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Jockey Club Shakes Off Cobwebs

Liz O'Connell | Posted 08.06.2014 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Three years ago, a McKinsey & Co. report gave thoroughbred racing a wake-up call: If the Jockey Club and its kin didn't address the main issues facing racing, the sport would decline, becoming marginalized and moribund.

New Belmont Gold Cup and Belmont Oaks Races Test For Distance

Liz O'Connell | Posted 04.15.2014 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Under the guidance of Martin Panza, the New York Racing Association is premiering two new distance races during Belmont Park's Spring/Summer meet. Pan...

The Dream Team

Lolly Daskal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Lolly Daskal

He was a retired jockey, an old soul who was deeply passionate about his sport. She was a horse trainer who came to the edge of death, but never let go of her dream. Then there was the horse who brought together the soul of his jockey and the heart of his trainer.

Mike Smith: Ready for the Breeders' Cup

Liz O'Connell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

It's not always been like this for Smith. When he was 11, he got his start riding Quarter Horses at bush tracks around Roswell, N.M.

Mucho Macho Man Wins Breeders' Cup Classic

AP | BETH HARRIS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports

ARCADIA, Calif. — ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Mucho Macho Man won the $5 million Classic by a nose Saturday, making Kathy Ritvo the first female tr...

Let's Talk Breeders' Cup

Liz O'Connell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

The Breeders' Cup is more than two days of elite international horse racing, it's a gathering of racing's tribe. This week, horses, trainers, owners, ...

Welcome Back, Paynter

Liz O'Connell | Posted 09.22.2013 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Racing fans, horse lovers, everyone who loves a great comeback story are also enjoying the "little bull" of a horse. To echo the message that was used in social media to support Paynter's team through their most difficult days ... Power-up Paynter!

A Disappointing Show at the Breeder's Cup

Daniel Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Daniel Ross

Horse racing is a peculiarly insular sport, and the people in it can be as equally myopic in their view of the sport they love. But the Breeder's Cup has supplied them with the perfect opportunity to illustrate that not everyone as callously motivated as the ones that make the headlines.

Breeders' Cup Rolls Out 2012 Challenge In North America With The Met Mile

Liz O'Connell | Posted 07.24.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

The North American roll out of the Breeders' Cup Challenge kicks off on Memorial Day, May 28 2012, with the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park Race Course, Elmont, New York.

Zenyatta and Her Handsome Colt

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.15.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Zenyatta, the eight-year-old iconic racemare and 2010 Eclipse Horse of the Year, delivered a strapping 130 pound baby boy.

Zenyatta Is Due

Liz O'Connell | Posted 05.07.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

Zenyatta is due to foal today. A maiden mare giving birth for the first time hasn't read What to Expect When You Are Expecting, gone to a Lamaze class or consulted with a doula.

2012 in Under 365 Words

Liz O'Connell | Posted 02.20.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

May: Starts with the Derby, ends with the Met Mile. After watching Shackelford's gritty run in the 2011 Derby, he was my 2012 Met Mile horse. I haven't changed my mind. Hope it happens.

I Don't Think So ...

Liz O'Connell | Posted 01.14.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

After placing third in last Saturday's Breeders' Cup Mile, some racing analysts are bemoaning that Goldikova lost her shot at immortality. Excuse me? I don't think so.

Upsets Abound At Breeders' Cup

AP | BETH HARRIS | Posted 01.05.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — "Battle of the Sexes" was sooooo last year. "Battle of the Exes" is how this year's Breeders' Cup Classic played out when Mik...

Wrote Wins The Juvenile Turf At Breeders' Cup

AP | Posted 01.05.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Wrote captured the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf on Saturday at Churchill Downs, becoming the first European-based horse t...

Favorite Royal Delta Wins BC Ladies' Classic

AP | BETH HARRIS | Posted 01.04.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Saudi prince with a passion for horses had a hand in raising Royal Delta from her birth on his Kentucky farm. He died a fe...

Perfect Shirl Wins Filly & Mare Turf At Breeders' Cup

AP | Posted 01.04.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Perfect Shirl rallied in a wild stretch scramble, surging to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at 27-1 on Friday a...

Royal Delta Rallies To Win Ladies' Classic At Breeders' Cup

AP | Posted 01.04.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Royal Delta rallied in the final furlong to win the $2 million Ladies' Classic by 2 1/2 lengths in the opening day finale of the Br...

70-Year-Old Trainer Makes First Trip To Breeders' Cup With Horse In Richest Race

AP | By BETH HARRIS | Posted 01.04.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Flat Out is taking Scooter Dickey places the 70-year-old trainer has never been. He's hoping their next trip is to the winner's cir...

Stephanie's Kitten Wins Juvenile Fillies Turf At Breeders' Cup

AP | Posted 01.04.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Stephanie's Kitten rallied in the final furlong to overtake Stopshoppingmaria and win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies...

My Miss Auerlia Wins Juvenile Fillies At Breeders' Cup

AP | Posted 01.04.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- My Miss Aurelia won the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies by three lengths to stay undefeated Friday. Ridden by Corey Naka...

Union Rags Favorite In Breeders' Cup Juvenile

AP | By COLIN FLY | Posted 01.04.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Trainer Michael Matz hopes Union Rags takes him back to the place where he had his greatest success five years ago with Barbaro. U...

Secret Circle Wins Juvenile Sprint At Breeders Cup

AP | Posted 01.04.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Secret Circle won the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint on Friday, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his eighth win in t...

Female Horses Could Star On Day 2 Of Breeders' Cup

AP | By BETH HARRIS | Posted 01.04.2012 | Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A filly and a mare could crash the male-dominated second day of the season-ending world championships, with Havre de Grace and Gold...

Zenyatta's Having a Party!

Liz O'Connell | Posted 12.12.2011 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

A year has gone by since we were all on edge - was Zenyatta going to make it three Breeders' Cup victories in a row? It wasn't to be.