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  • Race to Kentucky Derby begins Saturday for Gulfstream 3-year-olds

    Race to Kentucky Derby begins Saturday for Gulfstream 3-year-olds

    One of the things that make the Kentucky Derby unique is trainers and owners can choose a variety of paths to get their horses prepped and qualified for the big race. For 3-year-olds quartered at Gulfstream Park, their route begins in earnest Saturday with the $350,000 GII Holy Bull Stakes. The...

  • If it's Derby prep season, count on Baffert to be all in

    Training horses in L.A. one morning, gabbing with NFL Hall of Famers in San Francisco the next, then back home again to prepare his latest Kentucky Derby contenders for a prep race at Santa Anita. And, oh, yes. After Saturday's Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Bob Baffert plans to show up for the Super...

  • Bob Baffert leads trainers with 35 Triple Crown early nominations

    Bob Baffert leads trainers with 35 Triple Crown early nominations

    Bob Baffert is ahead of the pack again, leading all trainers with 35 horses nominated to the Triple Crown races. The trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has nearly 10 percent of the 368 early nominations released by Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday. Business is good after...

  • State fair simulcast meeting set for Feb. 11

    State fair simulcast meeting set for Feb. 11

    The Maryland Racing Commission will hold a meeting Feb. 11 about adding year-round horse race simulcasting to the state fairgrounds in Timonium. The Maryland Jockey Club has been installing monitors and furniture in a 2,500-square-foot area of the grandstand in anticipation of opening the simulcasting...

  • Meeting on controversial racing simulcast at Timonium fairgrounds postponed

    Meeting on controversial racing simulcast at Timonium fairgrounds postponed

    Among many blizzard-inspired cancellations is a meeting that would have discussed a proposal for year-round simulcast horse-racing and betting at the state fairgrounds in Timonium. The meeting was scheduled for Friday at the fairgrounds, but officials of the Maryland Racing Commission canceled...

  • Plan for simulcast racing at state fairgrounds draws opposition

    Plan for simulcast racing at state fairgrounds draws opposition

    The Maryland Jockey Club plans to open a horse racing simulcasting and off-track betting facility at the state fairgrounds in Timonium next week, angering elected officials and community leaders who say they were caught off-guard by the plan. The jockey club has already installed flat-screen monitors...

  • First Hollywood Park stadium scenario would have helped horse racing

    First Hollywood Park stadium scenario would have helped horse racing

    There is no shortage of finger-pointing when it comes to blaming the root causes of horse racing's long slide in this country. There's the lack of uniformity between states in regard to medication and the perception of cheating. There's the large takeout that tracks grab from the bettors, in some...

  • Laurel Park to run Friday, cancels Saturday and Sunday races

    Laurel Park to run Friday, cancels Saturday and Sunday races

    Laurel Park announced today that it will go ahead with its scheduled Friday afternoon program but has canceled live racing for both Saturday and Sunday because of an impending winter storm. Laurel and Pimlico will be closed for simulcasting Saturday, but they are tentatively scheduled to open for...

  • Never Gone South wins $75,000 Frank Whitely Jr. Stakes at Laurel Park

    Never Gone South wins $75,000 Frank Whitely Jr. Stakes at Laurel Park

    After losing the Marylander Stakes and James F. Lewis Stakes in his previous two starts, MMG Racing Stable's Never Gone South returned to the winner's circle with a 7 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes on Saturday at Laurel Park. Breaking on top in the five-horse field...

  • American Pharoah dominates Eclipse Awards

    American Pharoah dominates Eclipse Awards

    American Pharoah rocked the racing world one more time Saturday night at Gulfstream. The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years captured his sport's highest honor, Horse of the Year, at the annual Eclipse Awards, thoroughbred racing's version of the Oscars. American Pharoah, who won seven of eight...

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