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  • Churchill Downs to Offer Special Training Session for Belmont Horses Including Justify

    Churchill Downs to Offer Special Training Session for Belmont Horses Including Justify

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:00 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:00:14 GMT
    AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyAP Photo/Patrick Semansky
    AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyAP Photo/Patrick Semansky
    With unbeaten Triple Crown hopeful Justify and four other possible Belmont Stakes contenders stabled on the grounds, Churchill Downs Racetrack will offer a special 7:30-7:40 a.m. (all times Eastern) training period for those horses starting on Thursday. Additionally, area horse racing fans are invited to watch those colts train from the first floor of the facility free of charge. Churchill Downs Racetrack will open its Paddock Gate entrance between 7-8 a.m. each morning thr...
    With unbeaten Triple Crown hopeful Justify and four other possible Belmont Stakes contenders stabled on the grounds, Churchill Downs Racetrack will offer a special 7:30-7:40 a.m. (all times Eastern) training period for those horses starting on Thursday. Additionally, area horse racing fans are invited to watch those colts train from the first floor of the facility free of charge. Churchill Downs Racetrack will open its Paddock Gate entrance between 7-8 a.m. each morning thr...
  • Strong Spring Meet Prompts 10 Percent Purse Increase for Churchill Downs' Overnight Races

    Strong Spring Meet Prompts 10 Percent Purse Increase for Churchill Downs' Overnight Races

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-05-23 01:39:08 GMT
    Associated PressAssociated Press
    Associated PressAssociated Press
    Record wagering on races at Churchill Downs Racetrack during the week of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) and strong business during the two subsequent weeks of the ongoing Spring Meet have enabled the track to announce a 10 percent increase in daily purses for overnight races effective Thursday, May 31. Entries for the first of those races scheduled for the “Twilight...
    Record wagering on races at Churchill Downs Racetrack during the week of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) and strong business during the two subsequent weeks of the ongoing Spring Meet have enabled the track to announce a 10 percent increase in daily purses for overnight races effective Thursday, May 31. Entries for the first of those races scheduled for the “Twilight...
  • Undefeated Kentucky Derby, Preakness Winner Justify Returns to Churchill Downs

    Undefeated Kentucky Derby, Preakness Winner Justify Returns to Churchill Downs

    Sunday, May 20 2018 6:00 PM EDT2018-05-20 22:00:34 GMT
    WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s undefeated Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify returned to Churchill Downs on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. (all times Eastern) to begin training for the third jewel in racing’s Triple Crown, the June 9 Belmont Stakes (GI).           “It was a very smooth trip back ...
    WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s undefeated Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify returned to Churchill Downs on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. (all times Eastern) to begin training for the third jewel in racing’s Triple Crown, the June 9 Belmont Stakes (GI).           “It was a very smooth trip back ...
  • Keeneland September Yearling Sale Graduate Justify Takes Preakness

    Keeneland September Yearling Sale Graduate Justify Takes Preakness

    Saturday, May 19 2018 8:06 PM EDT2018-05-20 00:06:11 GMT
    AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyAP Photo/Patrick Semansky
    AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyAP Photo/Patrick Semansky
    Undefeated Justify, a $500,000 purchase at Keeneland’s 2016 September Yearling Sale, now will bid for Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown after his half-length victory today in a foggy running of the $1.5 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico. Two weeks ago, Justify captured the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at Churchill Downs. The final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont (G1), is June 9 at Belmont Park. Keeneland sales have produced 24 Preakness w...
    Undefeated Justify, a $500,000 purchase at Keeneland’s 2016 September Yearling Sale, now will bid for Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown after his half-length victory today in a foggy running of the $1.5 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico. Two weeks ago, Justify captured the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at Churchill Downs. The final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont (G1), is June 9 at Belmont Park. Keeneland sales have produced 24 Preakness w...
  • Justify Wins Preakness Stakes

    Justify Wins Preakness Stakes

    Saturday, May 19 2018 7:29 PM EDT2018-05-19 23:29:01 GMT
    AP (Mike Stewart)AP (Mike Stewart)

    BALTIMORE (AP) - Justify emerged from the fog and sloshed his way to another victory, holding off several hard-charging challengers to win the Preakness on Saturday and keep alive the chance for trainer Bob Baffert's second Triple Crown champion in four years.      On a sloppy track similar to the conditions in the Kentucky Derby, Justify improved to 5-0 and will go to the Belmont Stakes on June 9 looking to do the same thing American Pharoah did for Baffert in 2015. Ju...

    BALTIMORE (AP) - Justify emerged from the fog and sloshed his way to another victory, holding off several hard-charging challengers to win the Preakness on Saturday and keep alive the chance for trainer Bob Baffert's second Triple Crown champion in four years.      On a sloppy track similar to the conditions in the Kentucky Derby, Justify improved to 5-0 and will go to the Belmont Stakes on June 9 looking to do the same thing American Pharoah did for Baffert in 2015. Ju...

  • The Latest: Wagering down at Pimlico during Preakness week

    The Latest: Wagering down at Pimlico during Preakness week

    Saturday, May 19 2018 4:09 PM EDT2018-05-19 20:09:25 GMT
    AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyAP Photo/Patrick Semansky
    AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyAP Photo/Patrick Semansky
    (AP) The Latest on Saturday’s 143rd running of the Preakness (all times local): 3:35 p.m. The rainy weather is proving costly to Pimlico Race Course during Preakness week. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, says the handle compared to last year is down around $3.5 million “to this point.” He also says that the handle — money wagered at the track — on Friday for Black-Eyed Susan Day was off $1.3 million. A year ago, Pimlico set...
    (AP) The Latest on Saturday’s 143rd running of the Preakness (all times local): 3:35 p.m. The rainy weather is proving costly to Pimlico Race Course during Preakness week. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, says the handle compared to last year is down around $3.5 million “to this point.” He also says that the handle — money wagered at the track — on Friday for Black-Eyed Susan Day was off $1.3 million. A year ago, Pimlico set...
  • Red Ruby Pulls Away to Easy Victory in Black-Eyed Susan

    Red Ruby Pulls Away to Easy Victory in Black-Eyed Susan

    Friday, May 18 2018 6:15 PM EDT2018-05-18 22:15:10 GMT
    AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyAP Photo/Patrick Semansky
    AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyAP Photo/Patrick Semansky
    Red Ruby pulled away from Coach Rocks on a sloppy track Friday and cruised to a 4 3/4-length victory in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.      Coach Rocks, the morning-line favorite, led for much of the race before Paco Lopez guided Red Ruby in front before the final turn.      The Grade 2, $250,000 race for 3-year-old fillies was run on a cold, rainy afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.      It was the third win in five career races for Red Ruby. ...
    Red Ruby pulled away from Coach Rocks on a sloppy track Friday and cruised to a 4 3/4-length victory in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.      Coach Rocks, the morning-line favorite, led for much of the race before Paco Lopez guided Red Ruby in front before the final turn.      The Grade 2, $250,000 race for 3-year-old fillies was run on a cold, rainy afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.      It was the third win in five career races for Red Ruby. ...
  • Preakness Looks Like Justify's Race to Lose After Derby Win

    Preakness Looks Like Justify's Race to Lose After Derby Win

    Friday, May 18 2018 4:00 PM EDT2018-05-18 20:00:23 GMT
    AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyAP Photo/Patrick Semansky
    AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyAP Photo/Patrick Semansky
    Opposing trainers at the Preakness always want to see the Kentucky Derby winner up-close and then set their sights on trying to beat that horse.      This year, they can see Justify. They just don't know if they can beat him.      There's such a sense of awe about Justify and an aura around the heavy favorite that it's clear it'll take something significant to beat him. Watching Justify hold off Good Magic in the Derby impressed trainer Chad Brown enough ...
    Opposing trainers at the Preakness always want to see the Kentucky Derby winner up-close and then set their sights on trying to beat that horse.      This year, they can see Justify. They just don't know if they can beat him.      There's such a sense of awe about Justify and an aura around the heavy favorite that it's clear it'll take something significant to beat him. Watching Justify hold off Good Magic in the Derby impressed trainer Chad Brown enough ...
  • Half the Horses in Preakness Field Get 1st Shot at Justify

    Half the Horses in Preakness Field Get 1st Shot at Justify

    Thursday, May 17 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-05-17 22:38:51 GMT
    KeenelandKeeneland
    KeenelandKeeneland

    Half the participants in the eight-horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line.      Perhaps one of the new shooters in Saturday's race can find a way to leave the Kentucky Derby winner in his wake.      Quip, Sporting Chance, Diamond King and Tenfold skipped the Derby to focus on earning a chunk of the $1.5 million Preakness purse.      History just might be on their side. 

    Half the participants in the eight-horse Preakness field have yet to experience the sensation of chasing Justify to the finish line.      Perhaps one of the new shooters in Saturday's race can find a way to leave the Kentucky Derby winner in his wake.      Quip, Sporting Chance, Diamond King and Tenfold skipped the Derby to focus on earning a chunk of the $1.5 million Preakness purse.      History just might be on their side. 

  • Justify Draws 7 Post, is Heavy Favorite to Win Preakness

    Justify Draws 7 Post, is Heavy Favorite to Win Preakness

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 9:55 PM EDT2018-05-17 01:55:35 GMT
    AP Photo/Charlie RiedelAP Photo/Charlie Riedel
    AP Photo/Charlie RiedelAP Photo/Charlie Riedel
    Having the Preakness favorite has never bothered Bob Baffert before and it doesn't bother him with Justify.      Coming off an impressive victory in the Kentucky Derby , Justify is the 1-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday's second race in a field of eight horses. Derby runner-up Good Magic is the second choice at 3-1, but Justify is the horse to beat with the chance to give Baffert his seventh Preakness winner and a shot at a second Triple Crown in four years after Am...
    Having the Preakness favorite has never bothered Bob Baffert before and it doesn't bother him with Justify.      Coming off an impressive victory in the Kentucky Derby , Justify is the 1-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday's second race in a field of eight horses. Derby runner-up Good Magic is the second choice at 3-1, but Justify is the horse to beat with the chance to give Baffert his seventh Preakness winner and a shot at a second Triple Crown in four years after Am...
  • Justify, Baffert Take Triple Crown Quest to Pimlico

    Justify, Baffert Take Triple Crown Quest to Pimlico

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 4:27 PM EDT2018-05-16 20:27:09 GMT
    Churchill Downs/Coady PhotographyChurchill Downs/Coady Photography
    Churchill Downs/Coady PhotographyChurchill Downs/Coady Photography
    Kentucky Derby winner Justify has arrived at Pimlico Race Course, full of energy in advance of Saturday's Preakness.      As soon as Bob Baffert unloaded Justify from the van, the chestnut colt led the Hall of Fame trainer on several laps around the stakes barn.      Baffert joked, "He's going to wear me out!"      Unbeaten in four career races, Justify was accompanied by Preakness contenders Lone Sailor and Quip on the flight fro...
    Kentucky Derby winner Justify has arrived at Pimlico Race Course, full of energy in advance of Saturday's Preakness.      As soon as Bob Baffert unloaded Justify from the van, the chestnut colt led the Hall of Fame trainer on several laps around the stakes barn.      Baffert joked, "He's going to wear me out!"      Unbeaten in four career races, Justify was accompanied by Preakness contenders Lone Sailor and Quip on the flight fro...
  • Justify Arrives In Maryland For Preakness Stakes

    Justify Arrives In Maryland For Preakness Stakes

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 3:53 PM EDT2018-05-16 19:53:23 GMT
    NBC SportsNBC Sports
    NBC SportsNBC Sports
    (LEX 18) 2018 Kentucky Derby winner Justify landed in Maryland Wednesday for the Preakness Stakes.  #JUSTIFY has officially landed in MD for the @PreaknessStakes! @Chinahorseclub @StarlightRacing pic.twitter.com/vgprGKfGvR — WinStar Farm (@WinStarFarm) May 16, 2018 Justify is jockeyed by Mike Smith and trained by Bob Baffert. He won the 144th Kentucky Derby after battling muddy conditions at Churchill Downs. Justify also ended the Curse of Apollo, becoming the fir...
    (LEX 18) 2018 Kentucky Derby winner Justify landed in Maryland Wednesday for the Preakness Stakes.  #JUSTIFY has officially landed in MD for the @PreaknessStakes! @Chinahorseclub @StarlightRacing pic.twitter.com/vgprGKfGvR — WinStar Farm (@WinStarFarm) May 16, 2018 Justify is jockeyed by Mike Smith and trained by Bob Baffert. He won the 144th Kentucky Derby after battling muddy conditions at Churchill Downs. Justify also ended the Curse of Apollo, becoming the fir...
  • Jockey Perry Ouzts Rides 50,000th Career Race

    Jockey Perry Ouzts Rides 50,000th Career Race

    Sunday, March 4 2018 12:26 AM EST2018-03-04 05:26:59 GMT
    Ageless jockey Perry Ouzts rode the 50,000th race of his long career Saturday when he hustled Need the Wall out of the gate in the third race at Turfway Park. Now 63 years old, Ouzts currently ranks ninth by wins among all jockeys in the history of North American racing with 6,881. He also has 6,509 seconds and 6,181 thirds and has accumulated purse earnings of nearly $44.5 million since he was legged up for the first time in 1973. Known for getting a horse out of the gate in a ...
    Ageless jockey Perry Ouzts rode the 50,000th race of his long career Saturday when he hustled Need the Wall out of the gate in the third race at Turfway Park. Now 63 years old, Ouzts currently ranks ninth by wins among all jockeys in the history of North American racing with 6,881. He also has 6,509 seconds and 6,181 thirds and has accumulated purse earnings of nearly $44.5 million since he was legged up for the first time in 1973. Known for getting a horse out of the gate in a ...
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