Horse Racing

Five years ago when Dave Palone became the leading driver in career wins in North American harness racing history, he looked to the man he surpassed with respect and awe. “When I was a kid,” Palone said, “Herve was my idol. In soccer, there’s Pele. In harness racing, there’s Herve. When you say ‘Herve’ everyone
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Barney Roy completed a Royal Ascot opening-day Group 1 double for Godolphin when he won the St. James’s Palace Stakes by one length over Lancaster Bomber. Thunder Snow finished third, and odds-on favorite Churchill ran the worst race of his career, checking in fourth following five straight wins at the Group 1 level. Godolphin, which
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Ribchester cemented his position as Europe’s best miler with a definitive victory Tuesday in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes to launch the 2017 Royal Ascot meeting. Ridden by William Buick for Godolphin and trainer Richard Fahey, Ribchester followed Miss Temple City through the early and middle stages of the straight-course mile as pacemakers Toscanini
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Gun Runner probably could have run through a wall of monster trucks down the Churchill Downs stretch Saturday night and still have won the Stephen Foster Handicap by about five lengths, instead of the seven by which he did dominate this Grade 1 event. Make no mistake, Gun Runner has, with experience and age, developed
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Gun Runner further established himself as the next-best horse this side of Arrogate with a thoroughly dominating performance Saturday night in the 36th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. “Nice horse, huh?” said Steve Asmussen, who trains Gun Runner for Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm.
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