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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.

The 158th Queen’s Plate will have an excellent group of riders invading Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday July 2. Three jockeys from the U.S. will ship into to Woodbine to ride in Canada’s Most Famous Race. Hall of Fame-elect Javier Castellano (Inflexibility), Jose Ortiz (Guy Caballero) and Julien Leparoux (Aurora Way) will join the top jockeys from the Toronto colony to…

ELMONT – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s 2017 Triple Crown season can best be described with the legendary lyrics of the American musician Meat Loaf. Two out of three ain’t bad. After securing his second career Kentucky Derby with Always Dreaming and losing the Preakness two weeks later, the super-trainer had two entries in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. Tapwrit, …

The 142nd Preakness is in the books and another reminder that they don’t run the race on paper. It was another enjoyable day at old Firetrap. As old as the physical plant is at Pimlico, it is still the most enjoyable stop on the Triple Crown trail, and I’m not just saying that because of the press box crab cakes.  Although, I must say they were pretty spectacular. …

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a weekend that provided enough rain to supply Niagara Falls, the sun finally filtered through the Twin Spires at historic Churchill Downs to shine on Always Dreaming. The 3-year-old son of Bodemeister splashed home to a 2 3/4-length victory to don the roses bestowed upon the winner of America’s most famous race for the 143rd time. Amidst the …

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Derby is poised to serve up its annual two minutes of drama with plenty of storylines in play. A potential wet track, a quirky favorite, a kidnapped trainer who fled his native country and a number of conditioners seeking to duplicate past successes serve as the backdrop for the first jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. The 143rd Run fo…

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Abel Tasman is no longer running in the shadows of Unique Bella and Paradise Woods. The Quality Road filly was beaten in her last two graded stakes by both west coast stalwarts, but she was not to be denied Friday under the Twin Spires in the 143rd Kentucky Oaks. The win was worth $564,200 to the winning connections. Bob Baffert captured his third…

We are sitting in the same exact spot we were in a year ago. A week out from this year’s Kentucky Derby under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. The one horse that will be donning the prohibitive favorite role, similar to Nyquist in 2016, is Classic Empire. The other 19 horses that will line up are not quite in the same class as the projected favorite. He’s…

One of the biggest races during the Santa Anita spring meeting takes center stage on Saturday afternoon.  The $1 million Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby for 3-year-olds drew 30 horses bidding for 170 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. The top four finishers will gather 100-50-20-10 points, respectively. The morning line favorite is Iliad (7-2), the second-place finisher in th…

The Derby trail winds down south to the gulf coast and Tampa Bay Downs this weekend for the $250,000 Grade 3 Sam F. Davis. The 1 1/16-mile affair will be contested by nine colts, including two nominated to the Queen’s Plate later in the year. The race is worth 10-4-2-1 Kentucky Derby qualifying points and is the only one being held this weekend. The big name in the ra…

Back to balmy Buffalo after a run in the sun last weekend at the Pegasus World Cup. Some thoughts on the day after having a week to let the enormity of the event soak in…. During the day it was difficult to tell whether the day was an “epic fail” as one of my handicapper pals called it or the “huge success” that a fellow ‘capper standing five feet away re…

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The torch was officially passed at Gulfstream Park in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup as Arrogate collected a cool $7 million winning the richest horse race in history. As the shadows lengthened over the South Florida track, Arrogate romped ahead of his 11 rivals and took over the reins from California Chrome as racing’s next supe…

Trying to pull off an encore season to 2015’s Triple Crown triumph by American Pharoah was going to be a big challenge for thoroughbred racing. The 2016 racing year provided enough stellar moments to rate it as one of the better years of the decade. Having horses such as California Chrome, Tepin and Flintshire continue to race at the age of 5 or older and postpone headi…

The annual Racing Kreskin predictions can now be tallied after last weekend’s big win by Arrogate over California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The crystal ball emerged in the New Year’s Day post and we’ll review the results on today’s holiday, Veterans Day. The Racing Kreskin was trying to reverse last year’s misfortune, after swinging and missing…

Thoughts from the eighth pole… Thoroughbred racing is working towards a climactic Breeders’ Cup (BC) in three weeks, where some monster match-ups are looming in several of the most important divisions in racing. The Win and You’re In (WAYI) races are complete and the fields will start coming together over the next two weeks with pre-entries due by Monday Oct. 24.…

One of the biggest races during the fall Belmont meeting is the feature race on Super Saturday, tomorrow afternoon.  The $1 million Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup (JCGC) for 3-year-olds and upward drew only six horses bidding for a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic with a victory. On Thursday evening, War Story scratched, thus the field is down to five. Unlike in prio…