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Vale Dori scores upset win for Baffert in Zenyatta Stakes

Sep. 30, 2018 7:58 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Vale Dori defeated La Force by three-quarters of a length to win the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes in an upset at Santa Anita on Sunday. Abel Tasman, the 1-9 favorite trained by Bob Baffert, finished next-to-last, beaten 10 1/2 lengths. Vale Dori, an 11-1 shot also trained by Baffert, ran...

McKinzie wins $1M Pa Derby off 6-month break for Baffert

Sep. 22, 2018 8:28 PM EDT

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — McKinzie returned from a six-month layoff to win the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by 1 3/4 lengths for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Ridden by Mike Smith, McKinzie ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.05 on Saturday at Parx. The colt paid $6 to win as the 2-1 favorite. It was the second...

Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith to be honored by NTWB

Aug. 30, 2018 1:16 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith will be honored by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters with the Mr. Fitz Award. The Hall of Fame rider will receive the award, named for longtime trainer "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons, for typifying the spirit of racing at the group's 59th...