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This year’s Breeders’ Cup world championships held under the Twin Spires at historic Churchill Downs delivered with a solid punch in crisp, autumn conditions. Some thoughts on the return to Louisville for the first time since 2011… Over 112,000 race fans took in the two-day racing festival at expansive Churchill Downs. It was comfortable moving around during both d…

Emma Walters, a 17-year-old Lancaster High student won Grand Champion of 3’3" Junior Hunters over last weekend at the Kentucky National Horse Show in Lexington, Ky. Emma is a working student at SBS Farms at the Buffalo Equestrian Center. Her trainer is Susan Schoellkopf. After finishing as Reserve Champion in the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, last month…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As the late afternoon sunshine pierced through the iconic Twin Spires on a racetrack where a Triple Crown winner crossed the wire first earlier in May, a major drought was broken in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. After 44 straight losses in Breeders’ Cup races, trainer John Sadler finally broke the drought when Accelerate took home the $6 million Classic i…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — European filly Enable pulled off the first ever Arc d'Triomphe-Breeders' Cup Turf double in the same racing season late Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs. Peter Miller became the first trainer to win two back-to-back Breeders' Cup races with two different horses when Roy H won the Sprint, three races after Stormy Liberal won the Turf Sprint. Her…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Game Winner took the the first step toward the 2019 Kentucky Derby for trainer Bob Baffert by winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Friday. An overcast, brisk autumn day at historic Churchill Downs greeted 42,249 race fans on the first day of the 35th annual Breeders’ Cup. This year’s 14 Breeders’ Cup (BC) races have purses totaling $30 million, cul…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- 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 an advance on the $6 …

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – The Breeders’ Cup Classic will be run for a record-tying ninth time under the iconic Twin Spires and appears to be the most competitive field in years. A mix of 3-year-olds, older California-based horses and a foreign-based contingent will run for the biggest Breeders’ Cup purse of the weekend. The climactic event of the two-day racing festival bei…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner will get an idea of what it is like to win under the famed Twin Spires six months early. Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby, is hosting this year’s Breeders’ Cup for the first time since 2011. For the first time during the 35-year history of the Breeders’ Cup, all five Juvenile races for 2-year old…

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The Breeders’ Cup returns under the Twin Spires for the first time since 2011. The two-day racing festival at Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby, had a record 221 pre-entered horses, including 51 from overseas ready to compete in the 35th edition of the Breeders’ Cup. With 14 championship races on tap, five on Friday and nine on Championship Saturday, Lo…

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It’s one of those days as we stroll closer to Breeders’ Cup Friday in two weeks….. I wanted to thank everyone who read last weekend’s column on John Cansdale, the outpouring of affection for my friend and his family was very much appreciated. One of the many folks who reached out was his old boss John Sabini from the Racing Board, a voice I hadn't heard from in severa…

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He was bigger than life. Former New York State Racing and Wagering Board executive director John Cansdale, 54, died Monday after suffering post-operative complications in a Fort Lauderdale hospital. In the summer of 2004, he took me to the racetrack for the first time. Yes, he’s the reason you’re reading this right now and I’m forever indebted. I was going thro…

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The biggest question heading into next month’s Breeders’ Cup is where will Mind Your Biscuits go? After winning last weekend’s $200,000 Grade 3 Lukas Classic presented by Budweiser at Churchill Downs, there are three separate paths the son of Posse can go down. The versatile horse is co-owned by UB grad Dan Summers and is trained by his brother Chad. The Sprint, D…

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Thoughts as we reach the quarter pole of the thoroughbred racing season (and not for the NFL for those who think it is after Week 4)….. Frank Stronach continues to tinker with the Pegasus Invitational World Cup Day in January by adding a multi-million dollar turf race in addition to the dirt race. The addition of the turf race, which will be run at 1 3/16 miles, aims …

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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 …