Untapable won the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff by 1 1/4 lengths, making Rosie Napravnik the first female rider to win the race in its 31-year history.
Goldencents defended his title in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, winning by 1 1/4 lengths despite tiring in the stretch.
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The Breeders’ Cup World Championships will begin Friday at Santa Anita Park.
All of the equine stars from the most prestigious 3-year old races this past spring and summer will meet in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita Park in California, where California Chrome is running for redemption.
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Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will ride in the Breeders’ Cup next week, three months after having right knee replacement surgery.
Bob Baffert’s Fed Biz has won six times in 18 career starts, including three graded wins. Coming off a second-place finish behind Horse of the Year contender Shared Belief, Fed Biz will look to take down defending champion Goldencents in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. In two starts in the BC Dirt Mile, Fed Biz has performed below standards, finishing sixth in 2013 and eighth in 2012. In his last work (10/16), Biz ran six furlongs in 1:12.40.
Having Jim Rome’s Mizdirection out of the picture, there will be a new Turf Sprint champion come Nov 1. The favorite, Reneesgotzip, will get another shot at the title after finishing second behind Mizdirection last year. However, Reneeagotzip drew a horrible position at post position No. 1. Having a right turn at the top of the hill, could be a disadvantage because he’ll be in the outside at the first turn. The downhill turf is a unique race, so experience at Santa Anita is beneficial. Out of the top 5, two horses have run the turf sprint at Santa Anita. So, based out of “The Great Race Place,” Home Run Kitten could be the spoiler. In fact, in his last three turf races at Santa Anita, Home Run Kitten won them all. Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will have his first entry as a sole owner with Undrafted.
The Breeders’ Cup banned trainer Doug O’Neill on Friday from entering horses in this year’s world championships after he was suspended and fined by New York racing officials when one of his horses had a positive drug test.
The ban is enforceable under the event’s convicted trainers rule, which prohibits trainers who have in the preceding 12 months been found by any racing regulatory agency to have violated rules forbidding the possession or use of any Class 1 or 2 substances.
Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel said O’Neill won’t be allowed to pre-enter horses in the event to be run Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Santa Anita in Arcadia, California, because of the recent 45-day suspension and $10,000 fine handed down by the New York Gaming Commission against the trainer.
“I accept the Breeder’s Cup decision that I will not be permitted to participate in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and I will not appeal it,” O’Neill said in a statement through his publicist.
Under a settlement with the New York Gaming Commission, O’Neill’s suspension begins Nov. 3 — two days after the Breeders’ Cup — and ends Dec. 18. O’Neill had earlier said he wasn’t in New York when the alleged infraction occurred in June 2013 and he’s confident that none of his employees or staff administered the substance to the horse that tested positive.
“I now realize that delaying the suspension so that I could participate in the Breeders’ Cup was a mistake,” O’Neill said Friday.
He said before the Breeders’ Cup ban, he had asked New York officials to move up his suspension so it begins on Monday.
“One of the reasons I wanted to resolve these allegations was to not be a distraction to the racing community,” O’Neill said. “I truly care about the horses under my care and the sport that we all love and do not wish for my suspension to do any more harm than it has already done.”
A spokesman said the California Horse Racing Board is aware of the New York ruling involving O’Neill and is investigating the matter. A Breeders’ Cup spokesman said it would be up to the CHRB whether to allow O’Neill on the grounds at Santa Anita during Breeders’ Cup week.
O’Neill, 46, is a high-profile trainer on the Southern California circuit with four Breeders’ Cup wins to his credit — the 2005 Juvenile, 2006 Sprint, 2007 Filly & Mare Sprint and last year’s Dirt Mile. He is ranked 15th nationally among trainers with purse earnings of $4,268,511 this year, according to Equibase.
Defending Dirt Mile champion Goldencents and Vosburgh winner Private Zone were among O’Neill’s contenders for this year’s Breeders’ Cup.
O’Neill trained 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another, who was scratched the day before the Belmont Stakes with an injury and subsequently retired.
In the New York case, the drug Oxazepam, considered a Class 2 sedative with muscle-relaxing properties, was found in the post-race sample of Wind of Bosphorus, who won a $35,000 claiming race at Belmont on June 2, 2013.
The gaming commission said the drug was administered within a week of the horse’s race, which violates the state’s racing rules. The owner had to give up the first-place purse of $24,600, and Wind of Bosphorus was relegated to unplaced.
During the 2012 Triple Crown, California racing officials suspended O’Neill for 180 days but stayed 135 of those provided he didn’t receive another medication positive at any racetrack in California, the rest of the U.S. or overseas involving a Class 1, 2 or 3 drug during an 18-month probationary period.
The punishment was the result of a positive test by one of O’Neill’s horses, Argenta, for a higher than allowed level of total carbon dioxide on Aug. 25, 2010, at Del Mar.
Mike Smith won his second straight Bill Shoemaker award as the top jockey of the Breeders’ Cup.
Hall of Famer trainer Bob Baffert couldn’t help thinking about the prospects of winning the Kentucky Derby again once New Year’s Day hit the finish line Saturday.
Gary Stevens had never won the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in his long career. Kathy Ritvo came close a year ago with Mucho Macho Man only to settle for second.
Royal Delta is carrying more than Mike Smith on her back in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
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