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Today in History

Jun. 9, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, June 9, the 160th day of 2019. There are 205 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 9, 1954, during the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., asking: "Have you no sense of decency, sir?...

Analysis: Belmont pick is Tacitus, aided by bloodlines

Jun. 7, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

This is a Triple Crown season that will be remembered, though probably should be forgotten. Maximum Security was the winner of the Kentucky Derby for about 20 minutes, then got taken down over a claim of foul that will be debated forever. The Preakness was probably most notable for Bodexpress throwing jockey John...

Trainer Bill Mott trying to win Belmont, and without mayhem

Jun. 6, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Standing outside his barn at Belmont Park and wearing a New York Yankees cap, trainer Bill Mott was finishing a conversation about Roger Maris. Mott had thought the man who broke Babe Ruth's record was from his home state, South Dakota. Actually it was North Dakota, although the Hall of...

Gaffalione has become horse racing's rising star jockey

Jun. 5, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

Tyler Gaffalione seems poised to add his name to the list of all-time great jockeys in horse racing that includes Ron Turcotte, Jerry Bailey, Gary Stevens, John Velazquez and Mike Smith. While there may not be a specific moment when people in horse racing realized those jockeys would become all-time greats,...

Tacitus favored in Belmont; Preakness winner 2nd choice

Jun. 4, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Winning the Preakness wasn't enough to make War of Will the Belmont Stakes favorite. In fact, being the only colt to run in all three Triple Crown races really didn't earn him the respect one would expect. Well-rested Tacitus was made the slight favorite over the hard-working War of Will in...

The Latest: War of Will finishes first in Preakness

May. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the Preakness (all times local): 7:10 p.m. War of Will has won the 144th Preakness. After finishing well out of the money in the Kentucky Derby from the No. 1 post, War of Will charged to victory after again starting from the rail on Saturday. Everfast finished second and...

'Vanilla' Preakness still has intrigue without Derby winner

May. 18, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Hall of Fame trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert sit side by side in the corner of the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course sizing up the Preakness. "A lot of speed in there," Baffert says. Lukas responds without missing a beat, "My horse is fast." "There's some nice horses in here,"...

Analysis: Bourbon War Preakness pick in wide-open race

May. 17, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

The last time that the Preakness was run without the Kentucky Derby winner was 1996, when Grindstone was retired because of knee issues. The last time none of the top four Derby finishers went to the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown season was 1951, because none of them were nominated in time. All that...

At Preakness, they're playing 'musical chairs' with jockeys

May. 17, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The jockey shuffle heading into the Preakness has a "musical chairs" feel to it. Of the 13 jockeys in Saturday's race, nine who rode in the Kentucky Derby are aboard a different horse in the Preakness. Most notably, Hall of Famer Mike Smith is now riding favored Improbable with familiar...

Improbable, War of Will among horses to watch in Preakness

May. 15, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Improbable is the early favorite to win the Preakness two weeks after he was favored to win the Kentucky Derby. Most race fans know how that turned out. But Maximum Security, who crossed the finish line first at the Kentucky Derby, isn't at the Preakness. Neither is Country House, who was...