BALTIMORE (AP) — Maybe next year, the Preakness will be run in May and a huge crowd will fill Pimlico Race Course for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bob Baffert endured the lowest of lows and highest of highs within minutes in the Kentucky Derby.
He was bummed before the horses left the paddock after Thousand Words...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For John Velazquez, his third Kentucky Derby win was as charming as the first.
It was certainly stunning for the Hall of Fame jockey who guided Authentic to a...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the 146th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (all times EDT):
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Gamine is the even-money morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Oaks after drawing the No. 5 post position Monday in the marquee race for 3-year-old fillies.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Irad Ortiz Jr. won five races at Saratoga on Thursday, equaling his feat of a year ago.
He won the second, fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth races from his eight...
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.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Trainer Shug McGaughey walked into Saratoga Race Course stoked for the 150th running of the Travers Stakes. Code of Honor validated those feelings.
This is a Triple Crown season that will be remembered, though probably should be forgotten.
Maximum Security was the winner of the Kentucky Derby for about 20 minutes, then got taken down...
Tyler Gaffalione seems poised to add his name to the list of all-time great jockeys in horse racing that includes Ron Turcotte, Jerry Bailey, Gary Stevens, John Velazquez and Mike...
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.
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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey fondly remembers how the majority of the betting public and handicappers overlooked Orb six years ago, all the way to the Kentucky...
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Cutting Humor edged Anothertwistafate by a neck to win the $800,000 Sunland Derby and enter the picture for the Kentucky Derby.
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Code of Honor went to the lead midway through the stretch and won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday, more than likely clinching a spot in the Kentucky...
NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez rode his 6,000th career winner in North America, guiding Singapore Trader to victory Friday at Aqueduct.
He joins Hall of Famer Edgar Prado, Mario Pino and Perry Wayne Ouzts as the only active riders to reach the milestone and the 18th overall.
Velazquez says reaching the plateau on Friday was "just another number" and it won't be until he looks back at his career that he'll "know I accomplished something great."
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Good Magic, the Kentucky Derby runner-up who was fourth in the Preakness, is the favorite for Saturday's $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
A field of 11 was entered Tuesday for the 149th edition of the 1 1/4-mile Midsummer Derby, the longest running major race in the country.
TORONTO (AP) — Wonder Gadot won the 159th running of the $1 million Queen's Plate on Saturday at hot and muggy Woodbine Racetrack.
The 3-year-old filly beat Aheadbyacentury by five lengths, running 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.26 in the first jewel of Canada's Triple Crown.
John Velazquez rode the winner for owner Gary Barner and trainer Mark Casse.
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Audible ran away in the stretch to win the Grade 1 Florida Derby on Saturday, further cementing himself as a serious contender for the Kentucky Derby.
An eight-week layoff was no problem for Audible, who will take a four-race winning streak into the Triple Crown campaign that starts at Churchill Downs on May 5. He finished the 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park in 1:49.48, and delivered the fifth Florida Derby win to both jockey John Velazquez and trainer Todd Pletcher.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Co-favorite Noble Indy settled near the front and held off a late charge by Lone Sailor to win the $1 million Louisiana Derby by a head at the Fair Grounds Race Course on Saturday.
Noble Indy and Bravazo both went off at 5-2 in what is one of the major prep races for the Kentucky Derby, but Bravazo faded after entering the final turn in third.
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Forever Unbridled swept to the lead coming off the far turn and held off late-charging Abel Tasman to win the $2 million Distaff by a half-length Friday at Del Mar, capping a day of upsets at the Breeders' Cup.
The 5-year-old mare was coming in off a 73-day layoff. She showed no rust, though, in bettering her third-place finish in the race a year ago at Santa Anita.
Ridden by John Velazquez, Forever Unbridled ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.25 and paid $9.40 to win at 7-2 odds.
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There's been an upset in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Forever Unbridled, a 7-2 shot, held off Abel Tasman to win by a half-length on Friday at Del Mar.
Ridden by John Velazquez, Forever Unbridled ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.25 and paid $9.40, $5 and $3.40.
Abel Tasman returned $5.40 and $3.60, while Paradise Woods paid $3.80 to show.
Elate, the 2-1 favorite, finished fourth in the eight-horse field.
ASCOT, England (AP) — American filly Lady Aurelia won at Royal Ascot for the second straight year, cruising to a three-length victory in the King's Stand Stakes under replacement jockey John Velazquez on Tuesday.
"She's a once-in-a-lifetime horse," said trainer Wesley A. Ward after Lady Aurelia backed up her win in the Queen Mary Stakes in 2016.
BALTIMORE (AP) — For Always Dreaming, the first half of the Preakness went exactly as planned.
Locked in a battle with Classic Empire, the Kentucky Derby winner reached the midpoint of Saturday's race with a narrow lead.
And then, quite unexpectedly, Always Dreaming simply ran out of energy. As the weary dark bay colt faded into the middle of the pack, so did his chances of capturing the Triple Crown.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Always Dreaming has run away from the competition in four consecutive victories this year, winning by a combined 23 ¼ lengths.
The dark bay colt was never challenged in winning the Kentucky Derby by 2 ¾ lengths on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs.
Whether he does it again in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness at Pimlico on Saturday depends on a good trip, the tactics by his nine rivals and a little luck. Always Dreaming is the early 4-5 favorite under jockey John Velazquez.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — 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 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.
NEW YORK (AP) — Module led all the way for a 6-1 upset Thursday in the $67,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.
Hall of Famer Bill Mott made two changes that produced the second win in eight starts for the 3-year-old. Module was equipped with blinkers for the first tiime to narrow her field of vision, and she shifted back to the main track after several lethargic efforts on turf.
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Syndergaard swung and missed in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
The 2-year-old colt finished fifth in the $2 million race Saturday. Named for New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, the colt broke second out of the starting gate and quickly went to the lead. He had eventual winner Classic Empire on his outside and they dueled from the far turn to the quarter pole before Syndergaard gave way.
NEW YORK (AP) — Dickinson powered to a 2 1/2-length victory Thursday in the $90,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.
The 4-year-old was prominent throughout, closely tracking the pace set by 33-1 shot Mah Jong Madness. Dickinson and jockey John Velazquez took charge at the top of the stretch and quickly sprinted clear.
NEW YORK (AP) — Hoppertunity, trained by Bob Baffert, made a successful trip from California to Belmont Park on Saturday to win the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup and secure a spot in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
He will once again face California Chrome in the $6 million Classic, Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. California Chrome has already beaten Hoppertunity three times this year, most recently in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar in August.
NEW YORK (AP) — Daring Duchess was the front-running winner Wednesday of the $80,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.
The 4-year-old ridden by John Velazquez and trained by Mike Maker raced to her third win in 13 starts. The time was 2:00.71 for 1 1/4 miles on the firm course.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sandy'z Slew beat Dowse's Beach by a nose Friday in the $80,000 allowance feature for turf sprinters at Belmont Park.
The outcome required a three-way photo as the pacesetting Loose On the Town finished third, only a neck behind the top two.
Never worse than second at any point, Sandy'z Slew dug in for his first win in six starts this season.
John Velazquez rode for trainer Rick Schosberg as the 6-year-old gelding ran the six furlongs in 1:08.33.
NEW YORK (AP) — Roca Rojo won the $90,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares as the 1-5 favorite on Thursday at Belmont Park.
The 4-year-old trained by Chad Brown got her second win in three U.S. starts. She captured both races in her native Ireland last season.
John Velazquez guided her to a 1 1/2-length victory over My Cara Mia in 1:35.82 for the mile over the firm turf course.
NEW YORK (AP) — Texting beat Earring by a neck Wednesday in the $77,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park.
A 3-year-old trained by Chad Brown, Texting rallied four wide in the lane to secure her second win in six starts.
John Velazquez was aboard for the 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.01.
Texting paid $5.10, $2.80 and $2.20 as the 3/2 favorite.
NEW YORK (AP) — Comfort, the odds-on favorite, took the $100,000 Seattle Slew Stakes by a nose Saturday at Belmont Park.
The 2-5 choice ridden by John Velazquez prevailed over Touchofstarquality in the photo finish.
The 4-year-old colt trained by Todd Pletcher has found his best stride this season with three wins and a second in four starts. The lone loss was last month in the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga to Frosted, the leading older dirt runner on the East Coast.