Medina Spirit, Essential Quality to clash in Breeders’ Cup

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FILE – John Velazquez rides Medina Spirit across the finish line to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, May 1, 2021. Medina Spirit, controversial winner of the Kentucky Derby, and Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality head a field of 10 horses for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

(AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit and Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality head a field of 10 horses for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on Nov. 6.

Trainer Brad Cox has Essential Quality and Knicks Go entered in the $6 million race. 

Also in the field is Hot Rod Charlie, who finished third in the Derby and second in the Belmont.

Embattled trainer Bob Baffert has eight pre-entries for the two-day world championships, including three in the Juvenile.

Fans are returning to the Breeders’ Cup this year after the coronavirus pandemic kept them away last year.

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