Category: Breeders' Cup

Beating Sistercharlie in the Filly and Mare Turf

Sistercharlie has been the star of the American filly and mare turf division for about a year and a half now.  She has won 10 of 14 career starts, including two straight editions of the Beverly D. (G1) at Arlington, two straight editions of the Diana (G1) at Saratoga, and last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly... Read more »

Roots in the Claiming Ranks, Eyes to the Stars: Jason Servis and Mr. Amore Stable

Roots in the Claiming Ranks, Eyes to the Stars: Jason Servis and Mr. Amore Stable
In the morning, he gallops along the inside of the track. He is a tank, but the word “compact” still dares come to mind. His smooth, dark bay coat barely contains the muscle sculpted underneath. Each stride explodes with the immediacy of a top one-turn runner. Sometimes a horse’s name just fits, and such is... Read more »

2018 Breeders' Cup Saturday Picks and Ponderings

Breeders’ Cup action continues on Saturday.  Friday the two-year-olds take the stage, but Saturday belongs to the older horses.  The day features several links to Arlington Million Day.  This year’s Arlington Million (G1) winner Robert Bruce will attempt to get a mile and a half in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, the same distance that thwarted... Read more »

2018 Breeders' Cup Friday Picks and Ponderings

Breeders’ Cup takes over Churchill Downs this weekend, and Friday is all about the future stars.  With the addition of the Juvenile Turf Sprint there are now five Breeders’ Cup races restricted to two-year-old horses.  They will all be run on Friday, with the races open to older The horses all contested on Saturday. Picks... Read more »

2017 Breeders' Cup Saturday Preview

Welcome to Day Two of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup!  Picks and Ponderings previewed Friday’s four Breeders’ Cup races in a separate piece.  Here, we look at Saturday’s nine Breeders’ Cup races, headlined by Arrogate’s attempt to join Tiznow among two-time winners of the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The day features several links to the local circuit — many... Read more »

2017 Breeders' Cup Friday Preview

It’s that time of the year once more: the best horses in the world have descended on one place to settle their scores in the Breeders’ Cup.  For the first time, it takes place at beautiful Del Mar.  Also for the first time, Picks and Ponderings is there, so make sure to follow us on Twitter... Read more »

2016 Breeders' Cup Classic Preview

The Breeders’ Cup runs today and tomorrow, and Picks and Ponderings has Friday and Saturday picks to carry you through the weekend.  The weekend’s richest race, however, is the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI): ten furlongs on the dirt for a $6 million purse. The race drew a field of ten, and Nicolle Neulist and Paul... Read more »

Breeders' Cup Guest Appearance on Horses for Courses

Breeders’ Cup gets underway tomorrow.  On this week’s edition of Horses for Courses, Nicolle Neulist joins host William Kedjanyi to discuss all thirteen Breeders’ Cup races in detail.  We bring racing perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic, and cover everything from the top contenders to the marginal. There are two Breeders’ Cup episodes of... Read more »

2016 Breeders' Cup Mile Preview and Saturday Selections

Picks and Ponderings returns for Saturday, the second day of the Breeders’ Cup.  Saturday’s card at Santa Anita features nine Grade I Breeders’ Cup races, in addition to three stakes races to start the festivities.  This follows four Breeders’ Cup races on Friday, which are previewed in a separate piece. This piece will discuss the... Read more »

2016 Breeders' Cup Distaff Preview and Friday Selections

This Friday is the first of two days of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita.  The Breeders’ Cup features thirteen Grade I races spread over two days, testing the best of the best in each division. Friday’s card features four Breeders’ Cup races, headlined by the Distaff, a nine-furlong dirt race for fillies... Read more »