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Most of the social events are over, nearly all training is complete and Keeneland Race Course is decked out in purple. The 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships is here.

The two-day extravaganza gets underway with a nine-race card that includes four Breeders' Cup races - the Juvenile Turf, Dirt Mile, Juvenile Fillies Turf and Distaff. Nine more races await Saturday. Championships are in the balance, destiny awaits the fortunate 13 and one final stop remains on American Pharoah's highway to immortality.

Time to play a little catch-up, from morning training, an afternoon of racing called Prelude to the Cup and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters annual awards dinner. Enjoy another edition of Here & There, a special for Breeders' Cup Friday.

 

Worth Repeating

"I don't know what to say. I'm not good scripted. I'm a spontaneous guy."
Owner Ahmed Zayat accepting the Mr. Fitz Award for typifying the spirit of racing for Team American Pharoah during the NTWAB awards dinner

"I'll take the mic."
Bob Baffert in response to Zayat

"Jorgie, is this the fast thing you've been on this morning?"
Daily Racing Form's Jay Privman to American Pharoah's exercise rider Jorge Alvarez after he hopped on a golf cart Friday morning

"I hope it warms up a little bit, my suit isn't one for winter."
Andre Stock, assistant to Larry Jones, Friday morning

"Once you get the drug in you it's over. There is no rehab."
Baffert about people getting interested in racing

"I had to ask Joe Hirsch how to read the program. I didn't realize Joe Hirsch wasn't the guy to ask how to read the program."
Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden, winner of the Walter Haight Award for career excellence in Turf writing, about going to Saratoga for the first time to cover racing in the late 1970s

"I learned a long time ago I didn't need to know the answers, just where to find the answers."
Cathy Schenck, head librarian at Keeneland, winner of the Joe Palmer Award for meritorious service to racing

"Bob, you've presented so many great horses in your Hall of Fame career. This is your masterpiece."
NTWAB President Tom Pedulla to Baffert about American Pharoah

"I love hearing all the stories tonight. Tom Hammond, what's more exciting, figure skating or horse racing?"
Baffert to Hammond, winner of the Jim McKay Award for career excellence in broadcasting

"I just want to make out with American Pharoah."
Supermodel Kate Upton on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Thursday

"I'm reinventing myself, I'm not retiring, I'm not going away. I'm just leaving the daily newspaper business."
Longtime Louisville Courier-Journal Turf writer Jennie Rees, who accepted a buyout and will work her final day Nov. 1

 

By The Numbers

1: Number of times you'll see the words Grand Slam on TIHR in reference to American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic. That was it.

11,818: Attendance for Thursday's Prelude to the Cup program at Keeneland