With pari-mutuel wagering up for the Kentucky Oaks day card, the Kentucky Derby day card, and the Preakness day card, racing enjoyed a 4.82% increase in wagering in the all-important month of May.
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah completed his final pre-race work June 1 at Churchill Downs, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 under jockey Martin Garcia.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Tale of Verve took to the Belmont Park main track May 30 to log his final breeze in advance of the $1.5 million race June 6.
The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner had a schooling session in the Churchill Downs starting gate and resumed galloping around the one-mile oval May 29.
Horses competing in the U.S. Triple Crown races fail to sweep the series because they are under too much pressure to perform in a short amount of time, Sheikh Hamdan told Reuters Africa in an interview published May 24.
The homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile galloped 1 3/16 miles over the Churchill Downs main track May 22 at 8:30 a.m. EDT following the renovation break with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez up.
With the serious work over, it was a quiet morning on the backside of Pimlico Race Course early May 16 as connections of Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) awaited the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Mr. Z is the troubled one of the bunch. He's the kid who is found throwing baseballs through windows instead of pitching toward home plate, whose focus often seems to wander, the wild-card player.
California horses have been more than effective at the highest levels of U.S. racing in recent years, and the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was just the most recent example.
Fox Hill Farms' Coup de Grace appears the one to beat in the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course May 16.
"You've got to know when to back up or lean on them. It's just a fine line, but you have to see them every day." -- Bob Baffert, trainer of Preakness (gr. I) contenders American Pharoah and Dortmund.
Heading into the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) this weekend, trainer Simon Callaghan said there are several factors that could enable his charge Firing Line to pull off a victory over American Pharoah.
The top three Kentucky Derby finishers have only all hit the board in the Preakness twice since Affirmed, Alydar, and Believe It filled the frame in both races in 1978.
Irish Tom, a 25-year-old son from the last crop of '65 Preakness winner Tom Rolfe, is a stable pony for Canadian trainer Myckie Neubauer and a riding horse for 11-year-old Julia Ezra.
Maryland Jockey Club vice president and general manager Sal Sinatra is preparing for his first Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) since taking charge last winter.
During 15 years of owning Thoroughbreds, Arnold Zetcher has enjoyed considerable success in major stakes with horses trained by Bob Baffert.
Lael Stables' Divining Rod worked an easy half-mile in :51 3/5 at Fair Hill Training Center the morning of May 9 in preparation for a scheduled start in the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Danzig Moon, the fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will continue down the Triple Crown trail to Baltimore for the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Nine years after Barbaro broke down in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Gretchen and Roy Jackson are returning to Pimlico for the 140th edition of the race May 16 with another homebred colt, Divining Rod.
American Pharoah and Dortmund, stablemates who finished first and third, respectively, in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), returned to the track at Churchill Downs May 7 for the first time since Saturday's Run for the Roses.
The top three finishers from Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) were doing fine the morning of May 4 at Churchill Downs.
America's Best Racing May 4 released episode 4 of its four-part series "The Road Less Traveled: The Road to the Triple Crown".
America's Best Racing has released episode 3 of the four-part series of digital video ads titled "The Road Less Traveled: The Road to the Triple Crown."
Bodhisattva shook off a determined challenger with a powerful late surge and won the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes at April 18 Pimlico Race Course, possibly earning consideration for the Preakness (gr. I) next month.
America's Best Racing has released episode 2 of the four-part series of digital video ads titled "The Road Less Traveled: The Road to the Triple Crown".
Cot Campbell relates the story of how he turned down a future champion for $1,200. read blog
Pine Bluff, winner of the 1992 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and a multiple graded stakes winner for breeder Loblolly Stable, has been confirmed dead by his final owner, Danny Fred Duncan of Duncan 21 and Change Farm in Texas.
California Chrome, a colt who was running against his fellow California-breds at the beginning of the season, soared through his conditions and emerged Horse of the Year as the annual Eclipse Awards were presented Jan. 17.
Daniel Dougherty's Ride On Curlin returned to the races in winning fashion Jan. 15, taking a six-furlong allowance optional claimer at Oaklawn Park by a head in his season debut.
Champion Silver Charm was bright-eyed and settling in well at Old Friends Farm Dec. 2 following a long journey home to Kentucky from Japan.
Musket Man, the sire of top New York-bred 2-year-old Ostrolenka, moves to Waldorf Farm near North Chatham, N.Y., for 2015. His fee will be $2,500.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is expected to return to the worktab for the first time since running fourth in the Belmont Stakes when he breezes Aug. 8 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Al Stall Jr. believes Departing is a grade I horse, and on Aug. 2 he'll try to prove it in the $1.5 million Whitney Handicap.
Ring Weekend, coming off a fifth in the Preakness, and Uncle Sigh, 14th in the Kentucky Derby, head a field of seven sophomores slated for the Pegasus Stakes June 15 at Monmouth Park that also marks the return of Albano.
Art Sherman expected California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn to apologize the morning of June 8 for comments he made in the aftermath of his runner's spoiled Triple Crown bid, but the outspoken Coburn did nothing of the kind.
Returning to sprinting after finishing off the board in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Bayern drew off in the stretch to post an easy victory in the $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) June 7 at Belmont Park.
California Chrome schooled in the paddock and galloped at Belmont Park June 6, one day before his chance to make history in the Belmont Stakes by winning the Triple Crown.
Daniel Dougherty's Ride On Curlin, runner-up to California Chrome in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), stretched his legs June 1 with a seven-furlong breeze under exercise rider Bryan Beccia at Belmont Park.
Relive California Chrome's victory in the 2014 Preakness Stakes. See where your favorite horse was at six points of the race with our interactive slideshow. view slideshow
The morning of May 18 was time for Art Sherman to check his horse and relive the thrill of California Chrome's Preakness victory, while trainer Billy Gowan was all smiles about a runner-up finish from Ride On Curlin.
Steve Haskin shares his Preakness selections. read blog
All that is left for the son of Lucky Pulpit is another gallop May 16 and perhaps a light jog the morning before he runs in the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
Connections from the camp of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome said May 15 the colt has a minor throat irritation and is not becoming ill.
After traveling together from Louisville to Baltimore May 14, Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contenders Ria Antonia, Bayern, Dynamic Impact, and Pablo Del Monte all stretched their legs May 15 on a cloudy day at Pimlico.
California Chrome had his first gallop over the Pimlico main track May 14 prior to the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit has put on 35 pounds since the Run for the Roses.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contender Ride On Curlin breezed four furlongs in :49 3/5 on an overcast morning at Pimlico Race Course May 14.
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome arrived at Pimlico Race Course Monday at 3:12 p.m. EDT to continue his quest for an elusive Triple Crown sweep in Saturday's 139th Preakness Stakes.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner California Chrome and seventh-place finisher Ride On Curlin will be joined in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) by General a Rod, who finished 11th in the Derby.
Social Inclusion, third-place finisher in the Wood Memorial, has recovered sufficiently from a bruised foot to travel to Pimlico Race Course, where he will be prepared for the May 17 Preakness Stakes.
After finishing seventh in the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), adjudged 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Ria Antonia could head to the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) for trainer Tom Amoss.
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