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A field of 11 Breeders' Cup Classic hopefuls were drawn on Monday afternoon at Santa Anita Park that will look to capture the $6 million feature race prime time Saturday evening. McKinzie (3-1) drew the No. 8 post for trainer Bob Baffert who will look to extend his record win total to four in the final of 14 championship races over the weekend. Travers and Jockey Clu…

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On a random Wednesday night, looking up the drug scopolamine was pretty low on the list of things to be doing while preparing for Saturday’s Woodbine Mile. But here we are. The New York Times bombshell article on Justify, penned by Joe Drape, cast long shadows over the sport of horse racing, the transparency of its regulatory watchdogs and the 13th Triple Crown winne…

Horse Racing

The $1 million Grade 1 Arkansas Derby is the last of the 170-point races to qualify for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. The first four finishers of Saturdays’ race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs will attain 100-40-20-10 points, respectively, on the road to Louisville. The top 20 finishers in points make the starting gate at Churchill Downs. Master Fencer, th…

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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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BELMONT – On a picture perfect Saturday afternoon on Long Island, horse racing, a sport with a long and rich tradition, once again reigned supreme at Belmont Park. Justify ($3.60), a 3-year-old chestnut purchased for $500,000, etched his name in racing history, becoming only the second undefeated colt to capture the Triple Crown by going wire-to-wire to win the 150th Be…

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BELMONT – The Triple Crown is hard enough to win without superstitions getting in the way. Justify (4-5), the strapping chestnut colt by Scat Daddy, will attempt to become Triple Crown club member No. 13 in Saturday’s 150th running of the Belmont Stakes. Thirteen, not exactly the luckiest number in the world. Add to the oddity that Justify will be wearing the red …

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – This century has seen the end of its share of sports curses. Another one bit the dust in the Kentucky Derby. Late Saturday afternoon in dismal weather conditions, a freaky horse named Justify lifted another one under the rain-soaked Twin Spires at historic Churchill Downs. In 2004, the Curse of the Bambino was lifted when the Boston Red Sox final…

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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…