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  • Preakness host Maryland's horse racing in optimistic state

     Preakness host Maryland's horse racing in optimistic state
    BALTIMORE — It is difficult to be at the Preakness this year without feeling a tinge of jealousy. That is especially true if you are just a few days removed from a visit to the current dungeon of California racing, a.k.a. Hollywood Park. All...
  • Hollywood Park's ghost of a chance casts pall on Southland racing

    Hollywood Park's ghost of a chance casts pall on Southland racing
    With its announcement Thursday, Hollywood Park did little to refute the theory that horse racing is a sport in need of hospice. They raced at the Inglewood track Friday, but it wasn't business as usual. Nor will it be the rest of this meeting and the...
  • As Kentucky Derby nears, these two already have won

    As Kentucky Derby nears, these two already have won
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As the Kentucky Derby approaches, consider Dennis O'Neill and Tom Knust as Twin Spires for racehorse Goldencents. The backstretch barns at Churchill Downs were celebrity central Wednesday morning, led by the current biggest...
  • Horse deaths are troubling to Bob Baffert

    Horse deaths are troubling to Bob Baffert
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With nary a thought to Hamlet, trainer Bob Baffert is currently suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. In his current situation, and in a world where oft-misinformed social media stirs the rumor pot to a boil,...
  • Kentucky Derby preview: The 139th Running of the Roses

    Kentucky Derby preview: The 139th Running of the Roses
    First things first: Grantland has a terrific look-back at Hunter S. Thompson's "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved." I always start the Derby primer with a link to this story -- and by always, I mean I also did it last year -- and this adds...
  • Orb wins the 139th Kentucky Derby

    Orb wins the 139th Kentucky Derby
    LOUISVILLE, KY. — Claude R. “Shug” McGaughey is a man who looks like the embodiment of the nickname that is all anybody calls him by. Short and unassuming, he said this week he made an effort to enjoy the run-up to the Kentucky Derby,...
  • Orb leaves Kentucky Derby field moonstruck

     Orb leaves Kentucky Derby field moonstruck
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The horse with the short name and the long stride won the Kentucky Derby here Saturday. Fans of Orb, and headline writers worldwide, rejoiced. Orb's daddy was Malibu Moon; thus the short name with its perfect family connection....
  • Jockey Mike Smith has eight ways to reach Breeders' Cup milestone

    Jockey Mike Smith has eight ways to reach Breeders' Cup milestone
    Santa Anita's Great Race Place, with lots of workers and media on hand Monday, was abuzz. Down the street a couple of blocks, having lunch and itching to get to this weekend's Breeders' Cup, jockey Mike Smith was aglow. "Boy, I'm mounted well," he said....
  • Breeders' Cup looks to add to rich history

    Breeders' Cup looks to add to rich history
    The 28 years of horse racing's traveling carnival, also known as the Breeders' Cup, have been a tale of more than two cities; 10, actually, if you count Los Angeles and New York twice each for their separate participating tracks. The history of this...
  • Mike Smith finds love again with Royal Delta at Breeders' Cup

    Mike Smith finds love again with Royal Delta at Breeders' Cup
    Quite the ladies' man, this Mike Smith. He may be bald, he may be just a little guy, and he may be just three years shy of that symbolic male decline age of 50. But put him in the saddle of a filly or mare in a big-money horse race and it is instant...
  • Fort Larned withstands a siege in Breeders' Cup Classic

    Fort Larned withstands a siege in Breeders' Cup Classic
    Game On Dude didn't quite have enough game. Mucho Macho Man had insufficient macho. And so Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic, a Hollywood show taking place before 55,123 well-dressed and well-entertained people at a horse track long established in star-...