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  • The day before Breeders' Cup Championship Day dawned cool and foggy.

    Countdown to the Cup: Looking for Longshots

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- 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.

  • Breeders&#39; Cup Classic contender Lemon Drop Kid gets a kiss from his exercise rider earlier this week at Churchill Downs.

    Countdown to the Cup: Post Position Perils

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- 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.

  • Steve Haskin: &quot;Fusaichi Pegasus&#39; presence will make or break the Classic.&quot;

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

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- 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.

  • Steve Haskin: &#39;Confident the 3-year-old Albert the Great is sitting on a huge race.&#39;

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

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- 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, <b>Fusaichi Pegasus</b>, has put back his sword and armor and will fight his final fight in Kentucky.

  • Weekend Wrapup: Baffert Babies Avert Weekend Washout

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- If it weren't for the heroics of Bob Baffert-trained 2-year-olds Flame Thrower, Arabian Light, and Notable Career, the first of the two big Breeders' Cup prep weekends would have been a lot more fizzle than sizzle.

  • Countdown to the Cup: The Fireworks Begin

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- 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: Future Book Follies

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- With a rare slow weekend coming up, this is a perfect time to search out some live future book horses who are available at generous prices, namely Running Stag and Golden Missile.

  • Countdown to the Cup, Sept. 21

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- 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. 14

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- If you're lucky enough to be in New York or Kentucky this weekend, you're in for some super racing, with a good possibility of seeing a Breeders' Cup winner or two.

  • Countdown to the Cup, Sept. 7

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> -- 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.