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Around The Backstretch: News & Links

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A look at the items making news and notes around the horse racing world.

2012 Breeders' Cup Preps: Super Saturday

It's a smorgasbord of stakes action this weekend at Belmont & Santa Anita as we roll towards the 2012 Breeders' Cup.

2012 St. Leger Stakes: Camelot Goes For The English Triple Crown

Camelot is seeking to become the first English Triple Crown winner in 42 years when he runs in the Group 1 St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday, September 15th.

2000 Guineas Race Replay

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In case you missed it Saturday morning, here is the replay of the 2012 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in England, won by Camelot (GB). Take notice of the splits in the top left corner of the video, as they give you an indication as to the significant difference between a one mile race in Europe and a race at a similar distance in North America. The Guineas field went the half in 51.99 over ground rated "Good to Soft".

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2000 Guineas Result: Camelot Edges Hermival And French Fifteen At The Wire

Camelot (GB) wins the 2012 Group 1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse.

Favorite Races Of 2011

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A look back at a couple of the best horse races of 2011, including Frankel's dominating win in the English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Around the Backstretch:

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A look at the items making news around the world of horse racing.

Weekend Preview: Kentucky Cup at Turfway; Closing Weekend at Emerald

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A preview of the stakes action taking place around this country, including the Kentucky Cup at Turfway Park.

WEEKEND REVIEW: Fantasia Finally Breaks Through; Indiano Rolls at Calder

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A review of the top stakes action this past weekend, including First Dude's victory in the Hollywood Gold Cup and Indiano's win in the Carry Back Stakes at Calder Race Course.

Guardian (UK): Sectional Times to be added for Champions Day at Ascot

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Looks like there is a move afoot in the U.K. for the introduction of fractional times, at least at some meetings. The article mentions the recently run 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and the lack of timing data to compare Frankel's early pace to other efforts in history.

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