7:18 PM ET Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A filly winning the Hambletonian has been a rare sight in the 95-year history of trotting’s biggest race. Only 15 have accomplished the feat. Now owners Michelle and Al Crawford and Brad Grant have done it twice in the past three years. Ramona Hill joined the
12:26 AM ET Associated Press OCEANPORT, N.J. — Hopeful Growth took the lead in the stretch and drew off to a four-length victory in the $200,000 Monmouth Oaks at Monmouth Park on Saturday. Ridden by Antonio Gallardo and trained by Anthony Margotta, Jr., Hopeful Growth covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:45.63 for her
9:25 PM ET Associated Press DEL MAR, Calif. — Thousand Words upset 1-5 favorite Honor A. P. by three-quarters of a length in the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar on Saturday, giving trainer Bob Baffert another candidate for next month’s Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Thousand Words ran 1 1/16 miles in
6:52 PM ET Associated Press SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Improbable won the $750,000 Whitney at Saratoga on Saturday, making Bob Baffert the first trainer to notch back-to-back victories in the Grade 1 race for older horses since 1994-95. Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Improbable ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.65. The 4-year-old colt paid $8.50,
10:26 PM ET Associated Press DEL MAR, Calif. — Maximum Security won the $150,000 San Diego Handicap in a photo finish at Del Mar on Saturday, his first start in five months for new trainer Bob Baffert. Under new rider Abel Cedillo, Maximum Security caught pacesetter Midcourt at the top of the stretch and outlasted
10:49 PM ET Associated Press DEL MAR, Calif. — Del Mar’s jockey colony returned for the resumption of racing after the track was forced to cancel last weekend when 15 jockeys tested positive for the coronavirus. Riders were cleared Friday after passing screenings by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club medical staff. Track president Josh Rubenstein
7:49 PM ET Associated Press SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Irad Ortiz Jr. won five races at Saratoga on Thursday, equaling his feat of a year ago. He won the second, fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth races from his eight mounts at the upstate New York track. Last July 31, Ortiz Jr. also won five races.
6:22 PM ET Associated Press OCEANPORT, N.J. — Authentic gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his record-extending ninth victory in the $1 million Haskell Stakes Saturday, holding off late charging Ny Traffic by a nose at Monmouth Park. Jockey Mike Smith put the Santa Anita Derby runner-up on the lead at the start and
7:28 PM ET Associated Press LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. — Two horses have died after suffering racing injuries at Los Alamitos, which was put on probation by the California Horse Racing Board after a spike in horse fatalities. Tacy, a 5-year-old mare, was pulled up while racing Sunday night at the Orange County track. She was
6:59 PM ET Associated Press A limited number of owners will be allowed at Saratoga on the day that their horse is entered to race. The New York Racing Association says the size of an ownership group will be limited to eight people who possess a license per horse. The application to attend must be
6:34 PM ET Associated Press Del Mar canceled racing for the upcoming weekend after 15 jockeys tested positive for COVID-19. All the track’s riders and personnel who work in the jockeys’ room were tested by San Diego County public health officials at the request of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Of the 15 positive tests,
3:24 PM ET Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance. The commission said in a ruling announced Wednesday that the suspension will run Aug. 1-15. The Oaklawn Park stewards
11:54 PM ET Associated Press Rick Dutrow, who trained Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown and is serving a 10-year suspension by New York racing authorities, withdrew his application for a license in Kentucky on Tuesday, his latest legal defeat in an attempt to restart his career. Dutrow and his attorney appeared on a
11:54 PM ET Associated Press Ken Church, who rode over 2,000 winners during a 20-year career that included four mounts in the Kentucky Derby, died Monday. He was 90. Church was diagnosed with pneumonia a week ago at the retirement facility where he lived in Reno, Nevada, and was taken to a hospital. He contracted
3:58 PM ET Associated Press DEL MAR, Calif. — A 3-year-old filly was euthanized after completing a workout at Del Mar, the track’s first fatality of its summer racing season. Lovely Lilia had just completed a four-furlong workout in 49.20 seconds during training hours Saturday when she was pulled up and vanned off the track.
Jun 20, 2020 ESPN News Services NEW YORK — Heavily favored Tiz the Law won an unprecedented Belmont Stakes, claiming victory Saturday at the first race of a rejiggered Triple Crown schedule in front of eerily empty grandstands. “I’m not trying to be a jerk about it,” trainer Barclay Tagg, 82, said. “But I thought