HORSE RACING RUMORS & GOSSIP

Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra named to Racing Hall of Fame

Steve Asmussen and Rachel Alexandra, the great mare he trained to Horse of the Year honors, as well as Horse of the Year Zenyatta and jockey Ramon Dominguez will be inducted this year into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.The four were selected in the contemporary category and will be inducted Friday, Aug. 12, at 10:30 a.m. ET at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every Triple Crown winner in the history of horse racing

The horse racing Triple Crown is when a horse wins The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes and The Belmont Stakes in a single year. Can you name every Triple Crown winner in the history of the sport?
March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every winner of the Belmont Stakes since 1867

Can you name every winner of the Belmont Stakes since 1867? Note: There was no race in 1911 and 1912.
March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every winner of the Preakness Stakes since 1873

Can you name every winner of the Preakness Stakes since 1873? Note: No races from 1891-1893. Note: In 1918, 26 horses were entered into two heats, and there were two winners for the only time in history.
March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every Kentucky Derby winner since 1875

Can you name every horse to win the Kentucky Derby since 1875?
March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: American Pharoah will make $35 million as stud in 2016

It pays to win. For American Pharoah, the 2015 American Triple Crown winner, this is quite a literal statement. According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, the now-retired race horse is set to make a fortune as a stud: American Pharoah will make $35M in the breeding shed this year. His stallion career began this morning https://t.co/jiVlijN4dO — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February...
Via Sportsnaut
February 12, 2016  |  Discuss

American Pharoah’s Triple Crown chosen as top AP sports story of the year

American Pharoah may have lost out to Serena Williams for SI’s Sportsperson of the Year, but those angry horse racing fans will be much happier with The Associated Press, which named the horse’s Triple Crown win as the sports story of the year Thursday. That came from a vote of 82 editors and news directors across the U.S., who ranked their top five stories of the year (with...
Via Awful Announcing
December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Jim Rome-owned thoroughbred horse dies

If you’ve been a regular listener of Jim Rome, you’ll know that he has become a player in horse racing, owning all or partly owning shares in several champion horses. One of those was Shared Belief which beat 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome this year in the San Antonio Invitational Stakes as well as winning the San Anita Handicap. After recovering from a hip fracture...
Via Awful Announcing
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Jim Rome’s racehorse Shared Belief dies after colic surgery

    Shared Belief, the champion racehorse owned by sports media personality Jim Rome, died on Wednesday, Rome’s racing group announced. Shared Belief was a four-year-old gelding who had enjoyed tremendous success in the racing world. The gelding won his first eight races before losing at the Breeders Cup last year. He had posted a victory over 2014 Horse of the Year California...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: American Pharoah wins Breeders’ Cup in final race

American Pharoah did it again. The legendary horse won racing’s Grand Slam with a victory at the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday. American Pharoah dominated the race from start to finish, winning it by an impressive 6 1/2 lengths. Now the Triple Crown winner heads off into retirement. “I think it’s time for him to step out and have a nice life,” jockey Victor Espinoza...
Via NESN.com
October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

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
June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

American Pharoah wins Triple Crown

By Vincent Frank American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed 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...
Via Sportsnaut
June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

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

By Larry Brown Jockey Victor Espinoza was elated and still in shock 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 43-year-old jockey, who probably did not know he was on live TV, had just completed the race and had a perfect reaction that was broadcast...
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 06, 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 on abuse to warrant...
Via NESN.com
May 13, 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

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

California Chrome owner apologizes for Belmont rant

California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn appears to have cooled down a bit after this weekend. After the 2014 Belmont Stakes concluded on Saturday afternoon, Coburn was angry about his horse losing out on the coveted Triple Crown. He felt that winning horse Tonalist should not have been allowed to race because it was not part of the Kentucky Derby or Preakness. Tonalist could not...
Via NESN.com
June 09, 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

2014 Belmont Stakes predictions and preview

This Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the famous Belmont Park racetrack, located in Elmont, NY, will be the 2014 edition of the Belmont Stakes. The race is also known as the Test of the Champions," as it is the only 3YO race, where these young horses run the entire 1 1/2 mile circumference of Belmont Park's oval.
Via The Camel Clutch Blog
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

Horse Racing: Previews of the 2014 Withers Stakes & 2014 Sam F. Davis Stakes

With some 20 stakes races being run thorough out the country this Saturday, it was rather difficult to choose exactly which race should be our Horse Racing Race of the Week. I choose the 2014 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct in Queens, New York, where the unbeaten and untested Samraat will spearhead the field of eight and (just five minutes later) the 2014 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa...
Via isportsweb.com
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Preview of the 2014 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park

The first major prep race for the 2014 Kentucky Derby takes place this Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the 2014 Holy Bull Stakes, which in turn, makes it our Horse Racing Race of the Week for this week. The one and one sixteenth miles, Grade: 2 race drew a full field of 11 and carries a purse of $400,000 with the enormously talented 2013 Nashua Stakes winner Cairo Prince listed as...
Via isportsweb.com
January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: A Closer Look at the 2014 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita

The road to the 2014 Kentucky Derby begins to gather momentum this weekend at Santa Anita where six newly turned three year olds will go post-ward Saturday afternoon in our Horse Racing Race of the Week, the Grade: 3, one mile, $100,000 Sham Stakes. Over the next several weeks the prep races for the Derby will snowball until hitting a crescendo in March and early April and, with...
Via isportsweb.com
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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