horse racing

Rachel, Zenyatta post impressive workouts

Horse racing’s leading ladies are back at work.

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra zipped five furlongs at Churchill Downs on Monday, and unbeaten mare Zenyatta was just as impressive in a work at Hollywood Park.

Rachel Alexandra covered five furlongs in 1:00.40, second fastest of the 14 horses who worked the distance.

Zenyatta worked six furlongs in 1:13 as she continues to prep for the Vanity Handicap on June 13. Zenyatta hasn’t raced since improving to 16-0 with a romp in the Apple Blossom on April 9.

Also: New York state is expected to loan the New York Racing Association $25 million to preserve thoroughbred racing seasons at Belmont, Saratoga and Aqueduct.


BMW winner Khan fails to qualify for U.S. Open

One day after the biggest win of his career, Simon Khan failed to qualify for the U.S. Open.

Khan, who won the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour, was the odd man out in a six-man playoff for the last five spots in a 36-hole qualifier for the U.S. Open.

Also: Tim Petrovic and Bo Van Pelt were among eight PGA Tour players who qualified for the British Open.

Others who qualified were D.A. Points, Martin Laird of Scotland, Tom Pernice Jr., Glen Day, George McNeill and Cameron Percy of Australia, who earned the last spot in a three-way playoff with Bubba Watson and former UNLV golfer Charley Hoffman.


Argentina, minus Messi, beats Canada in friendly

Maxi Rodriguez scored two goals as Argentina defeated Canada 5-0 at Buenos Aires in the Gauchos’ final tuneup before their World Cup opener June 12 against Nigeria.

Argentina’s farewell match was played with FIFA player of the year Lionel Messi on the bench as coach Diego Maradona decided to rest the Barcelona playmaker after a grueling European season.

Also: South Africa tied 1-1
Bulgaria in a friendly at Johannesburg in the team’s buildup for the World Cup it will host beginning June 11.

South Africa played with confidence against a team rated 56 places above it, and Siyabonga Sangweni powered home a header to give Bafana Bafana a 20th-minute lead.

Portugal tuned up for its World Cup with a disappointing 0-0 draw with Cape Verde Islands, a country ranked 117th.

Cristiano Ronaldo had little impact despite playing 90 minutes at Covilha, Portugal.

Ledley King headed in England’s first goal as the injury-prone defender returned from a three-year international absence in a 3-1 win over Mexico in a World Cup warm-up at Wembley, England.

The Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling will be Oct. 24 to Nov. 6 at the South Point.

Texas Christian’s Jim Schlossnagle was named Mountain West Coach of the Year for the fifth straight season.

UNLV third baseman R.J. Arnold, designated hitter Drew Beuerlein and pitcher Tanner Peters earned second-team all-conference honors.

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