• King May 19, 2019

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

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

  • New Jersey May 3, 2018

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

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

  • California May 3, 2018

    Kentucky Derby: Classic Empire Is Early 4-1 Favorite

    Classic Empire was made the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday, with just four of the 20 horses listed at single digits in a wide-open race. The colt will break from the No. 14 post on Saturday. Just two horses have won the Derby out of there. The last was Carry Back in 1961. Trained by Mark...

  • America May 3, 2018

    Triple Crown-Winner Bob Baffert Plans to Watch Derby From His Couch

    Bob Baffert went from thinking he could win a fifth Kentucky Derby to being out of it in the space of a few seconds. Once Mastery got hurt after winning a prep race this winter, Baffert no longer had a horse for the first Saturday in May.

  • energy May 3, 2018

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

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

  • Daniel Macht May 3, 2018

    Forget the Derby! Classic Empire Healthy for Preakness Run

    Classic Empire has recovered nicely from his distressing race at the Kentucky Derby — and so have his handlers. After being bumped and jostled early at Churchill Downs, Classic Empire finished a disappointing fourth. If that wasn’t bad enough, the bay colt emerged from the race with an inflamed right eye. Now healthy and charging through his workouts, Classic Empire...

  • California May 3, 2018

    New Horses Among Preakness Challenges Facing Always Dreaming

    After Always Dreaming’s win in the Kentucky Derby as the favorite, the colt will be running in the Preakness with a bulls-eye on his back. With a victory, Always Dreaming would head to the Belmont Stakes in New York three weeks later with a shot at winning the Triple Crown.

  • energy May 3, 2018

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

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

  • energy May 3, 2018

    Always Dreaming Wins 143rd Kentucky Derby

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

  • Asher Klein May 3, 2018

    Preakness Draw: Always Dreaming, Classic Empire Are Neighbors

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

  • Governor May 3, 2018

    Aging Pimlico Strains to Keep Its Grip on Preakness

    New foliage and slick paint can’t mask the fact that 147-year-old Pimlico is showing its age. Known affectionately as Old Hilltop, this old track has been trying for years to fend off the inevitable conclusion that it’s badly in need of a serious makeover.

  • New York May 3, 2018

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

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

  • Mark Casse May 3, 2018

    Likely Favorite Classic Empire to Miss Belmont With Abscess

    Classic Empire is out of the Belmont Stakes because of an abscess in his right front foot.

  • Mark Casse Jun 9, 2017

    Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay Buys Interest in Belmont Horse

    Celebrity chef Bobby Flay hopes he’s latched onto another winner in the Belmont Stakes. Flay purchased a 25 percent interest in J Boys Echo on Wednesday before the draw that assigned post positions for Saturday’s $1.5 million race. The other 75 percent belongs to Albaugh Family Stable.

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