Prime spot for California Chrome in Classic

Getty Images Aidan O'Brien on the track at Ascot Racecourse

Beholder (outside) wins the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff by the slightest margin over Songbrid at Santa Anita Park on November 4.

Not only does that mean monitoring and evaluating workouts, but also making sure all is well in the respective stalls so the throughbreds are happy and stress-free heading into their respective races. He's ideal going 1 ΒΌ-mile, and he's flawless at Santa Anita.

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That will make 13 years, with seven in California, five in Kentucky, and one in New Jersey.

Corona Del Inca fractured her right front leg in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. But hey, believe me, I'm not complaining.

I've had a very checkered relationship with these races, and I can't seem to shake free.

And with good reason.

So far undefeated this year, counting among his victories the Dubai World Cup (UAE-1) and the TVG Pacific Classic (Gr. 1), California Chrome is doing better this year than last.

Baffert won last year's Classic with Triple Crown champion American Pharoah and the 2014 edition with Bayern.

"The nature of these injuries was so severe that there was no way she could be kept comfortable nor the prognosis be good for treatment". Tamarkuz (8-1) won four races in Dubai and since returning to the NY tracks has run in four G1 races and has four 100+ figures in six starts, none of which he won. Has won two of her last four races. His first start didn't come until April, when he finished third. "It was just a great trip".

LOS ANGELES Twelve months after American Pharoah ended a stellar career with a commanding victory at the Breeders' Cup Classic, California Chrome is ideally placed to follow suit in similar fashion in the same race on Saturday.

Other equine standouts ready to compete Saturday include Flintshire and Found in the $4 million Turf, Tepin in the $2 million Mile and Lady Eli in the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf.

All three won Eclipse Award titles for their age division a year ago, and they are the top three morning line choices, with Songbird favored at 6-5 over Beholder and Stellar Wind, who were each made 5-2 on the morning line.

"The scheduling of the races this year was just about right for her", said Carolyn Gray, who bred and owns I'm a Chatterbox with husband Fletcher.

Since last year's Breeders' Cup O'Brien, 23 and now a slim but comfortable 11st, has made the switch to training with predictable results. "Mr. Benson said, 'Hey, let's try to get back into this, Greg". It was Smith's 23rd career Cup victory; he leads all jockeys in victories and money won in the world championships. The Casse-trained Classic Empire and the speedy Syndergaard are also possible. Valadorna is the 5-1 second pick behind 9-2 favourite Noted and Quotes in the $2-million Juvenile Fillies event while Classic Empire is listed at 4-1 odds, just behind 7-2 favourite Not This Time in the $2-million Juvenile.

O'Brien is optimistic the Coolmore team can enjoy one of its best two days at the self-styled Olympics of horse racing. Classic Empire (5), 3.

When it comes to placing the wagers proposed here, it requires some knowledge in the language of betting on horse races.

Veteran trainer Aidan O'Brien, his eyes shaded behind dark glasses, and son Joseph stood next to each other to watch the Juvenile Fillies Turf race.

Despite his impressive stable, Casse isn't assuming anything.

Arrogate set a record at Saratoga Race Course in the Travers Stakes (Gr. 1), clocking 1:59.36 over 1-1/4 miles (2,000 meters) and winning by 13-1/2 lengths. I got going quicker than I thought would. When the BC began in 1984, I was incredibly pumped for a unique event, but I didn't get to see it.

And wherever Casse, an IN native, goes, he always remembers his roots.

A nice long shot if you like former claiming horses that train on Poplar Level Road in Louisville. The image that played out before Smith's eyes told him different, but the result was the only thing his champion mount lost.

"Although I'm not Canadian, I've always taken it very seriously to try and represent Woodbine and Canada and Toronto well".

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