In surprising move, Baffert takes jockey Smith off McKinzie
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Trainer Bob Baffert is replacing fellow Hall of Famer Mike Smith aboard McKinzie, the probable favorite for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic next month.
John Velazquez sets graded stakes record at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Jockey John Velazquez set a record with his 661st career graded stakes victory in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, and added his 662nd three races later.
Baffert: Justify’s positive test came from contaminated food
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert denied giving 2018 Triple Crown winning horse Justify a banned substance that caused a positive test prior to last year's Kentucky Derby and blamed the result on...
Report: Justify failed drug test before Triple Crown run
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after a failed postrace drug test at a California track that could have kept the horse out of the Kentucky...
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — McKinzie won the $1 million Whitney by 1 3/4 lengths at Saratoga on Saturday, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his first victory in the Grade 1 race.
3rd horse fatality occurs at Del Mar during training
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — A third horse has died during training at Del Mar, including the second trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.
A track spokesman confirmed the death of Bowl of Soul, a...
Maximum Security wins Haskell, survives inquiry
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Not again.
That was the reaction of owner Gary West when the inquiry sign flashed after Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the $1 million Haskell...
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Two horses were killed in a freak collision at Del Mar during training on the second day of its season.
The accident occurred Thursday morning when Charge A Bunch,...
Maximum Security leads field of 7 in Haskell Invitational
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Maximum Security will make his second start since being disqualified in the Kentucky Derby, taking on six rivals in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on...
Workers urge legislators to keep Santa Anita open
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Backstretch workers who walk, groom and care for racehorses at Santa Anita urged state legislators on Thursday to keep the Southern California track open after the deaths of...
Horsing around: Riderless colt races to Preakness finish
BALTIMORE (AP) — Unencumbered by a jockey and suddenly free to run wherever he darn pleased, Bodexpress decided to take a shot at winning the Preakness.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the Preakness (all times local):
‘Vanilla’ Preakness still has intrigue without Derby winner
BALTIMORE (AP) — Hall of Fame trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert sit side by side in the corner of the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course sizing up the Preakness.
At Preakness, they’re playing ‘musical chairs’ with jockeys
BALTIMORE (AP) — 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...
Lukas-trained long shot Market King cleared for Preakness
BALTIMORE (AP) — Long shot Market King has been cleared by officials to race in the Preakness on Saturday.
Market King had been on the veterinarian's list in Kentucky after being scratched...
Bob Baffert-trained Improbable 5-2 Preakness favorite
BALTIMORE (AP) — In a field without the top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby, the odds that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert wouldn't have the favorite in the Preakness are, well,...
Stronach Group at center of best and worst of horse racing
The Stronach Group isn't well known outside horse racing.
In the public eye, the big players are the likes of recent Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify, trainer Bob Baffert...
BALTIMORE (AP) — Improbable will have Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith aboard if the colt runs in the Preakness on May 18.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday that he was making the...
Singing in the rain? Baffert eyes history, wet Derby on tap
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bob Baffert times three. In a Kentucky Derby lacking a dominant favorite, the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer saddles the top three choices.
Analysis: Many options, but Maximum Security is Derby pick
Even after the scratching of Omaha Beach, there is an absolute truth about this year's Kentucky Derby.
Triple Crown winner Mike Smith gets Kentucky Derby ride
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith will ride in the Kentucky Derby after all.
He picked up the mount on 30-1 shot Cutting Humor, trained by Todd Pletcher, race...
Derby 2019: Game Winner new favorite in Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The new favorite enters the Kentucky Derby seeking his first win of 2019 and tops several contenders on modest winning streaks that could factor large in the sport's marquee...
Baffert is loaded with Derby colts and has look of a Winner
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bob Baffert is feeling the pressure now. The five-time Kentucky Derby winner finds himself with new favorite Game Winner since Omaha Beach was scratched with a breathing...
Baffert takes aim at record-tying 6th Kentucky Derby win
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The pain of seeing Cavonnier get beat by a nose in his first Kentucky Derby nearly kept trainer Bob Baffert from returning to Churchill Downs.
Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach scratched
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Suddenly, the Kentucky Derby is wide open.
Favorite Omaha Beach was scratched because of a breathing problem Wednesday night, leaving a pair of Hall of Famers on the...
Baffert likes his horses’ chances in Kentucky Derby
Legendary trainer Bob Baffert, who parlayed a win by Justify in last year's Kentucky Derby into his second Triple Crown win, sees a wide open Derby this time around and plenty of opportunities for...
Omaha Beach is 4-1 favorite for Kentucky Derby, draws No. 12
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Knowing their favored horses won't start the Kentucky Derby on the rail left Richard Mandella and Bob Baffert more relieved than happy.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Rebecca Lowe is making a one-weekend switch from the Premier League horse race to actual equines.
Lowe will co-host NBC's coverage of the Kentucky Derby on May 4 with...
Omaha Beach wins Arkansas Derby; Owendale takes Lexington
A year after riding Justify to the Triple Crown, Mike Smith has a tough choice about which horse to ride in the Kentucky Derby.
Under Smith, Omaha Beach held off favored Improbable to win...
Roadster beats Game Winner to win Santa Anita Derby
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — At the eighth-pole, Bob Baffert knew he was going to win his record ninth Santa Anita Derby.
Sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah dies at 13
VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — WinStar Farm says that stallion Pioneerof the Nile, sire of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, has died.
Omaha Beach beats Game Winner in Rebel 2nd division
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Omaha Beach edged 1-2 favorite Game Winner on Saturday in the second division of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn after Long Range Toddy staged a neck upset in the...
Haikal scores upset win in Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct
NEW YORK (AP) — Haikal won the $300,000 Gotham Stakes by one length at Aqueduct, earning 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.
Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Haikal ran one mile in 1:35.63...
Column: Horse racing needs to clean up its act _ or go away
It was supposed to be one of the most thrilling days of the year at Santa Anita.
Two big races at the historic Southern California track, including one of the top preps for the Kentucky...
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita reopened its training track Friday while testing continues on its main dirt track to try to find out why 21 horses have died in the last two months.
Roadster wins at Santa Anita, back on Ky Derby trail
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Roadster, idle since a third-place finish Sept. 3, returned to the races with a 2 1/2-length victory in the $57,000 feature at Santa Anita.
Mucho Gusto wins Robert Lewis for Baffert at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Bob Baffert's second-string colt won a Kentucky Derby prep race. Don't discount Mucho Gusto.
Last year, Baffert's top Derby hopeful McKinzie got injured. Second-stringer Justify went on to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont, giving Baffert a second Triple Crown in three years.
Mucho Gusto won the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 4¾ lengths at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Baffert sweeps Grade 1 2-year-old races at Los Alamitos
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert swept the CashCall Futurity and Starlet for 2-year-olds, winning the Grade 1 races for the second straight year at Los Alamitos.
Improbable won the $300,345 Futurity by five lengths as the 1-5 favorite and 3-2 favorite Chasing Yesterday won the $300,345 Starlet by a head on Saturday. Drayden Van Dyke became the second jockey to win both races in the same year.
Game Winner takes charge late to win Breeders Cup Juvenile
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Game Winner's latest triumph included bumps along the way.
The colt shook them off before shaking the field to remain perfect and make his case as the year's best 2-year-old.
Breeders’ Cup bumped up to 14 races, $30 million in purses
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Breeders' Cup is back in familiar surroundings at Churchill Downs, with an additional stakes race bumping the two-day program to 14 and prize money up to a record $30 million.
As always, the marquee race is Saturday's $6 million Cup Classic that could help determine which thoroughbred ends up as Horse of the Year. Not to mention, establishing the top horse in several age divisions along with the top jockey and trainer.
Accelerate favored in Breeders’ Cup Classic from No. 14 post
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Accelerate, the California-based 5-year-old who has won five of six starts this year, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic after drawing the far outside No. 14 post for the $6 million race.
Accelerate tops entries for 14-horse Breeders’ Cup Classic
The Breeders' Cup World Championships has its biggest field of pre-entries along with a new race, which means plenty of story lines.
Especially in its main event.
Accelerate leads the 14-horse field for the Breeders' Cup Classic, which will offer the 5-year-old a rematch against West Coast in a marquee race that's missing unbeaten Triple Crown winner Justify.
Vale Dori scores upset win for Baffert in Zenyatta Stakes
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Vale Dori defeated La Force by three-quarters of a length to win the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes in an upset at Santa Anita on Sunday.
Abel Tasman, the 1-9 favorite trained by Bob Baffert, finished next-to-last, beaten 10 1/2 lengths. Vale Dori, an 11-1 shot also trained by Baffert, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.88 under Joe Talamo. The Grade 1 victory earned her an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.
McKinzie wins $1M Pa Derby off 6-month break for Baffert
BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — McKinzie returned from a six-month layoff to win the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by 1 3/4 lengths for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
Ridden by Mike Smith, McKinzie ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.05 on Saturday at Parx. The colt paid $6 to win as the 2-1 favorite.
It was the second straight Pennsylvania Derby victory for Baffert and Smith, who came from Southern California to win last year with West Coast.
Santa Anita to rename race in honor of American Pharoah
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita will rename a Grade 1 stakes race in honor of 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah.
The track says the American Pharoah Stakes for 2-year-olds will be run at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 29.
The race was formerly known as the FrontRunner Stakes, which American Pharoah won in 2014.
Triple Crown winner Justify retired from racing
Triple Crown winner Justify was retired from racing Wednesday because of fluid in his left front ankle.
Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify's owners said caution over the horse's ankle condition made it impossible to tell if he'd be healthy enough to race by the fall.
"What a way to go out: never beaten, won the Triple Crown," jockey Mike Smith said by phone. "He's happy, healthy. That's just beautiful."
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify won't be running during the 150th meet at Saratoga Race Course, but many of the best thoroughbreds will be at the historic track for the 40-day season.
The meet features 69 stakes races worth $18.8 million in purses and opens Friday. Among those running this season will be Good Magic, Hofburg, Gronkowski, Vino Rosso, and Bravazo.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify has been taken out of training while waiting to see if swelling in his left front ankle subsides.
Trainer Bob Baffert says Justify will be re-evaluated in two weeks. He says the swelling developed recently and it comes and goes.
Baffert told the Daily Racing Form on Wednesday that Justify will ship to Del Mar and be part of his stable based at the track for the summer meet that begins July 18.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Athletic Hall of Fame has selected Triple Crown-winning horse trainer Bob Baffert, veteran NBA coach and executive Bernie Bickerstaff and breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey for its seven-member class.
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 units traveled with the 13th Triple Crown winner to the racetrack.