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BREEDERS' CUP 2011: Thursday News and Notes

Trainer Aidan O'Brien believes So You Think (NZ) will handle the dirt in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Only time will tell.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien believes So You Think (NZ) will handle the dirt in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Only time will tell.

We're just eight days away from the 2011 Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4th and 5th. Below is a look at some Breeders' Cup news and notes on this Thursday.

The post-position draw will take place on Monday, Oct. 31st at 1 pm Eastern / 10am Pacific. The draw will follow the race order: the Juvenile Sprint will go first and the Classic will be last.

Television coverage for the 2011 Breeders' Cup is as follows (all times Eastern):

Day Station Time Note
Fri, 11/4 ESPN2 / ESPN3 4:00 Ladies' Classic post time at 7:30pm
Sat, 11/5 TVG 1:00-2:00 Marathon
Sat, 11/5 ABC / ESPN3 2:00-3:30 Juv. Turf, Sprint, Turf Sprint
Sat, 11/5 ESPN / ESPN3 3:30-7:15 Classic post time at 7:00pm

 

The Breeders' Cup will also offer live streaming on their iPhone and iPad Apps.

Pletcher pre-enters 11 for Breeders’ Cup - Thoroughbred Times
Trainer Todd Pletcher has pre-entered 11 horses for this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, a list topped by champion two-year-old male Uncle Mo and Travers Stakes (G1) winner Stay Thirsty.

Pre-entry in two races gives Havre de Grace connections options - Thoroughbred Times
While Havre de Grace is being pointed for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), her connections did pre-enter the four-year-old Saint Liam filly in two Breeders’ Cup races.

Gio Ponti, It's Tricky post final works on home track - Handicappers' Edge
Multiple Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti and dual Grade 1 winner It's Tricky had their final works over their home track Wednesday morning in preparation for upcoming engagements in the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs on November 4 and 5.

HRTV Sets Advance Coverage of Breeders' Cup | BloodHorse.com
HRTV has set its pre-race coverage of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be held Nov. 4-5 at Churchill Downs.

Breeders' Cup Mile: Does Goldikova have one more great run in her at age 6? | Daily Racing Form
Goldikova won her first Breeders’ Cup Mile as a 3-year-old way back in 2008. Twice that age, she returns this week to Churchill Downs, where she won her third BC Mile in 2010 and seeks a fourth victory in the race Nov. 5.

Head believes Goldikova better entering this year’s Breeders’ Cup - Thoroughbred Times
With more losses than wins in five starts this season, some have suggested three-time Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner Goldikova (Ire) has lost a step in 2011, but the man who knows her best insists that is not the case.

Breeders' Cup Clocker: Nothing flashy from Giant Ryan in prep for Breeders' Cup Sprint | Daily Racing Form
For a horse who has won six straight races, including a Grade 1 stakes, and is prepping for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, one might have expected to see a little livelier work just 10 days out from the race. Instead, Giant Ryan breezed a relatively easy half-mile under jockey Willie Martinez, covering his opening quarter in 24.56 before coming home the final two furlongs in 24.20 without any real urging.

O'Brien So You Think should handle dirt in Classic - Horse Racing News | Racing Post
AIDAN O'BRIEN believes So You Think's ability to travel and stay could outweigh the impact of racing on unfamiliar American dirt when the former southern hemisphere champion seeks to end his trainer's long run of ill fortune in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Strong Suit could try to make all to beat Goldikova - Horse Racing News | Racing Post
STRONG SUIT could attempt to make all the running should he be landed a favourable draw as the Richard Hannon camp bid to derail the history seeking Goldikova in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Industry News

CDI Reports Substantial Jump in Earnings | BloodHorse.com
Churchill Downs Inc. reported net earnings from continuing operations of $19.7 million for the third quarter of 2011, up significantly from $3.7 million for the third quarter of 2010.

Regal Ransom Retired; Will Stand at Darley | BloodHorse.com
Regal Ransom, a graded stakes winner in North America and a group winner the United Arab Emirates, has been retired from racing and will stand at Darley's Jonabell Farm near Lexington in 2012.