Breeders’ Cup preview program set for Oct. 30

Capital Region handicappers Mark Cusano and Jeanne Wood and turf writer Nicole Russo will be featured in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s annual Countdown to the Breeders’ Cup program at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

The popular program in the Museum’s Hall of Fame Gallery includes video highlights from important prep races provided by Capital OTB TV and an audience-driven discussion with the panel.  Admission is free and each person attending will receive a complimentary issue of the Breeders’ Cup Advance published by Daily Racing Form, as well as complimentary issues of the most recent editions of The Blood-Horse and Thoroughbred Times.

The 27th Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Cusano, the leading public handicapper at Saratoga six times, has produced and co-hosted the weekly program “Down the Stretch” on the Capital OTB television network since 1992. He handicaps the Saratoga race meet for the Gazette Newspapers and is the racing analyst for WGY radio.

Wood has been a program host and handicapper at Capital OTB TV since 1998. Among the programs she hosts are Horses ’n Courses, a weekly recap of stakes, and Saratoga Newsdesk, a live daily program from Capital OTB’s summer studio at Saratoga Race Course.

Russo is the lead turf writer for The Saratogian. She authors the popular “Hoofbeats” racing blog and the “Rising Stars” column in The Saratogian that focuses on the 2-year-old division. She is also a volunteer at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Greenfield Center.

Brien Bouyea, the Museum’s communications officer, will be the host of the program.

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The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is located across from the Saratoga Race Course on Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs.  Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a. m – 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.  Hours during the Saratoga Race Meet are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.  Programs at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame are made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.  Call 518-584-0400 for more information.


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