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Pegasus on Jan. 28, Florida Derby on April 1 at Gulfstream

Sep. 27, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Gulfstream Park announced the schedule for the 2022-23 Championship Meet, highlighted by the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Jan. 28. Also on Pegasus day: The $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, as well as the $500,000 Pegasus...

Kentucky Derby modifies qualifying, elevates prep races

Sep. 16, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs has modified paths to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, awarding points to the top five finishers in qualifying races and increasing significance for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and late prep season events. Most Derby prep races during the...

Churchill Downs Inc. agrees to buy Ellis Park in cash deal

Sep. 15, 2022 19:52 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs Inc. has agreed to buy Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky, for $79 million in cash. The deal announced Thursday with Enchantment Holdings LLC includes Churchill Downs assuming Ellis Park’s opportunity to build a track extension facility in...

Epicenter wins Travers Stakes decisively at Saratoga

Aug. 27, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — If there were any questions about Epicenter after his runner-up finishes in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, they've likely disappeared. The favorite Saturday for the 153rd running of the $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course,...

Epicenter the 7-5 favorite for the Travers Stakes

Aug. 24, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Epicenter has been installed as the morning-line favorite for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course as he prepares to face the rivals who beat him in the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Winner of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy...

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...