Horse Racing

Gift Box rallies in comeback to take Belmont Park feature

NEW YORK (AP) Gift Box made a sharp comeback to win the $77,000 allowance feature for 3-year-olds on Thursday at Belmont Park. (MORE)

Bull Hancock, William Woodward elected to racing Hall

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Arthur B. "Bull" Hancock Jr. and William Woodward Sr., prominent thoroughbred breeders and owners, have been elected to racing's Hall of Fame in the Pillars of the Turf category. (MORE)

Derby winner Nyquist is sick and won't run in Belmont

NEW YORK (AP) So much for a rematch in the Belmont Stakes.

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist won't run in the final leg of the Triple Crown after developing a fever and having an elevated white blood cell count, trainer Doug O'Neill said Tuesday. (MORE)

No exaggeration, NBC Preakness ratings up over last year

NEW YORK (AP) Exaggerator's victory over Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist in the Preakness was watched on NBC by an average of more than 9.4 million people, a 6 percent increase over American Pharoah's victory last year in the second leg of the Triple Crown. (MORE)

Derby winner Nyquist's trip to Belmont delayed by fever

NEW YORK (AP) Two days after the first loss of his career, Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist has developed a slight fever, leaving plans temporarily on hold for a rematch with Preakness winner Exaggerator in the Belmont Stakes.

Trainer Doug O'Neill's assistant Jack Sisterson said Monday that Nyquist had blood work done "to make sure nothing is going on." Nyquist finished third behind Exaggerator in the Preakness on Saturday, ending any chance of a Triple Crown try at the Belmont on June 11. (MORE)

Second Summer wins Californian by a length at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Second Summer won the $200,000 Californian Stakes by a length Sunday at Santa Anita. (MORE)

Now Power captures Belmont Park feature by 2 1/2 lengths

NEW YORK (AP) Now Power took command shortly after the start on her way to a 2 1/2-length victory Sunday in the $77,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on the turf at Belmont Park. (MORE)

Full Salute wins 4-horse battle to win Monmouth Park feature

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Full Salute won a four-horse battle in the deep stretch in the $42,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park on Sunday, beating El Grande Rojo by a nose. (MORE)

Preakness win behind them, Desormeauxs prepare for Belmont

BALTIMORE (AP) Bonded by their prowess for getting the most out of race horses, siblings Keith and Kent Desormeaux have a relationship that can best be described as professional.

Sure, they love each other. Yet, after the duo teamed to win the Preakness with Exaggerator on Saturday, the most visible sign of affection between the two was a fist pump from Keith, the trainer, after Kent rode the colt to a stunning victory. (MORE)

No kidding: Exaggerator beats Nyquist in Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) Despite the fog, the rain and an undefeated Kentucky Derby winner to contend with, Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux knew the best route to the Preakness winner's circle with Exaggerator - stay inside and wait.

The rider who started his career in Maryland guided Exaggerator to a 3 1/2-length victory over Cherry Wine in Saturday's $1.5 million Preakness, ending any chance for a Triple Crown follow up after American Pharoah accomplished the rare feat last year. Nyquist finished third. (MORE)