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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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BALTIMORE – We waited 37 years for the last one. In three weeks, a coronation of horse racing’s second Triple Crown winner in the last four years will be in play. Justify ($2.80), the muscular chestnut colt, inched one notch closer to joining the exclusive club by winning the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the 143rd Preakness Stakes before 134,487 at deteriorating…

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Baltimore – With the top two Derby finishers running back and a soggy forecast for Pimlico Race Course looming on the north side of Baltimore, the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown could be the backdrop to a historic afternoon. Trainer Bob Baffert sends heavy favorite Justify (1-2) against seven contenders in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes. The white-haired super…

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BALTIMORE – We’re ready to kick off a wet weekend at Old Hilltop that will culminate in the Preakness Stakes late Saturday afternoon. On tap Friday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course is the 1 1/8-mile $250,000 Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan. Friday’s card also will include three Grade 3 races, the Miss Preakness, the DuPont Distaff and the Pimlico Special. The 94th running of t…

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The post position draw for the 143rd running of the $1.5 million Grade 1 Preakness Stakes was held late this afternoon at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, which included eight entries into Saturday's second jewel of the Triple Crown. We’re likely to get wet once again as rain is in the forecast through the weekend in Baltimore. Half of the field ran in the Derby and th…

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Another Kentucky Derby in the books and it was certainly one to remember… Here are some post-mortem Derby thoughts and some forward looking commentary on the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown…. When your top pick gets wiped out at the start for the second straight year, you just have to shake it off and move forward (I’m looking at you Irish War Cry and Mendelsso…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – This century has seen the end of its share of sports curses. Another one bit the dust in the Kentucky Derby. Late Saturday afternoon in dismal weather conditions, a freaky horse named Justify lifted another one under the rain-soaked Twin Spires at historic Churchill Downs. In 2004, the Curse of the Bambino was lifted when the Boston Red Sox final…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the possibility of a wet track at post time for Derby 144, it’s time to try and figure out who the mudders are. Out of 143 previous editions of the Kentucky Derby, only 15 have been run on what is deemed an off track: wet-fast (1) muddy (7) or sloppy (7) track. Before last year’s win by Always Dreaming (wet-fast), the last time we had a Derby on a…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Monomoy Girl survived a wicked stretch duel with Ontario-bred Wonder Gadot to win the 144th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. The Tapizar filly overcame the outside post and the challenge through the lane from the Mark Casse-trained filly to capture the $564,200 first prize purse. Both trainer Brad Cox and rider Florent Geroux won their first Oaks w…

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Louisville, Ky. – The Kentucky Derby undercard includes six graded stakes leading up to the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby. The graded races preceding the Derby will kickoff at 1:13 p.m. ET with the Grade 1 Humana Distaff (Race 6) on the NBC Sports Network.  Race 11, the Grade 1 Old Forester Turf Classic is scheduled to go to post at 5:25 p.m. The flagship network NBC Sports wi…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Mendelssohn made sure the crowd amassing on the Churchill backside was aware of his arrival at Churchill Downs from overseas. The dark brown son of Scat Daddy announced his arrival concurrent with his first steps over the Churchill surface with a patented whinny last heard at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club before last year’s Breeders’ Cup. The Breede…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An intriguing group of contenders will go to post Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs in the most prestigious race of the year for 3-year-old fillies. The 144th Run for the Lilies, also known as the $1 million Grade 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks, is the feature race on Friday’s card under the Twin Spires. A six-figure crowd is expected for one of the bigges…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Trainer Tom Amoss trained horses for the late Bills owner Ralph Wilson for 10 years. On Saturday the 56-year-old conditioner will be looking to provide another NFL owner with a chance to win the Kentucky Derby. The win would have significant meaning for New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson of GMB Racing on the First Saturday in May. Amoss and D…

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The traditional pill pull for Kentucky Derby 144 was held in the Aristides Lounge on Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs. The draw determined the post positions for this year’s 20 starters for the Run for the Roses. The race will be televised nationally on NBC (Ch. 2) on Saturday afternoon during a five-hour telecast starting at 2:30 p.m. Post time for the Derby (Race 12…

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It’s time to start mining for that Derby long shot. The most frequently asked question one week out from this year’s Kentucky Derby under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs is what horse can provide the biggest bonanza for handicappers. With a full 20-horse field and at least four horses likely to be single-digit odds at post time, there will be plenty of options to …

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We're just over a week away from the Run for the Roses and it's time for the annual Degrees of Separation post where we separate the contenders from the pretenders. It's a light look at the horses that have qualified for a gate on the first Saturday in May, a week out and before the post position draw to help segregate the horses I'm high on versus the throw-outs come D…