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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.