In this image provided by Benoit Photo, Si Sage and jockey Elvis Trujillo enter the Winner's Circle after their victory in the Grade III, $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes horse race Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Long-shot Si Sage won the $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita, snapping a 10-race skid in the U.S.


Posted: April 26, 2015, 2:22 am
Effinex pulled a 6-1 upset Saturday for trainer Jimmy Jerkens in the $200,000 Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct. Most of Effinex's success before the Excelsior had come in races restricted to New York breds, including the Empire Classic last fall at Belmont Park. In the best effort of the 4-year-old's career, Effinex rallied from fifth with an explosive move on the final turn and wore down a game but tiring Red Rifle. As for Wicked Strong, Jerkens said: ''He'll be back.'' Effinex earned $120,000 for Tri-Bone Stables with his fifth victory in 14 starts, paying $14, $5.60 and $3.
Posted: April 25, 2015, 10:16 pm

Jockey Tammy Fox rides Kentucky Derby hopeful Keen Ice in a morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

One week ahead of the Kentucky Derby, several horses completed their workouts at Churchill Downs before the rain came down. The threat of severe weather across the state hastened things Saturday morning for Derby hopefuls such as International Star, Keen Ice and Tencendur, whose workouts at Churchill Downs came before daybreak and just ahead of the rain. Carpe Diem worked out at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, and trainer Todd Pletcher said ''We got fortunate with the weather.'' Santa Anita offered better California weather for Dortmund and Firing Line.


Posted: April 25, 2015, 8:33 pm

Jockey Tony McCoy tours the parade ring after he received the champion jump jockey's trophy, which he has been given permanently, before the last races of his career at at Sandown Park racecourse, London, Saturday, April 25, 2015. McCoy was champion jump jockey for the 20th consecutive year. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Surrounded by an 18,000-capacity crowd at Sandown Park racecourse, Tony McCoy pulled down his goggles to mask the tears. ''In every sport you need someone to drive you to the end,'' McCoy said.


Posted: April 25, 2015, 7:40 pm

A.P McCoy wipes away a tear after finishing third in the Handicap Hurdle Race, his last ever competitive race. Reuters / Eddie Keogh

By Ian Chadband LONDON (Reuters) - A.P McCoy bade farewell in tears to one of the most incredible careers in sport and admitted that his final day in racing on Saturday, while wonderful and emotional, had been one of the hardest days of his life. The 40-year-old Northern Irishman, one of British sport’s titans, was roared and feted by a full house of 18,000 at Sandown Park even if he failed to win his last two rides on the day he was crowned champion jockey for a 20th successive year. I wanted to get out while I was still champion jockey and I have." It was such an emotional occasion for McCoy that he could not stop the tears, even as he prepared for his very final ride aboard Box Office -- a horse which sadly could not come up with a performance befitting its name. "There were tears coming back on Box Office.


Posted: April 25, 2015, 6:50 pm
By Ian Chadband LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) - A.P McCoy bade farewell in tears to one of the most incredible careers in sport and admitted that his final day in racing on Saturday, while wonderful and emotional, had been one of the hardest days of his life. The 40-year-old Northern Irishman, one of British sport's titans, was roared and feted by a full house of 18,000 at Sandown Park even if he failed to win his last two rides on the day he was crowned champion jockey for a 20th successive year. I wanted to get out while I was still champion jockey and I have." It was such an emotional occasion for McCoy that he could not stop the tears, even as he prepared for his very final ride aboard Box Office -- a horse which sadly could not come up with a performance befitting its name. "There were tears coming back on Box Office.
Posted: April 25, 2015, 6:17 pm
By Ian Chadband LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) - The Princess Royal led the tributes as the racing world -- and beyond -- hailed the record-breaking career of Northern Ireland jump jockey A.P McCoy, which came to an emotional conclusion on Saturday. The 40-year-old McCoy brought down the curtain on his career at Sandown Park, where he was presented with the jockeys' championship trophy for the 20th successive year Celebrities and sportsmen were quick to salute the farewell of a figure who has a claim to being Britain's greatest sportsman after riding 4,357 winners. Britain's Princess Anne, a renown horseman herself, told the Racing Post newspaper: "I can only add my admiration to the epitome of a professional sportsman. Admiration that is heightened by my own, all too brief, experience of National Hunt Racing.
Posted: April 25, 2015, 4:20 pm
LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) - Tony McCoy, known to the racing world and beyond simply by his initials 'A.P.', retired from the sport at Sandown Park on Saturday after a peerless career, leaving behind a series of extraordinary records which may never be broken. 1 - Rode his first winner, Legal Steps, at the Irish track of Thurles on March 26 1992. Rode his first winner in Britain on Chickabiddy at Exeter on Sept. 7, 1994 2 - Number of Cheltenham Gold Cup winners he rode - Mr Mulligan (1997), Synchronised (2011). Also number of times he punctured his lungs while riding. ...
Posted: April 25, 2015, 4:18 pm
By Ian Chadband LONDON, April 25 (Reuters) - A.P. McCoy, the jump jockey who has created a remarkable sporting legend in Britain, failed to ride one final winner to mark the end of his peerless career on Saturday but it hardly mattered to the thousands who flocked to salute the tearful 'Champ'. McCoy, the 40-year-old who has ridden far more winners over fences than any other jockey, was willed on to a fairytale finish by a capacity crowd of 18,000 at Sandown Park in the London suburbs. He had two final rides on Mr Mole and, fittingly, his last mount was called Box Office. Both horses finished third but there was no sense of anti-climax as one of Britain's most popular sportsmen bowed out to a demonstration of affection from his competitors and spectators alike that few retiring champions will ever enjoy.
Posted: April 25, 2015, 4:11 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Trainer Todd Pletcher is down to four possible starters next week in the Kentucky Derby after Madefromlucky dropped out.
Posted: April 25, 2015, 12:37 am
ALBANY, Calif. (AP) -- Shared Belief will be sidelined for 60 to 90 days after sustaining a right hip injury in the Charles Town Classic last weekend.
Posted: April 25, 2015, 12:18 am
The Kentucky Derby routinely attracts a full field of 20 horses, even though half or more of them have little chance of winning. The prestige of having a Derby runner is too much to resist for owners and trainers, so the starting gate will once again be full for the 141st running on May 2 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Trainer Todd Pletcher is expected to have four horses in the race after the owners of Madeforlucky decided not to run in the Derby. Bob Baffert will saddle two of the most talked about colts.
Posted: April 24, 2015, 11:57 pm
Bob Baffert is riding high these days, knowing he holds a pair of aces heading into the Kentucky Derby. The white-haired trainer has the probable favorite in either undefeated Dortmund or American Pharoah, giving him a double shot at winning America's greatest race for the fourth time. At 62, having survived a heart attack three years ago in Dubai, Baffert feels grateful to be back in position to win another Derby, which would move him into a tie for second-most among trainers. I can't believe I'm so fortunate to be in this position with two outstanding 3-year-olds like I have.'' Todd Pletcher is even luckier.
Posted: April 24, 2015, 11:44 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Tale of Papa Nick finished second in the $58,000 feature Friday at Santa Anita, but was declared the winner by disqualification after Gouyen was taken down for a bumping incident at the top of the stretch.
Posted: April 24, 2015, 11:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mrs McDougal impressively won the $72,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct on Friday, pulling away to a 7 1/4-length win.
Posted: April 24, 2015, 10:24 pm
Ten years ago, there was no better Kentucky Derby loser than Kiaran McLaughlin. The trainer watched in disbelief as his first Derby starter, Closing Argument, the longest shot in the field at odds of 71-1, seized the lead in the stretch only to be overtaken in the final yards by another long shot, 50-1 Giacomo. Minutes after the close call, McLaughlin's brother and assistant, Neal, summed up the mood: ''We're the happiest second-place finishers you're ever going to find.'' Next weekend, McLaughlin sends out his sixth Derby starter in Frosted, believing his Wood Memorial winner has a solid shot at giving him his first Derby victory. ''It's going to be hard to get by them all,'' McLaughlin said this week during a conference call, ''but we hope we can.'' A full field of 20 3-year-olds is expected to be entered Wednesday, with trainer Bob Baffert set to send out the two favorites in unbeaten Dortmund and Arkansas Derby winner American Pharoah.
Posted: April 24, 2015, 5:47 pm
After nearly 4,350 winners, more than 1,000 falls, 20 straight jockey titles and countless broken bones, Tony McCoy will end his record-shattering career on the aptly named Box Office on Saturday. By 4.30 p.m. local time, McCoy's career will be over.
Posted: April 24, 2015, 4:30 pm
By Justin Palmer LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) - When Tony McCoy swings himself out of the saddle for the final time at Sandown Park on Saturday with a career total of more than 4350 winners unlikely to ever be surpassed, he will not ease into retirement with good grace. Retiring after 20 successive champion jockey titles proved a decision that caused much angst and the Northern Irishman has often questioned his inner conscience since announcing in February that the remaining few weeks of the jumps season would be his last. "I always had it in my head that I wanted to get out while I was champion jockey.
Posted: April 24, 2015, 2:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Heavily favored Consumer Credit held on to beat Pine Needles by a neck Thursday in the $98,000 Memories of Silver Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.
Posted: April 23, 2015, 10:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Coach Inge loved the mud at Aqueduct on Wednesday, cruising to a 12 1/2-length victory in the $75,000 allowance feature.
Posted: April 22, 2015, 9:53 pm

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