LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Toews On Ice took command at the top of the stretch and went on to a two-length victory over Entertainer in the $100,000 William Walker for 3-year-olds on a rainy opening night of the spring meet at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Posted: May 1, 2016, 1:54 am
A Lot beat Green Mask by a nose in a battle of closers Saturday to set the course record in the $100,000 Elusive Quality Stakes on the turf at Belmont Park. A Lot rallied from seventh to grab the lead at the top the stretch and withstood the challenge from Green Mask, the trailer for much of the race in the nine-horse field. It was the fourth win in 14 starts for the 4-year-old trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr.
Posted: May 1, 2016, 1:04 am

Chart shows top 10 Kentucky Derby hopefuls; 4c x 2 3/4 inches; 195.7 mm x 69 mm;

Unlike Pharoah-phever a year ago, Nyquist-mania hasn't yet struck in the days leading to the Kentucky Derby. It might by next Saturday night if the undefeated colt ends up in the winner's circle at Churchill Downs.


Posted: April 30, 2016, 9:24 pm

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2015, file photo, Nyquist (13), with Mario Gutierrez up, wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile horse race at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Unlike Pharoah-phever a year ago, Nyquist-mania hasnt yet struck in the days leading to the Kentucky Derby. It might by next Saturday night if the undefeated colt ends up in the winners circle at Churchill Downs. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

The starting gate will once again be full with 20 horses for the 142nd Kentucky Derby. Trainer Doug O'Neill has the likely wagering favorite in undefeated Nyquist. Steve Asmussen will saddle Gun Runner and Creator, Todd Pletcher has Wood Memorial winner Outwork and Tampa Bay Derby winner Destin, and Chad Brown has Shagaf and Blue Grass runner-up My Man Sam.


Posted: April 30, 2016, 5:04 pm

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2015, file photo, Nyquist (13), with Mario Gutierrez up, wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile horse race at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Unlike Pharoah-phever a year ago, Nyquist-mania hasnt yet struck in the days leading to the Kentucky Derby. It might by next Saturday night if the undefeated colt ends up in the winners circle at Churchill Downs. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

A year after American Pharoah thrilled the sports world by winning horse racing's first Triple Crown in 37 years, here comes Nyquist. The colt named for Detroit Red Wings player Gustav Nyquist is looking like a worthy successor to a sport eager to retain the new fans it gained during American Pharoah's sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Nyquist was last year's 2-year-old champion, capping his season with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.


Posted: April 30, 2016, 5:02 pm
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) -- Take It Easyplease rallied in the final eighth of a mile to win the $46,380 feature by three-quarters of a length Friday at Los Alamitos.
Posted: April 30, 2016, 1:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) -- Weekend Hideaway rallied to beat Loki's Vengeance by 2 1/4 lengths Friday in the $100,000 Affirmed Success Stakes, the opening day feature at Belmont Park.
Posted: April 29, 2016, 10:36 pm
While the path to the Kentucky Derby has wound through Florida, New York, California and other places, some hopefuls have found a quiet little stopover down the road from Churchill Downs at Keeneland. Keeneland has stabled four of 20 Derby qualifiers for various stints this month and even more filly hopefuls in the Oaks on May 6. The Blue Grass Stakes produced a possible Derby contender in winner Brody's Cause, who has another Grade 1 victory along with a third in last fall's Breeders' Cup Juvenile here.
Posted: April 29, 2016, 7:11 pm
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) -- Classico won the $36,260 feature by 2 1/2 lengths in his first start in over two months Thursday at Los Alamitos.
Posted: April 29, 2016, 1:19 am
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) -- A $1 million bonus is being offered to a horse that sweeps this year's Pacific Classic, Awesome Again Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Classic, a trio of Grade 1 Southern California races.
Posted: April 28, 2016, 4:29 pm

FILE - In this May 2, 2015 file photo, Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to victory in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Ky. Victor Espinoza will have a chance for an unprecedented three-peat in the Kentucky Derby, after all. The jockey who won the Derby with California Chrome in 2014 and with eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in 2015 has landed aboard long shot Whitmore, Espinozas agent Brian Beach said Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Victor Espinoza will have a chance for an unprecedented three-peat in the Kentucky Derby, after all. The jockey who won the Derby with California Chrome in 2014 and with eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in 2015 has landed aboard long shot Whitmore, Espinoza's agent, Brian Beach, said Wednesday. The Derby at Churchill Downs is May 7.


Posted: April 27, 2016, 5:38 pm

FILE - In this March 12, 2010, file photo trainer Steve Asmussen nuzzles Horse of the Year, Rachel Alexandra in the paddock of the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Champion racehorses Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Steve Asmussen have been elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, Monday April 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Alexander Barkoff, File)

Steve Asmussen hit the jackpot seven years ago with Rachel Alexandra. Soon, they'll be together again - in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame. ''In horse racing, it's unique in the fact that you go in (to the Hall of Fame) while you're still doing it and being honored,'' Asmussen said Monday at Churchill Downs, where he's training Kentucky Derby hopefuls Gun Runner and Creator.


Posted: April 25, 2016, 6:39 pm

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2011 file photo, Corey Nakatani rides My Miss Aurelia to victory during the Juvenile Fillies race at the Breeders' Cup horse races at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Ky. The Breeders' Cup is returning to its old Kentucky home. Churchill Downs and Breeders' Cup officials announced Monday, April 25, 2016, the race known for featuring the greatest horses and rich purses will return to the iconic twin spires in 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The Breeders' Cup is returning to its old Kentucky home at Churchill Downs. Ending a hiatus stretching several years, the two-day event of championship racing will return to the iconic twin spires in early November 2018, Breeders' Cup and Churchill officials said Monday. The track, home of the Kentucky Derby, has hosted the Breeders' Cup eight times, most recently in 2011.


Posted: April 25, 2016, 4:18 pm
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) -- Uptown Twirl won the $75,000 Surfside Stakes by 1¼ lengths Sunday at Los Alamitos in her first start in 10 weeks.
Posted: April 25, 2016, 1:47 am
NEW YORK (AP) -- John Velazquez rode both winners of the $100,000 stakes for 3-year-olds on Sunday at Aqueduct.
Posted: April 24, 2016, 10:45 pm

In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, Finest City and jockey Kent Desormeaux, right, outleg Lost Bus, left, with Fernando Perez, and Fantastic Style, with Rafael Bejarano, inside, to win the Grade II, $200,000 Great Lady M Stakes horse race Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Los Alamitos in Cypress, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

Finest City caught the pacesetters nearing the finish line and went on to a 1 1/4-length victory in the $200,690 Great Lady M. Stakes for fillies and mares Saturday at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Finest City ran 6 1/2 furlongs in a track-record 1:14.48, bettering the mark of 1:14.60 set by Patriots Rule in the E.B. Johnston Stakes on Sept. 5, 2014. Trained by Bob Baffert, Fantastic Style had a 1 1/2-length lead with an eighth of a mile to go in the Grade 2 race.


Posted: April 24, 2016, 2:48 am
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) -- Bit Of A Legend won the $609,000 Levy Memorial on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway, beating All Bets Off by a length in the richest race for pacers so far this year.
Posted: April 24, 2016, 2:45 am
NEW YORK (AP) -- Luis Saez rode the winners of both $100,000 stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct.
Posted: April 23, 2016, 10:11 pm
(Refiles with new headline) LONDON, April 23 (Reuters) - Richard Johnson was finally crowned British jump racing's champion jockey on Saturday after two decades of being the sport's 'nearly man'. The popular Englishman, one of the finest riders of his generation, has been striving for years to claim the most winners in a season only to be deprived season after season by the great Tony McCoy. In the first year since McCoy's retirement, 16-times runner-up Johnson finally received the deserved reward for his enduring excellence after riding his 235th winner of the season on the final day of the campaign at Sandown Park in London's suburbs.
Posted: April 23, 2016, 7:22 pm
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) -- Cherubim beat Pay the Fine by a nose to win the $54,680 feature Friday at Los Alamitos in his first start in 7 1/2 months.
Posted: April 23, 2016, 1:15 am

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