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Xpressbet Weekend Stakes Preview - Breeders' Cup Edition

From October 31, 2014, Anthony Stabile and Ellis Starr handicap every race in the Breeders' Cup World Championships for both Friday and Saturday, plus give you the the "Xpress-bet of the Day."

Breeders Cup Countdown Show - Friday 10/31/14

HRRN's Breeders Cup Countdown Show from October 31, 2014. Live from trackside at Santa Anita, hosted by Mike Penna, Kurt Becker, Jeff Bloom and Gabby Gaudet. Special guests include Jeff Cannizzo and Ken Kirchner.

"Hey Big A What Do You Say?" - 1 Day to the Cup

By Anthony Stabile

CLASSIC

$5 million; 1 1/4 miles; 3up

You knew this race was aptly named after the stretch run of the inaugural running when eventual winner Wild Again played bumper cars along with Slew o’ Gold and Gate Dancer. Ferdinand won the battle of the Kentucky Derby winners over Alysheba in 1987 before Alysheba claimed his own classic Victory the following year.

In the final chapter of their brief, yet intense rivalry, Sunday Silence held off the desperate surge of Easy Goer to win in 1989. Jerry Bailey won three in a row, starting in 1993 with Arcangues, the longest priced winner in Breeders’ Cup history and ending with the great Cigar in 1995 who capped a perfect 10-for-10 season with a fantastic score. Awesome Again split rivals in deep stretch to win a wild one in 1998 over Silver Charm and Swain.

Brisnet Call In Show - October 30, 2014

A special, Breeders' Cup edition of HRRN's Brisnet.com Call In Show from October 30, 2014. Hosted by Mike Penna and Ed DeRosa.

Breeders Cup Countdown Show - Thursday 10/30/14

HRRN's Breeders Cup Countdown Show from October 30, 2014. Live from trackside at Santa Anita, hosted by Mike Penna, Kurt Becker, Jeff Bloom and Gabby Gaudet. Special guests include Elliott Walden, Angel Cordero, and Gary Stevens.

"Hey Big A What Do You Say?" - 2 Days to the Cup

By Anthony Stabile

DISTAFF

$2 million; 1 1/8 miles; 3up(f&m)

It’s the undisputed highlight of the Friday card and it is responsible for one of the most memorable moments in the history of the Breeders’ Cup when Personal Ensign gunned down Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors in THE final stride of the 1988 running at Churchill Downs. Bayakoa won back to back runnings the following two years. Inside Information won it in 1995 by 13 ½ lengths, the largest winning margin in Breeders’ Cup history. Before tackling the boys twice, Zenyatta graced this race with her presence when she won it in 2008. Royal Delta won her second consecutive running in 2012 before failing in her attempt to three-peat in 2013 when 2012 Juvenile Fillies champ Beholder became the first winner of a juvenile event to win another Breeders’ Cup race.

Breeders Cup Countdown Show - Wednesday 10/29/14

HRRN's Breeders Cup Countdown Show from October 29, 2014. Live from trackside at Santa Anita, hosted by Mike Penna, Kurt Becker and Jeff Bloom. Special guests include jockey Mike Smith, Alastair Donald, Max Hodge, Alan Sherman, Rashard Lewis, Jake Ballis, and Chad Brown. 

"Hey Big A What Do You Say?" - 3 Days to the Cup

By Anthony Stabile

TURF

$3 million; 1 ½ miles (T); 3up

This event has provided us with some watershed moments in both Breeders’ Cup history in the sport itself, starting with Theatrical’s win in 1987 which helped forge the Bill Mott/Allen Paulson partnership that would rule racing for a decade. Kotashaan capped an amazing Horse of the Year season with a win in 1993. High Chaparral won it in 2002, then dead-heated with Johar in 2003, the only dead heat for win in Breeders’ Cup history.

"Hey Big A What Do You Say?" - 5 Days to the Cup

By Anthony Stabile

FILLY & MARE TURF

$2 million; 1 ¼ miles (T); 3up(f&m)

When it comes to the Breeders’ Cup, many will split the time passed by the days of the Original Seven and the two day extravaganza it has turned into. Somewhere in between, however, came the birth of this fantastic event.

Ouija Board won it in 2004 and 2006 and was stopped by Intercontinental in 2005 when she was second. Her two wins are among the six that the Euros have managed to snatch away from the states, whose runners have won the other nine running. Favorites have won one third of the 15 runnings.