Special Matter returns to defend his 2002 Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr. IIIT) victory against nine rivals at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meet Friday, facing a field that includes multiple graded stakes winner Senor Swinger.
Puerto Banus, who won the 1 1/2-mile Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park in June, will not be the first North American-based runner to start in the Victoria Racing Club's Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) on Nov. 4 at Flemington Racecourse.
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