August 31, 2015

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Travers Stakes: Keen Ice ends American Pharoah’s reign

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The day after American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes and became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, trainer Bob Baffert already was leery of Saratoga in the summer. He had every reason to be. Now, American Pharoah may have run his last race. The track lived up to its Read More…

American Pharoah picks up fans, chases more history

From a beauty salon in Beverly Hills to an intersection in Zurich people are talking about American Pharoah. Derek Jeter. Carrie Underwood. Drew Brees. Even Cheech and Chong. All have chatted up either the owner, trainer or jockey of American Pharoah in the weeks after the horse became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 Read More…

American Pharoah and crew feeling their oats after big win

The party’s still on for the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years — and the owner, trainer and jockey. Since American Pharoah completed his sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, the past few weeks have turned into a whirlwind of TV appearances, first pitches and victory celebrations for owner Ahmed Zayat, Read More…

Horse racing: American Pharoah makes history, ends long Triple Crown drought with dominant victory in Belmont

NEW YORK — By mid-stretch, Bob Baffert knew it. American Pharoah was going to win the Triple Crown. He took his eyes off the horse to soak in the crazed scene of the packed grandstand. Fans jumped up and down, hugged, and tossed drinks in the air. The race wasn’t even over yet, and the Read More…

Horse Racing: American Pharoah has chance to accomplish one of most difficult feats in sports

Imagine Usain Bolt having to beat a bunch of well-rested runners in every heat to capture an Olympic gold medal. Or Serena Williams competing in the French Open final against a rival who didn’t bother playing in the quarters or semifinals. Now you have an idea of what American Pharoah is trying to accomplish in Read More…

Will the Crown finally fit? Former winners believe American Pharoah has what it takes to end long Triple Crown drought

Steve Cauthen thinks it’s long past time for a new horse to join the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners. The jockey who rode Affirmed to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1978 believes horse racing needs a victory by American Pharoah in the Belmont on Saturday to boost flagging Read More…

Trainer Baffert settles into role as racing elder statesman

ARCADIA, Calif. — Bob Baffert came blasting into thoroughbred racing in Southern California talking smack. Wearing a cowboy hat and boots, he had already conquered the quarter horse world and was ready to take aim at the bigger money and prestige offered by training regally-bred thoroughbreds. It wasn’t long before he piled up 11 wins Read More…

Horse Racing: American Pharoah romps in the rain to Preakness victory for 2nd leg of Triple Crown

BALTIMORE — Minutes before the Preakness, it was an ominous scene at Pimlico Race Course. Thunder and lightning. Wind and rain. A record crowd scrambling for cover. A drenched racetrack. Nothing — absolutely nothing — was going to stop American Pharoah, especially the competition. Thunder rumbled as the starting gate opened, and the Kentucky Derby Read More…

Kentucky Derby: American Pharoah gives Baffert long-awaited win

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Three times in seven years, Bob Baffert left the Kentucky Derby empty-handed. Two seconds and a sixth-place finish by the wagering favorite. After a while, those close calls started taking a toll. Even for a three-time Derby winner. “When you get beat like that, all these seconds, you get to a point Read More…

Kentucky Derby: Favorites get favorable draws

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bob Baffert clapped his hands to his mouth when early 5-2 favorite American Pharoah avoided the dreaded No. 1 post for the Kentucky Derby. The anxiety wasn’t over yet. He still had to wait to find out where Dortmund would end up. Thankfully for Baffert, it was the No. 8 spot for Read More…