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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...

Good Magic is the favorite for the Haskell Invitational

Jul. 26, 2018 5:19 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Good Magic, the Kentucky Derby runner-up who was fourth in the Preakness, has been made the favorite for the $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. A field of seven was entered Thursday for the 1 1/8-mile race Sunday. Good Magic, who drew the No. 6 post...

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...

Fiery Hall of Fame jockey Manny Ycaza dies at 80

Jul. 17, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

Manny Ycaza, a Hall of Fame jockey who won the 1964 Belmont Stakes and paved the way for generations of Latin Americans to ride in North America, has died. He was 80. Ycaza died Monday of pneumonia and sepsis at a hospital in Forest Hills, New York, according to his wife, Jeanne De Ycaza. She said he had been...

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...

Ex-Kentucky Derby entry takes up residence at Old Friends

Jul. 6, 2018 12:42 AM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — The fifth-place finisher at the 2003 Kentucky Derby has taken up residence at a thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky. Michael Blowen, president of Old Friends farm near Georgetown, says Eye of the Tiger arrived recently. The now 18-year-old stallion retired from racing in 2006...

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...

Fans cheer Triple Crown winner Justify during parade lap

Jun. 16, 2018 8:37 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify was calm while posing for thousands of fans who cheered and took pictures of horse racing's newest superstar in 90-degree heat at Churchill Downs. A week after becoming the second Triple Crown champion in four years and 13th overall, the unbeaten chestnut...