A homebred California-bred chestnut, with blinkers on and Victor Espinoza in the irons, broke away from the field to win the $250,000 California Cup Derby Jan. 30 at Santa Anita Park. Sound familiar?
At any level of racing, there is something a bit magical about an undefeated horse. Make it a 3-year-old colt, and the mind goes to one place.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was named 2015's Horse of the Year and Champion 3-year-old male at the Jan. 16 Eclipse Awards
Photographer Michael Clevenger of the Louisville Courier-Journal has won a 2015 Media Eclipse Award for Photography for his picture of American Pharoah winning the 2015 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to land the Triple Crown.
California Chrome, Gulfstream Park, Sunland Park, Delta Downs, Santa Anita & More! view slideshow
He had new co-owners and new silks, but California Chrome got his mojo back with a powerful victory in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, his first start off a nine-month layoff.
In anticipation of his 2016 comeback in the Jan. 9 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, Taylor Made Stallions launched the new official home on the web for California Chrome Jan. 6 at TheChampIsBack.com.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Southeast Region
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is a finalist in the Horse of the Year and 3-year-old male categories for the 2015 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing.
Immediately after California Chrome's final workout in preparation for the San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II), trainer Art Sherman stayed quiet, but his eyes widened in excitement.
Watch 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome work at Los Alamitos Dec. 27, 2015 with Victor Espinoza. watch video
California Chrome's workout Dec. 27 at Los Alamitos Race Course looked a lot like his drills of old, with the track empty as he stepped onto the dirt surface, but it also had a touch of something new.
California Chrome drilled down in his latest Los Alamitos workout Dec. 12, covering five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 at the Southern California track.
South Africa's reigning champion rider, Gavin Lerena, booted home the last two winners to take top honors in the Dec. 9 Longines International Jockeys' Championship at a rain-soaked Happy Valley Racecourse.
Trainer Bob Baffert accepted the Big Sport of Turfdom Award on behalf of the American Pharoah team Tuesday, Dec. 8 during a lunch presentation at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson, Ariz.
Horse of the Year California Chrome is "preparing himself really well" for a comeback, according to trainer Art Sherman after the Lucky Pulpit colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Dec. 5 at Los Alamitos.
British-based Frankie Dettori has been named the Longines World's Best Jockey for 2015, besting U.S. Triple Crown-winning rider Victor Espinoza and British-based Ryan Moore for the title.
California Chrome continued training toward his scheduled return in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 9 with a half-mile breeze in :48 2/5 Nov. 28 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
After less-than-ideal runs in his last three graded stakes tries, Midnight Storm returned to form in standout fashion Nov. 27 at Del Mar, but he also showed a slightly different dimension.
East Coast shipper Rusty Slipper provided an upset in the $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Del Mar Nov. 21, closing in the stretch to capture the 1 3/8-mile turf test.
Headed by Victor Espinoza and Ryan Moore, some of the world's top riders will compete in the Longines International Jockeys' Championship Dec. 9 at Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong.
Award recognizes American Pharoah's connections for enhancing Thoroughbred racing coverage through cooperation with media and racing publicists.
Comments from the connections of 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah, including Bob Baffert, Ahmed Zayat, and Victor Espinoza. Watch Video
American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner to run in the Breeders' Cup, went out an emphatic winner Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Comments from the connections of 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah, including Bob Baffert, Ahmed Zayat, and Victor Espinoza.
Jockey Victor Espinoza is looking forward to one last race on American Pharoah in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Saturday, Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Claire Novak shares thoughts from the Breeders' Cup Classic and Distaff post position draw. Hear thoughts from Victor Espinoza, Jerry Crawford and Richard Mandella. watch video
Claire Novak shares thoughts from the Breeders' Cup Classic and Distaff post position draw. Hear thoughts from Victor Espinoza, Jerry Crawford and Richard Mandella.
Hronis Racing's Hard Aces has benefited from a West Coast racing lineup without Shared Belief or California Chrome, but will take his shot in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) nonetheless. acquiring
Santa Anita clockers caught American Pharoah going five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 "handily," while Beholder went the distance in 1:02 flat and was given the "breezing" label that is not often awarded in Southern California.
Stellar Wind, a four-time graded stakes winner in 2015, will train up to the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Those hoping to see Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind back in action on Santa Anita Park's jam-packed opening day Sept. 26 will likely only have to wait a week to watch the 3-year-old daughter of Curlin run.
A winner of grade I turf races on both coasts this season, Hard Not to Like will try for a third straight top-level stakes win when she starts Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
Jockey Victor Espinoza and partner Karina Smirnoff will see how long they last in a televised dancing competition that begins the evening of Sept. 14 on ABC.
The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters will salute American Pharoah and the team that molded him into the first Triple Crown champion in 37 years to highlight its 56th annual awards dinner Oct. 28 in Lexington.
Jockey Victor Espinoza has been fined $15,000 by stewards at Saratoga Race Course in connection with having advertising on his pants when he rode American Pharoah in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes.
Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind heavily outclassed the rest of the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) on paper and showed it on the track at Del Mar Aug. 30 with an easy victory.
Jockey Victor Espinoza has signed up to be one of the contestants in the new fall season of Dancing With The Stars.
Victor Espinoza, who guided American Pharoah through his Triple Crown triumph this spring, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award.
Hronis Racing's Elektrum outfinished three rivals late to earn her first graded stakes in the $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 8 at Del Mar.
American Pharoah wins the 2015 Haskell Invitational View Slideshow
American Pharoah wins the 2015 Haskell Invitational
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart was all heart Aug. 2, showing the way throughout and carrying on to victory in the $150,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park.
Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said American Pharoah is "on the sharper side" for the Haskell, his first race since his smooth-striding 5 1/2-length Belmont Stakes (gr. I) triumph June 6 at Belmont Park.
American Pharoah's final workout for the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) appeared intentionally easy July 28 at Del Mar, with the Triple Crown champion recording a :48 4/5 breeze underneath overcast skies.
After a brief detour to dirt for a run in the Gold Cup (gr. I) June 27 at Santa Anita Park, Finnegans Wake will return to his comfort zone on the Southern California turf for the $400,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) July 18.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
Fan voting for the 2015 ESPYS in two key categories with nominees from Thoroughbred racing closes at the start of the show's live broadcast, Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to vote online at ESPYS.com.
Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) sent a letter to President Barack Obama July 14 asking the White House to hold an official ceremony honoring American Pharoah and the team that guided him to his historic Triple Crown.
At the midpoint of 2015, an exciting competition is under way for the title of Longines World's Best Jockey. Leading the standings are Victor Espinoza and James McDonald, but several other riders are not far behind.
The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will make a return visit to Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. July 5, with a telecast highlighted by live coverage of the $500,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT).
Three-time graded-stakes winner Merry Meadow will cut back to her ideal distance when she returns from more than a three-month layoff in the $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park July 5.
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