Breeders’ Cup Weekend Information
Posted on October 16th, 2023
COLONIAL DOWNS WELL REPRESENTED AT BREEDERS’ CUP
NEW KENT, Va. (10/31/2023) – Eleven horses who raced at Colonial Downs, led by Fev Rover and Gina Romantica, the 1-2 finishers G1 Beverly D. on August 12, are among the 167 runners entered for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be run at Santa Anita Park on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4.
The Mark Casse-trained Fev Rover a 3½-length victress in the Beverly D. has been installed at odds of 8-1 in the G1 $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf while Gina Romantica, from the barn of Chad Brown, runs in the G1 $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Mile with a morning line of 12-1. The Argentina-bred Didia, winner of the 2022 Old Nelson Stakes also goes in the Filly & Mare Turf for trainer Ignacio Correas IV. Both the Filly & Mare Turf and Mile are part of Saturday’s program which gets underway at 1:10 p.m. with the first Breeders’ Cup race slated for 2:30 p.m.
Also on Saturday, Brown has Adhamo slated to go in the G1 $4,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf. The Irish-bred finished third in G1 Arlington Million which was raced in Virginia for the first time on August 12.
Da Hoss Stakes winner Nobals, trained by Larry Rivelli, carries the Colonial flag into the G1 $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, the eighth of the nine Championship races on Saturday. Calumet Farm’s Gear Jockey, who finished sixth in the Van Clief Stakes also runs in the Turf Sprint.
Friday spotlights the “Future Stars” of racing with a strong contingent of Colonial Downs runners starting at 2:30 p.m. The first Breeders’ Cup race is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and kicks off the five Championship races for the best two-year olds in the world.
The 2023 Rosie’s Stakes winner, No Nay Mets, trained by George Weaver, returns to action in the G1 $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Trainer Kelsey Danner has Shards, who broke her maiden here on September 7, entered as well. In 2019, the inaugural Rosie’s winner, Four Wheel Drive, went on to capture the Juvenile Turf Sprint also at Santa Anita.
Additionally on Friday, Kitten’s Joy Stakes winner, the Graham Motion-trained Tok Tok, and a pair of maiden winners for trainer Arnaud Delacour in Air Recruit and Fulmineo, are among the 14 runners in the G1 $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
Wagering for both days of Breeders’ Cup action begins Friday and will be offered throughout Virginia at Colonial Downs in New Kent, all Rosie’s Gaming locations – Richmond, Hampton, Vinton, Collinsville, Dumfries and our newest location in Emporia – and VA-Horseplay locations at Breakers Sports Grill in Henrico and Buckets Bar & Grill in Chesapeake. If you can’t make it to one of our off-site wagering locations, betting is available online at www.twinspires.com. For more information visit www.colonialdowns.com
Breeders’ Cup can be thought of as Super Bowl in Thoroughbred racing. It consists of 14 races over two days and many of the race victors will be voted as Eclipse Award winners by turf writers and racing officials across North America. The Eclipse is the most prestigious award in North American racing.
Several horses who competed at Colonial this summer are pointing for Breeders’ Cup (BC) races, most notably Beverly D. winner Fev Rover who earned a starting berth in the BC Filly & Mare Turf with that victory.
Da Hoss Stakes winner Nobals is headed to the BC Turf Sprint as is Gear Jockey who raced here in the Van Clief Stakes.
No Nay Mets, who won the Rosie’s Stakes on Virginia Derby Day, is expected to start in the BC Juvenile Turf Sprint. He would not be the first Rosie’s Stakes winner to win a BC race. Four Wheel Drive completed that double in 2019.
Two other horses have BC aspirations: Fulmineo (BC Juv. Turf) a maiden winner here and Memorialize (BC Juv. Fillies Turf) who was second on debut here.
The Breeders’ Cup rotates among several tracks and this year’s event will be held at Santa Anita in Southern California. Simulcast information is as follows:
Breeders’ Cup Day 1 Friday, November 3
5 BC races (all for 2yo horses)
First race at Santa Anita: 2:30 p.m.
First Breeders’ Cup race: 5 p.m.
Last Breeders’ Cup race: 7:40 p.m.
Last Santa Anita race: 8:10 p.m.
Advance wagering will be available for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup race. Should anyone ask, there will not be advance wagering on Thursday for Friday’s races.
Breeders’ Cup Day 2 Saturday, November 4
9 BC races
First race at Santa Anita: 1:10 p.m.
First Breeders’ Cup race: 2:30 p.m.
$6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (biggest BC race): 6:40 p.m.
Last Breeders’ Cup race: 8:00 p.m.
Last Santa Anita race: 8:30 p.m.