LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 13:  American Pharoah walks down the track during Downs After Dark at Churchill Downs on June 13, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Breeders’ Cup to return to Churchill Downs in 2018

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Breeders’ Cup is returning to its old Kentucky home.

Churchill Downs and Breeders’ Cup officials announced Monday the race famous for featuring the greatest horses and richest purses will return to the iconic twin spires in 2018.

The Louisville track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup eight times, most recently in 2011.

Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery said Monday that he became determined to bring the race back to Louisville because “there’s nothing like the Breeders’ Cup under the spires.”

Race officials announced Monday that the track’s investment of more than $67 million in upgrades encouraged them to return to Churchill Downs.

The event is a two-day series of races in the fall that marks the end to thoroughbred racing season. It is scheduled for the first weekend in November.

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Takrees rallies from last in Aqueduct’s Interborough Stakes

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NEW YORK (AP) Takrees rallied from last place to win the $100,000 Interborough Stakes for fillies and mares in the rain and fog at Aqueduct on Sunday.

Hot City Girl and Disco Chick were locked in a speed duel while Takrees trailed in the six-horse field. Disco Chick won that battle and appeared to be on her way to victory until Takrees emerged in deep stretch.

The 4-year-old trained by Kiaran McLaughlin surged to win by a neck, her third victory in 11 starts and first in a stakes.

Iran Ortiz Jr. was aboard for the six furlongs in 1:11.70.

Takrees paid $7.40, $4.20 and $2.50.

Disco Chick returned $5.40 and $3.30. Hot City Girl held third as the 9-5 favorite, paying $2.50 to show.

Prize Exhibit wins $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Prize Exhibit rallied from fifth with three furlongs remaining and won the $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares by 1 1/4 lengths Monday at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Prize Exhibit ran a mile on turf in 1:35.56 and paid $8.80, $4.40 and $3.40.

Ireland-bred Jeremy’s Legacy returned $9 and $4.60. The Mystic was another head back in third and paid $3.40 to show as the 3-1 second choice.

The Grade 3 victory, worth $60,000, increased Prize Exhibit’s career earnings to $637,045, with seven wins in 31 starts. She had been winless in 10 starts since capturing the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at the track a year ago.

“She can be tricky,” trainer Jim Cassidy said. “We’ve had to do a lot of different things with her and she’s just been happier lately.”