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Churchill Downs Notes: Thunder Bertie To Run in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies

He has been a fixture at Churchill Downs since the 1970's, but veteran Bernie Flint has had only a sideline view of the track's biggest events.

Flint, whose 272 training wins at Churchill Downs puts him seventh on the track's all-time victory list, has never saddled a starter in the Kentucky Derby (GI) and has started only one runner (Dr. Bizzare, 6th in the 1988 Juvenile) in the four visits by the Breeders' Cup to his home track.

"I don't believe in bringing one over that doesn't stand a chance," said Flint. "I have never done it before. I've always been careful."

Flint's credo means you should pay close attention to a two-year-old daughter of 1995 Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch named Thunder Bertie.

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: 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.

Breeders' Cup Deal With TVG Poses Questions

A deal that gives the TV Games Network the exclusive right to conduct interactive wagering on Breeders' Cup Championship Day races has left other account-wagering providers wondering how the decision will impact their ability to carry the Breeders' Cup program Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

Weekend Recap: Tiz Now or Next Year?

By Steve Haskin -- Despite some brilliant performances this past weekend on both sides of the Atlantic, it is unlikely that any of the top races will have much of an impact on the Breeders' Cup. The big question will be whether the owners of Tiznow will cough up $480,000 to run in the Classic following the colt's powerful race in the Super Derby.

Weekend Recap: Derby Winner 'Awe Inspiring'

By Steve Haskin -- The latest wave of Breeders' Cup preps has hit the shore, leaving us with horses who are either one race away from the big day at Churchill Downs or going straight there off works. As of now, it looks as if there are going to be quite a few fresh horses heading to Kentucky.

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.

Filling the Cup

By John DeSantis -- Sometimes it helps to step outside of our problems, table issues, and suspend disagreements in order to take stock of the good things we have. There are some very good people in our game and by the looks of things, we have more willing to join us in the Kids to the Cup program.

Perfect Match

What may help bring more sponsors to racing's championship event is the impending consolidation of the Breeders' Cup and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

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