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  • Masochistic wins 0,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes at Del Mar

    August 27, 2016

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Masochistic led all the way to win the 0,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths Saturday at Del Mar, earning an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Masochistic ran seven furlongs in 1:20.31, just missing the track record of 1:20 set by Solar Launch in the 1990 Real Good Deal Stakes. The winner paid .40 at 1-5 odds.

  • Betting Line breaks world pacing record

    August 21, 2016

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) Betting Line paced the fastest mile by a 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track, romping to a four-length win over Racing Hill in 1:47.2 on Saturday night in the 0,000 Battle of the Brandywine at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

  • California Chrome wins million Pacific Classic

    August 20, 2016

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) California Chrome took the lead out of the gate and ran away with the Pacific Classic.The winningest horse in North America history, California Chrome won the million race by five lengths at Del Mar on Saturday for his 14th victory in 23 career starts.

  • Hall of Fame jockey Borel ending retirement after 4 months

    August 16, 2016

    HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel didn't take long to realize that retirement wasn't for him right now.Borel announced Monday that he will end his retirement after just four months and return to racing on Aug. 27 at Ellis Park.The track confirmed Borel's return on its website. He had abruptly announced his retirement on March 30, but said in a Monday release that ''when you love something, it's hard to break away.''

  • Irish-bred Mondialiste wins Arlington Million by a neck

    August 13, 2016

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) Irish-bred Mondialiste thrives in the United States.The 6-year-old won the Grade 1 Arlington Million on Saturday, earning a berth into the Breeders' Cup when jockey Daniel Tudhope guided the bay horse through a three-wide finish to edge Kasaqui by a neck.

  • Pool Winner scores wire-to-wire win in Monmouth Park feature

    August 13, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Pool Winner scored a wire-to-wire win in the ,000 My Frenchman Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, beating Sylven Park by 2 } lengths.Trained by Alan Goldberg and ridden by Nik Juarez, the 4-year-old gelding ran the 5 + furlongs over a firm turf course in 1:01.72 and paid .40, .40 and .60. It was the sixth win in 15 career starts for Pool Winner, who has now earned (hash)244,840.

  • Trainer Jimmy Takter has owned the Hambletonian lately

    August 5, 2016

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The Hambletonian has become trainer Jimmy Takter's personal playground lately.The Swedish native has won trotting's biggest race the past two years, and he has another chance on Saturday when he sends out five 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands, including the highly regarded Bar Hopping.

  • Driver Yannick Gingras not haunted by Hambletonian failures

    August 4, 2016

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Recent failures in the Hambletonian aren't haunting driver Yannick Gingras.The 37-year-old is back knocking on the door of harness racing's most prestigious race, having the reins with favored Southwind Frank in Saturday's million race for 3-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands.

  • Side Bet Hanover, Celebrity Eventsy wins Hambo Oaks elims

    July 30, 2016

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Side Bet Hanover and Celebrity Eventsy raced to upset victories in the eliminations for the 0,000 Hambletonian Oaks in the slop Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.The top five in each ,000 elimination for 3-year-old trotting fillies advanced to the Aug. 6 final, part of the undercard for the million Hambletonian.

  • Haskell field includes Derby, Preakness winners

    July 30, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Leaving Monmouth Park hours after Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's triumphant return to the races in last year's Haskell Invitational, track president Bob Kulina already was thinking ahead.The guy who has been around the Jersey shore track since the early 1970s knew nothing could top the spectacle of American Pharoah: 60,000 fans standing and cheering as the champion charged down the stretch in his first race as the first Triple Crown champion in 37 years.

  • Haskell: Derby winner Nyquist 6-5 favorite over Exaggerator

    July 28, 2016

    All set to return to the races, Nyquist will take on five challengers in the million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in his first start since his only loss in the Preakness more than two months ago.The Kentucky Derby winner is the 6-5 morning-line favorite for Sunday's 1 1/8-mile Haskell over a field that includes Exaggerator, who ended Nyquist's 8-0 record in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

  • Long-shot Gold Rush Dancer wins at Del Mar

    July 27, 2016

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Long-shot Gold Rush Dancer rallied on the far outside entering the stretch and held off Tough It Out by a half-length Wednesday in the 0,000 Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar.Sent off at 14-1 in the race for California-bred 3-year-olds, Gold Rush Dancer ran seven furlongs in 1:21.90 for his third straight victory and fifth in 12 starts. Flavien Prat rode the colt for trainer Vann Belvoir and owner John E. Parker.

  • Preakness winner Exaggerator joins Haskell field

    July 27, 2016

    The Nyquist-Exaggerator rivalry is set to resume, this time in the million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.Officials at the Jersey Shore track said Exaggerator's connections confirmed that the Preakness winner will be entered in the race on Thursday.

  • Irish jockey paralyzed after falling off horse dies aged 41

    July 26, 2016

    DUBLIN (AP) JT McNamara, an Irish jockey who was paralyzed following a fall at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013, has died. He was 41.McNamara's death was announced by The Irish Turf Club, which didn't provide a cause.McNamara was initially treated in Britain following the Cheltenham fall that left him paralyzed after fracturing two vertebrae in his neck. He was transferred to a Dublin hospital but returned to Britain to be treated by spinal injuries experts.

  • Patriots Rule rallies to win California Dreamin' Stakes

    July 24, 2016

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Long-shot Patriots Rule rallied from last to beat Ambitious Brew by a half-length Sunday in the 0,000 California Dreamin' Stakes at Del Mar.Patriots Rule ran 1 1/16 miles on the turf course in 1:41.78 and paid .80, .40 and .60 his sixth victory in 21 starts. The 5-year-old earned ,500 to push his total to 1,730.

  • California Chrome wins San Diego Handicap

    July 23, 2016

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) California Chrome beat Dortmund by a half-length Saturday at Del Mar in the Grade 2 0,000 San Diego Handicap, the 1 1/16-mile prep for the Grade I million Pacific Classic on Aug. 20.Ridden by Victor Espinoza for trainer Art Sherman, the 2014 Horse of the Year was making his first start since winning the world's most lucrative race, the million World Cup in Dubai on March 26.

  • Unbeaten Enola Gray romps to 7 3/4-length win at Del Mar

    July 22, 2016

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Unbeaten Enola Gray romped to a 7 3/4-length victory Friday in the 0,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies.Ridden by Tyler Baze for trainer Phil D'Amato, Enola Gray ran seven furlongs in a stakes-record 1:21.24. The previous record of 1:21.40 was set by Princess Royalty in 1990.

  • Summer racing heats up with California Chrome, Songbird

    July 22, 2016

    Horse racing's summer season kicks off in a big way this weekend at two of the sport's most treasured racetracks, Del Mar and Saratoga.And what a daily double it should be - Dubai World Cup winner California Chrome taking on six rivals in Saturday's 0,000 San Diego Handicap and undefeated filly Songbird starring in Sunday's 0,000 Coaching Club American Oaks.

  • Lynne's Legacy rallies to win Del Mar feature race

    July 21, 2016

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Lynne's Legacy rallied from last place to win the Del Mar feature race Thursday for older fillies and mares.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, the 3-year-old beat Summer Lady by 1 1/4 lengths. Lynne's Legacy ran 1 1/16 miles on the turf course in 1:43.04 and paid .60, .60 and .20 for her second victory in nine career starts.

  • Saratoga to open for its 148th season of thoroughbred racing

    July 21, 2016

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) The 148th season of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs gets underway this week, kicking off nearly seven weeks of a summertime tradition dating to the Civil War.Opening day for Saratoga Race Course is Friday, with gates opening at 11 a.m. and the first race post time scheduled for 1 p.m. Racing will be held on 40 days through Labor Day, Sept. 5, with the track closed on Tuesdays.

  • Saratoga Race Course set to open for its 148th season

    July 21, 2016

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) The 148th season of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs gets underway this week, kicking off nearly seven weeks of a summertime tradition dating to the Civil War.Opening day for Saratoga Race Course is Friday, with gates opening at 11 a.m. and the first race post time scheduled for 1 p.m. Racing with be held on 40 days through Labor Day, Sept. 5, with the track closed on Tuesdays.

  • Bob Baffert-trained Pretty N Cool wins at Del Mar

    July 20, 2016

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Pretty N Cool rallied in the stretch to win the ,600 C.E.R.F. Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths Wednesday at Del Mar.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Pretty N Cool split horses entering the stretch, engaged front-running 6-5 favorite Shh She's Our and disposed of her before cruising to the wire. Pretty N Cool ran six furlongs in 1:09.07 and paid , .40 and .60.

  • Jockey Patrick Valenzuela loses license bid in California

    July 20, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Former Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Patrick Valenzuela has lost his bid to ride in California for now.The California Horse Racing Board has accepted a hearing officer's recommendation to deny Valenzuela a jockey's license, although he may re-apply in one year. At that time, he would have to present evidence of rehabilitation, including results of alcohol and drug testing performed on no less than once a week.

  • Midnight Storm wins 0,000 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar

    July 17, 2016

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Midnight Storm fought off multiple challenges in the stretch to win the 0,000 Eddie Read Stakes on Sunday at Del Mar.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and carrying high weight of 124 pounds, Midnight Storm ran nine furlongs on the turf in 1:47.88 and paid .40, .40 and .60 as the 8-5 favorite in the Grade 2 race.

  • A winner in her debut: Miss Freeze takes Lynbrook Stakes

    July 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Miss Freeze launched her career with a 6 1/4-length victory Sunday in the 5,000 Lynbrook Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, the closing day feature at Belmont Park.Miss Freeze was the unknown factor, the only runner in the New York bred race who had not made a start.

  • Control The Moment wins Meadowlands Pace by a nose

    July 16, 2016

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Control The Moment held off Racing Hill by a nose Saturday night in the 2,050 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds.After a slow start this year, the champion juvenile pacer in Canada last season has rounded back into peak form. The colt trained by Brad Maxwell has won three of his last four starts, including last week's Meadowlands Pace elimination.

  • She's Not Here wins Yellow Ribbon again at Del Mar

    July 17, 2016

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) She's Not Here won the 0,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap for the second straight year Saturday, holding off Fresh Feline by a neck in the Del Mar turf race for fillies and mares.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke and trained by Victoria Oliver, the 5-year-old She's Not Here ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.700 and paid .40, .20 and .60. The mare has six victories in 22 starts.

  • King Kressa, Runaway Lute win stakes at Belmont

    July 16, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) King Kressa and Runaway Lute won stakes Saturday at Belmont Park.King Kressa edged 4/5 favorite Force the Pass by a nose in the 0,000 Forbidden Apple on the turf.It was the 10th win in 32 starts for the 7-year-old gelding trained by David Donk and ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr.

  • Gone Local draws off in stretch to win Monmouth Park feature

    July 16, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Gone Local took the lead in the stretch and drew off to a 4 1/4-length victory over Lazarus Project on Saturday in the ,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park.Trained by Kathleen O'Connell and ridden by Antonio Gallardo, Gone Local ran a mile over the fast track in 1:38 2/5 and returned .60, .60 and . It was the second win in seven career starts for the 3-year-old colt.

  • Monster Bea wins Oceanside Stakes in Del Mar opener

    July 15, 2016

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Hall of Famer rode long-shot Monster Bea to an upset victory Friday in the 7,970 Oceanside Stakes on the opening day of Del Mar's 77th summer season.The crowd of 42,562 was the largest this year for racing in California.Monster Bea beat favored Moonlight Drive by 2 1/4 lengths in the race for 3-year-olds, running a mile on the infield turf course in 1:35.930. The winner paid .20, .80 and .60.

  • The Truth Or Else pulls 28-1 upset in Belmont Park feature

    July 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Truth Or Else was the 28-1 upset winner of the ,000 allowance feature on Thursday at Belmont Park.The long shot was aided by a quick early pace that left 3-2 favorite Dads Caps vulnerable in the lane.The Truth Or Else and jockey Luis Saez rallied from far back to beat Dannie's Dreamer by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Sears looks for Meadowlands Pace win and Hall of Fame call

    July 14, 2016

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Brian Sears appears on the ballot for harness racing's Hall of Fame for the first time later this summer.Sears could burnish his credentials with another victory Saturday night in the 2,050 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds when he drives Control The Moment.

  • Tejana improves to 2 for 2, takes Belmont Park feature

    July 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Tejana dictated the pace and pulled clear in the lane to remain unbeaten with a 4 1/4-length victory Wednesday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.The 3-year-old trained by Shug McGaughey improved to 2 for 2 as she stretched out to a mile for the first time. Edgar Prado has been aboard for both victories.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist to run in M Haskell

    July 11, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will make his next start at the million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 31.Track officials made the announcement Monday.Trainer Doug O'Neill said the 3-year-old colt turned in an impressive workout earlier in the day at Santa Anita racetrack in California, covering five furlongs in 59 seconds. O'Neill said it hasn't been decided when Nyquist will be shipped to New Jersey, but the travel plans should be worked out in the near future,

  • Guapaza gets first US win in River Memories Stakes

    July 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Guapaza got her first U.S. victory on Sunday, beating Trophee by a half length in the ,000 River Memories Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.The 5-year-old from Chile had turned in a trio of quality efforts since joining Chad Brown's barn this year, hitting the board in all three against tougher competition. The River Memories was a modest spot against only three rivals, and the 4/5 favorite responded with her seventh win in 21 starts.

  • Theonewewaitedfor wins Landaluce Stakes at Santa Anita

    July 10, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Theonewewaitedfor outran 3-5 favorite Miss Southern Miss through the stretch to win the 5,000 Landaluce Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 2 3/4 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Theonewewaitedfor ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.82 and paid , and .60.

  • Catch a Glimpse wins eighth straight in Belmont Oaks

    July 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Catch a Glimpse extended her winning streak to eight and earned a return trip to the Breeders' Cup with her victory Saturday in the .25 million Belmont Oaks Invitational for 3-year-old turf fillies at Belmont Park.The Oaks was a Breeders' Cup Challenge race, guaranteeing the winner a spot in the million Filly & Mare Turf on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita.

  • No Distortion draws off to win 0,000 Long Branch Stakes

    July 9, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) No Distortion took the lead entering the far turn and then drew off in the stretch to win the 0,000 Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, beating Unbridled Daddy by 3¼ lengths.Trained by Larry Jones and ridden by Gabriel Saez, the 3-year-old colt ran the 1 1/6 miles over a good track in 1:42.81 and returned .80, and .20. It was the third win in 10 career starts for No Distortion, who has now earned 2,480.

  • Masochistic wins feature by 6 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita

    July 8, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Masochistic won the ,000 feature for older horses by 6 1/4 lengths Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Masochistic ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:13.74 and paid .40, .80 and .10 as the 3-5 favorite.Heir of Storm returned .60 and .80, while Indexical was another 4 1/2 lengths back in third and paid .80 to show.

  • Wake Up in Malibu wins Belmont's Saginaw Stakes

    July 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Wake Up in Malibu was the front-running winner of the 0,000 Saginaw Stakes for New York breds on Friday at Belmont Park.Manny Franco rode for trainer Charlie Baker as the 5-year-old gelding beat 4/5 favorite Royal Posse by 2 1/4 lengths. Wake Up in Malibu improved to 3-1-3 in nine starts at Belmont.

  • Greyhound racing banned in New South Wales from July 2017

    July 6, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Greyhound racing will be shut down in the Australian state of New South Wales from July 2017 after a state parliamentary inquiry found overwhelming evidence of animal cruelty.The inquiry's report, released Thursday, found between 48,000 and 68,000 greyhounds were killed in the state in the past 12 years because they were deemed uncompetitive.

  • Mrazek takes 0,000 Thor's Echo Handicap

    July 4, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Mrazek won the 0,000 Thor's Echo Handicap by 1 1/2 lengths Monday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Square Eddie ran six furlongs in 1:09.45 and paid .80, .40 and .60 as the 7-5 favorite.Love My Bud returned .40 and .20, while Nardo was another half-length back in third and paid to show.

  • John Velazquez rides 4 winners at Belmont, takes both stakes

    July 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez won four races, including both 0,000 stakes on the Independence Day card at Belmont Park.Velazquez was aboard as Comfort, the 2-1 second choice took the State Dinner by 3 1/4 lengths over 6-5 favorite Touchofstarquality.

  • Top Irish jockey Fallon retires because of depression

    July 4, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Kieren Fallon, a six-time champion jockey in Britain, has retired from horse racing after suffering from depression.Speaking on Fallon's behalf, the chief medical officer for the Irish Turf Club said on Monday that Fallon has had depression for almost three years.

  • Davina Comedia wins Southern Truce Stakes at Santa Anita

    July 3, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Davina Comedia overtook pacesetter Living The Life with three furlongs to go and went on to a 1 3/4-length victory in the ,000 Southern Truce Stakes for older fillies and mares on Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Davina Comedia ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.89 and paid , .40 and at 16-1 odds.

  • Breeder Keller, trainer Nickells enter Harness Hall of Fame

    July 3, 2016

    GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) Breeder Charlie Keller III and trainer Bruce Nickells have been inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.Keller continued the Yankeeland breeding farm started by his late father, Charles Keller Jr., the New York Yankees outfielder who played alongside Joe DiMaggio. Nickells is best known as a trainer of pacing fillies.

  • World Approval wins United Nations Stakes at Monmouth

    July 3, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) World Approval took command turning for home and held off Money Multiplier by 1 1/4 lengths Sunday to win the 0,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park.The U.N. and the million Haskell Invitational here on July 31 are the Grade 1s on the New Jersey stakes calendar.

  • World Approval wins United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park

    July 3, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) World Approval took command turning for home and held off Money Multiplier by 1 1/4 lengths Sunday to win the 0,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park.The U.N. and the million Haskell Invitational here on July 31 are the Grade 1s on the New Jersey stakes calendar.

  • Haveyougoneaway rallies to win Belmont's Dancin Renee Stakes

    July 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Haveyougoneaway rallied to beat Quezon by 2 3/4 lengths Sunday in the 0,000 Dancin Renee Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park.Kendrick Carmouche was aboard for trainer Tom Morley as the 5-year-old split rivals in midstretch for her ninth win in 24 starts.

  • Always B Miki wins 0,000 Ben Franklin Stakes

    July 3, 2016

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) Always B Miki won Saturday's 0,000 Ben Franklin Stakes for older pacers, defeating Freaky Feet Pete by three-quarters of a length in 1:47 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.Wiggle It Jiggleit finished third.Always B Miki's time equaled the fastest mile in harness racing history on a five-eighths-mile racetrack. Always B Miki, who also won in 1:47 last week at Pocono, shares the record with Sweet Lou.

  • Dalmore wins Affirmed Stakes for Desormeaux brothers

    July 2, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Dalmore won the 0,000 Affirmed Stakes by a half-length Saturday at Santa Anita for the Desormeaux brothers.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by his brother Keith, Dalmore ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.84 and paid .20, .60 and .10.

  • Off the Tracks rolls by 3 1/2 lengths in Mother Goose Stakes

    July 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Off the Tracks set the pace and comfortably held off Lewis Bay by 3 1/2 lengths Saturday to win the 0,000 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.It was the fifth Mother Goose for trainer Todd Pletcher, moving him one behind stakes record holder D. Wayne Lukas.

  • Bendable wins feature by 2¼ lengths at Santa Anita

    July 1, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Bendable won the ,000 feature for 3-year-old fillies by 2¼ lengths Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Bendable ran six furlongs in 1:09.59 and paid .40, .20 and .10 at 1-5 odds.Sweet Halory returned .40 and , while Run for Retts was another 4¼ lengths back in third and paid .20 to show.

  • Akatea rallies from last to win Belmont Park feature

    July 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Akatea rallied from last to capture the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf Friday at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old bred in Ireland trailed the six-horse field before launching a four-wide bid at the top of the stretch. Joel Rosario urged her on to a half-length victory over Now Power and JC's Shooting Star who finished in a dead heat for second.

  • Weather forces Monmouth Park to cancel last 2 races

    July 1, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Severe weather has caused Monmouth Park Racetrack to cancel its final two races.Bob Kulina, president of the group that operates the New Jersey Shore thoroughbred racetrack, says heavy rains and lightning blew through the area around 3:30 p.m. Friday, making it impossible to race.

  • Strong harness field for 0,000 Ben Franklin Stakes

    July 1, 2016

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) Always B Miki and Freaky Feet Pete join 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit on Saturday in the 0,000 Ben Franklin Stakes at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.This will be the first time all three horses have been in the same race.

  • Anytime Anyplace wins feature at Santa Anita

    June 30, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Anytime Anyplace won the ,000 feature for 3-year-olds by three-quarters of a length Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Anytime Anyplace ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.01 and paid .40, and at 12-1 odds.Texas Two Step returned .40 and .80, while Kenjisstorm paid .60 to show.

  • Roca Rojo rocks Belmont Park feature in US debut

    June 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Roca Rojo stretched her undefeated streak to three with a rousing victory in her U.S. debut, the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf Thursday at Belmont Park.Pinched back to last at the start, the 4-year-old angled seven-wide turning for home and surged to a 2 1/4-length victory over Fair Point.

  • Shh She's Ours wins ,000 Desert Stormer II at Santa Anita

    June 26, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Shh She's Ours led all the way to win the ,000 Desert Stormer II Stakes for fillies and mares by 1 1/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Shh She's Ours ran six furlongs in 1:07.75 and paid .60, and .20 at 13-1 odds.

  • Cloud Control, Louisville First win NY Stallion Stakes

    June 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Cloud Control and Louisville First were the upset winners of the 0,000 divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf Sunday at Belmont Park.Cloud Control, 6-1, rallied to take the colt and gelding division by a length over Bust Another. It was his first victory in three tries.

  • Melatonin wins Gold Cup by 1 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita

    June 26, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Melatonin won the 0,000 Gold Cup by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Melatonin ran 1 1/4 miles in 1:59.79 and paid .60, and as the 9-5 favorite. The 5-year-old gelding earned an automatic berth into the million Breeders' Cup Classic at the track this fall.

  • By the Moon wins Belmont's Bed o' Roses

    June 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) By the Moon beat Wavell Avenue by 1 3/4 lengths Saturday in the 0,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.The 2-1 second choice, By the Moon took the inside route before darting through a wide opening at the top of the stretch for her fourth win in 11 starts.

  • Little Hitman edges Credo in Monmouth Park feature

    June 24, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Little Hitman grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch and held off the late charge by Credo to capture the ,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Friday by nearly a length.Ridden by Pedro Cotto Jr., Little Hitman covered the six furlongs in 1:11.25 in winning his second straight race. The 4-year-old ridgling paid .20, .80 and .60 as the favorite in the field of eight New Jersey-bred colts and geldings.

  • Far From Over captures comeback in Belmont feature

    June 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Far From Over returned from a lengthy layoff to win the ,000 allowance feature Friday at Belmont Park.The ridgling (a horse with an undescended testicle) improved to 3 for 3 with a 1 1/4-length victory over Mills.Far From Over became a Triple Crown contender for trainer Todd Pletcher when he overcame a stumble to win the Withers Stakes on Feb. 7, 2015. He had been sidelined since then with a hairline fracture of the left hind leg.

  • Robillard holds on to win Belmont Park feature

    June 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Robillard held off Itsonlyactingdad by a neck Friday to win the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.Robillard and jockey Kendrick Carmouche set the pace from the outside post in the six-horse field. Itsonlyactingdad, the early trailer, made a strong late-stretch run but could not collar the leader.

  • Momameamaria wins Belmont feature by 5 1/2 lengths

    June 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Momameamaria easily dispatched three rivals Wednesday in the ,750 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old trained by David Cannizzo set the pace in the 6 1/2-furlong race, beating 4-5 favorite Stormy Sky by 5 1/2 lengths with Joel Rosario aboard.

  • Cheekaboo wins Honeymoon Stakes by a head at Santa Anita

    June 19, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Cheekaboo won the 0,000 Honeymoon Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by a head in a three-way blanket finish Sunday at Santa Anita, where the temperature reached 103 degrees.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Cheekaboo ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.86 and paid .60, .60 and .80 at 23-1 odds.

  • Ancient Secret wins Belmont's Wild Applause Stakes by a head

    June 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ancient Secret rallied to beat Thundering Sky by a head Sunday in the 0,000 Wild Applause Stakes for 3-year-old turf fillies at Belmont Park.The undefeated chestnut trained by Chad Brown passed two important tests. This was her first stakes race, and the first try in open company after easily beating New York breds in two previous starts.

  • Illuminant wins Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita

    May 30, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Illuminant closed from just off the pace to win the 0,000 Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares by one length Monday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Illuminant ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:48.34 and paid .40, and .40 at 5-1 odds in just her second start in a Grade 1 race.

  • Weekend Hideaway, Bar of Gold win 0,000 stakes at Belmont

    May 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Weekend Hideaway and Bar of Gold won the 0,000 stakes at Belmont Park, the richest events Monday on Big Apple Showcase Day.The 10 races on the card were restricted to New York breds. The program featured six stakes worth a combined 0,000.

  • She's Hot Wired rallies late to win Monmouth Park feature

    May 30, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) She's Hot Wired overtook Bustin Out in the closing strides to win the ,000 Open Mind Handicap by a nose at Monmouth Park on Monday.Trained by Mario Serey Jr. and ridden by Trevor McCarthy, the 5-year-old mare ran the six furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:10 4/5 and paid .20, .80 and .20. It was the fifth win in 35 career starts for She's Hot Wired, who has now earned 7,046

  • Si Sage wins Charles Whittingham at Santa Anita

    May 29, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Si Sage led all the way to win the 0,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Si Sage ran 1 1/4 miles on turf in 1:59.48 and paid , .80 and .40 at 11-1 odds in the Grade 2 race.

  • Wiggle It Jiggleit paces fastest mile at Harrah's

    May 29, 2016

    CHESTER, Pa. (AP) Wiggle It Jiggleit paced the fastest mile in the 11-year history of Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, winning the 0,000 Dorothy Mullin Invitational for older male pacers by 1 3/4 lengths over in 1:47.3.The 4-year-old Wiggle It Jiggleit, harness racing's 2015 Horse of the Year, broke the track record of 1:48 shared by Artistic Fella and Mister Big. The time was a fifth of a second off the world record for a 4-year-old gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile oval.

  • Comfort scoots up the rail to take Belmont Park feature

    May 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Comfort rallied along the rail Sunday to win the ,000 allowance feature by 2 3/4 lengths at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old colt, trained by Todd Pletcher, hugged the fence the entire race, finding room in the stretch when the pacesetting Three Alarm Fire drifted toward the outside.

  • Missile J wins Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers

    May 28, 2016

    YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) Missile J won the 0,000 Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night.Driven by Brian Sears, the 3-year-old American Ideal gelding edged Tailgunner Hanover, finishing in 1:53 for the mile.The prohibitive favorite returned .60 for a win wager. It was Missile J.'s third win in a row for trainer Linda Toscano.

  • Gold Rush Dancer wins Snow Chief Stakes at Santa Anita

    May 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Gold Rush Dancer won the 0,000 Snow Chief Stakes by a nose Saturday at Santa Anita on California Gold Rush Day for state bred or sired horses.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Gold Rush Dancer ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:49.37 and paid , and .10 as the 3-2 favorite in a field of five 2-year-olds.

  • Too Discreet too good in Belmont's Paradise Creek Stakes

    May 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Too Discreet set the pace and drew clear to a 2 1/2-length victory Saturday in the 0,000 Pradise Creek Stakes for 3-year-old turf sprinters at Belmont Park.It was the third win in four starts for the gray colt trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by Joel Rosario.

  • Chublicious wins John J. Reilly Handicap at Monmouth Park

    May 28, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Chublicious took the lead near the top of the stretch and drew off to win the ,000 John J. Reilly Handicap at Monmouth Park on Saturday, beating Green Gratto by 1 1/2 lengths.Ridden by Antonio Gallardo and trained by Jorge Navarro, the 5-year-old gelding ran six furlongs over the fast track in 1:09 1/5 and paid , .20 and .60. It was the sixth win in 13 career starts for Chublicious. He has earned 3,780.

  • Corps de Ballet wins turf feature at Santa Anita

    May 27, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Corps de Ballet closed with a rush to win the ,000 feature by a half-length Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Corps de Ballet ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:14.62 and paid .40, .40 and .60 as the 7-2 third choice in a field of seven 2-year-old fillies and mares. She had been idle since Feb. 14 for trainer Simon Callaghan.

  • My Cara Mia captures Belmont Park feature

    May 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) My Cara Mia beat Coming Attraction by 1 ¼ lengths Friday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old took the lead from the pacesetting Royal Temptress turning for home and maintained a consistent advantage through the lane.

  • Show Stealer wears down favorite late to win at Santa Anita

    May 26, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Show Stealer overhauled 3-5 favorite Two Taps in deep stretch to win the ,000 feature for fillies and mares by a head Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Show Stealer ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.01 and paid .80, .20 and .60 at 5-1 odds.

  • Gift Box rallies in comeback to take Belmont Park feature

    May 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Gift Box made a sharp comeback to win the ,000 allowance feature for 3-year-olds on Thursday at Belmont Park.The gray colt trained by Chad Brown rallied four-wide around the turn to beat Realm by 4 1/2 lengths.It was his first race since running third to Mohaymen, one of the top contenders in the Kentucky Derby, in the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct in November.

  • Bull Hancock, William Woodward elected to racing Hall

    May 25, 2016

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Arthur B. ''Bull'' Hancock Jr. and William Woodward Sr., prominent thoroughbred breeders and owners, have been elected to racing's Hall of Fame in the Pillars of the Turf category.The announcement was made Wednesday by the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.

  • No exaggeration, NBC Preakness ratings up over last year

    May 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Exaggerator's victory over Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist in the Preakness was watched on NBC by an average of more than 9.4 million people, a 6 percent increase over American Pharoah's victory last year in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

  • Derby winner Nyquist is sick and won't run in Belmont

    May 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) So much for a rematch in the Belmont Stakes.Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist won't run in the final leg of the Triple Crown after developing a fever and having an elevated white blood cell count, trainer Doug O'Neill said Tuesday.''He's out because of sickness,'' O'Neill said.

  • Derby winner Nyquist won't run in Belmont

    May 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The trainer of Nyquist says the Kentucky Derby winner is sick and won't run in the Belmont Stakes on June 11.Doug O'Neill said Tuesday that Nyquist is ''out because of sickness.''Nyquist's bid for a chance at the Triple Crown ended when he finished third behind Exaggerator in the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.

  • Derby winner Nyquist's trip to Belmont delayed by fever

    May 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Two days after the first loss of his career, Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist has developed a slight fever, leaving plans temporarily on hold for a rematch with Preakness winner Exaggerator in the Belmont Stakes.Trainer Doug O'Neill's assistant Jack Sisterson said Monday that Nyquist had blood work done ''to make sure nothing is going on.'' Nyquist finished third behind Exaggerator in the Preakness on Saturday, ending any chance of a Triple Crown try at the Belmont on June 11.

  • Second Summer wins Californian by a length at Santa Anita

    May 22, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Second Summer won the 0,000 Californian Stakes by a length Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Second Summer ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.29 and paid .80, .80 and .20 at 9-1 odds.Hard Aces returned .40 and .60, while 4-5 favorite Lieutenant Colonel was another half-length back in third and paid .60 to show.

  • Now Power captures Belmont Park feature by 2 1/2 lengths

    May 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Now Power took command shortly after the start on her way to a 2 1/2-length victory Sunday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old trained by Brian Lynch and ridden by Joel Rosario improved to 2 for 7. The time was 1:40.93 for the 1 1/16 miles.

  • Full Salute wins 4-horse battle to win Monmouth Park feature

    May 22, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Full Salute won a four-horse battle in the deep stretch in the ,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Sunday, beating El Grande Rojo by a nose.Ridden by Paco Lopez and trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., the 3-year-old colt led for most of the race before he lost and regained the lead in the closing strides. Full Salute ran the six furlongs over a fast track in 1:09.79, winning for the fourth time in nine career starts.

  • Preakness win behind them, Desormeauxs prepare for Belmont

    May 22, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Bonded by their prowess for getting the most out of race horses, siblings Keith and Kent Desormeaux have a relationship that can best be described as professional.Sure, they love each other. Yet, after the duo teamed to win the Preakness with Exaggerator on Saturday, the most visible sign of affection between the two was a fist pump from Keith, the trainer, after Kent rode the colt to a stunning victory.

  • Wild Dude wins Kona Gold Stakes by a length at Santa Anita

    May 21, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Wild Dude overtook 4-5 favorite Subtle Indian in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the 0,000 Kona Gold Stakes for older horses by a length Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Wild Dude ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.10 and paid .20, and .80 as the 9-2 third choice.

  • Nyquist loses for 1st time, finishing 3rd in Preakness

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Doug O'Neill was clapping feverishly as Nyquist charged to the finish line, a Triple Crown still within striking distance.Finally, when it became apparent that Exaggerator had finally gotten the best of Nyquist, O'Neill dropped his hands to his side and shrugged his shoulders in defeat.

  • Paulassilverlining wins Belmont's Vagrancy Handicap

    May 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Paulassilverlining rolled to a 3 1/4-length victory Saturday in the 0,000 Vagrancy Handicap for filly and mare sprinters at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old trained by Michelle Nevin won for the third time in four races this season.Jose Ortiz was aboard for the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.82. The 1-5 favorite paid .40 and .10.

  • No kidding: Exaggerator beats Nyquist in Preakness

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Despite the fog, the rain and an undefeated Kentucky Derby winner to contend with, Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux knew the best route to the Preakness winner's circle with Exaggerator - stay inside and wait.The rider who started his career in Maryland, guided Exaggerator to a 3 1/2-length victory over Cherry Wine in Saturday's .5 million Preakness, ending any chance for Triple Crown follow up after American Pharoah accomplished the rare feat last year. Nyquist finished third.

  • The Latest: Exaggerator wins Preakness

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Latest on the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course (all times local):6:55 p.m.Exaggerator has won the Preakness, ruining Nyquist's bid to become horse racing's second Triple Crown winner in two years.Racing in the rain on a sloppy track late Saturday, Exaggerator finally beat Nyquist after losing to the Kentucky Derby winner four times previously.

  • Trainer Bob Baffert wins 2 stakes on Preakness undercard

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won a pair of 3-year-old stakes on the Preakness undercard Saturday at rainy and foggy Pimlico.American Freedom earned a gutty victory in the Sir Barton, and Justin Squared remained unbeaten in the Chick Lang.

  • The Latest: Preakness to be run on muddy track

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Latest on the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course (all times local):6:10 p.m.A steady rain pelted Pimilco Race Course late Saturday afternoon, meaning the Preakness would be run on a messy track for a second straight year.

  • The Latest: Baffert claims undercard win at Preakness

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Latest on the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course (all times local):4:50 p.m.One year after winning the Preakness on their way to a Triple Crown sweep with American Pharoah, Zayat Stables and trainer Bob Baffert returned to capture the 0,000 Chick Lang Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters with Justin Squared.

  • Tragedy on the track: More sad memories for Barbaro's owners

    May 21, 2016

    The owners of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro got a grim reminder of their beloved horse's tragic run at the Preakness 10 years ago when their filly Pramedya broke down Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.Barbaro shattered bones in his right hind leg in the 2006 Preakness. The horse made it through surgery but was euthanized in January 2007 after developing laminitis, a painful hoof condition.

  • The Latest: Soggy weather doesn't hurt betting at Preakness

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Latest on the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course (all times local):4:10 p.m.The soggy weather at Pimilco Race Course did little to deter the beer-drinking masses from crowding the infield on Preakness Day.

  • Owners of Barbaro suffer another loss on Preakness day

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Ten years after Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro tragically broke down at the start of the Preakness, the owners of the popular colt watched another horse they bred die during a race on a rainy Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.In a tragic start to a day that ended with Exaggerator upsetting Nyquist in the 141st Preakness Stakes, Gretchen and Roy Jackson's 4-year-old filly Pramedya broke down during the fourth race on the Preakness undercard, and was euthanized on the track. The filly's jockey, Daniel Centeno, broke his collarbone in the spill that occurred on the turn of a race run over a wet turf course.

  • The Latest: Preakness won't move from Baltimore to Laurel

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Latest on the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course (all times local):3:44 p.m.The effort to permanently move the Preakness from Baltimore to Laurel has subsided.Sal Sinatra, President and CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club, pulled back his assertion last year that the race would be better off at nearby Laurel Park.

  • The Latest: Rain remains a threat for Preakness at Pimlico

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Latest on the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course (all times local):3:15 p.m.The threatening clouds overhead let everyone know that the rain that drenched Pimlico Race Course earlier in the day would inevitably return.

  • The Latest: Always Sunshine rallies on cloudy day at Pimlico

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Latest on the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course (all times local):2:24 p.m.Always Sunshine rallied to win the 0,000 Maryland Sprint, the first stakes race on the Preakness undercard.The 4-year-old colt trained by Ned Allard sat third as Cinco Charlie set the pace. Always Sunshine and jockey Frankie Pennington took charge in mid-stretch, beating All Star Red by 2 1/2 lengths.

  • The Latest: Barbaro's owners have horse die on Preakness Day

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Latest on the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course (all times local):1:45 p.m.Ten years after Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro broke down at the start of the Preakness, the owners of the ill-fated colt have had another horse die on a damp, rainy Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Former lawmaker, longtime horseman Fred Bradley dies

    May 21, 2016

    Fred Bradley, a former Kentucky lawmaker and longtime thoroughbred breeder whose stakes winners included champion female sprinter Groupie Doll, has died. He was 85.Bradley's son, thoroughbred trainer William ''Buff'' Bradley, said his father died Friday in Wilmore, Kentucky, following a long illness.

  • 2 horses die in first 4 races on Preakness Day undercard

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) In a tragic start to Preakness day, two horses died at Pimlico Race Course and a jockey broke a collarbone after a spill on a damp, rainy Saturday.Pramedya broke down around the turn in the fourth race, tumbled to the ground as jockey Daniel Centeno was thrown to the turf. Pimlico racing officials said the 4-year-old filly was euthanized on the track after breaking her left front cannon bone.

  • Winner of 1st race on Preakness day collapses, dies

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) In a tragic start to Preakness day, the winner of the first race at Pimlico Race Course has died on his walk back to the barn.Homeboykris had rallied to win the race by a half-length on a rainy Saturday. But after having his picture taken in the winner's circle, he collapsed and died. Track officials believe the 9-year-old gelding suffered cardiovascular collapse.

  • Rain, rain likely not going away for Preakness at Pimlico

    May 21, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) A steady rain soaked Pimlico Race Course on Saturday morning, and the forecast for the rest of the way was anything but sunny on Preakness Day.The National Weather Service predicted a 100 percent of rain throughout the day, along with wind at gusts of up to 20 mph.

  • Big Book wins Santa Anita feature by a head

    May 20, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Big Book won the ,000 feature for fillies and mares by a head Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Big Book ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.76 and paid .60, .40 and .Savannah Sky returned .40 and .80 as the 5-2 second choice. Light Striker was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid .40 to show at 63-1 odds.

  • Spin Cycle cleans up in Belmont Park feature

    May 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Spin Cycle rallied for a two-length victory over Man of Wiregrass on Friday in the ,000 allowance feature for New York bred 3-year-olds on the turf at Belmont Park.Spin Cycle sat third as Man of Wiregrass and Uncle Youdge dictated the pace in the mile race. Confidently ridden by Chris DeCarlo, Spin Cycle took charge in deep stretch and drew clear for his second win in eight starts. The gelding trained by John Kimmel is 2 for 2 over the Belmont course.

  • Go Maggie Go wins Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

    May 20, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Coming off a fourth-place finish in the prestigious Kentucky Oaks, Go Maggie Go found her way back into the winner's circle in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.It was a glorious afternoon for trainer Dale Romans, trainer of Go Maggie Go and second-place finisher Ma Can Do It.

  • Derby winner Nyquist ready for Preakness, even a rainy one

    May 20, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Let it rain again on the Preakness. Team Nyquist doesn't seem concerned.A driving rainstorm didn't faze American Pharoah as he splashed his way to victory in the second leg of the Triple Crown last year, and it sure appears like Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will have to do the same thing in a bid to set up another Triple try in the Belmont Stakes.

  • Preakness 2016: Everyone loves Nyquist, even his rivals

    May 20, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Everyone loves Nyquist.From Kentucky Derby winning trainers, to Preakness rivals, to millions of racing fans wondering whether another Triple Crown awaits, it tough to find anything wrong with a horse who has been nothing but perfect.

  • Zippity Zoom ralies to win Belmont Park feature

    May 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Zippity Zoom rallied strongly through the stretch Thursday to win the ,000 allowance feature for New York-bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park.The 5-year-old trained by Linda Rice swung three wide turning for home and rolled to a second straight win, her fourth in 11 career starts.

  • Sensitively leads all the way to win Santa Anita feature

    May 19, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Sensitively led all the way to win the ,000 feature by 5 3/4 lengths Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Sensitively ran six furlongs in 1:08.10 and paid .40, .20 and .10 as the heavy 1-5 favorite. It was the 4-year-old filly's third straight victory for trainer Phil D'Amato.

  • All 12 slots taken for world's richest race at Gulfstream

    May 19, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) All 12 spots have been sold for next year's inaugural million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park - the world's richest horse race.The Pegasus World Cup purse tops the million offered for the Dubai World Cup. The Pegasus is for older dirt runners and will replace the Donn Handicap on the stakes schedule of the Florida track.

  • Sold out: All 12 slots taken for world's richest horse race

    May 19, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) All 12 spots have been sold for next year's inaugural million Pegasus World Cup, the world's richest horse race.The race is set for Jan. 28, 2017, at Gulfstream Park in Florida. The slots cost million each, providing funding for a race in which million goes to the winner.

  • Preakness 2016: Exaggerator back for another try at Nyquist

    May 19, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) We're not making this up: Exaggerator is 0 for 4 against Nyquist. His trainer, Keith Desormeaux, is 0 for 8 against the undefeated Kentucky Derby winner.So why is the Derby runner-up trying again in Saturday's Preakness?''We doubled-teamed him with Exaggerator and Swipe,'' Desormeaux said at Thursday's traditional alibi breakfast at Pimlico Race Course. ''Maybe those two horses have dealt him enough blows so he can just back up a step and we can reach that goal we are trying to get to.''

  • Sizing up the field for the 141st running of Preakness

    May 19, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) A look at the field for the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday (horses listed by post position, with trainer, jockey, analysis, morning-line odds):---1. CHERRY WINE (Dale Romans, Corey Lanerie): Romans earned first Classic win with Shackleford in 2011 Preakness ... could add another if late-running colt gets a quick enough pace to launch a closing bid ... a Derby also eligible who did not make the 20-horse field. ... Odds: 20-1.

  • Feisty Lani to become first Japan-based horse in Preakness

    May 19, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) In the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby, Japan-based Lani acted like a tourist on vacation.The feisty gray colt displayed an amorous eye for passing fillies, often whinnied loudly upon exiting his stall and occasionally refused to budge during workouts.

  • Sizing up the field for the Preakness

    May 18, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) A closer look at the field for the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday (horses listed by post position, with trainer, jockey, analysis, morning-line odds):---1. CHERRY WINE (Dale Romans, Corey Lanerie): Romans earned first Classic win with Shackleford in 2011 Preakness ... could add another if late-running colt gets a quick enough pace to launch a closing bid ... a Derby also eligible who did not make the 20-horse field. ... Odds: 20-1.

  • Happyness wins Belmont feature

    May 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Happyness won the ,000 allowance feature Wednesday at Belmont Park, improving her U. S. record to 2 for 2.The gray 4-year-old returned from almost a year layoff to win at Aqueduct in April. The latest score was a 1 1/2-length victory over Queen's Parade, improving her overall record to 3-1-1 in five starts.

  • Derby winner Nyquist draws No. 3 post as Preakness favorite

    May 18, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Doug O'Neill couldn't have done any better if he picked Nyquist's post position himself.After Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist landed the No. 3 post for the Preakness in a blind draw Wednesday, O'Neill looked like a man with a winning lottery ticket.

  • Bob Baffert looks for Preakness upset with Collected

    May 18, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert hopes Collected will deliver more than another ''opening act'' in the Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico.Baffert and his charismatic colt American Pharoah won the Preakness on their way to a sweep of the Triple Crown last year.

  • Gun Runner skips Preakness, leaving likely field of 11

    May 17, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Gun Runner, third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, will skip the Preakness, leaving a likely field of 11 for the middle leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday at Pimlico.Preakness post positions will be drawn Wednesday evening.Trainer Steve Asmussen said Gun Runner, the Louisiana Derby winner, would remain at Churchill Downs.

  • Preakness 2016: How well do you know its history?

    May 17, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) How well do you know the history of the Preakness? Try this quiz:1. Which horse had the largest margin of victory at the PreaknessA. SurvivorB. Smarty JonesC. Funny CideD. American Pharoah---FUN FACT: Which trainer has the most wins at the Preakness? It's not Bob Baffert, yet. The Triple Crown-winning trainer won his sixth last year with American Pharoah, tying him with fellow Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas. He plans to send out new shooter Collected in an attempt to upset Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist - and tie the record held for a long time by Robert Wyndham Walden, who at one point strung together five in a row from 1878-1882.

  • Preakness 2016: How well do you know its history

    May 17, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) How well do you know the history of the Preakness? Try this quiz:1. Which horse had the largest margin of victory at the PreaknessA. SurvivorB. Smarty JonesC. Funny CideD. American Pharoah---FUN FACT: Which trainer has the most wins at the Preakness? It's not Bob Baffert, yet. The Triple Crown-winning trainer won his sixth last year with American Pharoah, tying him with fellow Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas. He plans to send out new shooter Collected in an attempt to upset Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist - and tie the record held for a long time by Robert Wyndham Walden, who at one point strung together five in a row from 1878-1882.

  • Filly Bellamentary wins Angels Flight Stakes at Santa Anita

    May 15, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Bellamentary won the ,000 Angels Flight Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 2 1/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Bellamentary ran seven furlongs in 1:22.10 and paid .80, and .20. She earned her first stakes win for trainer Phil D'Amato.

  • Turco Bravo rallies to take Flat Out Stakes at Belmont Park

    May 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Turco Bravo rallied to beat Securitiz by 1 1/4 lengths Sunday in the 0,000 Flat Out Stakes at Belmont Park.It was the 13th win in 50 starts for the durable 7-year-old trained by Gary Contessa who said the next target for the gelding from Chile will be the 0,000 Brooklyn Invitational here on June 11.

  • I Will Score wins Lazaro Barrera by a neck at Santa Anita

    May 14, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) I Will Score won the 0,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes for 2-year-olds by a neck Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Martin Garcia, I Will Score ran seven furlongs in 1:21.30 and paid .80, .40 and .20 as the 3-1 second choice in the Grade 3 race. The colt earned his first stakes win for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

  • Rawnaq wins Calvin Houghland Iroquois Steeplechase

    May 14, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Rawnaq regained the lead in stretch and held on to win the 0,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Steeplechase on Saturday at Percy Warner Park.The 9-year-old gelding became eligible for a 0,000 bonus offered by Baltimore's Brown Advisory Group to the Iroquois winner for a victory in England in March in the Ryanair World Hurdle.

  • Unified wins Peter Pan Stakes, doubtful for Belmont Stakes

    May 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Unified held off Governor Malibu by three-quarters of a length Saturday in the 0,000 Peter Pan Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.Unified remained unbeaten at 3 for 3 with the victory in the traditional prep for the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown on June 11.

  • Atascadero wins feature at Santa Anita

    May 13, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Atascadero won the ,000 feature for California-bred or sired horses by three-quarters of a length Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Atascadero ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.34 and paid .20, .40 and .20 as the 7-2 second choice.

  • Quick learner: Real Smart wins Belmont feature in US debut

    May 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Real Smart won her U.S. debut, beating Ice Festival by 2 3/4 lengths Friday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.The gray 4-year-old was 1-2-2 in six starts in England before joining Graham Motion's barn after last season.

  • PREAKNESS 2016: 5 New Shooters to Watch

    May 13, 2016

    Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will face a slew of new challengers in the Preakness next Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.Runner-up Exaggerator and ninth-place finisher Lani are two Derby horses taking him on again. Here's a look at some of the new shooters, including possible rising star Stradivari, a pair of colts who weren't able to run in the Derby and another 3-year-old from Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert.

  • Preakness 2016: Derby winner Nyquist ready for another

    May 13, 2016

    He'll have another.Happy, healthy and hangin' in his new home, Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist is gearing up for another big race, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore next Saturday.With a victory, Nyquist would head to the Belmont Stakes in New York three weeks later with a shot at winning the Triple Crown. What a turn of events that would be for horse racing - a record 37-year drought between Triple Crowns followed by back-to-back Triples for only the second time in history.

  • Monmouth Park to open thoroughbred season on Saturday

    May 13, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Monmouth Park will open its thoroughbred meet on Saturday with an 11-race card that features the ,000 Decathlon Stakes.More than 100 horses were entered for the races, with the Decathlon for 3-year-olds and up drawing a field of eight, including last year's winner A.P. Indian.

  • Irish trainer will run 2 horses in Iroquois Steeplechase

    May 13, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Champion Irish trainer Willie Mullins will start two horses in Saturday's 0,000 (Grade 1) Calvin Houghland Iroquois Steeplechase in search of a 0,000 bonus.That sum will be paid to the owner of the horse that wins both the Iroquois and the Ryan Air World Hurdle at Britain's Cheltenham Festival next March.

  • Hunt rallies to win turf feature at Santa Anita

    May 12, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Hunt rallied four-wide to win the ,000 feature for 3-year-olds by a length Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Hunt ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:13.65 and paid .20, .40 and .80.Forever Juanito returned .20 and .20 at 17-1 odds. No Silent was another neck back in third and paid .80 to show.

  • Scholar Athlete makes the grade in Belmont feature

    May 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Scholar Athlete set the pace Thursday to win the ,000 allowance feature for 3-year-olds on the turf at Belmont Park.The gelding trained by Graham Motion pulled an 8-1 upset, holding off the late-closing Ray's The Bar by 1 3/4 lengths.Jose Ortiz was aboard for his third win of the day. The time was 1:41.08 for 1 1/16 miles on the firm course.

  • Back in Baltimore, O'Neill eyes Preakness rerun with Nyquist

    May 12, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The last time trainer Doug O'Neill brought a Kentucky Derby winner to Baltimore he did much more than merely prepare I'll Have Another for the Preakness.O'Neill was a guest at the Baltimore Ravens rookie camp, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at an Orioles game and capped the visit with a victory in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

  • Elysea's World wins Belmont feature by a half-length

    May 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Elysea's World beat Grey Stark by a half-length Wednesday, giving trainer Chad Brown a 1-2 finish in the ,000 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Belmont Park.Elysea's World was the 7-5 favorite in her U.S. debut. The Irish-bred filly captured her previous race last June in France.

  • Gulfstream plans million Pegasus World Cup for Jan. 28

    May 11, 2016

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) What would be the world's richest thoroughbred race is being planned for early next year at Gulfstream Park.The inaugural edition of the million Pegasus World Cup has been scheduled for Jan. 28, though no spots in the field has been publicly claimed. The Stronach Group announced the date on Wednesday, saying it was chosen to avoid conflicting with the Breeders' Cup or the Dubai World Cup.

  • Jockey Wright, racing star of 1870s, elected to Hall of Fame

    May 11, 2016

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Jockey Wayne D. Wright, winner of nearly 1,500 races including each of the Triple Crown legs in separate years, and thoroughbred Tom Ochiltree, a star in the 1870s, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.

  • No Triple Crown bump for Kentucky Derby in TV ratings

    May 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) There were high hopes that the popularity of horse racing would be energized a year after American Pharoah won the Triple Crown.NBC's ratings for televising the Kentucky Derby indicate it hasn't happened yet.The audience for Nyquist's Derby victory Saturday dropped 3.1 percent from last year, when American Pharoah won the Derby to begin his Triple Crown run.

  • NBC's Derby TV ratings dip a year after Triple Crown

    May 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBC's audience for Nyquist's victory in the Kentucky Derby has fallen by a half-million viewers a year after American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.Although racing was hoping for a rise in popularity on the heels of a Triple Crown, NBC said Tuesday that Saturday's Derby averaged 15.5 million viewers with 9.0 rating and 21 share. The 2015 Derby drew an average of 16 million viewers and a 9.6/23.

  • He's here! Kentucky Derby champ Nyquist arrives at Pimlico

    May 9, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) When it comes to selecting a stall for his Kentucky Derby winner at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Doug O'Neill doesn't care much for tradition.He'd rather go with his own tested method for success.Unbeaten Nyquist arrived at Pimlico on Monday and was eased into Stall 24 of the Stakes Barn with six other horses trained by O'Neill.

  • Here's here! Kentucky Derby champ Nyquist arrives at Pimlico

    May 9, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) When it comes to selecting a stall for his Kentucky Derby winner at Pimlico Race Course, trainer Doug O'Neill doesn't care much for tradition.He'd rather go with his own tested method for success.Unbeaten Nyquist arrived at Pimlico on Monday and was eased into Stall 24 of the Stakes Barn with six other horses trained by O'Neill.

  • Memories of Barbaro, and a doctor's regret 10 years later

    May 9, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The passage of time has trickled ever so slowly for trainer Michael Matz since Barbaro's final gallop at the Preakness.A decade ago, Matz saddled the frisky Kentucky Derby winner with designs of pulling off an encore at Pimlico Race Course. Soon after emerging from the starting gate, Barbaro stumbled and broke his right hind leg.

  • Memories of Barbaro resonate a decade after tragic injury

    May 9, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The passage of time has trickled ever so slowly for trainer Michael Matz since Barbaro's final gallop at the Preakness.A decade ago, Matz saddled the frisky Kentucky Derby winner with designs of pulling off an encore at Pimlico Race Course. Soon after emerging from the starting gate, Barbaro stumbled and broke his right hind leg.

  • No laughing matter: Joking wins Belmont's Diablo Stakes

    May 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Joking rallied from last for a 16-1 upset victory Sunday in the 0,000 Diablo Stakes at muddy Belmont Park.The 7-year-old gelding owned and trained by Charlton Baker charged down the center of the track to beat 6-5 favorite Ready for Rye by three-quarters of a length.

  • Beholder wins 0,000 Adoration Stakes at Santa Anita

    May 8, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder won the 0,000 Adoration Stakes for fillies and mares by 2 1/2 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Beholder ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.73 and paid .10, .10 and .10. She carried high weight of 124 pounds against five rivals.

  • Kentucky Derby trainer Romans hurt in post-race car accident

    May 8, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Kentucky Derby trainer Dale Romans says he's resting at home with some bruised ribs after being involved in a car accident after Saturday's race.Romans tells the Louisville Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1T5WyiA) that he was driving his friends to a Veterans of Foreign Wars post after Saturday's race when his vehicle was involved in a collision with a sport-utility vehicle at an intersection.

  • Derby winner Nyquist heads to Preakness; new rivals await

    May 8, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist heads to Baltimore on Monday to prepare for the Preakness, where the undefeated colt could face up to 13 rivals including nine new shooters seeking to derail his Triple Crown bid.Nyquist had been walked, bathed and returned to his stall at Churchill Downs by 6 a.m. Sunday, less than 12 hours after he won the Derby by 1 1/4 lengths and improved his record to 8-0. Trainer Doug O'Neill had already gone back to Southern California for a few days before returning east to rejoin his bay colt at Pimlico.

  • Stays in Vegas wins Senorita Stakes by a head at Santa Anita

    May 7, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Stays in Vegas edged Be Mine by a head to win the 0,000 Senorita Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Alex Solis, Stays in Vegas ran a mile on turf in 1:37.98 and paid .20, .20 and as the 5-2 third choice in the Grade 3 race.

  • Jockey Mario Gutierrez is now 2 for 2 in the Kentucky Derby

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Mario Gutierrez is perfect in two Kentucky Derby rides. The time in between those races was far from it.Four years after riding I'll Have Another to victory in the Run For The Roses, Gutierrez earned another Derby triumph by riding favorite Nyquist to a 1 1/4-length victory. Gutierrez's next step is winning a second Preakness in only his second try, two weeks from now in Baltimore. For the moment he's basking in this Derby win.

  • No more Triple talk for Baffert, Espinoza after 2016 Derby

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The American Pharoah hangover is over for Bob Baffert, Victor Espinoza and Ahmed Zayat - and maybe everyone else.With Nyquist winning the Kentucky Derby on Saturday and heading to the Preakness in two weeks with an unbeaten record, Triple Crown chatter now turns to racing's newest star.

  • Excitable Lani settles down to run 9th in Kentucky Derby

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Preparing Lani for Saturday's Kentucky Derby was the easy part. Getting him to follow directions on race day was a much tougher test for his handlers.Known for digging in his hooves - and kicking - when he doesn't want to do something, the Japan-based gray colt frequently showed his mule side while being led from his barn to the paddock and starting gate at Churchill Downs. Lani stubbornly fought his handlers and kicked the paddock stall, and for a minute seemed headed toward being scratched.

  • Nyquist stays undefeated with Kentucky Derby victory

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The racing world wondered if there was a worthy successor to last year's Triple Crown champion American Pharoah.Enter Nyquist.The bay colt who lacks any distinctive markings won the Kentucky Derby by 1 1/4 lengths on Saturday, improving to 8-0 in his career as the fourth consecutive favorite to win the race.

  • The Latest: Nyquist sweeps to Derby to stay unbeaten

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. (all times local):6:59 p.m.It's Nyquist!Nyquist stormed into the lead on the turn for home and won the Kentucky Derby to become just the eighth undefeated horse to win the Run for the Roses.

  • Trainer Jorge Navarro springs 2 upsets on Derby undercard

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Trainer Jorge Navarro was the king of upsets Saturday on the Kentucky Derby undercard.He saddled Catalina Red to a 14-1 surprise win in the 0,000 Churchill Downs Stakes.Three races later, Navarro was back in the winner's circle after Sharp Azteca took the 0,000 Pat Day Mile for 3-year-olds at 13-1.

  • The Latest: A look at unbeatens going into the Derby

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):6:04 p.m.With Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist looking to stretch his unbeaten record to 8 for 8, here's a little unbeaten history to consider in the half-hour before the race goes off:

  • The Latest: No apparent injuries in spill before Derby

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):5:49 p.m.A scary two-horse spill has taken place during the running of the 0,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, the race before the Kentucky Derby.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Hats off to Kentucky Derby fashion

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) If it's Derby day, it's dress up day.The Kentucky Derby is more than just the greatest two minutes in sports. It's also a 12-hour fashion show, featuring every type of hat imaginable - and some that aren't. Here's a look at the head gear some folks adorned for Saturday's Run for the Roses.

  • The Latest: Rainy, windy times before Kentucky Derby

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):5:24 p.m.It was absolutely pouring rain over the past few minutes, about 1 1/2 hours before the start of the Kentucky Derby.

  • Dante wins Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters

    May 7, 2016

    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) Dante took the lead at the start in 1 3/4-length victory Saturday in the 0,800 Dexter Cup at Freehold Raceway.Driven and trained by Ake Svanstadt, Dante trotted the mile for 3-year-olds in 1:59.4. It was the second win in four starts for the colt owned by Courant AB of Sweden.

  • The Latest: Derby red carpet roll call; Sharp Azteca wins

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):4:54 p.m.It's a day to be seen, and a whole bunch of athletes and celebs showed up for a walk along the red carpet at Churchill Downs before the Kentucky Derby.

  • Anchor Downs takes Belmont's Westchester Stakes

    May 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Anchor Down splashed his way to a 6 3/4-length victory Saturday in the 0,000 Westchester Stakes at Belmont Park.His first stakes win stamped him a contender for the .25 million Metropolitan Handicap on the Belmont Stakes undercard. The victory was the first of the year for Anchor Down, who is 4 for 13 overall.

  • The Latest: Camelot Kitten takes American Turf

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):4:31 p.m.What Camelot Kitten couldn't see certainly didn't hurt his chances in the 0,000 American Turf for 3-year-olds.

  • The Latest: Weather takes turn, rain could fall for Derby

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):4:02 p.m.Thunderstorms are rumbling toward Louisville and rain is quite possible around post time for the Kentucky Derby.

  • The Latest: Taris takes Humana Distaff; Derby 3 hours away

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):3: 17 p.m.The improving Taris rolled to a 5 3/4 length win in the 0,000 Humana Distaff.The victory was her third in the last four races - all stakes in different regions of the country starting at Aqueduct in the Go For Wand and continuing on to Santa Anita for the La Canada.

  • American Pharoah has special place in Derby fans' hearts

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) American Pharoah's journey to racing history a year ago spurred Richie Columbus to make his first trip to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.Until Pharoah, horse racing typically drew his attention just once a year, when Columbus watched the Derby on TV. But when Pharaoh galloped across the finish line at the Belmont Stakes last year to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, Columbus was hooked.

  • The Latest: Asmussen grateful for 2 Derby chances

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):2:44 p.m.No matter what happens in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Steve Asmussen has appreciated this year's stay a little more than the others.

  • The Latest: Catalina Red surprises in Churchill Downs Stakes

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):2:27 p.m.Catalina Red pulled a 14-1 upset in the 0,000 Churchill Downs Stakes for sprinters, the seventh of 14 races on the Derby day card.

  • The Latest: Cruz cruises to Churchill Downs for Derby day

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):1:55 p.m.For a change, Ted Cruz didn't have much to say. Not even a pick for the Kentucky Derby.

  • The Latest: Tepin takes Distaff Turf Mile on Derby undercard

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):1:37 p.m.Tepin is the queen of the grass runners following another impressive win in the 0,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile.

  • The Latest: Kentucky governor keeping Derby pick a secret

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):1:24 p.m.Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is non-committal when it comes to his pick for the Kentucky Derby.

  • The Latest: Derby day weather an iffy proposition

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):12:49 p.m.Derby day weather is holding out, but it's a long way before the Run for the Roses. The forecast is calling for isolated thunderstorms with a high temperature of 81 degrees. There's a 30 percent chance of rain. Currently, it's partly cloudy with winds from the west up to 17 mph.

  • The Latest: Baffert, Zayat have winner on Derby undercard

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest from the 142th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Post time for the race is 6:34 p.m. ET. (all times local):---11:43 a.m.And they're off and racing at Churchill Downs on Derby day.In the third of 14 races on the program, the American Pharoah Triple Crown team of owner Ahmed Zayat and trainer Bob Baffert sent out Jazzy Times for an easy win in his debut. Zayat bought the son of Discreetly Mine for 0,000.

  • Stanley Cup shows up at Derby favorite's Nyquist barn

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Nothing like the Stanley Cup showing up on the backstretch at Churchill Downs the morning of the Kentucky Derby.That's exactly what happened early Saturday, when NHL officials brought the championship trophy to the barn of Derby favorite Nyquist.

  • Nyquist tries to follow American Pharoah at Kentucky Derby

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Go ahead and pity Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist. He has the unenviable task of following in the hoof prints of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, and so far isn't getting the respect expected for the only undefeated horse in the race.

  • DERBY 2016: Some dramatic finishes in the Run for the Roses

    May 7, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Picking the most dramatic finishes in the Kentucky Derby is all but impossible. Arguably, each of the 141 editions has a remarkable ending, and Saturday's should be no different.From breathtaking duels to the wire (Grindstone-Cavonnier) to almost unthinkable upsets (Mine That Bird at 50-1) to completely overpowering victories (Barbaro by 6 1/2 lengths), there's good reason the Derby is often called the greatest two minutes in sports.

  • Home Run Kitten wins American Stakes at Santa Anita

    May 6, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Home Run Kitten won the 0,000 American Stakes by a half-length Friday after the race was moved from turf to dirt because of heavy rain at Santa Anita.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Home Run Kitten ran a mile in 1:35.30 and paid .40, .20 and .60 at 14-1 odds.

  • Cathryn Sophia wins Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs

    May 6, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) For all of those dominant victories on Cathryn Sophia's resume, she still needed that signature win to solidify her credentials as one of the nation's best fillies.That status is no longer in question after she closed strong Friday to win the 142nd Kentucky Oaks and fill voids for trainer John Servis and jockey Javier Castellano.

  • King Kranz rules the slop, wins Belmont's Gold Fever Stakes

    May 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) King Kranz made a strong inside move in the slop to win the 0,000 Gold Fever Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters on Friday at Belmont Park.The colt split rivals in the lane and rallied to beat Tale of S'avall by three-quarters of a length.

  • Nyquist not the buzziest of favorites for Kentucky Derby

    May 6, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Go ahead and pity Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist. He has the unenviable task of following in the hoof prints of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, and so far isn't getting the respect expected for the only undefeated horse in the race.

  • American Pharoah's Triple Crown gives racing a boost

    May 6, 2016

    VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) There are signs American Pharoah's Triple Crown win last year has been good for racing. Some recently released findings show:- Wagering on American races is up 3.1 percent through March, to .4 billion.- Wagering on American races in 2015 was up 1.2 percent to .6 billion despite less race days, less races and less starters.

  • Triple Crown winner thriving in new home at Ashford Stud

    May 6, 2016

    VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) American Pharoah is led out of his stone palace of a barn, head up, eyes alert, a little heavier these days but still pretty well sculpted. In a few minutes, the champion will be walked over to the breeding shed, a mere 50 yards away. By now, the Triple Crown winner has the routine down pat.

  • Nancy From Nairobi wins Royal Heroine at Santa Anita

    May 5, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Nancy From Nairobi went three-wide turning for home and unleashed an impressive run for a half-length victory in the 0,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares Thursday on opening day of Santa Anita's spring meet.Ridden by Abel Lezcano, Nancy From Nairobi ran a mile on turf in 1:37.20 and paid .20, .40 and .20 in the Grade 2 race. It was her first victory in a graded stakes and third overall win in a row.

  • Baffert returns to Kentucky Derby with under the radar horse

    May 5, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Bob Baffert feels under the radar with his latest horse at the Kentucky Derby. All anyone wants to talk about is American Pharoah, last year's winner who went on to become the sport's first Triple Crown champion in 37 years.Outside his barn at Churchill Downs, visitors pull special edition bourbon bottles decorated in Pharoah's teal silks out of plastic grocery bags for the Hall of Fame trainer to sign. He listens patiently while they recount their memories of the people-loving colt, ''who made them feel so good,'' Baffert said.

  • Todd Pletcher sends out 2 horses in quest for 2nd Derby win

    May 5, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Todd Pletcher, Bob Baffert and Doug O'Neill are the only trainers in this year's Kentucky Derby with previous victories in the race.Baffert got his fourth Derby last year with American Pharoah, who went on to sweep the Triple Crown. A win by Mor Spirit on Saturday would move Baffert within one of the record held by Ben Jones.

  • Enterprising beats Slim Shadey by a head in Belmont feature

    May 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Enterprising edged Slim Shadey by a head Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park.The 5-year-old gelding trained by Tom Proctor snapped a nine-race losing streak dating back to his victory in the 2014 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar.

  • Rachel's Valentina is 7-2 favorite for Kentucky Oaks

    May 5, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Without Songbird to worry about, Steve Asmussen sees a wide-open Kentucky Oaks where nothing would shock him.''It just got everybody thinking things we weren't thinking a month ago,'' says Asmussen the newly named Hall of Fame trainer who will be sending out Terra Promessa (10-1), Royal Obsession and Taxable (both 20-1). ''She was just a dominant filly.''

  • Repole in Derby chase with Outwork, son of top sire Uncle Mo

    May 5, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Five years ago, Mike Repole was living the dream. He had already made his share of an estimated .1 billion fortune from the sale of the company that produced Vitaminwater, and now he had himself a Kentucky Derby favorite with a horse named Uncle Mo. Repole would regale any and all about growing up in Queens, New York, near Aqueduct, heading the track after school, making bets, loving horses.

  • Economic Model wins Belmont feature

    May 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Economic Model powered to a four-length victory Wednesday in the ,000 allowance feature for 3-year-olds in the slop at Belmont Park.The Chad Brown-trained colt rebounded from a ninth-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby with his second win in four starts.

  • DERBY 2016: By-the-numbers at the Kentucky Derby

    May 4, 2016

    Kentucky Derby by-the-numbers:---- 0 winners from post No. 17- 1 winner without 2-year-old start (Apollo, 1882)- 1 1/4 miles from start to finish or 2,011.68 meters or 2,200 yards or 79,200 inches- 1:59 2/5 is Secretariat's record-setting time.- 2.80 is record low payoff for win bet on winner (Count Fleet, 1943; Citation, 1948)

  • Nyquist draws No. 13 post as early 3-1 Kentucky Derby fav

    May 4, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Doug O'Neill was all smiles after early 3-1 favorite Nyquist drew the No. 13 post for the 142nd Kentucky Derby.The number with an unlucky reputation didn't faze the trainer. In fact, it brought back good memories.Nyquist left from the same spot when he won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last year at Keeneland, part of his 7-0 career record.

  • David Miller third harness racing driver to top 0 million

    May 4, 2016

    CHESTER, Pa. (AP) David Miller became the third driver in harness racing history to surpass 0 million in career purses when he guided 40-1 shot Hickory Chumley to victory Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia.The 51-year-old Miller joined John Campbell and Ron Pierce as the only drivers with more than 0 million in earnings. Campbell tops the list with nearly 6 million, and Pierce has 5 million. All three are members of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.

  • Derby Kids hit social media

    May 4, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The offspring of several Kentucky Derby trainers are hitting social media this week to provide inside dirt on their fathers' horses.At least 14 sons and daughters are tweeting on the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association account. The HBPA is donating 0 to the charity of choice for all the Twitter participants.

  • Stanley Cup to visit Kentucky Derby contender Nyquist

    May 4, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Stanley Cup is coming to the Kentucky Derby.The prize awarded to hockey's championship team will be brought to the barn of trainer Doug O'Neill on Saturday, hours before he saddles expected Derby favorite Nyquist in the 1 1/4-mile race.

  • 22 horses entered for Kentucky Derby; field limited to 20

    May 4, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Twenty-two horses have been entered for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, two more than the maximum field of 20.The entry box closed Wednesday morning, with the draw to determine post positions set for later in the afternoon. The field is limited to the top 20 horses based on points earned in designated prep races.

  • Ky. bourbon trail offers a lesson for reviving racing's fans

    May 4, 2016

    MIDWAY, Ky. (AP) Camera-toting visitors to the grounds at Three Chimneys Farm can get a glimpse of the pampered lives of thoroughbred stallions - the star attractions that frolic in lush paddocks or relax in stately stalls when they aren't in the breeding shed.

  • From dustups to Derby: Brothers Desormeaux take a shot

    May 3, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Keith Desormeaux has a history with the jockey riding his horse Exaggerator in the Kentucky Derby. The trainer used to fight with him growing up in the Cajun country of south Louisiana.Keith and Kent Desormeaux are teaming up in the Derby for the first time on Saturday. For Keith, it would be the biggest win of his career. For younger brother Kent, it would be his fourth victory in America's greatest race.

  • Mohaymen looks to rebound in Kentucky Derby from 1st loss

    May 3, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Mohaymen went from likely Kentucky Derby favorite to a question mark in the span of less than two minutes.Things change that quickly when you suffer a crushing defeat.Mohaymen seemed destined for greater glory heading into the Florida Derby in early April at Gulfstream Park. The gray colt was an impressive 5 for 5 coming in, earning the backing of the public as the 4-5 favorite in the key prep for the Kentucky Derby.

  • DERBY 2016: A touch of gray gives 142nd Derby striking look

    May 3, 2016

    The 142nd Kentucky Derby is showing its age, in a gray kind of way.Four of the expected 20 horses in the field Saturday are subtly different shades of gray, from the lightest in Japan-based Lani, to the more steely grays Mohaymen and Destin to the most dappled of all in Creator.

  • Rachel's Valentina is 7-2 favorite in Kentucky Oaks

    May 3, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Rachel's Valentina is the 7-2 morning-line favorite in the million Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on Friday at Churchill Downs.The Oaks is the distaff companion event to the Kentucky Derby run the following afternoon.Rachel's Valentina drew post 11 with John Velazquez riding for trainer Todd Pletcher.

  • Gun Runner, Mor Spirit and Creator get in final Derby work

    May 2, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A day after storms drenched Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby horses Mor Spirit, Gun Runner and stablemate Creator enjoyed sunny skies and solid footing in their final workouts for racing's marquee event.All three came through Monday's workouts in good order as a result, with newly elected Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen particularly encouraged by the showings of Gun Runner and Creator entering Saturday's 142nd Run for the Roses. Said Asmussen, ''they're cooling out extremely well and we're very excited for the Derby.''

  • Collmus will keep calling big horse races for NBC

    May 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) His voice already belongs to history, and now Larry Collmus has another five years to see if he gets to call another Triple Crown.NBC Sports recently signed the race caller to a five-year contract extension. Financial terms were not available.

  • Do you finish ahead of the field in Kentucky Derby trivia?

    May 2, 2016

    How well do you know the history of the Kentucky Derby? Try this quiz:1. Which jockey has ridden in the most Kentucky Derbys?A. Bill ShoemakerB. Gary StevensC. Calvin BorelD. Pat Day---FUN FACT: Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack are tied for most Derby victories by a jockey with five. Arcaro won with Lawrin (1938), Whirlaway (1941), Hoop Jr. (1945), Citation (1948) and Hill Gail (1952); Hartack won with Iron Liege (1957), Venetian Way (1960), Decidedly (1962), Northern Dancer (1964) and Majestic Prince (1969).

  • Dream Team keeps it in Baffert family with Los Alamitos win

    May 1, 2016

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Dream Team won the ,691 feature by 3 1/4 lengths for trainer Bob Baffert on closing day of the 12-day spring meet at Los Alamitos on Sunday.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Dream Team ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.23 and paid .80, .20 and as the 7-2 third choice. The 4-year-old colt is co-owned by Baffert's wife Jill.

  • Winning in the rain: Lady Shipman takes License Fee Stakes

    May 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Lady Shipman easily beat three rivals Sunday in the 0,000 License Fee Stakes for fillies and mares at rainy Belmont Park.The 1-2 favorite, Lady Shipman was making her first start since running a disappointing seventh in the Al Quoz Sprint five weeks ago in Dubai.

  • Expected Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist jogs at Churchill

    May 1, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Nyquist has stepped onto the track at Churchill Downs for the first time to begin his final preparations for the Kentucky Derby.The undefeated colt jogged once around the sloppy oval under exercise rider Jonny Garcia on Sunday. They were accompanied by a pony.

  • Uncle Lino wins California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos

    April 30, 2016

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Uncle Lino led all the way to win the 1,035 California Chrome Stakes by a half-length in track-record time Saturday at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Fernando Perez, Uncle Lino ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.82, bettering the mark of 1:40.86 set by Dortmund in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20, 2014. He paid .60, .20 and as the 13-10 favorite.

  • Toews On Ice wins William Walker by 2 lengths at Churchill

    April 30, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Toews On Ice took command at the top of the stretch and went on to a two-length victory over Entertainer in the 0,000 William Walker for 3-year-olds on a rainy opening night of the spring meet at Churchill Downs on Saturday.Ridden by David Lopez, Toews On Ice ran six furlongs on the sloppy track in 1:10.91 and paid .20, .40 and .40. The colt is named for Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Trainer Bob Baffert earned his 40th career stakes win at Churchill.

  • A Lot wins Belmont's Elusive Quality; sets course record

    April 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A Lot beat Green Mask by a nose in a battle of closers Saturday to set the course record in the 0,000 Elusive Quality Stakes on the turf at Belmont Park.The time was 1:19.23 for the seven furlongs over the firm footing.A Lot rallied from seventh to grab the lead at the top the stretch and withstood the challenge from Green Mask, the trailer for much of the race in the nine-horse field.

  • Derby 2016: 5 horses to watch in 142nd Kentucky Derby

    April 30, 2016

    The starting gate will once again be full with 20 horses for the 142nd Kentucky Derby.Even though the majority of horses have little chance of winning and over the half the field is typically eliminated in the opening quarter-mile, owners and trainers cannot resist the prestige of having a horse in America's greatest race.

  • Derby 2016: Undefeated Nyquist headlines Kentucky Derby

    April 30, 2016

    A year after American Pharoah thrilled the sports world by winning horse racing's first Triple Crown in 37 years, here comes Nyquist.The colt named for Detroit Red Wings player Gustav Nyquist is looking like a worthy successor to a sport eager to retain the new fans it gained during American Pharoah's sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Nyquist was last year's 2-year-old champion, capping his season with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

  • Take It Easyplease rallies to win feature at Los Alamitos

    April 29, 2016

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Take It Easyplease rallied in the final eighth of a mile to win the ,380 feature by three-quarters of a length Friday at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Take It Easyplease ran a mile in 1:36.39 and paid .80, .80 and as the 19-10 favorite.

  • Weekend Hideaway wins Affirmed Success Stakes at Belmont

    April 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Weekend Hideaway rallied to beat Loki's Vengeance by 2 1/4 lengths Friday in the 0,000 Affirmed Success Stakes, the opening day feature at Belmont Park.The spring-summer meet runs through July 17, with the Belmont Stakes on June 11 the top attraction.

  • AP DERBY TOP 10: Wire-to-wire for Nyquist as No. 1 contender

    April 29, 2016

    Unlike Pharoah-phever a year ago, Nyquist-mania hasn't yet struck in the days leading to the Kentucky Derby. It might by next Saturday night if the undefeated colt ends up in the winner's circle at Churchill Downs.American Pharoah came into the Derby off rousing wins in two races in Arkansas, then won the Derby as the favorite and went on to become racing's first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

  • Keeneland has provided a training option for Derby hopefuls

    April 29, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) While the path to the Kentucky Derby has wound through Florida, New York, California and other places, some hopefuls have found a quiet little stopover down the road from Churchill Downs at Keeneland.No matter what happens in the 142nd Run for the Roses on May 7, some trainers have found a comfort zone for preparation at the picturesque little track in Bluegrass country.

  • Classico wins Los Alamitos feature by 2 1/2 lengths

    April 28, 2016

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Classico won the ,260 feature by 2 1/2 lengths in his first start in over two months Thursday at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Classico ran six furlongs in 1:09.54 and paid .40 and as the 17-10 second choice.Loyalist returned .20, while Weirdhaircut Seth was another head back in third. There was no show wagering because of the four-horse field. Secret Room, the 3-2 favorite, finished last.

  • M bonus offered to horse sweeping 3 races in California

    April 28, 2016

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) A million bonus is being offered to a horse that sweeps this year's Pacific Classic, Awesome Again Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Classic, a trio of Grade 1 Southern California races.The Pacific Classic, worth 0,000 to the winner, will be run at Del Mar on Aug. 20; the Awesome Again, worth 0,000 for first, will be run at Santa Anita on Oct. 1; and the BC Classic, worth .75 million to the winner, will be at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. The two classic races are run at 1 1/4 miles; the Awesome Again is 1 1/8 miles.

  • Triple Crown winner Espinoza to ride Whitmore in Derby

    April 27, 2016

    Victor Espinoza will have a chance for an unprecedented three-peat in the Kentucky Derby, after all.The jockey who won the Derby with California Chrome in 2014 and with eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in 2015 has landed aboard long shot Whitmore, Espinoza's agent, Brian Beach, said Wednesday.

  • Racing Hall of Fame: Rachel, Zenyatta, Dominguez, Asmussen

    April 25, 2016

    Steve Asmussen hit the jackpot seven years ago with Rachel Alexandra. Soon, they'll be together again - in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.Sort of difficult for the 50-year-old trainer from South Dakota to believe.''In horse racing, it's unique in the fact that you go in (to the Hall of Fame) while you're still doing it and being honored,'' Asmussen said Monday at Churchill Downs, where he's training Kentucky Derby hopefuls Gun Runner and Creator. ''I feel like we're just in the middle of the career, in the middle of what we're going to get done. Just very blessed with the opportunities we have and continue to be given, and will try to make the best of them.''

  • Breeders' Cup to return to Churchill Downs in 2018

    April 25, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Breeders' Cup is returning to its old Kentucky home at Churchill Downs.Ending a hiatus stretching several years, the two-day event of championship racing will return to the iconic twin spires in early November 2018, Breeders' Cup and Churchill officials said Monday.

  • Uptown Twirl wins Surfside Stakes at Los Alamitos

    April 24, 2016

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Uptown Twirl won the ,000 Surfside Stakes by 1¼ lengths Sunday at Los Alamitos in her first start in 10 weeks.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Uptown Twirl ran six furlongs in 1:09.36 and paid .20, .40 and .60.Moment is Right returned .40 and .60 as the 5-2 second choice in her first start in California. My Dynamo was an additional 3¼ lengths back in third and paid to show at 5-1 odds.

  • Velazquez rides 2 stakes winners on closing day at Aqueduct

    April 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) John Velazquez rode both winners of the 0,000 stakes for 3-year-olds on Sunday at Aqueduct.Overall, Velazquez had three wins on closing day at Aqueduct. New York racing shifts to Belmont Park on Friday.The two stakes were captured by identical 1 1/4 length margins and Velazquez's mounts were favored in both.

  • Finest City wins Great Lady M. Stakes at Los Alamitos

    April 23, 2016

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Finest City caught the pacesetters nearing the finish line and went on to a 1 1/4-length victory in the 0,690 Great Lady M. Stakes for fillies and mares Saturday at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Finest City ran 6 1/2 furlongs in a track-record 1:14.48, bettering the mark of 1:14.60 set by Patriots Rule in the E.B. Johnston Stakes on Sept. 5, 2014. The 4-year-old filly paid .60, .60 and at 8-1 odds.

  • Bit Of A Legend wins Levy Memorial at Yonkers

    April 23, 2016

    YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) Bit Of A Legend won the 9,000 Levy Memorial on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway, beating All Bets Off by a length in the richest race for pacers so far this year.Driven by Jordan Stratton for trainer Peter Tritton and owner Harry von Knoblauch, the 7-year-old New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend finished the mile in a career-best 1:23 1/5. He has eight victories in 10 starts this year

  • Luis Saez rides both stakes winners at Aqueduct

    April 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Luis Saez rode the winners of both 0,000 stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct.Saez started his stakes double aboard Highland Sky in the Woodhaven on the turf with the colt trained by Barclay Tagg.He paid .40 to win. The time was 1:43.69 for 1 1/16 miles.

  • Cherubim wins Los Alamitos feature by a nose after layoff

    April 22, 2016

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Cherubim beat Pay the Fine by a nose to win the ,680 feature Friday at Los Alamitos in his first start in 7 1/2 months.Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Cherubim ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.84 and paid .20, .80 and .80.Pay the Fine returned .60 and , while 13-10 favorite Desert Dynamo was another nose back in third and paid .20.

  • Yakov survives foul claim, stewards' inquiry at Big A

    April 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Yakov survived a foul claim and a stewards' inquiry Friday to win the ,000 allowance feature for New York breds at Aqueduct.Yakov set the pace in the mile race, beating Clifton Pleasure by a length. Manny Franco, the jockey on Clifton Pleasure, lodged an objection against the winner for interference in the deep stretch. After a video review, the stewards let the result stand.

  • Justin Squared wins feature by 1 3/4 lengths at Los Alamitos

    April 21, 2016

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Justin Squared led all the way to win the ,796 feature by 1 3/4 lengths Thursday at Los Alamitos, making Martin Pedroza the track's winningest thoroughbred jockey with 87 career victories.Pedroza's win broke a tie with Frank Olivares. His victories include riding at Orange County Fair meets from 1977-91.

  • Lightning Lillly shines in Aqueduct feature

    April 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Lightning Lilly beat Quibbler by 4 1/2 lengths Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature for New York bred fillies and mares at Aqueduct.The 4-year-old trained by Gregg Matties and ridden by Taylor Rice got her third win in nine starts.The time was 1:37.42 for the mile. Lightning Lilly paid , .30 and .90.

  • Trophee takes season debut in Aqueduct feature

    April 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Trophee rallied to win her season debut Wednesday, beating Queen's Parade by 3 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct in the ,500 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf.The 5-year-old made her first start since finishing fifth in the La Prevoyante Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 26.

  • AP Derby Top 10: Nyquist is so No. 1, California horses rule

    April 18, 2016

    Those California horses sure love the Kentucky Derby. And there's not a beach anywhere near Churchill Downs - only a winner's circle, a blanket of roses and a place in the history books.Led by unbeaten and top-rated Nyquist, the AP's latest Run to the Roses Top 10 features four Derby-bound 3-year-olds based at Santa Anita Park. The others are No. 3 Exaggerator, No. 4 Mor Spirit and No. 10 Danzing Candy.

  • Cupid has breathing problem, won't run in Kentucky Derby

    April 18, 2016

    Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert says Cupid has a breathing problem and won't run in the Kentucky Derby.Baffert's decision Monday comes two days after Cupid finished 10th in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Cupid won the Rebel Stakes and was the favorite in Saturday's race won by Creator.

  • Top filly Songbird out of Kentucky Oaks with fever

    April 17, 2016

    Without Songbird, the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on the day before the Kentucky Derby won't be the same.The undefeated star fill developed a ''low grade fever'' after winning the Santa Anita Oaks two weeks ago, and won't run in the race considered the Derby for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Second Summer wins feature at Los Alamitos

    April 17, 2016

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Second Summer rallied from last to win the ,690 feature by 1 1/4 lengths Sunday at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Second Summer ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.57 and paid , .80 and .60 as the 3-1 second choice in the field of seven.

  • Top filly out of Kentucky Oaks with fever

    April 17, 2016

    Undefeated star filly Songbird will not run in the Kentucky Oaks after developing a slight fever.Considered one of the leading 3-year-olds in the country - male or female - Songbird would have been the overwhelming favorite for the Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6, the day before the Kentucky Derby.

  • Countdown to Kentucky Derby begins

    April 17, 2016

    The road to the Kentucky Derby is just about over. Now comes the countdown to the first Saturday in May.And it's always a jittery one for owners, trainers and jockeys.Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert likes to say all you can do at this point is keep your horses ''happy and healthy,'' then lead them on over to the track and watch them Run for the Roses.

  • Paulassilverlining wins Aqueduct's Distaff Handicap

    April 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Paulassilverlining beat even-money favorite Cavorting by 3 3/4 lengths Sunday in the 0,000 Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.It was a sharp rebound effort for Paulassilverlining after running second as the 2-5 favorite in the Correction Stakes here last month.

  • Boozer wins Bertrando; San Onofre takes Los Angeles Stakes

    April 16, 2016

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Boozer won the 0,345 Bertrando Stakes by a half-length and San Onofre took the 0,000 Los Angeles Stakes by a length, giving jockey Edwin Maldonado a sweep at Los Alamitos on Saturday.In the Bertrando, Boozer won for the first time on dirt in only his second start on the surface for trainer Mark Glatt. The 3-1 third choice ran a mile in 1:34.73 and paid , .60 and .40.

  • Collected wins Lexington Stakes at Keeneland

    April 16, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Bob Baffert-trained Collected won the 0,000 Lexington Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Keeneland, beating One More Round by four lengths.Ridden by Javier Castellano, Collected ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.330 and paid .40, and for his fourth victory in six starts. He's expected to run in the Preakness.

  • Creator pulls away to win million Arkansas Derby

    April 16, 2016

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) Steve Asmussen wasn't completely sure what to expect from Arkansas Derby entrant Creator after a solid but not spectacular start to the 3-year-old's campaign.The trainer couldn't have been happier with how the colt closed out his second victory of the year Saturday, emerging from the field with a furious final kick on the home stretch to win the million Kentucky Derby prep race.

  • Mrs McDougal rallies to win Big A's Plenty of Grace Stakes

    April 16, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The well-rested Mrs McDougal won the 0,000 Plenty of Grace Stakes on Saturday for fillies and mares on the turf at Aqueduct.Making her first start since running third in the Valley View Stakes at Keeneland in October, Mrs McDougal - ridden by Jose Ortiz - sat third in the early stages as Harp N Halo and Means Well dueled for the lead.

  • Cindys Secret wins feature by 3 3/4 lengths at Los Alamitos

    April 15, 2016

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Cindys Secret won the ,725 feature for fillies and mares bred or sired in California by 3 3/4 lengths Friday at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Agapito Delgadillo, Cindys Secret ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02.81 and paid .20, and at 18-1 odds. It was her first start since Sept. 13 and her first win since Feb. 28, 2015.

  • Filly Miss Temple City pulls upset in Maker's 46 Mile

    April 15, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Miss Temple City pulled past Heart to Heart in the stretch to win the 0,000 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland on Friday, becoming the first filly to win the Grade 1 race for older horses.The 4-year-old daughter of Temple City gave trainer Graham Motion his first victory in the race by taking aim at Heart to Heart in the stretch and battling before pulling away for a 1 1/4-length victory. Miss Temple City improved to 10-4-3-2 lifetime with her first graded stakes win that earned 0,000.

  • Ortiz wins 4 at Big A; takes feature aboard Seymourdini

    April 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jose Ortiz rode four winners at Aqueduct on Friday, including Seymourdini in the ,000 allowance feature for 3-year-olds.The top rider at Aqueduct's winter meet that concluded last month, Ortiz holds a 106-97 advantage over Javier Castellano in the national standings.

  • Baffert's Cupid enters Arkansas Derby as favorite

    April 15, 2016

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) Bob Baffert has had plenty of time to reflect on last year's remarkable Triple Crown run with American Pharoah. He has his sights set on another fine spring.The Hall of Fame trainer sends favorite Cupid out in the million Arkansas Derby on Saturday.

  • Howdy wins opening day feature at Los Alamitos

    April 14, 2016

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Howdy won the ,970 feature by two lengths Thursday on opening day of the spring meet at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Howdy ran a mile in 1:36.12 and paid .40, and .40 as the 5-2 second choice.Fusaichi Samurai returned .20 and .10 as the 7-10 favorite, finishing second for the third consecutive race for trainer Bob Baffert.

  • Jules N Rome rolls to Aqueduct feature win

    April 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jules N Rome raced to a pacesetting victory Thursday in the ,500 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.The gray 4-year-old, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, jumped out to big early lead, showing the way by 3 1/2 lengths after a quarter-mile. She prevailed by 2 1/2 lengths over Milaya, improving to 6 for 15.

  • Last chance prep races to qualify for Kentucky Derby

    April 14, 2016

    Win or lose the Arkansas Derby, the striking gray colt Cupid already has a reservation in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby.The same can't be said for 21 other 3-year-olds entered in two last-chance prep races Saturday, most needing Derby qualifying points to get to Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs in three weeks.

  • Manny Franco: Narrow escape to Big A feature race winner

    April 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jockey Manny Franco bounced back from a first-race spill to win the ,000 feature Wednesday at Aqueduct.Franco and Junior Alvarado were both unseated when Cuantos broke down in midstretch and Blame Jim collided with the fallen horse. Cuantos, Alvarado's mount, suffered a fractured right leg and was humanely put down on the track. Blame Jim, like both riders, escaped injury.

  • Trophy for winner of 142nd Kentucky Derby arriving at track

    April 13, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) With the Kentucky Derby a little more than three weeks away, the 14-karat gold trophy to be presented to the winner's owner has arrived at Churchill Downs.The trophy was created by a team that has made it since 1975. Artisans Bill Juaire and Susanne Blackinton-Juaire of LeachGarner, who are husband and wife, delivered the trophy Wednesday for the 142nd Kentucky Derby.

  • Cupid draws 10th, named early favorite for Arkansas Derby

    April 13, 2016

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) Cupid drew the 10th post position and been named an early 2-1 favorite for Saturday's million Arkansas Derby, which attracted a field of 12 horses.The Bob Baffert-trained colt, winner of last month's Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, is expected to be one of the top contenders at next month's Kentucky Derby. Jockey Martin Garcia rode Cupid in the Rebel Stakes victory and will be on the 3-year-old on Saturday.

  • AP Derby Top 10: Big changes, but Nyquist still No. 1

    April 11, 2016

    Brody's Cause can win races at Keeneland. The bigger question is whether he's ready to win again at nearby Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.Of course, Dale Romans believes his 3-year-old colt is ready for the Kentucky Derby following his victory in the Blue Grass on Saturday.

  • Dreamologist wins Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita

    April 10, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Quick Casablanca made a bold move around the final turn and went on to a 2 3/4-length victory in the 0,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes Sunday on closing day at Santa Anita, giving Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally his fourth career win in the race at age 83.

  • Tradition continues: Carrumba wins Big A's Top Flight

    April 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Carrumba carried on the Phipps family tradition Sunday by winning the 0,000 Top Flight Invitational Handicap for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.She was the first runner for the Phipps Stable since the death of Ogden Mills ''Dinny'' Phipps on Wednesday. Phipps, a longtime chairman of the New York Racing Association and the Jockey Club, oversaw a powerful breeding and racing operation.

  • Kentucky Derby field taking shape after weekend prep races

    April 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) In just over an hour, in three races from coast to coast, the field for the Kentucky Derby mostly came into focus.Outwork is in. So are Brody's Cause and Exaggerator.''Anytime you've won one of these major preps, it puts you in the top area,'' trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday, a day after Outwork outlasted Trojan Nation in the million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and clinched a spot in the Derby field.

  • Outwork wins Wood, gives Repole-Pletcher Derby contender

    April 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) After Outwork outran a huge long shot to win the million Wood Memorial, the usually business-like Todd Pletcher was all smiles.And why not? Not only does he have another up-and-coming 3-year-old for the Kentucky Derby in four weeks, he'll be teaming with one of his favorite owners, the always upbeat Mike Repole.

  • Exaggerator beats Mor Spirit to win M Santa Anita Derby

    April 9, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Exaggerator finally confirmed the belief trainer Keith Desormeaux had all along in his 3-year-old colt.Making an impressive move on a sloppy track in taking the lead in the upper stretch, Exaggerator won the million Santa Anita Derby by 6 1/4 lengths Saturday, beating 7-5 favorite Mor Spirit in their final showdown before the Kentucky Derby next month.

  • Brody's Cause claims Kentucky Derby spot with Blue Grass win

    April 9, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Something about marquee races at Keeneland seems to bring out the best in Brody's Cause, whose latest triumph on the picturesque track placed him squarely in Kentucky Derby contention.Trainer Dale Romans didn't mince words about the horse's prospects in racing's signature event after Saturday's impressive Blue Grass victory.

  • Outwork hangs on to win Wood, clinch spot in Kentucky Derby

    April 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Outwork lived up to his name with a narrow victory in the million Wood Memorial at cold and rainy Aqueduct on Saturday, earning a spot in the Kentucky Derby in four weeks.The 3-year-old colt won by a head over 81-1 long shot Trojan Nation and earned 100 Derby qualifying points to give the team of owner Mike Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher an up-and-coming contender for the Run for the Roses.

  • Rule The World wins the Grand National

    April 9, 2016

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Teenage jockey David Mullins won the Grand National on his first ride in the world's toughest steeplechase, steering home 33-1 shot Rule The World with a strong finish on Saturday to write the latest chapter in his family's horse-racing dynasty.

  • Dinny Phipps: A great sportsman, admired racing leader

    April 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Nearly three years ago, Ogden Mills Phipps sat in his high-backed leather chair in a board room at Bessemer Trust, smiling and delighted to talk about a dream come true: winning the Kentucky Derby with Orb.''Sure, something would have been missing if we didn't win, but we've had such a wonderful career in racing that it really wouldn't have been something that was glaring,'' Phipps said in a May 2013 interview with The Associated Press. ''It does mean a great deal now that we have won it, but we have never tried to force our horses into that race and I just don't think we need to do that.''

  • 3rd horse dies at Aintree Festival

    April 8, 2016

    A third horse died at this week's Aintree Festival following a fall in a race run over the fences used for the grueling Grand National Steeplechase.Gullinbursti died because of injuries sustained in a fall in the Topham Chase on Friday, the British Horseracing Authority said. Another horse, Minella Reception, was being assessed after a fall in the same race.

  • Favorite Vautour falls at Aintree Festival

    April 8, 2016

    The biggest favorite of the Aintree Festival proved a big disappointment.Vautour fell while leading the Melling Chase on Thursday, allowing God's Own to take a surprise win in the feature race.Vautour, a 1-5 shot ridden by Ruby Walsh, landed steeply after jumping the ninth fence and fell in the biggest shock of the festival so far. God's Own benefited by beating Al Ferof to the winning post at odds of 10-1.

  • Aspell goes for 3 in a row at the Grand National

    April 8, 2016

    Leighton Aspell made a heat-of-the-moment decision to retire from horse racing in 2007, feeling he'd lost his passion for the sport.The thrill of riding winners made him return to the saddle 18 months later - and now he's standing on the brink of history on arguably the biggest stage in British racing.

  • 'The Voice' winner Kaufman to sing before start of Indy 500

    April 7, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Josh Kaufman will be the next voice to sing ''Back Home Again in Indiana'' before the start of the Indianapolis 500 next month.Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas announced Thursday that Kaufman, an Indianapolis resident and the winner of the sixth season of NBC's ''The Voice,'' will be accompanied by the Indianapolis Children's Choir in the song that was first performed at the track by New York Metropolitan Opera performer James Melton in 1946.

  • Havanna Belle wins turf feature at Santa Anita

    April 7, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Havanna Belle took the lead approaching the quarter pole and went on to a 6 1/2-length victory in the ,000 feature Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Havanna Belle ran a mile on turf in 1:35.88 and paid .60, .80 and .10 as the 4-5 favorite in a field of six older fillies and mares.

  • Blithely wins Aqueduct feature in the mud

    April 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Blithely rallied to beat Eloquent Tribute by 1 1/4 lengths Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares in the mud at Aqueduct.The gray 5-year-old trained by Mark Hennig has six victories in 14 starts.Junior Alvarado was aboard for the six furlongs in 1:11.15. Blithely paid .90, .80 and .40.

  • Chad Brown has 2 shots to win Wood, 1 with favorite Shagaf

    April 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Chad Brown had a pretty good run the first time he took a horse to the Kentucky Derby three years ago. When he likely returns in four weeks, one of the nation's top trainers could have not one, but as many as three horses in the starting gate.

  • Ogden Mills Phipps, owner and horse racing giant, dies at 75

    April 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ogden Mills ''Dinny'' Phipps, a prominent thoroughbred owner and breeder whose stable produced 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb, has died. He was 75.Phipps died Wednesday night at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The Jockey Club said Thursday. The horse racing organization, of which Phipps was once its longtime chairman, did not give a cause of death.

  • Stakes races highlight Keeneland's spring opening weekend

    April 7, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks are up for grabs this weekend as Keeneland begins its 16-day spring meet.The historic, picturesque track opens Friday and will feature five of this month's 16 stakes races worth .225 million on Saturday. The marquee events are the million Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass and 0,000 Grade 1 Central Bank Ashland for fillies, both of which offer 170 points toward next month's Derby and Oaks at Churchill Downs. The winners get 100 points.

  • Prominent horse owner, breeder Ogden Mills Phipps dies at 75

    April 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ogden Mills ''Dinny'' Phipps, a prominent thoroughbred owner and breeder whose stable produced 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb, has died. He was 75.Phipps died Wednesday night at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The Jockey Club said Thursday. The horse racing organization, of which Phipps was once its longtime chairman, did not give a cause of death.

  • 2 horses die at Aintree Festival

    April 7, 2016

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Two horses died after being pulled up in a somber start to the Aintree Festival on Thursday.Clonbanan Lad and Marasonnien died after being pulled up by their jockeys in the Fox Hunters' Chase, and later collapsing, the British Horseracing Authority said. Professor Chris Proudman, veterinary adviser at Aintree, said ''neither (of the) incidents were associated with a fall.''

  • Mullins gets 2 winners at Aintree Festival

    April 7, 2016

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Willie Mullins' bid to dislodge Paul Nicholls as Britain's champion horse trainer was boosted by two winners on the opening day of the Aintree Festival, including Annie Power in the feature race Thursday.Annie Power was one of seven winners for Mullins at last month's Cheltenham Festival and she was just as impressive in the Aintree Hurdle, cruising home by 18 lengths to justify her status as 4-9 favorite for the race.

  • Horse owner, breeder Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps dies

    April 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ogden Mills ''Dinny'' Phipps, a prominent American financier, thoroughbred owner and breeder, and former chairman of The Jockey Club, has died. He was 75.The Jockey Club said Thursday he died Wednesday night at a New York hospital.''With the passing of Ogden Mills (Dinny) Phipps, thoroughbred racing has lost not only a tremendously successful breeder and owner, but a deeply committed leader, sportsman, steward and advocate for the sport he loved,'' said Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

  • 2015 winner Many Clouds heads field of 40 for Grand National

    April 7, 2016

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Many Clouds heads a 40-horse field for the Grand National on Saturday and will carry top weight as he looks to become the first back-to-back winner of the world's most grueling horse race since Red Rum in 1974.There was no place in the lineup for 2014 winner Pineau De Re at the 48-hour final declaration stage on Thursday. Alvarado, who finished fourth the last two years, also missed the cut.

  • Roll out the mat: Welcoming wins Aqueduct feature

    April 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Welcoming dominated the ,000 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies in her season debut on Wednesday at Aqueduct.Last seen here in November running fifth as the 4-5 favorite in the Tempted Stakes, Welcoming wintered with trainer Christophe Clement at Payson Park in Florida.

  • Shagaf made 2-1 favorite in 8-horse field for Wood at Big A

    April 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) So far, Shagaf has been a picture of perfection on the race track.The biggest test for the 3-year-old bay colt comes Saturday, when he takes on seven rivals in the million Wood Memorial, New York's major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby.

  • Shagaf draws rail in 8-horse field for Wood at Big A

    April 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Shagaf has drawn the inside No. 1 post in a field of eight entered for the million Wood Memorial, New York's major prep race before the Kentucky Derby.The unbeaten 3-year-old colt will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., the nation's second-leading rider in earnings.

  • Zulu is early favorite for Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland

    April 5, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Zulu is the 5-2 morning line favorite in a full field of 14 entered for Saturday's million Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, a final prep race for the Kentucky Derby.Trained by Todd Pletcher, Zulu drew the No. 4 post position on Tuesday and will be ridden by Javier Castellano. The 1 1/8 mile-race is worth a total of 170 Derby qualifying points, including 100 to the winner.

  • AP DERBY TOP 10: It's still Nyquist, of course

    April 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) And now, a few words about undefeated horses running in the Kentucky Derby - Nyquist, specifically.After the 3-year-old colt blew away now once-beaten Mohaymen in winning the Florida Derby on Saturday, Nyquist boosted his record to 7-for-7.

  • Japan-based Lani arrives to prepare for Kentucky Derby

    April 3, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The winner of the UAE Derby in Dubai has arrived at Churchill Downs to prepare for the Kentucky Derby next month.Lani was flown from Dubai to Arlington Park in Illinois on Friday, spent the weekend clearing quarantine and on Sunday was vanned 5 1/2 hours to Churchill Downs.

  • Big John B wins Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita

    April 3, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Big John B overcame trouble around the final turn and went on to a 2¼-length victory in the 0,000 Tokyo City Cup on Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Big John B ran 1½ miles in 2:28.79 and paid , .40 and .60 as the 3-2 favorite.

  • Healthy, happy and still unbeaten, Nyquist heads to Kentucky

    April 3, 2016

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) The numbers say Nyquist will face a daunting challenge in the Kentucky Derby, and trainer Doug O'Neill is fully aware of that.He's also embracing that challenge.Of the 31 horses who have won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, only one - Street Sense, nine years ago - has won the Kentucky Derby. The other 30 champions either fell short or couldn't even navigate the prep-race calendar well enough to get to the Run for the Roses, sometimes doomed by injury and sometimes just unable to keep getting better.

  • Blown away: Aqueduct cancels due to high winds

    April 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Aqueduct has canceled the Sunday card due to high winds in the New York area.The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning in effect until 2 p.m. with gusts up to 60 miles per hour anticipated. Track management and the jockeys met and decided to cancel in the interests of safety.

  • Guy Code leads all the way to win Santa Anita feature

    April 1, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Guy Code led all the way to win the ,000 feature by a head Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Guy Code ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.54 and paid .20, .40 and .20 at 14-1 odds. The 4-year-old gelding is trained by former jockey Goncalino Almeida.

  • Satisfied: Thirst for Glory rallies to take Aqueduct feature

    April 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Thirst for Glory, the 2-5 favorite, rallied to beat Proletariat by 1¼ lengths Friday in the ,000 allowance feature for New York breds at Aqueduct.Irad Ortiz Jr. guided the 4-year-old gelding to his second win in 11 starts for trainer John Kimmel.

  • Mohaymen vs. Nyquist, Round 1 awaits in Florida Derby

    April 1, 2016

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Florida Derby could not have gotten a better scenario.Undefeated horses, one from the East, one from the West, who happen to be the most highly touted members of this year's 3-year-old class squaring off in Gulfstream Park's signature race - a Grade 1, million affair that shapes up as a dress rehearsal for the Kentucky Derby.

  • DERBY PREPS: Little-known 3-year-olds get a Derby chance

    April 1, 2016

    Mohaymen, check.Nyquist, check.Both unbeaten colts are already qualified for the Kentucky Derby thanks to previous victories, but the Florida Derby on Saturday is likely a last chance for the other eight horses in the field to earn a shot at the Run for the Roses.

  • Literata wins Big A feature; racing returns to main track

    March 31, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Literata rallied to win the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares as racing shifted from the winterized inner strip to the main track at Aqueduct on Thursday.The 5-year-old trained by Rudy Rodriguez made a strong run along the rail before angling outside in the stretch to zip past the pacesetting Perfect Freud for her fifth win in 21 starts.

  • Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and Mohaymen set for Florida Derby

    March 31, 2016

    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) Few things are easy for Kiaran McLaughlin.He walks with a pronounced limp, the most outward sign of the multiple sclerosis that he's had for years. He was so tired Thursday that he hit the snooze button when the 4:45 a.m. alarm blared, which almost never happens. And after work he spent two hours getting the monthly infusion of medication that helps him keep some control of his nervous system.

  • It's Mohaymen, then Nyquist and 8 longshots at Flo

    March 30, 2016

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Mohaymen will go into Saturday's Florida Derby showdown against fellow unbeaten Nyquist as a slight favorite, at least in the morning line.Mohaymen snared the No. 9 post in Wednesday's draw for the Grade 1, million race at Gulfstream Park and was listed as the even-money favorite. Nyquist will start from the No. 4 spot and is the second choice at 6-5 in the 10-horse race, a rare pre-Kentucky Derby showdown between the colts widely considered to be the top contenders in this year's Triple Crown class.

  • 3-time Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel retires

    March 30, 2016

    From match races at bush tracks in Cajun country to three Kentucky Derby wins to induction into racing's Hall of Fame, no jockey worked harder than Calvin Borel.He won at Delta Downs in his home state of Louisiana. He's won more races at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas than any other rider. He's won more races at Churchill Downs than any other rider except Pat Day.

  • It's Mohaymen, then Nyquist and 8 longshots at Florida Derby

    March 30, 2016

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Mohaymen will go into Saturday's Florida Derby showdown against fellow unbeaten Nyquist as a slight favorite, at least in the morning line.Mohaymen snared the No. 9 post in Wednesday's draw for the Grade 1, million race at Gulfstream Park and was listed as the even-money favorite. Nyquist will start from the No. 4 spot and is the second choice at 6-5 in the 10-horse race, a rare pre-Kentucky Derby showdown between the colts widely considered to be the top contenders in this year's Triple Crown class.

  • Look who's back! It's California Chrome

    March 30, 2016

    Welcome back, California Chrome.Now a regal-looking 5-year-old, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner flashed his brilliance of two years ago by overwhelming a talented field and winning the million Dubai World Cup this past Saturday. He won by five lengths even with his saddle slipping back and jockey Victor Espinoza coolly figuring out how to stay aboard.

  • Sheer Pleasure wins Dream of Summer Stakes at Santa Anita

    March 27, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Sheer Pleasure held off favored Kiss At Midnight by a half-length Sunday in the 0,000 Dream of Summer Stakes at Santa Anita.Ridden by Martin Garcia and trained by Phil D'Amato, the 4-year-old Sheer Pleasure ran a mile in 1:36.82. She paid .20, .60 and .20 in the race for California-bred or sired fillies and mares.

  • Tuttipaesi wins 0,000 Santa Ana Stakes by a neck

    March 26, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Tuttipaesi split horses and shot through a gap two paths off the rail to win the Gade 2 0,000 Santa Ana Stakes by a neck Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Chris DeCarlo for trainer Bill Mott, the 6-year-old Irish-bred Tuttipaesi ran 1 1/8 miles on the turf in 1:48.82 and paid .40, .60 and .80 in the race for older fillies and mares.

  • Gun Runner wins Louisiana Derby

    March 26, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Gun Runner reaffirmed his status as a Kentucky Derby contender, pulling away for a 4 1/2-length victory Saturday in the Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds.Ridden by Florent Geroux, the Steve Asmussen-trained Gun Runner ran the mile in 1:51.06 and earned 100 Kentucky Derby entry points to push his total to 151. He won the Risen Star last month at the Fair Grounds, but was the 7-2 third-choice behind local favorite Mo Tom and Champagne Stakes winner Greenpointcrusader.

  • California Chrome easily wins million Dubai World Cup

    March 26, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) California Chrome was back at his best Saturday, soaring to a five-length victory in the million Dubai World Cup.The winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness finished second last year in the world's richest horse. This time, the 5-year-old was ridden by Victor Espinoza, who was aboard American Pharoah for last year's Triple Crown sweep.

  • Lost Raven soars in Aqueduct's Cicada Stakes

    March 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Lost Raven edged Takrees by a neck Saturday in the 8,750 Cicada Stakes for 3-year-old filly sprinters at Aqueduct.The 9-1 shot took advantage of a poor effort by 1-10 favorite Constellation to pull the upset.Manny Franco hustled Lost Raven to the front and they dictated the pace throughout the six furlongs in 1:12.08 over the fast track.

  • California Chrome wins Dubai World Cup by 5 lengths

    March 26, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) California Chrome proved in emphatic fashion he was back at his best when he won the Dubai World Cup by five lengths on Saturday.Second on his debut last year in the world's richest horse race, the Art Sherman-trained Chrome went one better under jockey Victor Espinoza, despite the saddle slipping way down his back near the end.

  • California Chrome wins Dubai World Cup

    March 26, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) California Chrome proved in emphatic fashion he was back at his best when he won the Dubai World Cup by four lengths on Saturday.Second on his debut last year in the richest horse race in the world, the Art Sherman-trained Chrome went one better under jockey Victor Espinoza, despite the saddle slipping way down his back near the end.

  • Royal Albert Hall wins allowance feature at Santa Anita

    March 26, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) English-bred Royal Albert Hall broke an 11-race losing streak with a 1 1/4-length victory Friday in the ,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and trained by Doug O'Neill, the 4-year-old gelding ran 1 1/4 miles on the turf course in 1:59.90. He paid .20, .40 and .80 for his second victory in 17 starts.

  • Championofthenile wins Aqueduct feature in season debut

    March 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Championofthenile rolled to a pacesetting victory Friday in his season debut in the ,000 allowance feature for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.Jose Ortiz was aboard as the 4/5 favorite scored a comfortable three-length win over 34-1 outsider Saratoga Giro in the race for New York breds.

  • DERBY TOP 10: What's not to love about Cupid?

    March 21, 2016

    There's nothing not to love about Cupid.Not after the way the striking gray colt stepped up and won the 0,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas over the weekend.And guess what?With the victory, Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert is back in Kentucky Derby contention a year after American Pharoah became the first horse in 37 years to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

  • Fantastic Style scores easy win in Las Flores at Santa Anita

    March 20, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Fantastic Style cruised to a four-length victory in the 0,000 Las Flores Stakes for older fillies and mares Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and trained by Bob Baffert, Fantastic Style ran six furlongs in 1:08.79 and paid , .40 and .10 in the Grade 3 race. The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly had been idle since winning the Great Lady M Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths on July 11 at Los Alamitos.

  • Tara's Tango wins Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita

    March 19, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Tara's Tango rallied from off the pace to collar 4-5 favorite Taris late and win the 0,000 Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares by a length Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Tara's Tango ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.44 and paid .20, and .40 as the 5-2 second choice.

  • Baffert-trained Cupid wins Rebel, pointed toward Derby

    March 19, 2016

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) His last time out, Cupid won by 5 ¼ lengths for his maiden victory. After this time around, he's pointed toward the Kentucky Derby.The gray colt led nearly from wire-to-wire Saturday to capture the 0,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and propel yet another Bob Baffert-trained horse toward Churchill Downs.

  • Baffert-trained Cupid runs into Kentucky Derby picture

    March 19, 2016

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) Cupid led nearly from wire-to-wire Saturday to capture the Rebel Stakes and propel another Bob Baffert-trained horse toward the Kentucky Derby.The gray colt won its first race six weeks ago at Santa Anita, then shipped off to Oaklawn Park, where Baffert had five Rebel winners since 2010. Last year's - American Pharoah - went on to win the Triple Crown.

  • Smoove It wins Irish O'Brien Stakes at Santa Anita

    March 19, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Smoove It rallied four-wide turning for home and went on to win the 0,000 Irish O'Brien Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths after surviving a stewards' inquiry over an incident at the top of the stretch Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Smoove It ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:12.83 and paid .40, and .40 for her first stakes win.

  • Clothes Fall Off wins Aqueduct's Correction Stakes

    March 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Clothes Fall Off beat odds-on favorite Paulassilverlining by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday in the 2,500 Correction Stakes for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.The 4-year-old from the Kiaran McLaughlin barn sat second on the outside, stalking the pacesetting Momameamaria. Manny Franco turned her loose at the top of the stretch and Clothes Fall Off zipped away to her first stakes victory - the fourth in 11 races overall.

  • Don Cossack wins Gold Cup after Cue Card falls

    March 18, 2016

    CHELTENHAM, England (AP) Don Cossack won the Cheltenham Gold Cup as a 9-4 favorite on Friday, after Cue Card fell at the third-to-last fence in his bid for the Triple Crown of British jump racing and winnings of nearly million.Cue Card misjudged his jump and tumbled to the ground, having just surged into the lead in Britain's most prestigious jumps race.

  • Awesome Luck wins feature at Santa Anita

    March 17, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Awesome Luck won the ,000 feature for California-bred or sired mares by 1 ¼ lengths Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Awesome Luck ran one mile in 1:37.97 and paid .20, and at 14-1 odds.Take It Easyplease returned .40 and .80 as the 3-2 favorite, while Stole a Kiss was another 1 ¾ lengths back in third and paid .80 to show.

  • Angela Renee wins season debut at Aqueduct

    March 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Angela Renee won her season debut on Thursday, rallying to beat Jules N Rome by one length in the ,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.The 4-year-old was sold at auction last fall for million to Carlos Heller, and switched trainers from Todd Pletcher to Chad Brown.

  • Walsh wins 3 races to pass 50 victories at Cheltenham

    March 17, 2016

    CHELTENHAM, England (AP) Irish jockey Ruby Walsh passed a half-century of wins at Cheltenham with three victories on Thursday as the favorites dominated the third day of the prestigious festival.Walsh won aboard Black Hercules in the Novices Chase, Vautour in the Ryanair Chase, and Limini in the Novices Hurdle to move to 52 career victories at Cheltenham and seven for this week, all on Willie Mullins-trained horses. All three of Walsh's wins on Thursday were on favorites.

  • Walsh-Mullins axis wins 3 races at Cheltenham Festival

    March 15, 2016

    CHELTENHAM, England (AP) The prolific jump-racing combination of jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins got off to a successful start at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday by claiming three winners, including Annie Power in the Champion Hurdle.

  • Derby Top 10: Danzing Candy, Destin in; Nyquist still on top

    March 14, 2016

    Slowly but surely, Todd Pletcher's talented 3-year-olds are beginning to emerge from the pack less than eight weeks before the Kentucky Derby.The trainer's latest triumph came in the Tampa Bay Derby, with Destin outdueling stablemate Outwork by one length. The win on Saturday moves the gray colt onto the AP's latest Run to the Roses Top 10 list of Kentucky Derby contenders at No. 5.

  • 71-1 shot Generosidade wins San Luis Rey in huge upset

    March 13, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Generosidade rallied late to win the 0,000 San Luis Rey Stakes for older horses by 1 1/2 lengths in a huge upset Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Generosidade ran 1 1/2 miles on turf in 2:28.80 and paid 4.80, .60 and .60 at 71-1 odds.

  • Dressed in Hermes wins Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita

    March 13, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Dressed in Hermes rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled pacesetter It's The Ice with a sixteenth of a mile to go to win the ,000 Pasadena Stakes for 3-year-olds by three-quarters of a length Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Dressed in Hermes ran a mile on turf in 1:37.71 and paid .80, .10 and .10 as the 2-5 favorite.

  • Turco Bravo repeats in Big A's Stymie Stakes at 20-1

    March 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Turco Bravo posted another upset victory in the 5,000 Stymie Stakes, rallying from last to beat the favored Dontbetwithbruno by one length on Sunday at Aqueduct.He won this stakes at 9-1 last year. This time the payoff was 20-1, the longest odds in the six-horse field.

  • 16-1 shot Melatonin scores upset in M Santa Anita Handicap

    March 12, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Joe Talamo left his house Saturday sensing he had a good chance of winning the million Santa Anita Handicap with 16-1 shot Melatonin.Still, the jockey had no idea it would be by 4 1/4 lengths while beating a less than stellar field in the Grade 1 race.

  • Destin wins Tampa Bay Derby in record time

    March 12, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Destin won the 0,000 Tampa Bay Derby on Saturday, running 1 1/16 miles in the Kentucky Derby prep in a track and stakes-record 1:42.82.Ridden by Javier Castellano, Destin beat Outwork by a length. Trainer Todd Pletcher trained the top two finishers in the Grade 2 race.

  • Danzing Candy wins San Felipe, favorite Mor Spirit is 2nd

    March 12, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Danzing Candy led all the way to win the 0,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds by two lengths, upsetting 8-5 favorite Mor Spirit in the Kentucky Derby prep Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Danzing Candy ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.04 and paid , .20 and .40 at 5-1 odds in his stakes debut.

  • Salutos Amigos surges to victory in Big A's Tom Fool

    March 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Salutos Amigos unleashed an electrifying rally Saturday to defend his title in the 0,000 Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct.The early trailer in the 11-horse field, Salutos Amigos angled widest of all turning for home and surged through the lane with Cornelio Velasquez aboard to beat Always Sunshine by 2 1/2 lengths.

  • Santa Anita cancels final 3 races after 1 inch of rain falls

    March 11, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Santa Anita canceled the final three races on Friday's card after the track was hit with an inch of rain during a quick-moving storm.Track officials say the deluge occurred over an hour and 45-minute period after the sixth race.

  • Mor Spirit, Exaggerator head field for San Felipe Stakes

    March 11, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Bob Baffert is going to find out more about Mor Spirit when he saddles the 3-year-old in the 0,000 San Felipe Stakes this weekend at Santa Anita.The Triple Crown-winning trainer will be going for a record sixth win in the 1 1/16-mile Grade 2 race on Saturday. Baffert won last year with Dortmund.

  • Backsideofthemoon wins Aqueduct feature

    March 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Backsideofthemoon beat Still Krz by 1 1/2 lengths Friday in the ,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.Hung out four wide into the first turn, Backsideofthemoon advanced into second place to stalk the pacesetting Still Krz before edging away in deep stretch.

  • Illuminant wins turf feature at Santa Anita

    March 10, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Illuminant took command turning for home and won the ,000 feature for older fillies and mares by 4 1/2 lengths Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Illuminant ran a mile on turf in 1:35.36 and paid .40, .60 and .80 as the 6-5 favorite.

  • Making Havoc wins Aqueduct feature

    March 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Making Havoc led all the way Thursday to take the ,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.The 6-year-old mare trained by Michelle Nevin and ridden by Jose Ortiz sprinted clear of the pack on the turn, winning by seven lengths over Stormy Sky.

  • Mor Spirit, Brody's Cause top fields for 2 Derby prep races

    March 10, 2016

    Last seen closing with a rush for third place in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Brody's Cause is ready for his 3-year-old debut - and a chance to stay on track for the Kentucky Derby.''He's doing everything right,'' trainer Dale Romans said this week. ''Hopefully he will come running Saturday, get past all of them and have a nice gallop-out, to Kentucky.''

  • Jockey Ramon Dominguez 1 of 10 finalists for racing HOF

    March 9, 2016

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Victor Espinoza, Garrett Gomez, and Craig Perret are among the 10 finalists on the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame's ballot.Also chosen by the nominating committee were thoroughbreds English Channel, Kona Gold, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, and trainers Steve Asmussen and David Whiteley.

  • AP DERBY TOP 10: Shagaf moves in, Nyquist-Mohaymen still 1-2

    March 7, 2016

    One stable, two Top 10 horses for the Kentucky Derby.One of the colts, Mohaymen, was purchased for .2 million by Dubai Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stable. He's 5-0 and No. 2 on the AP's latest Run to the Roses Top 10 of list of Derby contenders. The other, Shagaf, is a homebred foaled at Shadwell in Lexington, Kentucky. He's 3-0 and No. 7 following his win in the Gotham Stakes on Saturday.

  • Cyclist-turned-jockey Pendleton to ride at Cheltenham

    March 7, 2016

    Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton sat on a horse for the first time barely a year ago.Next week, she'll be competing on British horse racing's biggest stage.Amid concerns she is taking on too big a challenge, the 35-year-old Pendleton announced Monday that she has been given a ride at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival. The two-time Olympic gold medalist will be aboard Pacha Du Polder in the Foxhunter Chase on March 18 - the final day of the festival.

  • Awesome Gent wins Big A's Winkfield Stakes by 4 lengths

    March 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Awesome Gent drew off to a four-length victory over Quijote on Sunday in the 5,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters at Aqueduct.The gelding trained by Todd Pletcher got away third as Moon Over a Beauty and Sudden Surprise vied for the lead. Awesome Gent and jockey Manny Franco took command at the top of the lane and quickly pulled clear.

  • Travers winner Keen Ice finishes 7th in race in Dubai

    March 5, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Keen Ice, who upset Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers last summer, finished seventh behind winner Special Fighter on Saturday in a prep race for the million Dubai World Cup in three weeks.Special Fighter led from the start and won the 0,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 by 4 1/2 lengths over Gun Pit under jockey Fernando Jara. Keen Ice raced in fourth until the far turn before fading in the race covering about 1 1/4 miles at Meydan Racecourse.

  • Songbird wins Santa Ysabel at Santa Anita to stay unbeaten

    March 5, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Songbird won the 0,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita to improve to 6-0.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Songbird ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.02 and paid .10, .10 and .10 as the overwhelming favorite in a field of nine 2-year-old fillies.

  • Shagaf pulls out Gotham win, moves into Derby picture

    March 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) About an hour before the Gotham Stakes, jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., was rolling around in pain on the track. One of racing's rising stars had been unseated by his horse after the finish of the seventh race at Aqueduct. He was placed on a stretcher, put in an ambulance and checked out by doctors.

  • Nancy From Nairobi wins turf feature at Santa Anita

    March 4, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Nancy From Nairobi rallied three-wide turning for home to win the ,000 feature by 2 1/2 lengths Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Abel Lezcano, Nancy From Nairobi ran a mile on turf in 1:34.70 and paid .60, and .80 as the 2-1 second choice.

  • Kendrick Carmouche rides four winners at Aqueduct

    March 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Kendrick Carmouche won four races at Aqueduct on Friday, including the ,000 allowance feature aboard Midnight Champagne.The gray 4-year-old went right to the lead and rolled to a 3 1/4 length victory over Zippity Zoom in the race for New York-bred fillies and mares.

  • Longtime announcer Battaglia leaving booth for front office

    March 4, 2016

    FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) Longtime Churchill Downs and Turfway Park track announcer Mike Battaglia is stepping away from the booth and moving into a role as vice president at Turfway in Florence, Kentucky.Turfway said Friday in a news release that the move is effective March 12. After a 44-year career of calling races, Battaglia will serve as the track's ambassador, teaching the art of handicapping and helping promote the track.

  • Olympic cycling champion Pendleton earns 1st win as a jockey

    March 2, 2016

    WINCANTON, England (AP) Barely a year after first sitting on a horse, Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton earned her first win as a jockey on Wednesday to potentially set her up for a ride at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival.Pendleton rode Pacha Du Polder to victory at Wincanton in her second start under National Hunt rules. She was unseated in her first race, at Fakenham two weeks ago.

  • Guns Loaded fires a victory in turf feature at Santa Anita

    February 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Guns Loaded won the ,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes by 2 ¼ lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Guns Loaded ran 6 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:12.60 and paid .80, and .20. The 5-year-old gelding had won an allowance race on dirt just eight days ago for trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Angry Moon shines in Aqueduct feature

    February 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Angry Moon set the pace and rolled to a 3 1/4 length victory Sunday in the ,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.Kendrick Carmouche guided the 5-year-old trained by Chris Englehart to his sixth win in 18 starts.The time was 1:10.28 for the six furlongs.

  • Boozer rallies to win Sensational Star at Santa Anita

    February 27, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Boozer rallied from third with a quarter-mile to go to win the 0,000 Sensational Star Stakes for older horses by a head Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Boozer ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:13.03 and paid , .60 and .40 for trainer Mark Glatt.

  • Mo d'Amour wins Aqueduct's Busher Stakes

    February 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Mo d'Amour rallied for a two-length victory Saturday in the 5,000 Busher Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.The victory was worth 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Oaks, the distaff companion event to the Kentucky Derby.The win catapulted Mo d'Amour into a tie for second place on the leaderboard. The top 14 in the standings earn spots in the million Oaks on May 6.

  • Mohaymen remains perfect, easing to win in Fountain of Youth

    February 27, 2016

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Mohaymen knew exactly what to do when the cameras were pointed his way. Without any prodding, he turned his head toward the group capturing his latest winner's circle trip and posed for as long as they needed.Of course, he's had a little practice.

  • Hawkedon rallies to win turf feature at Santa Anita

    February 26, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Hawkedon shot through an opening at the rail with a furlong to go and went on to win by 1 3/4 lengths in the ,000 feature Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Hawkedon ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:13.19 and paid .40, .20 and .60.

  • Daisy Cutter takes Aqueduct feature by a head

    February 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Daisy Cutter edged Literata by a head Friday in the ,000 allowance feature for New York bred fillies and mares at Aqueduct.The 4-year-old trained by Linda Rice and ridden by Cornelio Velasquez angled four-wide in the stretch and stormed home for her third win in the last four starts.

  • Mohaymen leads field at Fountain Of Youth

    February 26, 2016

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Mohaymen's spot in the Kentucky Derby is already nearly assured, assuming he stays healthy.It could become practically certified Saturday at Gulfstream Park.Since the Kentucky Derby went to the points system to help determine its field, every horse - at least, every uninjured or Triple Crown-nominated one - with 25 or more points accrued in the prep races has qualified for the Run for the Roses. So realistically, that means Mohaymen would need only to finish fourth out of an expected field of six at Saturday's Grade 2, 0,000 Fountain of Youth to clinch his spot.

  • New title for American Pharoah: dad in waiting

    February 26, 2016

    Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is a dad in waiting.Coolmore's Ashford Stud said Friday that Untouched Talent is in foal to American Pharoah. The announcement comes two weeks after the 12-year-old mare became the lucky first lady to be bred to racing's first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

  • Zulu looks to Fountain of Youth to earn Derby points

    February 26, 2016

    Surely, Todd Pletcher will saddle a horse in the Kentucky Derby in a few months.He will, right?Entering Saturday's 0,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Pletcher has just one 3-year-old among the top 50 in the Derby qualifying points standings - Destin with 1 point.

  • Alex the Terror takes Aqueduct feature

    February 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex the Terror changed tactics Thursday, coming off the pace to win the ,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.Instead of racing on, or very close, to the lead, Alex the Terror rallied from fifth in the lane to beat Nubin Ridge by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:11.36 for the six furlongs.

  • California Chrome wins in Dubai, million World Cup next

    February 25, 2016

    It's on to the world's richest race for California Chrome.The 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner appears to be back in top form with an easy two-length victory in a 0,000 race in Dubai on Thursday, a second straight win for the popular horse on the comeback trail.

  • California Chrome, star of 2014, cruises to win in Dubai

    February 25, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) California Chrome has easily won a race in Dubai on Thursday, a second straight victory for the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner on the comeback trail.The 5-year-old horse opened the year with a win in the San Pasqual at Santa Anita, and then was sent to Meydan Racecourse to train up to the million Dubai World Cup on March 26.

  • Triple Crown-winning jockey Espinoza wins Woolf Award

    February 24, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza has been chosen as winner of the annual George Woolf Award, which honors riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for them and thoroughbred racing.Espinoza was selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide. The 43-year-old rider will receive the award on March 13 at Santa Anita. The other finalists were Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Gerard Melancon and Joe Steiner.

  • AP's DERBY TOP 10: No. 2 Mohaymen set for Fountain of Youth

    February 22, 2016

    Mohaymen is primed to put his unbeaten record on the line this weekend in the Fountain of Youth Stakes.And he's not the only 3-year-old without a loss set for Saturday's 1 1/16-mile prep at Gulfstream Park on the road to the Kentucky Derby. At least two other undefeated horses are scheduled to run, Awesome Banner and Zulu.

  • Ortiz, Rodriguez & Dubb sweep both stakes at the Aqueduct

    February 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr, trainer Rudy Rodriguez and owner Michael Dubb teamed to win the 0,000 stakes for New York breds with Court Dancer and Good Luck Gus on Sunday at Aqueduct.The winning margin in both races was a neck.Court Dancer, the 7-5 favorite, held off Willet in the Broadway for fillies and mares. It was the sixth win in 21 starts for the 5-year-old.

  • Iron Rob stumbles to victory in Baffle Stakes at Santa Anita

    February 21, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Iron Rob took the lead with a furlong to go and won the ,000 Baffle Stakes by a half-length Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Iron Rob ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.50 after the race was moved from the downhill turf course to the main track because of rainfall earlier in the week. The 3-year-old colt paid .60 and .80.

  • Paulina's Love wins Buena Vista by a neck at Santa Anita

    February 20, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Paulina's Love held off Stormy Lucy to win the 0,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares by a neck Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Paulina's Love ran a mile on turf in 1:36.06 and paid .60, .80 and .80. She earned her first stakes victory.

  • Steve Willard, who exercised superstar mare Zenyatta, dies

    February 20, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Steve Willard, a former jockey who worked as the exercise rider for superstar mare Zenyatta, has died. He was 72.Trainer Richard Mandella said Saturday that Willard died Tuesday at an area hospital. He had struggled with pancreatic cancer in recent years, Mandella said.

  • Gun Runner edges Forevamo and Mo Tom in Risen Star Stakes

    February 20, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Gun Runner took the lead entering the stretch and held off challenges from Forevamo and Mo Tom to win the 0,000 Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds Race Course on Saturday.Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Florent Geroux, Gun Runner beat 40-1 long-shot Forevamo by a half-length in the prep race for Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The victory earned Gun Runner, owned by Ron Winchell, 50 qualifying points, which could be enough to gain entry in the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on May 7.

  • Zenyatta's foal finishes 3rd in career debut at Santa Anita

    February 20, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Ziconic, the second foal of superstar mare Zenyatta, rallied from 15 1/2 lengths back to finish third in his career debut Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Ziconic was next to last turning for home but quickened his pace to get beat by 1 3/4 lengths in the ,000 race for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.

  • Clipthecouponannie wins Big A's Franklin Square Stakes

    February 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Clipthecouponannie remained unbeaten with a half-length victory over Frosty Margarita in the 8,750 Franklin Square Stakes for New York bred 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.It was her first stakes race, and her stiffest challenge.After two commanding wins, Clipthecouponannie stepped up for her stakes debut and faced a determined challenger in Frosty Margarita.

  • DERBY PREPS: Risen Star kicks off next phase of qualifying

    February 19, 2016

    Qualifying points start piling up on the road to the Kentucky Derby.As in: The winner of the Risen Star at the Fair Grounds on Saturday will earn enough points to qualify for the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on May 7.The Risen Star is the 20th of 35 designated Derby prep races, but the first to offer 50 points - a lock for the Derby field if more than the maximum 20 horses are entered.

  • DERBY TOP 10: Nyquist wins again, No. 1 again in AP rankings

    February 16, 2016

    Doug O'Neill had quite a Kentucky Derby kind of weekend.The trainer of 2012 Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another hit a prep race daily double in California: Two days after winning the El Camino Real Derby with Frank Conversation, he sent out unbeaten Nyquist to a near-record victory in the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Monday.

  • Nyquist improves to 6-0 with San Vicente victory

    February 15, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Nyquist remained undefeated with a 1 1/2-length victory in the 0,000 San Vicente Stakes on Monday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Nyquist ran seven furlongs in 1:20.71, the third-fastest time in the race's history, which dates to 1955 when current distance was installed.

  • Suddenbreakingnews uses late charge to win Southwest Stakes

    February 15, 2016

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) Donnie Von Hemel had two concerns about Suddenbreakingnew leading into the Southwest Stakes, namely that the race was the horse's first of the year and his 13th position out of the starting gate.After a slow start, the prized colt put his trainer's mind at ease on Monday - using a wide and powerful late charge to win the 0,000 Kentucky Derby prep race at Oaklawn Park.

  • Undefeated Nyquist to make 3-year-old debut at Santa Anita

    February 14, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Undefeated Nyquist, last year's 2-year-old Eclipse Award winner, makes his highly anticipated 3-year-old debut in the 0,000 San Vicente Stakes on Monday at Santa Anita.The 3-year-old colt will take on five rivals in the seven-furlong, Grade 2 race that will be Nyquist's first since he won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Oct. 31 at Keeneland. The victory capped a 5-0 season and earned the colt Eclipse honors last year.

  • Follow Me Crev wins feature at Santa Anita

    February 14, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Follow Me Crev won the ,000 feature for older horses by 2 1/2 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Follow Me Crev ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.28 and paid .60, and .40.Prospect Park returned .60 and .10 as the 4-5 favorite after being idle since Sept. 6 at Del Mar. Big Cazanova was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third and paid .20 to show.

  • Aqueduct cancels, loses another card to cold snap

    February 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Aqueduct has canceled the Sunday card, the second straight day of racing lost to the cold snap in the New York metropolitan area.Both Aqueduct and Belmont Park remain open for simulcast betting on out-of-state tracks.The cancellation was the sixth this winter. The next scheduled card is Monday, a holiday program on Presidents Day.

  • Bolo catches Obviously to win Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita

    February 13, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Bolo ran down 4-5 favorite Obviously late to win the 0,000 Arcadia Stakes for older horses by a neck Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Bolo covered a mile on turf in 1:33.09 and paid .40, .20 and at 7-1 odds. The 4-year-old had been idle since July 4. He improved to 3-0 on the track's turf course.

  • Horse racing canceled in NYC because of bitter cold

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Racing officials have canceled all races at New York's Aqueduct Racetrack because of extreme cold and high winds.The New York Racing Association says there will be no live racing at Aqueduct on Saturday ''out of an abundance of caution'' for horses and jockeys. Daytime high temperatures were expected to be around 20 degrees in New York.

  • Aqueduct cancels Saturday card because of cold, high winds

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Aqueduct has canceled the Saturday card because of the extreme cold and high winds in the New York area.It was the fifth cancellation of the winter meet.The track remained open for betting on out-of-state races.The two 0,000 stakes, the Broadway and the Haynesfield, were rescheduled for Feb. 21.

  • Swissarella wins feature by a nose at Santa Anita

    February 12, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Swissarella led all the way and hung on to win the ,000 feature for older fillies and mares by a nose Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Swissarella ran a mile in 1:37.88 and paid .20, .40 and .80.Melanistic returned anda .80, while 4-5 favorite Two Taps was another half-length back in third and paid .20 to show.

  • Here's a Jetpack soars at 22-1 upset in Aqueduct feature

    February 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Here's a Jetpack pulled a 22-1 upset Friday in the ,000 allowance feature for New York breds at Aqueduct.It was a successful debut in his native state for the 5-year-old gelding whose previous 15 starts were at Parx Racing outside Philadelphia.

  • American Pharoah has 1st date; breeding career is on

    February 12, 2016

    The first date is over for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Now the waiting begins.An 11-year-old mare named Untouched Talent was the lucky first lady at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, on Friday morning as thoroughbred racing's breeding season opened on a Valentine's weekend.

  • Unbeaten Nyquist all set to start his Run to the Roses

    February 12, 2016

    Ready, set, here comes Nyquist.The unbeaten colt makes his much-anticipated 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Monday, capping off a holiday weekend of four Kentucky Derby prep races.''We're pumped,'' trainer Doug O'Neill said Thursday.

  • Enchanting Lady wins feature by 4 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita

    February 11, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Enchanting Lady took charge with a quarter-mile to go and went on to a 4 1/4-length victory in the ,000 feature for older fillies and mares Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Enchanting Lady ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.18 and paid .20, .20 and .10. The 4-year-old filly trained by Bob Baffert had been idle since July 4.

  • Paulassilverlining romps by 9 1/4 lengths in Big A feature

    February 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Paulassilverlining pounced on five-outclassed rivals for a 9 1/4-length victory Thursday in the ,000 feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.The 4-year-old trained by Michelle Nevin had competed in seven straight stakes before dropping into this allowance race. Paulassilverlining wrested the lead from Momameamaria midway on the turn and rolled to her fourth win in 10 starts.

  • Wife of jockey Kent Desormeaux wins 1st race at Santa Anita

    February 11, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Rosie Higgins rode her first career winner in the second race Thursday at Santa Anita, with Hall of Fame jockey and husband Kent Desormeaux watching in civilian attire.Higgins guided Blue Law to a three-length victory in the ,000 claiming race for lower-level horses. It was the 31-year-old jockey's fourth career mount. Blue Law paid .40 to win as the 6-5 favorite in the field of eight older horses.

  • 2 foreign race callers among 4 finalists for Santa Anita job

    February 11, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Race callers from Britain and Singapore are among the four finalists to become the permanent track announcer at Santa Anita.David Fitzgerald, a presenter and commentator for Racing UK since 2010, will audition at the Arcadia, California, track on Feb. 27-28. He has called the Royal Ascot meets the last two years.

  • Nyquist 1st out of gate of Top 10 Kentucky Derby contenders

    February 8, 2016

    He's an Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old with five victories in five career races. What's not to like about Nyquist?Nothing so far, and that's why the bay son of Uncle Mo opens at No. 1 on The Associated Press Top 10 list of Kentucky Derby contenders.

  • Kobe's Back rallies to win Palos Verdes at Santa Anita

    February 7, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Kobe's Back rallied from far back to catch Salutos Amigos in the final 50 yards and win the 0,000 Palos Verdes Stakes for older horses by a half-length Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Kobe's Back ran six furlongs in 1:08.70 and paid , .40 and .40 as the 5-2 second choice.

  • Storied Lady takes Big A's Biggio Rose Stakes by a head

    February 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Storied Lady beat Saythreehailmary's by a head Sunday at Aqueduct in the 0,000 Biggio Rose Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares.The 5-year-old trained by John Hertler snapped an eight-race losing streak. She secured the victory with a strong inside move under Irad Ortiz Jr.

  • Governor Malibu takes Aqueduct's Gander Stakes

    February 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Governor Malibu came up from Florida to post a 2 1/2 length victory Saturday at Aqueduct in the 0,000 Gander Stakes for 3-year-olds bred in New York.The gelding, who was wintering at the Payson Park training center, improved to 2-2-1 in five starts with his first stakes victory. Never worse than second, Governor Malibu wrested the lead from the pace-setting Sudden Surprise in deep stretch and steadily widened his advantage.

  • Mor Spirit wins Robert Lewis for Baffert at Santa Anita

    February 6, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Bob Baffert isn't resting on his Triple Crown laurels. With American Pharoah retired to a breeding career, the trainer is eager to find his next great horse.Mor Spirit is coming along at just the right time.The dark bay horse won the 0,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita, reinforcing his status as the top 3-year-old in Baffert's barn.

  • Mirage wins turf feature by a neck at Santa Anita

    February 5, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Mirage rallied to win the ,000 feature for 3-year-old fillies by a neck Friday at Santa Anita, earning her first U.S. victory.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Mirage ran a mile on turf in 1:35.87 and paid .60, .20 and .40.Sheeza Milky Way returned .20 and .40, while even-money favorite Mokat was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third and paid .40 to show.

  • Mor Spirit to make 3-year-old debut for trainer Baffert

    February 5, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Mor Spirit will be making his 3-year-old debut for Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert in the 0,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita.The horse heads a field of seven for the Grade 3 race at Santa Anita on Saturday.It's a chance for Baffert to see how Mor Spirit stacks up in an early prep for the Kentucky Derby, along with his other entry Let's Meet in Rio.

  • Aqueduct cancels Friday racing because of weather

    February 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Aqueduct canceled the Friday racing because of winter weather conditions in the New York area.The track remained open for betting on out-of-state tracks.Live racing is scheduled to resume on Saturday.

  • If it's Derby prep season, count on Baffert to be all in

    February 5, 2016

    Training horses in L.A. one morning, gabbing with NFL Hall of Famers in San Francisco the next, then back home again to prepare his latest Kentucky Derby contenders for a prep race at Santa Anita.And, oh, yes. After Saturday's Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Bob Baffert plans to show up for the Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday.

  • Favorite Danzing Candy wins ,000 feature at Santa Anita

    February 4, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Danzing Candy won the ,000 feature by 5 3/4 lengths Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Danzing Candy ran a mile in 1:36.73 and paid .20, .20 and .80 as the even-money favorite in the field of nine. The 3-year-old colt has been nominated for this spring's Triple Crown races.

  • Favorite Danzing Candy wins feature at Santa Anita

    February 4, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Danzing Candy won the ,000 feature by 5 3/4 lengths Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Danzing Candy ran a mile in 1:36.73 and paid .20, .20 and .80 as the even-money favorite in the field of nine. The 3-year-old colt has been nominated for this spring's Triple Crown races.

  • Taken by Surprise wins Big A feature

    February 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The entry of Taken by Surprise and Surprise Cameo finished 1-2 in the ,000 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies on Thursday at Aqueduct.Irad Ortiz Jr. was aboard as Taken by Surprise got her second win in seven starts.It was an effective display of teamwork. Surprise Cameo pestered the pacesetting Storm Cell, setting the stage for her rallying entrymate to score a 1 3/4 length victory.

  • All eyes on Baffert as Derby preps warm up at Santa Anita

    February 4, 2016

    Kentucky Derby prep season is warming up, and there's no hotter name in horse racing than Bob Baffert.He was even popular at the Super Bowl on Thursday, gabbing for hours along Radio Row at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.''Just here for the day, and I'm going back to LA,'' Baffert said. ''And then come back for the Super Bowl.''

  • Cadet Roni wins Wishing Well by 6¾ lengths at Santa Anita

    January 31, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Cadet Roni won the ,000 Wishing Well Stakes by 6 3/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita after the race was taken off the turf course because of rain.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Cadet Roni ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.52 and paid .60, .40 and .60 as the 6-5 favorite. The field was reduced to eight after five late scratches because of the change to a dirt surface listed as sloppy.

  • Ortiz brothers rule Aqueduct, win both 0,000 stakes

    January 31, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Ortiz brothers each rode a winner in 0,000 stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday at Aqueduct.They combined to capture six of the 10 races on the card.Irad Ortiz Jr. had the better afternoon with five wins. He took the Maddie May for New York breds with Frosty Margarita, beating Katniss the Victor, with brother Jose aboard, by a nose.

  • Smokey Image runs away with Cal Cup Derby at Santa Anita

    January 30, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Smokey Image romped to an 8 1/2-length victory over six rivals in the 0,000 California Cup Derby for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Smokey Image ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.39 and paid .80, .40 and .10.

  • Mohaymen rolls to easy win in Holy Bull at Gulfstream

    January 30, 2016

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) When Rick Nichols was trying to buy Mohaymen at Keeneland's yearling sales in September 2014, his mandate was to cap the bidding somewhere around million.Turns out, he would have spent more if necessary.''Probably would have gotten in trouble,'' said Nichols, who handles the buying for Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm. ''But I would have been forgiven.''

  • Sunny Ridge wins Aqueduct's Withers Stakes

    January 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Sunny Ridge moved into the Kentucky Derby picture with a win over Vorticity on Saturday in the 0,000 Withers Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.The gray son of Holy Bull bred in New Jersey earned 10 qualifying points toward a Derby starting berth.

  • Behest wins turf feature at Santa Anita

    January 29, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Behest won the ,000 feature for older fillies and mares by 1 3/4 lengths over eight rivals Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Behest ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:14.02 and paid .20, and .60 at 8-1 odds.

  • Indycott takes Aqueduct feature

    January 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Indycott beat even-money favorite Our Caravan by a length Friday in the ,500 allowance feature at Aqueduct.It was one of three wins for Kendrick Carmouche, tying Jose Ortiz for most by a rider on the card.The 6-year-old gelding trained by Danny Gargan improved to 9 for 33. The time was 1:45.29 for the 1 1/16 miles.

  • Socialized wins turf feature at Santa Anita

    January 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Socialized defeated nine rivals to win the ,000 feature by a half-length Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Socialized ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:48.90 and paid .20, .20 and .40.Moon Over Paris returned .60 and , while Hiking rallied from seventh to finish another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid .60 and to show.

  • Stormy Sky rallies to win Aqueduct feature

    January 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Stormy Sky rallied to win the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on Thursday as racing resumed at Aqueduct.Last weekend's Saturday and Sunday cards were snowed out by the winter storm that blanketed the New York area.Stormy Sky won for the second time in the last three races. The 4-year-old trained by George Weaver and ridden by apprentice Eric Cancel angled five wide at the top of the lane and surged to a 2 1/4-length victory over Awesome News.

  • TRIPLE CROWN: Baffert leads all trainers with 35 nominations

    January 28, 2016

    Bob Baffert is ahead of the pack again, leading all trainers with 35 horses nominated to the Triple Crown races.The trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has nearly 10 percent of the 368 early nominations released by Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday.

  • Winning horse of Velka Pardubicka disqualified for doping

    January 28, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) The winning horse of last year's 125th edition of the Velka Pardubicka steeplechase has been stripped of the victory after testing positive for caffeine and theobromine.It is the first time the winner of the race has tested positive for doping. The 6.9-kilometer (4.3-mile) race is considered one of the toughest in Europe.

  • Coastline rallies to win Clockers' Corner by 1 1/4 lengths

    January 24, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Coastline came flying up the rail to take command inside the sixteenth pole and win the ,000 Clockers' Corner Stakes for older horses by 1 1/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Coastline ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:12.68 and paid .20, .20 and .80.

  • Lost Bus wins 0,000 Santa Monica Stakes by a head

    January 23, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Lost Bus won the 0,000 Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares by a head over Finest City, and then survived a foul claim on Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Fernando Perez, Lost Bus ran seven furlongs in 1:21.78 and paid 1.20, .20 and .80 at 60-1 odds, making the 4-year-old filly the longest shot in the field.

  • Aqueduct cancels Saturday card

    January 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Aqueduct has cancelled the Saturday card due to an anticipated snowstorm in the New York area.The track will remain open for betting on out-of-state races. The next scheduled live program is Sunday.The Busanda Stakes, Saturday's feature, has been moved to Jan. 31.

  • Talk about long shots! Old-timers team up for win at Yonkers

    January 19, 2016

    YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) Here's an old-time winning combination that might be tough to top: A 90-year-old trainer sends out his 14-year-old pacer for a big victory at Yonkers Raceway.Sakra Fella upset favorite Arthur by three-quarters of a length in the first race at Yonkers on Tuesday's matinee card, and returned .50 on a win bet.

  • Triple Crown winner American Pharoah voted world's top horse

    January 19, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The American Pharoah victory lap has reached London.If confirmation was needed, the U.S. Triple Crown-winning colt was officially chosen as the world's No. 1 racehorse in 2015.The award by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities was collected at a ceremony in the British capital on Tuesday by Team Pharoah, led by owner Ahmed Zayat.

  • Winning horse of Velka Pardubicka tests positive for doping

    January 19, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) The winning horse of last year's 125th edition of the Velka Pardubicka steeplechase has tested positive for caffeine and theobromine and will be likely stripped of the victory.The Czech Jockey Club says the results of the ''B'' sample confirmed the initial positive test.

  • Keri Belle wins Megahertz Stakes by a nose at Santa Anita

    January 18, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Keri Belle held off a late charge by Stormy Lucy to win the 0,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares by a nose Monday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Alex Solis, Keri Belle ran one mile on turf in 1:36.30 and paid .80, .40 and .40 at 12-1 odds.

  • Champion sprinter Gulch, sire of Thunder Gulch, dies at 32

    January 18, 2016

    GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) Gulch, a sprint champion in the late 1980s and sire of 1995 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner Thunder Gulch, has died at 32.The horse died Sunday at Old Friends farm in Georgetown, Kentucky. Michael Blowen, president of Old Friends, says the cause was complications from cancer.

  • Aqueduct cancels Monday card due to high winds

    January 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Aqueduct has called off Monday's racing card because of a forecast calling for high winds. This is the first cancellation of the winter meet.The 0,0000 Toboggan Stakes, the holiday feature, has been rescheduled for Sunday.The track remained open for simulcast betting on out-of-state tracks.

  • Havanna Belle wins ,000 Astra Stakes at Santa Anita

    January 17, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Havanna Belle took the lead with a sixteenth of a mile to go and went on to win the ,000 Astra Stakes for older fillies and mares by 2 1/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Brice Blanc, Havanna Belle ran 1 2/2 miles on turf in 2:227.03 and paid .20, .80 and at 10-1 odds. The 4-year-old Ireland-bred filly snapped a four-race skid.

  • Baffert turns attention toward 2016 and a new Derby run

    January 17, 2016

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) When trainer Bob Baffert was preparing his acceptance speech for the Eclipse Awards, he asked his youngest son, Bode, for ideas about what to say.The 11-year-old came up with just the right words.''He said that, `I would just tell them that you're honored to win this award and you never dreamt when you were a little boy you would win this award,''' Baffert said. ''`And you still have a little life left in you to maybe win some more.'''

  • Constellation shines in Big A's Ruthless Stakes

    January 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Constellation romped to a 10-length win Sunday as the 1-20 favorite in the ,000 Ruthless Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.It was no contest, with Constellation shaking loose after the opening quarter mile. She improved to 3-1-1 in five starts for the team of trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.

  • American Pharoah unanimous pick as horse of the year

    January 16, 2016

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) American Pharoah left no doubt about who racing's best horse was in 2015.Neither did the Eclipse Award voters.The Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic winner won horse of the year and top 3-year-old male honors at Saturday night's Eclipse Awards - both unanimously. He was the first to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes since 1978, earning nearly .3 million last year alone.

  • Taris wins 0,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita

    January 16, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Taris took command midway around the far turn and went on to win the 0,000 La Canada Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Taris ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.38 and paid , .60 and .10 as the even-money favorite.

  • Favorite Mo Tom wins Lecomte Stakes

    January 16, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) Mo Tom rallied from seventh in the final turn and beat stablemate Tom's Ready by 2 1/4 lengths in the 0,000, Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds Race Course on Saturday.Owned by Gayle Benson, the wife of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson, Mo Tom broke from the gate as a 2-1 favorite but settled near the back of a nine-horse field before making its late charge. The Tom Amoss-trained colt, ridden by Corey Lanerie, ran a mile and 70 yards in 1:43.18 and now has 12 points toward entry in the Kentucky Derby. He earned 0,000 and paid .40, .60 and .40.

  • Mexikoma wins Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park

    January 16, 2016

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Mexikoma held off Mr. Jordan by 1 1/2 lengths in the 0,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, part of a four-win day for jockey John Velazquez.Mexikoma ran down Mr. Jordan in the stretch and returned .60 for the win, finishing 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 48.19 seconds. Catholic Cowboy was third, some 13 1/2 lengths behind the winner.

  • Majestic Affair wins Big A's Jazil Stakes

    January 16, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Majestic Affair led all the way Saturday to win the 5,000 Jazil Stakes at Aqueduct by 3 1/4 lengths.It was the second straight win for the gelding. In his previous race, he was elevated into the victory on a rival's disqualification.This time, there was no disputing the outcome. Majestic Affair was in command on the muddy track and rolled to his sixth win in 11 starts. The 4-year-old, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche was trained by Chad Brown, ran the mile and 70 yards in 1:42.08.

  • 22-1 shot Swift Lady wins turf feature at Santa Anita

    January 15, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Swift Lady won the ,000 feature for 2-year-old fillies by 2 1/2 lengths in her turf debut at 22-1 odds for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Swift Lady led all the way in running 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill course in 1:14.70 and paid .80, .80 and .

  • Awesome Gent romps in Aqueduct feature

    January 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Awesome Gent romped to a 5 1/2 length victory Friday in the ,000 allowance feature for New York bred 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.Ridden by Manny Franco, Awesome Gent pounced on the pacesetting Gehrig on the turn and pulled clear in the final furlong. The gelding trained by Todd Pletcher got his second win in three starts.

  • American Pharoah's Triple Crown year to lead Eclipse Awards

    January 15, 2016

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Even though American Pharoah's racing career is over, a couple of more accolades almost certainly await.Last year's Triple Crown winner is the overwhelming favorite for horse of the year and 3-year-old male honors when the Eclipse Awards are handed out Saturday night at Gulfstream Park.

  • Hay Dude wins turf feature at Santa Anita

    January 14, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Hay Dude won the ,000 Leroidesanimaux Purse for older horses by 5 1/2 lengths Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by apprentice David Lopez, Hay Dude ran a mile on turf in 1:35.66 and paid .20, .40 and .80 as the 5-2 favorite. The 6-year-old gelding had been idle since running Nov. 12 at Del Mar.

  • Clothes Fall Off captures Aqueduct feature

    January 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Clothes Fall Off, the odds-on favorite, rallied to beat Making Havoc by 1 1/2 lengths Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.The consistent 4-year-old trained by Kiaran McLaughlin angled three wide at the top of the stretch and took command a furlong from the finish. The victory improved her record to 3-5-0 in nine starts.

  • Stronach Group proposes million world championship race

    January 13, 2016

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) The operator of Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park is proposing an idea to create the world's richest horse race, one with a million purse.Frank Stronach, the founder of The Stronach Group, says the race would be called the Pegasus World Championship. It would be run at either Gulfstream or Santa Anita, over 1 1-4 miles on dirt and scheduled for January to avoid conflict with the Breeders' Cup and Dubai World Cup.

  • Saythreehailmary's wins Aqueduct's Ladies Handicap

    January 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Saythreehailmary won the ,000 Ladies Handicap for fillies and mares Sunday in the slop at Aqueduct.Saythreehailmary's rallied to beat Mei Ling by three-quarters of a length, running a mile and 70 yards in 1:44.91. The 5-year-old improved to 4 for 5 on wet tracks.

  • Collected wins Sham; California Chrome returns with win

    January 9, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Heavily favored Collected won the 0,000 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita, giving Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert a possible Kentucky Derby contender.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Collected ran a mile in 1:38 and paid , .60 and as the 3-2 favorite in the field of eight.

  • Collected wins Grade 3 Sham for Bob Baffert at Santa Anita

    January 9, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Heavily favored Collected won the 0,000 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita, giving Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert a possible Kentucky Derby contender.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Collected ran a mile in 1:38 and paid , .60 and as the 3-2 favorite in the field of eight.

  • La Verdad wins Aqueduct's Interborough Stakes

    January 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) La Verdad kicked off the 2016 campaign with her 16th career win, beating five outclassed rivals Saturday in the 0,000 Interborough Stakes for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.And soon, it will be over. The 6-year-old will likely make one more start before heading off to broodmare duty. Trainer Linda Rice is aiming her toward the Barbara Fritchie Stakes on Feb. 13 at Laurel.

  • Cat Burglar steals feature by a neck at Santa Anita

    January 8, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Cat Burglar wheeled three-wide turning for home and won the ,000 feature for older horses by a neck Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Cat Burglar ran a mile in 1:35.54 and paid .40, .60 and .80 as the 2-1 second choice trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.

  • In Spite of Mama takes Aqueduct feature by 7 lengths

    January 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) In Spite of Mama rolled to a seven-length victory Friday in the ,000 allowance feature for New York-bred fillies and mares at Aqueduct.The 4-year-old ridden by Jose Ortiz took command entering the final turn and cruised to a third win in 14 starts for trainer Mike Maker. The time was 1:43.05 for the one mile, 70 yards on the fast track.

  • Desert Thief rallies to win feature at Santa Anita

    January 7, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Desert Thief rallied to win the ,000 feature for older fillies and mares bred in California by 1 3/4 lengths Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Desert Thief ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.64 and paid , and .80.Zuzu's Petals returned .20 and .60, while Parasail was another three lengths back in third and paid .40 to show.

  • Jules N Rome wins Aqueduct feature on barn change

    January 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jules N Rome made her debut for a new barn a winning one, beating Rachel's Temper by 1 1/4 lengths Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.Claimed by trainer Danny Gargan for ,000 from her previous race, Jules N Rome set the pace to earn her fifth win in 13 starts.

  • English jockey Johnson reaches 3,000 career wins

    January 4, 2016

    LUDLOW, England (AP) Richard Johnson reached his 3,000th career win when he claimed another victory on his march to the British champion jockey title on Monday.The 38-year-old English jockey made it to the landmark by winning aboard St Saviour at Ludlow.

  • Prize Exhibit wins Monrovia Stakes by nose at Santa Anita

    January 3, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Prize Exhibit held off Shrinking Violet by a nose to win the 0,000 Monrovia Stakes for older fillies and mares on Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Prize Exhibit ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:12.96 and paid .80, .60 and .20.

  • Forever Darling wins Grade 2 Santa Ynez at Santa Anita

    January 2, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Forever Darling took command with a sixteenth of a mile to go and held off Code Warrior to win the 0,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by a half-length Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Forever Darling ran 6 1.2 furlongs in 1:16.25 and paid .20, and .20 in the Grade 2 race.

  • Flexibility wins Aqueduct's Jerome Stakes

    January 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Flexibility dominated the 0,000 Jerome Stakes on Saturday at Aqueduct, kicking off the New York road for 3-year-olds heading to the Triple Crown.The 4 1/4 length victory over Vorticity earned Flexibility 10 qualifying points toward a starting berth in the Kentucky Derby.

  • King Kranz wins Aqueduct's Lost In The Fog Stakes

    January 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) King Kranz won the 2,500 Lost In The Fog Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on Friday for his first victory.The colt trained by John Terranova beat 8-5 favorite Jan's Reserve by a length to snap a five-race losing streak.King Kranz is owned by Zayat Stables who campaigned Triple Crown winner American Pharoah last season.

  • Triple Crown winner sets single-season earnings record

    January 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah set a single-season earnings record at nearly .3 million for a memorable year in which he ended his career with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic.Other year-end earnings leaders in thoroughbred racing are trainer Todd Pletcher, jockey Javier Castellano and Zayat Stables LLC, owners of American Pharoah, according to statistics from Equibase Company LLC.

  • Path of David wins Eddie Logan Stakes at Santa Anita

    December 31, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Path of David rallied in the stretch to win the ,000 Eddie Logan Stakes for 2-year-olds by a length Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Path of David ran a mile on turf in 1:36.07 and paid .20, .40 and .40 as the even-money favorite for trainer Kristin Mulhall.

  • Empire Dreams wins Big A's Alex M. Robb Stakes

    December 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Empire Dreams edged Saratoga Snacks by a head Thursday in the 0,000 Alex M. Robb Stakes for New York breds at Aqueduct.A comfortable fifth in the early stages, Empire Dreams rallied four-wide turning for home and hooked Saratoga Snacks in the final furlong for a side-by-side duel to the wire.

  • Send It In wins Aqueduct feature

    December 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The improving Send It In posted another victory on Wednesday, beating Fox Rules by 1 3/4 lengths in the ,000 allowance feature for New York breds at Aqueduct.The gelding trained by Todd Pletcher closed out his 3-year-old campaign with three wins in the last four starts. The 4-5 favorite rallied from sixth with Manny Franco aboard. The time was 1:45.41 for the 1 1/16 miles over the muddy track.

  • Skier Bode Miller's horse wins Maryland Juvenile at Laurel

    December 26, 2015

    LAUREL, Md. (AP) Ravenheart won the ,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity by a head Saturday at Laurel for owner and Olympic ski champion Bode Miller.Ridden by Forest Boyce, Ravenheart ran seven furlongs in 1:25.64 and paid .80, .20 and .40.Flash McCaul returned .20 and .80, while It's the Journey was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third and paid to show.

  • Runhappy wins Grade 1 Malibu on opening day at Santa Anita

    December 26, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Runhappy led all the way in a 3 1/2-length victory in the 0,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds on opening day of Santa Anita's winter meet Saturday.Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Runhappy ran seven furlongs in 1:21.76 and paid , .60 and .10 as the 1-2 favorite in the Grade 1 race.

  • Green Gratto, Extinct Charm win Big A stakes

    December 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Green Gratto and Extinct Charm each won 0,000 stakes on Saturday at Aqueduct.Green Gratto dominated the Gravesend, setting the pace on his way to a 5 3/4 length victory over even-money favorite Palace.It was the second straight Aqueduct stakes win for Green Gratto. The 5-year-old owned and trained by Gaston Grant captured the Fall Highweight Handicap here last month. Kendrick Carmouche was aboard for the six furlongs in 1:09.89.

  • Takter wins record 5th Trainer of the Year award

    December 21, 2015

    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) Jimmy Takter is harness racing's Trainer of the Year for a record fifth time.Driver David Miller and owner George Teague Jr. also were voted year-end winners for the second time in the announcement Monday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.

  • Cyrus Alexander wins feature on closing day at Los Alamitos

    December 20, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Cyrus Alexander rallied late to win the ,750 feature by three-quarters of a length Sunday on closing day of the winter meet at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Cyrus Alexander ran a mile in 1:38.90 and paid .40, .60 and .80 as the 9-2 third choice.

  • Frosty Margarita wins NY Stallion Stakes at Aqueduct

    December 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Frosty Margarita beat favored Behrnik's Bank by a neck Sunday in the 7,000 New York Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.The Behrnik's Bank had gone 2 for 2 at Penn National, winning by a combined 31 1/2 lengths. She was bet down to 1-5 and, as expected, set the pace.

  • Mor Spirit wins Los Alamitos Futurity

    December 19, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Mor Spirit defeated stablemate Toews On Ice by 1 1/4 lengths in the 0,000 Los Alamitos Futurity for 2-year-olds on Saturday, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a record eighth victory in the Grade 1 race.It was Baffert's first 1-2 finish in the race.

  • Financial Modeling wins Big A's Queens County Stakes

    December 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Financial Modeling dominated the 0,000 Queens County Stakes, beating Tommy Macho by 4 1/2 lengths Saturday at Aqueduct.Irad Ortiz, Jr. sent the 4-year-old colt to the lead in his stakes debut, and the outcome was never in doubt.Trained by Chad Brown, Financial Modeling has won three of his last four races and looks like a potential handicap star for next season.

  • Singsong takes Aqueduct feature

    December 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Singsong won the ,000 allowance feature for New York-bred 2-year-old fillies Friday at Aqueduct.Apprentice jockey Harry Hernandez guided Singsong to her second win in five starts. The gray filly trained by John Kimmel ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:51.40 over the track rated good.

  • Momameamaria returns to win Aqueduct feature

    December 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Momameamaria returned from a six-month layoff to win the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares Thursday in the slop at Aqueduct.The 3-year-old trained by David Cannizzo set the pace for a 6-1 upset, holding off 8-5 favorite Clothes Fall Off by a neck. Manny Franco was aboard for the six furlongs in 1:12.66.

  • Wiggle It Jiggleit runaway pick for harness Horse of Year

    December 17, 2015

    FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) Wiggle It Jiggleit is harness racing's Horse of the Year.The Little Brown Jug winner easily outdistanced Hambletonian winner Pinkman 130-3 in balloting among members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The results were announced on Thursday.

  • Trainer Chad Brown tops million in season earnings

    December 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Trainer Chad Brown topped million in season earnings for the first time when Majestic Affair was awarded the victory Wednesday in the ,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.Lucky Lotto, first under the wire by a neck, was disqualified to second for interference against Majestic Affair in the stretch.

  • Injured Coneygree a doubt for Cheltenham Gold Cup defense

    December 16, 2015

    NEWMARKET, England (AP) Coneygree is a doubt for the defense of the Cheltenham Gold Cup after being ruled out of this month's King George VI Chase because of injury.British bookmakers have taken the 8-year-old Coneygree out of the betting markets for the Gold Cup, which he won in March at the first attempt.

  • Longshot Codacious rallies to win feature at Los Alamitos

    December 13, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Codacious won the ,946 feature for fillies and mares by 3 1-4 lengths Sunday at Los Alamitos in her return to dirt after four straight starts on turf.Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Codacious ran 6 furlongs in 1:09.50 and paid .60, and .80 at 9-1 odds. Maldonado rode four winners on the nine-race card.

  • Perfect Freud wins Big A feature

    December 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Perfect Freud pulled a 10-1 upset Sunday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.The 3-year-old trained by Gary Sciacca set the pace in the one mile, 70-yard race, and held off 4-5 favorite High Ridge Road by a half length. The time was 1:43.38 on the fast track.

  • Street Fancy wins Starlet by 1 length at Los Alamitos

    December 12, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Street Fancy rallied to win the 1,000 Starlet for 2-year-old fillies by one length Saturday at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Street Fancy ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.42 and paid .60, .20 and .80.Stays in Vegas returned .60 and .80. Sutton's Smile was another three lengths back in third and paid .80 to show at 32-1 odds. Phil D'Amato trains the winner and the third-place finisher.

  • Saythreehailmary's wins Big A's Bay Ridge Stakes

    December 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Saythreehailmary's got her first stakes victory Saturday, rallying to take the 0,000 Bay Ridge for New York-bred fillies and mares at Aqueduct.The 4-year-old trained by John Morrison spent most of this season competing in state-bred stakes with modest results. This was her breakthrough, beating 2-1 favorite Sheriffa by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Willet rallies to win Aqueduct feature

    December 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Willet rallied from fifth to win the ,000 allowance feature for New York-bred fillies and mares on Friday at Aqueduct.The 7-year-old owned and trained by Jimmy Iselin beat Court Dancer by a half length. The time was 1:11.03 for the six furlongs on the fast track.

  • Cartoonist wins feature race at Los Alamitos

    December 10, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Cartoonist won the feature race at Los Alamitos by 3 1/2 lengths Thursday.Ridden by Ty Kennedy, the 3-year-old bounced back from a fifth-place finish at Fresno on Oct. 11.Cartoonist covered the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02.57 and paid .20, .20 and .60. This was his fourth win in eight starts.

  • Mrs. Hudson sails to victory in Aqueduct feature

    December 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mrs. Hudson was the front-running winner Thursday of the ,660 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.Jose Ortiz, who had four wins on the day, hustled the 3-year-old to the lead. The 6-5 favorite rolled to a 1 1/2 length victory over Stormy Sky.

  • Bella Joy romps as Aqueduct starts inner-track season

    December 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bella Joy cruised to a 9 1/4 length victory Wednesday in the ,000 allowance for fillies and mares on opening day of Aqueduct's inner-track season.Racing will be conducted over the winterized surface for the next four months. The 3-year-old chestnut Bella Joy, trained by Lon Wiggins and ridden by Junior Alvarado, got her second win in 12 starts.

  • Follow Me Crev wins by 4 1/2 lengths at Los Alamitos

    December 6, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Follow Me Crev rolled to a 4 1/2-length victory in the ,760 feature Sunday at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Follow Me Crev ran a mile in 1:35.32 and paid .20, .40 and .60 at 11-1 odds in his return to dirt for the first time in over five months.

  • Bullheaded Boy wins Aqueduct feature

    December 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bullheaded Boy beat Contradict by 1 3/4 lengths Sunday in the ,000 allowance feature on the turf at Aqueduct.It was the final day of grass and main-track racing at the Big A. The action on Wednesday shifts to the winterized inner track for the next four months.

  • Roo's Valentine wins Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos

    December 5, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Roo's Valentine led all the way to win the 0,500 Soviet Problem Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by a half-length Saturday at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Roo's Valentine ran a mile in 1:37.75 and paid , and .20 as the 5-2 second choice.

  • Room for Me wins Big A's Garland Of Roses Stakes

    December 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Room for Me flaunted her class with a 3 1/2-length victory Saturday in the 0,000 Garland Of Roses Stakes for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.In her previous start, the 5-year-old rallied from 14th to finish seventh as a 78-1 outsider in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint in late October at Keeneland.

  • Iron Rob wins feature for 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos

    December 4, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Iron Rob won the ,000 feature for 2-year-olds by 3 3/4 lengths Friday at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Iron Rob ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02.82 and paid .40, .80 and as the 5-1 second choice.Gato Dolce returned .40 and .80, while Freemark was another 2 3/4 lengths back in third and paid to show.

  • Sustainable romps by 5 3/4 lengths at Aqueduct

    December 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sustainable romped to a 5 3/4-length victory Friday in the ,620 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.The 4-year-old trained by Kiaran McLaughlin set the early pace and steadily improved her advantage. Junior Alvarado was aboard for the mile in 1:36.78 on the fast track.

  • Santa Anita race caller Trevor Denman retires

    December 4, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Trevor Denman, who has announced races at Santa Anita since 1983, is retiring three weeks before the racetrack's winter-spring meet begins on Dec. 26.Denman announced his plans on Friday, saying, ''It's time to stop counting dollars and start counting the stars.'' The 63-year-old South African says he will live on his farm in Minnesota and travel throughout the U.S. and overseas. He will still call races at Del Mar north of San Diego during that track's shorter summer meet.

  • Champion horse Shared Belief dies after bout with colic

    December 3, 2015

    ALBANY, Calif. (AP) Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old male in an undefeated in 2013 season, was euthanized Thursday after a brief bout with colic.Sports talk host Jim Rome, the horse's majority owner, announced the news on his Jungle Racing's Facebook page.

  • Unforgettable U wins feature on opening day at Los Alamitos

    December 3, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Unforgettable U cruised to a 9 1/2-length victory in the ,250 feature on opening day of the winter meet Thursday at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Unforgettable U ran six furlongs in 1:08.67 and paid .60, .60 and .40 as the 13-10 second choice.

  • Shangala races to 27-1 upset in Aqueduct return

    December 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Shangala celebrated her return to Aqueduct with a 27-1 victory Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature for New York bred fillies and mares.The 3-year-old trained by Debra Breed spent the summer and early fall at Finger Lakes, where she had five wins in seven starts. Shangala competed here last winter, never finishing better than third in four races.

  • Alex the Terror beats slop and fog to take Aqueduct feature

    December 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex the Terror splashed through the slop to win the ,000 allowance feature Wednesday at Aqueduct.The heavy fog that rolled across the track obscured vision of the race from the grandstand. Only in deep stretch was it clear that the consistent Alex the Terror was headed to another victory.

  • 65-1 shot Stormy Lucy springs upset in Matriarch at Del Mar

    November 29, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Stormy Lucy rallied from far back to win the 0,000 Matriarch Stakes by a head at 65-1 odds Sunday on closing day of Del Mar's fall meet.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Stormy Lucy ran a mile on turf in 1:35.16 and paid 2.80, .40 and .20 as the longest shot in the field of older fillies and mares.

  • Loki's Vengeance wins Big A's NY Stallion Stakes

    November 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Loki's Vengeance rallied to beat Geaux Mets by a half length Sunday in the 5,000 New York Stallion Stakes at Aqueduct.Third throughout most of the race, Loki's Vengeance kicked home strongly for his sixth win in 17 starts.Jose Ortiz, who won three of the final four races on the card, was aboard for the seven furlongs in 1:24.13.

  • Chiropractor wins Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar

    November 28, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Chiropractor rallied between horses entering the stretch to overhaul even-money favorite Om and then held off March by a head to win the 0,000 Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds Saturday at Del Mar.Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Chiropractor ran nine furlongs on turf in 1:4887 and paid .80, and at 14-1 odds in the Grade 1 race that was the colt's stakes debut.

  • Tonalist rallies to take Aqueduct's Cigar Mile

    November 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tonalist rallied down the center of the track to beat stablemate Red Vine by a neck Saturday in the 0,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct.Christophe Clement trained the first two finishers in the final Grade 1 stakes of the year in New York.It was a strong rebound effort by Tonalist, beaten by 12 1/2 lengths by American Pharoah in his previous effort, the Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland.

  • Midnight Storm wins 0,000 Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar

    November 27, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Midnight Storm won the 0,000 Seabiscuit Handicap for older horses by 1 3/4 lengths Saturday at Del Mar.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Midnight Storm ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:42.70 and paid .60, and .60.Bal a Bali returned .20 and .40, while Toowindytohaulrox was another three-quarters of a length and paid .80 to show.

  • Taris wins Aqueduct's Go For Wand Handicap

    November 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Taris proved added distance was no obstacle, winning the 0,000 Go For Wand Handicap for fillies and mares by 2 1/2 lengths Friday at Aqueduct.The 4-year-old was had already demonstrated her talent in shorter races. She was third in her previous start, the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs last month.

  • Effinex wins Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs

    November 27, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Effinex, the runner-up to Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh last month in the Breeders' Cup Classic, won the 141st running of the Grade 1 Clark Handicap by three-quarters of a length Friday at Churchill Downs.The 4-year-old son of Mineshaft made a four-wide bid entering the final turn, took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late charge from Hoppertunity for his first Grade 1 win. He ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.92.

  • Green Gratto springs 24-1 upset in Big A's Fall Highweight

    November 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Green Gratto pulled a 24-1 upset in the 0,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, the Thanksgiving feature at Aqueduct.The longest shot in the seven-horse field set the pace under Kendrick Carmouche and held off the late charge from Palace by a head.

  • The Pizza Man delivers win in Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar

    November 26, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) The Pizza Man delivered a two-length victory in the 0,000 Hollywood Turf Cup on Thursday at Del Mar.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, The Pizza Man ran 1 1/2 miles in 2:31.75 and paid .20, .80 and .60 as the even-money favorite.

  • Wild About Harry wins Big A feature

    November 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Wild About Harry rallied for a half-length victory over Eloweasel on Wednesday in the ,000 allowance feature for 2-year-old fillies on the turf at Aqueduct.Javier Castellano was aboard for trainer Tom Bush as Wild About Harry got her second win in four starts on the class drop into a New York-bred race after two unsuccessful tries in open stakes.

  • Celebrity chef Bobby Flay on racing Hall of Fame board

    November 24, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Celebrity chef and thoroughbred horse owner Bobby Flay has been appointed to the board of trustees of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.The announcement was made Monday by museum president Gretchen Jackson.Flay has had several stakes winners, including Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner More Than Real. Other standouts owned by Flay include stakes winners Mrs Kipling, Super Espresso, Her Smile, and America.

  • NY Gaming Commission proposes new race horse drug rules

    November 23, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York regulators have fined one of horse racing's winningest trainers and say they're pursuing new equine drug regulations after a probe into abuse allegations by an animal-rights group.The New York State Gaming Commission said Monday its investigation sustained 14 allegations made by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against trainer Steve Asmussen, his assistant Scott Blasi and others during the 2013 Saratoga Race Course meet.

  • Solid Wager wins Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar

    November 22, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Solid Wager rallied from last place turning into the stretch to win the 0,000 Cary Grant Stakes by a half-length Sunday at Del Mar.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Solid Wager ran seven furlongs in 1:22.23 and paid , .60 and .60 at 9-1 odds.

  • Ortiz wins 4 including Key Cents Stakes at Aqueduct

    November 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Irad Ortiz Jr. had four wins at Aqueduct on Sunday including 0,000 Key Cents Stakes aboard Frosty Margarita.It was a memorable afternoon for Ortiz, a rising 23-year-old star from Puerto Rico. The four victories included his 1,000th in the U.S. since arriving in 2011.

  • Rusty Slipper wins Red Carpet Stakes at Del Mar

    November 21, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Rusty Slipper won the 0,000 Red Carpet Stakes for fillies and mares by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday at Del Mar.Ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, Rusty Slipper ran 1 3/8 miles on turf in 2:15.34 and paid .20, .40 and .60 for trainer Graham Motion.

  • Exaggerator wins million Delta Downs Jackpot

    November 21, 2015

    VINTON, La. (AP) Exaggerator edged Sunny Rudge by a neck Saturday in the million Delta Downs Jackpot at the Delta Downs.Ridden the by Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux for trainer and brother J. Keith Desormeaux, the 2-year-old colt ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:46:48 on the muddy track for his third victory in six starts.

  • Dawalan wins Marion duPont Scott Steeplechase

    November 21, 2015

    CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) Irv Naylor's Dawalan drew away to a 5 1/4-length victory Saturday in the 46th running of the 0,000 Marion duPont Scott Steeplechase at the Springdale Race Course.The 5-year-old Azamour gelding raced to his second straight victory after winning the 0,000 Grand National last month in Far Hills, New Jersey.

  • Jockey Joe Talamo takes day off to marry longtime girlfriend

    November 20, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Jockey Joe Talamo took the day off from the races to marry his longtime girlfriend Friday.He and Elizabeth Ellis wed at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in San Diego after dating for eight years. She is the daughter of trainer Ron Ellis, who initially rejected Talamo's request to date her in 2007. He eventually relented and their relationship was featured on the Animal Planet reality series ''Jockeys'' two years later.

  • Nite Delite wins turf feature as 2-1 favorite at Del Mar

    November 20, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Nite Delite led all the way to win the ,000 feature by 4 3/4 lengths Friday at Del Mar.Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Nite Delite ran five furlongs on turf in 56.58 seconds and paid .80, .20 and .20 as the 2-1 favorite. It was Maldonado's third win on the card.

  • Souper Knight wins Aqueduct feature

    November 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Souper Knight beat Life in Shambles by one length Friday in his debut for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, the ,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.Rodriguez claimed the 5-year-old gelding for ,000 at Belmont Park in September. He was 4 for 19 before the barn change.

  • Global Magician wins turf feature at Del Mar

    November 19, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Global Magician overhauled pacesetter Signature Cat in the stretch to win the ,000 feature by 1 1/4 lengths Thursday at Del Mar.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Global Magician ran five furlongs on turf in 57.18 seconds and paid , and .40 as the 3-2 favorite for trainer Peter Miller.

  • Baublette wins Aqueduct feature

    November 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Baublette rallied for a 5 3/4 length victory Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.The 3-year-old trained by Shug McGaughey shook free turning for home, easily waltzing to her second win in four starts.

  • Michael Anifantis named Monmouth Park racing director

    November 19, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Michael Anifantis has been named director of racing for Monmouth Park.The track on the New Jersey shore announced the hiring on Thursday.Anifantis, who is currently the racing secretary at Hialeah Park in Florida, replaces Mike Dempsey, who announced his retirement earlier this week. Anifantis was the Monmouth Park's assistant racing secretary last season.

  • Mike Dempsey retiring as Monmouth Park racing director

    November 17, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Mike Dempsey is retiring as the director of racing at Monmouth Park.The racetrack on the New Jersey shore announced that the 60-year-old Dempsey would be retiring on Dec. 31. He was hired in 1979 as a claims clerk.Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC, operators of the racetrack, hopes to hire a replacement soon.

  • Exaggerator is 2-1 favorite for M Delta Downs Jackpot

    November 16, 2015

    VINTON, La. (AP) Exaggerator is the early 2-1 favorite for the million Delta Downs Jackpot this weekend, with 10 2-year-olds entered.Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his brother Kent, Exaggerator drew the No. 9 post Monday for the 1 1/16-mile race Saturday, when jockey Patrick Valenzuela takes another step in his comeback.

  • Lucky Folie wins Desi Arnaz Stakes for fillies at Del Mar

    November 15, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Lucky Folie won the 0,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by a half-length Sunday at Del Mar.Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Lucky Folie ran seven furlongs in 1:23.86 and paid .40, .60 and at 2-1 odds.Treasuring returned .20 and .80 at 11-1 odds, while Street Fancy was another nose back in third and paid .80 at 16-1 odds.

  • Sheriffa wins 5,000 New York Stallion Stakes at Aqueduct

    November 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sheriffa overcame a poor start Sunday to win the 5,000 New York Stallion Stakes for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.The 5-2 favorite quickly recovered from a late break to settle into fourth down the backstretch. She swung seven wide turning for home and rallied to beat Saythreehailmary's by one length. The time was 1:23.57 for seven furlongs.

  • Toews On Ice wins Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar

    November 14, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Toews On Ice rallied after being passed entering the stretch to win the 0,000 Bob Hope Stakes for 2-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths Saturday at Del Mar.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Toews On Ice covered seven furlongs in 1:22.27 and paid .80, .80 and .20 as the 4-5 favorite.

  • Mr Maybe rallies to win Big A's Red Smith Handicap

    November 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mr Maybe rallied for a decisive victory Saturday in the 0,000 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct, the last major grass stakes of the season in New York.Last in the eight-horse field for the first three quarters of a mile, Mr Maybe ran home for a 4 1/4 length win over Kaigun.

  • El Kabeir earns 1st victory since March at Laurel

    November 14, 2015

    LAUREL, Md. (AP) El Kabeir won the 0,000 City of Laurel Stakes by a nose in a three-horse photo finish Saturday at Laurel Park.It was the 3-year-old colt's first win since capturing the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct in March. He was later scratched from the Kentucky Derby with an injury to his left front foot.

  • 19-1 shot Tiz Ladys Legs wins feature at Del Mar

    November 13, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Tiz Ladys Legs rallied after being passed in the deep stretch to win the ,000 feature for older fillies and mares by a neck Friday at Del Mar.Ridden by Fernando Perez, Tiz Ladys Legs ran a mile in 1:37.82 and paid .40, and .40 at 19-1 odds.

  • Fire Away wins Aqueduct feature

    November 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Fire Away beat Belisarius by a half-length Friday in the ,000 allowance feature on the turf at Aqueduct.The 3-year-old colt posted his second straight win for the Hall of Fame team of trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey John Velazquez.The time was 2:17.14 for 1 3/8 miles over the yielding course.

  • Richard's Boy wins turf feature at Del Mar

    November 12, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Richard's Boy took command with a furlong to go and went on to win the ,000 feature by 2 1/4 lengths Thursday at Del Mar.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Richard's Boy ran five furlongs on turf in 56.42 seconds and paid , .80 and .20 as the 7-2 second choice.

  • Chocolatier wins Aqueduct feature

    November 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chocolatier led all the way Thursday to win the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at rainy Aqueduct.The 4-year-old trained by Chad Brown beat Pine Needles by three lengths over the yielding turf course.Kendrick Carmouche guided Chocolatier to her third win in 14 starts. The time was 2:19.33 for the 1 3/8 miles.

  • Tommy Macho wins Discovery, 1-2 finish for Pletcher

    November 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Todd Pletcher added to his nation-best training total Wednesday when stablemates Tommy Macho and Madefromlucky finished 1-2 in the Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct.The sweep banked 0,000 of the 0,000 purse for the Pletcher barn that has over million in earnings this year.

  • Pat Eddery, 11-time flat racing champion, dies at 63

    November 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Pat Eddery, the Irish jockey who was crowned flat-racing champion 11 times, has died. He was 63.Racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe, who worked alongside Eddery throughout his career, confirmed the death on Tuesday, saying ''everyone at Juddmonte (Farms) is very shocked and saddened by it.''

  • Iromea wins Aqueduct feature

    November 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Iromea won her debut for trainer Christophe Clement, beating Indian Starlight by a half-length Monday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Aqueduct.The 3-year-old filly rallied from fifth to register her second win in seven starts, and the first in the U.S. Joel Rosario was aboard for the mile in 1:38.58 over the firm course.

  • My Monet wins Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar

    November 8, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) My Monet held off Kiss at Midnight by a half-length Sunday at Del Mar in the 0,000 Betty Grable Stakes for older California-bred fillies and mares.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez for trainer Ricky Agarie, the 4-year-old My Monet ran seven furlongs in 1:23.16 for her sixth victory in 19 races. The filly paid .80, and and earned ,000 to push her career total to 5,830.

  • Nubin Ridge wins Big A feature

    November 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Nubin Ridge prevailed by a nose Sunday in the ,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.Only a half length separated the first five. After the photo-finish camera sorted the results, Nubin Ridge had his sixth win 40 career starts.Irad Ortiz Jr. was aboard for trainer Chris Englehart as the 5-year-old gelding ran the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.28.

  • Full Ransom scores upset victory in Crosby at Del Mar

    November 7, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Full Ransom recorded a 1 1/4-length victory at 17-1 odds in the ,900 Kathryn Crosby Stakes for older fillies and mares Saturday at Del Mar.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Full Ransom ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:41.72 and paid .60, .80 and .80.

  • Goldy Espony wins Big A's Long Island Handicap

    November 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Goldy Espony beat Danza Cavallo as Chad Brown saddled the first two finishers in the 0,000 Long Island Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct.Brown sent out three runners in the stakes for fillies and mares on the turf.The only one who failed to fire was Rosalind who checked in ninth.

  • Stud fee at 0K for Triple Crown champ American Pharoah

    November 7, 2015

    Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will stand at stud for 0,000, one of the highest prices for a horse in his first year as a stallion.The fee was set by Ashford Stud, which operates as Coolmore's American breeding facility in Versailles, Kentucky.

  • Poshky rallies to win turf feature at Del Mar

    November 6, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Poshky rallied in the stretch to win the ,000 feature by a half-length Friday at Del Mar.Ridden by James Graham, Poshky ran nine furlongs on turf in 1:47.93 and paid , .20 and .40 as the 5-2 favorite.Chiropractor returned .40 and .80, while Baccelo was another nose back in third and paid .20 to show.

  • Theophilia wins Aqueduct feature as 4-5 favorite

    November 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Theophilia, the odds-on favorite, won the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on Friday at Aqueduct.Never worse than third in the five-horse field, the lone 3-year-old in the race took charge at the top of the stretch and sped away to a 2 1/2 length win over Sustainable.

  • Gigi's Kitten springs 14-1 upset in Aqueduct feature

    November 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Gigi's Kitten got up in the final jumps for a 14-1 upset Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Aqueduct.Last in the early stages, Gigi's Kitten closed alertly to nip the pacesetting Rock Me Again for her second win in four starts.

  • Big World, Mohaymen win opening stakes at Big A

    November 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Big World and Mohaymen won the 0,000 stakes for 2-year-olds Wednesday, the opening-day features at Aqueduct.Big World set the pace and held off Flora Dora by a half length in the Tempted for fillies.Jose Ortiz guided her to a second win in four starts for trainer Tony Dutrow.

  • American Pharoah draws best Breeders' Cup rating in 20 years

    November 3, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's last race drew the highest television rating in two decades for the Breeders' Cup telecast.Saturday's coverage on NBC averaged a 2.6 rating and 6 share. The network said Tuesday that's the best since 1995 for Cigar's 12th consecutive victory.

  • Female jockey makes history with 1st win at Melbourne Cup

    November 3, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday when she rode the 100-1 outsider Prince of Penzance to victory in Australia's richest horse race.Payne pushed the six-year-old Prince of Penzance through a narrow gap in the straight and surged ahead of the Irish stayer Max Dynamite, ridden by Frankie Dettori, and New Zealand-owned Criterion, ridden by Michael Walker, for the victory.

  • Uzziel wins 0,000 Goldikova Stakes at Del Mar

    November 1, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Uzziel led all the way to win the 0,000 Goldikova Stakes for older fillies and mares by 2 1/4 lengths Sunday at Del Mar.Ridden by Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux, Uzziel ran a mile on turf in 1:34.77 and paid .40, and . Desormeaux's brother, Keith, trains the 4-year-old filly.

  • Local horses now the outsiders for Melbourne Cup

    November 1, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australia's richest horse race, the .2 million (.4 million) Melbourne Cup, retains as tight a grip as ever on the nation's attention but Tuesday's edition is expected to continue the recent trend of foreign raiders taking the famed three-handled trophy.

  • Lady Sabelia wins Belmont's Pumpkin Pie Stakes

    November 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Lady Sabelia drew away to a seven-length victory Sunday in the 0,000 Pumpkin Pie Stakes, the closing day feature at Belmont Park.The 5-year-old dominated the six-furlong race for fillies and mares in her Belmont debut. Lady Sabelia uncorked a stretch rally down the center of the track for the Maryland-based team of trainer Robin Graham and jockey Horacio Karamanos.

  • American Pharoah leaves his multitude of fans for stud life

    November 1, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Bob Baffert began his final full day as American Pharoah's trainer by walking the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic winner into the middle of an adoring crowd outside his Keeneland barn.More than 200 people, many clutching cameras, pressed close to the thoroughbred, who stayed remarkably calm as always despite the tumult. Hands reached out to pet the champ. Some people cried while others presented him with his favorite snack of peeled baby carrots.

  • The Latest: Wavell Avenue wins BC Filly & Mare Sprint

    October 31, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) The latest on the Breeders' Cup, in which Triple Crown winner American Pharoah races for the last time before retiring (all times EDT):---1:45 p.m.There's been another upset at the Breeders' Cup.Wavell Avenue rallied to win the million Filly & Mare Sprint by 1 3/4 lengths at Keeneland on Saturday.

  • The Latest: Mongolian Saturday wins BC Turf Sprint

    October 31, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) The latest on the Breeders' Cup, in which Triple Crown winner American Pharoah races for the last time before retiring (all times EDT):---1:10 p.m.It's a first for Mongolia at the Breeders' Cup.The Asian country's first representative in the 32-year history of the world championships won the million Turf Sprint with the fittingly named Mongolian Saturday.

  • The Latest: Songbird wins Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies

    October 31, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) The latest on the Breeders' Cup, in which Triple Crown winner American Pharoah races for the last time before retiring (all times EDT):---12:20 p.m.Songbird led all the way to win the million Juvenile Fillies by 5 3/4 lengths as the first of nine Breeders' Cup races began at Keeneland.

  • The Latest: Bourbon, Bloody Marys, racing at Breeders' Cup

    October 31, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) The latest on the Breeders' Cup, in which Triple Crown winner American Pharoah races for the last time before retiring (all times EDT):---11:20 a.m.Bourbon, Bloody Marys and champagne is flowing at Keeneland as fans settle in for a day of championship racing.

  • Smooth Roller scratched from Breeders' Cup Classic

    October 31, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Smooth Roller has been scratched from the Breeders' Cup Classic, leaving seven horses to challenge Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.The 4-year-old gelding was scratched by the Keeneland stewards early Saturday on the advice of the Kentucky state veterinarian because of a tendon issue in Smooth Roller's left front leg.

  • Smokey Image wins Golden State Juvenile Stakes at Del Mar

    October 30, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Smokey Image overcame traffic trouble Friday to win the 0,000 Golden State Juvenile Stakes by three-quarters of a length and improve to 5-0 at Del Mar.Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Smokey Image ran seven furlongs in 1:22.94 and paid , .20 and .10 at 1-2 odds.

  • American Pharoah bids farewell in Breeders' Cup Classic

    October 30, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert believes he has done everything possible to bring American Pharoah into his final race in peak form.Now it's up to the Triple Crown winner to deliver a final dynamic performance in the million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Keeneland.

  • Keeneland hosts Breeders' Cup championships for first time

    October 30, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Keeneland is 75 miles east of the famous Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, and the little track always seems to operate in the shadows of the home of horse racing's crown jewel.Not this week.Keeneland is the center of the sport, hosting the Breeders' Cup with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah running in the Classic.

  • Stopchargingmaria survives drama, wins Breeders' Cup Distaff

    October 30, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Stopchargingmaria won the million Breeders' Cup Distaff by a neck, giving trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Javier Castellano their second victories Friday on the opening day of the world championships at Keeneland.The last of the day's four Cup races was the most suspenseful, with the stewards needing several minutes to sort through a foul claim and objection before declaring the results official.

  • Bobby Flay's America wins Turnback The Alarm Handicap

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) America, owned and bred by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, won the 0,000 Turnback The Alarm Handicap Friday at Belmont Park.Chris DeCarlo was aboard for trainer Bill Mott as the 4-year-old got her first win since Jan. 1 at Aqueduct.Breaking from the outside post in the eight-horse field, America set the pace and held off 4/5 favorite Delightful Joy by 1 1/2 lengths.

  • Stopchargingmaria wins million Breeders' Cup Distaff

    October 30, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Stopchargingmaria held off Stellar Wind to win the million Breeders' Cup Distaff by a neck after surviving a foul claim and objection.Ridden by Javier Castellano, Stopchargingmaria ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.98 and paid .20, .40 and at 7-1 odds Friday.

  • Catch a Glimpse wins Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

    October 30, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Catch a Glimpse won the million Juvenile Fillies Turf, giving Canadian trainer Mark Casse his first Breeders' Cup victory.It was a hard-fought win for the 2-year-old on Friday at Keeneland.Catch a Glimpse pressed the pace set by Ruby Notion and held off a late run from 5-2 favorite Alice Springs by three quarters of a length.

  • Favored Liam's Map wins Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

    October 30, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Liam's Map came from off the pace to win the million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile by 2 1/2 lengths.Ridden by Javier Castellano, Liam's Map ran the distance in a track-record time of 1:34.54. The 4-year-old gray colt paid , .40 and .10 as the 1-2 favorite Friday at Keeneland.

  • Hit It a Bomb wins Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

    October 30, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Hit It a Bomb won the million Juvenile Turf, the first Breeders' Cup race ever held at Keeneland.The colt closed with a powerful five-wide surge to edge the 5-2 favorite Airoforce by a neck, with Birchwood another neck back in the finish on Friday.

  • Horses scratched from 2 Breeders' Cup races

    October 30, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Tale of S'avall is out of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, while Bawina has been scratched from the Filly & Mare Turf.Trainer Barclay Tagg says Tale of S'avall has been having foot problems and veterinarians recommended he not run in Saturday's million race. The 2-year-old colt was a 30-1 shot.

  • Pacific Heat wins Golden State Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar

    October 29, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Pacific Heat won the 0,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes by 5 1/4 lengths Thursday on opening day of Del Mar's fall meet.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Pacific Heat ran seven furlongs in 1:24.31 and paid .80, .60 and .60 as the 7-5 favorite.

  • Hot City Girl sizzles in Belmont feature

    October 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Hot City Girl rolled to a 4 1/4-length victory Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.Breaking from the rail, Hot City Girl and jockey Jose Ortiz set the pace with Sun and Moon pressing. They ran 1-2 to the finish, with Hot City Girl pulling away in the deep stretch for her fourth win in 10 starts.

  • Breeders' Cup Distaff up for grabs

    October 29, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Todd Pletcher is taking three shots at winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff, a race with a full field of 14 fillies and mares lacking a true superstar like past champions Beholder, Royal Delta, Untapable and Zenyatta.The trainer will saddle Curalina, Got Lucky and Stopchargingmaria - all Grade 1 winners - in the million race that highlights the opening day of the world championships Friday in its first visit to Keeneland.

  • Another strong European contingent in Breeders' Cup

    October 29, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Golden Horn heads another strong contingent of European horses in the Breeders' Cup this weekend at Keeneland.Foreign-based runners have won 10 times in the last three Cups, all held at Santa Anita in California. Keeneland hosts the two-day championships for the first time starting Friday.

  • Beholder out of Breeders' Cup Classic after bleeding

    October 29, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Beholder is out of the Breeders' Cup Classic after she bled Thursday following her morning gallop at Keeneland.Beholder was the early 3-1 second choice behind American Pharoah, who is running for the last time. Her absence reduces the field to nine and removes the horse expected to press the Triple Crown champion early in the million race.

  • American Pharoah gallops in workout at Keeneland

    October 29, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Triple Crown champion American Pharoah had a spirited gallop at Keeneland in preparation for his final career start in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic.The colt arrived Tuesday from California and walked around his barn Wednesday because of rainy conditions. On Thursday, he galloped on the synthetic surface of the training track.

  • Stormin Monarcho wins Belmont feature

    October 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Stormin Monarcho was the 14-1 winner of the ,000 allowance feature Wednesday in the rain and wind at Belmont Park.The longest shot in the race rallied five wide into contention and pulled away to 2 1/4 length victory over Kid Cruz.Javier Castellano was aboard for his third win on the card. The 5-year-old gelding trained by David Jacobson got his 11th victory in 36 starts.

  • Fond farewell awaits American Pharoah after Breeders' Cup

    October 28, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) In a few days, there will be a vacant stall in Bob Baffert's barn and an empty space in the hearts of the trainer and the owner of American Pharoah.The 3-year-old colt bids farewell to racing in the Breeders' Cup Classic this weekend, ending a memorable journey that included him winning the sport's first Triple Crown in 37 years.

  • Rain keeps Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in barn

    October 28, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah remained in the barn Wednesday as heavy rain disrupted training for the Breeders' Cup this weekend at Keeneland.The million Classic on Saturday will be American Pharoah's final race before retirement to a new career as a stallion at a breeding farm.

  • American Pharoah arrives at soggy Keeneland for last race

    October 27, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) American Pharoah arrived in soggy Kentucky on Tuesday to begin final preparations for the last race for the Triple Crown champion in this weekend's Breeders' Cup Classic.After a flight from warm and sunny California and a short ride from the Lexington airport, American Pharoah was guided off the van in a cold, steady rain and into Barn 62 at the Keeneland Training Center.

  • Untapable will not defend title in Breeders' Cup Distaff

    October 27, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Untapable will not defend her title in the million Breeders' Cup Distaff because of a slight fever.Owner Ron Winchell announced the scratch Tuesday on Twitter, calling it ''very disappointing after preparing all year for a repeat.'' Untapable was 5-1 on the morning line for Friday's race at Keeneland.

  • American Pharoah is 6-5 favorite for Breeders' Cup Classic

    October 27, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Triple Crown champion American Pharoah was made the early 6-5 favorite Monday in a field of 10 for the million Breeders' Cup Classic, the last race of his career.The colt will break from the No. 4 post on Saturday at Keeneland. He is 6 for 7 this year, and is coming off a loss in the Travers two months ago.

  • Kentucky's Calipari announces Breeders' Cup post positions

    October 26, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari announced post positions for entries in the marquee races at the Breeders' Cup, despite joking earlier that he didn't know what horses were racing.An expected cheer went up Monday at Keeneland when the Hall of Famer announced that Triple Crown winner American Pharoah drew the No. 4 post position for the Breeders' Cup Classic that is expected to be the colt's farewell race. Calipari drew his own cheers upon being introduced to draw the post positions, a duty he initially was going to pass up for recruiting.

  • Undefeated Nyquist draws outside post in Breeders' Cup

    October 26, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Nyquist drew post position 13 Monday in a field of 14 for the million Breeders' Cup Juvenile. A victory would position the undefeated 2-year-old as the early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby.The colt is 4-0 and faces his toughest challenge yet at Keeneland on Saturday with an outside post and the biggest field he's run against.

  • American Pharoah tunes up for Breeders' Cup finale

    October 26, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tuned up for the last race of his career with a sharp workout at Santa Anita.The colt was timed in 46.60 seconds for a half-mile under Martin Garcia on Monday. Regular rider Victor Espinoza will be aboard Saturday in the million Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland. After the drill, Justin Zayat, son of owner Ahmed Zayat, tweeted: ''Wow!!!! The beast is READY!!!!''

  • Baruta wins Senator Ken Maddy Stakes at Santa Anita

    October 25, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Baruta won the 0,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths Sunday on closing day of Santa Anita's autumn meet.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Brazil-bred Baruta ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:12.96 and paid .60, .20 and .40 at 9-2 odds.

  • Mikkelsen wins after Ogier crashes in Rally of Spain

    October 25, 2015

    SALOU, Spain (AP) Andreas Mikkelsen clinched his first World Rally Championship victory after titleholder Sebastien Ogier crashed with a comfortable lead in the final speed test at the Rally of Spain on Sunday.Ogier was nearly a minute ahead when he crashed his Volkswagen Polo into a roadside barrier less than 4 kilometers (2.49 miles) from the finish in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

  • Offering Plan wins English Channel Stakes

    October 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Offering Plan won the 0,000 English Channel Stakes on Sunday, giving trainer Chad Brown another victory at Belmont Park.This time, the meet's leading trainer did it with his ''other'' horse in the mile race for 3-year-olds on the turf.

  • La Verdad heads to Breeders' Cup on short rest

    October 25, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) La Verdad will return on short rest for the million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on Saturday at Keeneland.Trainer Linda Rice decided Sunday to wheel the 5-year-old back into action only one week after her 3 3/4-length win against New York breds in the 0,000 Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park.

  • Om wins Twilight Derby; Dortmund wins at Santa Anita

    October 24, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Om won the 0,000 Twilight Derby by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Om ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:45.90 and paid , .40 and .20 as the 1-2 favorite.Ireland-bred Mister Brightside returned .40 and .40 in his U.S. debut for his owner, retired rider Walter Swinburn.

  • Empire Dreams wins Belmont's 0,000 Empire Classic

    October 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Empire Dreams beat Royal Posse by three-quarters of a length Saturday to win the 0,000 Empire Classic, the richest of the 11 races for New York breds at Belmont Park.It was the biggest victory for the 4-year-old gelding, who was ridden by Manny Franco and improved to 3-4-0 in eight Belmont starts.

  • Ogier increases lead of Rally of Spain as Latvala crashes

    October 24, 2015

    SALOU, Spain (AP) World champion Sebastien Ogier extended his lead of the Rally of Spain after nearest chaser Jari-Matti Latvala crashed on Saturday.The Frenchman steered his Volkswagen Polo through the day's eight asphalt stages to increase his overnight advantage from 4 to 54 seconds with one day left in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

  • Sayes So wins Santa Anita turf feature

    October 23, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Sayes So led all the way to win the ,000 feature by a half-length Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Alex Solis, Sayes So ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:12.63 and paid .20, .80 and .60.Ramona's Wildcat returned .40 and .20, while Doodetta was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third and paid .60 to show.

  • Fire Away wins Belmont feature by a nose

    October 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Fire Away beat Request by a nose Friday in the ,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park.The 3-year-old trained by Shug McGaughey raced to his second win in eight starts, running 1 3/8 miles on the firm course in 2:13.07.Ridden by John Velazquez, Fire Away paid , .60 and .20 as the 3-1 second choice.

  • Southern Freedom and Procurement dead-heat at Santa Anita

    October 22, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Southern Freedom and Procurement dead-heated at the finish line in the ,000 Southern California Sports Broadcasters Purse on Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Southern Freedom led the way while Procurement and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith were second, getting lapped by Southern Freedom turning for home. They both stopped the clock in 1:59.10 over the 1 1/4 miles on turf.

  • Castellano, Brown team to win Belmont feature

    October 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jockey Javier Castellano and trainer Chad Brown capped a big afternoon at Belmont Park with Hope Cross's victory in the ,000 allowance feature Thursday.It was the second straight victory on the card for the duo of Brown, the meet's leading trainer, and Castellano, who rode four of the nine winners on the program. They also combined to take the seventh race with Mohican Chief.

  • Former jockey McHargue named chief steward in California

    October 22, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Darrel McHargue, who as a jockey won the 1975 Preakness Stakes and has been a racing official for 27 years, was named to the newly created position of chief steward in California.The California Horse Racing Board announced Thursday that McHargue will handle daily supervision of all stewards at the state's racetracks. Executive director Rick Baedeker says the board's goal is to be consistent in the interpretation of racing board rules statewide.

  • Bond Vigilante wins Belmont Park feature

    October 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bond Vigilante beat Gypsum Johnny by 1 3/4 lengths Wednesday in the ,000 allowance feature for New York breds at Belmont Park.The 5-year-old was claimed by trainer Bruce Levine for ,000 from his previous start. The acquisition paid immediate dividends as Bond Vigilante raced to his sixth win in 15 starts.

  • Given chance, American Rossi fighting for full-time F1 seat

    October 21, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Alexander Rossi's first drive at the Circuit of the Americas came in a friend's Maserati when the still-being-built track had just put down its first asphalt. Construction crews hadn't even finished most of the turns yet.''I don't think I hit 60 (mph),'' Rossi said.

  • American Pharoah, Beholder among 10 in Breeders' Cup Classic

    October 21, 2015

    Triple Crown champion American Pharoah will try to close out his career in style by winning the million Breeders' Cup Classic next week against a loaded field that includes two-time Breeders' Cup-winning mare Beholder and Keen Ice, who handed him his only loss this year in the Travers.

  • American Pharoah works 6 furlongs at Santa Anita in BC prep

    October 20, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown champion American Pharoah had a six-furlong workout at Santa Anita as part of the preparation for his final career race in the million Breeders' Cup Classic next week.With jockey Martin Garcia aboard, the colt was timed in 1:10.80 for the distance Tuesday.

  • Belle Hill scores upset win in Autumn Miss at Santa Anita

    October 17, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Belle Hill won the 0,000 Autumn Miss Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by a half-length Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Leslie Mawing, Belle Hill ran a mile on the turf in 1:35.10 and paid .20, .60 and .80 at 9-1 odds. She was making her debut on the surface.

  • Annual Report, Stellar Path win stakes at Belmont

    October 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Annual Report and Stellar Path won 0,000 stakes Saturday at Belmont Park.Annual Report overcame a tough trip to remain undefeated in two starts with a 7-1 upset in the Futurity for 2-year-olds.The colt trained by Kiaran McLaughlin was squeezed back to last shortly after the start, He later rallied four wide to beat 8-5 favorite King Kranz by 1 1/2 lengths.

  • Skier Bode Miller's horse finishes 4th in Maryland race

    October 17, 2015

    LAUREL, Md. (AP) Corvus led all the way to win the 0,000 Maryland Million Nursery Stakes for 2-year-old colts by 1 3/4 lengths, with Olympic champion skier Bode Miller's horse Ravenheart finishing fourth.Corvus ran six furlongs in 1:12.15 and paid , .40 and .40 on Saturday at Laurel Racecourse. It was Corvus' first career start and his first win for owner-trainer Katharine Voss.

  • Chaulk O Lattey wins turf feature at Santa Anita

    October 16, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Chaulk O Lattey led all the way to win the ,000 feature by a neck at Santa Anita on Friday.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Chaulk O Lattey ran a mile on the turf in 1:37.09 and paid .20, .60 and .20 as the even-money favorite.Rattataptap returned .80 and .40, while Causeway Carolyn returned .80 to show.

  • Jockey Gutierrez wins 5 races at Santa Anita

    October 16, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Mario Gutierrez rode five winners in the first six races Friday at Santa Anita.He won the first race by 1 1/2 lengths with even-money favorite Stealth Drone. He skipped the second and then won the third by 1 1/4 lengths with 8-1 shot Frank Conversation, trained by Doug O'Neill and owned by J. Paul Reddam.

  • Crisolles wins Belmont Park feature

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Crisolles raced to her first U.S. victory Friday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old set the pace in the 1 3/8-mile race, beating Queen's Parade by a half-length. She had never run beyond 1 1/4 miles in her previous 11 races in the U.S. and France.

  • Olympic champion skier Miller has favorite in Maryland race

    October 16, 2015

    LAUREL, Md. (AP) Ravenheart is the early 5-2 favorite in the 0,000 Maryland Million Nursery for owner and Olympic champion skier Bode Miller.The six-furlong race for 2-year-olds is one of 11 on the Jim McKay Maryland Million card Saturday at Laurel Park.

  • What a View wins Santa Anita feature by 3 1/4 lengths

    October 15, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) What a View won the ,000 feature by 3 1/4 lengths Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, What a View ran one mile on turf in 1:35.64 and paid .20, .40 and .60 as the 8-5 favorite in a field of nine. The 4-year-old gelding is trained by former jockey Kenny Black.

  • Joe Franklin pulls 7-1 upset in Belmont feature

    October 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Joe Franklin was the 7-1 upset winner of the ,000 allowance feature for turf sprinters on Thursday at Belmont Park.Jose Ortiz guided the 3-year-old to a second straight win, and the fifth in 10 career starts.The colt, trained by David Jacobson, set the pace for the six furlongs in 1:07.87 over the firm course. He paid .60, .90 and .10.

  • Beholder works at Santa Anita in prep for Breeders' Cup

    October 15, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder completed her next-to-last workout in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic, where she is expected to meet Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.Beholder ran five furlongs in 1:02 under regular rider Gary Stevens on Thursday at Santa Anita.

  • Triple Crown winner American Pharoah works 7 furlongs

    October 14, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown champion American Pharoah completed a seven-furlong workout at Santa Anita as he continues to prepare for his final career start in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland.The 3-year-old colt was timed in 1:23 flat for the distance with jockey Martin Garcia aboard on Wednesday under the watchful eye of trainer Bob Baffert. It was American Pharoah's fifth drill since returning to his home base last month and was in stark contrast to his leisurely five-furlong work of 1:01.20 last week.

  • Forest Chatter wins California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita

    October 12, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Forest Chatter won the 0,000 California Flag Handicap by a head Monday to remain undefeated on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Forest Chatter ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:11.94 and paid .60, .60 and .80 as the 6-5 favorite in a field of seven. It was Forest Chatter's first stakes win and he improved to 5-0 on turf at the track.

  • Brown wins another turf stakes at Belmont Park

    October 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Partisan Politics won the 0,000 Pebbles Stakes on Monday to give trainer Chad Brown another turf stakes victory at Belmont Park.Brown notched his fourth grass-stakes victory in just over a month, with Partisan Politics beating Devine Aida by 1 1/2 lengths in the race for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Surfside Tiara wins Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita

    October 11, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Surfside Tiara rallied in the final furlong to win the ,000 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by a half-length Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Surfside Tiara ran six furlongs in 1:10.84 and paid .60, .40 and .20 as the 5-2 third choice in a field of seven.

  • Speeding Comet wins Belmont Park feature

    October 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Speeding Comet streaked past Indian Brut to win the ,000 allowance feature on the turf Sunday at Belmont Park.A 4-year-old trained by John Toscano, Speeding Comet surged in deep stretch for a one-length victory, his fourth in 13 starts.

  • Stays in Vegas wins Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita

    October 10, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Stays in Vegas won the 0,000 Surfer Girl Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths and survived a stewards' inquiry into the stretch run Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Alex Solis, Stays in Vegas ran one mile on turf in 1:35.23 and paid .40, and .60 at 7-1 odds for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

  • Pinkman does it again, wins Kentucky Futurity

    October 10, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Pinkman cruised at the start and took over in the stretch to win the 7,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile on Saturday.The winning margin was 1 1/4 lengths over long shot Crescent Fashion, with Pinkman covering the mile in 1:51.2. French Laundry was third.

  • Dressed in Hermes wins Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita

    October 10, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Dressed in Hermes won the 0,000 Zuma Beach Stakes by a half-length at Santa Anita on Saturday.Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Dressed in Hermes ran one mile on turf in 1:35.76 and paid .20, .20 and .80 as the 8-5 favorite. Janet Armstrong earned her first stakes victory in California after training for eight years in the state.

  • Messi wins Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont

    October 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Messi rallied to nail Cage Fighter by a nose Saturday in the 0,000 Knickerbocker Stakes on the turf at Belmont Park.It was the third win in four U.S. starts for the 5-year-old gelding bred in Germany and trained by Graham Motion.After dropping back to ninth, Messi surged through the stretch in a rousing rebound from a distant seventh-place finish in the Sword Dancer at Saratoga.

  • Breeders' Cup contender Talco dies during surgery

    October 10, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Talco, who had earned a berth in this month's Breeders' Cup Mile at Keeneland, has died.Trainer John Sadler said Saturday the 4-year-old died while undergoing arthroscopic surgery a few days ago.Talco got into the Breeders' Cup by winning the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on June 13. Talco had five wins in 17 career starts and earnings of 3,123 for owner Hronis Racing.

  • Papagayo E. of Norway wins M Yonkers International Trot

    October 10, 2015

    YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) Papagayo E. became the first horse from Norway to win the million Yonkers International Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday.Driven by Ulf Ohlsson, Papagayo E. defeated Timoko of France by a half-length in 2:26 in the 1 1-4 mile stakes and returned .60 for a wager at 9-1.

  • Beat of The Drum wins turf feature at Santa Anita

    October 9, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Beat of The Drum led most of the way to win the ,000 feature by 3 1/4 lengths Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Ireland-bred Beat of The Drum ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.59 and paid .20, and .20 at 5-1 odds in her fourth U.S. start.

  • Ocean Knight wins Belmont feature

    October 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Heavily favored Ocean Knight held off Noble Moon by a head Friday in the ,000 allowance feature at Belmont Park.The 1-2 choice trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. prevailed for his third win in five starts. The 3-year-old colt ran a mile in 1:35.16 over the fast track, paying , .60 and .10.

  • Rain forces Meadowlands to cancel Friday thoroughbred card

    October 9, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The Meadowlands Racetrack has cancelled its thoroughbred card on Friday night because of rain.The track says heavy rain forced it to call off the races scheduled to be run on the grass.Racing is scheduled to resume Saturday night.

  • Gotachancetodance wins Belmont feature

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Gotachancetodance rallied to beat Promotional by two lengths Wednesday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher has three wins and two seconds in six career starts.

  • Bee A Magician in 5th spot at million International Trot

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Canadian mare Bee A Magician drew the fifth post position and became the 3-1 morning line favorite Tuesday in the million International Trot.The event will be held at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday.Brian Sears will drive Bee A Magician, the only mare in the field, who has shown an affinity for Yonkers' half-mile strip with three wins in four starts.

  • Ben's Duchess wins LA Woman Stakes at Santa Anita

    October 4, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Ben's Duchess went five-wide turning for home and went on to a 3 1/4-length victory in the 0,000 LA Woman Stakes for fillies and mares Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Ben's Duchess ran six furlongs in 1:15.79 and paid .60, and .20 at 8-1 odds. It was the 3-year-old filly's first graded stakes victory.

  • Clothes Fall Off wins Belmont feature

    October 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Clothes Fall Off and jockey Joel Rosario rallied to beat Fair Point by one length Sunday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.The 3-year-old, the early trailer in the six-horse field, got her second win in six starts for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

  • Golden Horn wins Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

    October 4, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Golden Horn pulled away down the stretch to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday as Treve was denied a historic treble at Europe's richest turf race.Jockey Frankie Dettori overcame an outside draw to post his fourth victory at Longchamp as Golden Horn finished ahead of Flintshire, who was runner-up for the second straight year. New Bay finished third.

  • Wild Dude rallies to win Santa Anita Sprint by a neck

    October 3, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Wild Dude rallied in the stretch to beat Kobe's Back by a neck in the 0,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Saturday.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Wild Dude ran six furlongs in 1:09.45 and paid .20, .80 and .20 as the 3-1 second choice. The 5-year-old Florida-bred is likely headed to the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Keeneland on Oct. 31.

  • Tonalist repeats in million Jockey Club Gold Cup

    October 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tonalist easily beat five rivals in the million Jockey Club Gold Cup in the slop Saturday to earn a return trip to the Breeders' Cup Classic.The Gold Cup was one of four Challenge races at Belmont Park with each winner getting a fees-paid spot in the corresponding Breeders' Cup race on Oct. 31 at Keeneland.

  • Triple Crown champion American Pharoah works at Santa Anita

    October 3, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown champion American Pharoah completed a five-furlong workout at Santa Anita in preparation for the Breeders' Cup.The 3-year-old colt was timed in 59.80 seconds Saturday with jockey Martin Garcia aboard.Trainer Bob Baffert says American Pharoah was in cruising mode and is on schedule to make the final start of his career in the million Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31.

  • King of Jazz wins feature at Santa Anita

    October 2, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) King of Jazz won the ,000 feature race by 1 1/4 lengths Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Fernando Perez, King of Jazz ran 1 1/4 miles on the turf course in 1:59.91 and paid .40, .60 and .60 as the 5-2 second choice.Unusually Green returned .80 and .40 as the 6-5 favorite. Nahem was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid .20 to show.

  • Giantinthemoonlite wins Belmont feature

    October 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Giantinthemoonlite splashed through the rain and the wind Friday to win the ,000 allowance feature for New York breds at Belmont Park.Ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Bruce Brown, the 4-year-old gelding beat True Bet by 3 1/4 lengths, running 6 1/2 furlongs on the sloppy track in 1:17.46.

  • Rain forces Meadowlands to cancel 2 thoroughbred cards

    October 2, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The Meadowlands Racetrack has canceled its thoroughbred racing cards for Friday and Saturday because of rain.The track said Friday it made the moves because of overnight rain and the forecast for more bad weather. All the races were to have been on grass.

  • Treve chasing hat-trick at Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

    October 2, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Already a superstar in horse racing circles, Treve is gaining new fans outside the racing world as she bids for an unprecedented third straight victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.The five-year-old mare, trained by Criquette Head-Maarek and ridden by Thierry Jarnet, will start as the favorite in Sunday's race at the Longchamp racecourse amid growing excitement among the general public spurred by a well-oiled promotional campaign.

  • Persnickity wins Belmont feature

    October 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Persnickity beat Sustainable by two lengths Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.The race, originally scheduled for the turf, was switched to the main track which was labeled good.A gray 5-year-old trained by John Toscano, Persnickity kicked home on a three-wide rally for her eighth win in 40 starts.

  • Breeders' Cup highlights historic fall meet at Keeneland

    October 1, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) An historic month for Keeneland that includes its first Breeders' Cup and the likely farewell of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah begins Friday with the opening of its 17-day fall meet.Sixteen stakes races worth more than million in purse money highlight the meet that precedes the Breeders' Cup championships Oct. 30-31 at the picturesque track. Nine graded races worth .7 million will be run during Keeneland's first three cards, with Saturday's million Shadwell Turf Mile leading seven events guaranteeing entry into the Breeders' Cup weekend.

  • Julie D wins Belmont feature in the slop

    September 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Julie D held off Make the Moment by a neck in the slop Wednesday to take the ,000 allowance feature for filly and mare sprinters at Belmont Park.Breaking from the rail, the 3-year-old trained by Jeremiah Englehart set the fractions to earn a third straight win. The time was 1:10.93 for the six furlongs.

  • Geothermal wins Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs

    September 26, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Geothermal overtook favorite Departing in the stretch in a 1 1/2-length victory Saturday in the 5,000 Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs.Ridden by Robby Albarado for Robby Albarado for trainer Steve Margolis and owner A.L. Luedtke, the 6-year-old gelding ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.93 and paid .60, .20 and .40.

  • Big Blue Kitten wins Belmont's Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

    September 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Big Blue Kitten won the 0,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic in a course-record time Saturday at Belmont Park.The 7-year-old ran 1 1/2 miles in 2:23.39, erasing the mark of 2:24.36 set by Fantastic Light in 2001.Big Blue Kitten was trained by Chad Brown, who sent out three of the seven runners in the field.

  • Beholder wins Grade 1 Zenyatta Stakes in Breeders' Cup prep

    September 26, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Bring on American Pharoah.Beholder beat up on the competition again, winning the 0,000 Zenyatta Stakes for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday in her final prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic next month.The 5-year-old mare and the Triple Crown winner are headed for a highly anticipated match-up in the million Classic at Keeneland in Kentucky.

  • Weekend Express draws off to win Monmouth Park feature

    September 26, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Weekend Express took the lead nearing the top of the stretch and beat Ginger Goose by 2 3/4 lengths Saturday in the ,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park.Trained by Tim Hills and ridden by Vicente Gudiel, the 3-year-old gelding ran 1 1/16 miles over the firm turf course in 1:41 1/5 and paid .60, and .40. It was the fourth winner on the card for Gudiel and third victory in 11 career starts for Weekend Express.

  • Loki's Vengeance wins Belmont feature by a length

    September 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Loki's Vengeance beat Classic Salsa by a length Friday in the ,000 allowance feature at Belmont Park.Ridden by Manuel Franco for trainer Mike Hushion, Loki's Vengeance ran six furlongs in 1:09.21 for his fifth win in 15 starts. The 4-year-old colt paid .40, .40 and .10.

  • Wiggle It Jiggleit wins Little Brown Jug

    September 24, 2015

    DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) Wiggle It Jiggleit won the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, rallying to edge Lost for Words by a nose in the third leg of the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacing triple crown.Wiggle It Jiggleit, driven by Montrell Teague for owner-father George Teague Jr, and trainer Clyde Francis, finished the mile in 1:49.3. The Teagues and Francis are the first black sole owner, driver and trainer to win the Little Brown Jug.

  • Bob Le Beau wins Belmont's Lonesome Glory Steeplechase

    September 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bob Le Beau held off Hinterland by a half length to win the 0,000 Lonesome Glory Steeplechase on Thursday at Belmont Park.It was the second straight stakes victory for the 8-year-old gelding trained by Elizabeth Voss.Following a dominant 7 1/2 length score in the New York Turf Writers Handicap at Saratoga, Bob Le Beau was assigned 14 additional pounds for the Lonesome Glory as the 3/5 favorite.

  • Plainview wires field in Belmont Park feature

    September 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Plainview held off Dowse's Beach by a length Wednesday in the ,000 allowance feature for turf sprinters at Belmont Park.Javier Castellano guided the 7-year-old gelding to the lead and Plainview dug in for his second victory in the last three starts, and 10th in 41 career races.

  • International Trot returns to Yonkers after 20 years

    September 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The International Trot returns after a 20-year absence to Yonkers Raceway.The raceway announced Tuesday that 10 elite harness horses from various countries will compete Oct. 10 for the million purse at 1 1/4 miles.The field consists of BBS Sugarlight (Norway); Bee a Magician (Canada); Creatine (U.S.); Mosaique Face (Sweden); Natural Herbie (U.S.); Oasis Bi (Italy); On Track Piraten (Sweden); Papagayo E (Norway); Rod Stewart (Italy); and Timoko (France).

  • Triple Crown champion American Pharoah works out

    September 21, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown champion American Pharoah had his first official workout since finishing second in the Travers Stakes last month.The 3-year-old colt breezed a half-mile in 49.80 seconds Monday at Santa Anita, where he is based in the barn of trainer Bob Baffert. Jockey Martin Garcia, who handles American Pharoah in the mornings, was aboard.

  • Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas to get pacemaker

    September 21, 2015

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas is scheduled to have a permanent pacemaker implanted after he became ill last weekend in Pennsylvania.Lukas, who turned 80 earlier this month, became ill and was hospitalized in suburban Philadelphia last weekend, the Daily Racing Form reported Monday. He was at Parx Racing to saddle horses in the Cotillion Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby, but wasn't feeling well and didn't come to the track.

  • Kharafa, Old Harbor win NY-bred stakes at Belmont

    September 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kharafa and Old Harbor won the 5,000 turf stakes for New York breds on Sunday at Belmont Park.Kharafa took the Ashley T. Cole Stakes by two lengths over Runaway Posse for his 11th win 30 starts.The 6-year-old gelding trained by Tim Hill and ridden by Javier Castellano ran the 1 1-8 miles on the firm turf in 1:49.13.

  • X Y Jet wins stretch battle to capture Monmouth Park feature

    September 20, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) X Y Jet retook the lead in the closing strides to beat Blings Express by a neck in the ,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Sunday.Ridden by Orlando Bocachica and trained by Jorge Navarro, the 3-year-old gelding ran six furlongs over the fast track in 1:11 4/5 and paid .20, and .20. It was his second win in 10 career starts.

  • Frosted heats up and wins Pennsylvania Derby

    September 19, 2015

    BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) Frosted rallied from fifth place under jockey Joel Rosario and won the million Pennsylvania Derby by two lengths over Iron Fist on Saturday.With Triple Crown winner American Pharoah back in his barn at Santa Anita in California, Frosted was clearly the best of this bunch of 3-year-olds.

  • Greed is Good draws off to win Monmouth Park feature

    September 19, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Greed is Good drew off in the stretch to win the ,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Saturday, beating Mello Groove by 2 3/4 lengths.Ridden by Christian Santiago-Reyes and trained by Russell Cash, the 3-year-old gelding ran the six furlongs over a fast track in 1:12 1/5 and paid .40, .60 and . It was his second win in nine career starts.

  • Recepta wins Belmont's Noble Damsel Stakes

    September 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Recepta rallied to beat Lady Lara by a half-length Saturday in the 0,000 Noble Damsel Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.It was the richest victory for the 4-year-old trained by Jimmy Toner and ridden by Elvis Trujillo.

  • Captain Gaughen takes Belmont feature

    September 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) John Velazquez rode his fourth winner of the day when Captain Gaughen pulled an 9-1 upset Friday in the ,000 allowance feature for turf sprinters at Belmont Park.Captain Gaughen swung five-wide turning for home and surged through the lane to nail 5-2 favorite Sandy'z Slew by three-quarters of a length.

  • Sioux sets the pace to take Belmont feature

    September 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sioux was the front-running winner Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature for New York breds at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old trained by Michelle Nevin carried Jose Ortiz to his third win on the card.Sioux held off Force by a half-length for his fourth win in nine starts. The time was 1:42.05 for 1 1/16 miles on the fast track.

  • 2 jockeys thrown from horses at Delaware Park Race Track

    September 17, 2015

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) Two jockeys at Delaware Park Race Track were in stable condition after they were thrown from their horses during a race.New Castle County paramedic Cpl. Abigail E. Haas says emergency responders were called to the Wilmington track Wednesday afternoon to treat the jockeys.

  • Day of Fury wins Belmont feature

    September 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Day of Fury pulled a 7-1 upset Wednesday in the ,000 allowance feature at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old ridden by Eric Cancel beat Infinite Midnight by 4 1/2 lengths. It was third win in 16 starts for the gelding trained by David Jacobson.

  • Mondialiste wins million Woodbine Mile

    September 13, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Irish-bred Mondialiste rallied to beat Lea by a half-length Sunday in the Grade 1 million Woodbine Mile to earn a spot in the Breeders' Cup Mile next month at Keeneland.Ridden by Feargal Lynch for trainer David O'Meara, the 5-year-old Mondialiste finished in 1:36.66 in his North American debut on the rain-soaked turf course.

  • Ready for Rye wins Belmont's Allied Forces Stakes

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Ready for Rye won the ,000 Allied Forces Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters by 4 3/4 lengths Sunday at Belmont Park.The six-furlong race, scheduled for the turf, was shifted to the muddy main track.''We were very thankful we got the rain,'' trainer Tom Albertrani said. ''I think this horse is superior on an off track, so it worked out well for us.''

  • Scuba Sue holds on in stretch to win at Monmouth Park

    September 13, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Scuba Sue took the lead in the stretch and held off Let's Parlay by a length Sunday in the ,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park.Trained by Jorge Navarro and ridden by Nik Juarez, the 3-year-old filly ran six furlongs over the fast track in 1:11 4/5. She paid .20, .20 and for her fourth victory in 17 career starts.

  • Michael Owen's horse Brown Panther dies at Irish St. Leger

    September 13, 2015

    NEWBRIDGE, Ireland (AP) Brown Panther, a horse part-owned by former England striker Michael Owen, died after a serious injury in the Irish St. Leger on Sunday.The Tom Dascombe-trained 7-year-old Brown Panther was bidding to repeat his 2014 victory in The Curragh classic but he was suddenly pulled up by jockey Richard Kingscote around the halfway point with a broken hind leg.

  • Michael Owen's horse Brown Panther dies at Irish St Leger

    September 13, 2015

    NEWBRIDGE, Ireland (AP) Brown Panther, a horse part-owned by former England striker Michael Owen, died after a serious injury in the Irish St. Leger on Sunday.The Tom Dascombe-trained seven-year-old was bidding to repeat his 2014 victory in the Curragh classic but he was suddenly pulled up by jockey Richard Kingscote around the halfway point with a broken hind leg.

  • Fuzzy Muzzle, Stiffed, Chubble Maker win at Monmouth Park

    September 12, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) New Jersey-breds Fuzzy Muzzle, Stiffed and Chubble Maker raced to stakes victories Saturday at Monmouth Park in the New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival.Vicente Gudiel rode Fuzzy Muzzle to a 4 1/4-length victory in the ,000 Charles Hesse III Handicap. Fuzzy Muzzle ran 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:45, and paid .60, .60 and .60. The 6-year-old gelding has four career victories.

  • Rosario wins both stakes, 5 overall, at Belmont

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Joel Rosario rode five winners - including a sweep of both stakes- Saturday at rainy Belmont Park.In the main event, Rosario guided Sentiero Italia to a 3 3/4-length victory over Blond Me in the 0,000 Sands Point Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.

  • Dothraki Queen rallies to win Pocahontas at Churchill Downs

    September 12, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Dothraki Queen rallied from last and slipped through a hole along the rail to win the Grade 2 0,000 Pocahontas by a half-length Saturday at Churchill Downs.The 2-year-old filly earned a guaranteed spot in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Keeneland with her second victory in two starts.

  • Miss Ella wins Belmont's Christiecat Stakes

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Miss Ella won the 0,000 Christiecat Stakes on Friday, the opening-day feature at Belmont Park.The six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies was switched to the main track from the turf course following heavy rain Thursday.The 4-5 favorite had no problem with the surface change, making a strong run up the rail to beat long-shot Darling Sky by a neck for her second stakes victory and third win in six races overall.

  • Funeral for IndyCar driver Wilson held in English village

    September 10, 2015

    PAULERSPURY, England (AP) The funeral for British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, who died in a race accident last month, was taking place in a small village in England on Thursday.Former Formula One driver Mark Webber helped carry the coffin into a church in Paulerspury, near the Silverstone race circuit in central England.

  • Castellano shines at Spa; Pletcher, Ortiz Jr., take titles

    September 8, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Javier Castellano didn't win the jockey title at Saratoga Race Course, although he may have done even better by becoming the first rider to sweep four of the top Grade 1 races at the Spa.Castellano's biggest win came in the Travers, when he guided Keen Ice to an upset of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah on Aug. 29. The nation's leading earner among riders also won the Whitney (Honor Code), the Woodward (Liam's Map), and the Alabama (Embellish the Lace).

  • Nyquist wins Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity

    September 7, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Nyquist capped a memorable coast-to-coast day for trainer Doug O'Neill, who is heading into next year with some promising 2-year-olds in his barn.Not long after long-shot Ralis won the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga on Monday, Nyquist earned a 3 3/4-length victory in the 0,000 Del Mar Futurity, a race won last year by American Pharoah, who went on to become racing's first Triple Crown champion in 37 years.

  • Horse euthanized, jockey tossed after fall in Del Mar race

    September 7, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Jockey Corey Nakatani was thrown from his mount when it fell in the third race Monday at Del Mar.Tirpitz fell on the stretch turn, tossing Nakatani to the turf. The 3-year-old gelding and the jockey lay on the turf near the rail while the race finished. Track workers rushed to hold up green screens that shielded the horse and jockey from the view of fans.

  • Mei Ling wins Lighthouse Stakes at Monmouth Park

    September 7, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Barry K. Schwartz's Mei Ling wore down favored Checkupfromzneckup and scored a three-quarter length victory in the ,000 Lighthouse Stakes at Monmouth Park on Monday.Trained by Todd Pletcher, Mei Ling covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:45 2/5. The Nik Juarez-ridden filly paid .80, .20 and .40 in winning for the third time in 13 starts.

  • 2-time Horse of Year Wise Dan retired with tendon issue

    September 7, 2015

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Wise Dan, a two-time Horse of the Year who had preparing for a comeback from an ankle injury, has been retired after his trainer noticed a problem with a tendon.Trainer Charlie LoPresti told Woodbine officials on Monday that the 8-year-old gelding has a tendon tear that wasn't related to the ankle injury Wise Dan sustained after his victory in the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland last October.

  • Habitat wins Yonkers Trot, Revenge Shark takes Messenger

    September 5, 2015

    YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) Habitat won the 0,000 Yonkers Trot, and Revenge Shark took the 0,000 Messenger Stakes on Saturday nightDriven by Brian Sears, Habitat led wire-to-wire. The 3-year-old colt beat Hambletonion champion Pinkman by 3 1/2 lengths in Yonkers' signature trotting stakes.

  • Songbird wins Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante by 5 1/2 lengths

    September 5, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Songbird won the 1,250 Del Mar Debutante for 2-year-old fillies by 5 1/2 lengths Saturday at Del Mar.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Songbird ran seven furlongs in 1:22.65 and paid .20, .60 and .20 as the even-money favorite in the field of 11.

  • Control The Moment wins Metro Pace to improve to 7-0

    September 5, 2015

    CAMPBELLVILLE, Ontario (AP) Control The Moment won the 5,000 Metro Pace on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack to improve to 7-0.Driven by Randall Waples, Control The Moment beat Betting Line by three lengths in the race for 2-year-olds, finishing in a career-best 1:49.4

  • Liam's Map rebounds from tough loss to win Woodward

    September 5, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Four weeks after a tough loss in the Grade 1 Whitney in his graded stakes debut, Liam's Map returned to Saratoga Race Course with an even bigger performance Saturday.Confidently handled by jockey Javier Castellano, front-running Liam's Map led from start to finish to win the 62nd running of the Grade 1, 0,000 Woodward by 4 3/4 lengths over his Todd Pletcher-trained stablemate Coach Inge.

  • Liam's Map rebounds from tough loss to win Woodward Stakes

    September 5, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Four weeks after a tough loss in the Grade 1 Whitney in his graded stakes debut, Liam's Map returned to Saratoga Race Course with an even bigger performance Saturday.Confidently handled by jockey Javier Castellano, front-running Liam's Map led from start to finish to win the 62nd running of the Grade 1, 0,000 Woodward by 4 3/4 lengths over his Todd Pletcher-trained stablemate Coach Inge.

  • Strict Compliance wins Boiling Springs at Monmouth Park

    September 5, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Strict Compliance wore down pacesetter Isabella Sings to post a nose-length victory in the 0,000 Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park Saturday.Trained by Chad Brown, Strict Compliance ran 1 1/8 miles over the turf in 1:46 3/5. The Joe Bravo-ridden filly paid , .80 and .40 in winning her first graded stakes and for the fourth time.

  • NY jockey arrested in domestic dispute, races hours later

    September 5, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) A longtime New York jockey was arrested on charges of assaulting his wife in a fight the day after he returned to racing after a serious injury.Saratoga Springs police say Mike Luzzi was arrested on strangulation, assault and other charges shortly after midnight Thursday.

  • Smokey Image wins I'm Smokin Stakes at Del Mar

    September 4, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Smokey Image won the 0,000 I'm Smokin Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds by 4 1/2 lengths as the 3-5 favorite Friday at Del Mar.Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Smokey Image ran six furlongs in 1:09.60 and paid .20, .20 and .10.Found Money returned .20 and .40 as the 3-1 second choice, while Viviendo el Sueno was another 5 3/4 lengths back in third and paid .80 to show.

  • Royal Posse wins 0,000 Evan Shipman at Saratoga

    September 4, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Royal Posse won the 0,000 Evan Shipman at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, dueling with Saratoga Snacks through the stretch before getting his nose down at the wire.This was the 23rd lifetime start but first in a stakes for Royal Posse. The 4-year-old was making his third start, all at Saratoga, since being claimed by trainer Rudy Rodriguez in May.

  • Texas horse, dog racetracks back in business - for 90 days

    September 3, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas tracks will be able to again take bets on horse and dog races - at least temporarily - following a deal that resumes operations for the state racing commission.The commission had suspended operations Tuesday amid legislative squabbles over funding, forcing horse and dog racing tracks to stop taking bets on live races.

  • Harmonize wins 0,000 P.G. Johnson in rain at Saratoga

    September 3, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Harmonize won the 0,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes by four lengths in a driving rainstorm Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.The winner, trained by Bill Mott, came from just off the pace to pass front-running favorite Ava's Kitten at the top of the stretch.

  • American Pharoah to race again in Breeders' Cup Classic

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A few days of indecision over, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is back on schedule for the million Breeders' Cup Classic and a chance for a magical career-ending race.After a tough loss in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course last Saturday, American Pharoah's owner Ahmed Zayat said his ''gut feeling'' was to retire rather than race on as planned.

  • Triple Crown winner will race again; BC Classic is goal

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh will get another chance to race before being retired, with the goal the million Breeders' Cup Classic next month.Owner Ahmed Zayat said Thursday that racing's 12th Triple Crown winner and first in 37 years remains in top form after his loss to Keen Ice in the Travers following eight straight victories.

  • Owner: American Pharoah will race again

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The owner of American Pharoah says the Triple Crown winner will run again before he is retired at the end of the year.Ahmed Zayat tweeted Thursday he has ''decided to continue to race American Pharoah! The champ deserves another chance!''

  • Zayat: American Pharoah's future to be announced soon

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Decision day may be at hand for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.In a Twitter posting Wednesday, owner Ahmed Zayat said he and his family recently had a four-hour meeting with trainer Bob Baffert, saying that they ''analyzed every aspect of AP future'' and ''I learned a lot will get it one more day.''

  • Wild in the Saddle scores 19-1 upset at Del Mar

    September 2, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Wild in the Saddle scored an upset victory by three-quarters of a length in the 8,330 Tranquility Lake Stakes for older fillies and mares Wednesday at Del Mar.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Wild in the Saddle ran a mile in 1:37.05 and paid .40, .20 and .80 at 19-1 odds.

  • Azar rallies to beat Next Shares at Saratoga

    September 2, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Alto Racing's Azar rallied to beat Next Shares by three-quarters of a length Wednesday in the Grade 2 0,000 With Anticipation for 2-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course.Ridden by Hall of Famer John Velazquez, Azar raced to his first victory in three career starts, saving ground running third on the inside before swinging outside in the stretch and passing Next Shares.

  • 3.4 million saw Travers Stakes finish; American Pharoah 2nd

    September 1, 2015

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) The second-place finish of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah at the Travers Stakes was watched by 3.4 million viewers on NBC.The network announced the numbers Tuesday. American Pharoah was beaten by 16-1 long shot Keen Ice by three-quarters of a length on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Officials suspend Texas racing operations amid funding clash

    September 1, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Racing Commission has suspended operations - meaning horse and dog racing tracks cannot take bets - amid legislative funding squabbles.There was no answer at commission offices Tuesday, but officials had previously suggested any suspension would be temporary.

  • Hambletonian champion Pinkman heads field at Yonkers Trot

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Hambletonian champion Pinkman goes for the second jewel in the Triple Crown of trotting on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.Pinkman heads a field of eight in the 0,000 Yonkers Trot. He drew post position seven, with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter.

  • Churchill Downs upgrading premium clubhouse seating

    September 1, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Churchill Downs is nearing the starting gate for another construction project that will upgrade its clubhouse to maximize revenue from the Kentucky Derby, continuing a nearly 0 million renovation phase since 2001 that has given the historic track a facelift.

  • Valid wins Monmouth's Iselin Stakes

    August 30, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Valid won the 0,000 Iselin Stakes, beating archrival Bradester by 3 1/2 lengths Sunday in their third and final meeting this season at Monmouth Park.Bradester, the 6/5 favorite, was aiming for a sweep of the trio of major stakes here for older horses. He had posted pacesetting wins in the Salvator Mile and the Monmouth Cup.

  • Stellar Wind wins Torrey Pines Stakes for fillies at Del Mar

    August 30, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Stellar Wind won the 0,000 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 4 1/4 lengths Sunday at Del Mar.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Stellar Wind ran a mile in 1:36.43 and paid , .20 and .10.Big Book returned .20 and .40, while Rattataptap was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third and paid .40 to show.

  • Lady Shipman breaks Mellon turf mark for 5 1/2 furlongs

    August 30, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Lady Shipman broke the Mellon turf course record for 5 1/2 furlongs Sunday, winning the 0,000 Smart N Fancy in 1:00.46 at Saratoga Race Course.A 3-year-old daughter of Midshipman, taking on older horses for just the second time, broke the mark of 1:00.59 set by Fiddlers Patriot in 2010.

  • Pharoah looks good after loss; no decision on racing plans

    August 30, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) They were waiting for their horse, ready to take pictures with cellphones and ready to feed him snacks.On the morning after a startling upset at the Travers Stakes, a small gathering of fans visited racing's biggest celebrity. This group on Sunday morning was considerably smaller than the throng of 15,000 that watched American Pharoah take a routine gallop two days earlier.

  • Phraoah looks good after loss; no decision on racing plans

    August 30, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) American Pharoah looks in good shape the morning after his startling loss in the Travers Stakes, with no decision on whether the Triple Crown winner will race again.Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert led the bay colt to fans outside the barn. They petted and fed the horse carrots and took pictures. American Pharoah is spending Sunday at Saratoga before leaving early Monday for California.

  • 12-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Bart Cummings dies

    August 30, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Bart Cummings, one of Australia's most successful racehorse trainers who won the Melbourne Cup a record 12 times, has died at the age of 87.Cummings' grandson and training partner James said in a statement that Cummings died in his sleep early Sunday at the family homestead at Castlereagh, west of Sydney.

  • Gimme Da Lute wins 0,000 El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar

    August 29, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Gimme Da Lute won the 0,000 El Cajon Stakes by a half-length Saturday at Del Mar for trainer Bob Baffert, who was across the country watching his Triple Crown champion American Pharoah lose at Saratoga.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Gimme Da Lute ran a mile in 1:35.79 and paid .40 and .10.

  • Photo Call edges Cushion in the Violet Stakes at Monmouth

    August 29, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Photo Call moved to the lead around the far turn and held off Cushion by three-quarters of a length in the 0,000 Violet Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.Trained by H. Graham Motion, Photo Call ran the mile and an eighth over the turf in 1:47 4/5. The Trevor McCarthy-ridden filly paid , .40 and .20 in winning for the third time in 12 starts.

  • Spa Stunner! American Pharoah loses in Travers to Keen Ice

    August 29, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) The day after American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes and became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, trainer Bob Baffert already was leery of Saratoga in the summer.He had every reason to be and now, American Pharoah may have run his last race.

  • Sheer Drama, Flintshire among winners on Travers undercard

    August 29, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) The Travers Day undercard produced four automatic qualifers for races in the Breeders' Cup in two months.In the hours leading up to American Pharoah's run in the .6 million Travers, Sheer Drama started off Saturday's stakes program with a well-timed stretch run and 1 1/4-length win over Got Lucky in the 0,000 Personal Ensign for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

  • Patriotic Diamond rallies to win Generous Portion at Del Mar

    August 28, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Patriotic Diamond rallied from far back to win the 0,000 Generous Portion Stakes for California-bred 2-year-old fillies by 1 1/4 lengths Friday at Del Mar.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Patriotic Diamond ran six furlongs in 1:11.05 and paid .80, .60 and .80 as the 9-5 second choice. She won for the first time, having finished second in her career debut on Aug. 15 for trainer Patrick Biancone.

  • Marylou Whitney, Dinny Phipps honored day before Travers

    August 28, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Prominent horse owners Marylou Whitney and Ogden Mills ''Dinny'' Phipps were inducted into Saratoga Race Course's ''Walk of Fame'' on Friday, the day before Triple Crown winner American Pharoah runs in the Travers Stakes.

  • Good Luck Gus wins Albany at Saratoga

    August 28, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Good Luck Gus split horses in mid-stretch and outran pacesetter One Sided to the wire for a half-length victory Friday in the 0,000 Albany at Saratoga Race Course.The race for 3-year-olds anchored six stakes worth .15 million on an 11-race program dedicated to horses bred in New York state, coming on the eve of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah's return in the Grade 1 million Travers.

  • Travers time for American Pharoah on long trek by hoof, air

    August 28, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) American Pharoah can run. But can he fly?You betcha.By now, everyone knows American Pharoah glided through the Triple Crown - overcoming stormy weather, too - won the Haskell Invitational this month and is the 1-5 betting favorite for the .6 million Travers Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.

  • American Pharoah still front and center on racing's stage

    August 28, 2015

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) Horse racing hasn't had it this good in years.It isn't hard to figure out why.''People like to see greatness and they know American Pharoah's got the goods,'' said Howard Sudberry, the marketing director at Arlington Park. ''They also know they won't get many more chances to see him.''

  • Triple Crown winner gallops before thousands at 'Pharatoga'

    August 28, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) With a crowd of about 15,000 cheering him all the way, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah went for a glorious gallop around Saratoga Race Course the day before he runs in the .6 million Travers Stakes.The sun was shining and temperatures were in the 60s when American Pharoah walked onto the track Friday with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez aboard at about 8:45 a.m.

  • Thousands of fans show up for American Pharoah's gallop

    August 28, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) American Pharoah has taken a glorious gallop around Saratoga Race Course to the cheers of thousands of fans the day before the Triple Crown winner runs in the Travers Stakes.The turnout Friday morning may have been the largest to see American Pharoah on a day he isn't racing. Thousands lined the fences on pathways from the colt's barn to the track. As he ran past the grandstand, thousands more cheered and raised cellphones to capture the moment.

  • All Run wins Del Mar feature by 3 lengths

    August 27, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) All Run won the ,000 feature by three lengths Thursday at Del Mar.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, All Run ran six furlongs in 1:09.97 and paid .40, .80 and .60 as the 8-5 favorite.Swiss Cheese returned .40 and .80, while Gold Treasure was another 2 1/2 lengths back in third and paid .60 to show.

  • Stormy Regatta rallies to win Riskaverse at Saratoga

    August 27, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Cheyenne Stables' Stormy Regatta rallied down the center of the track to win the 0,000 Riskaverse by a nose Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.Trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Stormy Regatta ran a mile in 1:37.73 over a firm inner turf course. It was the second straight stakes win for the 3-year-old Midshipman filly and fourth consecutive stakes victory for meet-leading Ortiz.

  • Wise Dan set for first race of 2015 at Woodbine

    August 27, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan is on schedule to make his first start of the year in the Woodbine Mile next month at Woodbine Racetrack.Trainer Charles LoPresti says barring any last-minute developments, the 8-year-old gelding will go for his third victory in the Woodbine Mile. In 2012 and 2013, Wise Dan won the mile-race at the Toronto track, then the Breeders' Cup Mile and then was voted Horse of the Year.

  • American Pharoah looks 'super good' at Saratoga Race Course

    August 27, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) No worries, so far. American Pharoah seems to love Saratoga Race Course.After the Triple Crown winner's first gallop around the historic track Thursday, the striking bay colt was declared ''super good and very happy'' by assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes.

  • American Pharoah gets 1st look at Saratoga Race Course

    August 27, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has taken his first trip around Saratoga Race Course, galloping a mile in preparation for Saturday's Travers Stakes.American Pharoah walked onto the track about 6:40 a.m. Thursday. After a quick, smooth trip under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez, American Pharoah was on his way back to the barn. He was escorted to the stable area by Bob Baffert's assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes.

  • Point Piper scores upset in Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar

    August 26, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Point Piper rallied between horses in mid-stretch to win the ,880 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes by a half-length in a blanket finish Wednesday at Del Mar.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Point Piper ran a mile in 1:35.89 and paid , .40 and at 30-1 odds, the longest shot in the field.

  • Gulf Greyhound Park, last Texas dog track, to close

    August 26, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The last greyhound racing track in Texas is closing.Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque, near Galveston, announced plans Wednesday to cease living racing by Jan. 1It has featured greyhound racing since opening in 1992. In a statement to the Austin American-Statesman (http://atxne.ws/1KOzMot ), Sally Briggs, general manager of the track, said it couldn't compete with racetracks in surrounding states that offer expanded gambling options. She also cited an overall decline in the racing industry as a reason for the closure.

  • Da Big Hoss takes John's Call at Saratoga

    August 26, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Skychai Racing's Da Big Hoss made a sweeping move on the outside nearing the stretch and sprinted down the center of the track to win the 0,000 John's Call by two lengths Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course.Trained by Mike Maker, Da Big Hoss ran 1 5/8 miles in 2:44.37 over a firm turf course in his stakes debut. It was the third win of the day for meet-leading rider Irad Ortiz, Jr., who has won Saratoga's feature three consecutive racing days.

  • Triple Crown winner arrives at Saratoga for Travers

    August 26, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) With a dozen roses and about 300 people waiting to greet him, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday and was led off a horse van next to his barn after a flight from California.American Pharoah seemed to be adjusting well to his new home leading up to Saturday's Travers Stakes. He was walked around the barn area by Jimmy Barnes, trainer Bob Baffert's assistant, and then given a sponge bath.

  • American Pharoah 1-5 favorite in 10-horse field for Travers

    August 25, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) And now, it's on to the Spa for the Triple Crown winner.With post-position formalities out of the way, American Pharoah will be led onto a plane Wednesday morning for the cross-country trip to Saratoga Race Course and Saturday's Travers Stakes.

  • Catch My Drift takes Summer Colony at Saratoga

    August 24, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Making her first start in two months, Hidden Brook Farm's Catch My Drift couldn't be caught in an impressive 6 1/4-length victory over favored Tiz So Sweet in the 0,000 Summer Colony Monday at Saratoga Race Course.Trained by Chad Brown, the 4-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile settled behind pacesetting Tiz So Sweet before making a three-wide move at the top of the stretch and sprinting clear to win in 1:48.72 for 1 1/8 miles over a fast main track.

  • Jess's Dream in long-awaited debut at Saratoga

    August 24, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Stonestreet Stable's Jess's Dream, the first foal out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, was a dramatic winner of his long-awaited career debut in Monday's sixth race at Saratoga Race Course.Sired by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, the 3-year-old Jess's Dream broke a step slow from post six under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez and spotted the field as many as 12 lengths before commencing his run.

  • Triple Crown winner 'looks great' before trip to Saratoga

    August 24, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Bob Baffert says American Pharoah ''looks great'' two days before the Triple Crown winner is scheduled to leave California for Saratoga Race Course and run in Saturday's Travers Stakes.The trainer spoke Monday from Del Mar Racetrack, where American Pharoah put in a convincing workout a day earlier that proved to Baffert the colt is ready for the 1 1/4-mile ''Mid-Summer Derby.''

  • Win at Saratoga gives Irad Ortiz Jr. 1,000 in career

    August 24, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. earned his 1,000th career victory when Frosty Margarita rallied Monday to win the opener at Saratoga Race Course by 1 1/2 lengths.According to Equibase, Ortiz's totals include races won in the United States, Canada and his native Puerto Rico, where he rode 85 winners. Trained by Rudy Rodriguez, 2-year-old filly Frosty Margarita ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.03 and paid , .60 and .10 as the even-money favorite.

  • Avanzare wins Grade 2 Del Mar Mile on turf by half-length

    August 23, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Avanzare rallied to win the 0,000 Del Mar Mile by a half-length Sunday at Del Mar after a layoff of nearly seven months.Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Avanzare ran the distance on turf in 1:35.22 and paid .40, .20 and .Talco returned .20 and , while Di Giorgio was another length back in third and paid .60 to show.

  • Stallwalkin' Dude wins Tale of the Cat at Saratoga

    August 23, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Stallwalkin' Dude beat Scarly Charly by a nose Sunday in the 0,000 Tale of the Cat at Saratoga Race Course.Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. and owned and trained by David Jacobson, the 5-year-old gelding ran six furlongs in 1:09.06 and paid .40, .60 and .80 for his 12th victory in 32 starts.

  • Middleburg edges Special Envoy in Cliff Hanger at Monmouth

    August 23, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Favored Middleburg edged Special Evoy by a neck as Mr. & Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone saw their runners finish 1-2 in the 0,000 Cliff Hanger Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.Trained by Christophe Clement, Middleburg found room late in the Grade 3 stakes and covered 1 1/8 miles on the turf course in 1:48 2/5. The Joe Bravo-ridden winner paid , .80 and .20 in winning for the fifth time in 16 starts.

  • Saratoga here we come! Travers next for Triple Crown winner

    August 23, 2015

    Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is on his way to the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, where a sellout crowd is likely to turn one of racing's most historic tracks into a festival to remember.''Saratoga here we come!'' owner Ahmed Zayat said Sunday, moments after American Pharoah came off the track at Del Mar in California from a workout termed ''absolutely brilliant.''

  • Travers next race for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah

    August 23, 2015

    Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will run next in the Travers Stakes at a sold-out Saratoga Race Course on Saturday.Following the colt's Sunday morning workout at Del Mar in California, American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat says ''Saratoga he we come!''

  • Beholder becomes 1st female to win Pacific Classic

    August 22, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Beholder shot to the lead on the final turn and Gary Stevens peeked under his arm. No rival was even close.''I knew she hadn't hit the afterburners yet and I said, `This is going to be fun,''' the Hall of Fame jockey said.It sure was.

  • Beholder romps to win against boys in Pacific Classic

    August 22, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Beholder romped to an 8 1/4-length victory in the million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, becoming the first female to win the Grade 1 race.Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Beholder ran 1 1/4 miles in 1:59.77 and paid , .60 and .80 as the 2-1 favorite.

  • Delightful Joy wins the Monmouth Oaks by 2 lengths

    August 22, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Delightful Joy made a run through the stretch and posted a two-length victory over favored Eskenformoney in the 0,000 Monmouth Oaks at Monmouth Park on Saturday.Trained by Chad Brown, Delightful Joy ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43 3/5. The Paco Lopez-ridden filly paid .20, .20 and .20 in posting her first stakes victory and third win in five career starts.

  • Embellish the Lace wins Alabama at Saratoga

    August 22, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Embellish the Lace led every step of the way to win the 135th running of the Grade 1 0,000 Alabama Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.Trained by Tony Dutrow and ridden by Javier Castellano, Embellish the Lace ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.97 over the fast main track in one of the oldest stakes races for 3-year-old fillies in the country.

  • Jockey John Velazquez gets win No. 800 at Saratoga

    August 22, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez reached a milestone 800th victory at Saratoga Race Course when Run a Dubb Dubb rallied to edge Touching My Toes in Saturday's first race.A five-time riding champion at the Spa, the 43-year-old Velazquez continues to add to his mark of most winners by a jockey at the oldest track in the United States.

  • Honey Lake rallies to win CTT and TOC Handicap at Del Mar

    August 21, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Honey Lake rallied to win the ,500 CTT and TOC Handicap for older fillies and mares by three-quarters of a length Friday at Del Mar.Riding his third winner on the card, Rafael Bejarano guided Honey Lake over 1 3/8 miles on turf in 2:16.62. She paid .80, and .40 at 7-1 odds.

  • Too Discreet wins Schenectady at Saratoga

    August 21, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Too Discreet wore down front-running Bruised Orange and Don't Be So Salty in the stretch for a neck victory Friday in the 0,000 Schenectady for 2-year-old grass sprinters at Saratoga Race Course.A full brother to Grade 1-winning millionaire Discreet Marq, also trained by Christophe Clement, Too Discreet ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.13 in his stakes debut over a grass course softened by overnight rain. Favored at even money in a field reduced to four by scratches, he paid .30 and .70.

  • 50-1 shot Bird E House wins Del Mar feature

    August 20, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Bird E House rallied to win the ,000 feature by a half-length at 50-1 odds Thursday at Del Mar.Ridden by Gonzalo Nicolas, Bird E House ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:41.74 and paid 3.60, .20 and .60. The 4-year-old gelding had been claimed for ,000 in his previous start. He is a son of 2004 Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone.

  • Tricky Zippy wins Union Avenue at Saratoga

    August 20, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Newman Racing's Tricky Zippy won the 0,000 Union Avenue for New York-breds by 4 3/4 lengths Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.Making his stakes debut in his first start for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, the 3-year-old filly ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.78 under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. The winner paid .70, .80 and .

  • Travers might not be right race for Triple Crown winner

    August 20, 2015

    Travers, or not?The owner of American Pharoah has made it clear he wants his Triple Crown winner to run in the .25 million Travers at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 29. The trainer, though, seems to be hedging his bets about a track also known as the ''Graveyard of Favorites.''

  • Holy Lute wins Green Flash Handicap

    August 19, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Holy Lute overhauled Distinctiv Passion in the final sixteenth to win the ,080 Green Flash Handicap by a length Wednesday at Del Mar.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Holy Lute ran five furlongs on turf in 56.24 seconds and paid .60, and .40.

  • Beholder is early 5-2 favorite for Pacific Classic

    August 19, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder is the early 5-2 favorite for the million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, where she will try to become the first female to win the Grade 1 race.Hall of Famer Gary Stevens will ride Beholder in the 1 1/4-mile race Saturday at the seaside track north of San Diego.

  • Simple Surprise wins 0,000 Bolton Landing at Saratoga

    August 19, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Simple Surprise made her grass debut a winning one, hanging on for a one-length victory over Celestial Sighting in the 0,000 Bolton Landing for 2-year-old fillies Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course.A debut winner on dirt at Churchill Downs in her only previous start, the daughter of Cowboy Cal rated behind favored pacesetter Laxfield Road in the field of four. Jockey Javier Castellano swung to the outside for a clear run at the top of the stretch, and then held off Celestial Sighting to win in 1:03.39 for 5 1/2 furlongs.

  • Hot Stones wins 0,000 Saratoga Dew

    August 17, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Hot Stones moved in front midway through the backstretch and pulled away to a 9 1/4-length victory over fellow New York-breds in the 0,000 Saratoga Dew on Monday at Saratoga Race Course.Breaking from the far outside post in a field of 10, Hot Stones chased 7-5 favorite Carameaway through a quarter-mile in 23.79 seconds before assuming the lead and cruising to her second straight win and first stakes victory since the Grade 3 Bed o'Roses last June.

  • Chati's On Top wins Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar

    August 16, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Chati's On Top won the 0,000 Solana Beach Handicap for California-bred fillies and mares by 1 1/2 lengths Sunday at Del Mar.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Chati's On Top ran one mile on turf in 1:34.49 and paid .80, and .60.Chaulk O Lattey returned and .60, while Mangita was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third and paid to show. Smoove It, the 9-5 favorite, finished fifth in the nine-horse field.

  • Danish Dynaformer wins Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine

    August 16, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Danish Dynaformer won the 125th running of the 0,000 Breeders' Stakes in hot, muggy conditions Sunday, romping to a 7 3/4-length victory at Woodbine Racetrack.Patrick Husbands rode his fourth Breeders' Stakes winner to tie the record held by Sandy Hawley and Robin Platts. Trainer Roger Attfield earned his ninth Breeders' title, boosting his record.

  • Irad Ortiz Jr. rides 5 winners at Saratoga

    August 16, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Irad Ortiz Jr. became the first jockey in nearly two years to ride five winners on a single program Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.Two-time defending meet champion Javier Castellano was the last jockey to ride five winners at Saratoga, on Sept. 2, 2013. It was the fourth career five-win day for Ortiz and first since Nov. 15, 2013.

  • Ruby Notion wins Monmouth Park feature

    August 16, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Ruby Notion cruised to a 2 1/4-length victory over Tight Weave on Sunday in the ,000 Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park.Trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by Rafael Hernandez, the 2-year-old filly ran five furlongs on the firm turf course in 56 3/5 and paid .60, .60 and .60. It was the second win in three career starts for Ruby Notion, who has now earned ,518l.

  • Exaggerator wins Saratoga Special

    August 16, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Exaggerator surged past Saratoga Mischief in the deep stretch and won the 110th running of the Grade 2 0,000 Saratoga Special by three-quarters of a length Sunday.Ridden by Junior Alvarado and trained by Keith Desormeaux, the 2-year-old son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.39 over the fast main track at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Triple Crown winner works at Del Mar; next race undecided

    August 16, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown champion American Pharoah worked a half-mile Sunday at Del Mar under the watchful eye of trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed Zayat.The 3-year-old colt was timed in 47.60 seconds under Martin Garcia, who rides American Pharoah in the mornings. It was his first official timed workout since winning the Haskell Invitational two weeks ago.

  • Sharla Rae wins Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks

    August 15, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Sharla Rae overhauled Her Emmynence in deep stretch to win the 0,000 Del Mar Oaks by three-quarters of a length Saturday at Del Mar.Ridden by James Graham, Sharla Rae ran nine furlongs on turf in 1:46.58 and paid .40, .80 and .40 for trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Grand Arch wins Fourstardave at Saratoga

    August 15, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Grand Arch held off Ironicus by a neck in the Grade 2 0,000 Fourstardave on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.After stalking King Kreesa for six furlongs, Grand Arch steadily gained ground on the stubborn pacesetter through the stretch and had enough left to turn back late-running Ironicus for his first graded stakes win in more than a year.

  • The Pizza Man wins Arlington Million

    August 15, 2015

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) Richard Papiese made his money selling store fixtures.For several years, the Chicagoan also has been cashing in at the race track with a large and successful thoroughbred racing operation.Saturday, Papiese scored big with The Pizza Man winning the Grade 1 Arlington Million. The 6-year-old gelding, ridden by Florent Geroux, beat Big Blue Kitten by a neck in Chicago-area racing's biggest race.

  • Joya Real wins Blue Sparkler Stakes at Monmouth

    August 15, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Peewter Stable's Joya Real found room between horses late in the stretch and won the ,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes by a neck Saturday at Monmouth Park.Trained by Kate DeMasi, Joya Real ran the 5 1/2 furlongs over the turf in 1:01 4/5 in winning for the eighth time in 23 starts. The Roberto Alvarado Jr. -ridden 6-year-old returned .40, .80 and .60.

  • Curlin's Fox wins Sandy Blue 'Cap at Del Mar

    August 14, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Curlin's Fox won the ,400 Sandy Blue Handicap for 3-year-old fillies by 4 1/2 lengths Friday at Del Mar.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Curlin's Fox ran one mile on turf in a stakes record of 1:33.25, bettering the old mark of 1:33.94 set by Sarach in the 2013 edition of the race. She paid .20, .80 and .

  • Batter up! Duke of Flatbush beats Scully in horse race

    August 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A horse named for Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully lost by two lengths to Duke of Flatbush in an equine matchup of baseball legends at Penn National Race Course.Duke of Flatbush was the nickname of Duke Snider, who starred in center field for the Brooklyn and later Los Angeles Dodgers from 1947-62. Scully joined the Dodgers in 1950 in Brooklyn and like Snider moved West with the team when it relocated.

  • Sentiero Italia wins Lake Placid at Saratoga

    August 14, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Sentiero Italia raced to her first stakes victory, sweeping past Miss Temple City in mid-stretch and pulling away for a 1 1/4-length victory Friday in the Grade 2 0,000 Maker's Mark Lake Placid at Saratoga Race Course.Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin and ridden by Joel Rosariom, the 3-year-old Medaglia d'Oro filly ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.25 over the firm Mellon turf course.

  • A few things to know about racing legend John Nerud

    August 14, 2015

    Think about this: John Nerud was around for every single Triple Crown winner, from Sir Barton in 1919 to American Pharoah.The thoroughbred racing pioneer, who trained the great Dr. Fager and co-founded the Breeders' Cup, died on Thursday at the age of 102 at his home in Old Brookville, N.Y.

  • Unusually Green wins turf feature at Del Mar

    August 13, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Unusually Green rallied in the stretch to win the ,000 feature for California-breds by a half-length Thursday at Del Mar.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Unusually Green ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:41.52 and paid .40, .80 and as the 8-5 favorite.

  • Freudie Anne wins at Saratoga

    August 13, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Freudie Anne remained undefeated in three turf races, winning the Statue of Liberty Division of the New York Stallion Series by 1 1/4 lengths Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.Already a stakes winner on dirt, 3-year-old filly Freudie Anne led all the way to capture her first grass stakes, running a mile in 1:35.56 to give jockey Jose Ortiz his third victory on the card.

  • Hall of Fame horseman John Nerud dies at 102

    August 13, 2015

    John Nerud, a thoroughbred racing pioneer who trained the great Dr. Fager and helped create the Breeders' Cup, has died. He was 102.The National Museum and Racing Hall of Fame issued a statement Thursday, which said his daughter-in-law, Debra Nerud, confirmed Nerud died of heart failure at his home in Old Brookville, New York.

  • Hall of Fame horsemen John Nerud dies at 102

    August 13, 2015

    John Nerud, a thoroughbred racing pioneer who trained the great Dr. Fager and helped create the Breeders' Cup, has died. He was 102.The National Museum and Racing Hall of Fame issued a statement Thursday with his daughter-in-law, Debra Nerud. He died of heart failure at his home in Old Brookville, New York.

  • Pretty N Cool wins Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar

    August 12, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Pretty N Cool won the 0,000 Sorrento Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 2 3/4 lengths at Del Mar on Wednesday.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Pretty N Cool ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.94 and paid .80, .20 and .10 as the 2-5 favorite. The filly is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who won the race for the seventh time.

  • BC Juvenile to be worth double points in Ky Derby series

    August 12, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Breeders' Cup Juvenile will be worth double points in the 35-race series that determines which horses qualify for the Kentucky Derby.Churchill Downs announced the change Wednesday.Points awarded to the top four finishers in the BC Juvenile, to be run Oct. 31 at Keeneland, will be awarded on a 20-8-4-2 basis, twice the amount given since Churchill Downs began the points series three years ago as a way to decide the 20-horse Derby field.

  • Tacticus wins Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga

    August 12, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Flaxman Stable's Tacticus won the 0,000 Birdstone Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course in his second U.S. start.Ridden by Joel Rosario for trainer Graham Motion, the 4-year-old colt reeled in front-running Turco Bravo in mid-stretch, running 1 3/4 miles in 2:59.15.

  • Ex Ex Ex holds on to win Cab Calloway at Saratoga

    August 10, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Ex Ex Ex held off a late run from Amazing Anne and won the Cab Calloway Division of the New York Stallion Series by a half-length Monday at Saratoga Race Course.Ridden by Jose Lezcano for trainer Gary Contessa, Ex Ex Ex ran one mile in 1:36.95 over a firm inner turf course and returned , and .30 as the longest shot in a seven-horse field at odds of 11-1.

  • Baffert visits Saratoga; can Triple Crown winner be next?

    August 10, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Bob Baffert took a side trip to Saratoga Race Course on Monday before the start of the horse sales down the road.The trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah said he was on a ''recon''' mission just in case his horse runs next in the Travers Stakes on Aug. 29.

  • Preakness is final leg of NBC's Triple Crown deal

    August 10, 2015

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) The Preakness Stakes will remain on NBC after a seven-year contract extension was reached for the second leg of the Triple Crown.The agreement announced Monday with the Maryland Jockey Club locks up all the Triple Crown races for NBC Sports Group. Earlier in the year, a 10-year extension was announced with Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby and a seven-year deal with the New York Racing Association for the Belmont Stakes.

  • Prospect Park wins La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar

    August 9, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Prospect Park ran away with the Grade 3 0,000 La Jolla Handicap on Sunday at Del Mar, beating Om by 4 1/4 lengths in the Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds.Ridden by Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux and trained by Clifford Sise Jr., Prospect Park ran 1 1/16 miles on the infield turf course in 1:41.54.

  • Bay of Plenty wins Alydar at Saratoga

    August 9, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y (AP) Godolphin Stable's Bay of Plenty led from start to finish to win the 0,000 Alydar by 2 1/2 lengths Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.Ridden by Joel Rosario for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, Bay of Plenty ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.92 over the fast main track.

  • Jockey Trevor McCarthy hurt when horse hits him in the head

    August 9, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Jockey Trevor McCarthy has been taken to a hospital for precautionary neurological testing after his mount reared back and hit him in the head before the start of the first race at Monmouth Park on Sunday.Track medical director Angelo Chinnici says McCarthy may have suffered a concussion when he was struck by Literary Lady. McCarthy is expected to undergo a CAT scan and other tests.

  • Elektrum wins John C. Mabee by a head at Del Mar

    August 8, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Irish-bred Elektrum beat Queen of The Sand by a head Saturday at Del Mar in the Grade 2 0,000 John C. Mabee Stakes for older fillies and mares.Ridden by Victor Espinoza and trained by John Sadler, the 4-year-old Elektrum ran 1 1/8 miles on the infield turf course in 1:48.55. The Hronis Stable-owned filly paid .60, .40 and .60 for her fourth victory in 15 races. She earned 0,000 to push her total to 9,430.

  • Honor Code rallies to win Whitney at Saratoga

    August 8, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Four weeks after becoming a Grade 1 winner with a last-to-first effort in the Met Mile at Belmont Park, Honor Code came up with an even more impressive encore performance Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.Trailing by as many as 19 1/4 lengths, the 4-year-old son of A.P. Indy closed with a dramatic surge in the final sixteenth of a mile to catch Liam's Map and win the 88th running of the Grade 1 .25 million Whitney by a neck.

  • Pinkman edges filly Mission Brief in Hambletonian

    August 8, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Yannick Gingras did almost everything right in the Hambletonian, except pick the right horse to drive in trotting's biggest event.Gingras chose to drive filly champion Mission Brief in the million final, and they came up just short against 2-year-old colt and gelding champion Pinkman in what turned out to be a fourth Hambletonian training win Jimmy Takter and an unexpected gift for driver Brian Sears.

  • Gingras guids Pinkman, Mission Brief to Hambletonian wins

    August 8, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Yannick Gingras guided 2-year-old champions Pinkman and Mission Brief to victory in eliminations for the Hambletonian Saturday at the Meadowlands.The victory forced the 36-year-old Gingras, last year's top harness driver, to make a driving decision in the trotting's biggest race. He chose Mission Brian. Brian Sears picked up the drive on Pinkman.

  • Shrinking Violet wins Daisycutter at Del Mar

    August 7, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Shrinking Violet ran away with the ,530 Daisycutter Handicap, beating Home Journey by 4 3/4 lengths Friday at Del Mar in the turf race for fillies and mares.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Shrinking Violet ran five furlongs in 56.53 and paid .80, .60 and .40 for her eighth victory in 19 career starts. The 5-year-old mare, owned and trained by Wesley Ward, earned ,460 to push her total to 4,728.

  • Takeover Target wins at Saratoga

    August 7, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Takeover Target surged past A Lot on the outside and won the Grade 2 0,000 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes by a half-lentgth Friday at Saratoga Race Course.Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. for trainer Chad Brown, Takeover Target ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 over a firm turf course. A Lot held for second, a half-length ahead of 12-1 long-shot Courtier. A Lot and Courtier are trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott.

  • Posse Dreamin wins featured race at Monmouth Park

    August 7, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Posse Dreamin charged down the center of the stretch to beat favored Pool Winner by a neck Friday in the ,000 allowance claiming feature at Monmouth Park.Owned and trained by Edwin Broome, Posse Dreamin ran five furlongs over the turf course in 55 3/5. The 3-year-old gelding paid .60, .20, and .80 in winning for the third time in 12 career starts.

  • Trainer Leatherbury among group inducted into racing Hall

    August 7, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Greeted by a standing ovation as he stepped to the podium, and cheered by a capacity crowd as he was fitted with his blue blazer, trainer King Leatherbury led the class of inductees into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame on Friday.

  • Driver Yannick Gingras has the best shot in Hambletonian

    August 7, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Driver Yannick Gingras has the best chance to win the .2 million Hambletonian.On second thought, Gingras actually has the best two chances to win trotting's biggest race. The 36-year-old native of Quebec is listed the drive the favorites in both Hambletonian eliminations Saturday at the Meadowlands.

  • Mrazek wins Graduation Stakes at Del Mar

    August 5, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Mrazek won the 0,000 Graduation Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds Wednesday at Del Mar, beating uncoupled stablemate Ralis by 3 1/4 lengths.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O'Neill, Mrazek ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.77 and paid .20, .40 and .10 for his second victory in four starts. The Reddam Racing-owned winner earned ,000 to push his total to 5,810.

  • Unbridled Forever wins by a neck at Saratoga

    August 5, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Charles Fipke's Unbridled Forever caught Stonetastic to win the 0,000 Shine Again Stakes by a neck Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course.Making her seasonal debut for trainer Dallas Stewart, Unbridled Forever settled along the inside in midpack under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez as Stonetastic set a pace. Unbridled Forever reeled in Stonetastic and finished the seven furlongs in 1:22.90 over a fast main track.

  • Lady Shipman wins 0,000 Coronation Cup at Saratoga

    August 3, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Lady Shipman continued her winning ways with a dominating 3 ¼-length victory in the 0,000 Coronation Cup Monday at Saratoga Race Course.Back in against fellow 3-year-old fillies after beating older horses in her previous start, Lady Shipman ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:00.85, two-tenths of a second off the inner turf course record.

  • Mission Brief and Pinkman favored in Hambletonian elims

    August 3, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The .2 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands this weekend is going to feature last year's top colt and filly trotters.Pinkman, the Dan Patch winner as the top colt, and Mission Brief, the filly champion, were among 19 horses entered Monday in the world's most famous race for trotters.

  • Triple Crown winner jetting home to California after Haskell

    August 3, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) American Pharoah is on the road again.The Triple Crown winner is headed home to California the morning after a 2 1/4-length victory in the .75 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey on Sunday.The brilliant colt owned by Ahmed Zayat was led around the barn a few times before being vanned to Atlantic City Airport, where he was to board a private jet back to trainer Bob Baffert's barn at Del Mar. According to exercise rider Jorge Alvarez, the champion colt exited the Haskell in good order.

  • What's going on with American Pharoah after Haskell win

    August 3, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) When the music played about 10 minutes before the start of the Haskell Invitational, there was no way American Pharoah could lose.As the Triple Crown winner stepped onto the track for first race since sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, Monmouth Park's Haskell anthem was blasting away over the sound system, and many in the record crowd of 60,983 were singing along: ''... tramps like us, baby we were born to run.''

  • Gimme Da Lute wins Real Good Deal by 12 1/4 lengths

    August 2, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Bob Baffert-trained Gimme Da Lute romped to a 12 1/4-length victory Sunday in the 0,000 Real Good Deal Stakes for 3-year-olds at Del Mar.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Gimme Da Lute ran seven furlongs in 1:22.33 and paid .80, .40 and .10 for his fifth victory in eight starts. He earned 0,000 to increase his total to 7,560.

  • Pharoah Phestival as Triple Crown winner cruises in Haskell

    August 2, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) A slight nudge was all it took for American Pharoah to seize control of the Haskell Invitational. And when Victor Espinoza asked, the majestic colt delivered an encore performance in his first race since winning the Triple Crown.

  • Stopchargingmaria edges Untapable in Shuvee at Saratoga

    August 2, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Stopchargingmaria edged champion filly Untapable by a length Sunday in the Grade 3 0,000 Shuvee at Saratoga Race Course.Stopchargingmaria, the Town and Country Farms-owned 4-year-old filly ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Todd Pletcher, has four victories in five starts at Saratoga, including last year's Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama.

  • Triple Crown winner American Pharoah wins Haskell in return

    August 2, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) American Pharoah flashed his speed in the stretch and easily won the .75 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday in his first race since sweeping the Triple Crown.With a record crowd of 60,983 cheering him on at Monmouth Park, American Pharoah came out of the final turn with a clear lead and cruised to a 2 1/4-length victory without any urging from jockey Victor Espinoza.

  • Travers to raise purse by 0,000 if American Pharoah runs

    August 2, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) The New York Racing Association will raise the purse of the .25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga to .6 million if Triple Crown winner American Pharoah starts in the race.The announcement Saturday comes on the heels of Monmouth Park boosting its purse for Sunday's Haskell Invitational from million to .75 million on the day American Pharoah arrived at the New Jersey track Wednesday.

  • Triple Crown winners usually succeed in 1st race back

    August 2, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) American Pharoah will attempt to do what many Triple Crown champions have done throughout history - win the first race after victories in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.Racing's 12th Triple Crown winner takes on six rivals in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Of the 11 other Triple winners, 10 returned to racing and seven of them won.

  • First race back for Triple Crown winners usually a success

    August 2, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) American Pharoah will attempt to do what many Triple Crown champions have done throughout history - win the first race after victories in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.Racing's 12th Triple Crown winner takes on seven rivals in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Of the 11 other Triple winners, 10 returned to racing and seven of them won.

  • Beholder runs away with Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar

    August 1, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Beholder ran away with the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on Saturday at Del Mar, beating Yahilwa by seven lengths in the 0,000 race for fillies and mares.Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens and trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.81 and paid .60, .20 and .10 for her 13th victory in 18 starts. The 5-year-old mare, a two-time Eclipse Award winner earn 0,000 to push her career total to ,656,600.

  • Lock Down Lindy, Spirit To Win take Hambletonian Oaks elims

    August 1, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Lock Down Lindy and Spirit To Win won the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.The 0,000 Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies is the companion event to the million Hambletonian. The finals of both races are Aug. 8.

  • Texas Red wins Jim Dandy at Saratoga

    August 1, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Texas Red took the lead from Japan with an eighth of a mile left and held off Frosted to win the Grade 2, 0,000 Jim Dandy by a half-length Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his Hall of Fame brother, Kent, Texas Red won for the first time since capping his 2-year-old season with an upset victory in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

  • Room For Me wins Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park

    August 1, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Room For Me took the lead turning for home and raced to a 5 3/4-length victory Saturday in the ,000 Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park.Owned and trained by David Jacobson, Room For Me covered six furlongs in 1:09 1/5. The Daniel Centeno-ridden 5-year-old paid , .40 and .80 in winning for the eighth time in 17 career starts.

  • American Pharoah has final Haskell tuneup

    August 1, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah had another easy gallop Saturday morning at Monmouth Park, his final serious exercise before the .75 million Haskell Invitational.The overwhelming 1-5 favorite for the race on Sunday was on the track shortly after 7:30 a.m. He slowly jogged from the barn area to the finish line, giving fans who lined the rail a good look at the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

  • Obey wins California Thoroughbred Breeders' at Del Mar

    July 31, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Obey beat long-shot Later My Love by three-quarters of a length Friday at Del Mar in the 0,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Stakes for 2-year-old California-bred fillies.Ridden by Tiago Pereira and trained by Sam Scolamieri, Obey ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.59 and paid .20, and .80. She earned ,000 to push her total to ,600

  • Horse trainer Jerry Dutton dies at 87

    July 31, 2015

    Jerry Dutton, a prominent thoroughbred trainer in California for more than 50 years, died Thursday in his native Idaho. He was 87.The Del Mar track in California confirmed the death Friday.Among Dutton's stakes winners were Century's Envoy, Zama Hummer, Starry Ice, Elaine's Angel and Wild Babe. He saddled Confederate Yankee in the 1974 Kentucky Derby to a 12th-place finish in a 23-horse field.

  • Tune Me In wins featured race at Monmouth Park

    July 31, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc.'s Tune Me In held off a late-charging Mr. Jenney to capture the ,000 allowance-optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park on Friday.The Trevor McCarthy-ridden winner ran 1 1/16 miles over the turf course in 1:42 3/5. The 8-year-old mare paid , .60 and .

  • Smart Transition wins 0,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga

    July 31, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Arnold Zetcher's Smart Transition took the lead in mid-stretch and sprinted clear to a 4 3/4-length victory Friday in the 0,000 Curlin Stakes for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course.Ridden by Junior Alvarado for trainer John Shirreffs, Smart Transition was behind front-running favorites Stanford and Tekton before launching a bid on the outside approaching the top of the stretch.

  • American Pharoah poised for more racing history in Haskell

    August 1, 2015

    From a beauty salon in Beverly Hills to an intersection in Zurich people are talking about American Pharoah.Derek Jeter. Carrie Underwood. Drew Brees. Even Cheech and Chong. All have chatted up either the owner, trainer or jockey of American Pharoah in the weeks after the horse became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years with a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

  • American Pharoah draws crowd for Haskell gallop

    July 31, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah had an enthusiastic rooting section as he galloped Friday morning in preparation for the .75 million Haskell Invitational.Monmouth Park built a ''Pharoah Fan Fest'' around the colt's appearance in the race on Sunday. The first event was a free open house which drew an estimated 5,000 fans on a warm, sunny morning to watch American Pharoah prepare for his first start since the Belmont Stakes in early June.

  • Little Jerry wins at Del Mar

    July 30, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Little Jerry edged long-shot Boyett by a nose Thursday in the ,000 feature race at Del Mar.Ridden by Martin Pedroza and trained by Richard Baltas, Little Jerry ran 1 1/16 miles on the turf course in 1:40.49. The 5-year-old paid .60, .40 and .40 for his fifth victory in 29 starts.

  • Moonlight Song wins John Morrissey at Saratoga

    July 30, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Making his first start in nine months, Moonlight Song broke fast and held on, splashing home to a 1 1/4-length win in the 0,000 John Morrissey on Thursday at Saratoga Race Course.An 8-year-old gelding trained by Charlton Baker and ridden by Jose Ortiz for owner Albert Fried, Jr., Moonlight Song ran the 6 1/2-furlong sprint for New York-breds in 1:17.69 over a main track made sloppy by afternoon storms.

  • Jockey Manuel Franco has minor injuries after Saratoga spill

    July 30, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Jockey Manuel Franco has minor injuries a day after a frightening spill at Saratoga Race Course, and will be out at least through the weekend.Franco's agent Angel Cordero, Jr., said Thursday the 20-year-old rider also was body sore, but ''nothing's broken, the doctors just wanted to play it safe.''

  • American Pharoah 1-5 favorite for Haskell in 8-horse field

    July 30, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is the overwhelming 1-5 favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds for Sunday's .75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.This will be American Pharoah's first race since he swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes and became the 12th Triple Crown winner and first in 37 years.

  • Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tours Monmouth Park

    July 30, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah took an easy tour of the track at Monmouth Park on Thursday morning, another step toward the .75 million Haskell Invitational.The colt was taken for a slow, one-mile jog on his first trip over the surface for Sunday's race. American Pharoah will the heavy favorite to win in his first start since sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes and becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner.

  • A look at trainer Bob Baffert's record 7 wins in Haskell

    July 30, 2015

    Short stay. Large payday.That's the way it usually works when Bob Baffert sends a horse to the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.Sunday should be no different, when the trainer makes his nearly annual trek to the Jersey Shore to saddle American Pharoah in the colt's first race since taking the Belmont Stakes and becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

  • Doug O'Neill saddles Del Mar-record 5 winners

    July 29, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Doug O'Neill saddled five winners Wednesday at Del Mar to break the track single-day record for a trainer.The 47-year-old O'Neill broke the mark of four set by Red McDaniel on Sept. 4, 1954, and matched by O'Neill two days later, and by Farrell W. Jones in 1963, Ron McAnally in 1989, Jack Van Berg in l995, and John Sadler in 2009.

  • American Pharoah arrives at Monmouth for Sunday's Haskell

    July 29, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah received star treatment as he arrived to prepare for the .75 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park.After landing at Atlantic City airport, racing's biggest attraction was led off the plane, then escorted by New Jersey State troopers for the final leg of the journey. The van he was loaded into was decked out like Taylor Swift's tour bus with his name splashed across the side.

  • Haskell purse up to .75M days before American Pharoah runs

    July 29, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) The purse for the Haskell Invitational has been increased by 0,000 to .75 million with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah set to run in the race Sunday.Monmouth Park made the announcement Wednesday, the day American Pharoah arrived at the track after a cross-country flight from California.

  • La Verdad wins 0K Honorable Miss at Saratoga Race Course

    July 29, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad led every step of the way to romp to a four-length victory Wednesday in the 0,000 Honorable Miss at Saratoga Race Course.A 5-year-old daughter of Yes It's True trained by Linda Rice and ridden by Jose Ortiz, La Verdad improved to 4-0 this year, all in stakes races, three of them graded. She ran six furlongs on a fast main track in 1:09.14, returning .60, .20 and .10.

  • Dettori gives Qatar winning start to Goodwood sponsorship

    July 28, 2015

    GOODWOOD, England (AP) Frankie Dettori steered Qatar-owned Galileo Gold to victory on Tuesday in the Qatar Vintage Stakes on the first day of the Goodwood Festival, which now has the oil-and-gas rich Gulf nation as its title sponsor.Dettorri's 9-2 shot picked up well to get to the lead and galloped on well for a three-quarter-length victory over Ibn Malik in the seven-furlong Group Two race.

  • Triple Crown winner American Pharoah works half mile

    July 28, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah completed a half-mile workout at Del Mar in his last formal exercise before the Haskell Invitational this weekend.The colt was timed in 48.80 seconds Tuesday under jockey Martin Garcia, who rides him in the mornings. Victor Espinoza rides him in races.

  • Shore Runner wins 0K Lucky Coin at Saratoga Race Course

    July 27, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Brad Grady's Shore Runner got his nose down on the wire after a dramatic stretch run to edge Sharp Sensation and win the third running of the 0,000 Lucky Coin on Monday at Saratoga Race Course.Blocked in traffic at the top of the stretch, jockey Kendrick Carmouche found a seam between horses and made a desperate dash to the finish to catch front-running Sharp Sensation. It was the third straight victory and first in a stakes for 5-year-old gelding Shore Runner, who ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:01 on a firm turf course.

  • Long-shot Wild Dude rallies to win Bing Crosby

    July 26, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Long-shot Wild Dude rallied to win the 0,000 Bing Crosby Stakes on Sunday at Del Mar, beating favored Masochistic by 1 1/4 lengths.Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Brian Koriner, the 5-year-old Wild Dude ran six furlongs in 1:09.51 and paid .60, .20 and .60 for his sixth victory in 16 starts.

  • Curalina wins Coaching Club American Oaks

    July 26, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Curalina won the Grade 1, 0,000 Coaching Club American Oaks on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course when first-place finisher I'm a Chatterbox was disqualified to second for interference in the final strides.It was the second consecutive day a feature race was decided by disqualification. On Saturday, Uncle Vinny was promoted to victory when first-place finisher Magna Light was placed third for interference in the Grade 3 Sanford Stakes. Both Curalina and Uncle Vinny were ridden by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez and trained by Todd Pletcher.

  • Stormy Regatta , Isabella Sings win Monmouth feature races

    July 26, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Stormy Regatta overtook Rachel Wall in the closing strides to win by a nose in one division of the ,000 Little Silver Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday, while Isabella Sings scored a wire-to-wire win in the other division.Ridden by Joe Bravo and trained by Christophe Clement, Stormy Regatta ran 1 1/16 miles over the firm turf course in 1:41 3/5 and paid , and .40. It marked the third win in five career starts for the 3-year-old filly.

  • Catch a Flight wins San Diego Handicap at Del Mar

    July 25, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Argentine-bred Catch a Flight won the 0,000 San Diego Handicap on Saturday at Del Mar, moving up from third in the stretch to edge Appealing Tale by a head.Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens and trained by Richard Mandella, the 5-year-old Catch a Flight ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.080 and paid .40, .80 and .80 for his 10th victory in 17 starts and fourth in seven U.S. races. He earned 0,000 to push his career total to 3,239.

  • Hard Not to Like rallies to win Diana at Saratoga

    July 25, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Hard Not to Like closed with a flourish down the middle of the stretch to catch Tepin and win the Grade 1, 0,000 Diana by a nose Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.Ridden by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, the 6-year-old Speedway Stable mare hit the wire in 1:45.22, setting a Mellon turf course record for 1 1/8 miles. The previous mark of 1:45.33 was set by Shakis in the 2007 Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap.

  • Big John B wins Cougar II at Del Mar

    July 25, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Big John B raced to his first victory in three career starts on a dirt surface, rallying to beat Bailoutbobby by a half-length Friday in the Grade 3 0,000 Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar.The 2014 Del Mar Handicap champion, a 12-time winner in 28 races on grass, ran 1 1/2 miles in 2:31.62. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the 6-year-old gelding paid .40, .80 and and earned ,000 to push his career total to 7,175.

  • Off The Tracks wins 0,000 Schuylerville at Saratoga

    July 24, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Off The Tracks took command from pacesetter Moment Is Right in the upper stretch and sprinted clear Friday to win the Grade 3, 0,000 Schuylerville, the traditional opening day feature at Saratoga Race Course.Sent off at 8-1 in a field of eight 2-year-old fillies and ridden by Luis Saez, J. Stables' Off The Tracks ran six furlongs in 1:11.27 in her stakes debut and improved her record to 2-0. She won by 3 1/4 lengths and paid .60, .60 and .50.

  • Long-shot Star Act rallies to win at Del Mar

    July 23, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Long-shot Star Act rallied to beat Circling by 1 1/2 lengths Thursday in the ,000 feature race for fillies and mares at Del Mar.Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens and trained by Art Sherman, Star Act ran 1 3/8 miles on the infield turf course in 2:15.57. The 4-year-old filly paid .60, .60 and .60 for her second victory in 13 career starts.

  • 3 jockeys accused of fixing races at Evangeline Downs

    July 23, 2015

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) Three jockeys are accused in a race-fixing scheme that involved holding back a horse picked as a favorite to win and using an agent to place bets on the race at Evangeline Downs, state police said Thursday.The investigation began after the state Racing Commission received a complaint about a June 19 race at the track in Opelousas in southwest Louisiana, according to a news release.

  • American Pharoah 'on course' for 1st race since Triple Crown

    July 23, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Trainer Bob Baffert says American Pharoah is ''right on course'' for his first race since winning the Triple Crown after a longer-than-expected run in California.Baffert also says he thinks the 3-year-old colt is ''getting faster'' after working six furlongs in 1:11.00 at Del Mar on Thursday. American Pharoah is set to return to racing Aug. 2 in the million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

  • Prospect of American Pharoah running boosts Saratoga season

    July 23, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) The possibility of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah running in the Travers Stakes has raised the level of excitement heading into Friday's opening of the 147th summer of thoroughbred racing at historic Saratoga Race Course.

  • Pure Tactics wins Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar

    July 22, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Pure Tactics rallied to beat Winning Prize by a head Wednesday in the ,350 Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar.Trained by Doug O'Neill and ridden by Flavien Prat, the Texas-bred Pure Tactics ran a mile on the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course in 1:34.78 and paid .40, .80 and .20. The 6-year-old has 10 victories in 25 career starts with earnings of 1,106.

  • Hazel Park racetrack near Detroit to end live meet early

    July 22, 2015

    HAZEL PARK, Mich. (AP) Hazel Park Raceway is halting its live thoroughbred meet on Aug. 8, over a month earlier than planned.The Michigan Gaming Control Board says the Detroit-area track requested to end the meet early. The live season was supposed to go from May 1 to Sept. 12. MGCB executive director Richard Kalm says his group was disappointed to learn there are insufficient funds to finish the meet. He calls this ''an unfortunate and serious matter'' - although he says the MGCB does not suspect misspending.

  • Prize Exhibit wins San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar

    July 19, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Prize Exhibit rallied to win the 0,000 San Clemente Handicap for 3-year-old fillies by 1 1/2 lengths over 8-5 favorite Sunset Glow on a rare rainy Sunday at Del Mar.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Prize Exhibit ran a mile on turf in 1:36.05 and paid .20, .20 and .20. Gonzalez rode four winners on the 10-race card.

  • Wonderment wins Belmont's Lynbrook Stakes

    July 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Wonderment romped to a 6 3/4-length victory Sunday in the 5,000 Lynbrook Stakes, the closing day feature at Belmont Park.New York racing shifts to Saratoga on Friday.Wonderment improved to 2 for 2 in the getaway-day feature for New York bred 2-year-old fillies.

  • Jockey Trevor McCarthy injured in spill at Monmouth Park

    July 19, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Jockey Trevor McCarthy was taken to a hospital for neurological testing after he was tossed from his mount during the feature race at Monmouth Park on Sunday.The 21-year-old jockey was aboard Calypso Run, a 3-year-old filly who was moving up along the rail in the ,000 Miss Woodford Stakes when she clipped heels at the top of the stretch.

  • Fusaichi Red scores easy win in ,000 Miss Woodford Stakes

    July 19, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Fusaichi Red took the lead in the stretch and drew off to an easy win in the ,000 Miss Woodford Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday, beating Coco's Wildcat by 3 3/4 lengths.Trained by George Weaver and ridden by Orlando Bocachica, the 3-year-old filly ran six furlongs over a fast track in 1:10 1/5 and paid .20, .20 and .80. It was the second career win for Fusaichi Red, who has finished in the money in all six of her starts.

  • Trainer: California Chrome to return to racing in 2016

    July 19, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Trainer Art Sherman says California Chrome, winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Horse of the Year, will return to racing next year.The 4-year-old colt is currently recovering from a bone bruise injury at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky, which triggered speculation that his racing career might be over.

  • Wiggle It Jiggleit wins Meadowlands Pace

    July 18, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Wiggleit It Jiggleit has delivered for the George and Montrell Teague all year and the 6,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace was no different.WiggleI It Jiggleit took the lead on the backstretch and held on to make 24-year-old Montrell Teague the youngest driver to win the Meadowlands' signature race and give owner George Teague Jr. his second win in the event for 3-year-old pacers.

  • Gabriel Charles wins 0,000 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar

    July 18, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Gabriel Charles won the 0,000 Eddie Read Stakes by 3 3/4 lengths Saturday at Del Mar, ending a three-race skid.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Gabriel Charles ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.13 on a yielding turf course that was softened by a rare rainstorm. He paid .40, and .40.

  • Nonna's Boy wins Lamplighter Stakes at Monmouth Park

    July 18, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Nonna's Boy raced to a front-running 3 1/2-length victory over stablemate Dontbetwithbruno in the ,000 Lamplighter Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.Nonna's Boy ran 1 1/16 miles over firm turf in 1:41 for trainer Todd Pletcher. The Chris DeCarlo-ridden winner paid .40, .20 and .60 as the favorite in the field of six 3-year-old colts.

  • Sheer Drama wins Delaware Handicap

    July 18, 2015

    STANTON, Del. (AP) Harold Queen's Sheer Drama challenged pacesetter Frivolous in the second turn and shook free late for a two-length victory Saturday in the Grade 1 0,00 Delaware Handicap.Ridden by Joe Bravo, Sheer Drama stalked Frivolous through an open half-mile of 48.4 and six furlongs of 1:12.2. Bravo then sent Sheer Drama up outside the leader to challenge in the second turn. Sheer Drama and Frivolous dueled into the final furlong under Bravo, and Sheer Drama shook clear and was slowly pulling away at the finish.

  • Manipulated, Saratoga Snacks win NY bred stakes at Belmont

    July 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Manipulated and Saratoga Snacks won the stakes for New York breds on Saturday at Belmont Park.It was an impressive debut for Manipulated in the 5,000 Rockville Center for 2-year-olds.Racing like a seasoned pro, the colt trained by Jimmy Jerkens rallied to beat Lucky Lure by four lengths as the even-money favorite. Luis Saez was aboard for six furlongs in 1:12.67. He paid to win.

  • Triple Crown winner American Pharoah works at Del Mar

    July 18, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown champion American Pharoah has had his first workout at Del Mar in preparation for his next start in the Haskell Invitational in New Jersey.The 3-year-old colt ran six furlongs in 1:11.40 under jockey Martin Garcia on Saturday about 90 minutes after a rare thunderstorm passed through the area north of San Diego. It was the fastest of 12 workouts at the distance.

  • Zipessa wins Del Mar feature by 2 3/4 lengths

    July 18, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Zipessa won the ,000 feature for 3-year-old fillies by 2 3/4 lengths Friday at Del Mar.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Zipessa ran a mile on turf in 1:35.61 and paid .40, .40 and .80 as the 2-1 favorite.Sweet returned .20 and .80. Conquest Curlgirl was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third and paid .80 to show.

  • Dreaming as Always wins Belmont feature

    July 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Dreaming as Always rallied to beat Lucky Nancy E. by 2 1/4 lengths Friday in the ,000 New York bred allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.The chestnut 4-year-old trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by Javier Castellano got her third win in four starts this season. The time was 1:41.20 for the 1 1/16 miles.

  • American Pharoah may face less than stellar field in Haskell

    July 17, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah may have an easy time of it in the million Haskell Invitational in two weeks, with a less than stellar field starting to take shape.A list of probable challengers was released by Monmouth Park on Friday, and they don't appear to be too imposing. Among them is either Competitive Edge or Stanford, both trained by Todd Pletcher, War Story, Mr. Jordan and Tekton.

  • In The Arsenal has Harrison back in Meadowlands Pace

    July 17, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Trainer Kelvin Harrison was in the right place at the right time when it came to Meadowlands Pace finalist In The Arsenal.Harrison was at the Harrisburg Sale with enough money to buy one yearling. He purchased a filly, Sweetwithoutsugar, for ,000 from White Birch Farm.

  • Soul Driver wins Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar

    July 16, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Soul Driver won the 4,500 Oceanside Stakes for 3-year-olds by a nose Thursday on opening day of Del Mar's summer meet.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Soul Driver ran a mile on turf in 1:35.86 and paid .80, .60 and as the 5-2 second choice in the field of 11.

  • Gulfstream to offer 4 no-Lasix races this weekend

    July 16, 2015

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Gulfstream Park will offer four Lasix-free races this weekend.All will be over 4-1/2 furlongs and for 2-year-olds, with two of the races on Saturday and the others on Sunday. Gulfstream has been working with Dr. Stephen Selway, who is involved in a study involving juveniles racing with and without Lasix.

  • Scarly Charly wins Belmont feature

    July 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Scarly Charly beat Marriedtothemusic by a neck Thursday to win the ,700 allowance feature in a four-horse field at Belmont Park.It was the second win in the last three starts for the 6-year-old gelding trained by Mike Hushion and ridden by apprentice Eric Cancel. The time was 1:16.55 for 6 1/2 furlongs.

  • Congressmen proposing uniform drugs rules in horse racing

    July 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Two congressmen are introducing a bill that would establish uniform drug and medication standards in thoroughbred racing in 2017.If passed, the legislation would allow the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to create a drug agency specifically for racing - a first for the sport. USADA, an independent agency, is the national anti-doping organization in the U.S. for the Olympics.

  • California Chrome to recover from injury at Kentucky farm

    July 15, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) California Chrome, the 2014 Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year, will recover from a bone bruise at a Kentucky farm for three months.Trainer Art Sherman said Wednesday at Del Mar that California Chrome's prognosis for recovery is good and there's a chance the horse could run again next year.

  • Mr Speaker takes Belmont Park feature

    July 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mr Speaker raced to his first victory in over a year, beating Chamois by 2 1/2 lengths Wednesday in the 2,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old trained by Shug McGaughey and ridden by Javier Castellano sat second to the pacesetting Chamois before rolling past that rival in deep stretch. The time was 1:42.74 for 1 1/16 miles over the course rated good.

  • Wiggle It Jiggleit favored in Meadowlands Pace

    July 14, 2015

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Wiggle It Jiggleit is ideally positioned for the 6,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace this weekend.The 4-5 favorite has the No. 4 post against nine rivals in the signature event at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment on Saturday night.

  • American Pharoah arrives at Del Mar for training

    July 14, 2015

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) American Pharoah arrived at Del Mar Race Track on Tuesday to begin training for next month's Haskell Invitational in New Jersey.The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years even accomplished another rarity on his journey down from Santa Anita - avoiding summer traffic on the Los Angeles-area freeways.

  • Swipe wins Summer Juvenile Championship at Los Alamitos

    July 13, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Swipe won the ,100 Summer Juvenile Championship for 2-year-olds by a head over Mrazek on Sunday at Los Alamitos, putting brothers Kent and Keith Desormeaux in the winner's circle on closing day of the track's brief summer meet.

  • Gallery wins Belmont's Manila Stakes

    July 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Gallery held off heavily favored A Lot by a nose Sunday in the ,000 Manila Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf at Belmont Park.Gallery set the pace against only three rivals, with A Lot, the 1-5 choice, tracking in second.A Lot challenged the leader for the entire stretch run but Gallery refused to yield. The time was 1:35.35 for the mile on the firm course.

  • California Chrome out of Arlington Million with leg injury

    July 12, 2015

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) California Chrome, who won the 2014 Kentucky Derby and went on to earn Horse of the Year honors, has a bruised cannon bone that will force him out of the Arlington Million and likely sideline him for the rest of the year.

  • Triple Crown winner American Pharoah works at Santa Anita

    July 12, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah completed his final workout at Santa Anita before heading south to Del Mar racetrack.The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont winner breezed five furlongs in 59.2 seconds on Sunday.Trainer Bob Baffert plans to ship American Pharoah to Del Mar, north of San Diego, on Monday, along with several other horses in his stable ahead of that track's summer meet opener on Thursday.

  • Jockey Rajiv Maragh injured in spill, out indefinitely

    July 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jockey Rajiv Maragh remains hospitalized with four fractured vertebrae, a broken left rib and punctured lung after a frightening spill during a race at Belmont Park.The rider's agent said Sunday that Maragh is still confined to his bed, but doctors are telling him ''surgery isn't necessary.''

  • Fantastic Style wins Great Lady M. Stakes for Bob Baffert

    July 11, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Fantastic Style won the 0,750 Great Lady M. Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths Saturday at Los Alamitos, giving Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert a sweep of the Grade 2 stakes at the track's brief summer meet.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Fantastic Style ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.78 and paid , .60 and .40 as the 5-2 second choice in the eight-horse field. The 3-year-old filly was making her first start against older horses.

  • King Kressa wins Belmont's Forbidden Apple Stakes

    July 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) King Kressa beat Wicked Strong by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday in the 0,000 Forbidden Apple Stakes on the turf at Belmont Park.It was the ninth career victory - all on grass- for the 6-year-old New York-bred gelding. It was his second straight stakes win here, having captured the Poker last month.

  • Calamity Kate, a 54-1 shot, wins Delaware Oaks

    July 11, 2015

    STANTON, Del. (AP) Calamity Kate, sent off at odds of 54-1, led the whole way, had enough left to hold off Peace and War for a stunning upset in the Grade III 0,000 Delaware Oaks on Saturday. The field included pro-tem division leader Lovely Maria.Ridden by Edgar Prado, Calamity Kate went to the front right at the start of the mile and a sixteenth race. She was leading after six furlongs in 1:10.4. Lovely Maria, who had raced in mid pack through the early going, ranged up four wide out of the second turn and looked like she would challenge but weakened in the drive and wound up fifth while making her first start since winning the Kentucky Oaks.

  • Stanford wins Monmouth's Long Branch Stakes

    July 11, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Stanford won the 3,000 Long Branch Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park.Next up could be a showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2.The Haskell is scheduled to be American Pharoah's first race since winning the Belmont Stakes last month. Monmouth officials are anticipating a record crowd, erasing the current mark of 53,638 for the 2003 Haskell.

  • Monmouth Park will stage 3-day "Pharoah Fan Fest"

    July 11, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Monmouth Park will stage a three-day ''Pharoah Fan Festival'' to celebrate Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's expected appearance in the track's million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2.It starts the Friday before the race with a commemorative button giveaway, and a mini-golf tournament benefiting the Disabled Jockeys Fund.

  • Rocko's Wheel wins feature at Los Alamitos

    July 10, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Rocko's Wheel won the ,222 feature by 1 1/2 lengths in his return to dirt Friday at Los Alamitos.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Rocko's Wheel ran a mile in 1:35.48 and paid .20, .40 and .20 as the 3-5 choice, the first time in his career that the 3-year-old colt has been the favorite.

  • Token of Love wins Belmont feature

    July 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Token of Love rallied to beat Dauphine Russe by 2 1/2 lengths Friday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old trained by Graham Motion got her fourth win in 10 starts. John Velazquez was aboard for the seven furlongs in 1:20.68 over the course rated good.

  • V V Goodnight uses late surge to win Monmouth Park feature

    July 10, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) V V Goodnight overtook American Girl in the closing strides to win by a nose in the ,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Friday.Trained by Thomas Proctor and Keiber Coa, the 4-year-old filly ran the 1 1/16 miles over a good turf course in 1:44 3/5 and paid .80, .20 and .80. It was her third win in 17 career starts.

  • Classy Class wins Belmont feature

    July 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Classy Class was the front-running winner of the ,000 allowance feature Thursday at Belmont Park.The lone 3-year-old in the field, Classy Class got his third win in eight starts for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.Breaking from the outside post, the 2-1 second choice bounded to the lead and dictated the pace for a 1 1/2-length victory over Doc Almon. Irad Ortiz Jr. was aboard for the seven furlongs in 1:23.50.

  • Ironicus wins Belmont feature

    July 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Ironicus followed his victory in the Dixie Stakes with an easy triumph as the heavy favorite Wednesday in the ,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park.The Dixie on the Preakness undercard was the first stakes win for the gray 4-year-old trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey. The latest victory by the 2-5 shot was a tuneup for Saratoga, and a possible run in the Fourstardave Stakes on Aug. 15.

  • American Pharoah completes half-mile workout at Santa Anita

    July 6, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah completed a half-mile workout Monday at Santa Anita in preparation for his start in the Haskell Invitational next month.The 3-year-old colt was timed in 47.60 seconds under jockey Martin Garcia, who works him in the mornings while Victor Espinoza rides him in his races.

  • Shaman Ghost rallies to win Queen's Plate

    July 5, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Brian Lynch finally earned his Queen's Plate redemption.Shaman Ghost rallied to capture the -million race Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack. The 3-year-old chestnut finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Danish Dynaformer.In 2008, Lynch could only look on in disappointment as Ginger Brew finished second by a head to Not Bourbon, earning trainer Roger Attfield a record-tying eighth Plate victory. On Sunday, Lynch got to celebrate winning the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown for the first time.

  • Trainer Brown caps big turf stakes weekend at Belmont

    July 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Trainer Chad Brown capped a big holiday weekend of turf stakes victories with Goldy Espony taking the 0,000 River Memories for older fillies and mares on Sunday at Belmont Park.It started Friday at Belmont when Daring Kathy captured the 0,000 Perfect Sting. Brown then won the million Belmont Oaks on Saturday with undefeated Lady Eli improving to 6 for 6. He also finished 1-2 in the 0,000 United Nations at Monmouth Park on Sunday when Big Blue Kitten beat Slumber.

  • Big Blue Kitten wins Monmouth's United Nations Stakes

    July 5, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Big Blue Kitten won the 5,000 United Nations Stakes with a little help from a friend on Sunday at Monmouth Park.The 7-year-old rallied to win the track's premier grass race by 1 1/2 lengths over stablemate Slumber.While the top two finishers in the 1 3/8-mile race were trained by Chad Brown, the assist came from another source.

  • Owner Joe Thomson enters Harness Hall of Fame

    July 5, 2015

    GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) Owner Joe Thomson and the horses Deweycheatumnhowe and Somebeachsomewhere have been inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.Thomson's Winbak Farms in Maryland, Delaware, New York and Ontario have produced horses that have won 32,781 races and 9 million in winnings. The farm breeds about 400 horses a year.

  • After Triple Crown, a new world greets Victor Espinoza

    July 5, 2015

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) This is the new reality for Victor Espinoza.A half-filled white Styrofoam cup of espresso is to his left, a black Sharpie pen is in his right hand and a 3-inch-high stack of Triple Crown commemorative posters is in front of him. He signs one, then someone whisks it off the top of the pile. Sign another, whisk another. Sign, whisk. Sign, whisk.

  • Gimme Da Lute wins Los Alamitos Derby for Bob Baffert

    July 4, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Gimme Da Lute won the 0,000 Los Alamitos Derby by a nose Saturday for Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Gimme Da Lute ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.09 and paid .60 and .20 as the 3-1 second choice.

  • Speightster wins Belmont's Dwyer Stakes

    July 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Lady Eli and Speightster both remained unbeaten with impressive victories on the Stars & Stripes holiday card Saturday at Belmont Park.Lady Eli, now 6 for 6, was the electrifying winner of the million Belmont Oaks Invitational for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.

  • One-time Derby contender Texas Red returns in Dwyer Stakes

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Texas Red is set for his first race in more than five months in Saturday's 0,000 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park, one of six stakes races at the track's Stars & Stripes day.Winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last year, Texas Red injured a foot after finishing second in the San Vicente on Feb. 1. He's had four workouts at Santa Anita in California in preparation for his return.

  • 9-1 shot Marynetta wins feature at Los Alamitos

    July 3, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Marynetta won the ,000 feature for California-bred or sired fillies and mares by a neck Friday at Los Alamitos, earning her third straight victory.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Marynetta ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.12 and paid .20, .80 and at 9-1 odds.

  • Daring Kathy wins Belmont's Perfect Sting Stakes

    July 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Daring Kathy held on by a nose Friday to win the 0,000 Perfect Sting Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old extended her winning streak to three with a pacesetting effort in her season debut. Marbre Rose, the 3-1 favorite, came charging through but could not nudge past the leader.

  • Tuning up for American Pharoah's next race in the Haskell

    July 3, 2015

    The race, date and place are set for American Pharoah's next start: the Haskell Invitational, Aug. 2, Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey.Perhaps the coolest part of Thursday's announcement involves Bruce Springsteen possibly performing at the track just a few furlongs from his hometown of Freehold.

  • 11-1 shot Magic Mark wins Bertrando Stakes at Los Alamitos

    July 2, 2015

    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) Magic Mark won the 0,800 Bertrando Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths Thursday on opening day of Los Alamitos' second summer meet.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Magic Mark ran a mile in 1:35.50 and paid .80, .20 and at 11-1 odds.Ambitious Brew returned .20 and .60, while Old Man Lake was another 2 ¼ lengths back in third and paid .60 to show.

  • American Pharoah headed to Haskell for next race

    July 2, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) American Pharoah is headed to the Jersey Shore.As expected, racing's first Triple Crown winner in 37 years will make his next start in the million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park.Owner Ahmed Zayat said on Thursday the decision to run in the 1 1/8-mile Haskell was based on several factors, the most important being the health of his horse - the first to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes since Affirmed in 1978.

  • American Pharoah to race at Monmouth Park in Haskell

    July 2, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) American Pharoah is headed to the Jersey Shore.As expected, racing's first Triple Crown winner in 37 years will make his next start in the million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park.Owner Ahmed Zayat said on Thursday the decision to run in the 1 1/8-mile Haskell was based on several factors, the most important being the health of his horse - the first to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes since Affirmed in 1978.

  • Iron Power wins Belmont feature

    July 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Iron Power was the 8-1 upset winner of the ,000 allowance feature Thursday at Belmont Park.The 5-year-old gray gelding set the pace, prevailing by 1 3-4 lengths for his sixth win in 22 starts. Iron Power, with Jose Ortiz aboard for trainer Christophe Clement, ran the 1 3-8 miles over the firm turf in 2:14.93.

  • Main Sequence to face 8 in United Nations at Monmouth Park

    July 2, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Eclipse Award winner Main Sequence will defend his title in the 0,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park against 2013 winner Big Blue Kitten and seven other horses.Main Sequence drew the No 6. post for the 1 3/8 mile race on the turn. Rajiv Maragh will ride the H. Graham Motion trainee, who will be making his first start since returning from Dubai this spring.

  • Selenite wins Belmont feature on a disqualification

    July 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Selenite was elevated to the victory on a disqualification Wednesday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.Evidently was first under the wire after bumping even-money favorite Regardez in deep stretch. Following a video review, the stewards placed Evidently fifth.

  • Churchill renames stakes race for Hall of Fame trainer Lukas

    June 30, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Churchill Downs has renamed a stakes race to honor Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.The 5,000 Lukas Classic for 3-year-olds and up on dirt on Sept. 26 will wind down the upcoming 11-date meet at the track he has won the marquee Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks for fillies four times each.

  • Labor Department sues trainer Asmussen, stable over wages

    June 30, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Trainer Steve Asmussen is being sued by the U.S. Labor Department, which alleges his stable didn't pay overtime since at least 2012 to grooms and hot walkers who worked more than 40 hours in a week.The federal lawsuit filed last week in Louisville accuses Asmussen and KDE Equine of violating federal wage law and also says two employees were improperly treated as exempt from overtime. The lawsuit seeks back wages and contends the stable didn't keep proper wage and hour records.

  • Kauto Star, one of Britain's greatest racehorses, dies

    June 30, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Kauto Star, the two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner who was one of Britain's greatest and most popular racehorses, has been euthanized after sustaining pelvis and neck injuries in a fall in a paddock.Laura Collett, who rode Kauto Star in dressage following his retirement from jump racing in 2012, said in a Twitter post on Tuesday that ''a decision was made to put him to sleep'' after his injuries.

  • Crucero wins San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita

    June 28, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Long-shot Crucero won the 0,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes by a neck Sunday on closing day of Santa Anita's spring meet.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by brother Keith, Crucero covered 1 3/4 miles on the hillside turf course in 2:49.46 and paid .40, and .20 at 23-1 odds.

  • Salutos Amigos wins featured race at Monmouth Park

    June 28, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Salutos Amigos sat off the early speed before storming home to a 3 1/4- length victory over Uptown Boy in the ,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.Ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, Salutos Amigos covered the six furlongs in 1:08 2.5. The David Jacobson-trained gelding paid .40, .80 and .10 in winning for the 10th time in 29 career starts.

  • La Verdad wins Belmont's Dancin Renee Stakes

    June 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) La Verdad flaunted her class Sunday, cruising to a 7 1/4-length victory in the 0,000 Dancin Renee Stakes for New York bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park.It was a third straight stakes win for the 5-year-old trained by Linda Rice. The previous two victories were graded handicaps: the Distaff at Aqueduct and the Vagrancy at Belmont.

  • Hard Aces wins 0,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita

    June 27, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Hard Aces charged up the rail to win the 0,000 Gold Cup by a nose over Hoppertunity on Saturday at Santa Anita under Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza.Hard Aces ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.46 and paid .80, and .20 at 7-1 odds in earning his first graded stakes victory.

  • I'm Already Sexy captured 0,000 Monmouth Park feature

    June 27, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) I'm Already Sexy grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch and held off an inside charge by favorite Kenzadargent to capture the 0,000, Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes by a half-length at Monmouth Park on Saturday.I'm Already Sexy covered a mile and a sixteenth on the turf in 1:41 1/5 in giving jockey Paco Lopez his fifth winner on the card. The Wayne Catalano-trained mare paid .80, .60 and .20 in winning for the ninth time in 23 career starts.

  • Include Betty wins Belmont's Mother Goose

    June 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Include Betty swept by the field Saturday to win the 0,000 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.Trained by Tom Proctor, Include Betty improved to 4 for 10 with her third stakes victory. She previously captured the Suncoast at Tampa Bay Downs and the Fantasy at Oaklawn Park.

  • Anytime Anyplace wins turf feature at Santa Anita

    June 26, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Anytime Anyplace won the ,000 feature for 2-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths Friday night at Santa Anita.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Anytime Anyplace ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:14.50 and paid .20, .60 and .40 as the 5-2 favorite in the field of 11.

  • Dedicated to Bob wins feature race at Monmouth Park

    June 26, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Drawing Away Stable's Dedicated to Bob took the lead in the middle of the stretch and scored a neck-length victory over Golden Story on Friday in the ,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park.Ridden by Carlos Olivero, Dedicated to Bob covered the five furlongs on the turf in 55 3/5 seconds. The 5-year-old horse paid .20, .60 and .80 in winning for the fourth time in 19 career starts.

  • Lubash wins 3-horse Belmont feature

    June 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Lubash, the 1-5 favorite, beat two rivals Friday in the ,500 allowance feature on the turf for New York breds at Belmont Park.The 8-year-old trained by Christophe Clement pushed his career earnings over .1 million with his 14th win in 42 career starts.

  • Long shot Kung Fu Mambo wins US debut at Santa Anita

    June 25, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Kung Fu Mambo won his U.S. debut by 4 1/4 lengths Thursday at Santa Anita after a 2 1/2-year layoff.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Kung Fu Mambo ran one mile in 1:34.94 and paid .20, .60 and .60 at 15-1 odds.Desert Dynamo returned .40 and .40, while Solid Wager was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid .80 to show. Peter Miller trains the winner and the third-place finisher.

  • Carameaway wins Belmont feature

    June 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Carameaway led all the way Thursday to easily win the ,000 allowance feature for New York bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park.The 5-year-old boldly cut the corner turning for home, opening a five-length advantage on the field. The even-money favorite cruised to a 3 1/4-length victory over Unbelievable Dream, who rallied from last in the six-horse field.

  • Looking ahead to Breeders' Cup Classic with American Pharoah

    June 25, 2015

    Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Then again, let's.The Breeders' Cup is just more than four months away, and if Triple Crown winner American Pharoah shows up for the million Classic as planned, the race could turn into one of the biggest celebrations in the sport's history.

  • Lady Cecil to quit as horse-racing trainer, sell stables

    June 25, 2015

    NEWMARKET, England (AP) One of the most famous names in British horse racing will disappear at the end of the season, after the wife of the late Henry Cecil announced plans to retire as a trainer and sell her stables.Jane Cecil has held the trainer's license at Warren Place stables in Newmarket since the death of her husband in June 2013.

  • Hot Stones wins Belmont feature

    June 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Hot Stones rolled to a three-length victory over Catch My Drift on Wednesday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.The 5-year-old New York bred trained by Bruce Levine improved to 7 for 16. John Velazquez was aboard for the mile in 1:35.42 over the fast track.

  • Saratoga's 147th meet looms in July; includes 6 Grade 1s

    June 22, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Saratoga Race Course kicks off its 147th season in just over four weeks, and the 40-day meet will include 69 stakes worth a record .7 million in purses.Racing begins July 24 and runs through Labor Day with Tuesdays dark.A pair of graded stakes races highlight opening day, the Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies and the Lake George for 3-year-old turf fillies, and as usual the Travers Stakes on Aug. 29 will take center stage.

  • Triple Crown stars still riding high 2 weeks after Belmont

    June 21, 2015

    The party's still on for the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years - and the owner, trainer and jockey. Since American Pharoah completed his sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the past few weeks have turned into a whirlwind of TV appearances, first pitches and victory celebrations for owner Ahmed Zayat, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza.

  • Stellar Wind wins 0,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita

    June 20, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Stellar Wind won the 0,000 Summertime Oaks by a nose under Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza on Saturday at Santa Anita.The 3-year-old daughter of Curlin ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.53 to remain undefeated in three starts at the track. Stellar Wind paid .80, .20 and .10 as the heavy 2-5 favorite. She was coming off a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks on May 1.

  • Keep Crossing pulls away in stretch to win Monmouth feature

    June 20, 2015

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Keep Crossing pulled away in the stretch to win the ,000 Red Cross Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, beating Disco Chick by three lengths.Trained by J. Larry Jones and ridden by Gabriel Saez, the 4-year-old filly ran the six furlongs over a fast track in 1:10 and returned , .60 and .20. It was fourth win in 11 career starts for Keep Crossing, who has earned 5,120.

  • Triple Crown winner Victor Espinoza returns to riding

    June 20, 2015

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza returned to riding at Santa Anita after a whirlwind of appearances since winning the Belmont Stakes aboard American Pharoah to complete the sport's first Triple Crown victory since 1978.

  • Dame Dorothy wins Belmont's Bed o' Roses Handicap

    June 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Dame Dorothy, owned by celebrity chef Bobby Flay and named after his mother, won the 0,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap for fillies and mares on Saturday at Belmont Park.The flow of the race changed when expected pacesetter Room for Me started poorly. So jockey Javier Castellano changed tactics, and sent Dame Dorothy to the lead.

  • Undrafted gives NFL player Wes Welker a Royal Ascot winner

    June 20, 2015

    ASCOT, England (AP) Undrafted, owned by NFL player Wes Welker, won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on the final day Saturday.Welker, a former wide receiver for the Denver Broncos who is a free agent, named the horse after his status in the 2004 draft when he was not selected.

  • Undrafted gives US trainer Wesley Ward a Royal Ascot winner

    August 28, 2016

    ASCOT, England (AP) Undrafted won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes for American trainer Wesley Ward in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, the feature race on the final day Saturday of Royal Ascot.Ward has won juvenile events at the prestigious meeting west of London but Undrafted gave him a first Group One win in England.

  • Filly Honey Ride wins feature at Santa Anita

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Honey Ride took command midway around the far turn and went on to a 4 1/2-length victory in the ,000 feature Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Honey Ride ran a mile in 1:35.93 and paid .20, .20 and .20. She is bred and owned by Jerry and Ann Moss.

  • Liam's Map wins Belmont feature

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Liam's Map easily defeated three rivals in his season debut, the ,500 allowance feature Friday at Belmont Park.The gray 4-year-old extended his winning streak to four with a front-running victory. Liam's Map was fastest out of the gate, setting the pace with Confrontation second. Liam's Map sprinted clear at the top of the stretch, opening up by four lengths. Jockey Javier Castellano geared the colt down for the final furlong for an unchallenged 1 3-4 length victory.

  • Jockey Ryan Moore claims record 9th winner at Royal Ascot

    August 28, 2016

    ASCOT, England (AP) Jockey Ryan Moore rode a record ninth winner of this year's Royal Ascot meeting on Friday on board Aloft in the Queen's Vase.The Aidan O'Brien-trained 3-year-old was the 5-2 favorite and beat Tommy Docc by half a length.''It was a very messy race, I was slowly away and in a bad position and having to pick my way, he was a bit rusty all the way round,'' Moore said. ''He's a fair horse this fellow. He's open to all sorts of improvement, it's his first run of the year and you wouldn't know where he could end up.

  • Ervedya wins Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot

    August 28, 2016

    ASCOT, England (AP) Christophe Soumillon timed his challenge well as Ervedya produced a late surge to win Friday's Coronation Stakes, the feature race on day four of Royal Ascot.The 3-1 shot beat 13-8 favorite Found by a neck, denying jockey Ryan Moore a record ninth win of the meeting. Lucida, another 3-1 shot, was half a length away in third.

  • Bob Baffert-trained Caminetto wins Santa Anita feature

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Caminetto wore down 8-5 favorite Cherubim to win the ,000 feature by a head Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Caminetto ran six furlongs in 1:08.87 and returned .40, .40 and .80.Cherubim returned .20 and .40, while Heir of Storm was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third and paid .80 to show.

  • Catron wins Belmont Park feature

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Catron overcame rivals in the stretch and rallied up the fence Thursday to win the ,000 allowance feature at Belmont Park.The 5-year-old, making his season debut for trainer Todd Pletcher, needed room turning for home after a rail-hugging trip. When an opening materialized, Catron shot through the opening for his second straight win, and fourth in six races overall.

  • Trip To Paris wins Gold Cup on 3rd day of Royal Ascot

    August 28, 2016

    ASCOT, England (AP) Trip To Paris made a late charge for glory to win the showpiece Gold Cup on the third day of Royal Ascot on Thursday.The 12-1 shot, with Grand National-winning jockey Graham Lee on board, finished powerfully against the far rail and got up to beat Kingfisher by a length and a quarter.

  • Triple Crown winner American Pharoah returns to California

    August 28, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was initially hesitant to leave Churchill Downs before returning to California and prepare for the next phase of his racing career.The bay colt had been based at Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's Barn 33 on the track's backside since mid-April before starting his historic quest toward becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since 1978. A small group of fans and media said goodbye to American Pharoah as he boarded a transport van around 7:25 a.m. Thursday for a flight back to Santa Anita.

  • Ticking Katie wins Belmont feature

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ticking Katie overcame a stumble at the start Wednesday to win her U.S. debut, an ,300 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.The Ireland-bred 4-year-old settled in the rear of the five-horse pack following the early miscue. Luis Saez swung her four wide turning for home and she relentlessly wore down the pacesetting Dido for a half-length victory.

  • Free Eagle wins Prince of Wales' Stakes at Royal Ascot

    August 28, 2016

    ASCOT, England (AP) Free Eagle held off The Grey Gatsby's late threat to win the Prince of Wales' Stakes, the feature race on day two of the Royal Ascot meeting on Wednesday.Despite being off the track since finishing third in the Champion Stakes in October, Free Eagle was the 5-2 favorite for trainer Dermot Weld.

  • Gleneagles wins St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot

    August 28, 2016

    ASCOT, England (AP) Gleneagles surged to victory by two-and-a-half lengths in the St. James's Palace Stakes, the feature race of the opening day of Royal Ascot on Tuesday, one of three wins for jockey Ryan Moore.Race outsider Latharnach was second and Consort, ridden by Frankie Dettori, finished third in the showcase event.

  • California Chrome foot injury rules him out of Royal Ascot

    August 28, 2016

    LONDON (AP) California Chrome was ruled out of the Prince of Wales' Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday by a bruised foot.The Art Sherman-trained 4-year-old, winner of the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, was due to race on Wednesday until the bruise was discovered on Monday.

  • California Chrome could miss Royal Ascot due to foot injury

    August 28, 2016

    LONDON (AP) California Chrome, the 2014 Kentucky Derby winner, could miss Royal Ascot with a bruised foot.The Art Sherman-trained 4-year-old colt was due to race in the Prince of Wales' Stakes at the prestigious meeting near London on Wednesday.''He is not ruled out yet, but he has a bruised foot,'' trainer Rae Guest said Monday. ''Unless it is OK in the morning, which is doubtful, he won't go to Ascot.

  • Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line has foot injury

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Firing Line, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby, will miss the 0,000 Los Alamitos Derby next month because of a sore right front foot.The colt was beaten by a length in the Kentucky Derby by winner American Pharaoh, the closest any horse came to the Triple Crown champion in the Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

  • Amaranth wins Desert Stormer in an upset at Santa Anita

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Amaranth led all the way to win the ,000 Desert Stormer Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths in a huge upset Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by William Antongeorgi, 43-1 shot Amaranth ran six furlongs in 1:09.42 and paid .40, .40 and .60.Wasted At Midnight returned .40 and , while Sam's Sister was another neck back in third and paid .40 to show.

  • Celestine wins Belmont's Wild Applause Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Celestine got her fourth straight win Sunday, edging Partisan Politics by a nose in the 0,000 Wild Applause Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Belmont Park.It was the deepest field she had faced, producing the tightest margin of the winning streak.

  • Noble Bird wins Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs

    August 28, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Long shot Noble Bird overtook Paganol in the far turn and held off favorite Lea by a neck to win the 0,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday night.The winner earned an automatic berth in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland in Lexington.

  • Talco wins Shoemaker Mile by half-length at Santa Anita

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Talco angled off the rail turning for home and outsprinted even-money favorite Midnight Storm to win the 0,000 Shoemaker Mile by a half-length Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, 13-1 shot Talco ran the distance in 1:35.00 and paid .40, and .20. The France-bred 4-year-old colt was last with a quarter-mile to go before rallying.

  • Triple Crown winner American Pharoah takes parade lap

    August 28, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Other than fidgeting briefly in the same Churchill Downs paddock where he prepped for the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah was his usual cool self during his victory lap for the Triple Crown.On the other hand, owner Ahmed Zayat and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert could barely contain themselves during a celebration Saturday night that included an estimated 30,000 supporters who couldn't get enough of the bay colt.

  • Freestyler rallies late to win Monmouth Park feature

    August 28, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Freestyler overtook Congenial to win by a neck in the ,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Saturday.Ridden by Daniel Centeno and trained by Bruce Alexander, the 5-year-old gelding ran the 1 mile, 70 yards over a fast track in 1:41 and paid , .60, and .60 in posting his third straight win.

  • King Kreesa wins Belmont's Poker Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) King Kreesa led all the way to pull a 17-1 upset Saturday in the 0,000 Poker Stakes on the turf at Belmont Park.It was a generous price on a horse that won this race in 2013 using the same tactics.The 6-year-old gelding and jockey Jose Ortiz got the early jump on the field and had enough left to hold off Vyjack by three quarters of a length.

  • Kulik Lodge wins Santa Anita feature by a nose

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Kulik Lodge returned from an eight-month layoff to win the ,000 feature by a nose Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Kulik Lodge ran one mile on turf in 1:37.98 and paid .60, .40 and .Twentytwentyvision returned .80 and .60 as the 9-5 favorite, while Global View was another three-quarter of a length back in third and paid to show.

  • Eyeful wins Belmont feature

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Eyeful rallied to beat Hillhouse High by 1 1/2 lengths on Friday to win her season debut, the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.The 4-year-old ridden Jose Lezcano gave trainer Graham Motion his first victory at the meet. The time was 1:20.87 for the 7 furlongs as she improved to 3 for 9.

  • World's fastest harness horse and key sire Cambest dies

    August 28, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) No harness horse ever covered a mile faster than Cambest, earning him a place in racing royalty that continued during his second career: siring another generation of top Standardbreds in Kentucky horse country.Cambest died this week at Walnut Hall Ltd., the Lexington farm where he spent more than 20 years in leisure and stud duties after a distinguished four-year racing career. The horse was 27 when he died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack, said Alan Leavitt, the farm's president and general manager.

  • World's fastest harness horse and key sire dies

    August 28, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) The world's fastest harness horse - a stud who sired offspring that went on to earn 4 million in their own races - has died on a Lexington farm where he retired more than 20 years ago.After a four-year racing career, Cambest moved to Walnut Hall Ltd. Farm in 1994 for his stud retirement.

  • World's fastest pacing harness horse dies on Kentucky farm

    August 28, 2016

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) The world's fastest pacing harness horse has died on a Lexington farm.A statement from Walnut Hall Ltd. says Cambest died Wednesday at the age of 27. On Aug. 16, 1993, Cambest became the fastest Standardbred in history when he paced a mile in one minute, 46.2 seconds in a time trial at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The record stands today.

  • Triple Crown winner American Pharoah jogs at Churchill Downs

    August 28, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) American Pharoah looked strong and fresh in his first exercise as a Triple Crown champion before meeting a veterinarian who has seen six of his brethren.After several days of walking around Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's Barn 33, the bay colt returned to the dirt Friday morning for a clockwise jog before reporters and adoring fans as the sun rose over Churchill Downs.

  • Baruta wins turf feature at Santa Anita

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Baruta won the ,000 feature for fillies and mares by a half-length Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Baruta ran 6 1/2 furlongs on turf in 1:14.65 and paid , and .20 as the 2-1 favorite in the field of seven.Rattataptap returned and .10, while Kool Kat was another length back in third and paid .80 to show.

  • Maura's Pass wins Belmont feature

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Maura's Pass extended her winning streak to two, holding off Where's the Risk by a length Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature for New York bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park.Maura's Pass and jockey Rajiv Maragh took charge at the top of the lane and withstood the late charge from Where's the Risk, who rallied from last.

  • Blacktype wins Belmont feature

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Blacktype swept past the field on Wednesday to win the ,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park.The trailer in the six-horse field for most of the race, Blacktype rallied down the center for his fourth win in 14 starts. The 4-year-old brown gelding was trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr.

  • Baffert planning to get Triple Crown winner to Breeders' Cup

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Bob Baffert's phone is ringing with calls from racetracks eager to have the trainer bring Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to their places.It appears the early leaders in the sweepstakes are Monmouth Park in New Jersey and Saratoga in upstate New York.

  • Triple Crown trainer Bob Baffert tosses 1st pitch at Dodgers

    August 28, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Bob Baffert took a victory lap at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night, tossing out the ceremonial first pitch in celebration of American Pharoah's Triple Crown victory.The white-haired trainer wore a No. 12 Dodgers jersey with his name on the back and brought his 10-year-old son Bode to the mound. Baffert's throw to the plate was high and away, but catcher A.J. Ellis snagged it. American Pharoah became the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown last Saturday in New York.

  • Saratoga hopes for American Pharoah, other tracks in the mix

    August 28, 2016

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) In a place where images of horses appear on everything from T-shirts to public artwork, the prospect of the first Triple Crown winner in two generations racing at Saratoga Race Course this summer has the locals in an American Pharoah frame of mind.

  • Most win bets on American Pharoah in Belmont uncashed

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Souvenirs, everyone?A ticket on American Pharoah to win the Belmont Stakes may be worth a lot more money later than now. Or, people are hanging on to their own little piece of horse racing history.Or selling them online.Two days after American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, more than 95 percent of those who spent two bucks on win tickets have yet to cash them in.

  • American Pharoah owners racing to capitalize on champ's name

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah's owners and thoroughbred racing now have a new race to run: A race to capitalize on the horse's Triple Crown victory before the excitement fades away.As the first winner of the sport's Triple Crown in 37 years, American Pharoah has a wealth of marketing opportunities that could never have been imagined by owners of the last winner, Affirmed, in 1978. At the same time, horse racing has declined into a niche pastime that is facing an aging demographic, a shrinking number of race tracks, and competition from new ways of betting on sports.

  • Triple Crown winner burned up last quarter-mile in Belmont

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) 24.32 seconds.With a final quarter-mile dash to the finish even faster than Secretariat, American Pharoah ran into Triple Crown history with a dazzling display of speed and endurance in the Belmont Stakes.Triple Crown winner Secretariat may have taken the 1973 Belmont by a record 31 lengths and in a record time of 2:24, but American Pharoah was faster to the finish over the final 440 yards. Big Red took 25 seconds; American Pharoah was .68 seconds quicker.

  • Triple Threat wins Monmouth Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Triple Threat won his U.S. debut for his fourth win in 14 starts, edging Middleburg by a nose Sunday in the 5,000 Monmouth Stakes.The French-bred 5-year-old is trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for the owner-breeders: Team Valor International and Gary Barber.

  • Monmouth Park pins hopes on American Pharoah

    August 28, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Monmouth Park officials hope to lure Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to the million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2.''It would be the biggest day in the history of Monmouth Park and New Jersey racing,'' Monmouth president Bob Kulina said Sunday.

  • Orino wins Belmont feature

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Orino held off English Minister by a head on Sunday to win the ,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park.Apprentice jockey Eric Cancel guided the 5-year-old gelding to the front-running victory. Owned and trained by H. James Bond, Orino paid .60, .80 and .20 for the 9-1 upset.

  • Bob Baffert wins 0,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Gimme Da Lute won the 0,000 Affirmed Stakes for 3-year-olds by a half-length Sunday for Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Gimme Da Lute ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.40 and paid .20 and .20 as the 7-2 second choice.

  • Kentucky begins party planning for new racing king

    August 28, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Police escorts guided American Pharoah and his entourage back home to Churchill Downs on Sunday, hours after his stunningly smooth run into Triple Crown history.Now, his victory lap begins.At the headquarters of American horse racing, Churchill Downs' famous twin spires are displaying Zayat Stables' turquoise and gold colors all week to celebrate the first Triple Crown in 37 years. The Kentucky Derby museum quickly updated a display to reflect the historic achievement, and American Pharoah's name was added in gold letters in the paddock with 11 previous champions.

  • Triple Crown winner to get rest, then race again

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A hero's welcome greeted Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in Kentucky on Sunday, the first of many such receptions expected for the sporting world's newest superstar.The 3-year-old colt has more racing in his future, along with an avalanche of publicity and money-making opportunities after pulling off the first sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 37 years.

  • Triple Crown winner American Pharoah quietly returns home

    August 28, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Triple Crown champion American Pharoah quietly returned home to Churchill Downs as he prepared for boisterous celebrations 37 years in the making.Less than 24 hours after winning the Belmont Stakes to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since 1978, the bay colt received the VIP treatment upon his return to Louisville. Police escorted American Pharoah's transport van from the adjacent airport to trainer Bob Baffert's Barn 33, and the horse was cheered like a rock star by hundreds of fans as his entrance was broadcast over the jumbo screen overlooking the storied track.

  • Triple Crown winner headed home to Kentucky

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah was basking in the glory of his Triple Crown triumph before boarding a plane to Kentucky for a royal homecoming.His human handlers are still trying to wrap their heads around the first sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 37 years.

  • Triple Crown win draws big TV rating, but not biggest

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah's historic Triple Crown win drew the third-best preliminary television rating for the Belmont Stakes since that started being measured in 1988.With the competition over so quickly, horse racing doesn't benefit from a dramatic contest in the way other sports do. The race portion of NBC's broadcast Saturday ran from 6:15-7:15 p.m. EDT, so only the final third of it came after American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

  • Owner: Plans are in works for American Pharoah's next start

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The owner of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah says plans are under way for his champion to race again this year.Which race the horse will compete in next is still up in the air.Ahmed Zayat said Sunday morning he wants the fans ''to still enjoy something,'' and he's leaving it up to trainer Bob Baffert to map out a schedule.

  • American Pharoah shows winning Triple Crown is possible

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah proved it's not impossible to win the Triple Crown.Sure, 37 years had passed since Affirmed swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. And lots of people didn't dare get their hopes up for another Triple Crown winner after 13 other horses since then had their tries go awry at Belmont Park.

  • Espinoza never doubted American Pharoah in Triple Crown run

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Victor Espinoza called it ''the best feeling I ever had,'' and American Pharoah was only through the first turn.A tad slow out of the gate at the Belmont Stakes, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner seemed to glide to the lead in just two strides. This wasn't War Emblem, who stumbled at the start and never recovered in 2002. Nor was it California Chrome, who didn't have anything left by last year's Belmont.

  • The Latest: Party on to honor American Pharoah

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Triple Crown celebration is on.Now that American Pharoah is a Triple Crown winner, the party-planning is under way.The 3-year-old colt is back in his barn at Belmont Park for the night, but it's off to Louisville, Kentucky, in the morning. When he arrives at the airport, he will receive a police escort back to trainer Bob Baffert's Barn 33.

  • Honor Code impresses in Met Mile

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Honor Code was the second most impressive performer on Belmont Stakes Day, posting a three-length victory in the .25 million Metropolitan Handicap.The star of afternoon was American Pharoah with his front-running Belmont win for the Triple Crown.

  • Honor Code impresses in Met Mile on Belmont undercard

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Honor Code was the second-most impressive performer on Belmont Stakes Day, posting a three-length victory in the .25 million Metropolitan Handicap.The star Saturday afternoon was American Pharoah and his front-running Belmont win to capture the Triple Crown.

  • At Belmont and beyond, fans celebrate American Pharoah's win

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) From Belmont Park to Fenway Park and far beyond, it was a party that horse racing had been waiting to throw for 37 years.All over, there were cheers as American Pharoah galloped away Saturday with the Triple Crown fans had craved for almost four decades.

  • Excited, orderly crowd leaves Belmont after Pharoah win

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Fans who witnessed American Pharoah's historic Triple Crown championship left Belmont Park on Saturday without major traffic jams, backups or overcrowded platforms.After more than 100,000 fans last year suffered through long lines on trains and at betting windows and bathrooms, officials capped the number of tickets at 90,000 this year, planned a post-race concert to keep attendees at the racetrack and added longer, 10-car trains to transport spectators home.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: American Pharoah's historic day at Belmont

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Every chance, they came, in the hopes of seeing history. And every time, they were disappointed.Not this time.The 90,000 spectators at Belmont Park Saturday got what they had been waiting for: the first Triple Crown in 37 years.In the park, racing's elite and casual fans celebrated American Pharoah's achievement together. Penny Chenery, the owner of the 1973 Triple Crown champion horse Secretariat, was there. Billy Turner, Seattle Slew's trainer, signed autographs.

  • The keys to American Pharoah's ride to Triple Crown history

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah made his own luck in winning the Belmont Stakes, ending the 37-year Triple Crown drought.The colt with the short tail forced the issue right at the start and set the pace for the entire 1 1/2 mile lap around the Belmont Park oval.

  • Quotes from Belmont after American Pharoah wins Triple Crown

    August 28, 2016

    Reaction to American Pharoah winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978:---''It's very emotional. I'm thinking about my parents, I wish they were alive to see this. I was hoping it would happen. I didn't know how good it was going to feel. Now I know. They were with me today. I was talking to them the whole race.'' - Bob Baffert, American Pharoah's trainer.

  • Roaring, jubilant fans celebrate American Pharoah Triple win

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) It was a party racing has been waiting 37 years to throw.Jubilant fans cheered on American Pharoah Saturday as he pulled ahead down the final stretch, jumping and hugging as the bay colt crossed the finish line and rode into history with the Triple Crown spectators have waited more than three decades to witness again.

  • American Pharoah runs into history with Triple Crown

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) By mid-stretch, Bob Baffert knew it. American Pharoah was going to win the Triple Crown.He took his eyes off the horse to soak in the crazed scene of the packed grandstand. Fans jumped up and down, hugged, and tossed drinks in the air.

  • American Pharoah gives Zayat biggest prize in racing

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Triple Crown Trophy that went unclaimed for nearly four decades was in the firm grasp of American Pharoah's owner, Ahmed Zayat.''This is for the sport,'' he proclaimed after his brilliant colt won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. ''Thirty-seven years! This is for all of you.''

  • The Latest: It's a Triple Crown for American Pharoah

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) At long last, a Triple Crown!American Pharoah ended a record 37-year drought without a Triple Crown winner by soaring to victory in the Belmont Stakes on a historic Saturday in front of 90,000 cheering fans.The brilliant 3-year-old colt seized the lead from the start and fought off every one of his seven challengers, and made no doubt he was worthy of Triple Crown glory by refusing to wilt in the final quarter-mile of the 1 1/2-mile ''Test of the Champion.''

  • American Pharoah becomes 1st Triple Crown winner in 37 years

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) At long last, the Triple Crown drought is over.American Pharoah led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths on Saturday, becoming the first horse in 37 years to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes - one of the sporting world's rarest feats.

  • 4-year-old colt is euthanized after Belmont injury

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A 4-year-old colt was euthanized Saturday after breaking a bone in his left front foot in the Jaipur Invitational at Belmont Park.The race was one of several stakes on the undercard of the Belmont Stakes.According the New York Racing Association, Helwan was pulled up with about 3 1/2 furlongs to go in the six-furlong race on the turf with the injury. He was euthanized on the track, behind a screen to keep the tens of thousands of fans from viewing the scene.

  • The Latest: Jersey Boys tune up crowd before Belmont Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah will try to win the Triple Crown on Saturday, when he takes on seven rivals in the Belmont Stakes. Here's what's going on at and around the track in the hours leading up to the race, scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m. EDT:

  • The Latest: Honor Code takes Met Mile on Belmont undercard

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah will try to win the Triple Crown on Saturday, when he takes on seven rivals in the Belmont Stakes. Here's what's going on at and around the track in the hours leading up to the race, scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m. EDT:

  • Patriots Rule wins Crystal Water Stakes at Santa Anita

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Patriots Rule won the 0,000 Crystal Water Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Fernando Perez, Patriots Rule ran one mile on turf in 1:36.83 and paid , .80 and .40 at 8-1 odds.Awesome Return returned and , while Weewinnin was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid to show.

  • The Latest: Traffic flowing well in buildup to Belmont

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah will try to win the Triple Crown on Saturday, when he takes on seven rivals in the Belmont Stakes. Here's what's going on at and around the track in the hours leading up to the race, scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m. EDT:

  • The Latest: Updating odds for Belmont Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah will try to win the Triple Crown on Saturday, when he takes on seven rivals in the Belmont Stakes. Here's what's going on at and around the track in the hours leading up to the race, scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m. EDT:

  • The Latest: Horse euthanized after breakdown in 4th race

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah will try to win the Triple Crown on Saturday, when he takes on seven rivals in the Belmont Stakes. Here's what's going on at and around the track in the hours leading up to the race, scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m. EDT:

  • THE LATEST: Baffert jokes he's reason for Triple drought

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah will try to win the Triple Crown on Saturday, when he takes on seven rivals in the Belmont Stakes. Here's what's going on at and around the track in the hours leading up to the race, scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m. EDT:

  • Smaller crowd on hand to watch American Pharoah's Triple try

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) If American Pharoah becomes the first Triple Crown champion in 37 years, it won't be before a record-setting crowd.A sellout crowd of 90,000 was streaming into Belmont Park early Saturday. Track officials put an attendance cap on this year's event after traffic, troubled trains and sold-out concession stands created chaos last year.

  • THE LATEST: Horse injured at Belmont Park in race 4

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah will try to win the Triple Crown on Saturday, when he takes on seven rivals in the Belmont Stakes. Here's what's going on and around the track in the hours leading up to the race, scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m. EDT:---

  • THE LATEST: Sellout for Belmont Stakes at 90K, but no record

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah will try to win the Triple Crown on Saturday, when he takes on seven rivals in the Belmont Stakes. Here's what's going on and around the track in the hours leading up to the race, scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m. EDT:---

  • THE LATEST: Sun starting to shine on Belmont

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah will try to win the Triple Crown on Saturday, when he takes on seven rivals in the Belmont Stakes. Here's what's going on and around the track in the hours leading up to the race, scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m. EDT:---

  • Dettori rides Golden Horn to victory at English Derby

    August 28, 2016

    EPSOM, England (AP) Frankie Dettori won the 236th English Derby on 13-8 favorite Golden Horn by 3 1/2 lengths on Saturday in Britain's richest and biggest flat race.Watched by 125,000, including Queen Elizabeth II, the Italian jockey settled Golden Horn toward the rear of the 12-strong field on a good to firm course.

  • THE LATEST: Gov. Cuomo cancels trip to Belmont Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah will try to win the Triple Crown on Saturday, when he takes on seven rivals in the Belmont Stakes. Here's what's going on and around the track in the hours leading up to the race, scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m. EDT:---

  • THE LATEST: It's Belmont day! American Pharoah's Triple try

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah will try to win the Triple Crown on Sunday, when he takes on seven rivals in the Belmont Stakes. Here's what's going on at the track in the hours leading up to the race, scheduled to start at 6:50 p.m. EDT:---11:25 a.m.

  • Diamond Stilettos wins turf feature at Santa Anita

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Diamond Stilettos won the ,000 feature by a half-length Friday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Diamond Stilettos ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:51.55 and paid .40, and at 6-1 odds.Royal Temptress returned .60 and .10, while One More was another head back in third and paid .20 to show. Doug O'Neill trains the first and third-place finishers.

  • Cocked and Loaded wins Belmont's Tremont Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Cocked and Loaded rallied to beat Paynes Prairie by a half-length Friday in the 118th running of the 0,000 Tremont Stakes for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park.The Tremont was one of the featured events on the second day of the Belmont Stakes Festival that culminates Saturday with American Pharoah's Triple Crown bid.

  • Yay or neigh: Would a Triple Crown help or hurt racing?

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Will the long, long wait finally end in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday?If it does, and American Pharoah becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, it may not be enough to help the troubled sport of horse racing stay relevant.''It would be a shot in the arm for racing,'' says Tom Hammond, who hosts NBC's horse racing coverage. ''But racing does have many problems, and a Triple Crown winner is not going to solve all those problems.''

  • Column: Triple Crown should remain toughest feat in sports

    August 28, 2016

    Imagine Usain Bolt having to beat a bunch of well-rested runners in every heat to capture an Olympic gold medal.Or Serena Williams competing in the French Open final against a rival who didn't bother playing in the quarters or semifinals.Now you have an idea of what American Pharoah is trying to accomplish in the Belmont Stakes.

  • Things to know for Triple Crown try in Belmont Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Triple Crown trail ends with the Belmont Stakes, and it's finished in heartbreak for 13 horses whose Triple tries were foiled since 1979.That year Spectacular Bid stepped on a safety pin in his barn and came up short in the Belmont. Big Brown didn't finish the grueling race in 2008; and I'll Have Another was scratched the day before with a leg injury in 2012.

  • American Pharoah gallops for final time before Belmont

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah took a final gallop around Belmont Park on Friday before he attempts to win the Belmont Stakes and become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner looked fresh and ready for his morning run but was held to an easy lap around the 1 1/2-mile oval by exercise rider Jorge Alvarez. Trainer Bob Baffert watched from well past the finish line.

  • Quips and tips and what it takes to win the Belmont Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Remain calm.That is the advice of Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. when it comes to riding in the Belmont Stakes.Winning? That's another story: Cordero won the 1976 Belmont aboard Bold Forbes, and finished his career 1-for-21, including views from back in the field when Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed won their Triple Crowns in the 1970s.

  • Footstepsinbronze wins Santa Anita feature

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Footstepsinbronze won the ,000 The Dream Team feature by 1 1/4 lengths Thursday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Footstepsinbronze ran one mile on turf in 1:37.94 and paid .20, .40 and .60 as the 2-1 favorite.Jules Journey returned .60 and , while Texas Ryano was another neck back in third and paid .80 to show.

  • 8,000 tickets remain for Belmont Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Approximately 8,000 general admission tickets remain for American Pharoah's Triple Crown quest Saturday in the Belmont Stakes.The New York Racing Association implemented several new policies this year. The crowd will be capped at 90,000, well below the record of 120,139 for Smarty Jones's failed Triple Crown bid in 2004.

  • Distance, rivals challenge American Pharoah's Triple try

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) All that separates American Pharoah from ending the longest drought in horse racing history - 37 years without a Triple Crown winner - is 1 1/2 miles and seven rivals determined to make him earn a victory in the Belmont Stakes.Twelve horses before him have tried to complete the sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont and failed since 1978. Now it's American Pharoah's turn Saturday.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: American Pharoah's path to Triple Crown try

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah could make racing history Saturday if the horse becomes the first since 1978 to capture a Triple Crown.The product of sire Pioneerof the Nile and dam Littleprincessemma, he has a backstory full of quirks.His tail is short because it was chewed off by another horse in a barn. He's worn cotton and ear plugs because he's sensitive to sound. That misspelled moniker? It's there for keeps, because it wasn't noticed until too late.

  • Moment Is Now wins Belmont's Astoria Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Moment Is Right repelled a stretch challenge from Decked Out to win the 7,500 Astoria Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Thursday at Belmont Park.The 104th running of the Astoria kicked off the Belmont Stakes Festival, three days of stakes races that culminate with American Pharoah's Triple Crown bid on Saturday.

  • American Pharoah owner gets gambling suit dismissed

    August 28, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) A judge threw out a lawsuit over .65 million in gambling debts against the owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah on Thursday, clearing the issue days before the horse attempts to claim the first Triple Crown in 37 years.

  • American Pharoah gallops strongly at Belmont

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah picked up the training tempo Thursday morning as he prepares for the Triple Crown try in the Belmont Stakes.On Wednesday, the colt trained by Bob Baffert tested Belmont Park's sandy surface for the first time with a very leisurely jog around the 1 1/2-mile oval.

  • Longtime Baffert assistant relishing chance for Triple Crown

    August 28, 2016

    Jimmy Barnes' role as a member of Bob Baffert's team goes well beyond his job description of assistant trainer.Baffert treats his longtime assistant and friend more like a partner.Barnes has handled numerous media responsibilities around American Pharoah's bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Sure, he performs traditional assistant duties, like putting the prized colt through his paces. Baffert entrusted Barnes to manage American Pharoah's stay at Churchill Downs ahead of Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

  • Triple Crown contender American Pharoah has his quirks

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Like a lot of athletes, American Pharoah has his quirks.The brown colt is easy to pick out on the racetrack: he's the one with the shortest tail.American Pharoah will try to become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978 when he runs in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

  • NBC and NY Racing Association agree to long-term deal

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Belmont Stakes will be staying on NBC after the network and New York Racing Association reached a long-term agreement.The deal announced Wednesday extends the partnership that began in 2001. The network has televised the third leg of the Triple Crown series from 2001-05 and again from 2011 to this year.

  • Longtime Cuomo aide new leader of NY horse racing board

    August 28, 2016

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) An Albany insider with longstanding ties to the Cuomo family is taking control of the New York Racing Association after its chairman went on leave just days before its premier event, the Belmont Stakes.Michael Del Giudice, now the association's vice chairman, will lead the Association board following Chairman Anthony Bonomo's announcement Tuesday that he was stepping away from the job after his medical malpractice insurance company was linked to the corruption case against former state Senate Leader Dean Skelos.

  • At Belmont, a chance for another spoiler?

    August 28, 2016

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Sitting posture perfect, the first clue to how intense her emotions still get was the constant kneading of the tablecloth between her fragile fingers.Marylou Whitney, philanthropist, horse owner and socialite, was thinking back to one of the most spectacular Triple Crown upsets in history: her homebred Birdstone's victory over Smarty Jones in the 2004 Belmont Stakes.

  • Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah is Belmont favorite

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Bob Baffert and the rest of the group in charge of American Pharoah could smile and laugh Wednesday after the Triple Crown hopeful landed in the No. 5 post position for the Belmont Stakes.American Pharoah was made the early 3-5 favorite to win the Belmont and become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner and first in 37 years.

  • 'Monster' deal for American Pharoah

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Monster Energy drink has a new celebrity athlete endorsing the caffeinated beverage: Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah.In the days leading up to Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the colt will wear a blanket featuring the product logo. The owners, Zayat Stables, will wear sponsor hats and jockey Victory Espinoza will carry the company trademark on his collar during the race.

  • American Pharoah gets 1st look at Belmont Park

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Promptly at 8:45 a.m., American Pharoah got his first view of Belmont Park, the huge 1 1/2-mile oval on which he will attempt to give horse racing its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.The cameras clicked as the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner stepped onto the track.

  • NYRA board chairman taking leave of absence

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The chairman of the board of the New York Racing Association is taking a leave of absence following allegations that his company provided a ''no-show'' job to the son of former state Senate leader Dean Skelos.In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, Anthony Bonomo explained he didn't want ''recent events to distract from the ongoing work of the NYRA.'' The leave of absence is effective immediately.

  • American Pharoah owner named defendant in libel suit

    August 28, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The owner of Triple Crown contender American Pharoah is facing more legal troubles.Ahmed Zayat has been sued for libel based on comments he made recently regarding another lawsuit over gambling debts.Attorney J. Joseph Bainton filed the lawsuit in Newark Monday.

  • Retired jockey Rosie Napravnik gives birth to boy

    August 28, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Retired jockey Rosie Napravnik is a new mom.She gave birth to son Carson Wayne Sharp on Monday in Louisville, Kentucky. He weighed 6 pounds and 15 ounces. Both she and child are doing well, according to her husband, Joe Sharp.Napravnik stunned the horse racing world last October when she announced she would be retiring after winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff aboard Untapable while seven weeks pregnant. She quit after riding in the second day of the world championships at Santa Anita.

  • American Pharoah arrives in New York for Triple Crown try

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah arrived in New York on Tuesday to begin final preparations for this weekend's Belmont Stakes, in which the colt will try to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.After a flight from Louisville, Kentucky, and a van ride from an airport on Long Island, American Pharoah was quickly guided off the van in a steady rain and into Barn 1 at Belmont Park.

  • Wet track no problem for Tale of Verve in Belmont

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A wet track for the Belmont Stakes won't compromise Tale of Verve's bid to spoil the Triple Crown try by American Pharoah.The long-range forecast for Saturday calls for a 50 percent chance of showers. Both American Pharoah and Tale of Verve proved in the Preakness they can handle whatever nature throws at them.

  • American Pharoah owner paved path of bold bets

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ahmed Zayat boldly spends big bucks buying and betting on horses, and brags about how successful he's been at everything he's set out to accomplish.From buildings to beer to breeding, when Zayat becomes involved in business, he's going for the gusto. No glass half empty for him. He's all in, all the time, consumed at being the best.

  • Belmont Stakes field reduced to 8 horses

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Belmont Stakes field is down to eight after two horses dropped out.Trainer Todd Pletcher said Monday that Carpe Diem won't run Saturday when American Pharoah goes for the Triple Crown. Also, trainer Ken McPeek withdrew The Truth or Else.

  • Jockey Victor Espinoza taking 3rd aim at Triple Crown win

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Victor Espinoza is oozing confidence a year after his hopes of riding a Triple Crown winner were dashed in the Belmont Stakes.He is back with a record third chance at a Triple try, this time aboard American Pharoah, a colt many believe is poised to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978.

  • American Pharoah works out in morning showers at Churchill

    August 28, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) American Pharoah let morning showers roll right off him at Churchill Downs in his final workout before the Belmont Stakes and his shot at the Triple Crown.Trainer Bob Baffert said Monday that ''everything went really well'' after his colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20.

  • Lady Eli wins Wonder Again Stakes to remain unbeaten

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Lady Eli remained unbeaten with a half-length victory over Heath on Sunday in the 0,000 Wonder Again Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Belmont Park.Lady Eli improved to 5 for 5 for trainer Chad Brown, including a victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita last October. The latest win was a stiff test as she overcame a slow pace set by Pine Needles, and a traffic jam in the stretch to prevail as the 1-5 favorite.

  • Oliver's Tale wins Siren Lure Stakes at Santa Anita

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Oliver's Tale led all the way to win the ,000 Siren Lure Stakes by a nose Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Oliver's Tale ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:13.88 and paid , and .60 as the 3-2 favorite in the field of five.

  • More Than a Party scores easy win in Monmouth Park feature

    August 28, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) More Than a Party took the lead around the quarter pole and cruised to victory in the ,000 Open Mind Handicap at Monmouth Park on Sunday, beating Pinkout by two lengths.Ridden by Paco Lopez and trained by Eddie Broome, the 4-year-old filly ran six furlongs over a fast track in 1:10.16. It was the sixth win in 13 career starts for More Than a Party, boosting her earnings to 6,460.

  • Belmont shrinks crowd to ease race day chaos

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Big changes are coming to Belmont for American Pharoah's attempt to break a 37-year Triple Crown losing streak.One of them: a smaller crowd.Track managers put an attendance cap of 90,000 on the event after a chaotic experience last year. The 102,000 spectators who came to see California Chrome's triple try suffered through long lines at betting windows and bathrooms. Concession stands ran out of refreshments. Many spent hours jockeying for space on commuter trains or in jammed parking lots going home.

  • In The Arsenal wins Art Rooney Pace

    August 28, 2016

    YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) In The Arsenal won the Art Rooney Pace on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway, beating entrymate Betting Exchange by a head in the 0,000 race for 3-year-old colts.Driven by Brian Sears, In The Arsenal finished the mile in 1:51:2 and paid .50 to win.

  • Spanish Queen wins 0,000 American Oaks at Santa Anita

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Spanish Queen rallied three-wide turning for home to win the 0,000 American Oaks by three-quarters of a length Saturday at Santa Anita, stamping herself as one of the nation's top 3-year-old fillies.Ridden by Brice Blanc, Spanish Queen ran 1 1/4 miles on turf in 2:01.93 and paid .40, .60 and .10 as the heavy 3-5 favorite in the field of six.

  • Divisidero wins Belmont's Pennine Ridge Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Divisidero rallied to beat Takeover Target by a neck Saturday in the 0,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf at Belmont Park.After an awkward start when he brushed the gate, the colt trained by Buff Bradley settled into sixth before launching a five-wide bid turning for home. Divisidero shaded Takeover Target for his third win in four starts, all on grass.

  • Rain washes out Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint

    August 28, 2016

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) Rain washed out the 0,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint on Saturday.The track said no immediate decision has been made on rescheduling the Turf Sprint and the four other stakes races that were rained out.''The severe conditions forced us to halt the program for the safety of all concerned,'' said Steve Kuypers, vice president of Boyd Gaming.

  • Bolo wins feature on turf at Santa Anita

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Bolo won the ,000 feature by 2 3/4 lengths Friday at Santa Anita in his first race since finishing 12th in the Kentucky Derby on May 2.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Bolo ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:49.48 and paid .40, .20 and .10 as the 1-5 favorite.

  • Mylute wins comeback in Belmont feature

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Mylute overcame a hard bump at the start to capture his season debut Friday, the ,000 allowance feature at Belmont Park.Now a member of the Todd Pletcher barn, Mylute regrouped to beat Lucky Lotto by 2 1/4 lengths as the 4-5 favorite. He was trained by Tom Amoss in his previous races, including a third in the 2013 Preakness.

  • Triple Crown: A look at the close calls in Belmont Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) There have been 31 horses who entered the starting gate for the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win the Triple Crown.Eleven succeeded in sweeping the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont. Twenty came up short in the final leg for so many reasons: a stumble at the start, a questionable ride, exhaustion, even broken bones.

  • NY congressman wants uniform drug standards in horse racing

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A New York congressman plans to introduce a federal bill establishing uniform drug and medication standards in thoroughbred racing that would be overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and begin in 2017.Paul Tonko, an upstate Democrat whose district includes Saratoga Race Course, made the announcement in Washington on Friday.

  • NY congressman looking for uniform drug standards in racing

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A New York congressman says he will introduce a bill that would establish uniform drug and medication standards in thoroughbred racing, with an assist from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.Paul Tonko is a Democrat whose district includes Saratoga Race Course. He made the announcement in Washington on Friday.

  • Bob Baffert grows into racing's grateful elder statesman

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Bob Baffert came blasting into thoroughbred racing in Southern California talking smack. Wearing a cowboy hat and boots, he had already conquered the quarter horse world and was ready to take aim at the bigger money and prestige offered by training regally-bred thoroughbreds.

  • Baffert comes to defense of American Pharoah owner Zayat

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Trainer Bob Baffert says ''it's a shame'' that a lawsuit involving American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat has become an issue in the buildup to the Belmont Stakes next Saturday.Speaking on a national conference call Thursday, Baffert said some people are ''jealous'' of Zayat's good fortune of owning a Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner about to attempt to win the Triple Crown.

  • Artic North takes Belmont Park feature

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Artic North rallied up the rail to beat Global Strike by a half-length Thursday in the ,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park.Irad Ortiz Jr. guided the 2-1 favorite to his fourth win in 18 starts. The 6-year-old gelding trained by Patrick Reynolds ran the 1 1/2 miles in 2:26.12 on the firm course.

  • 9 likely challengers await American Pharoah in Belmont

    August 28, 2016

    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah figures to have nine challengers when he runs in the Belmont Stakes next week, trying to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.Seven of his expected rivals return from the Derby or the Preakness, while two others are new to the Triple Crown trail.

  • Past Triple Crown winners ready to welcome a new one

    August 28, 2016

    Steve Cauthen thinks it's long past time for a new horse to join the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners.The jockey who rode Affirmed to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1978 believes horse racing needs a victory by American Pharoah in the Belmont on June 6 to boost flagging interest in the sport.

  • American Pharoah gets 1st work in since winning Preakness

    August 28, 2016

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah's workout on Tuesday as he prepares for the Belmont Stakes and his attempt to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since 1978.The colt breezed four furlongs in :48 at Churchill Downs after Baffert and American Pharoah's regular exercise rider, jockey Martin Garcia, flew to Kentucky for the work. Jockey Victor Espinoza will again have the mount in the Belmont set for June 6.

  • Hard Not to Like wins 0,000 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Hard Not to Like moved into contention around the far turn and dug in for a neck victory in the 0,000 Gamely Stakes Monday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Hard Not to Like ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:49.87 and paid .20, .40 and .40.

  • Empire Dreams wins Belmont's Commentator Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Empire Dreams won the 0,000 Commentator Stakes, one of six stakes for New York breds comprising Big Apple Showcase Day on Monday at Belmont Park.A 4-year-old gelding trained by Tom Albertrani, Empire Dreams rallied from fifth to beat Readthebyline by three quarters of a length for his fourth win in 13 starts. The time was 1:35.42 for the mile on the fast track. He paid .20 to win.

  • Richard Mulhall, former trainer and racing manager, dies

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Richard Mulhall, a trainer who went on to manage the careers of 2001 Horse of the Year Point Given and 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem, died Monday. He was 76.Santa Anita publicity officials said Mulhall died at his home in Monrovia after a long illness.

  • Stiffed wins Monmouth Beach Stakes

    August 28, 2016

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Stiffed unleashed a furious stretch rally and beat favored Got Lucky by a half-length in the ,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.Trained by John Mazza, Stiffed was last on the backstretch before getting in gear and covering the mile and 70 yards in 1:41 1-5. Dismissed at the betting windows, the Gabriel Saez-ridden filly returned .60, .20 and .40 after scoring her second straight victory.

  • Ashleyluvssugar rallies to win Whittingham at Santa Anita

    August 28, 2016

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Ashleyluvssugar rallied to win the 0,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes for 3-year-olds by a half-length Sunday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Ashleyluvssugar ran 1 1/2 miles on turf in 2:30.10 and paid , .20 and .10 as the 1-2 favorite.

  • Room for Me takes Belmont feature

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Room for Me, the 1-5 favorite, was the pacesetting winner Sunday in the ,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.Cornelio Velasquez rode for trainer-owner David Jacobson as the 5-year-old beat Frivolity by 3 3/4 lengths for her seventh win in 15 starts.

  • Derby, Preakness winner gallops again; arrival in NY June 2

    August 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) American Pharoah is scheduled to arrive at Belmont Park on Tuesday, June 2, a day earlier than originally planned.The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner galloped 1 3/16 miles at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday.Assistant Jimmy Barnes said trainer Bob Baffert is scheduled to be at Churchill Downs on Tuesday to determine the workout routine for American Pharoah.

  • Neveradoubt rallies to win Snow Chief Stakes at Santa Anita

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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?

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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?

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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?

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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!

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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

    August 28, 2016

    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.