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May

13
Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won’t run Preakness

Kentucky Derby long-shot winner Rich Strike will not race in the Preakness Stakes on May 21. Owner Rick Dawson said in a statement: “Our original plan for Rich Strike was contingent on the KY Derby, should we not run in the Derby we would point toward the Preakness, should we run in the Derby, subject to the race outcome & the condition of our horse, we would give him more recovery time & rest and run in the Belmont, or another race and stay on course to run with 5 or 6 weeks rest between races.” Rich Strike entered the […]

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May

09
Max Verstappen holds off Charles Leclerc for crucial win in Miami

Max Verstappen caught and passed both Ferraris and held off late pressure from Charles Leclerc to attain the first Miami Grand Prix. Starting third, defending world champion Verstappen bullied his way past the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz at Turn 1 to move up to second before overtaking Leclerc on Lap 9. Verstappen’s Red Bull had looked set for a routine win from there until Lando Norris’ McLaren was spun out of the race by Pierre Gasly, prompting a safety car in the closing stages. That brought Leclerc right back onto his tail, but Verstappen drove faultlessly to stay ahead, cutting […]

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March

16
Churchill Downs’ 2022 schedule includes Arlington Million

Led by the $3 million Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, a record 53 stakes races that total $20.37 million will be staged at Churchill Downs Racetrack this spring and summer. In addition to the 44-day spring meet, which runs April 30-July 4, Churchill Downs will host a special one-day Arlington Million Day program on Saturday, Aug. 13, thanks to cooperation from Ellis Park, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Kentucky horsemen. Overall, Churchill Downs will host nine stakes races that previously were run at Arlington Park. Arlington Million Day on Aug. 13 will feature four stakes cumulatively worth $2 million: the […]

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March

04
Kimari Sets Up for Madison Repeat in Season Debut Score

Kimari  kicked off her 2022 season in style March 3 with a 5 1/4-length romp over four overmatched allowance-level foes in a $55,000 event at Gulfstream Park. Using the 6 1/2-furlong dirt event as a stepping stone to greater heights, trainer Wesley Ward said the 5-year-old daughter of Munnings  will next target a return to top-level company in the April 9 Madison Stakes (G1), a race she earned on the main track at Keeneland last year. With Joel Rosario in the irons Thursday for her first start since a seventh against the boys in the Nov. 6 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) at Del Mar, Kimari tracked the […]

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February

01
Cox Eyes Easier Assignment for Concert Tour

After fading in Fifth Season stakes, grade 2 winner may try an allowance race. After a disappointing comeback effort in the Fifth Season Stakes, the bar may be set lower for the next start of Gary and Mary West’s Concert Tour Running for the first time in eight months and making his first start since switching trainers from Bob Baffert to Brad Cox, the grade 2-winning Concert Tour was second after the opening quarter-mile in the Jan. 15 Fifth Season but faded in the stretch and concluded ninth and last in the mile stakes at Oaklawn Park. Looking for the best online […]

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December

22
With storms coming, Santa Anita looks ‘OK’ for opening day

Under somewhat similar circumstances two years ago, Santa Anita made the pre-emptive move five days early to push back the beginning of its marquee winter-spring meet to Dec. 28 from its traditional day-after-Christmas opening. It was the first time since 1976 the track did not open on Dec. 26. This time around – as things currently stand – Santa Anita plans to open as planned on Sunday. “The track guys pay for a couple of different weather services that give them pretty good information, and right now they think we’re going to be OK,” Santa Anita general manager Nate Newby […]

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November

30
Smile Happy Gives McPeek Another Kentucky Jockey Club Win

The horse that brought Kenny McPeek to the winner’s circle for the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs was not the one that most fans would have expected. Instead of Tiz the Bomb, who scratched out of the G2 stakes earlier Saturday, it was Smile Happy, a son of Runhappy, who gave McPeek his third victory in the early prep race for the 2022 Kentucky Derby. In a field scratched down from 14 to 11, Smile Happy broke from post eight, taking up position in fifth around the first turn and onto the backstretch. Setting early fractions of […]

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October

19
Trainer Fawkes Wins Three, Jockey Sutherland Four At Gulfstream Sunday

Veteran trainer David Fawkes has been forging his own path to the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle while saddling five winners from five starters over the past two programs at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track. The South Florida mainstay, who has enjoyed much success on the national Thoroughbred stage, scored with his only two starters Saturday and his first three starters on Sunday’s card. He swept the first three races on Sunday’s nine-race card with Defendant ($3.60), Palomita ($5.60), and Golden Soda ($8.80), respectively. On Saturday, he visited the winner’s circle after victories by Wild Irishman ($5.60) in Race 3 and […]

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September

14
Lonesome Glory a clash of steeplechase titans, with The Mean Queen vs. Snap Decision

The queen of the steeplechase game takes on the king in a Grade 1 showdown in Thursday’s $150,000 Lonesome Glory Stakes, which helps kick off the 28-day Belmont Park fall meet. The Mean Queen, the mare who defeated the boys as the favorite in the Grade 1 Jonathan Sheppard Steeplechase at Saratoga, will now be the hunter when she meets Snap Decision, who seeks his 10th consecutive triumph, in the 2 1/2-mile Lonesome Glory over National fences. Trainer Jack Fisher, recently inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame, kept Snap Decision out of the two Grade 1 steeplechase events in Saratoga […]

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August

31
Experienced leads field of 12 for Virginia Derby

A field of 12 will go to post in the 18th running of the Grade 3 Virginia Derby on Tuesday at Colonial Downs, the featured event of five stakes on the card and eleven races in all. The Virginia Derby carries a purse of $250,000 and will be contested at 1 1/8 miles over the track’s signature Secretariat Turf Course. Programmed as the 10th race, it will be the final leg of an all-stakes, all-turf Pick-5 wager covering races 6-10 that kicks off with the $150,000 Old Nelson Stakes and continues with the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes, the $100,000 Rosie’s Stakes and […]

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