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  • 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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

    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 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • A Lot wins Belmont's Paradise Creek Stakes

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Birdlover wins Mizdirection Stakes at Santa Anita

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Reload wins Belmont turf feature

    August 29, 2015

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

  • American Pharoah gallops in Kentucky, others work at Belmont

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Some dramatic Triple Crown finishes, winners and losers

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Raised a Secret wins feature at Santa Anita

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Element wins Belmont feature

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Owner of American Pharoah named in gambling debt lawsuit

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Barrel of Love wins Belmont feature

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt and John Hay Whitney in racing HOF

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Breeding rights for American Pharoah sold to Coolmore

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Challengers lining up to take on American Pharoah in Belmont

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Preakness winner American Pharoah returns to Churchill Downs

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Potential spoilers taking on American Pharoah in Belmont

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Here's Zealicious wins Belmont feature

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Sawyer holds off Tela to win Monmouth Park feature

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah healthy, but tired

    August 29, 2015

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

  • What was learned from American Pharoah's Preakness victory

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Fantastic Style wins Angels Flight Stakes at Santa Anita

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Preakness winner Espinoza gets 3rd try at Triple Crown

    August 29, 2015

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

  • American Pharoah romps in Preakness; Triple Crown try next

    August 29, 2015

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

  • American Pharoah wins Preakness in driving rain

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Ironicus wins Dixie Stakes on Preakness undercard

    August 29, 2015

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

  • La Verdad wins Belmont's Vagrancy Handicap

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Water main break leaves Pimlico short on Preakness Day

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Pimlico official says Preakness could move to Sunday in 2016

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Distorted Beauty wins Belmont feature

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Preakness starters' names evolve from an involved process

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Cautious Giant wins feature by 1 length at Santa Anita

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Sycamore Lane wins Belmont feature

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Can Derby winner American Pharoah become next American idol?

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Derby winner American Pharoah gallops at Pimlico

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Derby winner American Pharoah has dreaded rail for Preakness

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Seagate takes Belmont Park feature

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Derby winner American Pharoah 4-5 favorite for Preakness

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Lukas has himself Preakness long shot in Mr. Z

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah arrives at Pimlico

    August 29, 2015

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

  • American Pharoah heads small field of 8 horses in Preakness

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Barbaro's owners back at Preakness with Divining Rod

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher takes pass on Preakness

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher taking a pass on the Preakness

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Hall of Famer Stevens looking to turn tables in Preakness

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Kentuckian wins Lazaro Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Freestyler wins stretch battle to take Monmouth Park feature

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Stallwalkin' Dude wins Belmont's Diablo Stakes

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Demonstrative rallies to win Iroqouis Steeplechase

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Madefromlucky wins Belmont's Peter Pan

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Longshot Batti Man wins feature at Santa Anita

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Goldy Espony wins Belmont feature

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • 3 Eclipse Award winners on tap to race Iroquois Steeplechase

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Takeover Target wins Belmont feature

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Havanna Belle wins feature by a neck at Santa Anita

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Preakness hoping for record crowd, despite Baltimore unrest

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah jogs on track

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Kentucky Derby winner completes 1st workout for Preakness

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Lael Stables' Divining Rod set to run in Preakness

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Matterhorn wins Belmont feature

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Jockey Powers and gelding Billy Kelly elected to racing HOF

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Monmouth Park close to breaking even fiscally

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Derby winner nears return to track for Preakness prep

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Kentucky Derby win raises expectations for American Pharoah

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Derby winner American Pharoah a go in Preakness

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Derby winner American Pharoah a likely go in Preakness

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Jockey Ryan Moore completes Guineas double on Legatissimo

    August 29, 2015

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

  • The Latest: Keep black cats away from Baffert

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Catch a Flight wins Precisionist Stakes at Santa Anita

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • The Latest: Zayat family emotional after Derby win

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Tonalist dominates Belmont's Westchester Stakes

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Favorite American Pharoah rallies to win Kentucky Derby

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Owner Ahmed Zayat finally gets his Kentucky Derby victory

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • American Pharoah wins 141st Kentucky Derby

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Private Zone wins Churchill Downs Stakes

    August 29, 2015

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

  • The Latest: Record growd gathers for Kentucky Derby

    August 29, 2015

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

  • The Latest: Rand Paul's Kentucky Derby pick

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • International Star scratched from 141st Kentucky Derby

    August 29, 2015

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

  • KENTUCKY DERBY: Things to watch at Churchill Downs

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Avenge wins Ultrafleet Stakes by a head at Santa Anita

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Lovely Maria wins Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • El Kabeir scratched from Kentucky Derby because of sore foot

    August 29, 2015

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

  • El Kabeir scratched from Kentucky Derby; field now 19

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Baffert is loaded with 2 blazing colts for Kentucky Derby

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Life on backside far from glamour of Churchill grandstand

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Jockey Alex Solis appointed to California Horse Racing Board

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Lady Kreesa wins Belmont feature

    August 29, 2015

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

  • 2-time winner Nick Zito gets into Kentucky Derby

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Stellar Wind leads strong field in million Kentucky Oaks

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Stanford scratched from Kentucky Derby; Frammento joins race

    August 29, 2015

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

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

    August 29, 2015

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

  • Doubledown Again wins Big A feature

    December 10, 2014

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