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  • Orb captures 139th Kentucky Derby

    Orb captures 139th Kentucky Derby
    Claude R. “Shug” McGaughey is a man who looks like the embodiment of the nickname that is all anybody calls him by. Short and unassuming, he said this week he made an effort to enjoy the run-up to the Kentucky Derby, a race he has, like any...
  • 'A day for the ages,' as Orb rises to a dominating Kentucky Derby win

    'A day for the ages,' as Orb rises to a dominating Kentucky Derby win
    "Amazing! A day for the ages," was the way Mike Pons put it about an hour after Orb, the son of the onetime Harford County based stallion Malibu Moon, stayed off a blistering early pace and out of trouble on a sloppy track and then blew away the rest of...
  • Orb brings home Kentucky Derby win for Janney

    Orb brings home Kentucky Derby win for Janney
    Stuart Janney III slipped into Churchill Downs virtually unnoticed Saturday afternoon, a few hours after landing in Lexington and driving to the track with his wife, two children and son-in-law. The northern Baltimore County resident, who had avoided...
  • Orb, trainer bask in morning glow after Derby win; Preakness is next

    Orb, trainer bask in morning glow after Derby win; Preakness is next
    LOUISVILLE, KY. – Trainer Shug McGaughey came to his barn Sunday morning before the sun had cleared the horizon, as he has done most days for more than 35 years. Dozens of people were gathered there, under the roof, dodging the rain and trying to...
  • Preakness field begins to take shape

    Preakness field begins to take shape
    LOUISVILLE, KY. — This year, Doug O’Neill and his assistants sat in the office at a barn in the far corner of the Churchill Downs backside. Few reporters dropped by, and O’Neill was not asked repeatedly to relive the running of the...
  • Pimlico hopes to attract new clientele with attractions

    Pimlico hopes to attract new clientele with attractions
    This spring's season at Pimlico includes attractions designed to renew long-fading interest in thoroughbred horse racing: live music, a wine festival, beer and bourbon tastings, tutorials on betting and special contests. Get them to come once, the...
  • 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...
  • O'Neill's entourage will help I'll Have Another adjust to Pimlico ahead of Preakness

    O'Neill's entourage will help I'll Have Another adjust to Pimlico ahead of Preakness
    Why is Doug O’Neill, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another, not accompanying his horse to Baltimore today to begin preparation for the May 19 Preakness? Does he not know of our reputation for crab cakes? Has he not heard that the...
  • 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...
  • The next generation of horse racing stars is arriving now

    The next generation of horse racing stars is arriving now
    Horse racing's center stage, the place where the industry's best jockeys and trainers reside, is getting crowded. Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez and current No. 1 jockey Javier Castellano may not be ready to exit stage left. Trainers Todd Pletcher,...
  • Jockey optimistic about chances with Bodemeister

    Jockey optimistic about chances with Bodemeister
    Jockey Mike Smith arrived full of confidence at Pimlico on Friday. And why not? He will ride Morning Line favorite Bodemeister out of the No. 7 gate in the Preakness. "As we all know, so many things can happen in a race, but if given the opportunity,...
  • A few pre-race Preakness thoughts, and the current odds

    A few pre-race Preakness thoughts, and the current odds
    A few final thoughts as we approach the 6:18 post time for the 137th running of the Preakness: It comes down to this: Either Bodemeister can run the same race he did two weeks ago, or he can’t. If he can, he likely won’t be beat. Kentucky...