Horse Racing

Jose Ortiz, a leading contender for the Eclipse Award as North America’s outstanding jockey, will undergo minor knee surgery on Dec. 5 and miss at least six weeks of action, his agent, Jim Riccio Jr., said Wednesday. Ortiz injured his left knee in a spill at Belmont Park on Sept. 20, which forced him to
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Here are a few lingering thoughts from the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships: * Allow me to echo the widespread praise for the job Del Mar did hosting the Breeders’ Cup. Logistically, everything came off without an obvious hitch. Moreover, the setting is simply gorgeous, so much so that I can’t imagine any racing person
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Battle of Midway, winner of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, has been retired from racing, and will stand the 2018 breeding season at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. for an advertised fee of $20,000. The 3-year-old son of Smart Strike finished his on-track career with 5 wins in 10 starts and earnings of $1,249,949.
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The stud fee for champion Arrogate has been set at $75,000 for his debut season in 2018 at Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, Ky. The 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song’s initial book will be restricted to 142 mares. He will be available for inspection during the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. “Our goal is always to
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — All seven Breeders’ Cup starters trained by Mark Casse were flown Wednesday from Southern California to south Florida and will head in various directions in the coming weeks and months, with all seven intended for 2018 campaigns. Casse, whose best horses shipped to Kentucky from Saratoga in early September and will disperse
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Lady Eli, who suffered significant cuts to her hind legs during Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Del Mar, has been withdrawn from Tuesday’s Keeneland November sale, it was announced Sunday. Lady Eli got stepped on during the early stages of the Filly and Mare Turf, a race in
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Del Mar successfully hosted the Breeders’ Cup races for the first time on Friday and Saturday, and it may not be long before the famous San Diego-area racetrack seeks the event again. “I think we’ll be back,” track president Joe Harper said on Sunday. “It’s up to the Breeders’ Cup. “The
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DEL MAR, Calif. — For more reasons than one, the people who work around World Approval would like to see him win the Breeders’ Cup Mile on a regular basis. Sure, there’s the glory and the riches, but Saturday’s BC Mile win also served to take the edge off World Approval. The 5-year-old nearly white
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DEL MAR, Calif. — The undefeated Rushing Fall has earned a wintertime vacation after her win in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar. “She’s going down to Stonestreet and [will] take the winter off,” owner Bob Edwards said after the race. “She deserves it.” Edwards keeps horses at Stonestreet Farm in Ocala,
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Talismanic, the upset winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar on Saturday, is likely to stay in training in 2018. His presence in the older horse division in Europe next year could give owner Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Racing a powerful duo of 5-year-olds for that continent’s top races –
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Caledonia Road emerged in good shape from her upset victory Saturday in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and likely will have about 45 days of light training before trainer Ralph Nicks starts plotting out a course for the Kentucky Oaks in May. Nicks said Caledonia Road left Del Mar
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Bar of Gold left an incredible legacy on her way out. The 5-year-old New York-bred mare ran her final race when becoming the second-longest-priced winner in Breeders’ Cup history in nailing Ami’s Mesa on the wire Saturday in the Filly and Mare Sprint. Trainer John Kimmel said Sunday that Bar of
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DEL MAR, Calif. — It took jockey Florent Geroux just a little over two minutes to take his career to the next level late Saturday afternoon at Del Mar, when he guided Gun Runner to a convincing victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Geroux has shined on the Breeders’ Cup stage before, winning
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