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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 …


Then and now: Playfair race track redevelopment

Spokane’s Playfair Race Course, started in 1901 when the land was also the county fairgrounds, was a modest operation compared to glamorous venues in California, Kentucky and New York.


UPDATED: Sat., July 29, 2017, 8:26 p.m.

Good Samaritan produces stunning victory in Jim Dandy

Trainer Bill Mott said at midweek there were enough reasons for Good Samaritan to try the Jim Dandy Stakes, even though the field included the winners of the Kentucky Derby …


UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 8:17 p.m.

Arrogate soundly beaten by Accelerate in stunner at Del Mar

Accelerate stunned overwhelming favorite Arrogate to win the $300,000 San Diego Handicap by 8 1/2 lengths at Del Mar, snapping the seven-race winning streak of the world’s top-ranked horse. Ridden …


Diane Nelson, jockey with over 1,000 winners, dies at 54

Diane J. Nelson, a multiple graded-stakes winning jockey who rode over 1,000 winners while capitalizing on her good looks with a modeling career, has died. She was 54.


Teenage jockey Evin Roman wins title at Santa Anita

Evin Roman shared the riding title at Santa Anita’s winter-spring meet, becoming the second apprentice ever to do so and the first since 1949.


Ivan Puhich, veteran jockey agent and boxer at Gonzaga, dies at 89

Ivan Puhich, a jockey’s agent who represented such riders as Kentucky Derby winner Mario Gutierrez and boxed for Gonzaga University’s team in 1951, has died. He was 89.


Tapwrit rallies in stretch to win Belmont Stakes

Tapwrit overtook favored Irish War Cry in the stretch to win the Belmont Stakes by two lengths on Saturday, giving trainer Todd Pletcher his third career victory in the final …


Belmont Stakes up for grabs in topsy-turvy Triple Crown season

This year’s topsy-turvy Triple Crown trail comes to an end in a Belmont Stakes without the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners or the expected favorite who dropped out. It does …


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 8 a.m.

Japanese horse Epicharis treated for lameness before Belmont

The mystery surrounding the Japanese horse that is the early 4-1 second choice to win the Belmont Stakes has gotten deeper. Epicharis was treated with an anti-inflammatory for lameness in …


UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 2:27 p.m.

Irish War Cry returns to Triple Crown as 7-2 Belmont fave

Irish War Cry is returning to the Triple Crown trail as the 7-2 favorite for the Belmont Stakes. The colt claimed that status after expected favorite Classic Empire was forced …


Likely favorite Classic Empire to miss Belmont with abscess

Classic Empire is out of the Belmont Stakes because of an abscess in his right front hoof. Trainer Mark Casse says the abscess is a recurrence of the same problem …


With no Triple Crown in play, Belmont lacks a singular buzz

Cloud Computing stole the Preakness, and any hope of a Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.


UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017, 7 p.m.

13-1 shot Cloud Computing springs upset in Preakness

Cloud Computing ran down Classic Empire in the final strides to win the Preakness by a head. The 13-1 long shot was one of five fresh horses in the Preakness …


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 5:29 p.m.

Understudy Actress grabs spotlight with Black-Eyed Susan win

Long-shot Actress has won the Black-Eyed Susan, breaking her maiden in the prestigious Grade II race for 3-year-old fillies. Sloshing over a sloppy track at Pimlico Race Course, Actress held …


Always Dreaming looks very much for real as Preakness awaits

Always Dreaming has run away from the competition in four consecutive victories this year, winning by a combined 23 1/4 lengths. The dark bay colt was never challenged in winning …


Always Dreaming heavily favored in early Preakness wagering

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is taking heavy action in early wagering for this weekend’s Preakness. The 4-5 favorite on the morning line, Always Dreaming opened at 1-5 when advance …


Preakness offers encouraging news for Always Dreaming

Recent history suggests Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming has a good shot at winning the Preakness on Saturday. Always Dreaming will attempt to be the fourth Kentucky Derby winner in …


Conquest Mo Money looks to cash in at Preakness

Conquest Mo Money could be in line for a big payday in the $1.5 million Preakness. He drew the outside post in a field of 10 as a 15-1 shot …