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Cross Traffic Pulls Out Of Woodward Stakes

Whitney winner Cross Traffic has pulled out of this weekend's Grade 1 Woodward ($750,000).

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Travers Stakes Post Positions Announced

The 144th Travers Stakes takes place this weekend and the post positions with jockeys have been announced.  Here is the list:

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Verrazano Making Play For Horse Of The Year

Verrazano has been labeled the most talented horse of the three-year old variety right now.  The animal's trainer is Todd Pletcher.  Verrazano is jockeyed by Hall of Famer John Velazquez.  This all sets-up for one thing.

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John Velazquez And Palace Malice Steal Saratoga Show

It was another gorgeous day at historic Saratoga Race Course and the fans filed in early.  What would they see?  History and a Triple Crown race winner steal the show.

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138th Preakness Stakes - Previews
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Preakness Post 1-9.

If you are wondering what horses are going where for this Saturday's Preakness race, Derby winner Orb is at post #1 which is against the rail.  The rest is below with jockeys and odds.

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Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
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Mike Repole, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez Top 2011 Saratoga Meet Standings

For the second consecutive year, owner Mike Repole, trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez finished atop the leader board at the prestigious Saratoga Race Course meet.

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Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Courtesy NYRA, Adam Coglianese
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John Velazquez Becomes 2nd Among All-Time Saratoga Race Course Jockeys

If you've ever been to the Saratoga Race Course, you've probably won some money by betting on jockey John Velazquez.  If not, shame on you.

There's a reason Velazquez keeps winning you money - it's because he keeps winning!  He's now in the number 2 spot among the all-time leading jockeys at Saratoga.

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Kentucky Derby Recap, Reaction and Look Forward

It was a great day at Churchill.  The juleps were flowing.  The hats were huge.  The odds were long and the racing was intense. In a mild upset, Animal Kingdom won today's Run for the Roses.  I’m no expert handicapper, but I didn’t see that coming.  Neither, by the way, did a lot of those that you would call experts.  I offer you my post-race thoughts and a brief look forward.

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Travis Lindquist, Getty Images
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Animal Kingdom Wins Kentucky Derby

Animal Kingdom pulled off the upset victory in the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Animal Kingdom went off as a 20-1 long-shot but still was able to cross the finish line first. Animal Kingdom was initially a 30-1 morning line long-shot but was bet down to 20-1.

So how exactly did Animal Kingdom pull off the stunner?

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