With the Breeders’ Cup the first weekend in November at Churchill Downs in Kentucky, the race is on to qualify for the Classic, sprints and turf stakes. NBC Sports is set to broadcast this weekend’s “Super Saturday” stretch of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series on Saturday, September 29.
The day will be highlighted by the Awesome Again Stakes and the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes, two “win and you’re in” qualifier races that guarantee the winners a spot in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on November 3. Accelerate headlines Awesome Again at Santa Anita, and Diversify will try to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont for the second year in a row.
How to watch:
What: Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Super Saturday”
When: September 29, 2018
Broadcast time: 7-9 p.m. ET
Where to watch: NBCSN, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
LONDON – Stradivarius, one of the most famous racehorses in Britain and Ireland after winning the Gold Cup at Ascot three times, has been retired to stud.
Bjorn Nielsen, the owner of Stradivarius, said he felt it would be unfair to make the horse come back next season as a 9-year-old after time away with a bruised foot.
“It has been a fairytale from start to finish,” Nielsen told British newspaper The Racing Post.
Stradivarius, bred in Ireland and the son of Sea The Stars, won 20 of his 35 races – including seven Group One races – and earned almost 3.5 million pounds (now $3.8 million) in prize money.
Stradivarius won four Goodwood Cups, three Yorkshire Cups and two Doncaster Cups.
BENSALEM, Pa. – Taiba won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by three lengths for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Taiba ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.67 and paid $4.80, $3 and $2.60.
It was Baffert’s fourth win in the Grade 1 event at Parx Racing. He also won in 2014, 2017 and 2018. Smith won the race for the third time, all aboard Baffert horses.
Zandon returned $3.80 and $2.60. Cyberknife was another 3 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $3 to show.
Taiba was coming off a second-place finish in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth in July. The colt was 12th in the Kentucky Derby under Tim Yakteen, who took over training him while Baffert was serving a 90-day suspension.
“He had a little bit of a rough trip in the Haskell, but we had some time to get him ready for this one,” Baffert said from his base in California. “He proved today he is a good horse. He is getting better and better.”
Baffert Taiba will be pointed toward the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in November. The colt has three wins in five starts this year.