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Happy National Hugging Day! We’re celebrating by sharing some of your favorite horse hugs from Instagram. Scroll down to enjoy!

Welcome to our link roundup, where we share our favorite stories from around the Internet! Know a link that should be included? Email it to americasbestracing@gmail.com!

Junior Coffey’s journey from working fields as a child in West Texas to becoming a leading trainer at Emerald Downs is incredible. Seriously: You need to read this. (Q13 Fox)

I like my chocolate cake like I like my horse races: elegant and rich. My Triple Threat Chocolate Cake is a perfectly moist chocolate butter cake topped with a tangy, dark chocolate crème fraîche ganache and then glazed with a glossy, bittersweet chocolate cream.

It is decadence in every bite, which is why I’m making it as a way to celebrate the richest horse race in the world, the $16 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 27.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve passed through Louisiana and New York on Saturday, highlighted by the LeComte Stakes in the Big Easy and the Jerome Stakes in the Big Apple. Whether you were able to make it the races or not, there was enough buzz on Twitter to get the juices flowing and the mind drifting toward the first Saturday in May.

Welcome to Tacos and Trifectas! America’s Best Racing’s Southern California correspondent Jose Contreras – @LosPonies to those who follow him on Twitter – will provide a review of a taco eatery along with a selection that he will key in trifecta bets in hopes of winning some cash to buy more tacos! Contreras will map out a trifecta betting strategy for how to key his main pick and keep track of his return on investment (ROI).

Stop back if you love tacos and want to get a Trifecta play!

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