Around The Backstretch: 2013 Breeders' Cup

Harry How

With just under a week to go before the start of the 2013 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, we take a quick look at the items making news around the world of racing.

The post position draw for the 2013 Breeders' Cup will occur in two stages on Monday, October 28th. Beginning at 12:45pm Pacific time at Santa Anita, post positions for the 12 of the 14 races will take place in the following order:

Marathon
Juvenile Turf
Dirt Mile
Juvenile Fillies Turf
Juvenile Fillies
Filly & Mare Turf
Filly & Mare Sprint
Turf Sprint
Juvenile
Turf
Sprint
Mile

Later in the day beginning at 4:00m Pacific time the post position draws for the Distaff and the Classic will take place at Santa Anita. The Distaff will go first at 4:00, with the Classic draw occurring at approximately 4:10pm. Morning line odds will be released of the Distaff and the Classic at the time of the draw. The morning line odds for the other 12 races will be released at approximately 2:15pm Pacific on the Breeders' Cup website.

Here are some other news items on this Sunday, October 27th:

Turf Entrants Get Work Over Santa Anita Lawn - BloodHorse.com
Ten Breeders' Cup runners slated for the turf events, led by Obviously (IRE), worked on the grass at Santa Anita Park Oct. 26.

Breeders' Cup Contenders Breeze at Keeneland - BloodHorse.com
Two-time Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (gr. III) winner Sum of the Parts and Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) runner-up Smarty's Echo tuned up for their Breeders' Cup dates with breezes over the Keeneland Polytrack Oct. 26.

Ramseys set Keeneland fall record - Handicappers' Edge
On Sunday, owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey recorded their 13th victory of the Keeneland fall meet when their homebred Captain Cook scored a front-running four-length victory in the final race.

Keeneland Sets Records in Attendance, Handle - BloodHorse.com
Keeneland concluded its 2013 fall race meeting Oct. 26 with record attendance and all-sources wagering for its 17-day season.

Canadian International attracts star-studded field; Tannery tops Taylor - Handicappers' Edge
Forte Dei Marmi, Slumber, Hyper and defending champion Joshua Tree top a very competitive field of 11 entered for Sunday's Grade 1, C$1 million Canadian International at Woodbine. The 11 hopefuls were bred in Great Britain, United States, Ireland, France and Canada.

Street Sense, Rags to Riches kick-off stakes action for Churchill's fall meet - Handicappers' Edge
Almost Famous, a dazzling winner in his racing debut in September at Churchill Downs, looms as the likely favorite in Sunday's $60,000 Street Sense, one of two overnight stakes races that highlight an 11-race program that raises the curtain on the 25-day fall meet at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby.

Churchill to offer new 'Single 6 Jackpot' during fall meet - Handicappers' Edge
Churchill Downs Racetrack will debut the new 50-cent "Single 6 Jackpot" -- a multi-race wager with a low minimum and big-payout dynamic -- when racing returns to the Louisville racetrack for its 25-day Fall Meet on Sunday (October 27).

Belmont Park: Pick six hit for $523,036 - Daily Racing Form
There was one winning ticket sold for Saturday’s pick six at Belmont Park, returning $523,036. The winning ticket was purchased through the Elite Turf Club, an advance-deposit-wagering platform through the Las Vegas hub, according to New York Racing Association officials.

Borel out three to four weeks - Handicappers' Edge
Hall of Fame rider Calvin Borel, who was injured in a fall during Wednesday's sixth race at Keeneland, is expected to be out three to four weeks, according to his agent, Jerry Hissam.

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