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BREEDERS’ CUP EXTENDS DEADLINE TO AUGUST 15 FOR HORSES OF RACING AGE NOMINATION DISCOUNT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 29, 2020) –- Due to changes in racetrack schedules and auction sales dates as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, the Breeders’ Cup announced today that it is extending the discount deadline for horses of racing age to Saturday, Aug. 15.

All horses must be Breeders’ Cup-nominated in order to compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which is scheduled to be held at Keeneland Race Couse Lexington, Ky., Nov. 6-7.

The original horses of racing age nomination discount deadline was July 15.

“Although most Breeders’ Cup nominated horses join the program as weanlings, there are a few each year that didn’t get the Breeders’ Cup advantage as a foal,” said Dora Delgado, Breeders’ Cup Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Officer. “We created the horses of racing age nomination program to make sure all runners have a chance to compete in our racing programs including the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.  Now that racing has resumed in most locations, we believe our one-month extension will allow horsemen to better evaluate their racing stock and nominate to the Breeders’ Cup program, providing eligibility for their entire racing career.”

The nomination discounts are as follows:

• 2-year-olds by a nominated Breeders’ Cup stallion can join the program for US$12,000. This one-time nomination fee makes the racehorse Breeders’ Cup-eligible for its entire racing career.

• Runners which are 3-year-olds and older that were foaled in the Northern Hemisphere and sired by a nominated stallion will receive a 50% discount off normal racehorse nomination fees. Three-year-olds and older which were born in the Southern Hemisphere can be nominated for 25% of their regular nomination fee.

• All nominated racehorses are eligible for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will have purses and awards totaling more than $35 million this year, and for any other Breeders’ Cup racing program for their entire racing careers.

Following the Aug. 15 deadline, the price for all non-nominated runners reverts back to the standard racehorse nomination fee of US$100,000 or more until Oct. 26, when all runners must be pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships races.

Owners may nominate their horses of racing age online at https://members.breederscup.com/Nomination/RacehorseNominationTerms1 or by calling the Breeders’ Cup Racing department at 859-514-9422.

Owners of horses of racing age by non-nominated stallions also can take advantage of discounted prices before Aug. 15. Two-year-olds by non-nominated stallions can join the program for US$18,000; Northern Hemisphere 3-year-olds and older for US$100,000 and Southern Hemisphere 3-year-olds and older for US$50,000.

Below is the complete list of nomination prices and deadlines:

Horses of Racing Age sired by Nominated Stallion and Nominated before Aug. 15.

• Two-Year-Olds:   $12,000 (US)

• Three-Year-Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred):   $50,000 (US)

• Three-Year-Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred):   $25,000 (US)

Horses of Racing Age sired by Nominated Stallion and Nominated after Aug. 15.

• Two-Year-Olds:   $100,000 (US)

• Three-Year-Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred):   $100,000 (US)

• Three-Year-Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred):   $100,000 (US)

Sired by NON-Nominated Stallion and Nominated  before Aug. 15.

• Two-Year-Olds:   $18,000 (US)

• Three-Year-Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred):   $100,000 (US)

• Three-Year-Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred):   $50,000 (US)

Sired by NON-Nominated Stallion and Nominated after Aug. 15.

• Two-Year-Olds:   $200,000 (US)

• Three-Year-Olds & Up (Northern Hemisphere-bred):   $200,000 (US)

• Three-Year-Olds & Up (Southern Hemisphere-bred):   $200,000 (US)

 

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About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred horse racing’s year-end Championships, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The Breeders’ Cup is also a founding member of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, an organization composed of industry leaders committed to advancing safety measures in Thoroughbred racing and improving the well-being of equine and human athletes.

The 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races, is scheduled to be held on November 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky and features a total of $35 million in purses and awards. The event will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Thoroughbred Racing Groups Launch National Ad Campaign

May 28, 2020 (Lexington, KY) – The Breeders’ Cup and The Jockey Club have launched a national ad campaign titled “Still. Running. Strong.” to promote Thoroughbred racing as major racetracks across the country resume live racing without spectators during the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizations announced today.

The campaign, which includes broadcast, digital, and social media elements, comes at a time when other major sports are on hiatus and horse racing is receiving unprecedented levels of live television coverage on NBC Sports and FOX Sports.

In addition to Breeders’ Cup and The Jockey Club, significant financial support for the campaign was provided by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA); TVG, an affiliate of the FanDuel Group; the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA); and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).

“As more of our major venues get back to live racing and with people at home seeking diversion and entertainment, we wanted to be proactive about promoting the sport to a broader audience,” said Drew Fleming, President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup. “Horse racing has a unique opportunity to lead the way as we resume operations safely and, in doing so, provide fun and excitement for millions of sports fans and bettors across the country.”

The campaign highlights the bond between human and horse along with the thrill of watching and betting on horses that sets horse racing apart. Digital and social media executions promote the legal on-line wagering aspects of the sport, directing people to a new landing page on America’s Best Racing’s website, featuring fan education materials, wagering basics and links to horse racing’s advanced-deposit wagering platforms.

“With racing returning to major circuits and the addition of many hours of live programming on Fox Sports and NBC Sports there is now a unique opportunity to appeal to new fans and ask them to sample Thoroughbred racing,” said Jim Gagliano, President & COO of The Jockey Club. “Our goal is to increase awareness of racing as an option for these potential customers, engage with them, and provide the initial tools for them to learn more and break down barriers to participation. We are grateful to NTRA, TVG, KTA, and TOBA for supporting our efforts to promote racing and look forward to working with others to grow the campaign.”

“On behalf of our member tracks and horsemen’s organizations, we are happy to support this collaborative effort, especially during this unique window of opportunity,” said Alex Waldrop, NTRA President and CEO.

While most professional sports seasons have been sidelined or restricted to mitigate risks associated with human-to-human contact in the midst of the pandemic, horse racing has been able to operate safely in many jurisdictions under strict screening, sanitation and health protocols under guidance from public health officials and other experts.

The campaign launches today and will run on NBC Sports, FOX Sports and a variety of targeted digital and social channels. It was developed by Boston-based agency CTP, the Breeders’ Cup’s longtime advertising agency.

For more information visit AmericasBestRacing.net/Strong.

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Secret Circle Relocating to Elite Thoroughbreds

The son of Eddington won two Breeders’ Cup World Championships races.

Secret Circle , the winner of two Breeders’ Cup World Championships races, is being relocated from Kentucky to Michele Rodriguez’s Elite Thoroughbreds in Louisiana in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock.

A brilliantly fast horse for Bob Baffert, Secret Circle pulled off a rare achievement when he won the 2011 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint and two years later captured the Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). Out of 16 lifetime starts, the son of Eddington  was winner or runner-up in 10 graded stakes. He retired with more than $3.67 million in earnings.

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COURT VISION SON STORM THE COURT UPSETS BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE

By Bob Ehalt

If the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) is any indication of what awaits racing fans on the 2020 Triple Crown trail, then get some popcorn and buckle your seat belt. There’s a wild, unpredictable trip ahead of us.

On paper, anyway, the 36th edition of the Juvenile looked like a rather formful way to decide the 2-year-old championship. The three betting favorites—Dennis’ Moment (4-5), Eight Rings (3-2), and Scabbard (5-1)—seemed to tower over theother five starters, none of whom were lessthan 23-1 on the toteboard at Santa Anita Park.

 

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Four Wheel Drive Rolls to BC Juvenile Turf Sprint Win, Holding off Louisiana Bred Chimney Rock

Son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah races for Breeze Easy.

 

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Court Vision Colt Leads Home Parade of Longshots in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

By Steve Sherack

ARCADIA, CA – With the crowd of 41,243 left completely stunned after a stumbling start for 4-5 favorite and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Dennis’ Moment (Tiznow), longshots Storm the Court(Court Vision) and Anneau d’Or (Medaglia d’Oro) battled down the Santa Anita stretch with the former getting the nod by a neck in a shocking GI TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Another bomb Wrecking Crew (Sky Kingdom) completed the trifecta.

The 45-1 wire-to-wire upset winner is the longest-priced victor in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile history.

 

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Louisiana Bred Chimney Rock in Todays Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

Two-year-old Chimney Rock (Artie Schiller-What’s Your Point, by Wheaton) in todays (1-1-19) $1 million G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Bred in Louisiana by Stargazers and Clear Creek Stud, LLC, the Michael J. Maker trainee will start from Post Position 1 for owners Three Diamonds Farm.

 

Chimney Rock broke his maiden by 1 ¾ lengths going away in a $75,000 MSW at Saratoga, in his third start September 1st . Less than a week later he ran back in the $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint where he just  missed the victory to undefeated Cambria (3-3) by a head. Next out he was once again a close second in the $200,000 Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland; this time to G2 placed multiple stakes winner Kimari, by a half length. Both races were 5 ½ furlongs on the turf.

 

An $18,000 purchase from the 2018 Equine Sales Company Select Yearling Sale, Chimney Rock is out of the stakes placed winning Wheaton mare, What’s Your Point ($435,095).  He is by 2005 Breeders Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller.  Artie Schiller won 6 Graded Stakes  and over $2 million in his racing career. He has consistently ranked among the leading sires in the country since his first crop started in 2010.

 

Chimney Rock will be competing at Morning Line odds of 10-1.

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BREEDERS’ CUP AFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO HOLD 2019 CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SANTA ANITA PARK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 27, 2019) – After a meeting of and discussion with its Board of Directors today in Lexington, Ky., Breeders’ Cup Limited affirmed by unanimous decision its commitment to conduct the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on November 1-2. This will mark the 10th time the event will be held at Santa Anita, the most of any host venue over the 36-year history of the Breeders’ Cup.

“Foremost among the core values of the Breeders’ Cup are the safety and integrity of the competition and we hold ourselves, our host sites and our competitors, to the highest standards of both. It is clear that meaningful and effective reforms and best practices have been implemented in recent months at Santa Anita through the collective efforts of The Stronach Group, the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the California Thoroughbred Trainers, and the California Horse Racing Board,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup. “We fully embrace those reforms and will devote our time and energy in the coming months to further advance those efforts. We look forward to showing the world the best in Thoroughbred racing at one of its finest venues.”

The Breeders’ Cup is committed to conducting its annual World Championship event at the highest levels of safety and integrity. For more information please visit the Breeders’ Cup Safety & Integrity web page.

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About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Graded Stakes with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held on November 1-2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Johnny Jones, Who Found Success With Thoroughbreds And Quarter Horses, Dies In Texas

 

John T.L. Jones Jr. (photo courtesy of Jones family)

John T.L. Jones Jr. passed away on Friday, November 16, 2018, surrounded by family at his home in Quanah, Texas.

Born in Quanah on July 7, 1934, the horseman most people knew as Johnny Jones was a prominent member of the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred industries in many capacities, as a trainer, breeder, owner, and the head of Walmac International in Lexington, Ky., from 1976 to 2005, where he oversaw the stallion careers of major sires Nureyev, Alleged, and Miswaki.

When John Gaines dreamed up the concept of the Breeders’ Cup and presented his idea to industry leaders in the early 1980s, he credited Jones as the person who got everybody to work together after they’d hit a standstill. It was especially gratifying to Jones when Cajun Beat, a horse he co-bred with H. Smoot Fahlgren, won the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Jones was also involved with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Favorite Trick, the 1997 Horse of the Year whose breeding rights had been purchased by Walmac in August of his 2-year-old season.

Jones is the only person to breed a 2000 Guineas winner, King of Kings, co-bred with Ron Con Ltd.; and an All American Futurity winner, Ochoa, Quarter Horse racing’s all-time money leader who also won the Rainbow Derby and All American Derby.

Prominent among the other Thoroughbred horses Jones bred was top sire Unusual Heat. In the Quarter Horse world, he bred or co-bred champions Ochoa, Noconi, and Brenda Beautiful, all of whom he raced in partnership in his name or that of his J Bar 7 Ranch.

Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame member Jones was a founding partner of Four Star Sales and was formerly on the boards of both the Breeders’ Cup and the Keeneland Association. He also served on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Jones was predeceased by his first wife, Janice, in 2003 and married Brenda Kinsolving in 2007. He is survived by sons John III (Mia), Hutton (Paula), Levi (Paula), and daughter Julie Mogge (Guy); eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; stepchildren Jenna Decker (Jeff), Ashley Crow (Josh), and CJ Kinsolving (Kaitlin), and seven step-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 19, from 6-8 p.m. CT at Smith Funeral Home, 210 W Third Street, Quanah, TX 79252, with graveside service at Quanah Cemetery on Tuesday at noon.

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Louisiana Bred Vibrance Runs 3rd in Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies

Vibrance, a 2016 Louisiana Bred filly by Violence out of Dynaformer mare Block, made a valiant bid for the 2018 G1 Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Churchill Downs, on Friday, November 2nd.

Vibrance, under the handling of J.R. Velazquez stalked the pace early while off the rail, was on the inside entering the lane while making a bid but weakened late in the stretch run for owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Donna Daniell and Jim Daniell. From four starts, the Michael W. McCarthy trainee has one win, and placed in the G1 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita, with $279,600 in earnings.

The filly was bred in Louisiana by Jason Hall and Bill Vanlandingham. Her sire Violence is the 2018 leading second crop sire in North America. Her dam Block, is a winning daughter of Dynaformer. She is a half sister to multiple graded winner in Peru, Lideris.

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