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With the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” schedule complete for 2018, the time has come to begin sorting the contenders from the pretenders for this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

When trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. went to Shady Tree Farm in Ocala, Fla., nearly four years ago to check the progress of a 2-year-old filly for owner Raymond Mamone, his report led to the inexpensive acquisition of what proved to be a top TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint contender.

Welcome to another edition of America’s Best Racing’s Main Track. Each week in this space we spotlight the most meaningful story of the past seven days, detailing a story that stands out because of its importance or perhaps the emotional response it generates.

Looking ahead, if you believe there’s a story this week that should be featured in next week’s edition of the Main Track, let us know by tweeting it to @ABRLive using the hashtag #ABRMainTrack.

Each week members of the media around the country vote on the nation's top racehorses, many of whom are aiming for the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs  on Nov. 2-3, in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. With less than four weeks remaining until the Breeders' Cup, find out the latest top racehorse rankings below. 

The path to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2-3 is a road with plenty of ups and downs as talented racehorses vie for a spot in one of 14 championship races.

This blog provides a capsule look at three horses who are heating up on the Road to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and three horses whose Breeders’ Cup chances are not quite as strong as they were a week or two ago.

HEATING UP

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