Gene Kershner, The Buffalo News

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Gene Kershner

Gene is a Buffalo-based turf writer and a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association. He has been The Buffalo News turf writer since October 2010. His work can also be found in The Florida Horse Magazine and the Bloodhorse. He covered the 2009 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile for the NTRA.


Breeders’ Cup Notes Working towards a climactic Breeders’ Cup (BC) in three weeks, where some major match-ups are looming in several of the most important divisions in racing. The Win and You’re In races are complete and the fields will start coming together over the next two weeks with pre-entries due by Monday Oct. 23. The fields for the 13 BC races, with pur…

One of the biggest races during the fall Belmont meeting is the feature race on Super Saturday, tomorrow afternoon.  The $750,000 Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup (JCGC) for 3-year-olds and upward drew seven horses bidding for a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic with a victory. There will be two 3-year-old colts in the gate at Belmont Park in Race 10 on Saturday. In the…

Thoughts from the quarter pole….. This time last year, the Pegasus Invitational World Cup was all the rage. I wonder if they are having trouble filling the race this year. My thoughts after last year was to increase the race to a mile-and-a-quarter and spread the winnings out a bit. Stay tuned. What if they tied the Pegasus-Dubai World Cup-Stephen Foster-BC Class…

The next stop for this year’s group of 3-year-old colts and fillies is in Bensalem, Pa. just outside of Philadelphia. Parx Racing will host the $1 million Grade 1 Cotillion for fillies and the $1 million Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby for the colts. Abel Tasman (8-5) will bring her four race win streak to Philly and will be challenged by Black-Eyed Susan winner Actress…

REXDALE, Ont. – Trainer Mark Casse might want to make a habit of missing out attending the Woodbine Mile. It was the second consecutive year Casse was not in attendance at the race and came out the winner. Last year, Casse faced weather issues and missed his flight to Pearson Airport in Toronto, while super filly Tepin captured one of Woodbine’s signature races. …

REXDALE, Ont. – A field of 12 will attack Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor turf course late Saturday afternoon in the $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile. The winner will earn an automatic bid to the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in November. It will definitely be worth the 100-mile trek up the Queen Elizabeth Way from downtown Buffalo to the suburban Toronto …

REXDALE, Ont. – In addition to Saturday’s big Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Woodbine Mile, the suburban Toronto track has a big weekend in store for horseplayers. Sunday’s card includes two Breeders’ Cup qualifiers in the $250,000 Grade 1 Natalma Stakes for fillies and the $200,000 Grade 2 Summer Stakes, both at a mile. The News will be at Woodbin…

It’s a bittersweet time in the racing year. Saratoga and the Triple Crown season are both in the rear view mirror. The year, however, is far from over as we approach the quarter pole of the 2017 racing season. The News’ next stops will be first to Woodbine next weekend for the Mile and then onto the Breeders’ Cup in San Diego in early November to cover the Clas…

We approach the final weekend at Saratoga with some major graded stakes remaining in the Capital Region, including a last look at Gun Runner before the Breeders’ Cup Classic. One of the biggest races during the Saratoga meeting takes center stage on Saturday afternoon.  The $750,000 million Grade 1 Woodward Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward drew five horses, includin…

SARATOGA SPRINGS – It was a California state of mind as late afternoon shadows extended over the Saratoga Race Course on Saturday. After New York-based horses swept all three legs of the Triple Crown, California-based West Coast cruised to a gate-to-wire victory in the 148th Travers Stakes before 47,725 at Saratoga. The win by West Coast sent the 3-year-old male divis…

SARATOGA SPRINGS – It’s up for grabs. The 3-year-old male division, that is. The outcome of the 148th running of the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course should provide Eclipse Award voters with a key result in deciding who will don the crown as the 3-year-old male champion. With separate winners of all three Triple Crown races, the Haskell and Jim Dandy, Satur…

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The New York Racing Association has put together a monster racing card for Travers Day, which includes seven straight graded stakes races. The card has a Breeders’ Cup feel to it, with quality horses entered in each of the seven stakes. In addition, four of the stakes (Personal Ensign, Ballerina, Forego and Sword Dancer) and are Breeders' Cup Chal…

We’re past the halfway mark at Saratoga and into the fifth of seven weeks into the meeting. There’s plenty to discuss as we look forward to next week’s Travers Stakes and the feature race of the 40 days of racing at the foot of the Adirondacks. Some thoughts as we head into Alabama weekend….. On the left coast we’ll see if Arrogate (Even) rebounds from his…

The 33rd running of the Fourstardave is the feature Grade 1 race at Saratoga this weekend. The race will be run for a purse of $500,000 over the Inner Turf course at a one mile distance drew a field of seven (Weekend Hideaway is an MTO in case of an off track).  Post time on Saturday for the Fourstardave is 6:28 p.m. as the 10th race on the 11-race card at Saratoga Race C…

SARATOGA SPRINGS – A highly competitive group of 3-year-olds will assemble Sunday afternoon at Monmouth Park with hopes of jumping into the divisional race with a victory. With Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness winner Cloud Computing both faltering in yesterday’s Jim Dandy at Saratoga, the race for champion 3-year-old has taken an interesting turn.…