Classic

August 20, 2016
California Chrome throttled top-class horses like Beholder and Dortmund in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, romping over a track that was duller than usual and played to late runners almost all day.
July 07, 2016
More than a year after he played a supporting role in the Triple Crown, Firing Line is ready for his 216 debut in a second-level optional $62,500 claimer at Santa Anita on Saturday.
November 05, 2015
Thirteen Breeders’ Cup races with big fields over two days usually produce some wacky results – a couple of winners who still make no sense after the race is over, some 40-1 shots clunking up to complete gigantic trifectas and superfectas, mystifying ...
November 02, 2015
They cheered him when he emerged from the saddling stalls to make the long walk to the far end of the forested Keeneland paddock. They cheered louder when Espinoza got a leg up from Barnes and steered his colt out onto the track. And they cheered ...
As American Pharoah made the final stretch run of his career, drawing away from his pursuers at Keeneland Racecourse, he gave most racing fans what they wanted to see: the performance that certified his place in history. He was already the first colt ...
October 31, 2015
We, all of us in this great game, owe trainer Bob Baffert and the Zayat family a tremendous debt of gratitude for giving American Pharoah the opportunity to thrill us one last time in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
October 29, 2015
When the management of Liam’s Map made the decision to duck the $5 million Classic and run instead in the $1 million Dirt Mile on Friday, and then the scratch Thursday of Beholder, the complexion of the main event changed significantly. The field of ...
American Pharoah’s farewell on Saturday in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland will mark a bittersweet moment. What he does with the moment in the face of tough opposition remains to be seen. No matter what happens, though, the handsome ...
If Triple Crown winner American Pharoah runs like he should, I think he runs the others out of the race and he may be the one posting a 115 Beyer Speed Figure in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. If, for some reason, he is over the top, then quick ...
As if he needed any more help, American Pharoah figures to hold a huge tactical edge in a Classic surprisingly devoid of early speed in the absence of Liam’s Map and now Beholder. American Pharoah is 4 for 4, by a combined 23 lengths, in races where ...