siskin (First Defence) is aiming at a run in the GI Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland on Nov. 7, provided ground conditions suit. "The Breeders' Cup Mile is under serious consideration," Juddmonte Racing Manager Teddy Grimthorpe told the TDN. "We're concerned about two things: one is the amount of rain that's fallen in Kentucky the last few days; we know he's a horse that's best on fast ground so that's one concern. The other concern is if they continue to race on the turf track leading up to...

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One More Race for the Partners in a `Horse of a Lifetime'

After Uni (GB) (More Than Ready)'s five-year-old campaign which concluded in the Champion Turf Female award, bloodstock advisors suggested to the partners in her ownership group that it might be time to retire and sell her. After all, the owners had probably already gotten more than they had bargained for: they  had campaigned her at 3, 4, and 5, and watched her win three Grade I stakes as well as Grade II, Grade III and Listed events. But, "Sol and I are and Bobby are racing guys," said Michael Dubb...

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Kameko To Miss Champions Day, Point To Breeders' Cup

Classic winner Kameko (Kitten's Joy) has been ruled out of Saturday's G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. on British Champions Day at Ascot due to the likelihood of soft ground. The Qatar Racing colourbearer will instead head straight to the GI Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland on Nov. 7. "Given the ground at Ascot is going to be testing, Kameko will go straight to the Breeders' Cup and will not run on Saturday," said David Redvers, racing manager to Qatar Racing. The Kentucky-bred Kameko, who won the G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy...

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Mo Forza Breeders' Cup Bound after City of Hope Win

The heavy chalk with an eye on the GI Breeders' Cup Mile in five weeks, Mo Forza more than delivered in the GII City of Hope Mile S. As per his usual style, he wasn't swift out of the gate, but settled confidently on the outside in fifth and had an air of controlled power as he let the race unfold. Blitzkrieg (War Front) was hustled to the lead as Bob and Jackie hounded him and Sharp Samurai threatened in third. The order remained the same as the first quarter...

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Brazilian-Bred 'Var'-y Impressive in Shadwell Mile

Undefeated in three Argentinian starts, including two daylight wins at Group 1 level, and competitive in stakes company in this country, Ivar (Brz) (Agnes Gold {Jpn}) settled in the latter third of the field, was ridden quietly into the final 2 1/2 furlongs by Joe Talamo and exploded through the Keeneland stretch to up-end a high-class field in Saturday's GI Shadwell Turf Mile, locking up a spot in the gate for the GI Breeders' Cup Mile over the same course and distance exactly five weeks down the line. Drawn widest...

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