Latest Kentucky Derby News

Epicenter wins the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga

Jul. 30, 2022 19:30 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Epicenter is back where trainer Steve Asmussen thinks he should be — in the winner’s circle. Relegated to second-place finishes in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in May, Epicenter returned to the track Saturday for a stirring victory in the...

Bob Baffert notches 2nd winner at Del Mar's summer meet

Jul. 24, 2022 20:42 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had two victories on the opening weekend of Del Mar’s summer meet, three weeks after his 90-day suspension ended. Havnameltdown won by 2 1/4 lengths in his first career start in Sunday's $80,000 fourth race at the seaside...

Trainer Baffert seeks 10th win in Haskell Stakes with Taiba

Jul. 22, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — While trainer Bob Baffert isn't welcome at every thoroughbred track around the country, Monmouth Park has no problem letting the Hall of Famer bring his horses to New Jersey. After all, the $1 million Haskell Stakes is being run Saturday at the Jersey Shore...

Bob Baffert's Taiba favored in $1 million Haskell Stakes

Jul. 20, 2022 15:33 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Taiba is the slight 7-5 favorite over the undefeated Jack Christopher in the $1 million Haskell Stakes on Saturday, the first major race for 3-year-olds following the Triple Crown. Taiba is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who is seeking to extend his...

Bob Baffert a double winner in return from long suspension

Jul. 09, 2022 22:47 PM EDT

High Connection won the $125,000 Los Alamitos Derby by 1 3/4 lengths Saturday, giving trainer Bob Baffert his second victory on the card in his return to competition after serving a 90-day suspension. “What a way to come back,” said Baffert, whose punishment by the Kentucky Horse...

Mo Donegal finishes 1st at Belmont, another Pletcher win

Jun. 11, 2022 20:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Triple Crown veteran Todd Pletcher had simple advice Saturday for jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. before the Belmont Stakes. “Be patient,” Pletcher said. “I think you have the best last quarter of any horse in the race.” Sometimes, less is Mo. ...

Analysis: We The People the pick in Belmont Stakes

Jun. 11, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

There are few things that are certain in horse racing, and this is one of them: Rich Strike isn’t going to surprise anybody in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. His days of anonymity are over. Such is how it works after winning the Kentucky Derby. The Triple Crown...

Derby winner Rich Strike faces another stiff test in Belmont

Jun. 10, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

After so many things went right for Rich Strike to win the Kentucky Derby, he’ll likely need even more good fortune at the Belmont Stakes with so much stacked against him. Rich Strike won’t go off at odds of more than 80-1 this time, but even after bypassing the Preakness to run...

Rich Strike highlights horse racing's lack of diversity

Jun. 09, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When Rich Strike bolted into horse racing's spotlight in a little over two minutes with his upset Kentucky Derby victory, he shared the stage with his handler, who has long toiled in the shadows constantly tending to the champion colt. Rich Strike's attention...

Ethereal Road, Howling Time will not run in Belmont Stakes

Jun. 06, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The projected field for the Belmont Stakes is down to eight after two withdrawals the day before the post position draw. Neither Ethereal Road nor Howling Time will run in the third leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday, which is set to feature Kentucky Derby winner...