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  • Can I'll Have Another win Triple Crown? Opinions are mixed

    Can I'll Have Another win Triple Crown? Opinions are mixed
    Only 30 horses have made it to the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win the Triple Crown. Eleven have succeeded. This is whyI'll Have Another's quest to become the 12th at Belmont Park on June 9 will captivate a nation that long ago stopped paying...
  • 'Same old Hansen' draws plenty of attention at Churchill Downs

    'Same old Hansen' draws plenty of attention at Churchill Downs
    Hansen does not need to try to be noticed. The nearly all-white colt always stands out among his peers. Yet on Thursday morning, the Breeders' Cup juvenile champion did all he could to draw the attention of a robust crowd on his first day this week at...
  • Questions persist for Derby contender Union Rags, and for his handlers

    Questions persist for Derby contender Union Rags, and for his handlers
    Michael Matz and his assistants are tired of the question — most trainers and riders are by this point in the week before the country's most talked-about horse race — and give mostly a perfunctory answer. "He's just a really nice horse,"...
  • Kentucky Derby: Hamilton Smith still going unnoticed

    Kentucky Derby: Hamilton Smith still going unnoticed
    Hamilton Smith’s brother, Franklin, came out to the track at Churchill Downs to see two horses he knows well Franklin, who breaks about 150 horses each year, turned both Dulluhan, trained by Dale Romans, and Done Talking, trained by Hamilton Smith,...
  • Oaks Day at Churchill Downs gives Rosie Napravnik her chance

    Oaks Day at Churchill Downs gives Rosie Napravnik her chance
    It’s Oaks Day at Churchill Downs, and the color pink has grown over the vast grandstand and the sprawling infield. The “Pink Out” will help raise money for cancer charities, as it has done in recent years. That’s all part of what...
  • Bodemeister, Baffert look to pull off rare feat in Kentucky Derby

    Bodemeister, Baffert look to pull off rare feat in Kentucky Derby
    Bob Baffert calls his son, Bode, over for the cameras. The boy, a shy 7-year-old, relents as his mother brushes a mess of brown hair from his eyes. Then the boy shows what he's learned from his father, the witty trainer whose hard-driving style has led...
  • Five things to watch heading into Saturday's Belmont Stakes

    Five things to watch heading into Saturday's Belmont Stakes
    When I'll Have Another narrowly dodged being clipped by a rider-less horse who had gotten loose on the Belmont Park track last week, he avoided the sort of complication nobody had been talking about. Who could worry about something like that when there...
  • Finally, Hamilton Smith has his chance at the Kentucky Derby

    Finally, Hamilton Smith has his chance at the Kentucky Derby
    On a cool Saturday morning, Hamilton A. Smith — the programs call him that, but most every acquaintance calls him Ham or Hammy — is doing his best to do as he always has. He moves around his barn at Laurel Park, working his staff. His rapid-...
  • Kentucky Derby: A final primer before the most exciting two minutes in sports

    Kentucky Derby: A final primer before the most exciting two minutes in sports
    It’s hot – but not too hot – and humid – but not too humid – here as 150,000 people make their way toward Churchill Downs, where the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place at about 6:30 tonight. Hard rain fell...
  • Supporters of Secretariat hope to have colt's 1973 Preakness time changed

    Supporters of Secretariat hope to have colt's 1973 Preakness time changed
    Secretariat's legend hardly needs bolstering. But, his supporters feel, the race he ran on the third Saturday in May at Pimlico back in 1973 does require revisiting. The Maryland Racing Commission agrees, and will consider a proposal to change...
  • I'll Have Another wins 2012 Kentucky Derby

    I'll Have Another wins 2012 Kentucky Derby
    About 7 p.m. Saturday, 25-year-old Mario Gutierrez was escorted by a group of handlers and police officers into the paddock at Churchill Downs. The sign over his head, the one touting the 138 years of Kentucky Derby history by listing the first and...
  • Kentucky Derby selection criteria to change; officials hope chase will be easier to follow

    Kentucky Derby selection criteria to change; officials hope chase will be easier to follow
    [UPDATE] Tom Chuckas, the president of the Maryland Jockey Club, said he "does not see the need to change" the way the Preakness field is selected. -------------- The path to the Kentucky Derby has changed. Since 1986, graded stakes earnings have been...