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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
June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Minor league game stopped to watch Belmont Stakes

By Gordon Dixon American Pharoah on Saturday became the 12th horse to capture the Triple Crown and first since 1978. Unsurprisingly, American Pharoah’s attempt at history was a big deal in Louisville, where he also won the Kentucky Derby last month. It was such a big deal that a minor league game in Louisville was stopped temporarily so everyone in the stadium could watch the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 06, 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

Triple Crown winners and close calls

June 03, 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: Preview of the 2015 Charlie Whittingham Stakes; ‘Pharoah Begins Training for Belmont Stakes

We will be looking at just one race at Santa Anita Park this weekend in our Horse Racing Races of the Week in Sunday’s Charlie Whittingham Stakes, a grade: 2, $200,000 marathon turf event on Sunday which will feature Ashleyluvssugar and Divine Oath in the short field of five. I originally wanted to do three races all together (The Lone Star Handicap at Lone Star Park in Texas and...
Via isportsweb.com
May 22, 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

American Pharoah “Rains” Supreme in 2015 Preakness Stakes…Will He Win 2015 Triple Crown?

Notice how my title say “Will American Pharoah win the 2015 Triple Crown”, not “can” he? I believe I worded that correctly because he has all the physical talent and ability to win it, so he can win…. the question real is …will he? The answer to that, regardless of what anyone says at this point, is it’s too early to tell. After his scintillating, dominate win in Saturday’s...
Via isportsweb.com
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: American Pharoah dusts field at Preakness

By Larry Brown American Pharoah blasted the field at the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes Saturday and now will have the opportunity to run for the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes in three weeks. Starting from the inside and getting out to an early lead, American Pharoah was the first horse to win from the rail since 1994 and just the third favorite since 1950 to start...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 16, 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

An In-Depth Look at the 2015 Preakness Stakes

All eyes will be at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland this Saturday for the second leg of Horse Racing’s Triple Crown series, the 2015 Preakness Stakes. Of course the question on everyone’s mind is can American Pharoah repeat his win/effort from the 2015 Kentucky Derby and then go on to Belmont to try to sweep the Triple Crown for the first time in 37 years? Or will Firing...
Via isportsweb.com
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Looking Ahead to the 2015 Preakness Stakes

With Horse Racing’s middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the 2015 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland, just a few days away, the picture of who is running and who is not has become a little clearer this past weekend. As of Sunday, and according to Preakness.com, confirmed runners include:   **American Pharoah– the Derby winner galloped a 1 3/16ths this...
Via isportsweb.com
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: 2015 Man O’ War Stakes Plus 3 More; 2015 Preakness Stakes News

For most racing fans, there is probably a bit of an emotional letdown after the Kentucky Derby…..not me. Heck, I’m just as excited for this weekend’s Horse Racing Races of the Week than I was last week as we will be looking at four more races including three at Belmont Park and one at Santa Anita. Those races include the 2015 Grade: 1 Man O’ War Stakes, a marathon 1 3/8th...
Via isportsweb.com
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: 2015 Kentucky Derby…The Aftermath

It sounds as though all is well in the aftermath of the 2015 Kentucky Derby. All 18 runners, including the winner American Pharoah, appear to have come out of it well with the top three finishers (American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund) all aiming for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 16.   American Pharoah-winner by one length- was third on the outside most of the way...
Via isportsweb.com
May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview of the 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

The biggest race in the country, and perhaps the world, is upon us in the 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday. 20 of the country’s best three year olds, led by American Pharoah, will run further then they’ve ever been asked to run before for $2 million and the pinnacle of prestige in the sport. The race itself needs no introduction as I’ve found that people,...
Via isportsweb.com
May 01, 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

Horse Racing: Zenyatta’s son, Cozmic One, Flops in Racing Debut

Cozmic One, the first foal of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, trailed every step of the way in his highly-anticipated racing debut last Friday at Santa Anita Park against a group of five other 3-year-olds and finished last in a one mile maiden special weight event. The son of Bernardini, who trailed by as many as 10 lengths in the early stages, made up a little bit of ground late...
Via isportsweb.com
April 20, 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 Racing: Preview of the 2015 Arkansas Derby; Plus 3 Other Races

The spotlight in this week’s Horse Racing Races of the Week shines on Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas as we will be looking at the 2015 Arkansas Derby for three year olds with 2015 Kentucky Derby aspirations as our feature Race of the Week. The nine furlong, Grade: 1 race carries a purse of $1 million and drew a field of eight including 2014 two year colt champion American...
Via isportsweb.com
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Previews of the 2015 Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial and Bluegrass Stakes; Plus 5 Other Major Stakes Races

Let’s just go ahead and call this the biggest weekend thus far in 2015 in the sport of Horse Racing. I looked at 22 stakes races, but narrowed it down to what I thought were the top eight. The weekend will be highlighted by three Grade: 1, $1 million races in the 2015 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct racetrack in Queens, New York, which attracted El Kabeir and Daredevil, the Toyota Bluegrass...
Via isportsweb.com
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: 2015 Kentucky Derby Special— A Star Is Born…

Move over American Pharaoh, Dortmund, Carpe Diem and the rest of the top three olds being pointed to the 2015 Kentucky Derby, there is a new kid on the block…. and his name is Mubtaahij. Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, the son of Dubawi (Dubai Millenium) absolutely obliterated eight other rivals in the $2 million Emirates Derby Saturday night at Meydan Race Course...
Via isportsweb.com
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Full Preview of the 2015 Florida Derby; Plus 5 Other Major Stakes Races

Another tremendous weekend of racing this weekend in the sport of Horse Racing as we will be looking at a total of six races, highlighted by one of the biggest annual Kentucky Derby prep races in the country in the 2015 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The Florida Derby, which has produced an eye popping 57 Triple Crown race winners, is run at nine furlongs, carries Grade:1 status...
Via isportsweb.com
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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