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2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships - Day 2
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Taking Track: Breeders’ Cup Saturday Recap

What a day from Churchill Downs.  It had exciting finishes, it had upsets, it had surprises and it had tremendous stories, certainly headlined by the redemption of Mike Smith and the stunning run of Drosselmeyer to take the Breeders' Cup Classic in both stunning and emphatic fashion.

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Talking Track: Breeders’ Cup Friday Recap

An exciting day of racing graced the historic ground of Churchill Downs on Friday. The Breeders' Cup played out its opening act over the wet track in Kentucky with My Miss Aurelia a profound winner of the Juvenile Fillies and Royal Delta an impressive champion of the Ladies' Classic.

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Talking Track: Breeder’s Cup Preview

...What?  Did you think this was done?  Did you think track season ended when Saratoga closed its doors?  Not so fast my friend.  This Friday and Saturday the greatest horses in the world will descend on the famed Churchill Downs to compete in the Breeders' Cup World Championships.  

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Talking Track: Stay Thirsty Wins Travers – Caleb’s Posse Wins King’s Bishop

Two questions were being asked coming into Saturday at Saratoga.  How would Uncle Mo come back from injury, and who would step up to take control of the three-year-old division?  Well, both were answered in a loud way.  Uncle Mo would come back with a huge, albeit second best effort, and Stay Thirsty staked his claim as the best of his class.

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Travers and King’s Bishop Preview: Talking Track

Well folks, it's all come down to this.  The Saratoga season has been a slow crescendo to this moment.  The Jim Dandy, Whitney, Sword Dancer, Alabama - all mere preludes to this Saturday's running of the 142nd Travers Stakes.

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Talking Track: Alabama Stakes Recap

It was a gorgeous summer day at the Saratoga Race Course for the 131st running of the Alabama Stakes.  The race was supposed to be the crowning of It's Tricky, the three year old filly who had already won two legs of the TVG Triple Tiara.  However, Royal Delta stole the show and scored an emphatic victory.  

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Talking Track: Alabama Preview

The Saratoga Race Course season continues its slow crescendo to the Travers with Saturday's renewal of the $500,000 grade one Alabama Stakes.  This race, for three year old filles at a mile and a quarter, features some real quality and will surely be a jewel of the 2011 Saratoga season.  I've broken it down and submit for your approval my preview of the Alabama Stakes.

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Talking Track: Betting the Odds

The Saratoga season is reaching it's peak.  We're into week five and have therefore begun the crescendo into two of the Spa's biggest stakes races, the Alabama and the Travers.  In anticipation of these two races, which I'm sure will be infinitely hard to handicap, I thought I'd bring you a little article on how to bet the odds.  This is Talking Track:  The Novice's Guide to the Saratoga Race Course.

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Courtesy NYRA/Adam Coglianese
Courtesy NYRA/Adam Coglianese
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Attendance and On-Track Wagering Increases At Saratoga Race Course

We're halfway through the 2011 meet at Saratoga Race Course and fans are proving that horseracing is alive and well in the Capital Region.

 

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Talking Track: Gambler’s Log

Well folks, the Saratoga season is in full swing.  And maybe you're wondering what it's like to be a gambler up at the famous Saratoga Race Course?  It's a little hard to put into words, but I certainly wanted to try.  I spent a day recording my thoughts before, during and after post time - Star Trek Captain's log style. So here we go, this is Talking Track: The Novice's Guide to the Saratoga Race Course.

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Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
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Another Great Week For Attendance And Handle At Saratoga Race Course

The Saratoga Race Course is indeed the summer place to be.

And the numbers for the 3rd week of the 40-day meet prove it.

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Talking Track: The Whitney

Saturday's Saratoga racing card featured the 84th running of the Whitney Invitational.  This mile and an eighth race is probably the second biggest race (next to the Travers) Saratoga has to offer, though the Jim Dandy and the Alabama may have something to say about that.  Patrons of the ponies who made the trip up on this mildly moist Saturday were not disappointed in what was one of the hardest races I've ever had to handicap.  A race that would eventually be won by Tizway. 

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