Did the overconfidence of Spectacular Bid trainer Bud Delp and jockey Ronnie Franklin lead to his near miss at the Belmont in 1979 and the beginning of the current curse? It’s a good bet Bob Baffert and Victor Espinoza won’t make the same mistake with American Pharoah.
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Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah is the only horse eligible to win the Triple Crown, thus a laser beam shines on him and trainer Bob Baffert. But no horse has claimed that crown since Affirmed in 1978, and American Pharoah drew a tricky rail post at Pimlico.
After a workmanlike win in the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah faces a near impossible task in winning the Triple Crown. Trainer Bob Baffert is trying to break a 36-year jinx of no Triple Crown horse since Affirmed in 1978.
Trainer Bob Baffert has two good reasons to feel confident about winning his fourth Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday. They are American Pharoah (5-2) and Dortmund (3-1).
There are so many Kentucky Derby handicapping seminars, and the best part is they’re free. There will be giveaways all over the valley of Derby hats, shirts and glasses. The Run for the Roses will be May 2.
Trainer Bob Baffert has three wins, three seconds and two thirds in 24 Kentucky Derby starts. His Derby winners — Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002) — also won the Preakness, but couldn’t pull off the Triple Crown by winning the Belmont Stakes.
American Pharoah is a heavy favorite to win the last big prep race for the Kentucky Derby. But plenty of other horses need to run well at Oaklawn Park on Saturday if they want to run for the roses at Churchill Downs.
When Keeneland moved the Blue Grass back one week, it set up a true Super Saturday. Three big Kentucky Derby preps will go Saturday: the Blue Grass, Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby.
Three more Kentucky Derby prep races — the Florida Derby, Louisiana Derby and the UAE Derby — will be run Saturday.
Kentucky Derby hopefuls will be running in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., and the Sunland Derby in Sunland Park, N.M., this weekend.
Eclipse Award winners American Pharoah and Untapable make their season debuts Saturday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.
Shared Belief beat California Chrome and Hoppertunity in the San Antonio at Santa Anita Park. Shared Belief is the only one of the three to race in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.
Life is full of instances in which people try to do the right thing but end up with egg on their faces by not thinking things through.
This week was a mix of emotions as first there was a blackout of seven racing signals controlled by Monarch Content Management. Fortunately, the interruption lasted less than two days. By mid-afternoon Thursday, a temporary agreement between Monarch and the Nevada Pari-Mutuel Association allowed those signals to return.
Now that a dazzling duel between Shared Belief and California Chrome in the San Antonio at Santa Anita is in our rear-view mirror, our focus can return to the Kentucky Derby.
The San Antonio at Santa Anita Park will feature California Chrome, Hoppertunity and Shared Belief on Saturday. It will be the first race of the season for the Horse of the Year California Chrome.
Columnist had a front-row seat for the Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Challenge at the Treasure Island. He watched John O’Neil of Huntington Station, N.Y., out-handicap the field to take the first prize of $800,000.
The 16th annual Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship will start today at Treasure Island. With more than 600 entries in play, the three-day tournament will have its largest field ever.
The closing of Atlantic City Racecourse. follows closely on the heels of the closure of Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass., and Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. I can’t see how closing down three racing franchises in about a year could be anything but negative.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So when Gulfstream Park began its Rainbow 6 jackpot wager in 2011, it has been copied by other tracks in some way, shape or form.
When I first started voting for horse racing’s Eclipse Awards some 16 years ago, the first rule I learned was there are no rules.
Bob Baffert’s undefeated Dortmund will be the favorite in the Los Alamitos Futurity on Saturday. In the Kentucky Derby future books, the colt already is 12-1 at Wynn Las Vegas and 10-1 at William Hill.
In the battle over the shrinking horse racing pie, simulcast providers are seeking increased payments from locations that don’t offer live racing. This could have a big impact at Nevada casinos.
When horse racing is presented in a first class manner, it’s the best sport, and gambling game, going. Del Mar is among a select few racetracks that has a strong, positive brand even to those outside of horse racing.
When California Chrome enters the starting gate for the Grade 1 $300,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on Saturday at Del Mar, most eyes in the horse racing world will be watching.