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Bjorgen wins cross-country ski opener in front of 150,000 (AP)

Sat, 28 Oct 2006 12:29:16 PDT

Norway's Marit Bjorgen won the opening race of the World Cup cross country ski season Saturday, capturing a freestyle event before a crowd of 150,000. Bjorgen, the defending World Cup overall champion, finished the 800 meters through downtown Duesseldorf in 1 minute, 46.9 seconds. A sport usually raced in the woods was contested in the city, with a track set up along the Rhein river.

Bjorgen wins another World Cup sprint (AP)

Sun, 29 Oct 2006 12:07:37 PST

Marit Bjorgen and Ella Gjomle of Norway won the women's 6x0.8 kilometer freestyle team sprint World Cup race Sunday with a time of 10 minutes, 50.1 seconds. It was the second victory of the weekend for Bjorgen, who won the individual sprint Saturday. Bjorn Lind and Peter Larsson of Sweden captured the men's 6x1.5 event in 19:52.4.

Super Frolic lands in Breeders' Cup Mile (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 00:35:35 PST

One of the few surprises at Wednesday's post position draw for the eight Breeders' Cup races was the decision to enter Super Frolic in the $2 million Mile on the turf instead of the $5 million Classic. Super Frolic stumbled badly at the start of last year's Classic but still finished fourth at 69-1 odds.

Churchill Downs Barn Notes - Breeders' Cup Classic - Thursday, 11/2 (SportsTicker)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 12:05:06 PST

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Pletcher has top 2 choices for Juvenile (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 13:09:41 PST

Todd Pletcher is getting an early start on next year's Kentucky Derby. The trainer with a record-setting 17 horses in Saturday's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs has three for the $2 million Juvenile, including the two favorites. Circular Quay is the 5-2 morning-line favorite, Scat Daddy the second choice at 4-1 and King of the Roxy a 12-1 long shot.

Bernardini expects Classic duel with Invasor (Reuters)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 13:46:40 PST

Bernardini is the overwhelming favorite in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday and trainer Tom Albertrani is having a hard time containing his enthusiasm.

Irishman O'Brien owns strong hand in Breeders' Cup (AP)

Fri, 03 Nov 2006 00:07:18 PST

Aidan O'Brien is saddling a horse with a huge European profile in the Breeders' Cup Classic. A victory in the $5 million race could boost the Irishman's stock on this side of the Atlantic. Long considered a wunderkind overseas, the 37-year-old trainer with the boyish, bespectacled face and lilting accent has come tantalizingly close before.

Dreaming of Anna puts unbeaten streak on the line in the Breeders' Cup (AP)

Fri, 03 Nov 2006 00:07:19 PST

Dreaming of Anna is one tough filly. Undefeated in three starts, Dreaming of Anna is the 4-1 second choice in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on Saturday at Churchill Downs. The lone unbeaten entrant in the field of 14 breaks from the rail with Rene Douglas aboard. She has won at three different tracks -- Arlington Park, Colonial Downs and Woodbine -- while prevailing on both turf and...

Irish horses headline field for Breeders' Cup Turf (SportsTicker)

Fri, 03 Nov 2006 04:33:45 PST

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Ticker) - There will be a distinct Irish flavor in Saturday's $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs.

Pereiro does not feel like a Tour de France winner (Reuters)

Thu, 26 Oct 2006 04:18:55 PDT

Spaniard Oscar Pereiro, second in last year's Tour de France, does not feel like the race's winner even though American Floyd Landis has failed a doping test.

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