Breeders Cup 2017 - Del Mar 3rd & 4th November 2017
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racetrack is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the seaside city of Del Mar, California - where the turf meets the surf Southern California style – as the marketing guys put it.
Breeders Cup Turf Sprint Lady Aurelia 5-4
Breeders Cup Sprint Drefong 7-4
8th September 2017:
Aiden O’Brien talking before irish Champions Weekend “Rhododendron had a mishap in France. Maybe some stuff didn't work for her and she bled, which she's never done before or since. Everything has been perfect with her since. She's just ready to start back and we'll be delighted if she runs a nice race. She'll have options like the Breeders' Cup for fillies, which is over a mile and a furlong. There'll be plenty more to come from her."
5th September 2017:
A trip to the Breeders' Cup moved a significant step nearer for Take Me With You following her decisive success at Windsor. Although not seen out since finishing third in the Albany at Royal Ascot, the $800,000 daughter of Scat Daddy tore apart her rivals by nine lengths in the Bateaux Windsor Novice Stakes, forming the opening leg of a treble for jockey Jamie Spencer.
Trainer Jeremy Noseda said of the 4-11 winner: "I just wanted to get her back on track. She had a pretty prolonged break after Royal Ascot." He added: "She is not just a sprinter and she will get a mile, no problem. I know it is a long way away and she has got to do a few things between now and then and up her level of performance, but I've always had it in my mind she could be a filly for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf."
29th August 2017:
Lady Aurelia is set to return to Keeneland later
this week and begin her preparation for the Breeders' Cup meeting in November.
Wesley Ward is now targeting the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar on November 4, with Lady Aurelia due
to race on for at least another year. "We'll
look forward to the Breeders' Cup then (will) put her away. (Owners) Barbara
Banke (of Stonestreet Stables) and Peter Leidel have committed to running her
next year and possibly the year after that. It's good for racing to have a
filly of this quality to keep going. Hopefully, she can maintain her form to
where she runs such great races."
Ulysses is reported to be in good form following his exciting victory in the Juddmonte International at York - but connections will wait a little longer before making the next call on the progressive four-year-old. The Breeders' Cup Turf at Del Mar on November 4, in which he was fourth to Highland Reel at Santa Anita in 2016, is the ultimate objective for the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt, who defeated the classy three-year-olds Churchill and Barney Roy on the Knavesmire. "He seems to have come out of the race very well, which is good news," said Alan Cooper, racing manager to owners the Niarchos family. "The plan is to work back from the Breeders' Cup. As he only ran on Wednesday we will just feel our way for a few days and come up with a plan between now and then. We are in no rush and will let things unfold as and when Sir Michael is ready. To give the horse one more run would be the case in an ideal world, but we'll feel our way and see what's best for the horse."
The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf could be on the agenda for James Garfield after his narrow defeat in the Acomb Stakes at York on Wednesday. The son of Exceed And Excel is likely to have one more run before heading to Del Mar in California for the mile contest on November 3. Trainer George Scott said: "Frankie (Dettori) has ridden the winner of the Juvenile Turf three times and is very much of the opinion that it would be a suitable race for him.Obviously the mile would be the only slight question mark given he's shown so much speed, but the fast ground and the tight track won't be a problem at all to him."