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...
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.
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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.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify was calm while posing for thousands of fans who cheered and took pictures of horse racing's newest superstar in 90-degree heat at Churchill Downs.
A week after becoming the second Triple Crown champion in four years and 13th overall, the unbeaten chestnut colt received rock star treatment Saturday night.
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Owners: Triple Crown winner Justify will race again
NEW YORK (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify will get a well-deserved break and then race again this year, although no date or location has been targeted yet after the colt came out of his Belmont Stakes victory in good condition.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Baffert made himself right at home at Belmont Park again.
Not only did Justify give the 65-year-old trainer his second Triple Crown in four years on Saturday, but for the second straight year, Baffert came away with a win in every race he had an entry on the day of the Belmont Stakes.
NEW YORK (AP) — Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality.
The late bloomer won the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths on Saturday, giving the sport its 13th Triple Crown champion. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015 and now just four years later, racing is celebrating another sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest from Saturday's Belmont Stakes (all times local):
Justify has won the Triple Crown.
The Preakness and Kentucky Derby winner became thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown with a front-running victory in the Belmont Stakes.
American Pharoah ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015. It was the second Triple Crown for trainer Bob Baffert and the first for jockey Mike Smith.
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 Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Baffert has done everything he can with Justify. Now, it's up to the undefeated colt and some racing luck to add his name to a revered list of Triple Crown winners.
The chestnut colt with the blaze running down his face appears to have rebounded well after victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, with the most exhausting still to come. He'll run 1 1/2 miles around Belmont's sweeping oval Saturday with nine rivals gunning to keep history from happening.
NEW YORK (AP) — Forget the Belmont Stakes. It's already been a remarkable week for trainer Dale Romans.
He potentially saved a woman from choking to death by performing the Heimlich maneuver during a New York Mets' game at Citi Field.
"It was interesting, to say the least," Romans said. "Maybe I get a little divine intervention Saturday."
That intervention could take the form of a 30-1 upset by Romans' Free Drop Billy in the $1.5 million Belmont, denying Justify the Triple Crown in the process.
NEW YORK (AP) — Justify turned in another strong gallop Friday in his final preparation for a Triple Crown bid in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.
The chestnut colt will be the odds-on favorite Saturday to become the 13th horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
NEW YORK (AP) — Triple Crown contender Justify glided over the track in his first trip over the Belmont Park strip on Thursday morning.
The strapping chestnut colt is the odds-on favorite to complete the series sweep on Saturday in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes following victories in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
To become one of horse racing's top trainers requires instincts, strategy acquired over time and tons of patience.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) — There are horses for courses and Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott thinks he has one ready to upset Justify's bid for a Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.
The colt is Hofburg, a 9-2 second choice in $1.5 million race Saturday. Justify will look to become thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015.
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 the inside post for his horses, no matter what the race.
NEW YORK (AP) — The only thing Bob Baffert wanted to do in horse racing was win the Triple Crown.
Been there, done that in 2015 with American Pharoah.
Now, the white-haired trainer is back with another chance to saddle a colt to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
Justify could become racing's 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years if he wins the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
"I've won it so I'm actually going to enjoy this a little bit more," Baffert said.
Bob Baffert misses the simple pleasure of watching American Pharoah breeze.
On the verge of his second Triple Crown with Justify, the Hall of Fame trainer is quick to recall his admiration for his first history-making superhorse.
"I've never had a horse work like him," Baffert said. "His mechanics, his motion, just the way he did it. ... This horse is starting to act like Pharoah."
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Justify has finished a five-furlong workout at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Belmont Stakes and pursuit of a Triple Crown.
Trainer Bob Baffert watched the colt cover the distance in 1 minute, 1.40 seconds on Monday morning with jockey Martin Garcia aboard. Justify galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.60 and seven in 1:27.20 with about 100 spectators watching on the front stretch and just as many on the backside.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify has completed a half-mile workout at Churchill Downs in preparation for his Triple Crown bid next month.
The 3-year-old colt covered the distance in 46.80 seconds on Tuesday with trainer Bob Baffert and co-owner Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm looking on. It was the fastest among 43 workouts at the distance. Jockey Martin Garcia flew in from Southern California to work Justify, who is ridden in races by Mike Smith.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify has galloped at Churchill Downs in front of trainer Bob Baffert as the Triple Crown hopeful trains for the Belmont Stakes.
Baffert arrived from Southern California to watch Justify gallop 1½ miles on Monday. The trainer says the 3-year-old colt could breeze Tuesday. That's a workout when Justify would easily run under a hold without encouragement from his exercise rider.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Victor Espinoza shook Accelerate's neck to encourage him leaving the starting gate. That got the usually slow-breaking horse away in good position.
Then Espinoza waited.
With pacesetting Dr. Dorr and City of Light going at it up front, Accelerate and Espinoza laid third before rallying in mid-stretch to win the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday by 4 1/4 lengths over Dr. Dorr, trained by Bob Baffert.
Bob Baffert has a good feeling about Justify's chances of winning the final leg of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes.
The famed horse trainer appeared on the "PodcastOne Sports Now" show to talk to co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg about the June 9 race and Justify's shot at history.
Baffert said the way Justify won the Preakness showed another side of a horse who has won all five times he has raced in his brief career.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Justify has begun preparing for the Belmont Stakes and pursuit of the Triple Crown with an energetic gallop around Churchill Downs.
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 in the mud.
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 silks and knew his horse had been pushed to his limit with 100 yards left to go.
"I knew he was in for a fight," Baffert said. "I knew this was not going to be easy."
BALTIMORE (AP) — Dueling in the fog in front of 134,487 fans straining to see the action, Good Magic gamely jumped to the lead in the Preakness and held the rail.
Every time Kentucky Derby winner Justify got close, Good Magic withstood the challenge. After one horse nosed in front, the other gave no ground.
"It was like they had their own private match race," Justify trainer Bob Baffert said.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on Saturday's 143rd running of the Preakness (all times local):
Justify emerged from the fog and sloshed his way to another impressive victory, holding off several hard-charging challengers to win the Preakness on Saturday and keep alive the chance for trainer Bob Baffert's second Triple Crown champion in four years.