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American Pharoah Wins First Triple Crown Since 1978

American Pharoah won horse racing’s first Triple Crown in 37 years when he broke away from the field and won the Belmont Stakes in New York on Saturday.

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Breeders’ Cup Preview

With the Breeders' Cup set to get underway, I was joined by another member of The Team staff, Brian Mariano, to break down the biggest and best races.

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Breeders’ Cup Preview With ESPN’s Barry Abrams

On the eve of the Breeders' Cup, I was joined by ESPN's Barry Abrams to preview the biggest, most intriguing races!

Hear our full talk below, and for a full Breeders' Cup preview, head to NoTicketSports.com.

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Fans Race To Picnic Tables On Travers Weekend [VIDEO]

On the Saturday of the Travers, hundreds of fans raced to get their picnic table on Saturday morning at 6:50am.

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Saratoga Monday Picks

Picks for Monday, July 21st:

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California Chrome Loss Good For Horse Racing

Everyone wanted California Chrome to win on Saturday.

Hardly anyone in the world – save for those who had a personal or financial stake in the colt’s opposition – was rooting against the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in the final jewel of the Triple Crown.

We all wanted to see history made.  We all wanted the 36-year drought broken.

But maybe we shouldn’t have wanted that.  Maybe, when California Chrome turned for home with nothing left in the tank and finished tied for fourth, we got lucky.

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Emotional Steve Coburn Apologizes [VIDEO]

On Monday morning, California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn went back on all of his comments over the previous 48 hours. Holding back tears, Coburn said he got caught up in the moment and has since had a chance to realize that his actions were wrong

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California Chrome’s Owner With Controversial Post-Race Comments

It was moments after his horse, California Chrome, lost the Belmont and all Triple Crown hopes. But does co-owner Steve Coburn wish he would've taken a walk first before reacting this way?

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Disappointment Reigns as California Chrome Loses Triple Crown Bid

This wasn't supposed to happen.

On a gorgeous Long Island day - with over 100,000 bearing witness, with the last three jockeys to win the Triple Crown there to give their blessing - this wasn't supposed to happen.

California Chrome wasn't supposed to lose.  This rags-to-riches story wasn't supposed to end in disappointment.  It didn't deserve that.

But then again, none of this was ever supposed to happen, anyway.  

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Four Expectations for Saturday

Horse racing is all about expectation.  What do you expect to happen, and how much can you profit off it if you're right.  Here are four things to expect on Belmont Day.

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Belmont Stakes Friday Notes

After three weeks of building crescendo, the anticipation for the Belmont Stakes is just about ready to hit fever pitch.  In just a little over 24 hours, California Chrome will take to the Belmont Park track and run for his shot at history, racing's first Triple Crown since 1978.

Today, with the park itself, it seems, echoing his name, Chrome stepped out onto "Big Sandy" to do some of his final prep work.  Here are some observations from the morning:

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Belmont Stakes Preview Part II

For longer than I'd care to discuss, I've been sitting here trying to think of something profound with which to open.  Something significant.  Something deep.

After all, I may well be penning this column on the eve of history, and I'm certainly doing it at the apex of a months-long crescendo.  My sense of nostalgia tells me I should honor that.

Philosophy eludes me on this night, though. And maybe that's for the best.  I doubt very much that the connections who labeled themselves dumbasses would have much use for Socrates.  Maybe they'd just rather me tell them about their horse's race on Saturday - how a wildcard pace could make all the difference, how it may all come down to guts, or how an old foe might be one standing between him and history.

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