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Baffert sweeps Grade 1 2-year-old races at Los Alamitos

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert swept the CashCall Futurity and Starlet for 2-year-olds, winning the Grade 1 races for the second straight year at Los Alamitos. (MORE)

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza aims for Jan comeback

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza is aiming to return to riding in January, six months after he was seriously injured in a training accident. (MORE)

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez rides 6,000th win

NEW YORK (AP) Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez rode his 6,000th career winner in North America, guiding Singapore Trader to victory Friday at Aqueduct. (MORE)

Frank Mirahmadi to take over as Santa Anita race caller

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Frank Mirahmadi will become Santa Anita's new race caller when the winter meet begins Dec. 26, replacing Michael Wrona who was let go after two years. (MORE)

Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup for Godolphin

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) English stayer Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McAvoy, gave Dubai-based Godolphin stables its first Melbourne Cup with a length victory in Australia's largest and most prestigious horse race on Tuesday.

Cross Counter, a four-year-old bay gelding trained by Charlie Appleby and based at Newmarket, England, was quoted early at 10-1. It was only Cross Counter's eighth start, but he had missed a top-two finish only once. (MORE)

Foreign raiders set sights on Australia's Melbourne Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Irish trained five-year-old Yucatan will likely start favorite in Australia's Melbourne Cup, expected to be run on a soft track at Flemington racecourse. (MORE)

Accelerate wins Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Even if he isn't recognized as this year's top thoroughbred, Accelerate all but assured his place as North America's best older horse.

His signature win in the Breeders' Cup Classic should solidify his credentials for multiple honors. (MORE)

Game Winner takes charge late to win Breeders Cup Juvenile

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Game Winner's latest triumph included bumps along the way.

The colt shook them off before shaking the field to remain perfect and make his case as the year's best 2-year-old. (MORE)

Breeders' Cup bumped up to 14 races, $30 million in purses

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Breeders' Cup is back in familiar surroundings at Churchill Downs, with an additional stakes race bumping the two-day program to 14 and prize money up to a record $30 million.

As always, the marquee race is Saturday's $6 million Cup Classic that could help determine which thoroughbred ends up as Horse of the Year. Not to mention, establishing the top horse in several age divisions along with the top jockey and trainer. (MORE)

Classic seeks recognition without Triple Crown champ Justify

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The reigning Triple Crown champion is not part of the field for this weekend's Breeders' Cup Classic. And none of the horses in any of the 14 races that make up the Breeders' Cup cards this weekend has ever won a Kentucky Derby, or a Preakness, or a Belmont Stakes.

So there's little argument that the races at Churchill Downs this weekend have lost a little luster. (MORE)

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