Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith sat behind the makeshift news conference table about 15 minutes after winning the $6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic in November.
They were notably happy, more so than usual, in anticipation of the question to which they thought they already knew the answer: Would Arrogate, who had just beaten California Chrome, be back racing as a 4-year-old?
Baffert handed the query to Garrett O’Rourke, who runs the U.S. operations of Juddmonte Farms.
“I think the pointers are that he will definitely race next year,” O’Rourke said.
“Yes,” Baffert blurted.
“Double yes,” Smith...
Oxbow stuns the field at Preakness, including Orb, the heavy favorite owned by Maryland's Stuart Janney III. The 138th Preakness was supposed to go to Orb, owned by Baltimore County resident Stuart Janney III and favored to win the second leg of racing's Triple Crown as he had the Kentucky Derby....