The cherished Old Course has begun its latest star turn at age 268, and when the early reviews came in at the 150th British Open, the gorgeous geezer raked in the usual nods for beauty and history, but also earned descriptions as "fiddly," "a little bit funky" and "bizarre." It got a nuanced defense of its apparent permissiveness from Rory McIlroy. How typically kind of him.
One of the biggest compliments a rookie in any sport can receive from coaches or veteran teammates is that they are a sponge, someone who absorbs every bit of information thrown at them, which often comes at a dizzying pace. Lexie Hull is just 16 games into her WNBA career in Indiana, but she’s already earned that moniker from her coach.
On the oval in front of the clubhouse at The Country Club, Phil Mickelson took part in a press conference on American soil for the first time since taking time away from golf in February. Mickelson, who is making his 31st attempt at the major that has always eluded him, was front and center on Monday afternoon prior to the start of the 122nd U.S. Open. But that wasn’t the primary topic of the ...
Rich Strike, who thrilled racing fans with a storybook win at the Kentucky Derby, could not add the Belmont Stakes to his resume Saturday as Mo Donegal, the favorite at post time, narrowly won the 154th running of what is known as the Test of the Champion.Mo Donegal, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. and trained by Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher, paid $7.20 for a $2 bet and earned an $800,000 for owners Donegal Racing. He had finished fifth at the Kentucky Derby.Nest, a filly, finished second, and Skippylongstocking was third.Rich Strike ran in the back of the pack and finished sixth. He was ridden again by Sonny Leon, the little known jock from the grits and hard toast circuit who had thrown down a masterpiece of big-time race riding at Churchill Downs — a swerving, rail-skimming trip worthy of a tear of appreciation from the Mona Lisa.Uplifting stories have been hard to come by in America’s oldest sport these days. Bob Baffert, who trained Medina Spirit — last year’s Derby winner until he was disqualified for failing a post-race drug test — had kept horse racing in the news by contesting the penalty. In April, Baffert was sidelined for the Triple Crown by a 90-day suspension from Kentucky regulators.The unlikely victory of Rich Strike at the Kentucky Derby last month captivated sports fans who were taken by the colt’s humble beginnings. He was bought for $30,000 out of a claiming race by an owner who had only one horse in training: Rich Strike. Eric Reed, the horse’s trainer, and Leon were accomplished horsemen who had won plenty of races but weren’t widely known because their successes came mostly at the casino racetracks in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.Two weeks later, order was restored when Early Voting, owned by hedge fund investor Seth Klarman, repelled the challenge of the heavily favored Epicenter to capture the 147th running of the Preakness Stakes.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
In a sense, the 154th Belmont Stakes on Saturday doubles as a race among eight horses and an epitome of an entrenched era. It shouts the reality of how racehorses race less frequently than they used to, a fact so familiar and debated across decades that it has begun to enter middle age.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kurt Busch was slowly driving his Jordan Brand-styled ride toward victory lane at Kansas Speedway on Sunday when car owner Denny Hamlin stopped him in his tracks, ducked his head through the window and said: “We did it.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson posted the fastest lap in the IndyCar Grand Prix’s final practice session Saturday, completing Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course in 1 minute, 11.0839 seconds.