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Mike Brunker is an assistant city editor at the Review-Journal and he writes a weekly horse racing column. The column is posted on Thursday's and appears in Friday's print edition. He previously covered horse racing for the San Francisco Examiner, the Thoroughbred Times and NBCSports.com. Follow @mike_brunker on Twitter
Data from the eight previous Breeders’ Cups run under the twin spires can help make for winning days when this year’s World Thoroughbred Championship races are run on Nov. 2-3 in Louisville.
Seven European runners have tried to sweep the prestigious marathons on the lawn without success, but the John Gosden trained 4-year-old will have freshness on her side after being sidelined by a leg injury for much of the year.
Florida-bred 5-year-old has been impressive in winning back-to-back Grade 1s. Competitors will look to put their best hooves forward this weekend to prepare to meet him in a month at Churchill Downs.
The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile was an afterthought when the series was created in 1984, but it’s become one of my favorite races since then. Here’s a look at the top middle distance horses headed for this year’s showdown.
Sensational 3-year-old Monomoy Girl and top 4-year-old filly Abel Tasmen have established themselves as leaders of the division with just six weeks remaining until the two-day World Thoroughbred Championships at Churchill Downs.
The Woodbine Mile on Saturday has produced five Breeders’ Cup Mile winners in its 22 runnings. That makes it a great yardstick to help handicappers assess that division seven weeks before the championship races.
The John Sadler-trained colt has asserted himself as the best horse in training at the classic distance on the dirt, but much could change in the eight weeks remaining until the World Thoroughbred Championship returns to Churchill Downs.
The gems of the American racing scene go dark after Monday’s Labor Day cards, but the unique turf-only racing offered at the track outside Franklin, Kentucky, will help fill the void.
While all attention is on Saratoga on this Travers Day weekend, the White Pine Races at the county fairgrounds in Ely last week reminded me about what I love about horse racing at its most basic.
While there appears to be a standout in the marquee race on Saturday, the wide-open Del Mar Handicap and Del Mar Oaks add wagering interest.
The multi-day $200,000-guaranteed summer tournament at Wynn Las Vegas had a relatively steep entry fee of $2,000, but offered players the chance to win big money.
A spokesman for City Racing, a partnership of four British companies, confirmed the partnership is interested in hosting a pop-up horse racing event in Las Vegas and said it has had preliminary discussions with local officials.
The Triple Crown winner’s untimely departure after he suffered an apparently minor ankle injury demonstrates the unhealthy sway that high-end thoroughbred breeders hold over the sport of horse racing.
Though the calendar claims that summer started on June 21, horseplayers know the season doesn’t really begin until Del Mar and Saratoga open their doors. Now we can break out the sun lotion and get the party started!