Horse Racing

Baffert returns to Kentucky Derby with under the radar horse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Bob Baffert feels under the radar with his latest horse at the Kentucky Derby. All anyone wants to talk about is American Pharoah, last year's winner who went on to become the sport's first Triple Crown champion in 37 years.

Outside his barn at Churchill Downs, visitors pull special edition bourbon bottles decorated in Pharoah's teal silks out of plastic grocery bags for the Hall of Fame trainer to sign. He listens patiently while they recount their memories of the people-loving colt, "who made them feel so good," Baffert said. (MORE)

Todd Pletcher sends out 2 horses in quest for 2nd Derby win

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Todd Pletcher, Bob Baffert and Doug O'Neill are the only trainers in this year's Kentucky Derby with previous victories in the race. (MORE)

Enterprising beats Slim Shadey by a head in Belmont feature

NEW YORK (AP) Enterprising edged Slim Shadey by a head Thursday in the $85,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park. (MORE)

Rachel's Valentina is 7-2 favorite for Kentucky Oaks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Without Songbird to worry about, Steve Asmussen sees a wide-open Kentucky Oaks where nothing would shock him.

"It just got everybody thinking things we weren't thinking a month ago," says Asmussen the newly named Hall of Fame trainer who will be sending out Terra Promessa (10-1), Royal Obsession and Taxable (both 20-1). "She was just a dominant filly." (MORE)

Repole in Derby chase with Outwork, son of top sire Uncle Mo

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Five years ago, Mike Repole was living the dream. He had already made his share of an estimated $4.1 billion fortune from the sale of the company that produced Vitaminwater, and now he had himself a Kentucky Derby favorite with a horse named Uncle Mo.

Repole would regale any and all about growing up in Queens, New York, near Aqueduct, heading the track after school, making bets and loving horses. (MORE)

Economic Model wins Belmont feature

NEW YORK (AP) Economic Model powered to a four-length victory Wednesday in the $80,000 allowance feature for 3-year-olds in the slop at Belmont Park. (MORE)

Nyquist draws No. 13 post as early 3-1 Kentucky Derby fav

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Doug O'Neill was all smiles after early 3-1 favorite Nyquist drew the No. 13 post for the 142nd Kentucky Derby.

The number with an unlucky reputation didn't faze the trainer. In fact, it brought back good memories. (MORE)

DERBY 2016: By-the-numbers at the Kentucky Derby

(AP) -- Kentucky Derby by-the-numbers:

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David Miller third harness racing driver to top $200 million

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) David Miller became the third driver in harness racing history to surpass $200 million in career purses when he guided 40-1 shot Hickory Chumley to victory Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia. (MORE)

Derby Kids hit social media

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The offspring of several Kentucky Derby trainers are hitting social media this week to provide inside dirt on their fathers' horses. (MORE)

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