The Maryland Stadium Authority just released a study of potential renovations at Pimlico Race Course, the most significant questions about the home of the Preakness --including the optimal way to redevelop it and how to pay for the project -- remain to be answered, the authority's chairman said Monday.
"This was an important step, but there was...Read more
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- Jockey Victor Espinoza sensed trouble before California Chrome stepped inside the starting gate. The champion balked.
"He'd never done that," Espinoza said. "That was a bad sign."
But it wasn't until after the gates opened Saturday in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park that Espinoza knew...Read more
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- They rolled out the red carpet for the big gamblers and the beautiful people Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Correction, the carpet was blue -- a vibrant blue in keeping with the color scheme of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational. But the intent was clear in establishing upon arrival that this was a special day, and that ...Read more
In the coda to his Cinderella career, California Chrome and his legion of fans couldn't ask for more: a chance at redemption in a grand finale.
Saturday's inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational may have started as an improbable Gulfstream Park gimmick, but it's turned into a rematch for the ages. In this Florida showcase created ...Read more
As a very young girl, Linda Rodriguez would squeeze her head through the fence near the finish line of the Del Mar racetrack. She was fascinated by the spectacle, by the colors and the beauty of the horses, by the sound of the pounding of their hooves on the dirt.
She wanted to be as close to it as she could get.
Between every race, Rodriguez'...Read more
Art Sherman laughed as he watched his son and co-trainer Alan goof around with California Chrome, who grabbed the brim of Alan's hat with his teeth and yanked if off his head, then engaged in a chin-to-chin staredown that almost melted into a kiss.
"He is a character, and I'm talking about the horse," Sherman said of the thoroughbred he calls "...Read more
Almost all of the prerace hype for the Pegasus World Cup is focused on the rematch between California Chrome and Arrogate.
The fervor was stoked by their duel in the Breeders' Cup Classic, with Arrogate winning by a half-length. Saturday at Gulfstream Park the two top-rated thoroughbreds will reprise their rivalry with $7 million on the line as...Read more
He calls himself the "horseless horseman." Dan Schafer has never owned a horse in his life.
But the 33-year-old pizza entrepreneur from Michigan could land in the winner's circle at Gulfstream Park on Saturday if a 50-1 long shot named War Story springs a major upset by knocking off four-legged titans California Chrome and Arrogate in the ...Read more
Fenton's DeathS. Elizabeth
Emm and Francine grew up with Fenton. He was their neighbor, best friend and big brother all in one. Fenton thought he loved both his friends equally but one day as a young man he realized he had to make a choice. But what would his choice do to the 3. And then...Fenton died. Fenton's Death ...
It's been said that jockeys are pound-for-pound the strongest athletes in the world.
Perhaps it's only fitting, then, that UFC champ Conor McGregor is training to become one. Or so the 28-year-old Irish brawler claims in comedic ads promoting the upcoming $12 Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park.
"I'll be competing in and winning ...Read more
American Pharoah has his first baby.
Brookdale Farm in Versailles announced via Facebook on Tuesday that the maiden mare Kakadu had given birth to a bay colt sired by American Pharoah. He is believed to be the first foal by the Triple Crown winner, who is expected to become the proud papa of more than 200 foals after his first breeding season. ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Even the smartest people sometimes get their wisdom from strange places.
Take Jon White, a horse racing encyclopedia who doubles as the morning-line oddsmaker at Santa Anita.
He cites a 1975 television episode of the "The Odd Couple," a show based on a Neil Simon play about a sportswriter/gambler named Oscar and his lifelong ...Read more
CYPRESS, Calif.--California Chrome's racing career in his home state finished in the spectacular fashion everyone expected. He won Saturday's $180,000 Winter Challenge by 12 lengths at Los Alamitos and did it without really trying.
If that's not enough, he set a track record for 1 1/16 miles by more than three-quarters of a second with a time ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- It was as if the lights on the front stretch of Los Alamitos Race Course needed time to wake up so they could illuminate the larger-than-usual crowd that showed up at 5:30 a.m. to see a big chestnut horse do a high-speed practice gallop around the track.
In attendance were the three founding members of the Los Alamitos Breakfast ...Read more
Garrett Gomez, a two-time Eclipse Award winner whose career as a jockey was often colored by problems with drugs and alcohol, has died at 44.
According to the Daily Racing Form, citing sources, he died of a drug overdose on Wednesday at an Indian casino near Tucson, Ariz. The tribal police responsible for investigating his death had released no...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The care and feeding of a prospective Kentucky Derby horse is one of the most scrutinized and unpredictable parts of America's obsession with that race. Six months to go, but it could seem like six years.
This Saturday at Los Alamitos will be one of those benchmark races for a horse that is already the second betting favorite -- ...Read more
- Significant questions remain about any potential Pimlico redevelopment
- Meet the horses, owners and jockeys in the Pegasus World Cup
- Superstar horses, colorful crowd create glitzy spectacle for Pegasus World Cup
- Arrogate runs away from California Chrome, field to claim Pegasus World Cup
- California Chrome inspires a passion like no other horse