In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, Sunday Rules and jockey Tyler Baze win the $150,000 Spring Fever Stakes horse race, Saturday, May 23, 2015 ,at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Long-shot Neveradoubt rallied to win the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes for 3-year-olds by a half-length Saturday at Santa Anita as part of the Golden State Series, five stakes races restricted to horses bred or sired in California.


Posted: May 24, 2015, 1:39 am
After riding his 5,000th career winner earlier on the card, Joe Bravo guided Red Vine to a two-length victory over Valid in the $75,000 Majestic Light Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday. Red Vine covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:40 2/5 and returned $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10 as the odds-on favorite in the field of five colts and geldings. It was another eight lengths back to Souper Lucky, who paid $2.40 to show.
Posted: May 23, 2015, 10:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- A Lot, the 1-2 favorite, rolled to a 6 1/4-length victory Saturday in the $100,000 Paradise Creek Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf at Belmont Park.
Posted: May 23, 2015, 9:41 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Birdlover won the $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes for fillies and mares by a head Friday at Santa Anita.
Posted: May 23, 2015, 3:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) -- Reload extended his winning streak to three with a 2 1/4-length victory Friday in the $90,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park.
Posted: May 22, 2015, 11:04 pm

In this photo taken Thursday, May 21, 2015, American Pharoah, ridden by Jorge Alvarez, jogs on the track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner is expected to be the heavy favorite to win the Belmont on June 6, attempting to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. The colt has won six straight races after a career-opening loss, was voted 2-year-old champion and has earned $3,730,300 on the track. (Reed Palmer Photography/Churchill Downs via AP) NO SALES

Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah went out for his first gallop since winning the Preakness, covering 1 3/16 miles at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday. Exercise rider Jorge Alvarez said the 3-year-old colt ''didn't seem like he was tired or anything.'' American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby on May 2 and the Preakness last Saturday.


Posted: May 22, 2015, 8:54 pm

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, MAY 23-24 - FILE - In this June 6, 1998, file photo, Victory Gallop (11), with Gary Stevens up, edges out Real Quiet, with Kent Desormeaux up, as they cross the finish line in the 130th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

Secretariat's record 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes, an unforgettable run into Triple Crown lore, still brings on chills when watching replays more than 40 years later. American Pharoah will attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner at the Belmont Stakes on June 6. The 3-year-old colt will be the 14th horse with a chance to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont since Affirmed in 1978.


Posted: May 22, 2015, 4:38 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Raised a Secret took command turning for home and went on to a two-length victory in the $60,000 feature for 3-year-olds Thursday at Santa Anita.
Posted: May 21, 2015, 10:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Element continued his successful transition to the turf, rallying from last to win the $77,000 allowance feature Thursday at Belmont Park.
Posted: May 21, 2015, 9:22 pm

FILE - In this May 16, 2015 file photo, American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat, left, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan hold the Woodlawn Vase after American Pharoah with Victor Espinoza aboard won the 140th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, in Baltimore. Zayat is fighting a lawsuit that accuses him of owing $1.65 million to a man who says he fronted him money for gambling bets placed at offshore casinos. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Ahmed Zayat, owner of Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah, asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses him of owing $1.65 million to a man who says he fronted Zayat money for gambling bets placed at offshore casinos. The federal breach of contract lawsuit was filed in March 2014 by Howard Rubinsky of Florida. It said that in 2003, Rubinsky and Zayat entered into a personal services contract.


Posted: May 21, 2015, 3:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Barrel of Love overcame a stumble at the start to win the $65,000 allowance feature for New York breds by four lengths Wednesday at Belmont Park.
Posted: May 20, 2015, 11:34 pm

Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah stops his morning walk to check out the crowd around the stakes barn, Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Win or lose the Belmont Stakes, Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah is expected to keep racing for the rest of the year. At least that's the plan owner Ahmed Zayat laid out Wednesday after confirming the sale of breeding rights of his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to Coolmore Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky. The value of the deal was not disclosed, but even before the announcement, Zayat's son, Justin, said the family had been inundated with offers, some for more than $20 million.


Posted: May 20, 2015, 9:16 pm
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, who bred Native Dancer among his 77 stakes winners and was instrumental in helping thoroughbred racing gain exposure on television, and John Hay Whitney, an owner, breeder and leader of the sport for more than 50 years, have been elected posthumously to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.
Posted: May 20, 2015, 7:20 pm
There's no shortage of challengers looking to upend American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes and spoil his chance to win the Triple Crown. Two more horses have been added to the mix, raising to 10 the number of rivals the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner could face in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont on June 6. A field of 11 would match last year's, when Tonalist won the Belmont and ended California Chrome's Triple try.
Posted: May 19, 2015, 7:45 pm

This handout provided by the Maryland Jockey Club shows Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah being held by assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes in a van for transport as they prepare to leave Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Monday, May 18, 2015. American Pharoah will attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed in 1978, at the Belmont Stakes on June 6. (Jerry Dzierwinski/Maryland Jockey Club via AP)

American Pharoah took a short walk to stretch his legs after his flight before getting a bath and retiring to his barn for some well-earned rest. There was no sign of Jet lag as he returned to Churchill Downs following his dominant Preakness victory that put him on the cusp of capturing the Triple Crown. Pharoah assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said ''everything went well'' during the trip and added, ''He's a very good shipper.'' After winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, American Pharoah will try to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 when he races in the Belmont Stakes on June 6. American Pharoah will work out at Churchill Downs on May 27 and June 2 before heading to New York for the 1 1/2 mile race.


Posted: May 18, 2015, 11:14 pm

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah has his face washed by groom Eduardo Luna following his return to Churchill Downs, May 18, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

The best seats are sold out, but about 40,000 general admission tickets remain for a chance to see American Pharoah attempt to win the Belmont Stakes and become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. The New York Racing Association recently capped attendance at 90,000 at Belmont Park, meaning 50,000 tickets have been sold for the June 6 race. Ticket sale numbers are as of Monday, NYRA spokesman John Durso Jr. said. Last year, a crowd of 102,199 - third largest in Belmont history - watched California Chrome's failed Triple Crown bid.


Posted: May 18, 2015, 9:39 pm

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert rubs the head of American Pharoah as the Preakness-winning colt gets a bath outside the stakes barn Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Dortmund won't be around for this one, but a familiar cast of 3-year-olds are lining up as potential spoilers when American Pharoah attempts to win the Belmont Stakes and give thoroughbred racing its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. Dortmund is the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner's stablemate. Dortmund, third in the Derby, was given a strong chance to turn the tables in the Preakness - and upend his own trainer's Triple try. American Pharoah is Belmont-bound after splashing his way to a seven-length victory in the Preakness on Saturday.


Posted: May 18, 2015, 6:19 am

Trainer Bob Baffert rubs the head of Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah outside the stakes barn, Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

He's won from the rail and he's won from an outside post, and now, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978. So, Bob Baffert, what kind of track surface would you prefer for the Belmont Stakes on June 6? ''I want the same track Secretariat had,'' he joked on a humid Sunday morning just outside the Pimlico stakes barn. I'll take that.'' Of course, Baffert was referring to the 1973 Triple Crown champion who won the Belmont by a mind-boggling 31 lengths.


Posted: May 17, 2015, 11:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Here's Zealicious made a strong move up the rail to beat Lady Gracenote by 4 1/2 lengths Sunday in the $65,000 allowance feature for New York bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
Posted: May 17, 2015, 10:07 pm
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) -- Sawyer held off Tela by a half-length to win the $40,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Sunday.
Posted: May 17, 2015, 10:05 pm

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