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Countdown to the Cup: Looking for Longshots

By Steve Haskin -- You won't find any comments on Fusaichi Pegasus and Riboletta in this space -- we're here to look for value. Like all Breeders' Cups, there should be some live longshots and overlays that slip through the cracks. We'll attempt to ferret out those horses based on what we've seen in the mornings and a few angles in their past performances.

Countdown to the Cup: Post Position Perils

By Steve Haskin -- So, now we have post positions. Who escaped unscathed, who got lucky, and who fell victim to those agonizing little pills? Of course, post positions often wind up having little effect on a horse's performance, but they do have a tendency to alter the running of a race and change strategy.

Countdown to the Cup: Refueled 'Missile' Takes Aim at Classic

By Steve Haskin -- It was once a vintage crop, but the pick of the older horses have either fallen from the vine or shriveled under the heat of battle. Golden Missile, however, has been kept in the shade the past few months, and unlike his withered opponents, he should be a relatively fresh horse and ready to take on whatever 3-year-old phenoms show up on Nov. 4.

Countdown to the Cup: Battle Lines Drawn as Pegasus Flies the Coop

By Steve Haskin -- When the smoke of battle clears on Sunday night, those still standing will pack up and head to Churchill Downs, where riches, glory, and Eclipse Awards await. Of course, we all know by now that the most feared warrior of them all, Fusaichi Pegasus, has put back his sword and armor and will fight his final fight in Kentucky.

Countdown to the Cup: The Fireworks Begin

By Steve Haskin -- Just think, there are eight Grade I stakes and six Grade II stakes this weekend, and it's only a prelude to the monster weekend coming up on Oct. 14 and 15. After that, horses will fill the skies over land and sea, and the only ground action will be in the form of behemoth horse vans rumbling into Louisville.

Countdown to the Cup, Sept. 21

By Steve Haskin -- The big Belmont and Turfway weekends are in the book, and we've come away with a few new characters and plot twists. What normally would be a slow weekend coming up, will be spiced up considerably with the presence of Fusaichi Pegasus in the Jerome Handicap on Saturday.

Countdown to the Cup, Sept. 7

By Steve Haskin -- It's two months to the Breeders' Cup, but it feels like it should be sooner. California and New York are enjoying cool, crisp fall weather, and horses around the country are venturing off on the paths laid out for them by their trainers.

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