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  • Mohaymen lives up to hype, wins $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes

    Mohaymen lives up to hype, wins $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes

    All of the hype surrounding the season's debut for Mohaymen was more than justified. The Kiaran McLaughlin trained colt showed why he has to be considered a top Kentucky Derby contender with a stunning win in Saturday's $350,000 GII Holy Bull Stakes. The son of Tapit rated behind long shot Perfect...

  • Smokey Image wins California Cup Derby with new trainer

    Smokey Image wins California Cup Derby with new trainer

    Sitting at his home in Hurricane, Utah, trainer Greg James had his eyes locked on the television, watching a horse race some 390 miles away at Santa Anita. His emotions were mixed, though heavily leaning toward happy. He was watching Smokey Image, who until a few months ago had been a fixture in...

  • 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...

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