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UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 11:05 p.m.

Accelerate wins $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs

Accelerate came on at the top of the stretch and outraced Gunnevera to win the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by one length, strengthening his bid for Horse of the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 10:14 p.m.

Otter endorses ballot initiative to revive horse racing

Many aspects of Idaho’s horse culture, including ranch work and rodeo, depend on a viable horse racing industry, Gov. Butch Otter said.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 10:32 a.m.

Fundraising in governor’s race eclipsed by initiative campaigns

After a hotly contested primary race that saw the candidates for governor spend more than $4 million combined, campaign finance reports filed Wednesday show much lower figures for rivals Brad …


Grip on Sports: Even the best laid plans never seem to work out when it comes to the Ryder Cup

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The world of sports is a smaller place these days. Heck, the world seems smaller. Read on.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018, 7:03 p.m.

Former Playfair Race Course standout jockey Robert Howg dies

In 1968, Robert Howg led Playfair’s apprentice jockeys with 31 victories while finishing second in the overall standings to regional star Richard Wright. He placed fourth in 1970 and seventh …


Pam Roylance: Idaho’s horse industry relies on a healthy horse racing environment

The initiative to save Idaho horse racing is now Proposition 1 on this November’s ballot. It’s time for all of us – those who signed it, who love horses and …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 12:19 p.m.

Idaho coalition to fight ‘historical horse racing’

An Idaho group made up of state and local political leaders have launched a statewide effort to oppose a ballot initiative seeking to legalize so-called “historical horse racing.”


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

Noted horse racing trainer Fred Hepton dies at 84

Spokane horse racing, its history dimmed by the passage of time, lost another of its prominent figures recently with the death of trainer Fred Hepton.


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

Justify retires from racing

Triple Crown winner Justify was retired from racing Wednesday because of fluid in his left front ankle. Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify’s owners said caution over the horse’s ankle condition …


Jockey Victor Espinoza hurt at Del Mar when horse collapses, dies

Jockey Victor Espinoza was injured when the horse he was riding at Del Mar racetrack collapsed during training and died.


Fans cheer Triple Crown winner Justify during parade lap

Triple Crown winner Justify was calm while posing for thousands of fans who cheered and took pictures of horse racing’s newest superstar in 90-degree heat at Churchill Downs. A week …


Owners: Triple Crown winner Justify will race again

Triple Crown winner Justify will get a well-deserved break and then race again this year, although no date or location has been targeted yet after the colt came out of …


Grip on Sports: This Triple Crown thing is getting a bit redundant … or at least it seems that way

A GRIP ON SPORTS • It was just three years ago when horse racing aficionados wondered if there would ever be another Triple Crown winner. After all, 37 years had …


UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Justify wins Belmont Stakes to become 13th winner of the Triple Crown

Justify led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown champion and second in four years. The chestnut colt is the second undefeated …


Grip on Sports: The Warriors win again and this time it isn’t even close

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Now this is the type of June (weather) we remember. Except, in our memories, there was nothing like the Warriors. Read on.


Memories of Playfair are bittersweet, as fans of former Spokane horse track find other venues

When Playfair closed the gates on its final meet on Dec. 17, 2000, local racing fans were forced to find other outlets to follow their favorite sport. Like a congregation …


Jockey Mike Smith back on familiar turf at Belmont

Walking into Belmont Park is like old home week for Mike Smith. The jockey knows the vast track with its sweeping turns like the back of his hand. Fans who …


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.