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It’s time to start paying attention to the 3-year-olds and Saturday’s Sham Stakes at Santa Anita is the latest Derby trail race with Kentucky Derby points at stake. A field of seven is scheduled to leave the gate at 7:04 p.m. ET from the Arcadia, Calif. track. Bob Baffert sends out the favorite, Coliseum (Even) looking to collect a record improving sixth win in the race…

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Wishing you all a Happy New Year from under the palm trees in balmy Buffalo. As a child I watched in wonderment as the Amazing Kreskin dazzled television viewers weekly with his prognostications and predictions. An annual tradition here at the Space Station, it’s that time for the annual racing predictions for the coming year in January, a quiet time in the racing calen…

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A Triple Crown winner highlighted this year’s racing campaign. For the second time in the last four years, a horse joined racing’s most exclusive club when Justify pulled off the final leg in the Belmont Stakes in early June. Accelerate had a season to remember in the older male horse division capping it off with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He became the thir…

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Happy holidays racing fanatics, it's that time of year where we dance around the Festivus Pole and discuss Thoroughbred Racing’s Feats of Strength and the Airing of Grievances. Whether it’s time to gather round the table and enjoy a wonderful Festivus meal and a few Festivus ales we're ready to unveil the 2018 Racing Festivus for the rest of us... “Feats of Strength”  …

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Aug. 1, 1926 – Dec. 8, 2018 Maurice J. “Maury” May, a former Buffalo News sportswriter, died Dec. 8 in Elderwood at Amherst after a period of declining health. He was 92. Born in Springville, he grew up on a farm and, at 14, was the youngest student ever to graduate from Griffith Institute High School. He began at The News as a copy boy in 1942, and according to s…

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The real awards happen in January when the Eclipse Awards are dished out at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Some fake ones will happen a week or two before that when the annual Beemies are doled out. These are neither of those, but some of the horses, tracks, trainers and owners that made an impact during my travels during the past year. Best Track Visit. Ok, so…

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It’s one of the last big weekends of racing of 2018. Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park will be the site of a big card featuring the signature event of the Fall meet in the Cigar Mile. The card, will also features the Grade 2, $250,000 Remsen for 2-year-olds, the Grade 2, $250,000 Demoiselle for 2-year-old fillies, and the Grade 3, $250,000 Go For Wand Handicap for older …

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The annual Racing Kreskin predictions are in the books with the Accelerate victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic two weeks ago. The crystal ball emerged last December with a look at how we thought the 2018 racing year would progress. Last month, Seth Merrow had the Racing Kreskin on Capital OTB TV (0:45 minute mark) and we reviewed the list going into the Breeders’ Cup a…

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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 …