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The annual Racing Kreskin predictions made on New Year’s Day via long range crystal ball viewing wrapped up two weeks ago at the Breeders’ Cup. It’s that time of year to see if the Racing Kreskin performed his best Biff Tannen to rock the horse racing world. The Racing Kreskin was sniffing greatness in 2019, but in the end, it just wasn’t meant to be. Let’s review each …

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This year’s Breeders’ Cup world championships held at Santa Anita Park was one furlong away from an absolutely successful weekend. The breakdown of Mongolian Groom marred what was mostly a memorable weekend with signature moments throughout the two-day championships. Some thoughts on the return to Arcadia for the first time since 2016 … After a three-year hiatus fr…

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ARCADIA, Calif. – Bricks and Mortar made a final check mark on his Horse of the Year campaign, winning his sixth straight race of the year in winning the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf. Here’s a capsule look at the eight Breeders’ Cup undercard races on Saturday at Santa Anita Park: Filly and Mare Sprint: Covfefe ($5) kicked off the nine BC races to give trainer Brad …

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ARCADIA, Calif. – A beautiful, sunny autumn day graced race fans at Santa Anita Park on the first day of the 36th annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Storm the Court ($93.80) won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to take the first step towards the 2020 Kentucky Derby for trainer Peter Eurton. Heavy favorite Dennis’ Moment stumbled at the start and finished last, unable t…

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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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ARCADIA, Calif. -- The Breeders’ Cup undercard Saturday includes nine races and a number of talented thoroughbreds on day two of the world championships. Be sure to check back for a preview of the $6 million BC Classic, a competitive field of 11 that will head to the gate at 8:45 p.m. EDT on NBC. Television coverage of the races will be split between NBC Sports Network …

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ARCADIA, Calif. – This year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile could result in a special Moment for trainer Dale Romans. The burly trainer is hoping to take the first step towards the first Saturday in May with his Juvenile hopeful Dennis’ Moment. After two straight scintillating performances under the Twin Spires, he takes his act west to Santa Anita Park on Friday afternoon. …

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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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It’s Breeders’ Cup Friday in two weeks…..here’s what’s rolling around in the Space Station…. Santa Anita is one of my favorite tracks to visit, the spectacular views, the knowledgeable fans and the beautiful paddock has me looking forward to this year’s visit. Next week a print preview of some of the more competitive races outside of the Classic is on tap for next …

Bills

Bills Mafia can show up in the most unlikely places. In September, local harness owner Jim Reuther and his trainer Steve Schoeffel made an innocuous $8,000 purchase of a filly pacer at the Goshen Standardbred sale in Middletown. Little did Reuther know at the time that the filly might have a bigger following than would be expected. Reuther has plans to rename Bee Tru…

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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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Northeast Philadelphia is the final stop for this year’s 3-year-old crop of colts before they start facing older horses. Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., will host the $1 million Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday afternoon that has attracted a field of six 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…

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ETOBICOKE, Ont. –Woodbine-based jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva, planning to retire after a long career at season’s end, captured the one big race that has eluded him over the years on Saturday afternoon. Riding 44-1 longshot El Tormenta up the rail down the stretch, the son of Stormy Atlantic held off heavy favorite Got Stormy to win the 23rd edition of the $1 million Wood…

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TORONTO – With Saratoga in the rear view mirror, we head to the great white north Saturday and the Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, one of the biggest turf races in North America. The 100-mile trek up the Queen Elizabeth Way from downtown Buffalo to Woodbine Racetrack on the outskirts of Toronto is a treat for turf lovers. The outer E.P. Taylor turf course is one of the bes…