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  • Neveradoubt rallies to win Snow Chief Stakes at Santa Anita

    May 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Long-shot Neveradoubt rallied to win the 0,000 Snow Chief Stakes for 3-year-olds by a half-length Saturday at Santa Anita as part of the Golden State Series, five stakes races restricted to horses bred or sired in California.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Neveradoubt ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:51.26 and paid .40, .60 and .40 at 41-1 odds.

  • Red Vine wins Monmouth feature, Bravo rides 5,000th winner

    May 23, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) After riding his 5,000th career winner earlier on the card, Joe Bravo guided Red Vine to a two-length victory over Valid in the ,000 Majestic Light Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.Red Vine covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:40 2/5 and returned .80, .40 and .10 as the odds-on favorite in the field of five colts and geldings. It was the ffith win in 16 career starts for the 5-year-old horse.

  • A Lot wins Belmont's Paradise Creek Stakes

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A Lot, the 1-2 favorite, rolled to a 6 1/4-length victory Saturday in the 0,000 Paradise Creek Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf at Belmont Park.It was the first stakes victory for the colt trained by Bill Mott and ridden by John Velazquez.

  • Birdlover wins Mizdirection Stakes at Santa Anita

    May 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Birdlover won the ,000 Mizdirection Stakes for fillies and mares by a head Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Birdlover ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:13.56 and paid .40, .80 and .40 as the 2-1 second choice.

  • Reload wins Belmont turf feature

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Reload extended his winning streak to three with a 2 1/4-length victory Friday in the ,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park.In his first start since the Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park in late February, Reload took charge turning for home and rolled to his sixth victory in 18 starts.

  • American Pharoah gallops in Kentucky, others work at Belmont

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah went out for his first gallop since winning the Preakness, covering 1 3/16 miles at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday.Exercise rider Jorge Alvarez said the 3-year-old colt ''didn't seem like he was tired or anything.''

  • Some dramatic Triple Crown finishes, winners and losers

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Funny how a 1 1/2-mile race - the farthest distance most horses will ever run - can be decided by a head, neck or nose, or by 8, 25 or even 31 lengths.Secretariat's record 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes, an unforgettable run into Triple Crown lore, still brings on chills when watching replays more than 40 years later. ''He's moving like a tremendous machine!'' the track announcer exclaimed.

  • Raised a Secret wins feature at Santa Anita

    May 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Raised a Secret took command turning for home and went on to a two-length victory in the ,000 feature for 3-year-olds Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Raised a Secret ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.24 and paid , .80 and .40.

  • Element wins Belmont feature

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Element continued his successful transition to the turf, rallying from last to win the ,000 allowance feature Thursday at Belmont Park.One of three winners on the card for trainer Todd Pletcher, Element rolled through the lane to beat Glowing Ember by 1 1/4 lengths. The 3-year-old struggled in his first two starts on dirt, beaten a combined 39 3/4 lengths. He is 2 for 2 since switching to grass.

  • Owner of American Pharoah named in gambling debt lawsuit

    May 23, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Ahmed Zayat, owner of Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah, asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses him of owing .65 million to a man who says he fronted Zayat money for gambling bets placed at offshore casinos.The federal breach of contract lawsuit was filed in March 2014 by Howard Rubinsky of Florida. It said that in 2003, Rubinsky and Zayat entered into a personal services contract. Rubinsky said he advanced Zayat credit at a couple of casinos and that the agreement was that he'd be paid back.

  • Barrel of Love wins Belmont feature

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Barrel of Love overcame a stumble at the start to win the ,000 allowance feature for New York breds by four lengths Wednesday at Belmont Park.The 2-5 favorite trained by Chad Brown quickly found his footing, and settled into fifth. Javier Castellano angled the 8-year-old gelding five wide at the top of the stretch and he surged to his seventh win in 45 starts.

  • Owner: American Pharoah expected to race until end of year

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Win or lose the Belmont Stakes, Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah is expected to keep racing for the rest of the year.At least that's the plan owner Ahmed Zayat laid out Wednesday after confirming the sale of breeding rights of his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to Coolmore Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky.

  • Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt and John Hay Whitney in racing HOF

    May 23, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, who bred Native Dancer among his 77 stakes winners and was instrumental in helping thoroughbred racing gain exposure on television, and John Hay Whitney, an owner, breeder and leader of the sport for more than 50 years, have been elected posthumously to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.

  • Breeding rights for American Pharoah sold to Coolmore

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The owner of Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah sold the breeding rights to his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to Coolmore Ashford Stud in Kentucky.Owner Ahmed Zayat said Wednesday the deal was reached in the past day or two, but would not disclose the value. Even before the announcement, Zayat's son, Justin, said the family had been inundated with offers, many for more than million.

  • Challengers lining up to take on American Pharoah in Belmont

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) There's no shortage of challengers looking to upend American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes and spoil his chance to win the Triple Crown.Two more horses have been added to the mix, raising to 10 the number of rivals the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner could face in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont on June 6. A field of 11 would match last year's, when Tonalist won the Belmont and ended California Chrome's Triple try.

  • Preakness winner American Pharoah returns to Churchill Downs

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) American Pharoah took a short walk to stretch his legs after his flight before getting a bath and retiring to his barn for some well-earned rest.There was no sign of Jet lag as he returned to Churchill Downs following his dominant Preakness victory that put him on the cusp of capturing the Triple Crown.

  • Get your Triple Crown tickets - plenty available, for now

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The best seats are sold out, but about 40,000 general admission tickets remain for a chance to see American Pharoah attempt to win the Belmont Stakes and become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.The New York Racing Association recently capped attendance at 90,000 at Belmont Park, meaning 50,000 tickets have been sold for the June 6 race. They include all grandstand and clubhouse reserved seats, which range in price from to ,000. Ticket sale numbers are as of Monday, NYRA spokesman John Durso Jr. said.

  • Potential spoilers taking on American Pharoah in Belmont

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Dortmund won't be around for this one, but a familiar cast of 3-year-olds are lining up as potential spoilers when American Pharoah attempts to win the Belmont Stakes and give thoroughbred racing its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

  • Here's Zealicious wins Belmont feature

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here's Zealicious made a strong move up the rail to beat Lady Gracenote by 4 1/2 lengths Sunday in the ,000 allowance feature for New York bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park.The 7-year-old trained by Naipaul Chatterpaul earned her 12th win in 30 starts. Angel Arroyo was aboard for the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.47.

  • Sawyer holds off Tela to win Monmouth Park feature

    May 23, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Sawyer held off Tela by a half-length to win the ,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Sunday.Trained by Jane Cibelli and ridden by Trevor McCarthy, the 4-year-old filly ran the mile over a firm turf course in 1:35 3/5 and returned .60, .60 and .40. It was Sawyer's sixth win in 15 career starts.

  • Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah healthy, but tired

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) American Pharoah wins on dry tracks, wet tracks, any tracks.He's won from the rail and he's won from an outside post, and now, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978.

  • What was learned from American Pharoah's Preakness victory

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) That was easy, wasn't it?Two weeks after struggling but winning the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah ignored thunder, lightning, rain and the opposition and splashed his way to a seven-length victory in the Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Chenery, Cauthen: American Pharoah has the Triple Crown look

    May 23, 2015

    Secretariat owner Penny Chenery and Affirmed jockey Steve Cauthen believe American Pharoah is that special horse capable of ending a 37-year Triple Crown drought. Ron Turcotte agrees.Though American Pharoah must succeed where 13 others have failed and conquer the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes on June 6, his runaway victory Saturday in the Preakness convinced both that his best race is ahead of him.

  • Fantastic Style wins Angels Flight Stakes at Santa Anita

    May 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Fantastic Style cruised to a 3 1/4-length victory in the ,000 Angels Flight Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Fantastic Style led all the way in running seven furlongs in 1:20.38 and paid .40, .60 and .10 as the 2-1 second choice.

  • Tall Tale: Surprising 2nd for Tale of Verve in Preakness

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) A 30-1 long shot in the morning line, Tale of Verve got virtually no love from the media or bettors leading up to the Preakness.On Saturday, the bay colt proved to be better than every horse except the incomparable American Pharoah.Stuck in eighth place at the half-pole, Tale of Verve rallied to finish second ahead of Divining Rod.

  • Preakness winner Espinoza gets 3rd try at Triple Crown

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Victor Espinoza couldn't wait to get off American Pharoah.His boots were water-logged, his goggles were painted with mud and a chill ran through the jockey's body as thunder roared overhead.So, forgive Espinoza for acting like a man in a hurry to get the job done after the gate burst open Saturday to launch the 140th running of the Preakness.

  • American Pharoah romps in Preakness; Triple Crown try next

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Minutes before the Preakness, it was an ominous scene at Pimlico Race Course. Thunder and lightning. Wind and rain. A record crowd scrambling for cover. A drenched racetrack.Nothing - absolutely nothing - was going to stop American Pharoah, especially the competition.

  • American Pharoah wins Preakness in driving rain

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) American Pharoah won the Preakness by seven lengths in driving rain Saturday, keeping alive his Triple Crown bid.With victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, American Pharoah needs a win in the Belmont Stakes to become the sport's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

  • Ironicus wins Dixie Stakes on Preakness undercard

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Ironicus surged in the stretch to win the 0,000 Dixie Stakes, the richest race Saturday on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.The gray 4-year-old was making his stakes debut against an experienced field. Showing a veteran's savvy, the colt making only his eighth start split rivals in the stretch, pulling away to a 2 3/4-length win over Cage Fighter.

  • La Verdad wins Belmont's Vagrancy Handicap

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) La Verdad earned another front-running victory Saturday, beating Room for Me by a half- length in the 7,000 Vagrancy Handicap for fillies and mares.Jose Ortiz hustled the 5-year-old mare to her usual position on the lead, and La Verdad took it from there with her 12th win in 18 starts.

  • Water main break leaves Pimlico short on Preakness Day

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) A water-main break around two miles from Pimlico Race Course has left the track short of water on Preakness Day.Pimlico spokesman David Joseph says officials are working to correct the water-pressure problem.It was unclear how much of the track was affected by the water-main break Saturday. Officials said the clubhouse, the first floor and the Rogers Building all have water, and the horses have plenty of water.

  • Pimlico official says Preakness could move to Sunday in 2016

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) There could come a time in the next few years when the Preakness is held on a Sunday at Laurel Park.Speaking hours before the running of the Preakness on Saturday, Maryland Jockey Club general manager Sal Sinatra said the owners of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park are considering moving the second jewel of the Triple Crown to Sunday to increase interest and attendance.

  • Lukas right at home in stakes barn with Mr. Z at Preakness

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) D. Wayne Lukas long ago reached the age where it's acceptable to sleep in, play a round of golf on a weekday afternoon or take a cruise to the Caribbean.None of these activities appeal to the Hall of Fame trainer.Lukas was sitting at the Pimlico Stakes Barn on Saturday morning, wearing his trademark boots and 10-gallon hat around nine hours before he was slated to saddle Mr. Z for the Preakness.

  • Distorted Beauty wins Belmont feature

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Distorted Beauty rallied from last to easily win the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares Friday on the turf at Belmont Park.The early trailer in the six-horse field, Distorted Beauty and jockey Angel Cruz swung five-wide turning for home. The 4-year-old chestnut trained by Bruce Levine was full of run, drawing off to a four-length victory over Persnickity.

  • Long shot Keen Pauline wins 0,000 Black-Eyed Susan

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Javier Castellano thought he knew exactly how the Black-Eyed Susan was going to pan out.He couldn't have been happier about being so wrong.Castellano broke to the lead from the No. 9 post and charged to a wire-to-wire upset Friday, her second winning effort in six career races.

  • American Pharoah favored to win Preakness, set up Triple try

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby, yet didn't look unbeatable, as he had in his previous races. His trainer says he struggled. His jockey went to the whip about 30 times to urge him on in the stretch. His owner says the Derby wasn't even close to his best effort.

  • Top 3 Preakness horses go for morning gallop day before race

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) It was a calm Friday morning for all eight Preakness contenders at Pimlico Race Course.Everyone went for a jog the day before the second leg of the Triple Crown.Firing Line, the Kentucky Derby runner-up, took a 1 1/4 mile tour of the track on another clear, cool morning.

  • Eyes on Preakness: Things to watch when race gets underway

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Start to finish, the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes will take less than two minutes. Post time for the second leg of the Triple Crown is 6:18 p.m.Here are some things to watch (on NBC) - and ponder - as Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah attempts to win the 1 3/16th-mile race and set up a Triple Crown try in three weeks at the Belmont Stakes.

  • Preakness starters' names evolve from an involved process

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Coming up with a clever name for a thoroughbred can be a challenge - and not just creatively.While parents simply put their choice of names for their child on a birth certificate and are done, registering a thoroughbred foal is not so easy.

  • Cautious Giant wins feature by 1 length at Santa Anita

    May 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Cautious Giant won the ,000 feature by a length Thursday at Santa Anita after the race was moved off the turf course because of heavy rain.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Cautious Giant ran 6 1/2 furlongs on a wet-fast track in 1:15.45 and paid .20, and .40.

  • Sycamore Lane wins Belmont feature

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sycamore Lane powered down the center of the turf course to win the ,000 allowance feature on Thursday at Belmont Park.After dropping as far back as seventh, the 4-year-old colt swung five wide at the top of the stretch and surged past the pacesetting Iron Power to win by 1 1/2 lengths.

  • Can Derby winner American Pharoah become next American idol?

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) From a Kentucky horse farm to a sales ring in Saratoga to Bob Baffert's barn at Santa Anita, American Pharoah gave every indication he's a champion in the making.So what if part of his tail is missing and he has cotton stuffed in his ears before races? To owner and breeder Ahmed Zayat, his Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness favorite American Pharoah is the horse of lifetime.

  • Derby winner American Pharoah gallops at Pimlico

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah and stablemate Dortmund stretched their legs for the first time at Pimlico Race Course on Thursday in preparation for Saturday's Preakness.The colts trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert were flown in from Louisville, Kentucky, to Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Trainer Neil Howard eyes winner's circle in Black-Eyed Susan

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Twenty-five years later, Neil Howard is looking for another big payday at Pimlico Race Course.Howard is the trainer for Ahh Chocolate, one of the top entrants in Friday's 0,000 Black-Eyed Susan for 3-year-old fillies.Ahh Chocolate has won both her career races, but this is by far her most challenging test.

  • Firing Line seeks to end runner-up stigma in Preakness

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) His horse has amassed nearly million in earnings over six races, so owner Arnold Zetcher found no need to lament Firing Line's reputation for finishing second in big events.''He's an unbelievable horse,'' Zetcher said. ''If you take all of his seconds and add them up all up, it's one or two lengths. And the fact he came in second in the Kentucky Derby, I'm really excited about that.''

  • Derby winner American Pharoah has dreaded rail for Preakness

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Bob Baffert can only hope the finish of the Preakness Stakes turns out better than the post-position draw.The trainer watched in disbelief Wednesday as his Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah drew the dreaded No. 1 post position for Saturday's second leg of the Triple Crown. A moment later, his other entry, Dortmund, was saddled with the No. 2 post.

  • Seagate takes Belmont Park feature

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Seagate held off fast-closing Where's Danny by a half-length Wednesday in the ,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park.Seagate took over from second on the final turn and sprinted clear while Where's Danny rallied from ninth to contest the issue.

  • Derby winner American Pharoah 4-5 favorite for Preakness

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah was made the 4-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Preakness and will attempt to win it from the unfavorable No. 1 post to set up a Triple Crown attempt in the Belmont Stakes.A field of eight 3-year-olds was entered Wednesday, the smallest since 2000, when Red Bullet upset Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus.

  • Lukas has himself Preakness long shot in Mr. Z

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas sat outside the Pimlico stakes barn Wednesday morning, wondering if Mr. Z would run in the Preakness on Saturday.After a sale that Lukas helped engineer, Mr. Z joined the Preakness lineup several hours later. He will run for Brad Kelly's Calumet Farms following the purchase for an undisclosed amount from Ahmed Zayat.

  • Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah arrives at Pimlico

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah has arrived at Pimlico Race Course, site of Saturday's Preakness.American Pharoah shipped from Kentucky by plane Wednesday and was taken by van from BWI Airport. After arriving at the track, the bay colt was ushered to the stakes barn with Dortmund, trainer Bob Baffert's other entrant.

  • American Pharoah heads small field of 8 horses in Preakness

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah will face seven challengers in Saturday's Preakness.Vying to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, American Pharoah will part of the smallest Preakness field since 2000.Trainer Bob Baffert has two entrants: American Pharoah and Dortmund, who finished third in the Derby.

  • Derby winner's Triple bid could be derailed by stablemate

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) To spoil or not to spoil. That is the question.The Preakness Stakes on Saturday will present a rare, but not unprecedented, story line that could see the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah upend his chance at a Triple Crown if stablemate Dortmund avenges his Derby defeat.

  • Barbaro's owners back at Preakness with Divining Rod

    May 23, 2015

    Roy and Gretchen Jackson are heading back to the Preakness as owners for the first time since Barbaro's fateful trip to Pimlico nine years ago.They're heading to Baltimore with their latest entry, Divining Rod.Barbaro captured a nation's attention after winning the Kentucky Derby when he tragically broke down at the start of the second Triple Crown race and bravely fought to recover from the devastating leg injury. Barbaro was euthanized eight months later and people still remind the couple of how much the fallen champion meant to them.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher takes pass on Preakness

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Preakness is out for trainer Todd Pletcher.Pletcher said Tuesday he will not enter any of the four horses he was considering for Saturday's Preakness at Pimlico Race Course.Materiality is expected to run next in the Belmont Stakes on June 6 after finishing sixth in the Kentucky Derby despite a troubled trip.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher taking a pass on the Preakness

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Preakness is out for trainer Todd Pletcher.Pletcher said Tuesday he will not enter any of the four horses he was considering for Saturday's Preakness at Pimlico Race Course.Materiality is expected to run next in the Belmont Stakes on June 6 after finishing sixth in the Kentucky Derby despite a troubled tri.

  • Hall of Famer Stevens looking to turn tables in Preakness

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Gary Stevens came within a length of his fourth Kentucky Derby win when Firing Line finished second to American Pharoah.Not bad for a 52-year-old rider with an artificial knee.The Hall of Famer will try to even the score Saturday in the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course when the Derby runner-up again faces the Bob Baffert-trained duo of American Pharoah and third-place Derby finisher Dortmund.

  • Kentuckian wins Lazaro Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita

    May 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Kentuckian won the 0,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Kentuckian ran seven furlongs in 1:20.97 and paid , .80 and .40 as the even-money favorite in the field of six.

  • Freestyler wins stretch battle to take Monmouth Park feature

    May 23, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Freestyler overtook Marriage Fever in the closing strides to win by a nose in the ,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park.Trained by Bruce Alexander and ridden by Daniel Centeno, the 5-year-old gelding ran a mile in 1:38 1/5 and returned .20, .20 and .40. Marriage Fever paid .60 and .80, while Bama Bound was five lengths back in third and returned .80.

  • Stallwalkin' Dude wins Belmont's Diablo Stakes

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Stallwalkin' Dude held off Clearly Now by a neck Sunday to win the ,000 Diablo Stakes at Belmont Park.It was the fourth straight win, and first stakes victory, for the 5-year-old gelding owned and trained by David Jacobson.Stallwalkin' Dude set the pace and yielded briefly to Clearly Now in the stretch before battling back for his 11th win in 27 starts.

  • My Sweet Addiction scores upset win in Vanity at Santa Anita

    May 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) My Sweet Addiction led all the way to score a one-length upset in the 0,000 Vanity Stakes for older mares Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, My Sweet Addiction ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.73 and paid .20 and .20 at 9-2 odds.

  • Demonstrative rallies to win Iroqouis Steeplechase

    May 23, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Demonstrative took the lead at the last hurdle and beat Mr. Hot Stuff by a neck Saturday in the 0,000 Iroqouis Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park.Demonstrative, also the 2013 winner, beat four rivals, including two previous champions, in the three-mile race over 18 hurdles in the first of the National Steeplechase Association's six Grade 1 stakes.

  • A.P. Indian wins Monmouth's Decathlon Stakes

    May 23, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) A.P. Indian was the front-running winner of the ,000 Decathlon Stakes, the opening day feature Saturday as Monmouth Park kicked off its 70th season.The 58-day meet that runs through Sept. 27 began with a crowd of 11,138 on a foggy, cold day on the Jersey Shore.

  • Madefromlucky wins Belmont's Peter Pan

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Madefromlucky is headed for the Belmont Stakes after rallying to beat Conquest Curlinate by a length Saturday in the 6,000 Peter Pan Stakes for 3-year-olds.The 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan is a traditional prep for the final jewel of the Triple Crown on June 6 at Belmont Park.

  • Longshot Batti Man wins feature at Santa Anita

    May 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Batti Man won the ,000 feature for older horses by 1 3/4 lengths Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Batti Man ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.75 and paid .80, .80 and .80 at 5-1 odds.You Know I Know returned .80 and .20, while Bailoutbobby was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid .60 to show.

  • Goldy Espony wins Belmont feature

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Goldy Espony raced to her first U.S. victory Friday at Belmont Park in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf.The gray 4-year-old was 3 for 7 in her native France before joining Chad Brown's barn last summer. She ran in two stakes in an abbreviated campaign, with a third in the Valley View at Keeneland the best finish.

  • Preakness: Easy for Derby winner American Pharoah, or not?

    May 23, 2015

    Now comes the easy part for American Pharoah - the Preakness Stakes.At least that's the way Bob Baffert sizes up the next race on the Triple Crown trail.The Hall of Fame trainer is 3-0 when his Kentucky Derby winner runs in the Preakness, and his fourth Derby winner American Pharoah should be the heavy favorite for next Saturday's race.

  • Lookin' at trainer Bob Baffert's 5 Preakness wins

    May 23, 2015

    Robert Wyndham Walden is the King of the Preakness.Not D. Wayne Lukas, who has six victories.Not Bob Baffert with five.The honor belongs to Walden with seven, the most recent 127 years ago.Lukas and Baffert are making a push to take the title away, with Baffert going for win No. 6 next Saturday with Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah and third-place finisher Dortmund. Lukas was considering sending out Mr. Z in a long shot bid to match Walden's record.

  • 3 Eclipse Award winners on tap to race Iroquois Steeplechase

    May 23, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Three winners of the Eclipse Award for the best steeplechase horse in the land will square off in the 0,000 Iroquois Steeplechase on Saturday.Demonstrative, Divine Fortune and Pierrot Lunaire will face two challengers in the 3-mile race over 18 national hurdles at Percy Warner Park with each carrying 158 pounds. The contest is rated Grade 1 by the National Steeplechase Association.

  • Takeover Target wins Belmont feature

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Unbeaten Takeover Target gave the red-hot team of jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and trainer Chad Brown another victory Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.The colt improved to 2 for 2, beating Face the Music by 1 3/4 lengths as the even-money favorite. Launching with a bold rally from sixth down the center of the turf course, Takeover Target ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.57.

  • Havanna Belle wins feature by a neck at Santa Anita

    May 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Havanna Belle surged late to win the ,000 feature for 3-year-old fillies by a neck Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Havanna Belle ran a mile on turf in 1:38.83 and paid .80, .60 and .10 as the 4-5 favorite in the field of six.

  • Elwood 'Bud' Johnston, thoroughbred breeder and owner, dies

    May 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Elwood ''Bud'' Johnston, who bred and raced Eclipse Award-winning Acclamation, has died. He was 77.He died in his sleep Tuesday, a day before his 78th birthday, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association said Wednesday. He had attended morning workouts at Santa Anita as recently as last week.

  • Preakness hoping for record crowd, despite Baltimore unrest

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club anticipates a record crowd at the Preakness next Saturday, despite recent unrest and rioting in Baltimore.Salvatore Sinatra says, ''Sales have been very strong. Hopefully the weather holds, and we will probably break a record.''

  • Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah jogs on track

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) American Pharoah looked fresh after his first jog since winning the Kentucky Derby, and trainer Bob Baffert plans to keep his preparations for the Preakness just as light.The top three Derby finishers all jogged lightly Thursday as dawn broke on a clear morning at Churchill Downs. American Pharoah was on the track with stablemate and third-place Dortmund and runner-up Firing Line.

  • Kentucky Derby winner completes 1st workout for Preakness

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) American Pharoah looked fresh after his first workout since winning the Kentucky Derby.The top three Derby finishers all jogged lightly Thursday as dawn broke on a clear and pleasant morning at Churchill Downs.American Pharoah, trained by Bob Baffert, was on the track with stablemate and third-place Dortmund and runner-up Firing Line.

  • Lael Stables' Divining Rod set to run in Preakness

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The owners of Barbaro plan to run a horse in the Preakness on May 16.Gretchen and Roy Jackson's Lael Stables is set to enter Lexington Stakes winner Divining Rod in the race, nine years after Derby winner Barbaro tragically broke down at the start of the Preakness and was euthanized eight months later.

  • Matterhorn wins Belmont feature

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Matterhorn rallied from last in the four-horse field to win the ,000 allowance feature Wednesday at Aqueduct.The 3-5 favorite beat Between the Lines by 1 1/2 lengths for his second win in nine starts. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, the 4-year-old ran seven furlongs in 1:22.82 on the fast track.

  • Jockey Powers and gelding Billy Kelly elected to racing HOF

    May 23, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Jockey Vincent Powers and gelding Billy Kelly have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.Powers and Billy Kelly were selected by the museum's Historic Review Committee and will be inducted Aug. 7 with contemporary selections Chris Antley, King Leatherbury, Lava Man and Xtra Heat.

  • Monmouth Park close to breaking even fiscally

    May 23, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Three years after taking over Monmouth Park, the operators of the New Jersey shore thoroughbred racetrack believe the facility either will break even this year or make a profit.Speaking at the track's season opening news conference on Tuesday, Dennis Drazin said the track has reversed recent losing trends, seen increases in betting handle and attendance the past two years and is now self-sufficient.

  • Derby winner nears return to track for Preakness prep

    May 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) American Pharoah is set to return to the track Thursday for his first jog since winning the Kentucky Derby.The colt remained in Bob Baffert's barn at Churchill Downs after Saturday's race, while the four-time Derby winning trainer returned to his home base at Santa Anita in California.

  • Kentucky Derby win raises expectations for American Pharoah

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Trainer Bob Baffert barely had 14 hours to digest his Kentucky Derby victory with American Pharoah before hearing the inevitable question.Does his horse have what it takes to win the Triple Crown?''Well, we've got to get to the Preakness first,'' an admittedly tired Baffert said Sunday, referring to the 1 3/16-mile race May 16 in Baltimore. ''I don't even think about that yet.''

  • Derby winner American Pharoah a go in Preakness

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Lured by the promise of carrots, American Pharoah was led out of the barn to face a throng of cameras.Reluctant at first, the Kentucky Derby winner perked up when trainer Bob Baffert offered the colt's favorite snack. American Pharoah pricked his ears upon hearing the click of cameras and struck a regal pose.

  • Spanish Queen wins 0,000 Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita

    May 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Spanish Queen won the 0,000 Honeymoon Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 1 1/2 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Brice Blanc, Spanish Queen ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.24 and paid , .60 and .80.Sharla Rae returned and as the longest shot in the field at 48-1. Spirit of Xian was another 2 3/4 lengths back in third and paid .80 to show.

  • Loki's Vengeance wins Belmont's Affirmed Success Stakes

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Loki's Vengeance won the Affirmed Success Stakes for New York breds Sunday at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old trained by Mike Hushion and ridden by Angel Cruz rallied up the fence to beat Empire Dreams by 1 3/4 lengths.''I had the best trip in the race and went through on the rail,'' Cruz said. ''He did it all by himself.''

  • Derby winner American Pharoah a likely go in Preakness

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Lured by the promise of carrots, American Pharoah was led out of the barn to face a throng of cameras.Reluctant at first, the Kentucky Derby winner perked up when trainer Bob Baffert offered the colt's favorite snack. American Pharoah pricked his ears upon hearing the click of cameras and struck a regal pose.

  • Jockey Ryan Moore completes Guineas double on Legatissimo

    May 23, 2015

    NEWMARKET, England (AP) Jockey Ryan Moore completed a double of British classic wins this weekend by riding Legatissimo to victory in the 1,000 Guineas on Sunday.A day after winning the 2,000 Guineas - a race for colts - over the same course at Newmarket, Moore bided his time on Legatissimo before she came from the back of the field at halfway to overhaul favorite Lucinda. The winning margin in the fillies classic was three-quarters of a length.

  • The Latest: Keep black cats away from Baffert

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 9:45 p.m.And now, on to the Preakness for Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah, but trainer Bob Baffert could do without any black cats around the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.Baffert has a thing about black cats. He goes out of his way to avoid them, believing they represent the ultimate symbol of bad luck to a horse trainer.

  • Espinoza on a Derby roll with 2nd straight wins, 3 overall

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Victor Espinoza is getting pretty good at winning the Kentucky Derby.The jockey who calls himself the ''the luckiest Mexican on Earth'' won his second straight Derby and third overall on Saturday, guiding favorite American Pharoah to a one-length victory over Firing Line before a record crowd of 170,513 at Churchill Downs.

  • Catch a Flight wins Precisionist Stakes at Santa Anita

    May 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Catch a Flight split horses turning for home and went on to win the 0,750 Precisionist Stakes by three-quarters of a length Saturday at Santa Anita, giving Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella his 2,000th career victory.Ridden by Flavien Plat, Catch a Flight ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.22 and paid .80, .20 and .40 as the 7-5 favorite. Prat, a Frenchman, earned his first North American graded stakes victory.

  • American Pharoah gives trainer a long-awaited 4th Derby win

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Three times in seven years, Bob Baffert left the Kentucky Derby empty-handed. Two seconds and a sixth-place finish by the wagering favorite.After a while, those close calls started taking a toll. Even for a three-time Derby winner.

  • The Latest: Zayat family emotional after Derby win

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 8:55 p.m.Ahmed Zayat and his family rode a roller coaster of emotions watching American Pharoah thunder down the stretch and win by a length.His wife began crying, scared that Firing Line would snatch victory from a Zayat-owned horse for the fourth time in Derby history. They had runner-up finishes in 2012 with Bodemeister, in 2011 with Nehro and 2009 with Pioneerof the Nile.

  • Tonalist dominates Belmont's Westchester Stakes

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tonalist toyed with three rivals Saturday to win the 2,500 Westchester Stakes at Belmont Park.Joe Bravo rode Tonalist and two other stakes winners on the card.The Belmont Stakes winner, Tonalist is 4 for 4 at the traek after beating Confrontation by 3 3/4 lengths in his season debut.

  • Espinoza on a Derby roll with 2nd straight win, 3 overall

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Victor Espinoza is getting pretty good at winning the Kentucky Derby.The jockey who calls himself the ''the luckiest Mexican on Earth'' won his second straight Derby and third overall on Saturday, guiding favorite American Pharoah to a one-length victory over Firing Line before a record crowd of 170,513 at Churchill Downs.

  • The Latest: Baffert runs 1-3 in Derby; final results

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 7:40:American Phaorah won the Kentucky Derby by one length over Firing Line at Churchill Downs on Saturday, with Dortmund third - giving trainer Bob Baffert his fourth win in the Run for the Roses and marking the second time his horses have finished first and third.

  • Favorite American Pharoah rallies to win Kentucky Derby

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Brilliant but untested, American Pharoah was put to a fight in the Kentucky Derby and won.Sent off as the 5-2 favorite by the record crowd of 170,513, the brown colt rallied in the stretch to beat Firing Line by a length Saturday and deliver trainer Bob Baffert's fourth Derby win and first since 2002.

  • Owner Ahmed Zayat finally gets his Kentucky Derby victory

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Finally, a trip to the Kentucky Derby winner's circle for Ahmed Zayat.After three disappointing runner-up finishes, the owner won his first Derby when favorite American Pharoah took the Run for the Roses on Saturday before at record crowd of 170,513 at Churchill Downs.

  • The Latest: American Pharoah gives Baffert 4th Derby win

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 6:52For the third year in a row, the favorite has won the Kentucky Derby.American Pharoah swept into the lead on the turn for home and held off Firing Line and stablemate Dortmund to win the Run for the Rose before a record crowd at Churchill Downs.

  • American Pharoah wins 141st Kentucky Derby

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) American Pharoah won the 141st Kentucky Derby on Saturday, ridden by last year's Derby-winning jockey, Victor Espinoza.The 5-2 favorite was in contention at the top of the stretch and pulled clear at the finish for his fifth win in six starts.

  • Habitat wins Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters at Freehold

    May 23, 2015

    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) Habitat took the lead early on and posted a 3 3/4-length victory in the 3,170 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotting colts at Freehold Raceway on Saturday.Driven by Yannick Gingras, Habitat trotted the mile in 1:56.4 in the first big race in New Jersey leading up to the Hambletonian on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands. The Ron Burke-trained colt paid , .80 and .10.

  • Private Zone wins Churchill Downs Stakes

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Private Zone was the front-running winner in the 0,000 Churchill Downs Stakes as Bayern faded badly Saturday in his season debut.Many in the record crowd of 170,513 at Churchill Downs expected a victorious return for Bayern, the 4-5 favorite making his first start since winning the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita in November.

  • The Latest: Record growd gathers for Kentucky Derby

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 5:35 p.m.A record crowd of 170,513 is at Churchill Downs for the 141st Derby.That betters the old mark of 165,307, set three years ago when I'll Have Another won.Sunshine and 75-degree temperatures no doubt contributed to setting the mark.

  • The Latest: Rand Paul's Kentucky Derby pick

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 5:28 p.m.Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul enjoyed the early races of the Kentucky Derby day in a pink shirt and striped tie.The U.S. Senator from Kentucky said he is picking Carpe Diem, winner of the Tampa Day Derby.''I like the name,'' he said.

  • The Latest: How much for an elite seat at the Derby?

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 4:06 p.m.Depending on where you want to watch the Kentucky Derby, last-minute tickets can be considered reasonable if you don't mind partying with a few thousand friends in Churchill Downs' infield.They may be out of reach if you want to rub elbows with the high rollers on the upper levels.

  • The Latest: That's one big 'jockey' at Churchill Downs

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 3:50 p.m.Two jockeys made an appearance near the paddock and passers-by scrambled to snap photos with them.''Being a jockey has been the most gratifying experience in my life,'' professed Matt Rose.Only Rose weighs 260 pounds and stands 6-foot-9, a couple heads higher than the average jockey. And he's never actually ridden a horse.

  • The Latest: Weir garners attention with Derby "mohawk" hat

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 3 p.m.Johnny Weir's choice of flashy hats usually grabs as much attention as the Kentucky Derby favorite. He calls this year's choice his ''mohawk'' hat: a garland of red roses with an ice-cold mint julep on top. His shiny gold suit resembles pajamas along with black and gold loafers, a gold Rolex and even a gilded microphone for his NBC broadcasting job with sidekick and former fellow ice skater Tara Lipinski. Last year Weir made a splash with a tall white feathery hat with a white Pegasus horse bursting from the plume.

  • The Latest: Flay fires up winner in Derby undercard race

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 2:38 p.m.Celebrity chef Bobby Flay cooked up a winner in the 0,000 Humana Distaff as Dame Dorothy edged Judy the Beauty by a neck in a rousing battle to the wire. The 4-year-old filly is named for his mother.It was the second stakes win of the day for trainer Todd Pletcher, who saddles three runners later in the Derby: Carpe Diem, Materiality and Itsaknockout.

  • The Latest: New Pat Day Mile a hit on Derby Day

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 1:50The 0,000 Derby Trial for 3-year-olds, the traditional opening day feature at Churchill Downs, has a new name and a new spot on the calendar.It has been rechristened the Pat Day Mile, in honor of the retired Hall of Fame rider, and now kicks off the stakes undercard on Derby Day.

  • The Latest: On Derby red carpet; Groban, Gill, Bridgewater

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 1:30 p.m.Spotted on the red carpet at Churchill Downs gettin' ready for the Derby were Singer Josh Groban, wearing a blue suit with no tie;Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater, former Louisville star; Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead and the girl's father, Larry Birkhead; Cheech Marin, wearing an off-white linen suit, no tie; singer Johnny Gill; and former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson, who, when asked about Derby parties, replied, ''They are the best, last night we partied hard.''

  • The Latest: Danzig Moon's owner loves new Churchill suites

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 1:15 p.m.John Oxley spent Derby Day in a place where every horse owner longs to be - in an owner's suite near the Churchill Downs track.The Louisville track spent .2 million to build the new Winner's Circles Suites for Derby horse owners. The project also included a new courtyard that provided up-close viewing for more than 600 Derby fans.

  • The Latest: American Pharoah, Dortmund still top Derby picks

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 12:39 p.m.Early Derby odds have American Pharoah the 3-1 favorite and Dortmund the 4-1 second choice as fans begin sorting out their picks during advance wagering.Even with the morning scratch of International Star, there are still horses to ponder.

  • The Latest: Miss Kentucky shows for Derby, fashionably early

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 12:32 p.m.Every committed Kentucky Derby-goer has a system that works. Getting to the track, picking horses and navigating the crowds can be a challenge for the uninitiated.Longtime friends Tisa Lawless and Lisa Ware are doing their ninth Derby together. Lawless comes in from Dalton City, Illinois, and Ware from St. Petersburg, Florida.

  • Dan Farley, longtime horse racing writer, dies at 72

    May 23, 2015

    MECHANICSVILLE, Va. (AP) Dan Farley, an award-winning horse racing writer who covered hundreds of Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup races and was a former president of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, has died. He was 72.He died Friday in the hospital, according to his wife Betsy. He had been confined to a wheelchair for many years as a result of muscular dystrophy, but it didn't deter him from covering major stakes races in the U.S. and overseas.

  • The Latest: Fashionistas out in full force on Derby Day

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 11:45 a.m.On a normal day, Karen Vanzant, stands nearly 6 feet tall, a half foot taller than her husband Terry. On Derby Day, she plunked another two feet of bright yellow feathers on top of her head.Passers-by gawked at the Colorado couple in glittering yellow. Some asked them to pose for selfies. The Vanzants happily obliged.

  • The Latest: Fans stream into Churchill Downs on Derby Day

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 11:20 a.m.For his first Derby, Rob Levit had to go with The Vest.The 59-year-old from Amherst, Ohio, relies on it when he wants to make a statement. It's emblazoned with orange, green and pink patterns and includes a dash of flowers similar to roses. It was a gift from his mother 20 years ago.

  • International Star scratched from 141st Kentucky Derby

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) International Star was scratched from the Kentucky Derby early Saturday, leaving 18 horses to run for the roses.Owner Ken Ramsey said a problem was discovered in the colt's left front foot, likely an abscess. The veterinarian who checked out International Star didn't like the way he jogged inside the barn and once the blacksmith removed the colt's shoe, a warm spot on the inside of the foot was found, Ramsey said.

  • KENTUCKY DERBY: Things to watch at Churchill Downs

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Bob Baffert jokes that his last Kentucky Derby victory was so long ago, he doesn't remember.The Hall of Fame trainer could make some new memories Saturday if either of his top two favorites - American Pharoah or Dortmund - end up wearing the garland of red roses in the winner's circle.

  • Avenge wins Ultrafleet Stakes by a head at Santa Anita

    May 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Avenge overcame traffic trouble to win the ,550 Ultrafleet Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by a head Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Avenge ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:14.07 and paid .20, .20 and .

  • Habitat favored in the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters

    May 23, 2015

    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) Habitat will step on the road to the Hambletonian Stakes when the colt takes on seven foes in the 3,170 Dexter Cup for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Freehold Raceway.A multiple stakes winner in 2014, Habitat will start from post No. 6 with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. The Ron Burke trainee is the 9-5 morning line favorite.

  • Lovely Maria wins Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Kerwin Clark's biggest career win initially left him tearful, reflective and eventually grateful.He can thank Lovely Maria for bringing all those feelings out in an association that has yielded success for both in big ways, especially in the million Kentucky Oaks.

  • Lovely Maria's kick wins Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Lovely Maria took charge in the stretch to pass Angela Renee and went on to win the 141st Kentucky Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs.Following up last month's Grade 1 Ashland victory at Keeneland, Lovely Maria broke from the No. 7 post position and was in the hunt throughout the million showcase for 3-year-old fillies. She was even with Angela Renee in the stretch before making a last kick to earn her third victory in four starts by 2 3/4 lengths, giving trainer Larry Jones and owner Brereton Jones their third Oaks victories.

  • El Kabeir scratched from Kentucky Derby because of sore foot

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) El Kabeir's sore foot knocked the horse out of the Kentucky Derby.The gray colt did not have his usual jog on Friday and Justin Zayat, son of owner Ahmed Zayat, later said on Twitter that ''it looks like he might be getting a foot abscess or a foot bruise'' in his left front foot.

  • El Kabeir scratched from Kentucky Derby; field now 19

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) El Kabeir has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby after missing a morning gallop due to a bruised left front foot.With El Kabeir out of Saturday's race, the Derby field is now at 19.Trained by John Terranova, El Kabeir missed a morning gallop and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission was notified of the decision to withdraw Friday afternoon. The scratch leaves three-time Derby winner Calvin Borel without a ride.

  • Baffert is loaded with 2 blazing colts for Kentucky Derby

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Bob Baffert hopes he's celebrating in the winner's circle at the Kentucky Derby. He just doesn't know which horse or owners would join him.After all, the trainer has the two top favorites for Saturday's race.American Pharoah, owned by Egyptian Ahmed Zayat, is the early 5-2 favorite for the 141st Derby off an eight-length victory in the Arkansas Derby.

  • Baffert's 2 bullets take aim at 141 Kentucky Derby

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Bob Baffert hopes he's celebrating in the winner's circle at the Kentucky Derby. He just doesn't know which horse or owners would join him.After all, the trainer's got the two top favorites for Saturday's race.American Pharoah, owned by Egyptian Ahmed Zayat, is the early 5-2 favorite for the 141st Derby off an impressive eight-length victory in the Arkansas Derby.

  • Derby long shots anyone? We've got your horse right here!

    May 23, 2015

    Hoping to unearth a Kentucky Derby winner at a price?We got your long shots right here.We're talking the next Giacomo, who won at 50-1 and returned 2.60 for a win bet 10 years ago. We're talking Mine That Bird, who won at the same odds in 2009 and paid 3.20. We're even talking Animal Kingdom in 2011, who won at 20-1 (.90), and I'll Have Another, who won the next year at 15-1 (.60).

  • El Kabeir in doubt for Kentucky Derby because of sore foot

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) El Kabeir has a sore foot that could knock him out of the Kentucky Derby.The gray colt did not have his usual jog on Friday and Justin Zayat, son of owner Ahmed Zayat, later said on Twitter that ''it looks like he might be getting a foot abscess or a foot bruise'' in his left front foot.

  • Hard work, low pay and early risings at Churchill Downs

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Life on the backside at Churchill Downs seems a world away from the glamour of the grandstand. This is what happens behind the scenes through the eyes of one hot-walker:--Mike Wells leads sleek thoroughbreds on leisurely walks to cool them down after workouts. His workdays start before dawn, seven days a week. The wiry-framed, 55-year-old handles powerful animals with minds of their own. But he takes pride in being part of a team that prepares horses to reach racetracks in prime condition.

  • Life on backside far from glamour of Churchill grandstand

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Life on the backside at Churchill Downs seems a world away from the glamour of the grandstand. This is what happens behind the scenes through the eyes of one ''hotwalker'':--Mike Wells leads sleek thoroughbreds on leisurely walks to cool them down after workouts. His workdays start before dawn, seven days a week. The wiry-framed, 55-year-old handles powerful animals with minds of their own. But he takes pride in being part of a team that prepares horses to reach racetracks in prime condition.

  • Churchill's backside takes care of horses and old horsemen

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The white-haired horseman still sleeps above the stable.When the sun comes up, 87-year-old Richard Miller shuffles from his little room above barn No. 11 on the backside of Churchill Downs. He plops into a plastic chair on the balcony and waves to the stable hands who do the job he did for six decades - the one he would still be doing if his body would let him.

  • Jockey Alex Solis appointed to California Horse Racing Board

    May 23, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Jockey Alex Solis has been appointed to the California Horse Racing Board, replacing actress Bo Derek, who resigned after serving nearly seven years.His appointment was announced Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Derek had most recently been first vice chair of the board that governs the sport in California.

  • Carla Gaines aims to become 1st Derby-winning woman trainer

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) For its first 40 years, the Kentucky Derby wasn't the race it is now.Things began changing after Regret captured the nation's attention in 1915 as the first filly to beat the boys in the race.That achievement isn't lost on trainer Carla Gaines as she aims 100 years later to be the first woman to saddle the winner of America's signature horse race.

  • Sunday Rules wins feature at Santa Anita by 2 1/2 lengths

    May 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Sunday Rules won the ,900 feature by 2 1/2 lengths Thursday at Santa Anita to remain perfect in four career starts.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Sunday Rules ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.24 and paid .80, .40 and .10 as the odds-on favorite. It was her first race since June 26.

  • Lady Kreesa wins Belmont feature

    May 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Lady Kreesa rallied for a two-length victory over Sweetpollypurebrd in the ,000 allowance feature for New York bred fillies and mares Thursday at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old trained by David Donk and ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. ran six furlongs in 1:09.41 over the firm turf course.

  • 2-time winner Nick Zito gets into Kentucky Derby

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito got his wish: Frammento is in the Kentucky Derby.Stanford was scratched Thursday, moving 50-1 shot Frammento into the 20-horse field for Saturday's race.Trainer Todd Pletcher said Stanford would skip the Derby and run in either the Peter Pan at Belmont Park on May 9 or the Preakness on May 16.

  • Stellar Wind leads strong field in million Kentucky Oaks

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Stellar Wind will be looking for a fourth straight victory when the 7-2 favorite takes on 13 rivals in Friday's million Kentucky Oaks, the top 3-year-old race for fillies run the day before the Kentucky Derby.The filly trained by John Sadler has won both starts this year by a combined eight lengths and will be ridden by Victor Espinoza, who will be aboard favorite American Pharoah in the Derby. Stellar Wind won the Santa Anita Oaks in her last start.

  • Baffert aiming at 1st 1-2 Kentucky Derby finish since 1948

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Bob Baffert was a big-shot quarter horse trainer when he took his cowboy hat and scuffed boots to the high-class world of thoroughbred racing. He gave himself three years to make a splash. After a slow start and some embarrassing losses, he found his footing.

  • Keen Ice's Iowa stable tries again for Kentucky Derby win

    May 23, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A group of 22 Iowa investors that has had two third-place Kentucky Derby finishers and has a horse in the field for this weekend's race said Thursday its success can be attributed to buying only horses that fit a genetic formula developed by the group's president.

  • Stanford scratched from Kentucky Derby; Frammento joins race

    May 23, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Stanford has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby, moving Frammento into the 20-horse field for Saturday's race.Trainer Todd Pletcher said Thursday that 30-1 shot Stanford would skip the Derby and run in a future race.That leaves Pletcher with three entries: Carpe Diem, the 8-1 third choice; 12-1 Materiality; and 30-1 Itsaknockout.

  • Derby Agony: Baffert's Kentucky Derby losses: he's had a few

    May 23, 2015

    Before Bob Baffert won the Kentucky Derby for the first time, he lost.Oh brother did he lose. Cavonnier, 1996, remember?Sure, he's won the world's great horse race three times. Only three other trainers have won more in 140 runnings. And, the Hall of Famer is pumped for a fourth with the two favorites for Saturday's Derby, unbeaten Dortmund and the sweet-striding American Pharoah.

  • Doubledown Again wins Big A feature

    December 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - Doubledown Again rallied from sixth to win the $75,000 allowance feature Wednesday in the slop at Aqueduct.The 2-1 favorite, Doubledown Again took command at the top of stretch and held off Moments Notiz by a length. Jose Ortiz was aboard for trainer Michelle Nevin as the 4-year-old gray gelding got his sixth win in 26 starts. The time was 1:10.82 for six furlongs.