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  • California Chrome to arrive at Pimlico on Monday

    California Chrome to arrive at Pimlico on Monday
    Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is scheduled to arrive at Pimlico Race Course Monday afternoon after a charter flight from Louisville. The likely Preakness favorite galloped 1 żż miles at Churchill Downs Friday, with assistant trainer Alan...
  • Wicked Strong carries Boston hope -- and a New York storyline, too

    Wicked Strong carries Boston hope -- and a New York storyline, too
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Boston-to-his-core horse owner did a slight double take when he saw a New York Giants cap in the same frame as his Kentucky Derby contender. That's what you get when you put a Long Island guy at the center of a heart-...
  • A year after Triple Crown spotlight, Stuart Janney III reflects on horse racing in Maryland

    A year after Triple Crown spotlight, Stuart Janney III reflects on horse racing in Maryland
    If the horse racing world needed a little more evidence heading into Preakness week that the erstwhile "Sport of Kings" has turned a corner in Maryland, consider this scene on a misty Friday morning at the idyllic Fair Hill Training Center outside Elkton....
  • California Chrome has 'good morning' as Kentucky Derby draw nears

    California Chrome has 'good morning' as Kentucky Derby draw nears
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — On his second morning at Churchill Downs, likely Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome jogged an easy two miles as his team awaited the late afternoon draw that will determine his starting position in the 20-horse field....
  • Trainer Mike Maker has three shots at a Kentucky Derby win on home turf

    Trainer Mike Maker has three shots at a Kentucky Derby win on home turf
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Though he's rarely mentioned with thoroughbred racing's most glamorous trainers, softspoken Mike Maker could have as big a say as anyone in determining the winner of Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Maker, whose stable is based at...
  • Napravnik ready for emotional homecoming in Preakness

    Napravnik ready for emotional homecoming in Preakness
    When Rosie Napravnik ventures to Pimlico Race Course to ride Bayern in Saturday's 139th running of the Preakness, the 26-year-old riding star can expect an emotional homecoming. A familiar face will not be there to greet her. Trainer Dickie Small, who...
  • Stop doping horses [Commentary]

    Stop doping horses [Commentary]
    With the Preakness coming up here in Maryland, it's time things changed for the better in America's horse racing industry, which long ago drifted far from the values of sport. It is increasingly difficult for honest horse owners to succeed and for...
  • All eyes are on California Chrome, but there's no such thing as a sure thing in horse racing

    All eyes are on California Chrome, but there's no such thing as a sure thing in horse racing
    Confidence ran high in the Kentucky Derby champion. Bred for stamina by one of America's grand old racing families and fine-tuned by one of the sport's most respected trainers, Orb went off as a commanding 3-5 favorite in the 2013 Preakness. Two...
  • Maryland Jockey Club president reiterates desire to stretch out Triple Crown

    Maryland Jockey Club president reiterates desire to stretch out Triple Crown
    Tom Chuckas, president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, said Saturday that he would like to see horse racing's Triple Crown events played out over two months, not five weeks. Speaking to reporters at Pimlico Race Course three...
  • Daunting Triple Crown history follows California Chrome to Belmont Stakes

    Daunting Triple Crown history follows California Chrome to Belmont Stakes
    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome has just three weeks and 1 1/2 miles of racing in the June 7 Belmont Stakes ahead of him in his bid to become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, a task that has proved impossible in the new era...
  • California Chrome wins Preakness to keep Triple Crown hope alive

    California Chrome wins Preakness to keep Triple Crown hope alive
    A half mile into Saturday's Preakness Stakes, Victor Espinoza had to make a decision. Several speedy challengers had dashed in from the outside, quickening the pace on his horse — Kentucky Derby champion California Chrome. Should Espinoza...
  • Field of competitors for California Chrome in 139th Preakness starting to emerge

    Field of competitors for California Chrome in 139th Preakness starting to emerge
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When Art Sherman reached the barn at 5 a.m. Sunday, the day after the Kentucky Derby, he found his star pupil still slumbering. “I didn’t want to wake him up,” he said of California Chrome, the newly garlanded...