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Hronis Racing's Catalina Cruiser dug deep in the Del Mar stretch Aug. 24 and won the $200,351, Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Stakes by a head.

Triple Crown races are an extremely enticing lure for horsemen.

Yet for a wise, experienced trainer like Shug McGaughey, avoiding a Triple Crown race to point for a mid-summer gem such as the Runhappy Travers Stakes was much easier now than it might have been a couple of decades ago for the 68-year-old Hall of trainer.

The path to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 1-2 is a road with plenty of ups and downs as talented racehorses vie for a spot in one of 14 championship races.

The $1.25-million, Grade 1 Runhappy Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday is shaping up to be a very important race in determining how the 3-year-old division plays out for the rest of 2019, since, with the arguable exception of Maximum Security, no horse has separated from the rest of the

Each week a 36-member 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 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

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