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Sunday, November 6, 2016

It was another spectacular photo finish between a pair of distaffers during the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships. Lady Eli, the 8-5 favorite in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), was also the sentimental favorite because she had beaten laminitis and returned to the highest levels of racing. But when results flashed on the Santa Anita Park tote board Nov. 5, the daughter of Divine Park fell just short of a miraculous ending to her already remarkable comeback this year.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

It wasn't a theft. Highland Reel just ran away with the $4 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5. Under the guidance of Seamus Heffernan, the 4-year-old Galileo colt set stiff fractions in the 1 1/2-mile race, opened up a daylight lead in the backstretch, and was never threatened late by second-place finisher and favorite Flintshire en route to a 1 3/4-length score at Santa Anita Park.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

No matter which direction one looked in the aftermath of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT)—be it towards the crew surrounding the bay mare with neck slaps and nose kisses or at the son of a Hall of Fame trainer with his arm around his friend and fellow assistant—the eyes told a story of shock and pride.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Mark Casse's confidence didn't waver. It took a shot to the chin, admittedly, when Classic Empire wheeled and dumped jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. at the start of the Sept. 5 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). But after 37 years of conditioning multiple top-level horses, Casse had to trust what his gut was telling him regarding the son of Pioneerof the Nile —that his barn had its best ever 2-year-old prospect.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

It was the stretch duel everyone expected. But not the finish. A $6 million showdown came down to a private battle between the two favorites, but in the end it was the younger second choice who prevailed as Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate wore down 4-5 favorite California Chrome in the final yards to post a half-length victory in the BC Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita Park before a crowd of 72,811.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

A crowd of 72,811, the highest single-day attendance for a Breeders’ Cup since the event switched to a two-day format, cheered on as blossoming 3-year-old star, Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate, bested hometown favorite California Chrome, North America’s richest racehorse, at the wire to win the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic today at Santa Anita Park.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Mike Smith, who won three races and finished second in three others won the 14th Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park.

Friday, November 4, 2016

A crowd of 45,673, the largest for a Breeders’ Cup Friday, was on hand to witness a scintillating performance by champion mare Beholder and 3-year-old filly Songbird in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on the first day of the 33nd Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Mike Smith, who won the Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Tamarkuz and finished second in both the Longines Distaff on Songbird and Juvenile Fillies Turf on Coasted Friday, took the lead in the race for the Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Far too often, widely anticipated sporting events fail to deliver the expected amount of drama. Never can that be said about the 2016 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff. What was billed as a classic showdown turned out to be an epic battle of wills as the 6-year-old, 3-time champion mare Beholder outdueled the previously unbeaten 3-year-old superstar Songbird in a spellbinding stretch duel to capture the Distaff by a slim nose.

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