The Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday marks a turn-the-page moment in racing from the end of the Triple Crown. Orb, Oxbow, Palace Malice plus the other top 3-year-olds will return soon enough in the Haskell and Travers. But for now the attention will be on the older horses.
The Belmont Stakes on Saturday is anything but anticlimactic for those of us who follow horse racing. Though there is no horse going for a sweep of the Triple Crown, the Belmont is a classic race with great history to it.
Great athletes always seem to make the right moves at the right time. For example, compare these winning moves by jockey Gary Stevens and LeBron James.
If you’ve ever met Shug McGaughey, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Orb, you’ll understand what “old school” really means in horse racing.
As soon as Kentucky Derby favorite Orb crossed the finish line first at Churchill Downs, the banter began: Is this the colt that finally could end the Triple Crown drought?
There are just a few days a year when horse racing is front and center in the mainstream media, and Kentucky Derby day is clearly the grandest of those days.
A crowd of 160,000 will attend the Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The next best place to be for the first of three Triple Crown races is Las Vegas.
Quick, name the racetrack that will host two Santa Anita Handicap winners Saturday. Santa Anita? Keeneland? Aqueduct? Would you guess Charles Town?
It is down to the wire for horses to earn enough points to be among the 20 starters for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4.
It is a misnomer to call Saturday’s $1 million Wood Memorial or $750,000 Santa Anita Derby “prep races” for the Kentucky Derby. Until you earn enough Derby points to secure a spot, no one is prepping anymore. You must run well or end up watching the Derby on TV.
There will be an embarrassment of rich races to bet on in our race books on Saturday. Three tracks — the Fair Grounds, Gulfstream Park and Meydan in Dubai — will each host a festival of racing at their venue.
Anyone who saw Joyful Victory win the Grade 1 Santa Margarita at Santa Anita on Saturday witnessed a great filly in action. And I don’t mean the horse.
I am a voter in the weekly National Thoroughbred Racing Association polls for the top thoroughbred and 3-year-old. It’s an honor I don’t take lightly. Every Sunday night, I dutifully email my vote to the NTRA office.
Two more colts will earn berths into the Kentucky Derby this weekend in the Tampa Bay Derby and San Felipe. The winner of each race will earn 50 points, enough to secure a spot in the 20-stall Derby starting gate.
One of the best days of racing in Southern California is Santa Anita Handicap day. The 76th running of the Big Cap is Saturday.
If you’re a horse racing fan, I know you’ve watched the races live on TVG. And regardless whether you like the network’s coverage, the fingerprints of executive vice president for television Tony Allevato are all over TVG’s programming.
If you asked 100 horseplayers in Las Vegas for their philosophy of betting, you may get nearly as many answers. But I think one thing in common might be trying to bet a little to win a lot.
Is it just me, or does it seem whenever trainer Bob Baffert starts a horse in a Santa Anita stakes race, the field is only four horses deep?
TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
The Road to the Kentucky Derby heats up Saturday with three prep races: the Withers at Aqueduct, the Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay and the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita. The winner of each race will earn 10 Kentucky Derby points. Put into perspective,...
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Frank Stronach and his Magna Entertainment, owners of Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, the Maryland Jockey Club, Portland Meadows and Santa Anita Park, never have been afraid to try new ideas. Remember the ill-conceived Horse Wizard slot...
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There is a good reason why a majority of horses who run in the Breeders' Cup are given time off. The hard training preparing for a peak effort and the energy expended in the race take a huge toll on these star horses. Thus, the upset losses by My...
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