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Ax Man, shown winning his maiden Jan. 1, was fourth in the San Vicente Stakes.
Nero, second in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 10, and Ax Man, fourth as the favorite in that race, both had easy half-mile drills on Thursday as they ready for their next starts, which could come out of town, trainer Bob Baffert said.Full Story >>
March 29, 2012
Thoroughbred racing badly needs a 3-year-old star. The sport’s popularity – as everybody knows – has been declining for years. Racing gets minimal attention on network television, and it has disappeared from most sports pages during most of the year. ...
March 23, 2012
He said it and nailed it on the nose. “Eight hundred thousand isn’t what it used to be,” insisted Dustin Dix, Sunland Park director of racing operations and the man who put together the $800,000 Sunland Derby, to be run Sunday at Sunland Park.
March 22, 2012
The Triple Crown season starts for real this weekend. How do I know? Follow the money. On Saturday, at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky, the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes offers a purse of $500,000. On Sunday, just down the road from El Paso and across ...
February 01, 2012
Cracked heels are usually a problem in January, what with the cold weather, dry skin, and a natural shyness about regular exfoliation. Then there’s Garrett Gomez and Robby Albarado, who took the problem to extremes.
January 20, 2012
Kids start getting excited about Christmas before Thanksgiving. Little girls shop for Easter bonnets as the winter snows begin to melt, and there are enterprising young men who stock up on Fourth of July fireworks even as the excitement of Valentine’s ...
January 08, 2012
Trainer Mike Maker continued his dominance of Turfway Park when he swept the top two spots Saturday night in the 24th running of the $50,000 Turfway Prevue at the Florence, Ky., track.
May 08, 2011
Graham Motion’s work with Animal Kingdom was exceptional because he defied so many precedents in the Derby. His European-style training regimen got Animal Kingdom ready to deliver a powerful effort.
May 06, 2011
None of the Derby entrants has yet run a race good enough to stamp himself clearly as a potential Derby winner. It makes sense to look for a horse on the improve.
May 03, 2011
Trainers who win the Kentucky Derby usually do so because they make the race their single-minded focus. With every promising young colt in their barns, they think, long-range, about the first Saturday in May. That’s why Bob Baffert, Todd ...
April 07, 2011
Racing fans will scrutinize Saturday’s Wood, Santa Anita Derby, and Illinois Derby, plus other major preps next week, but it's likely the Derby picture will not be clearer.