Notes: Unraced as a two-year-old, Hoppertunity broke his maiden in his second start on January 30 at Santa Anita. He made his stakes debut in the Risen Star at the Fair Grounds where he was fourth. He followed that up at Oaklawn with a win in the Rebel (G2), then shipped to Santa Anita to finish second to California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby (G1). He missed the Kentucky Derby an was off until October 29 when he was 2nd in an allowance at Santa Anita, then shipped to Churchill Downs to win the Clark Handicap (G1).
He won his 2015 debut in the San Pasqual (G2) then was 3rd in the San Antonio (G2) and was off for 4 months. He came back at Churchill to finish 3rd in the Stephen Foster (G1) then back to Santa Anita to finish 2nd in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1). He had two straight 4th place finishes at Del Mar in the San Diego Handicap (G2) and the Pacific Classic (G1). Then he had 3 straight 4th place finishes in the Awesome Again (G1) at Santa Anita, the Fayette (G2) at Keeneland, and the Clark Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs.
He was 3rd in the San Pasqual (G2) for his 2016 debut then won the San Antonio (G2) at Santa Anita. He went to Meydan to finish 3rd in the Dubai World Cup (G1) then back to the US for two 4th place finishes in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) and the Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar. He shipped over to Belmont Park for his final prep, winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).
2016 Breeders' Cup Friday - There were four Breeders' Cup races on Friday at Santa Anita headlined by the Distaff (G1) where Beholder edged out favorite Songbird to win her 3rd Breeders' Cup race. Also on the card, New Money Honey won the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), Tamarkuz won the Dirt Mile (G1), and Oscar Performance won the Juvenile Turf (G1). Get the results, charts, and photos for all 8 stakes on the card. More photos: Juvenile Turf -
Juvenile Fillies Turf -
Dirt Mile -
2016 Breeders' Cup Thursday Works - Photos and comments for 39 of the Breeders' Cup horses on Thursday November 3 in the morning at Santa Anita, including Found and the rest of the Aidan O'Brien horses out of quarantine.
2016 Breeders' Cup Wednesday Works - Photos and comments for 33 of the Breeders' Cup horses on Wednesday November 2 in the morning at Santa Anita, including Flintshire and Beholder as well as California Chrome.
2016 Breeders' Cup Tuesday Works - Photos and comments for 66 of the Breeders' Cup horses on Tuesday November 1 in the morning at Santa Anita, including California Chrome.
2016 Breeders' Cup Entries - Final entries were taken and post positions drawn on Monday for the 13 Breeders' Cup Championship races on November 4 and 5 at Santa Anita. Check out the post positions, odds, and horses for all the races.
Review: Crushing the Cup 2016 - by Jim Mazur and Peter Mallett. An invaluable tool for trying to unlock the mysteries of handicapping the Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita. Updated for 2016, this is their 25th anniversary edition.
The Breeders' Cup Championship Day - The official page for the Breeders' Cup championship races. Just about anything you need to know about it: results, video clips, and race calls for past years, and eventually nominations, entries, and results.
Free Prep Replays - for major prep races in the Breeders' Cup Challenge. The ones with camera logos have video available.
Breeders' Cup Supplemental Entries - The old official policy on supplemental entries plus all the supplemental entries and how they fared, mostly it was a losing proposition. There are no more supplements now, only late nominations making it impossible to track now.