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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…

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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 track …

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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 Woodbine covering the M…

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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 Classic. …