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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.


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ETOBICOKE, Ont. – The post position draw for the 160th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate was completed this morning at Woodbine Racetrack in suburban Toronto. The draw for the oldest continuously run stakes race in North America took place in the Trackside Clubhouse with track announcer Robert Geller presiding. A field of 14 will tackle the mile-and-a-quarter race…

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The Queen’s Plate will be the next big thing in Canada after a terrific run by the city’s NBA team culminating in the first Toronto world championship since 1993. Trying to capitalize off of the high of that win, the country will turn to Woodbine for the 160th running of the Queen’s Plate. The race run at 1 1/4-miles is restricted to Canadian-bred 3-year-olds. The Pl…

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That’s a wrap for the 2019 Triple Crown series. At least it wasn’t boring. From the nearly 22-minute delay at the Derby to the jockey-less joy ride by Bodexpress at the Preakness to an upset in the Belmont, this year’s series had folks talking about racing for more than three days. People were watching, too, especially in Buffalo. Buffalo hits the board at No. …

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ELMONT – Sir Winston Churchill was one to preach that in life you should never give up. Mark Casse, the affable trainer who has always embodied that mantra, was rewarded Saturday evening with his second straight classic victory in the 151st running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. Sir Winston, a 3-year-old chestnut son of Awesome Again, took advantage of a masterf…

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ELMONT – The Belmont Stakes undercard once again will deliver one of racing’s biggest days. Saturday’s card will feature nine graded stakes in total, including the eight consecutive Grade 1 races and one Grade 2 race. The 151st running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets, is scheduled to go to post at 6:37 p.m. early Saturday evening. …

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BELMONT – The 151st edition of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes might not have the importance of a Triple Crown chance at stake, but don’t tell the trainers and jockeys trying to capture the final classic of 2019 that the race is not meaningful. “I think there are some good storylines in this race,” said Everfast (12-1) trainer Dale Romans. “We don’t have the Derby winner, bu…

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ELMONT – As the American Triple Crown series comes to conclusion this weekend on Long Island, the Canadian Triple Crown will start to heat up north of the border. The $125,000 Plate Trial and the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks will be run at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday afternoon, both major prep races for the $1 million Queen’s Plate on June 29. The Plate Trial attracted …

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Citi Field was the site for this evening’s post draw for the 151st running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. The draw was conducted for the 10 horses heading to the gate at approximately 6:37 p.m. EDT on Saturday evening at Belmont Park for the third and final leg of this year’s Triple Crown series.  The morning line favorite Tacitus (9-5), placed third in the Kentuck…

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With one weekend remaining before the final leg of racing’s Triple Crown at Belmont Park next Saturday afternoon, with a modest field anticipated based on the current probable starters. Preakness winner War of Will attempts to become the 11th horse to complete a Preakness-Belmont double since 1940 and the 19th in history. The current probable starters for the Belmont S.…

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The 144th Preakness is in the books and War of Will has been established as the one to beat in the 3-year-old division. Of course, plenty of racing remains on the calendar, and Maximum Security, Country House and Omaha Beach could re-enter the picture over the summer and fall. Recent history is on the side of War of Will, however, as the Preakness winner has captured…

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BALTIMORE – The music blared. The bass boomed endlessly all afternoon. Bottomless mugs were drained and refilled. Sun-burned revelers roared with delight as act after act took the infield stage. Oh yeah, there was a Triple Crown horse race, too. With the first four across the wire at this year’s Kentucky Derby taking a pass on Preakness day for the first time since 1…

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Baltimore, Md. – The longest day of racing kicks off at 10:30 a.m. EDT this morning at Pimlico Race Course with a 14-race card highlighted by the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes.  The Preakness undercard has plenty of top flight horses running in a number of stakes races leading up to the $1.65 million Preakness Stakes. There are eight stakes races on the Preakness undercard. …

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BALTIMORE -- For the first time since 1996, the Kentucky Derby winner will miss the Preakness Stakes, presenting bettors with a wide open race on Saturday afternoon. Pimlico Race Course will host a field of 13 that will race in the 144th Preakness in front of a national television audience and a six-figure crowd on the north west side of Baltimore. What the largest f…

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BALTIMORE, Md. – We’re ready to kickoff a beautiful weekend at Old Hilltop which 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 Stakes. Friday’s card will also includes three Grade 3 races, the Miss Preakness, the DuPont Distaff and the Pimlico Special. …

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The post position draw for the 144th running of the $1.65 million Grade 1 Preakness Stakes was held late this afternoon at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, which included 13 entries into Saturday's second jewel of the Triple Crown. The weather looks like it will finally be on our side as the Baltimore forecast for the weekend is partly cloudy with the high in the upper…