Kentucky Derby

Poster from the 2013 Kentucky Derby (Image: AP)

2 California preps added to Derby, Oaks qualifiers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The series that decides which 20 horses qualify to run in the Kentucky Derby is adding a new qualifier. Churchill Downs announced Wednesday that the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity to be […]

08/27/2014

Victor Espinoza aboard California Chrome (2) rides past the finish line during the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y.   (AP Photo/Florida Today, Craig Rubadoux)  MAGS OUT; NO SALES

California Chrome heads home with bandaged foot

NEW YORK (AP) — California Chrome went home to the West Coast on Sunday with a bandaged right front foot — and no Triple Crown — after bumping another horse leaving the Belmont Stakes starting […]

06/09/2014

Belmont Stakes entrant Ride On Curlin gallops down the front stretch with exercise rider Bryan Beccia up during a workout at Belmont Park, Friday, June 6, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. The runner up in the Preakness Stakes will be one of ten challengers looking to spoil California Chrome's bid at a Triple Crown when they race in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

California Chrome finishes last run before Belmont

NEW YORK (AP) — California Chrome has finished his final run-through before he goes for history and the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. The chestnut colt galloped two miles around the Belmont Park oval […]

06/06/2014

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Expert trainer talks about California Chrome racing at the Belmont Stakes

Triple Crown Fever is reaching a boiling point. When California Chrome hits the track tomorrow, the Southern California horse could become the first in 36 years to earn horse racing’s highest honor. Imagine how California […]

06/06/2014

California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

At retooled Belmont, stars align for Triple Crown

NEW YORK (AP) – Belmont Stakes officials say the possibility of the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years comes as they’re unveiling a new program designed to attract fans even when history isn’t on […]

06/06/2014

Assistant trainer Alan Sherman rubs Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome's nose during a walk at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

California Chrome cleared to wear nasal strip

NEW YORK (AP) — California Chrome can breathe easy — he’s allowed to wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. Belmont Park stewards cleared the horse Monday […]

05/19/2014

California Chrome, winner of the 140th Kentucky Derby, walks the shed row with assistant trainer Alan Sherman at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, May 4, 2014.  (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Derby champ California Chrome faces lighter load

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Before his workload and the scrutiny become heavier next week, California Chrome will enjoy a few light days. The Kentucky Derby champion looked fresh following his 1¾-length victory at Churchill Downs […]

05/05/2014

Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

California Chrome wins 140th Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A horse with a humble pedigree. A couple of working stiff owners. A 77-year-old trainer with his first Kentucky Derby horse. Even Hollywood couldn’t have made this up. California Chrome made […]

05/03/2014

Poster from the 2013 Kentucky Derby (Image: AP)

Wicked Strong fans give Churchill a Fenway feel

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The last time a horse meant this much for Boston, the jockey was Paul Revere. Fans of Wicked Strong put their money behind the colt named in honor of the Boston Marathon […]

05/03/2014

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Indy 500 fans will find track tighter this year

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Fans coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend’s Indy 500 will notice some changes in the traditional routine in response to last month’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. Getting into […]

05/24/2013

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