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
The co-features on Saturday at Santa Anita Park are named for Affirmed and Precisionist, both of them impossible acts to follow. Ten are entered — five in each race — so cue the chorus always ready to decry smaller average field size as the root of all evil rather than the natural by-product of dwindling
With the Triple Crown in the rear-view mirror, the “second season” for the 3-year-old division is well under way. Saturday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby has drawn four colts, three of them graded-stakes winners, looking to rebound from poor finishes in the Kentucky Derby: Untrapped (12th), Girvin (13th), Fast and Accurate (17th), and Irap (18th).
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
The original was a smash hit, and for a change the sequel proved equally satisfying, as Lady Aurelia followed up on her breathtaking win a year ago in the Queen Mary Stakes with a scintillating score Tuesday in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. Under John Velazquez, who picked up the mount
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
Timeline did everything asked of him at Monmouth Park on Sunday and is Haskell-bound after winning the Grade 3 Pegasus by 3 1/2 lengths. But sometimes things are not as simple as they seem, and on Sunday night trainer Chad Brown said Timeline had been stepped on during the race and had a cut on
ARCADIA, Calif. — Bendable began her 4-year-old season with a comprehensive win in Sunday’s Grade 3 Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita, her first victory in a graded stakes. Ridden by Mike Smith, Bendable closed from third in a field of five to win by 1 1/2 lengths over 5-1 Coniah, who broke slowly. Pretty
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
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.