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Breeders' Cup notes: The day begins with tragedy
Breeders' Cup notes: The day begins with tragedy

Saturday's Breeders' Cup started with a thud. Death and pain followed quickly. Thoroughbred horse racing is a thing of beauty. Also, occasionally, a sport of the ugly and nasty. In the first Breeders' Cup race of the final day of this $25 million event, a Bob Baffert-trained horse named Secret Compass, competing in the $2-million Juvenile Fillies, went down hard in the home turn. She was competing near the front of the pack, digging hard. Then came the fractured leg, horrifying in its suddenness. Secret Compass went down hard, hurling jockey John Velazquez forward and hard onto his back. The young filly tried to get up, but soon, the ambulance was there and the green...

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