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Each week a panel of media members, horseplayers, and Breeders’ Cup World Championships officials release a poll tabulating their votes on the nation's top contenders for the 2022 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The Road to the 39th annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships rolls on as August kicks into high gear, with a new twist to the Challenge Series schedule resulting from the closure of one of North America’s iconic racetracks.

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.

“Who is it laughs at years that flow?

Who is it always gets the dough?

Whose only creed is go and go?

Exterminator.”

The above verse, part of a short poem titled “Old Bones,” was affectionately written by Guy McGee and published in the Daily Racing Form on June 22, 1922. Through the years, relatively few racehorses have inspired people to publish poetry in their honor, but then again, few horses have ever sparked the imagination of racing fans quite like Old Bones, the legendary Exterminator.

Tom Pedulla presents five key takeaways from Saturday’s $1 million, Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, which provided the winner with a fees-paid berth in the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov.

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