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Breeders' Cup nostalgia

Updated: October 21, 2012, 11:54 PM ET
By Gary West | Special to ESPN.com

The greatest Breeders' Cup ever, in my view, was the 1988 renewal. The track was muddy, and as darkness descended, it made vision increasingly difficult for many. The atmosphere was eerie; expectations mingled with anxiety. But at the top of the Churchill Downs stretch, those blue and white diamonds that had become so familiar during the season emerged through the haze and into view. And the Classic concluded, you might recall, with announcer Tom Durkin saying, "Alysheba, America's horse, ...

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