Horse Racing

  • Horse Racing Roundup: Triple Crown winner Justify to resume training in California ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Triple Crown champion Justify has returned to his base at Santa Anita accompanied by a police escort and was greeted by trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith. The winner of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont flew from Louisville, Kentucky, to Ontario, California, on Sunday. After landing, four Arcadia Police Department ...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Justify goes wire to wire in Belmont Stakes to win Triple Crown (PHATZRADIO SPORTS / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —-   ELMONT, N.Y. — Following every step of his short career, the people involved with Justify believed more and more they had a special colt in their barn. From his first race on Feb. 18 and continuing on his unconventional path to the Kentucky Derby, he had done things ...
  • 2018 THE BELMONT STAKES: Justify bidding for rare Triple Crown sweep in Belmont NEW YORK (AP) — Three races at various distances on three different tracks over a span of five weeks. Just 12 horses have swept the Triple Crown, one of the rarest feats in sports. Justify will try to immortalize his name and join such horses as Whirlaway, Count Fleet, Citation and Secretariat when he runs in the ...
  • 2018 BELMONT STAKES: Four things to know about the Belmont as Justify tries for Triple Crown (PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   ELMONT, N.Y. — Here are four things to know about the Belmont Stakes on Saturday as Justify attempts to become the 13th Triple Crown winner. 1. New silks for Justify Fans who got used to seeing Justify jockey Mike Smith win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in the predominantly white WinStar ...
  • 2018 BELMONT STAKES: Justify arrives in New York for Triple Crown bid NEW YORK (AP) — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify arrived in New York on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s Belmont Stakes, in which the colt will try to sweep the Triple Crown. Justify traveled smoothly to Belmont Park via a flight from Louisville, Kentucky, and a van ride from an airport on Long Island. He ...
  • 2018 Triple Crown: Justify draws No. 1 post for Triple try in Belmont Stakes NEW YORK (AP) — Something Bob Baffert always dreads has come true ahead of the Belmont Stakes: Justify drew the No. 1 post for the colt’s bid to sweep the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was made the early 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field for Saturday’s race. Baffert is not a fan of ...
  • 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 ...

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale continued to pad its number of seven-figure transactions when the China Horse Club's Mick Flanagan bid an even $1 million to acquire a colt by Uncle Mo.The yearling was consigned by Lane's End on behalf of Wygod Equine. He is out of graded placed Sweet [...]
Sat, Sep 15, 2018
Oscar Performance (c, 4, Kitten's Joy–Devine Actress, by Theatrical {Ire}), pulled up and vanned off as the 9-5 favorite in the GI Arlington Million Aug. 11, got back on track in a big way with a front-running victory in Saturday's GI Ricoh Woodbine Mile, a ‘Win and You're In' for [...]
Sat, Sep 15, 2018
After being represented by three new maiden special weight winners earlier Saturday afternoon, Cairo Prince sired his first black-type winner courtesy of Cairo Cat (c, 2, Cairo Prince–La Belle Cat, by Tale of the Cat) in the GIII Iroquois S. at Churchill Downs, a ‘Win and You're In' for the [...]
Sat, Sep 15, 2018
Serengeti Empress (f, 2, Alternation–Havisham, by Bernardini), a jaw-dropping last out winner of the Ellis Park Debutante S. Aug. 19, handled her two-turn debut in style with a powerful performance in Churchill's GII Pocahontas S., a ‘Win and You're In' for the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Favored at 4-5, she [...]
Sat, Sep 15, 2018
Johnny Bear (g, 7, English Channel–In Return, by Horse Chestnut {SAf}), winless in six attempts since upsetting last year's GI Northern Dancer Turf S. at Woodbine, did it again at 16-1 Saturday. The chestnut sat a good trip while midpack through early fractions of :24.24 and :49.26. He began to advance [...]
Sat, Sep 15, 2018
Kim K (f, 2, Will Take Charge–Trip for A. J., by Trippi), fifth on debut at Del Mar Sept. 2, earned her diploma and became the first stakes winner for her freshman sire in Saturday's Barretts Debutante S. at Los Alamitos. She shot out to the front from her rail draw [...]
Sat, Sep 15, 2018
LEXINGTON, KY – The Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which took a one-day hiatus after a four-session Book 1, continued just where it left off with a power-packed opening Book 2 session Saturday in Lexington. A colt by Uncle Mo topped the session and became the auction's 27th seven-figure sale when [...]
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
Covfefe (2, f, Into Mischief–Antics, by Unbridled), pounded down to 1-2 for this unveiling, took charge early, leading the way through opening fractions of :22.34 and :46.52. While nearest pursuer Super Simple (Super Saver) took her shot nearing the quarter pole, the flashy bay turned on all boosters in the [...]
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
La Pelosa (Ire) (2, Dandy Man {Ire}–Lauren's Girl {Ire}, by Bushranger {Ire}) was unhurried from post 13 in the early going, but made all the running late as she swept to victory in Sunday's GI Natlama S. at Woodbine. Making her North American debut for Godolphin, the filly gave the [...]
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
Peter Brant's Fog of War (c, 2, War Front–Say {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}), well supported at even-money following a narrow score at Saratoga Aug. 13, sat a stalking trip and found room in the stretch, driving between rivals to earn his first taste of black-type in Sunday's GI Summer S. [...]
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
LEXINGTON, KY – The Keeneland September Yearling Sale continued its brisk pace as it marched into its second week with the final of two Book 2 sessions Sunday in Lexington. Book 2 saw 548 head sell for $87,113,700. The average was $158,967 and the median was $130,000. Through six sessions, [...]
Mon, Sep 17, 2018
The finalists for five of the six Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA) have been set, it was announced Monday. The winner of the sixth category, The Thoroughbred Industry Community Award, is Angie Carmona, deputy executive director and secretary of the California Thoroughbred Trainers. The other finalists, along with Carmona, will be [...]
Mon, Sep 17, 2018
Santa Anita Park and XpressBet have teamed to offer players a total of five handicapping contests over the course of Santa Anita's upcoming 22-day Autumn Meet, it was announced Monday. The contest series will begin on the second day of the meet, Breeders' Cup “Win and You're In” day Saturday, [...]
Mon, Sep 17, 2018
The rain clouds that followed Justify (Scat Daddy) during his Triple Crown sweep once again opened up as the unbeaten 3-year-old arrived at his new home at Coolmore's Ashford Stud on Monday. The rain couldn't dampen the sunny spirits of the horse's connections, however, as they prepare to settle him [...]
Mon, Sep 17, 2018
LEXINGTON, KY – During a businesslike session of steady bidding, and with six sessions still to come, the Keeneland September Yearling Sale surpassed the gross sales recorded during its 2017 renewal Monday in Lexington. Through seven days of selling, 1,433 yearlings have grossed $326,287,200. The cumulative average is $227,695 and [...]
Tue, Sep 18, 2018
The 2019 GI Pegasus World Cup card, to be held Jan. 26, 2019, will add a Grade I turf stakes to its docket, The Stronach Group announced Tuesday. The race, which will be run at 1 3/16 miles and known as the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, will have a [...]
Tue, Sep 18, 2018
It has been 10 years since Summerfield sold a million-dollar horse, and now they have had two in a space of just a few weeks, a $1 million American Pharoah colt at Saratoga, and a $1.8 million Curlin at Keeneland September. Ironically enough, the 10 years in between also marked [...]
Tue, Sep 18, 2018
Kaleem Shah's homebred American Gal (Concord Point–American Story, by Ghostzapper), winner of the 2017 GI Test S. and 2018 GI Humana Distaff S., has been retired from racing and will begin her career as a broodmare at Hill ‘n' Dale Farm, trainer Simon Callaghan announced via Twitter Tuesday. Called “one [...]
Tue, Sep 18, 2018
3rd-DEL, $34K, Msw, 2yo, f, 1m 70ydsT, post time: 2:15 p.m. ET Lael Stable homebred GARDENISTA (Curlin) is a daughter of Valbenny (Ire) (Val Royal {Fr}), winner of the 2007 GII Honeymoon Breeders' Cup H. and runner-up in that year's GI American Oaks and GI Del Mar Oaks. Roy and Gretchen [...]
Tue, Sep 18, 2018
A filly by Quality Road brought $420,000 from Jamie McCalmont, agent for Sarah Kelly, to top Tuesday's second and final session of Book 3 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Keeneland sold 271 yearlings for $19,603,400 during the eighth session of the marathon sale Tuesday. The average was $72,337 and the [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018

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