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Last year’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Highland Reel simply refused to be beaten in the Prince of Wales's Stakes June 21, the feature of the second day of Royal Ascot and richest race of the meeting at about $950,000.

Summer officially kicks off today, and big horse racing weekends are just around the corner featuring the United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 1 and Belmont Park’s Stars and Stripes Racing Festival on July 8.

Each week members of the media around the country vote on the nation's top racehorses, many of which are aiming for the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Del Mar on Nov. 3-4, in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Find out the latest top racehorse rankings as we've reached the midpoint of the season with the Triple Crown races behind us. 

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There were five graded stakes Saturday at Churchill Downs, highlighted by two Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” races: the Fleur de Lis and the Stephen Foster Handicaps.

While the action was going on, Twitter was abuzz with some great tweets. Here are some of the ones that caught our eye.

One of the most fun nights of the summer in Kentucky for me every year is Stephen Foster night at Churchill Downs. Held a little over a month after the Kentucky Derby, the night kicks off Breeders’ Cup season in the state with two “Win and You’re In” races and three other graded stakes that usually have a future Breeders’ Cup runner or two in them. Check out the slideshow below to experience the whole night.

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