• New York June 7, 2019 8:18 pm

    Analysis: Belmont Pick is Tacticus, Aided by Bloodlines

    This is a Triple Crown season that will be remembered, though probably should be forgotten. Maximum Security was the winner of the Kentucky Derby for about 20 minutes, then got taken down over a claim of foul that will be debated forever. The Preakness was probably most notable for Bodexpress throwing jockey John Velazquez to the ground as they lurched...

  • Kentucky May 20, 2019 2:57 am

    Preakness Winner War of Will Likely to Run in Belmont

    Owner Gary Barber called trainer Mark Casse for the fourth time in 11 hours since War of Will won the Preakness. Only this time, Casse was in the middle of holding court with reporters the morning after his first Triple Crown victory. “All’s good and we’re going to the Belmont?” Casse said to Barber with a Cheshire cat grin. “I...

  • King May 19, 2019 1:22 am

    At Preakness, They're Playing ‘Musical Chairs' With Jockeys

    The jockey shuffle heading into the Preakness has a “musical chairs” feel to it. Of the 13 jockeys in Saturday’s race, nine who rode in the Kentucky Derby are aboard a different horse in the Preakness. Most notably, Hall of Famer Mike Smith is now riding favored Improbable with familiar trainer Bob Baffert, bumping Irad Ortiz to Bourbon War.

  • The Associated Press May 14, 2019 9:30 pm

    Maximum Security's Preakness Status Unclear After Derby Disqualification

    The next stop in the chase for the Triple Crown is the Preakness, though both Maximum Security and Country House remain noncommittal for the May 18 race following Maximum Security’s disqualification from the Kentucky Derby. Owner Gary West said Sunday he is unsure whether to enter Maximum Security in the Preakness as he ponders appealing the historic decision. West also...

  • The Associated Press May 5, 2019 11:32 am

    Kentucky Derby Surprise: Country House Wins After Maximum Security Disqualified

    Maximum Security had appeared to win the 145th Derby but officials ruled he interfered.

  • The Associated Press May 5, 2019 11:40 am

    Kentucky Derby Shocker: Country House Wins Via DQ

    Maximum Security led the Kentucky Derby every step of the way except for the last one — into the winner’s circle. The colt became the first winner disqualified for interference in the Derby’s 145-year history, leading to an agonizing wait and an eventual stunning reversal that made 65-1 shot Country House the winner Saturday. Country House finished second in the...

  • Kentucky May 5, 2018 12:19 pm

    Justify, Mendelssohn Top List of Leading Derby Contenders

    Trainers have called this year’s 20-horse field one of the deepest in a while, though the Run For The Roses might come down to five considered to have the best prospects over 1 1/4 miles at Churchill Downs.

  • Coach April 20, 2018 11:38 pm

    Audible Wins Florida Derby, Cementing Kentucky Derby Spot

    Audible ran away in the stretch to win the Grade 1 Florida Derby on Saturday, further cementing himself as a serious contender for the Kentucky Derby.

  • Kentucky April 20, 2018 8:35 pm

    Justify Wins Santa Anita Derby by 3½ Lengths for Baffert

    Justify vaulted into the role of probable Kentucky Derby favorite with a three-length victory over Bolt d’Oro in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday. Trained by Bob Baffert and winner of his three career starts by a combined 19 lengths, Justify had to finish first or second to earn enough qualifying points to run in the Derby on May 5.

  • New York May 3, 2018 6:07 am

    Irish War Cry Returns to Triple Crown as 7-2 Belmont Fave

    Irish War Cry is back on the Triple Crown trail as the 7-2 favorite for the Belmont Stakes....
    The colt claimed that status after expected favorite Classic Empire was forced out Wednesday because of an abscess in his right front hoof....
    No one was more surprised at the turn of events than trainer Graham Motion. He left his base in Fair Hill,...

  • Asher Klein May 3, 2018 6:07 am

    Preakness Draw: Always Dreaming, Classic Empire Are Neighbors

    The two best horses in the Preakness will be eyeball to eyeball coming out of the starting gate. There’s no avoiding each other for Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and rival Classic Empire.

  • energy May 3, 2018 6:07 am

    Always Dreaming Wins 143rd Kentucky Derby

    A trainer and jockey accustomed to success. A headstrong horse with a mind of its own. Together, they harnessed their collective talents to win the Kentucky Derby. Always Dreaming splashed through the slop for a 2 3/4-length victory Saturday, giving Todd Pletcher and rider John Velazquez their second victories in the race but their first together. The New York-based duo...

  • energy May 3, 2018 6:07 am

    Soggy Kentucky Derby Day Doesn't Dampen Party for Some Fans

    Danielle Bunker’s flowery hat drooped and rain dripped from her pink poncho as she settled into the waterlogged Churchill Downs infield, but she wasn’t going to let gloomy weather dampen her Kentucky Derby bachelorette party. “It’s all in the experience,” Bunker, 28, said Saturday morning as she munched on a pretzel and prepared for a daylong party with nine friends...

  • energy May 3, 2018 6:07 am

    Kentucky Derby Lacks Dominant Runner, Cold and Wet Conditions Start the Day

    Todd Pletcher will saddle three horses in the Kentucky Derby, a race that features no clear favorite and wet conditions after rain fell Saturday morning. The 20-horse field for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby lacks a dominant runner. Classic Empire is the 4-1 pre-race choice. Two horses, Always Dreaming and McCraken, are the co-second choices at 5-1. Toss in the rain early...

  • New Jersey May 3, 2018 6:07 am

    Derby 2017: 5 Horses to Watch in 143rd Kentucky Derby

    The Kentucky Derby is up for grabs. The starting gate will once again be full with 20 horses vying to wear the garland of red roses. Most of the 3-year-olds will be running 1 1/4 miles for the first time on Saturday. Besides the distance, the traffic-choked conditions typically eliminate half the field in the opening quarter-mile.

  • Derby May 3, 2018 3:07 am

    Belmont Stakes Field Reduced to 8 Horses

    Two horses withdrew from the Belmont Stakes, reducing the field of competitors to eight horses when American Pharoah runs for the Triple Crown on Saturday.

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