Category Archives: Horse Racing

Untapable, Napravnik team up for Breeders’ Cup (The Associated Press)

An exercise rider takes Prayer for Relief for a morning workout ahead of the Breeders' Cup Classic horse race at Santa Anita Park Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Untapable and jockey Rosie Napravnik can close out a stellar year with a victory in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff. ”We’re expecting a big race out of her,” said trainer Steve Asmussen, whose best finish in the Distaff was second with My Miss Aurelia two years ago. Untapable and Napravnik have been together for all but two of the 3-year-old filly’s 10 career starts. ”This is as good as she’s been and I feel really good because she’s run some strong races this year.” Napravnik has just one Breeders’ Cup victory in her career, winning the Juvenile two years ago with Shanghai Bobby.

Churchill plans suites for owners of Derby horses (The Associated Press)

Churchill Downs says it will develop new trackside suites for the owners of horses running in the Kentucky Derby. The Louisville track said Wednesday the $4.2 million project will include 20 private, open-air Winner’s Circle Suites. Churchill says it will also triple the number of complimentary tickets for all participating owners in the Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

Shared Belief is 9-5 favorite for BC Classic (The Associated Press)

Jockey Victor Espinoza, left, shakes hands with trainer Art Sherman prior to the Breeders' Cup Classic and Distaff post position draw, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Shared Belief was made the early 9-5 favorite on Monday in a field of 14 for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, a race featuring a strong contingent of seven 3-year-olds taking on older foes. Shared Belief is 7-0 in his career, with all of his races coming in California. Shared Belief’s most recent win was in the Awesome Again at Santa Anita last month for co-owner and sports talk host Jim Rome. ”He’s got speed all around him and we’ll be able to follow them into the first turn,” said Hall of Famer Mike Smith, the winningest jockey in the Breeders’ Cup who will ride Shared Belief.

Songforjohnmichael wins Santa Anita feature (The Associated Press)

Songforjohnmichael rallied in the stretch to win the $58,000 feature by 6 1/4lengths on Friday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Songforjohnmichael ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.16 and paid $6.20, $4.20 and $2.80. Image of Joplin returned $17.60 and $7.80, while 2-1 favorite Valley Cat was another two lengths back in third and paid $2.40 to show. Songforjohnmichael gave Talamo his third win of the day.

Horse racing-Admire Rakti confirmed for Melbourne Cup (Reuters)

* Japanese stayer confirmed for world’s richest handicap * Saddled with top weight of 58.5 kg after Caulfield win (Updates with confirmation from organisers) MELBOURNE, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Connections of Japanese stayer Admire Rakti have confirmed the seven-year-old stallion will run in the A$6.2 million ($5.44 million) Melbourne Cup despite being penalised an extra half-kilogramme for winning the leadup Caulfield Cup on Sunday. …