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UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

Justify arrives in New York for Triple Crown bid

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify has arrived in New York ahead of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. The colt will try to sweep the Triple Crown. American Pharoah did it in …


Bob Baffert savors journey with another Triple Crown in reach

The only thing Bob Baffert wanted to do in horse racing was win the Triple Crown. Been there, done that. The Hall of Fame trainer captured horse racing’s biggest prize …


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 7:19 p.m.

Justify draws No. 1 post for Triple Crown try in Belmont Stakes

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify will break from the No. 1 post as the early 4-5 favorite in the Belmont Stakes as the colt tries to complete a Triple …


Bob Baffert sees parallels between Justify and American Pharoah

Triple Crown contender Justify is drawing comparisons to American Pharoah even after a very different path to the Belmont. Trainer Bob Baffert sees similarities in the two super horses as …


UPDATED: Sat., May 19, 2018, 6:37 p.m.

Justify wins foggy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 4:12 p.m.

Justify enters Preakness Stakes chasing history in weather that could be biblical

By midday Friday, the eve of the running of the 143rd Preakness Stakes, the rain and mud threatened to overtake Pimlico Race Course. Water collected in puddles and ran in …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 3:05 p.m.

Red Ruby pulls away to easy victory in Black-Eyed Susan

Red Ruby pulled away from Coach Rocks on a sloppy track and cruised to victory by 4 3/4 lengths in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Coach Rocks, the morning-line favorite, led …


Preakness looks like Justify’s race to lose after Kentucky Derby win

The Preakness looks like Justify’s race to lose as long as he runs to his usual form. Opposing trainers understand it’ll take Justify regressing from what he showed in the …


Good Magic, Quip are top challengers to Justify in Preakness

Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic and Quip are the top challengers to Justify in the Preakness. Justify looks like the horse to beat as the 1-2 morning line favorite and …


Half the horses in Preakness field get 1st shot at Justify

Half the horses in the eight-horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line. Perhaps one of the new shooters in Saturday’s race …


Justify tests soggy Pimlico track in workout for Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Justify is getting acquainted with the track at Pimlico Race Course. He’ll attempt to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive Saturday in the Preakness. The track was …


Stagnant horse racing betting court ruling helps the sport

Horse racing wants to bring new fans to the rail and track owners hope the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the ban on sports betting provides an opportunity. Race tracks …


Justify draws 7 post, is heavy favorite to win Preakness

Having the Preakness favorite has never bothered Bob Baffert before and it doesn’t bother him with Justify.


Preakness could leave aging Pimlico, move to Laurel Park

Pimlico Race Course is all gussied up again this week, ready to host the Preakness on a day that will enable the 148-year-old track to survive another year. Old Hilltop …


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 1:19 p.m.

Trainer Bob Baffert: Justify doing well after treatment for bruised heel

Trainer Bob Baffert says Justify is doing well and still on track to run in the Preakness after the Kentucky Derby winner was treated for a bruised heel on his …


Les Bois Park operators spent $1.34M on effort to get ‘instant racing’ initiative on Idaho’s Nov. ballot

Treasure Valley Racing LLC, the firm that operates the now-shuttered Les Bois Park horse racing track and casino in Garden City, poured a whopping $1.34 million into its recently concluded …


UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Justify wins sloppy Kentucky Derby; Baffert takes fifth title

Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, becoming the first colt in 136 years to wear the roses after not racing as a 2-year-old.


A Kentucky Derby with lightly raced colts, and lots of possibilities

Todd Pletcher is throwing numbers at the Kentucky Derby again. Bob Baffert is seeking a fifth victory and he’s got the favorite, too. An old jinx could be disproved, and …


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018, 5:53 p.m.

Self-made trainer Mick Ruis goes own way to Kentucky Derby

Mick Ruis packed his suitcases for his first trip to the Kentucky Derby as an owner and trainer. The 57-year-old high school dropout stuffed more than clothing and toiletries in …


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Ballot initiative supporters in Idaho submit signatures

Supporters for two high-profile ballot initiatives say they have collected more than enough signatures to put their issues before voters in November.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 10:53 a.m.

Justify installed the early 3-1 favorite for Kentucky Derby

Justify has been made the early 3-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Europe-based Mendelssohn is the second choice in a full field of 20 horses. Justify is trained by four-time …


Horse racing initiative backers accuse tribe of breaking law

A group seeking to legalize lucrative betting machines in Idaho on Monday accused the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of breaking state law while attempting to deter the success of their petition, …


Grip on Sports: Gonzaga’s roster is strong for next season – and may get even stronger

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We all know Gonzaga is going to be really good next season. In fact, the Zags could begin the year in the top five or …


Justify wins Santa Anita Derby by 3.5 lengths for Bob Baffert

Justify vaulted into the role of probable Kentucky Derby favorite with a three-length victory over Bolt d’Oro in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby. The colt has won his three …


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 5:40 p.m.

Audible wins Florida Derby, cementing Kentucky Derby spot

Audible ran away in the stretch to win the Grade 1 Florida Derby, further cementing himself as a serious contender for the Kentucky Derby. An eight-week layoff was no problem …


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 12:55 p.m.

Thunder Snow wins Dubai World Cup by over 5 lengths

Thunder Snow has stormed past race favorite West Coast to complete a stunning night for local stable Godolphin in the Dubai World Cup. Ridden by Christophe Soumillon, Thunder Snow starts …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 5:44 p.m.

Noble Indy edges Lone Sailor in $1 million Louisiana Derby

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 …


Bettor sues harness-racing trainer for loss linked to doping

An aggrieved harness-racing bettor is seeking to recoup more than $31,000 in losses in an unusual lawsuit alleging racketeering and fraud on the part of the trainer whose horse outraced …


Gun Runner scores Breeders’ Cup Classic victory

There’s a new king in horse racing and it’s Gun Runner.


$2 million Distaff tops opening day of Breeders’ Cup

Breeders’ Cup weekend kicks off with four stakes Friday, topped by the $2 million Distaff, as Del Mar hosts the season-ending championships for the first time. Friday is the warmup …