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The Eclipse Awards are doled out at Gulfstream Park at the end of January. But this column is not about that. The following is about some of the horses, tracks, trainers and racing managers that made an impact during my racetrack travels during 2019.  Best Track Visit. A rare August afternoon with no deadlines or races to cover at Saratoga Rae Course with my 11-year-…

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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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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 …