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Todd Pletcher takes sure and steady approach to Preakness

The Preakness has never been Todd Pletcher’s race. Its position two weeks after the Derby is too soon for Pletcher. He prefers giving his horses more rest between starts. But …


Lookin At Lee eyes Preakness glory after strong run in Derby

Charging hard down the stretch, Lookin At Lee barely missed winning the Kentucky Derby as a 33-1 long shot. His second-place finish seemingly impressed no one. Lookin at Lee has …


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 7:16 p.m.

Always Dreaming, Classic Empire become ‘neighbors’ for Preakness Stakes

The two best horses in the Preakness Stakes will be eyeball to eyeball coming out of the starting gate.


Aging Pimlico strains to keep its grip on Preakness

It’s Preakness week, so Pimlico Race Course is spruced up with flowers and fresh paint. That can’t mask the fact that 147-year-old Pimlico is showing its age, and without major …


UPDATED: Sun., May 14, 2017, 9:17 p.m.

New horses among Preakness challenges facing Always Dreaming

After Always Dreaming’s win in the Kentucky Derby as the favorite, the colt will be running in the Preakness with a bulls-eye on his back.


Fresh horses await Derby winner Always Dreaming in Preakness

Always Dreaming is headed to the Preakness in two weeks, when the Kentucky Derby winner is likely to face several fresh horses that skipped the first leg of the Triple …


Grip on Sports: If you like racing, this is a good weekend near and far

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Yesterday, 19 out of 20 horses who started at the Kentucky Derby finished. Only one, Always Dreaming, was declared the champion, however. Today, more than …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 7:19 p.m.

Always Dreaming rewards many with Kentucky Derby victory

A Kentucky Derby for Always Dreaming rewarded a multitude of connections who made it possible for owner Anthony Bonomo and Brooklyn Boyz Stables. The group includes Teresa Viola, whose husband …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 8:11 p.m.

Mud in your eye: Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby in slop

Always Dreaming splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 2 3/4 lengths, giving trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez their second victories in the race but …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 4:15 p.m.

The Latest – Kentucky Derby: Always Dreaming wins in slop

Always Dreaming has won the 143rd Kentucky Derby, pulling away from Lookin at Lee in the slop. Race officials confirmed the win for Always Dreaming minutes after he crossed the …


Soggy Kentucky Derby day doesn’t dampen party for some fans

Ponchos and rain boots are in fashion on a day usually devoted to sundresses and fancy suits at the Kentucky Derby. Steady rain has turned part of the sprawling Churchill …


No clear favorite, rain make for unpredictable Kentucky Derby

The 20-horse field for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby lacks a dominant runner. The winter prep races did nothing to establish a clear favorite.


Abel Tasman storms from the back to win Kentucky Oaks

Abel Tasman rallied from last and charged late to win the Kentucky Oaks by 1


Renovations are making the Kentucky Derby even more posh

Toni Goodman was close enough to see the horses kicking up dirt as they raced past, having spent a mere $5 for her trackside seat to an event just days …


Paradise Woods is the filly to beat at Kentucky Oaks

Paradise Woods is the filly to beat at the Kentucky Oaks. She is the 5-2 favorite for Friday’s race for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs on the day before the …


Coupling up: Joe Sharp and Rosie Napravnik in Kentucky Derby

There’s a power couple behind one of this year’s Kentucky Derby horses. Rosie Napravnik was one of the top jockeys in North America before she retired. Now, she’s an assistant …


Classic Empire is early 4-1 favorite for Kentucky Derby

Classic Empire was made the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday, with just four of the 20 horses listed at single digits in a wide-open race.


Bob Baffert is planning to watch the Derby from his couch

Bob Baffert went from thinking he could win a fifth Kentucky Derby to being out of it in the space of a few seconds. Once Mastery got hurt after winning …


All eyes will be on a 1-eyed colt named Patch at Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – His name is Patch, a horse with one eye, and he’ll be running in the Kentucky Derby. How he lost the eye is a mystery. “No one …


Dubai-based Thunder Snow tests Derby track after quarantine

Thunder Snow took to the track at Churchill Downs for the first time since clearing quarantine ahead of the Kentucky Derby. The UAE Derby winner owned by the ruler of …


Paradise Woods 5-2 choice in $1 million Kentucky Oaks

Paradise Woods is the 5-2 favorite for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs. The Oaks, the premier stakes for 3-year-old fillies, drew a full field of …


Pat Day’s unlikely Kentucky Derby win turns 25

This was no time for Pat Day to be patient. It paid off for a lifetime.


Pioneer jockey Jane Driggers Proctor dies at 61

Former jockey Jane Driggers Proctor, a leader among the Pacific Northwest’s pioneer women riders, died of a malignant brain tumor Monday at her home in Ocala, Florida. Known for her …


Classic Empire clinches Kentucky Derby spot with Oaklawn win

Two-year-old champion Classic Empire recovered from a poor performance his last time out and locked up a Kentucky Derby bid Saturday with a come-from-well-behind win in the $1 million Arkansas …


Gormley wins $1 million Santa Anita Derby by half-length

It’s almost like old times for John Shirreffs and Jerry Moss. The trainer and the Rock `n Roll Hall of Fame member are headed back to the Kentucky Derby together. …


Off since February, McCraken returns as Blue Grass favorite

Off since Feb. 11 because of an ankle injury, McCraken returns to work as the 7-5 favorite in the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. The unbeaten colt has …


Scudamore family aims for belated Grand National success

The Scudamore family is looking to end 58 years of frustration in the Grand National Steeplechase. Michael Scudamore won the famous race in 1959 aboard Oxo but victory has eluded …


Always Dreaming, Girvin get wins in Kentucky Derby prep races

Todd Pletcher has sent more horses to the Kentucky Derby than almost anyone.


Arrogate comes from last to win $10M Dubai World Cup easily

Arrogate showed his class again in the Dubai World Cup as he came from last place after a delay out of the stalls to win by an impressive two and …


Healing through horses – a refuge for veterans

Mark Moran found himself in the