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5 storylines as the 2018 Breeders’ Cup approaches at Churchill Downs

5 storylines as the 2018 Breeders’ Cup approaches at Churchill Downs.

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Breeders’ Cup 2018: 2yo Stars Work

For trainer Kenny McPeek, Darley Alcibiades (G1) winner Restless Rider and Princesa Carolina, fifth in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2), breezed in tandem at Keeneland Friday morning in advance of their Nov. 2 engagements in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.

Working after the morning renovation break, the duo stopped the clock in 1:01.40 for 5 furlongs. According to Keeneland clockers, they galloped out well in hand in 1:14.40 with splits of :12.40, :24.40, :36.20 and :48.80.

Exercise rider Danny Ramsey was aboard Restless Rider, and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. rode Princesa Carolina.

Restless Rider, owned by Fern Circle Stables and Three Chimneys Farm, will be entered in the $2 million Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Fillies Juvenile (G1), while Princesa Carolina, who campaigns for Three Chimneys, is aiming for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

“Restless Rider just needed a nice maintenance breeze,” McPeek said. “Next week they will work again together here, but it was a nice maintenance work. I’m happy enough.”

McPeek said the fillies will remain at Keeneland before shipping to Churchill Oct. 29 or 30.

Restless Rider, a Keeneland sales graduate, won her career debut and the Debutante at Churchill in June prior to finishing second in the Spinaway (G1) at Saratoga on Sept. 2. She was a 2½-length winner of the Darley Alicibiades on Oct. 5 in her only other start.

Princesa Carolina won her second career start at Saratoga on Sept. 3 before making a late rally to be fifth in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine on Oct. 10.

McPeek reported that Alabama (G1) winner Eskimo Kisses, seventh as the favorite in the Juddmonte Spinster (G1) on Oct. 7, will bypass the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) on Nov. 3.

KRA Stud Farm’s runaway 5½-length Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winner Knicks Go completed his major training for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) on Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs by working 5 furlongs in :59.20 over a fast track Friday morning.

Working on his own after the morning renovation break, the colt by Paynter produced fractions of :11.60, :23.20, :35.20, :46.80 and out 6 furlongs in 1:11.80.

The time is the fastest of 19 works at the distance.

“He worked well and that was the last work for him before the Breeders’ Cup,” trainer Ben Colebrook said. “It is the same thing I did with him before the Breeders’ Futurity, working two weeks before.”

Colebrook, who saddled two maiden winners on Thursday’s program including K Choice for KRA Stud Farm, said Knicks Go would remain at Keeneland “until the last minute. He has to be there Tuesday (Oct. 30) and I will probably train him here that morning before going over.”

Scheduled to work Saturday morning after the renovation break for Colebrook is Katherine Ball’s Limousine Liberal, who is expected to be pre-entered Monday in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

Source: Keeneland

Breeders’ Cup Debuts Digital Series Today

Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, today announces its first-ever digital docuseries. Titled “ALL IN: The Road to the Classic,” the seven-part series will debut on Facebook Watch on October 22 with subsequent episodes premiering over the following days. The docuseries will offer an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the competitive and career-making journeys of the owners, trainers, breeders and horses who strive to compete in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will take place on November 3 at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Official Trailer for “ALL IN” is now available for viewing on the show’s Facebook Watch page at

“While hundreds of horses start out the horse racing season each spring, only 14 can enter the starting gate at the Breeders’ Cup Classic. With ‘ALL IN,’ we wanted to give fans a never-before-seen look at what it takes to make it to the starting gate and compete in one of the best races in the world, all from an entirely new perspective and on a different platform than what has been previously available,” said Craig Fravel, president and CEO of Breeders’ Cup. “Along with our television partnership with NBC Sports and our growing digital and social media channels, ‘ALL IN’ is yet another form of content we are creating for new and existing fans so that they can enjoy the sport in new and innovative ways. As the first step in a multi-year plan, we look forward to showcasing this docuseries and offering our fans additional content in the seasons to come.”

Breeders CupExecutive produced by celebrity chef and Thoroughbred owner and breeder Bobby Flay and his Rock Shrimp Productions co-founder Kim Martin, along with Hennegan Brothers Creative and Shelly Schulze, the docuseries will usher viewers through the most pivotal moments of the 2018 racing season leading up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, including Justify’s retirement after his Triple Crown victory and major Classic division races such as the Haskell, Whitney and Travers.

“While the Breeders’ Cup is well known to many fans as the most exciting two days in horse racing, even the most passionate followers are not necessarily aware of everything that it takes to get to the Classic,” said Bobby Flay. “Showcasing the personal stories of the fascinating characters involved is what makes ‘ALL IN: The Road to the Classic’ such an interesting project to me, and I think will make it an engaging series for both longtime fans and newcomers to the sport alike.”

The Road to the Classic Debuts Today Online

“ALL IN” will take viewers beyond the racetrack and behind the scenes into the personal narratives of both prominent industry figures, including Ken Ramsey and Barbara Banke, as well as newer contenders like Uriah St. Lewis, owner and trainer of Discreet Lover, and Chad Summers, part owner and trainer of Mind Your Biscuits.

“ALL IN: The Road to the Classic” will premiere on October 22 on Facebook Watch and will also be available on the Breeders’ Cup YouTube channel. Fans can Follow the “ALL IN: The Road to the Classic” show page on Facebook Watch now to be notified when new episodes are released.

Breeders’ Cup 2018: Classic Contenders Work

The Breeders' Cup horse racingWith less than two weeks until the Breeders’ Cup World Championships returns to Churchill Downs for a record-equaling ninth nine, locally-based contenders Mind Your Biscuits, Seeking the Soul, Thunder Snow (IRE), Whitmore and Wonder Gadot logged their penultimate breezes for the Nov. 2-3 championship event on a chilly Friday morning beneath the historic Twin Spires.

Mind Your Biscuits, who has been based on the backstretch of Churchill Downs in Barn 18 since early September, worked six furlongs in 1:15 with jockey Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle and in company with possible Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (Grade I) contender Imperative (1:16.40) through splits of :13.40, :26.60, :39.40 and :51.80, before galloping out seven furlongs in 1:28 and one mile in 1:41.20, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols.

“That was perfect ‘T,’” trainer Chad Summers said over the radio to Gaffalione. “Absolutely perfect.”

Mind Your Biscuits, the richest New York-bred in history with $4,279,566 in earnings, is targeting either the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI), Dirt Mile or TwinSpires Sprint (GI), according to Summers.

“We’re just keeping our options open as we have been all year,” Summers said. “It was a really strong breeze and he’s doing great here at Churchill. The work itself may have started a bit too slow but I think visually it was good. The pre-entry deadline is Monday and we’ll go from there. We saw in the (1 1/8-mile) Lukas Classic he can stretch out and go long. We’ll just see what happens.”

Mind Your Biscuits, a 5-year-old chestnut-son of Posse, has eight victories through 24 starts including two victories in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (GI) and, most recently, a win in the Lukas Classic (GIII) at Churchill Downs.

One of the contenders Mind Your Biscuits could face should he enter the Classic is Godolphin’s Dubai World Cup (GI) winner Thunder Snow, who worked one mile in 1:42.20 through eighth-mile splits of :14.20, :26.60, :39.60, :51.80, 1:04.20 and 1:16.80, according to Nichols.

“We’re very happy with the way he’s doing,” Godolphin’s travelling manager Tommy Burns said. “We gave him an extra blow today since he’s been pretty fresh. We’re very pleased with how it went.”

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor is expected to arrive to Louisville the week of the Breeders’ Cup, according to Burns.

Thunder Snow, a 4-year-old colt by Helmet (AUS), most recently finished second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI) behind fellow Breeders’ Cup Classic-contender Discreet Lover.

Also on the Friday morning work tab at Churchill Downs was Charles Fipke’s Clark Handicap (GI) winner Seeking the Soul, who worked five furlongs in 1:01 at 5:45 a.m.

“It was a really solid work,” trainer Dallas Stewart said. “I’m a big believer in following patterns. When I worked with Wayne (Lukas) through three of the Derby wins we had the same work pattern and it obviously worked out. I like breezing on Fridays to give us an extra day wiggle room in case of bad weather. That way if we have to push the work back, we’re not on top of the race if it’s on a Saturday, like the Classic is. We just hope we can get in the Classic.”

Source: Churchill Downs+