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Famed horse trainer Jack Van Berg, who fell one win short of Triple Crown prestige, dies at 81

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LOS ANGELES -- Jack Van Berg, who walked the barns of Southern California race tracks for more than 40 years and remained haunted by the Triple Crown he never won, died Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark., from complications of cancer. He was 81.

Van Berg, always adorned in a cowboy hat befitting his upbringing in rural Nebraska, is most known for ...Read more

East beats West as Gun Runner takes the Breeders' Cup Classic

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- It wasn't the passing of the torch. It wasn't a race for the ages. In some ways it epitomized the strengths and weaknesses of the Del Mar racetrack. But Gun Runner, a horse from the East, took everything the West could throw at him Saturday to win the $6-million Breeders' Cup Classic.

It was the first time in four years that ...Read more

Forever Unbridled takes Distaff, with Stellar Wind last

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- It couldn't touch last year's running of the Breeders' Cup Distaff in either excitement or sentimentality, but that didn't matter to the connections of Forever Unbridled, who won only the second race she's ever run west of Houston.

The first race was last year when she finished third in the Distaff to Beholder and Songbird at...Read more

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