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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.


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The traditional running of the Clark Handicap on the day after Thanksgiving at Churchill Downs is set for this afternoon under the Twin Spires. Bob Baffert ships in Hoppertunity (3-1) to face off against Diversify (5-2) in the nine-horse field going 1 1/8-miles in Race 11 on Friday. The two main contenders will start from opposite ends of the gate, with Hoppertunity lea…

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The annual Racing Kreskin predictions are in the books with the Gun Runner victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic two weeks ago. The crystal ball emerged last December with a look at how we thought the 2017 racing year would progress. The Racing Kreskin was trying to improve on last year’s .350 batting average and started slowly before making a big run at the 2016 mark. L…

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This year’s Breeders’ Cup world championships held at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club appears to have come off as a huge success. Handle was up, the Classic delivered and the weather was absolutely impeccable where the turf meets the surf. Some thoughts (and the goods and bads) from an East Coast guy on his first ever visit to Del Mar. Del Mar was number one on my ra…

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DEL MAR, Calif. – On a picture perfect day at old Del Mar, Gun Runner staked his claim as the best horse in the land with a stunning performance in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Gun Runner, the 4-year-old colt out of the Steve Asmussen barn, defeated last year’s Classic winner Arrogate and three other horses from the Bob Baffert barn to claim the $6 million Classic on Satu…

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DEL MAR, Calif. – A beautiful southern California afternoon at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club was the setting to kick off the 34th annual Breeders’ Cup world championships on Friday. It was the first time that the Oceanside track was the site of the annual two-day racing festival and attracted 32,278 race fans. This year’s 13 Breeders’ Cup races have purses totaling $28 …

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DEL MAR, Calif.  – With all eyes focused on morning line favorite Gun Runner and the talented Arrogate, this could be the year we see an unlikely visitor to the Breeders’ Cup Classic winners’ circle. It certainly has a very good chance to be a Bob Baffert-trained horse, who has four from his barn entered in the race, including last year’s winner, Arrogate. The climac…

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- The Breeders’ Cup (BC) undercard on Saturday includes a number of talented thoroughbreds on day two of the world championships. With nine total Breeders' Cup races on tap for Saturday afternoon, there's a full schedule of betting opportunities available to the horseplayer. Be sure to check tomorrow's print edition of The News for my advance on the $6 …

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Friday’s Breeders' Cup (BC) card includes four championship races anchored by the $2 million Grade 1 BC Distaff for fillies and mares on the dirt going 1 1/8-miles. The Friday undercard includes the BC Juvenile Turf, the BC Dirt Mile and the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf races leading up to the Distaff.  All four races will be shown on the NBC Sports Network f…

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When Dan Summers graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2010, the last place in the world he expected to be seven years later was in a winner’s circle in Dubai. The 28-year-old along with his father M. Scott and brother Chad, co-own Mind Your Biscuits, the 4-year-old son of Posse, who took home the $2 million Golden Shaheen, against some of the world’s best sprinte…

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I got questions. Whoever has the answers will likely unlock the path to financial gain. Here are my 10 questions that will need to be answered (some not so serious) leading up to the 34th annual Breeders’ Cup to be held two weeks from today for the first time at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in San Diego… Will Arrogate actually run and if he does will he return …

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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 purses to…

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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 la…

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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 Classic…

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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 (…

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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. This…