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Surface makes impact on Day 1

Updated: November 1, 2013, 10:48 PM ET
By Bob Ehalt

As the curtain came down on the first day of the Breeders' Cup at sunny Santa Anita Park, there were some definitive answers that arose out of the series' opening act.

Anyone with a desire to win one of the dirt races on Saturday had better stay on or near the lead. Closers need not apply for access to the winner's circle, judging by the way speed, speed and more speed highlighted Friday's card.

We also learned that Royal Delta's reign as "The Queen" of the sport is ...

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