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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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Suburban Philadelphia is the final stop for this year’s 3-year-old crop of colts before they face off against elder horses. Parx Racing will host the $1 million Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby Saturday afternoon that has attracted a field of 10 to compete for the top prize of $600,000. The Grade 1 Cotillion for 3-year-old fillies will be the lead-in to the PA Derby matching …

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ETOBICOKE, Ont. – It was a performance befitting of an Oscar. After being pulled up in last month’s Arlington Million as the post-time favorite, Oscar Performance delivered a gate-to-wire victory in winning the 22nd Woodbine Mile. The winner completed the mile trek in 1:33.12 on a turf course that was rated firm on warm and humid day at Woodbine Racetrack in suburban…

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario – It’s been only 22 years in the making, but the Woodbine Mile has surfaced as one of the biggest turf races in North America on an annual basis. It will definitely be worth the 100-mile trek up the Queen Elizabeth Way from downtown Buffalo to the suburban Toronto track Saturday. A quality field has been assembled, which includes five American-based r…

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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 $250,000 Grade 1 Summer Stakes, both at a mile. The News will be at Woodbine covering the Mile for Saturday…

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The post position draw for this year’s Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile was held in the Walking Ring Tent at Woodbine Racetrack this afternoon where a field of nine was drawn for Saturday’s $800,000 race. One of the biggest days of the year in suburban Toronto will feature a number of stakes races with the feature one mile race around the signature E.P. Taylor turf course be…

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Saratoga and the Triple Crown season is behind us and it’s time to start focusing in on the Breeders’ Cup. As we approach the quarter pole of the 2017 racing season, The News’ next stops will be first to Toronto next weekend for the Woodbine Mile and then onto the Breeders’ Cup in Louisville at Churchill Downs in early November to cover the Classic. In between we’ll …

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We approach the final weekend at Saratoga with some major graded stakes remaining in the Capital Region. One of the biggest races during the Saratoga meeting takes center stage on Saturday afternoon.  The $750,000 million Grade 1 Woodward Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward drew a full field of 14 horses. That’s a big improvement over last year’s five-horse field due to t…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – The naysayers said he was a turf horse who couldn't run on dirt. Catholic Boy answered them Saturday in a stunning performance at Saratoga Race Course, pulling away from the field in the 149th renewal of the $1.25 million Travers Stakes. After faltering on the Derby trail in Florida in the spring, Catholic Boy bounced back on the turf, winning twic…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Horse racing history is there for the taking for Wonder Gadot. The filly named for Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot will try to break a drought that’s lasted more than 100 years on Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course. The Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes winner will attempt to become the eighth filly to capture the Travers Stakes and f…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – The New York Racing Association has put together a monster racing card for Travers Day, which includes seven straight graded stakes races. The card has a Breeders’ Cup “feel” to it, with quality horses entered in each of the seven stakes. The three graded stakes races preceding the $1.25 million Grade 1 Travers Stakes on Saturday afternoon will highli…

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The post position draw for the 149th edition of the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course was held at the Adelphi Hotel in downtown Saratoga this evening and a field of 11 will tackle the Midsummer Derby. Good Magic was made the 2-1 morning line favorite by oddsmaker David Aragona off his win in the Haskell Invitational four weeks ago. Trainer Chad Brown also will trai…

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The halfway mark at Saratoga has passed and we’re into week five of the annual 40-day meeting. The spotlight will soon focus on next week’s Travers Stakes, the feature race of the racing hotbed that sits at the foot of the Adirondacks. It is Alabama weekend at the Spa and a field of eight will tackle the Grade 1 $600,000 mile-and-a-quarter trek around the Saratoga main …

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We’re approaching the mid-point of the Saratoga meeting with 18 days in the books on Thursday. In the last race of the day yesterday, Buffalo was visible in the winner’s circle as Old First Ward Stable won the finale. Mamma White Socks held off Carrera Cat in the late going to claim the $75,000 maiden special weight at the Spa. pic.twitter.com/77I0CVaSkC — T D M 🇺🇸 (@T…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – One of the biggest races during the Saratoga meeting takes center stage on Saturday afternoon. The $1.2 million Grade 1 Whitney Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward drew eight horses bidding for a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3 with a victory. The big matchup is between two New York-breds, last year’s New York-bred of the…

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SARATOGA SPRINGS –Spooked by the television monitors in the infield, Tenfold took a right turn approaching the eighth pole when he wasn’t supposed to. With the quickest of reflexes, jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. controlled his mount and steered the son of Curlin back on course to run down the front-running Flameaway to win the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga Race Course. …