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Espinoza donated Belmont Stakes winnings to charity

Jockey Victor Espinoza will no doubt garner fame, recognition, and a lifetime of opportunities after guiding American Pharoah to the Triple Crown, but he is not necessarily seeing an immediate fortune. That’s because the jockey decided to donate his Belmont Stakes winnings to charity. In an article for the Louisville Courier-Journal, Steve Myrick explains that...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor league game stopped to watch Belmont Stakes

American Pharoah became the 12th horse to capture the Triple Crown and first since 1978 on Saturday. Perhaps not surprisingly, his attempt at history was a big deal in Louisville, where American Pharaoh won the Kentucky Derby last month. Saturday’s game between the Louisville Bats and Buffalo Bisons stopped temporarily as the home stretch of...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
29 days ago  |  Discuss

American Pharoah wins Triple Crown

American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Seattle Slew in 1978. And it really wasn’t even that close: It was a wire-to-wire win for jockey Victor Espinoza, who becomes the oldest winner of the Triple Crown at the age of 43. Interestingly, American Pharoah becomes the first wire-to-wire winner at the Belmont in 30 years...
Via Sportsnaut
June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jockey Victor Espinoza's reaction to winning 'holy s---!'

Jockey Victor Espinoza was exasperated after winning the Triple Crown aboard American Pharoah on Saturday at the Belmont Stakes. NBC had a microphone on him and went live for his reaction after winning the race. The jockey, who probably did not know he was on live TV, had just completed the race and had a...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

American Pharoah’s race for Triple Crown faces obstacle

  Stop us if you’ve heard this before: A horse is just one win away from completing the Triple Crown.   American Pharoah will seek to become the first winner of horse racing’s hallowed accomplishment since Affirmed in 1978 when the Belmont Stakes kick off this Saturday. Yet history certainly won’t be on his side. More than 20 horses have won the Kentucky Derby...
Via NESN.com
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

American Pharoah “Spectacular” in morning workout (Video)

2015 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah was visually impressive at Churchill Downs this morning when the colt breezed four furlongs in :48 in preparation for the June 6 Belmont Stakes. With jockey Martin Garcia aboard, the son of Pioneerof the Nile recorded fractions of :12 1/5, :24, and :35 4/5. He then galloped out five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 and six furlongs...
Via isportsweb.com
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Zenyatta Family Reunion at Belmont Park?

Ziconic, the unraced second foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, has joined his older half brother Cozmic One, a three year old by Bernardini who finished last in his racing debut on April 17 at Santa Anita Park, in the Belmont Park barn of trainer John Sherriffs, according to the official Zenyatta website, www.zenyatta.com The site says that Ziconic, a chestnut two year...
Via isportsweb.com
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: How Much is American Pharoah Worth?

Care to take a guess at what 2015 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah is worth? I’ll give you a hint, being in this sport for 36 years the rule of thumb I’ve seen (and it varies somewhat based on breeding, who the horse beat in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, the economy etc), is the Kentucky Derby winner is worth $4 to $6 million. …you win the Derby...
Via isportsweb.com
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Preakness Stakes 140th Predictions and Preview

This Saturday, May 16, 2016, will be the 140th running of the race known as the second jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes.
Via The Camel Clutch Blog
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Jockey's whip might have cost Derby winner Preakness shot

  Victor Espinoza gets results. How he gets those results, however, have the jockey under fire.   Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah was examined by 12 state-approved veterinarians after concerns were raised over the frequency with which Espinoza whipped the horse down the stretch at Churchill Downs. Although no marks were found, the whipping bordered close enough...
Via NESN.com
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: American Pharoah wins Kentucky Derby

American Pharoah won the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Jockey Victor Espinoza earned his third career Kentucky Derby victory. He also won last year with California Chrome. It’s also legendary trainer Bob Baffert’s first win since 2002. He also trained Dortmund, who led most of the race. California horses have won three of the last five...
Via NESN.com
May 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Kentucky Derby 141 Predictions and Preview

Aside from being a great sporting event, the Kentucky Derby is an event in and of itself. Attendees wear interesting hats. I have seen hats that have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous on Derby Day. There's food as well, like Derby Pie and the famous Mint Julip.
Via The Camel Clutch Blog
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Five horses for your Grand National short list

The Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world and the 2015 race at Aintree has the potential to be one of the most emotional in its history. Tony McCoy, who is on the verge of being crowned champion National Hunt jockey for the 20th time, is retiring at the end of the season. But, if he wins the Grand National on Shutthefrontdoor, he is planning to quit immediately...
Via The Sports Daily
April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Kentucky Derby 2015 Prep and Horse Racing Tidbits

The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2nd is a little over three weeks away. Many of the major Derby prep races have been run as of this writing. As most racing fans know, each race had a certain amount of Derby-qualifying points attached to it.
Via The Camel Clutch Blog
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse track announcer imitates Marv Albert, Jeremy Schapp

Pleasanton track Announcer Frank Mirahmadi combines imitations of sportscasters Marv Albert and Jeremy Schaap during a recent horse race. Marv is OK, hang in there for Schaap - which is outstanding.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return Home
Via Bob's Blitz
July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Man Runs onto Track During Horse Race

Today’s Cream Gorse Handicap race featured a surprise that no one would’ve expected. During the race, which took place in Leicester, an unidentified man ran onto the track during the final 100 yards—in an attempt to draw ten seconds of “fame.” He was lucky he wasn’t trampled. And he didn’t affect the outcome too much, either. Watch him run onto the track like an idiot...
Via The Sports Daily
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The worst horse names in Belmont history

Accountant (1906) If you want the crowd to go crazy, you get them to cheer for an Accountant! Woooo! Accountant finished 3rd in 1906, probably because greater prize money would have pushed him into a higher tax bracket. Best Laid Plans (1976) The full saying is: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” This horse finished 8th. Pretty awry. Bold Ego (1981) Okay, we’re...
Via Sports Pickle
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

California Chrome allowed to wear nasal strip at Belmont

The 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome will be allowed to wear a nasal strip during the Belmont Stakes. New York Racing Association steward Steve Lewandowski told ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards on Monday that California Chrome has been approved to wear the nasal strip during the 1½-mile race. California Chrome will now have a chance to become the sport’s...
Via Sports-Glory
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Nasal strips to cost California Chrome Triple Crown bid?

California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby and dug deep to win the Preakness on Saturday.  Now the chestnut colt faces the toughest test of all in three weeks, the Belmont Stakes. California Chrome will attempt to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, something that hasn’t been done since Affirmed in 1978. But trainer Art Sherman says California Chrome might not pursue...
Via Sports-Glory
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

California Chrome owner takes shot at Churchill Downs

After California Chrome won the 2014 Preakness Stakes, owner Steve Coburn used his platform to take a shot at Churchill Downs.
Via Gamedayr
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

California Chrome wins 140th Kentucky Derby

It's a day meant for the craziest, wildest, and most outlandish hats to be worn and called stylish. It's day for the mass consumption of mint juleps; some of them out of ridiculously expensive cups (excuse me, chalices). It's a day for the most exciting and fastest two minutes in sports.I'm talking about the Run for the Roses--the Kentucky Derby!From Bleacher ReportAnd...
Via FatManWriting
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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