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ARCADIA, Calif. – The $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be run for a record 10th time at Santa Anita Park, and it should provide a climactic stamp on a two-day weekend of championship racing beneath the beautiful San Gabriel mountains. The feature event will be run in prime time on the East Coast on NBC on a one-hour program at 8 p.m.  It will be the ninth and final…

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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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The Breeders’ Cup returns to Santa Anita next weekend under much different circumstances than its last visit two years ago. The track that has been much maligned for the number of horse deaths this year received a vote of confidence from the Breeders’ Cup board after officials made changes to the track and to safety procedures. All eyes will be on the suburban Los Angel…

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As we approach the quarter pole of the racing year and head down the stretch to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, this weekend serves as a big weekend of racing. Prep races for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, the climactic event of the racing season on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park will be held at Belmont Park, Santa Anita and Churchill Downs. At Santa Anita,…

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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.  – 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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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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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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DEL MAR, Calif. – On a picture perfect day at old Del Mar, Gun Runner staked his claim as the best horse in the land with a stunning performance in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Gun Runner, the 4-year-old colt out of the Steve Asmussen barn, defeated last year’s Classic winner Arrogate and three other horses from the Bob Baffert barn to claim the $6 million Classic on Satu…

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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…