| Jun 6, 2012
| 4:30 AM
Really, the frustration began at last year’s Belmont.
That’s when Animal Kingdom, Graham Motion’s finest horse to date, was cut off and, while veering away, clipped heels and almost tossed his jockey. It took a thunderous run at the end...
| Jun 9, 2012
| 9:59 PM
Elmont, NY – Paynter stayed where he was, a few feet off the rail, charging toward the finish.
Everyone whose heart had been broken by Union Rags before must have had the same thought: he's not going to squeeze through.
But then, delivering upon...
| Jun 10, 2012
| 1:00 PM
Union Rags ate contentedly in his stall Sunday morning, 15 hours after finally fulfilling his promise — and some would say destiny — with a thrilling win at the Belmont Stakes.
The once-beleaguered colt had arrived at 1 in the morning....
| Dec 7, 2013
| 4:50 PM
HALLANDALE BEACH — Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito has visited the winner's circle at Gulfstream Park multiple times during his 40-year career. On Saturday, he notched a first as Nevada Kid won the $200,000 Jewel to give the veteran conditioner a...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 3:55 PM
Gulfstream gets serious again Saturday. Five days after the conclusion of its first summer season, the premier winter meet, the 75th anniversary season, breaks from the starting gate.
Opening day of what is billed as "the championship meeting" has always...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 7:42 PM
Last January, when Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens launched his comeback after seven years in retirement, his daughter, Madison, wasn't happy. She was in the winner's circle at Santa Anita, crying, "I want my daddy."
Eight months later, the 4-year-...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 8:40 PM
There was primping, flirting, laughing, betting, drinking — and that was before the first race went off on opening day at Del Mar.
In what has become the social event of the year in San Diego County, a crowd of 43,030, the largest to attend a...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 6:06 PM
Day at the races, Santa Anita:
First race. Starter allowance for 3-year-old fillies who are a little conflicted and (supposedly) never dated. On the first turn, my horse goes into labor, then rallies to finish fourth. Good sign. Karma. I claim the...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 4:10 PM
The Bob Baffert-trained Flashback drew post position No. 1 for Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby and was installed as the 9-5 favorite in a nine-horse field.
"I really don't like the one hole," Baffert said after Wednesday's draw for the 1 1/8-...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 4:53 PM
It will take less than 110 seconds to decide the winner of Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, but if you pay attention to the bettors, they are almost certain to place their trust in the combination of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and two-time...
| Mar 9, 2013
| 7:34 PM
With the Kentucky Derby less than two months away, excitement and tension filled the Santa Anita paddock Saturday just before the running of the Grade II $300,000 San Felipe Stakes.
Cameras were everywhere, and all eyes were on the two highly regarded...
| Feb 12, 2013
It was late in the day Saturday at Santa Anita, when grandpa Gary Stevens decided to show the young'uns a thing or two about horse racing.
The starting gate was almost full for the ninth race, the $150,000 Grade II featured San Marcos Stakes. Eleven...