Horse Racing

  • 2018 Belmont Stakes: Belmont distance, fatigue test Justify in Triple Crown bid BALTIMORE (AP) — Justify keeps showing something new each time he races. In the Kentucky Derby, he showed he could run in the mud in a crowded, 20-horse field. In the Preakness, he showed he could withstand the challenge of a top rival pressing him early and hold off others before the finish line — also ...
  • 2018 PREAKNESS: Justify wins foggy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive BALTIMORE (AP) — Justify rounded the final turn and hit the top of the stretch winded but with the lead. The roar from the crowd was delayed, hushed by the thick fog that enveloped the track. When Justify emerged from the haze in view of the grandstand, trainer Bob Baffert could see jockey Mike Smith’s white ...
  • 2018 PREAKNESS: Baffert, Justify hope to shine at potentially wet Preakness BALTIMORE (AP) — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be chasing history, and Justify hopes to keep his Triple Crown bid alive in what is shaping up to be a soggy Preakness. Baffert saddled Justify in a Kentucky Derby victory on a wet track two weeks ago, and the duo is looking for a repeat ...
  • 2018 TRIPLE CROWN: Good Magic, Quip are top challengers to Justify in Preakness BALTIMORE (AP) — Justify is the talk of Pimlico Race Course and the horse racing industry with a very real chance to win the Triple Crown. But he’s got a few notable challengers in the Preakness. It’s not the 19 he beat in the Kentucky Derby, but the eight-horse field is no cakewalk. “It’s tough,” trainer Bob ...
  • 2018 TRIPLE CROWN: Justify draws 7 post, is heavy favorite to win Preakness BALTIMORE (AP) — Having the Preakness favorite has never bothered Bob Baffert before and it doesn’t bother him with Justify. Coming off an impressive victory in the Kentucky Derby , Justify is the 1-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s second race in a field of eight horses. Derby runner-up Good Magic is the second choice at 3-1, ...
  • 2018 TRIPLE CROWN: Rival trainers Baffert and Lukas share a strong friendship (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Bob Baffert has spent his whole life following D. Wayne Lukas. As a teenager at the quarter horse track in Arizona where Baffert tagged along with his dad and learned about racing, he looked up to Lukas as a legend. “I’ll never forget when he came in with his fancy trailer and ...
  • 2018 TRIPLE CROWN: Derby winner Justify’s former trainer will try to beat him in Preakness Stakes with Quip (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)    —   No matter what happens the rest of his career, trainer Rodolphe Brisset can say he once had a Kentucky Derby winner in his barn. The arrangement, of course, was unofficial and temporary. Brisset, a 34-year old Frenchman just starting out with his own stable last year, knew that going ...
  • HORSE RACING: Derby winner Justify may face fresh horses in Preakness LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The competition isn’t exactly lining up to take on Kentucky Derby winner Justify in the Preakness. Of his 19 rivals in the Derby, it appears most will skip the second leg of the Triple Crown in favor of resting and being pointed toward other races. That leaves mostly fresh horses to potentially ...
  • 2018 KENTUCKY DERBY: Justify wins sloppy Kentucky Derby, Baffert gets 5th title LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — If you want to bust a racing curse, call Bob Baffert. The white-haired trainer smashed a jinx that stood for 136 years when Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 2½ lengths on Saturday. Not since Apollo in 1882 had a colt won the roses without racing as a ...
  • 2018 KENTUCKY DERBY: Favorite Justify won’t win Kentucky Derby, but here’s the horse that will (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)  —   LOUISVILLE — The Kentucky Derby is always the hardest race of the year to handicap because there are factors that come into play on Derby Day that simply aren’t present any other time these young horses will step onto the track. From seeing and hearing a well-lubricated crowd of more than ...
  • 2018 KENTUCKY DERBY: Meet the 20 horses in Kentucky Derby field (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —-    Here’s a look at the 20 horses entered in the 144th Kentucky Derby. Post time is 6:46 p.m. ET Saturday (NBC). 1. Firenze Fire (50-1) Owner: Mr. Amore Stable Trainer: Jason Servis Jockey: Paco Lopez Record: 4-1-0 in nine starts Notable: Firenze Fire won three of his first four races as a 2-year-old before finishing ...
  • 2018 KENTUCKY DERBY: Derby favorite Justify is being compared to American Pharoah, but can he justify the hype? (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)  —   LOUISVILLE — Upon my arrival at Churchill Downs this week, it took all of 10 minutes before a longtime racetrack guy casually dropped the notion that Kentucky Derby favorite Justify might be another American Pharoah. Now, it’s important to understand one thing about the racetrack. Hyperbole about racing’s Next Great ...
  • 2018 KENTUCKY DERBY: Justify installed the early 3-1 favorite for Kentucky Derby (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Bob Baffert had no chance to fret over the Kentucky Derby draw. By the time the Hall of Fame trainer managed to get into Churchill Downs, the process was halfway done and Justify had landed in the No. 7 post on Tuesday. “We didn’t want the 1-hole, that’s for ...
  • 2018 KENTUCKY DERBY: Favorite Justify in good position for Kentucky Derby (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)  —  Here is the draw for the Kentucky Derby, set for 6:46 p.m. Saturday at Churchill Downs. Santa Anita Derby winner Justify, the 3-1 favorite in the morning line, drew the No. 7 post. A full field of 20 was entered for the race, with one also-eligible in Blended Citizen. He will ...
  • Horse Racing: Three big storylines heading into Kentucky Derby week (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   LOUISVILLE — Though Gronkowski, the horse, had little realistic chance of winning the Kentucky Derby, the mere possibility that Rob Gronkowski, the party animal, might grace the Churchill Downs winners’ circle would have made this a Derby Week unlike any other in recent memory. Horse racing, at the level it takes to ...
  • Horse Racing Recap: Irap wins Indiana Derby; AJ Foyt’s horse finishes 2nd SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Irap won the $500,000 Indiana Derby by five lengths over Colonelsdarkemper, owned by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Irap ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.21 on Saturday night at Indiana Grand. He paid $4.80, $3.20 and $2.60 in the Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds. Irap is trained ...
  • Horse Racing Recap: Keen Ice pulls another surprise with win in Suburban Stakes ELMONT, N.Y. — Two years after pulling a stunning upset of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, Keen Ice did it again Saturday at Belmont Park, blowing past heavily favored Shaman Ghost in mid-stretch and drawing clear to a three-length victory in the Grade 2, $750,000 Suburban Stakes at Belmont ...
  • Horse Racing Recap – Hall of Fame driver John Campbell: last drive in New Jersey EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Hall of Famer John Campbell is getting behind the sulky one last time in New Jersey after arguably the greatest driving career in harness racing history. The 62-year-old Campbell is scheduled to drive in five races at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Friday night in what are scheduled to be his final ...
  • Horse Racing: Queen Elizabeth II denied repeat winner at Royal Ascot ASCOT, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II was denied a winner on the final day of Royal Ascot when Dartmouth failed to retain the Hardwicke Stakes, losing out to one of Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien’s two victorious horses on Saturday. Dartmouth won the same race in 2016 for his famous owner by outsprinting Highland Reel, but ...
  • Horse Racing Recap: Songbird wins comeback; Baffert, Smith win big at Belmont NEW YORK (AP) — Songbird captured her comeback, winning the $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes for fillies and mares, while Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert also starred on the Belmont Stakes undercard Saturday. Smith won five of the first seven stakes he rode in, teaming with Baffert for four of those victories. “It’s pretty big for us,” ...
  • Horse Racing Recap: Tapwrit wins Belmont Stakes by 2 lengths for Pletcher NEW YORK (AP) — The road to the winner’s circle in the Belmont Stakes ran through the Kentucky Derby, even if the Derby and Preakness winners skipped the final leg of the Triple Crown. Tapwrit overtook favored Irish War Cry in the stretch to win by two lengths on Saturday, giving trainer Todd Pletcher his third ...
  • Horse Racing Recap: Irish War Cry returns to Triple Crown as Belmont favorite NEW YORK (AP) — Irish War Cry is back on the Triple Crown trail as the 7-2 favorite for the Belmont Stakes. The colt claimed that status after expected favorite Classic Empire was forced out Wednesday because of an abscess in his right front hoof. No one was more surprised at the turn of events than trainer ...
  • Horse Racing Recap: Irish War Cry, Hollywood Handsome in Belmont field NEW YORK (AP) — Irish War Cry and Hollywood Handsome have joined a probable 12-horse field for the Belmont Stakes, which is still shaping up with a week to go until the last leg of the Triple Crown. Trainer Graham Motion said Sunday that Wood Memorial winner Irish War Cry will make his next start in ...
  • Stanley Cup: Predators goalie Rinne struggling as Pens take 2-0 lead PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Nashville Predators insist goaltender Pekka Rinne isn’t to blame for the 2-0 series deficit against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final. Rinne is just looking to put both games in the past. Pittsburgh overwhelmed Rinne and the rest of the Predators with a three-goal blitz in the first 3:18 ...
  • Horse Racing: Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will skip Belmont Stakes NEW YORK (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will skip the Belmont Stakes next month after finishing eighth in the Preakness. Trainer Todd Pletcher says the 3-year-old colt will be pointed toward either the $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 29 or the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on July 30, according to ...

4th-Salisbury, £7,400, Cond, 5-17, 3yo/up, f/m, 9f 201yT, 2:06.47, gd/fm.SUN MAIDEN (GB), f, 3, by Frankel (GB)1st Dam: Midsummer (GB) (SP-Eng), by Kingmambo2nd Dam: Modena, by Roberto3rd Dam: Mofida (GB), by Right Tack (GB) Sun Maiden sported the same Juddmonte silks as her famed half-sister Midday (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), who [...]
Thu, May 17, 2018
OUTSHINE (c, 2, Malibu Moon–Life Lesson {MSP, $153,127}, by Unbridled's Song) was favored at 6-5 in this debut and ran to the money with a decisive score in the slop at Belmont Thursday. Saving ground in fourth through a :22.77 opening quarter, the $625,000 KEESEP buy launched a four-wide bid [...]
Thu, May 17, 2018
BALTIMORE, Md – It couldn't have rained any harder during training hours at Pimlico Thursday morning. That is, of course, until it was time for GI Kentucky Derby winner Justify (Scat Daddy) to stretch his legs. With the rain almost on cue coming to a halt during the renovation break, a small [...]
Thu, May 17, 2018
SIX PACK GAL (f, 2, Boisterous–Heart Six, by Forest Camp) became the first winner for her freshman sire (Distorted Humor) with a front-running score on debut at Santa Anita for owner/breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, who also stand her sire. Seizing the early advantage, the 2-1 shot clocked an unpressured opening [...]
Thu, May 17, 2018
LEGIT (c, 3, Curlin–Logalina Pompina, by Corinthian) romped by 7 1/4 lengths in his career bow at Gulfstream Apr. 19 and made it two in a row here with another decisive score in the slop at Pimlico to become the newest ‘TDN Rising Star'. Running three wide in sixth through [...]
Thu, May 17, 2018
SIR TRUEBADOUR (c, 2, More Than Ready–Kivi, by King of Kings {Ire}) became the second ‘TDN Rising Star' of the day with an impressive wire-to-wire victory in his Churchill Downs unveiling Thursday. Let go at 4-1, the $300,000 FTSAUG buy broke on top for his rail draw and zipped along [...]
Thu, May 17, 2018
Lucky Lilac (Jpn) (Orfevre {Jpn}) may have tasted defeat for the first time in her career when runner-up to Almond Eye (Jpn) (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) in last month's G1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas), but the chestnut daughter of US Grade I winner Lilacs and Lace (Flower Alley) will take [...]
Fri, May 18, 2018
Threading cut through the misery of a rain-soaked “Glorious” Goodwood meeting in early August to win by six lengths prior to winning the G2 Lowther S. over six furlongs here later that month. After that, the bay's bubble burst when seventh in the G1 Cheveley Park S. at Newmarket in [...]
Fri, May 18, 2018
BALTIMORE, Md – Taking no chances with more wet weather on its way Friday, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent out his unbeaten GI Kentucky Derby winner and ‘TDN Rising Star' Justify (Scat Daddy) to train in the dark shortly before daybreak at soggy Pimlico at 5:30 a.m. Owned in [...]
Fri, May 18, 2018
RED RUBY (f, 3, Tiznow–Caroni, by Rubiano) made amends for a disappointing fourth as the favorite in Oaklawn's GIII Honeybee S. last time Mar. 10 with a decisive victory in Pimlico's GII Black-Eyed Susan S. Friday. Pressing GSW Coach Rocks (Oxbow) from second through an opening half in :47.95, the [...]
Fri, May 18, 2018
EXPLORER (c, 3, Orb–Remember, by Forest Wildcat), the second-highest priced juvenile at last year's OBS March sale at $1.25 million and the most expensive produce for his second-crop sire (by Malibu Moon), ran the field off their feet, going gate-to-wire to become the newest ‘TDN Rising Star' for Hall of [...]
Fri, May 18, 2018
Not seen over a mile since finishing an arguably unlucky second in Newmarket's G1 1000 Guineas last May, Rhododendron (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) had all the required pace to come out on top in Saturday's G1 Al Shaqab Lockinge S. at Newbury, narrowly denying the veteran Lightning Spear (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) [...]
Sat, May 19, 2018
ABYSSINIAN (f, 2, Cairo Prince–Shesakitty, by Tapit) gave her freshman sire (by Pioneerof the Nile) his first winner with a wire-to-wire romp as the 3/5 chalk in the Belmont opener Saturday. Left in to meet the starter after entrymate Romani (Daaher) scratched, the filly jetted straight to the front and [...]
Sat, May 19, 2018
MITOLE (c, 3, Eskendereya–Indian Miss, by Indian Charlie)‘s best efforts have been dominant and Saturday's Chick Lang S. at Pimlico was no exception as the bay romped home a clear winner in a sharp 1:09.29 in the slop at Pimlico. Sent to the front as the 1-2 chalk, he dueled [...]
Sat, May 19, 2018
SWITZERLAND (c, 4, Speightstown–Czechers, by Indian Charlie) took eight starts to break his maiden, but hasn't looked back since then, winning four starts in a row, culminating with a graded stakes success in Saturday's GIII Maryland Sprint S. in the slop at Pimlico. Switzerland pressed the pace from the outside [...]
Sat, May 19, 2018
AX MAN (c, 3, Misremembered–Shameful, by Flying Chevron) captured his first stakes win in a foggy renewal of the restricted Sir Barton S. at Pimlico Saturday. A dominant first-out graduate going six furlongs at Santa Anita on New Year's Day, the bay was a head-scratching fourth as the prohibitive favorite [...]
Sat, May 19, 2018
JUSTIFY (c, 3, Scat Daddy–Stage Magic, by Ghostzapper) survived a race-long duel with champion Good Magic (Curlin) and had just enough left in the tank to hold off late surges from Bravazo (Awesome Again) and Tenfold (Curlin) to capture the GI Preakness S. at a fog-laced Pimlico Racecourse Saturday. The [...]
Sat, May 19, 2018
This is the hard part about being called a freak, the best horse in decades, a cinch to win the Triple Crown. Do anything less than win by 10, run an off-the-charts speed figure and scare everyone but the foolhardy and dreamers away from the GI Belmont S. and you [...]
Sun, May 20, 2018
MY GAL BETTY (f, 2, Point of Entry–Gal of Mine, by Mining) broke alertly, deferred professionally and kicked away strongly to graduate on debut in the Woodbine opener Sunday. Backed as the 3-2 second choice, the $120,000 Fasig-Tipton Fall graduate was first out of the blocks and led clear early [...]
Sun, May 20, 2018
China Horse Club, WinStar Farm, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners LLC's Justify (Scat Daddy) emerged from his victory in Saturday's GI Preakness S. in fine condition and will eye a bid to become racing's 13th Triple Crown winner in the GI Belmont S. June 9, trainer Bob Baffert [...]
Sun, May 20, 2018

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