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Zenyatta, winner of 19 straight races in 20-run career, enters hall of fame

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.--Trainer John Shirreffs took a year and a half to meticulously prepare the filly Zenyatta for a debut late in her 3-year-old season in 2007. She proved to be worth the wait.

Zenyatta went on to a historic career that was celebrated with her induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Friday.

"She won ...Read more

Surprise addition of Exaggerator sets up Derby, Preakness winners for rematch in Haskell

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In an unexpected twist to an already jam-packed slate of weekend racing, Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator is now expected to join Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and graded stakes winner Gun Runner in the starting gate for Sunday's Grade I Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

The addition of Exaggerator to the Haskell lineup means the Jersey...Read more

Chrome's fans want another win on menu

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You know you're big when someone names a food item after you. So, how big must you be if they name an entire food competition after you?

Such is life for California Chrome, considered the most popular horse currently racing in the world. He's certainly the richest, having won about $12.5 million.

Saturday at Del Mar, the winner of the 2014 ...Read more

Champions California Chrome, Songbird headline weekend stakes

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The richest racehorse in North American history is set to make his first start since garnering that lofty prefix. He will face, among others, the Grade I-winning amazon whose only career losses came at the hands of his Triple Crown-winning former stablemate.

The meeting of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome against the chestnut beast that...Read more

Tom McCarthy, trainer of General Quarters, dead at 82

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Trainer Tom McCarthy, who became a sentimental favorite when he conditioned former claimer General Quarters to victory in the 2009 Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, died on Thursday after a battle with melanoma. McCarthy was 82.

A retired school teacher and principal, McCarthy became the darling of the 2009 Kentucky Derby season with his one-...Read more

Necropsy: Horse Homeboykris died of heart attack, had high level of anti-inflammatory drug

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Homeboykris, one of the two horses who died on Preakness Day, was running with an elevated level of the anti-inflammatory drug Dexamethasone in his blood, according to a necropsy released today by the Maryland Racing Commission.

But the commission's chief veterinarian, Dr. David Zipf, said the medication violation "would not have contributed to...Read more

California Chrome, Tepin among plethora of stars in first half of 2016

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Forgive the Thoroughbred racing fanbase if it emerged from the first half of 2016 utterly spoiled.

Before the calendar could flip to summer, followers of the sport were treated to an overflow of talent from all ends of the spectrum, be it the sustained brilliance from established stars like California Chrome, Tepin and Beholder to the ongoing ...Read more

Tony Stewart wins Toyota/Save Mart 350 in dramatic fashion

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SONOMA, Calif. -- All the buildup was about strategy, as in it would take timely maneuvering to win the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Sunday, Tony Stewart had the perfect touch.

The man who will retire at season's end made his final pit stop just shy of a late caution and when the green flag returned Stewart had the lead.

Another ...Read more

Carina Mia rallies in Acorn Stakes

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- Even after watching Carina Mia run by Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia in the stretch of Saturday's Grade I, $700,000 Acorn Stakes, trainer Bill Mott refused to indulge himself in the game of what-might-have-been had the daughter of Malibu Moon been able to run a few hours later on May 6.

The Hall of Famer instead focused on ...Read more

Frosted makes monster statement with Met Mile triumph

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- Earlier in the week, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin actually expressed concern that the eight-furlong distance of the Grade I, $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap might be a tad short for his Grade I winner Frosted.

The race that is known as a stallion-maker ended up as the ultimate advertisement for the son of Tapit's brilliance.

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Belmont Stakes favorite Exaggerator finally the star of the show

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- It was barely three months ago that trainer Keith Desormeaux openly wondered if Exaggerator had hit a wall, saying in the aftermath of the colt's third-place run in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes that perhaps the son of Curlin "might be maxing out at a mile."

It was just five weeks ago that many wondered if the dark bay colt ...Read more

Bad boy Lani commanding respect in advance of Belmont Stakes

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- Somewhere between the whirlwind atmosphere that surrounded him in Kentucky, his brief jaunt to Baltimore and subsequent return to New York, Lani appears to have lost the memo that he is supposed to be the crazy one.

The gray son of Tapit who has made himself at home on the Belmont Park oval in recent weeks doesn't quite match up...Read more

Preakness winner Exaggerator 9-5 favorite for Saturday's Belmont

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- Being the focus of widespread attention isn't something that sits too comfortably with trainer Keith Desormeaux. It has nothing to do with the veteran horseman being ungrateful and everything to do with the fact he just doesn't want to miss any intangibles his charges communicate.

"My intensity is in watching those horses train,...Read more

Jockey Desormeaux out of rehab, preparing for Belmont Stakes

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- His time on the Belmont Park apron Tuesday morning began with a media relations reminder that Kent Desormeaux was there to take questions about Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator and his prospects for the final leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday, nothing more. And though the Hall of Fame jockey did end up making a brief ...Read more

In Belmont Stakes, success is often all in the family

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The morning after he watched his colt ruin any chance of Belmont Park playing host to a Triple Crown coronation for another season, trainer Keith Desormeaux and his confidence were as buoyant as the indefatigable son of Curlin pulling him around the shedrow.

He was less than 24 hours removed from watching his younger brother, Kent, guide his ...Read more

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist returns to track for first time since Preakness

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Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist returned to the track Thursday morning for the first time since spiking a fever days after his third-place finish in the Preakness Stakes on May 21.

Accompanied on the pony by Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O'Neill, Nyquist jogged one lap around the main track at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

The ...Read more