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Tom Pedulla presents five key takeaways from the 38th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar:

Less than 24 hours removed from the richest and most important victory of his 17-year training career, Brad Cox reflected on an “odd” feeling as he stood Nov. 7 amidst a quiet and mostly deserted Del Mar barn area.

In winning two earlier Breeders' Cup races Nov. 5-6 at Del Mar, Charlie Appleby experienced varying emotions, watching as a pair of his horses (and nearly a third) were scratched due to unruly gate antics and two runners emerged as victors.

Favored Corniche’s sensational front-running effort provided embattled trainer Bob Baffert with a record fifth triumph in the $2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Presented by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance on Nov.

After watching Echo Zulu deliver one of the most dominating victories in Breeders’ Cup history, co-owner Lee Levinson searched for words to sum up the feeling.

“I’m an attorney; I speak for a living and I can’t talk,” Levinson said.

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