all in Breeders' Cup

The fields for the 14 races that comprise the Breeders’ Cup World Championships really begin to come into focus in summer and fall and this regular feature will offer a snapshot profile of one of the previous weekend’s standout stars.

Tom Pedulla presents five key takeaways from Saturday’s Arlington Million Stakes and Beverly D. Stakes, both run for the first time at Churchill Downs, and other major weekend developments:

As arguably the most well-known and successful practitioner of sports talk radio, Mike Francesa has covered or discussed every major sporting event in the United States. Maybe the world.

Yet there’s something about a winning horse race, especially a Grade 1 stakes, that brings out the kind of smile he would flash whenever his beloved New York Yankees won the World Series.

When all was said and done, the Arlington Million Stakes, despite lacking any overseas entries, still had a touch of international flair thanks to Santin, a Godolphin homebred colt who lifted the trophy Aug. 13 as the race moved to Churchill Downs.

Our #Pedigeek “Term of the Week” is:

Three-quarter sibling

Before I get to this Saturday’s selection, apologies for missing last week’s piece. Travel woes got in the way. Hopefully, the price horse who has me intrigued will prove worth the wait.

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