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Horse racing calendar starts new year in 4 days

Most folks look at Jan. 1 as the start of the New Year. In horse racing, our New Year starts Dec. 26 with opening day at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.

California Chrome enters homestretch of illustrious career

If you never have seen California Chrome race in person, he will be making his final local start in the Winter Challenge Stakes on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Del Mar learns lesson on missing Pick 6 consolations

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club concluded a successful Bing Crosby meet last Sunday. On closing day at any racetrack, all carryover pools must be paid out including the Pick 6.

Trainer Bob Baffert showed his greatness with 3-year run

It must be a sign of greatness when a trainer can win this country’s richest race three years in a row and all anyone can talk about is about is his horse.

Phil Georgeff brought 96,131 memories to Chicago horse racing

Phil Georgeff is in the Guinness Book of World Records for calling 96,131 horse races. The reason the number is so high is he called thoroughbred races in the daytime and harness races at night for many years.

Breeders’ Cup has three distinct memories from classic day

My first two highlights from the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday were the Classic and Distaff. Both races delivered all that we hoped for as far as drama and suspense.

California Chrome, Arrogate take spotlight at Breeders’ Cup

Thirteen Breeders’ Cup races will be run Friday and Saturday with combined purses of $28.5 million. Championships in almost every division will be settled on the track.

Front-runner? Dark horse? Is this horse racing or politics?

I always found it fascinating that the verbiage in politics refers quite often to horse racing. I was reminded of that again Thursday while watching the presidential debate coverage.

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