Iditarod 2011 too close to call

Kotzebue's John Baker and Wasilla's Ramey Smyth, two highly respected veteran Iditarod racers, are in a battle that could conceivably end with a photo finish.

Baker clings to Iditarod lead

As the 900-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race nears the last, mandatory rest stop at White Mountain just southeast of the Nome finish line, Kotzebue's John Baker clings to the race lead over the tenacious team of driver Ramey Smyth from Wasilla and his determined huskies.

Iditarod: 45 minutes separate top 3 teams

Kotzebue's John Baker led the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race out of the Bering Sea village of Shaktoolik late Sunday, but a couple mushers chasing him cut their rest there to close the gap on the leader.

Iditarod 2011 could be nail biter

Kotzebue's John Baker has taken control of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race at the Bering Sea coast. But with more than 200 miles to go to the finish in Nome, and several other top contenders lurking, this race is far from over.

Baker seizes control; Smyth makes a move

Kotzebue's John Baker -- 11 times a top-10 finisher in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but never the champ -- is making a bold bid to win this year. Baker's huskies early Friday morning led the race out of Eagle Island north on the Yukon River toward Kaltag with a lead of about two hours.

Hugh Neff first to the Yukon River

As the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race rolls west from the old ghost town of Iditarod to the village of Anvik for the start of the long, tough charge north on the Yukon River, there is a new leader. Hugh Neff from Tok has pushed to the front.

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