Breeders’ Cup

Breeders’ Cup Announces June and July Challenge Series Races

The Breeders' Cup has announced its June and July schedule of races for the 2020 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, with highlights that include a pair of automatic qualifiers for the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic and four berths on offer at the Royal Ascot meeting. The Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, now in its 14th year, is an international series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting spots and fees paid into a corresponding race in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be held this year on Nov. 6-7...

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TDN’s Amanda Crelin a Breeders’ Cup Contest Finalist

TDN Advertising Designer Amanda Crelin is one of five finalists in the Breeders' Cup's design-a-t-shirt contest to raise money to help COVID-19 efforts. The contest, launched in May to support industry workers affected by the pandemic, challenged people to design a t-shirt that could be sold on www.breederscupshop.com, with the proceeds from the winning design supporting backstretch communities and other industry stakeholders impacted by the Coronavirus. "My dad forwarded me the news about the contest," said Crelin. "He loves horseracing, so he gets Breeders' Cup emails, and he said maybe...

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Arrogate Euthanized After Suffering From Undetermined Illness

Arrogate (Unbridled's Song--Bubbler, by Distorted Humor), the richest North American racehorse in history, was humanely euthanized Tuesday morning at Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, Kentucky, after suffering from an undetermined illness, Juddmonte Farms announced via press release. He was 7-years-old. "It is with great sadness that Juddmonte confirms that Arrogate was euthanized this morning, after a battle to save him [from] an illness that began last week. It is still unclear what the illness was and a post -mortem is currently being carried out," the release said. "Arrogate had a very...

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TOBA & KTA Issue Joint Statement Regarding ‘Still. Running. Strong.’ Campaign

Breeders' Cup in conjunction with The Jockey Club announced Thursday a new national advertising campaign called 'Still. Running. Strong.' to promote Thoroughbred racing as spectator-free racing resumes in various markets around the country during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. KTA and TOBA issued the following joint statement late Thursday evening. "KTA and TOBA have made contributions to support to a newly created national advertising campaign titled "Still. Running. Strong." The campaign was announced [Thursday] by The Jockey Club and Breeders' Cup Limited. As representatives of Thoroughbred owners and breeders...

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Industry Groups Submit Briefs in Support of Lasix Ban

The Jockey Club, the Breeders' Cup and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association have filed Amicus Curiae briefs supporting the rights of Churchill Downs and Keeneland to prohibit Lasix in races for 2-year-olds. The two Kentucky tracks are being sued by the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, which is seeking a temporary injunction that would stop the tracks from instituting so-called house rules that cover the Lasix ban. The three groups have asked the court to deny the injunction. The news of the filing of the briefs by the industry groups...

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Speightstown’s Sharing Kicks Off 2020 on a Winning Note

Sharing picked up her sophomore season where she left off last term with a victory in the Tepin S. at Churchill Downs. Tracking from fourth through a :24.16 opening quarter and a :48.39 half, Maryland bred swept up two wide on the backstretch, took control in early stretch and held off a late bid from Abscond to win by 3/4 of a length. Pass the Plate rounded out the trifecta. A close-up third in her career bow at Saratoga last July, the chestnut earned TDN Rising Star honors with an...

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27 Candidates on Ballot for Breeders’ Cup Member Election

Twenty-seven individuals are on the ballot for the election of 19 Breeders' Cup Members. On May 29, the Breeders' Cup election website will open for the 2019 Breeders' Cup foal and stallion nominators to begin the voting process. Of the 27 candidates on the ballot, 17 are incumbent Members standing for re-election. The 19 individuals receiving the most votes will each serve a term of four years. Members are elected every other year by Breeders' Cup foal and stallion nominators through a proportional voting system based on the level of...

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Breeders’ Cup Unveils Branded Face Masks for COVID-19 Relief

The Breeders' Cup debuted branded face masks Thursday, currently available for pre-order at  BreedersCupShop.com. The masks feature the brand's signature horsehead profile printed with its traditional purple background. All proceeds will be donated to Breeders' Cup Charities for COVID-19 relief efforts. One face mask can be pre-ordered for $15 or a pack of three masks for $25, and each purchase will arrive with disposable filters. Each reusable face mask features an elastic band and an interior pouch for anti-dust filters. "As the world continues to adapt to the new normal,...

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Flay, Johnson Feature on ‘Cocktails & Conversations’

Celebrity chef, noted owner/breeder and Breeders' Cup Ambassador Bobby Flay and the National Hockey League's Erik Johnson are the featured guests on a 'Pucks, Ponies and Pasta' edition of 'Cocktails and Conversation,' scheduled for 6 p.m. ET across Breeders' Cup platforms at Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Nick Luck and Britney Eurton host the recurring virtual happy hour series, which is helping to raise funds for horse racing and service industry COVID-19 relief efforts. Click here to learn more, donate and view past editions of Cocktails and Conversation. This week's featured...

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Churchill Target for Sharing

Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) isn't the only comebacking Breeders' Cup winner set to return at the highly anticipated upcoming Churchill Downs spring meet. 'TDN Rising Star' Sharing (Speightstown), a last out 13-1 upset victress of the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita Nov. 1, is being aimed at the $100,000 Tepin S. going a mile on the lawn beneath the Twin Spires May 23. The Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable colorbearer, a $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling graduate, has been gearing up at trainer Graham Motion's Fair Hill...

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Victoria Mile, Next Start for Almond Eye, Added to BC Challenge Series

Officials at Breeders' Cup Limited and the Japan Racing Association have announced that the $2.1-million G1 Victoria Mile, to be held next Sunday, May 17, at Tokyo Racecourse, has been added to the 2020 Breeders' Cup Challenge series and will offer the winner a fees-paid berth into the GI Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland Nov. 7. A total of 19 horses have been nominated to the 1600-meter event, led by 2018 Japanese Horse of the Year Almond Eye (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}), who is scheduled...

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Breeders’ Cup Celebrates Mother’s Day with New Charitable Initiative

Blessings for the Backstretch, a charitable initiative, has been launched by Breeders' Cup in partnership with The Stronach Group to support mothers living and working on the backstretch at Santa Anita Park this Mother's Day. On Sunday morning, May 10, the two organizations will hand-deliver Mother's Day Blessings Baskets to these hard-working women in appreciation for their immeasurable contributions to the horse racing industry. Each basket will include chocolates, fresh flowers, body wash, moisturizers, nail polish and other special gifts and treats curated with moms in mind. "We are indebted...

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