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Santa Anita to rename race in honor of American Pharoah

Aug. 18, 2018 8:23 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita will rename a Grade 1 stakes race in honor of 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. The track says the American Pharoah Stakes for 2-year-olds will be run at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 29. The race was formerly known as the FrontRunner Stakes, which American Pharoah won...

Triple Crown winner Justify retired from racing

Jul. 25, 2018 9:21 PM EDT

Triple Crown winner Justify was retired from racing Wednesday because of fluid in his left front ankle. Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify's owners said caution over the horse's ankle condition made it impossible to tell if he'd be healthy enough to race by the fall. "What a way to go out: never beaten, won the...

Saratoga, without Justify, ready to go for 150th meet

Jul. 19, 2018 11:54 AM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify won't be running during the 150th meet at Saratoga Race Course, but many of the best thoroughbreds will be at the historic track for the 40-day season. The meet features 69 stakes races worth $18.8 million in purses and opens Friday. Among those...

Triple Crown winner Justify under observation at Del Mar

Jul. 16, 2018 9:01 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify has re-located to Del Mar where trainer Bob Baffert is keeping him under observation after swelling in his left front ankle emerged two weeks ago. Baffert says Justify will probably just walk around the stable area for the next two weeks at the track north...

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith returns to New Mexico

Jul. 14, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Mike Smith became the 12th jockey in history and the only one from New Mexico to win the Triple Crown after flying across the finish line atop 3-year-old Justify in June to a roar of cheers at Belmont Park in New York. Smith was born in Roswell but forged his love of horse racing while...

Triple Crown winner Justify dealing with swelling in ankle

Jul. 11, 2018 7:44 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify has been taken out of training while waiting to see if swelling in his left front ankle subsides. Trainer Bob Baffert says Justify will be re-evaluated in two weeks. He says the swelling developed recently and it comes and goes. Baffert told the Daily...

Baffert, Bickerstaff lead Kentucky Hall of Fame selections

Jun. 27, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Athletic Hall of Fame has selected Triple Crown-winning horse trainer Bob Baffert, veteran NBA coach and executive Bernie Bickerstaff and breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey for its seven-member class. Others recognized Wednesday for their contributions to sports in Kentucky and...