horse racing

Horses come off the track after an early-morning workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 3, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
May 03, 2019 - 10:21 am
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith will ride in the Kentucky Derby after all. He picked up the mount on 30-1 shot Cutting Humor, trained by Todd Pletcher, race officials said Friday. The 53-year-old rider had been on the early 4-1 favorite, Omaha Beach, until the colt was...
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A horse gets a bath after an early-morning workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
May 03, 2019 - 1:35 am
When Rob Hyland worked his first Kentucky Derby for NBC in 2001, it was a 90-minute show with a handful reporters and only one race — the Derby — was aired. Hyland, the coordinating producer of NBC's horse racing coverage, now is at the helm of 15 hours of coverage over three days. The broadcast...
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Kentucky Derby entrant Game Winner is ridden during a workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
May 02, 2019 - 2:40 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bob Baffert is feeling the pressure now. The five-time Kentucky Derby winner finds himself with new favorite Game Winner since Omaha Beach was scratched with a breathing problem. "Oh, boy, here we go," the white-haired trainer said Thursday to a throng outside his Churchill...
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Exercise rider Taylor Cambra rides Kentucky Derby entrant Omaha Beach during a workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
May 01, 2019 - 6:30 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Suddenly, the Kentucky Derby is wide open. Favorite Omaha Beach was scratched because of a breathing problem Wednesday night, leaving a pair of Hall of Famers on the sideline — trainer Richard Mandella and jockey Mike Smith. Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia revised...
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Kentucky Derby entrant Long Range Toddy is ridden during a workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
May 01, 2019 - 1:16 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jon Court would set a record as the oldest jockey in the Kentucky Derby when he rides Long Range Toddy this weekend. Court is 58, which is a lot of candles on the birthday cake for someone still participating in an incredibly dangerous sport. Churchill Downs officials say the...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2017, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks during a news conference at Hendrick Motorsports in Concord, N.C. Earnhardt Jr. will work his first Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4, 2019, as part of his expanding role with NBC Sports. The retired NASCAR superstar is also slated to cover his first Indianapolis 500 later this month. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
May 01, 2019 - 7:52 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will work his first Kentucky Derby on Saturday as part of his expanding role with NBC Sports. The retired NASCAR superstar is also slated to cover his first Indianapolis 500 later this month. Earnhardt will work alongside reporter Rutledge Wood at Churchill...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2018, file photo, sports bettors line up at windows at Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport, N.J. With the legalization of sports gambling in the United States and its gradually expanding implantation, some in the industry are suggesting horse racing add fixed-odds wagering as a way to respond to the changing landscape, evolve and compete with the other options now available. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)
May 01, 2019 - 2:24 am
When Animal Kingdom romped to victory in the 2011 Kentucky Derby, he did so at odds of 21-1. Anyone who bet on the horse when the initial morning line was set did so when Animal Kingdom was 30-1. Except they didn't get those odds. That's just horse racing, and some say that needs to change because...
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Trainer Bob Baffert, who has three Kentucky Derby hopefuls, watches on the track during a workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
April 30, 2019 - 3:48 pm
Legendary trainer Bob Baffert, who parlayed a win by Justify in last year's Kentucky Derby into his second Triple Crown win, sees a wide open Derby this time around and plenty of opportunities for his three entries into the race. Baffert's best horse, at least according to oddsmakers, is Roadster,...
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Kentucky Derby hopeful Omaha Beach gets a bath after a workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
April 30, 2019 - 1:22 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Knowing their favored horses won't start the Kentucky Derby on the rail left Richard Mandella and Bob Baffert more relieved than happy. What matters for the Hall of Fame trainers is turning workable starting spots into victory — and a long-sought celebration for Mandella...
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In this April 6, 2019, image provided by Benoit Photo, Bellafina, with Flavien Prat aboard, wins the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks horse race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Bellafina is the 2-1 morning line favorite for the 145th Kentucky Oaks after drawing the No. 4 post position in the marquee race for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs. (Benoit Photo via AP)
April 29, 2019 - 3:25 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bellafina is the 2-1 morning line favorite for the 145th Kentucky Oaks after drawing the No. 4 post position in the marquee race for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs. Champagne Anyone and Restless Rider are the 6-1 co-second choices from the Nos. 10 and 14 posts of...
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