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American Pharoah upset at Travers Stakes

American Pharoah’s Triple Crown magic ran out Saturday when he finished second to Keen Ice at the 146th Travers Stakes in Saratoga, N.Y. Keen Ice entered the race with 16-1 odds and used a strong push down the stretch to pull off the upset. The result ended American Pharoah’s eight-race win streak that began in his second career race. He was the fourth Triple Crown winner...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Jockey Victor Espinoza rides Joel McHale at ESPYs

Early last month, Victor Espinoza capped off a historic run by riding American Pharoah to victory in the Belmont Stakes to capture horse racing’s Triple Crown. On Wednesday, Espinoza was on the back of ESPYs host Joel McHale for a different kind of ride. Prior to heading onto the stage, McHale walked by Espinoza, who...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 15, 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

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

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

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

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

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: 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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