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From Off the Pace: Waiting for the Breeders’ Cup

When Unique Bella, making her first start in seven months, crossed the finish line 3#xbd; lengths in front in Sunday's L.A. Woman Stakes (G3), it brought a virtual end to this year's Breeders' Cup prep schedule. Between Sept. 29 and Oct. 8, thirty-three graded races - 18 of them Grade 1s - were contested at five tracks, most of them at Belmont, Keeneland and Santa Anita.

Veitch column: Alabama winner Elate on to Breeders’ Cup after Beldame

With 3-year-old filly Elate the third consecutive example, the Stars of Saratoga continue to pour it on as the Breeders' Cup draws near. The 34th edition of the event is just 29 days away, and will be held the weekend of Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar Race Track in California. Elate, winner of the Alabama Stakes on Aug.

Veitch Column: Saratoga-bred Twisted tom keeps winning

Twisted Tom, bred in Saratoga Springs, took down the biggest trophy last weekend on New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park. His breeders are Dr. Joan Taylor and Dr. William Wilmot of Stepwise Farm on Fitch Road. The annual New York Showcase Day offered $1.75 million in stakes purses for horses bred in New York.

From off the Pace: Effinex and Irap gone too soon

It was a rough week for thoroughbred racing. Wednesday night, multiple graded stakes winner Effinex died after suffering a ruptured pulmonary artery in his stall at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds. The six-year-old son of Mineshaft had recently been moved to the farm after standing his initial season earlier this year at Questroyal North in Stillwater.

Gun Runner scores Breeders’ Cup Classic victory

DEL MAR >> There's a new king in horse racing and it's Gun Runner. The 4-year-old colt won the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday, sending rival Arrogate to a third straight career-ending defeat at Del Mar. Gun Runner ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.29 and paid $6.80, $4.

Veitch column: West Coast leads 3-year-old division

Another of the Stars of Saratoga made a major statement for the second weekend in a row, as Travers Stakes winner West Coast romped in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby last Saturday. The week before, World Approval overpowered the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile after capturing the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga.

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