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

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

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 the $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

It was the first time in four years that trainer Bob Baffert didn’t win the race, and he had four horses in it. In fact, Baffert, considered by many to be the sport’s most elite trainer, didn’t win a race over two days of the Breeders’ Cup.

Del Mar was part of the story, influencing several outcomes, in the 13 million-dollar races. The short stretch meant that horses had to be on or near...

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