Star sprinter Nature Strip, ridden by James McDonald, lived up to his billing as favourite to win the world's richest turf race, The Everest, in front of thousands of cheering punters in Sydney on Saturday.
Posted: October 16, 2021, 5:36 am
Snowfall can erase Aidan O'Brien's bitter memories of last year and give the record-breaking Irish trainer a third win in the 100th running of France's most iconic race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday.
Posted: October 1, 2021, 4:08 pm
Deep Bond and Chrono Genesis attempt to fulfil a dream of the Japanese racing fraternity on Sunday and win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, 52 years after their first runner came up short.
Posted: October 1, 2021, 2:44 am
Organisers of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe appealed Monday to fans from England and Ireland to come over in their droves to attend the 100th running of the iconic race as the statistics surrounding coronavirus in the French capital are improving daily.
Posted: September 6, 2021, 11:44 am
We're not sure that's street legal.
Posted: August 21, 2021, 9:45 pm
A federal judge ruled the New York Racing Association's (NYRA) suspension of thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert unconstitutional on Wednesday, allowing him to run horses in the state again.
Posted: July 15, 2021, 2:37 am
A federal judge has nullified New York Racing Association's (NYRA) suspension of famed thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert, saying the organisation failed to provide him a post-suspension hearing. The ruling was a significant win for the trainer, one of the most successful and recognisable figures in the sport, and allows for him to compete in New York state races again, effective immediately. In May, NYRA barred Baffert-trained horse Medina Spirit from running in the Belmont Stakes, the third and final leg of the triple crown, after the Kentucky Derby winner failed a drug test.
Posted: July 15, 2021, 1:12 am
Bob Baffert can run horses in New York again.
Posted: July 14, 2021, 10:33 pm
Stradivarius's bid to emulate Yeats's record of four Ascot Gold Cup victories ended in disappointment on Thursday as Subjectivist prevailed in Royal Ascot's flagship race.
Posted: June 17, 2021, 5:13 pm
Bob Baffert is trying to get his New York suspension lifted.
Posted: June 14, 2021, 7:27 pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) -Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on Monday sued New York horse racing officials for suspending him from running horses at state racetracks, following a positive drug test for Baffert-trained Medina Spirit after it won the Kentucky Derby. Baffert, a seven-time Kentucky Derby winner and one of the sport's best-known figures, said the New York Racing Association (NYRA) unconstitutionally usurped the authority of the state's gaming commission by taking away his trainer's license indefinitely.
Posted: June 14, 2021, 6:37 pm
Stradivarius receives "quite a lot of fan mail" his trainer John Gosden told AFP which is sure to become a flood if he equals Yeats's record of four Ascot Gold Cup's (2006-09) on Thursday.
Posted: June 14, 2021, 2:14 am
(Reuters) -Essential Quality atoned for Kentucky Derby disappointment out-duelling Hot Rod Charlie down the home stretch to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, bringing the curtain down on a tumultuous year for U.S. thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. The favorite to win May's Kentucky Derby, Essential Quality came home fourth at Churchill Downs but this time got a perfect ride from jockey Luis Saez. It was the fifth win in six career races for Essential Quality who is owned by Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Posted: June 5, 2021, 11:40 pm
The Kentucky Derby favorite delivered at Belmont.
Posted: June 5, 2021, 10:59 pm
Bolshoi Ballet is the punters choice to give trainer Aidan O'Brien a ninth Epsom Derby and a 41st British classic breaking a record that has stood for almost 150 years later on Saturday.
Posted: June 5, 2021, 9:30 am
Essential Quality is once again the 2-1 favorite and there are plenty of reasons to think he will come through this time.
Posted: June 4, 2021, 9:59 pm
Ed Dunlop admits it is "surreal" training a leading contender for Saturday's Epsom Derby named in honour of his father.
Posted: June 4, 2021, 1:30 am
Churchill Downs cited Baffert's "reckless practices and substance violations" in announcing the decision.
Posted: June 2, 2021, 8:14 pm
2 jun (Reuters) - Una segunda prueba de drogas posterior a la carrera para el ganador del Derby de Kentucky, Medina Spirit, confirmó la presencia de una sustancia prohibida, dijo el miércoles un abogado del entrenador del caballo, lo que plantea la posibilidad de que el potro alazán oscuro sea descalificado. El abogado del entrenador del Salón de la Fama Bob Baffert, quien ganó un séptimo Derby de Kentucky con Medina Spirit el 1 de mayo, dijo que una segunda muestra halló el fármaco antiinflamat
Posted: June 2, 2021, 5:16 pm
A second drug test from Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has confirmed the presence of a banned steroid, a statement said Wednesday, potentially paving the way for the horse to be stripped of its victory at Churchill Downs.
Posted: June 2, 2021, 4:35 pm
(Reuters) -A second post-race drug test for Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit confirmed a prohibited substance was present, a lawyer for the horse's trainer said on Wednesday, raising the possibility the dark bay colt might be disqualified. While a decision on whether to disqualify Medina Spirit will depend on the outcome of a Kentucky Horse Racing Commission investigation, Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) moved swiftly by banning the colt's Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert for two years. In making the ruling, CDI said it could no longer overlook Baffert's history of drug testing failures.
Posted: June 2, 2021, 2:57 pm
Children will not be allowed to attend England's second test against New Zealand at Edgbaston next month after the match was chosen as one of the British government's pilot events to allow bigger crowds. The June 10-14 test will be the first event in the second phase of the government programme assessing the risk of COVID-19 transmission at mass participation events. Edgbaston will now be allowed around 18,000 spectators a day, or 70% of capacity, but all ticket holders must be aged 16 and over.
Posted: May 26, 2021, 2:13 pm
Baffert and his horses are banned from several lucrative NY races, including the third leg of the Triple Crown.
Posted: May 17, 2021, 9:16 pm
New York racing authorities on Monday barred trainer Bob Baffert from entering horses in next month's Belmont Stakes following the positive drug test against his Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit.
Posted: May 17, 2021, 9:06 pm
Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit will not contend in next month's Belmont Stakes after the New York Racing Association (NYRA) temporarily suspended the horse and its famed trainer, Bob Baffert, on Monday following a failed drug test. Medina Spirit tested positive for betamethasone, a banned substance, earlier this month after winning the first of the three legs of horse racing's Triple Crown series. The horse came up short at Saturday's Preakness Stakes, finishing third behind Midnight Bourbon and upset winner Rombauer.
Posted: May 17, 2021, 8:59 pm
All eyes were on Medina Spirit at the 146th Preakness Stakes, but Rombauer captured the victory.
Posted: May 15, 2021, 10:59 pm
"If we don't [speak up] for the bettors, it's just going to keep on going."
Posted: May 14, 2021, 11:45 pm
The Kentucky Derby winner (for now) is officially racing in the Preakness.
Posted: May 14, 2021, 11:36 pm
The Bob Baffert-trained horse tested positive for the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone after winning the first of the three famed Triple Crown races on May 1, raising questions over whether the three-year-old colt would be allowed to race at Pimlico Race Course. Medina Spirit was cleared to compete after "undergoing three rounds of out-of-competition blood sample testing as part of the condition of entry," Pimlico owner Stronach Group said in a statement. Baffert, one of the most recognizable figures in the world of professional horse racing with a record seven Kentucky Derby titles, said the prior failed drug test may have been due to the use of an anti-fungal ointment.
Posted: May 14, 2021, 9:45 pm
Drug-tainted Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit will attempt to claim the second leg of US horse racing's Triple Crown on Saturday as the 146th Preakness Stakes takes place in Baltimore under a cloud of doping intrigue.
Posted: May 14, 2021, 7:31 pm
All the focus is on Medina Spirit at the Preakness Stakes.
Posted: May 14, 2021, 4:14 pm
(Reuters) -Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, the Bob Baffert-trained horse which failed a drug test after its May 1 triumph, is eligible to compete in Saturday's Preakness Stakes, the Maryland Jockey Club said on Tuesday. If the horse's positive test for the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone is confirmed, Churchill Downs said it will strip Medina Spirit of its Kentucky Derby win and the racetrack has already banned Baffert from entering horses there. The controversy surrounding Medina Spirit's positive test raised questions about whether the three-year-old colt would be allowed to compete in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Posted: May 11, 2021, 8:38 pm
Medina Spirit will run in the Preakness Stakes despite a positive test for a regulated substance at the Kentucky Derby.
Posted: May 11, 2021, 7:05 pm
Bob Baffert, trainer of doping-hit Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, said Tuesday the horse was given an anti-fungal medication that might have caused the positive test that has jeopardized the victory.
Posted: May 11, 2021, 4:02 pm
Legendary trainer Bob Baffert insisted he was innocent of wrongdoing on Monday in the wake of the failed drugs test against Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit that has left US racing in turmoil.
Posted: May 10, 2021, 6:55 pm
If Medina Spirit is stripped of the 2021 Kentucky Derby victory, second-place Mandaloun would be deemed the winner but bettors on Mandaloun would still be out of luck.
Posted: May 10, 2021, 3:17 pm
Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has tested positive for a banned substance, trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday, and the horse could be stripped of its history-making victory.
Posted: May 9, 2021, 8:42 pm
Derby winner Medina Spirit tests positive for regulated drug, trainer Bob Baffert says he'll fight it
Medina Spirit's Derby win could be in jeopardy.
Posted: May 9, 2021, 2:50 pm
Trainer Bob Baffert, who won a record-setting seventh Kentucky Derby with Medina Spirit last week, said the dark bay colt had another light workout on Thursday and is currently in peak form ahead of next week's Preakness Stakes. Baffert said it takes about a week to determine if a horse will be ready in time for the Preakness Stakes but that Medina Spirit came out of the Kentucky Derby well, has jogged for two consecutive days and he sees no discouraging signs. "I'll know by the weekend how he is doing but so far he is actually handling it pretty well," twice Triple Crown winner Baffert, who is scheduled to return to Louisville over the weekend, said on a conference call.
Posted: May 6, 2021, 7:24 pm
Bob Baffert's horse is never a bad bet at Churchill Downs.
Posted: May 1, 2021, 11:57 pm
(Reuters) -Medina Spirit stormed to victory in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday to give trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh win in the $3 million Run for the Roses. Under jockey John Velazquez, Medina Spirit jumped out to an early lead and fended off challenges down the stretch in front of 51,838 fans in Louisville, Kentucky, in the largest U.S. sporting event since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The win was Hall of Fame jockey Velazquez's fourth in the first race of the Triple Crown, which returned to its usual spot - the first Saturday in May - after being pushed to September last year due to the pandemic.
Posted: May 1, 2021, 11:18 pm
The Kentucky Derby returned to its traditional May slot, and it was as thrilling as ever.
Posted: May 1, 2021, 11:03 pm
Medina Spirit won the 147th Kentucky Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs, giving trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the US flat racing classic.
Posted: May 1, 2021, 11:02 pm
Here’s a casual guide — from an admitted non-expert — on how to spread around $100 of bets to perhaps take home a bit of milk money.
Posted: April 30, 2021, 10:41 pm
King Fury, the 20-1 Kentucky Derby entrant named for world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, was scratched from Saturday's US racing classic after spiking a fever on Friday.
Posted: April 30, 2021, 7:39 pm
The 20-horse field for the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville is packed with talented, dynamic runners.
Posted: April 30, 2021, 2:43 pm
English jockey Jim Crowley is not one to get "wrapped up in emotion" but he told AFP it "would be very special" if he wins his first English classic in the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum's silks on Saturday.
Posted: April 30, 2021, 1:22 am
Sheikh Mohammed's horse, Essential Quality, is a favorite to win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
Posted: April 29, 2021, 11:16 pm
Jockey Luis Saez, who appeared to have won the 2019 Kentucky Derby before a disqualification for interference, will ride favorite Essential Quality in Saturday's 147th "Run for the Roses."
Posted: April 29, 2021, 6:04 pm