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Kiaran McLaughlin, the thoroughbred trainer whose MS struggle we chronicled right after he guided his horse Jazil to victory in the Belmont Stakes, capped his dream year on an even richer note—winning the Breeders' Cup Classic in November. Invasor's upset win at Churchill Downs made McLaughlin an unlikely favorite to win the prestigious Eclipse Award as Trainer of the Year. “This,” he said after the Breeders' Cup, “is the best medicine you can have—winning a $5-million race.”

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