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As summer ends, thoughts turn to Cup

Updated: August 30, 2005, 3:12 PM ET
By Ed McNamara | Special to ESPN.com

An hour after the Travers Stakes, darkness was falling on Saratoga Racecourse. In the suddenly deserted backyard, among thousands of empty beer cans and worthless tickets, the first leaves were on the ground. The Mid-Summer Derby on the last Saturday in August had opened the door to the Fall Championship Meeting at Belmont Park, climaxed by the Breeders' Cup.

Summer's almost gone, which isn't bad news for horseplayers. I've always thought that autumn is the best season to handicap because horses' ...

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