A horse owned by a Sheikh, trained by a South African, ridden by a Frenchman and bred by Dunmore Stud in Ireland is headed to the Kentucky Derby. His name: Mubtaahij.
Posted: March 31, 2015, 8:38 pm
Churchill Downs will be getting a new track superintendent after the Kentucky Derby. David Lehr will retire on May 31, ending a career of over 43 years at Churchill. He'll be replaced by assistant Jamie Richardson, who will be the fifth person in the track's 104-year history to hold that post. Richardson has spent three years working under Lehr, who took over from his brother Butch in 2012.
Posted: March 31, 2015, 6:13 pm
Kentucky Derby hopeful Far From Over has been sidelined with a leg injury and is off the Triple Crown trail.
Posted: March 31, 2015, 4:42 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Blue Tone won the $75,000 Santana Mile for older horses by 2 3/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.
Posted: March 30, 2015, 12:38 am
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is heading to England after being confirmed as a runner in the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting in June. The 4-year-old American colt was second to Prince Bishop in the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, on Saturday and will be taken directly to Britain as early as next week. A statement by Ascot racecourse on Sunday says California Chrome will be based at Newmarket in preparation for Royal Ascot, where he will race in the Prince of Wales' Stakes on June 17. Trainer Art Sherman will travel over periodically to see the horse.
Posted: March 29, 2015, 1:46 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Sky Kingdom won the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup for the second time for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on Saturday at Santa Anita.
Posted: March 29, 2015, 1:18 am
International Star trainer Mike Maker suggested that he might take some dirt from the Fair Grounds Race Course and sprinkle it on the famed track at Churchill Downs. Jockey Miguel Mena guided International Star to a come-from-behind victory Saturday in the $750,000 Grade II Louisiana Derby, giving the horse a sweep of all three Kentucky Derby prep races held at the Fair Grounds. ''He was the best horse in the race again today.'' International Star may not be among the favorites heading into the Triple Crown, but Maker sounded confident that his horse, with career winnings now at $1.01 million, has a shot to win the Kentucky Derby. ... I might take some of the dirt from Fair Grounds up to Kentucky with us.'' Breaking from the outside post as a 2-1 co-favorite, International Star settled along the rail in the back half of the nine-horse field.
Posted: March 29, 2015, 12:43 am
By the time Materiality and Upstart hit the top of the stretch, the other seven horses in the Florida Derby field were afterthoughts. It was basically a match race, and Materiality never gave up the lead. Staying perfect in three career outings, Materiality announced itself as potentially a big contender for the Kentucky Derby with a win for jockey John Velazquez and trainer Todd Pletcher in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on Saturday - finishing the 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 52.30 seconds and returning $5.60 for the win.
Posted: March 28, 2015, 11:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Saharan Serenade powered to a 3 3/4-length victory Saturday in the $57,000 allowance feature for New York bred fillies and mares at Aqueduct.
Posted: March 28, 2015, 9:53 pm
Prince Bishop pulled away from favorite California Chrome on the home straight and won the $10 million Dubai World Cup by 2 3/4 lengths at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday. Starting from the inside post, jockey William Buick rode Prince Bishop to his first victory on dirt. I feel a bit numb at the moment, but I'm sure when I get home and relax it will sink in.'' Prince Bishop was bred in Ireland, but has been trained by Saeed bin Suroor in the Emirates. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome was no match for Prince Bishop when the horse blew past him over the new dirt surface.
Posted: March 28, 2015, 9:32 pm
Well, that was easy. Mubtaahij pulled away from the field around the final turn and cruised to an eight-length victory in the $2 million UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday. The overpowering win convinced the 3-year-old's trainer that it's time to give the Kentucky Derby a try for the first time. ''We'll be there,'' said Mike de Kock, the well-known international trainer who rarely races in the United States.
Posted: March 28, 2015, 8:24 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Abbey Vale won the $60,000 feature for older horses by a length Friday at Santa Anita after an 11-month layoff.
Posted: March 28, 2015, 1:34 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tony Morgan has become the third harness driver in North America to reach 15,000 wins.
Posted: March 27, 2015, 8:16 pm
By Martin Dokoupil DUBAI (Reuters) - California Chrome’s owners believe they have a perfect draw in the outside nine gate to land the 20th running of the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race on Saturday. Nine is a perfect position for our horse,” trainer Art Sherman said of the favorite, the 2014 American Horse of the Year after landing Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories. Tomorrow we’ll gallop and take him to the paddock,” Alan Sherman, assistant to his father, told Reuters after Chrome’s light track work on Thursday. “He has not missed an oat, he’s eaten fantastic so we just hope we’ll get a good trip and put on a good show,” he said. After the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, California Chrome finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes, failing in his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Posted: March 27, 2015, 2:31 am
By Martin Dokoupil DUBAI, March 27 (Reuters) - California Chrome's owners believe they have a perfect draw in the outside nine gate to land the 20th running of the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race on Saturday. Nine is a perfect position for our horse," trainer Art Sherman said of the favourite, the 2014 American Horse of the Year after landing Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories. Tomorrow we'll gallop and take him to the paddock," Alan Sherman, assistant to his father, told Reuters after Chrome's light track work on Thursday. After the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, California Chrome finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes, failing in his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Posted: March 27, 2015, 2:00 am
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Five Palms won the $60,000 feature by 4 1/2 lengths Thursday at Santa Anita.
Posted: March 26, 2015, 11:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- John's Island squeezed out a head victory Thursday in a blanket finish in the $69,000 allowance feature for older horses at rainy Aqueduct.
Posted: March 26, 2015, 9:21 pm
My Point Exactly has taken a most unconventional path to the Florida Derby. He's going to try to crash the party on Saturday, part of an expected nine in the field for the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. ''I can't say to all the wiseguys, go out and bet this horse,'' said Adam Lazarus, the managing partner of Pinnacle Racing Stable, part of the horse's ownership group. Simple - finish first or second, and a trip to the Kentucky Derby is virtually guaranteed.
Posted: March 26, 2015, 8:44 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- International Star, which is aiming to sweep all three Kentucky Derby prep races at the New Orleans Fair Grounds, has been listed as a 3-1 early favorite and placed in the ninth post for Saturday's $750,000, Grade 2 Louisiana Derby.
Posted: March 25, 2015, 8:33 pm
Look out Dortmund, Firing Line may be running head to head with you again on Derby Day.
Posted: March 24, 2015, 8:37 pm