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Stories tagged: horse racing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …