ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Blingismything won the $100,000 Wilshire Stakes for fillies and mares by a nose in a four-horse photo finish Sunday at Santa Anita.
Keen Ice breezes 5 furlongs
No roses for Madefromlucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Trainer Todd Pletcher is down to four possible starters next week in the Kentucky Derby after Madefromlucky dropped out.
‘Ocho’ headed to Derby
NEW YORK (AP) — Coach Inge loved the mud at Aqueduct on Wednesday, cruising to a 12 1/2-length victory in the $75,000 allowance feature.
War Story puts in final work
The Jockey Club, which stages some of British horse racing’s most famous events including the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National, announced record financial results on Monday. The group grew its commercial operations for a sixth consecutive year to achieve record turnover of 171.2 million pounds ($255.1 million), a rise of 5.1 percent on 2013. The combined reinvestment in British racing of 55.2 million pounds last year represented a rise of 21.7 million on 2013 figures. Overall, the Jockey Club generated a profit of 21.7 million pounds in 2014, its second largest ever.
Jockey Antley heads Racing Hall of Fame class
Queen of The Sand rallied to win the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap for fillies and mares by a nose Saturday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Queen of The Sand ran 1 1/4 miles on turf in 2:01.04 and paid $15.80, $7.60 and $4.80. Queen of The Sand was next to last going into the far turn.
Whiskey Ticket punches home in Illinois Derby
Mubtaahij to run med free
For the 160,000 people crammed into Churchill Downs on Derby Day, picture-taking can run neck-and-neck with betting and sipping mint juleps amid a winning field of photo opportunities: sleek racehorses, daring fashion statements, celebrities and the twin spires. Joining a growing list of museums, music festivals and sports venues around the world, the iconic Louisville track hosting the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2 has banned the pole-like contraptions that grasp cellphones and allow people a longer reach to snap their self-portraits. Selfie sticks aren’t allowed inside Yankee Stadium. Churchill Downs encourages selfies and the avalanche of social media attention they can generate.
Trainer Mike Mitchell Dead
Too close to call?
First Zenyatta offspring to make debut Friday
Yiannis won the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes for 2-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita, surviving a stewards’ inquiry after brushing with runner-up Serbian Syclone approaching the sixteenth pole. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Yiannis ran six furlongs in 1:09.67 and paid $17.80, $7.60 and $3.60 at 7-1 odds. Serbian Syclone returned $11.20 and $4.40, while Kentuckian was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.40 to show as the 3-5 favorite. The victory, worth $47,400, increased Yiannis’ career earnings to $81,000, with one win in two starts.
NEW YORK (AP) — Easy Living won by a nose Sunday in a five-horse blanket finish in the $65,000 allowance feature for New York-bred fillies and mares at Aqueduct.
Race Day earns first G2 in Oaklawn Handicap
Untapable coasts to victory
By Ian Chadband LIVERPOOL, April 10 (Reuters) – Tony McCoy warmed up for his final Grand National by winning the big race at the Aintree festival meeting for the second day in succession on Friday. The 19-times champion jockey, who won the Aintree Hurdle on Jezki on Thursday, was a runaway winner of the Melling Chase, another Grade One race, as he steered 3-1 joint favourite Don Cossack to victory by 26 lengths.
McCoy, the 40-year-old jump jockey from Northern Ireland who has broken seemingly every bone in his body as well as every record in the book, is favorite to win Saturday’s 168th edition of the race aboard Shutthefrontdoor in what will be his record 20th and final National ride. As the three-day race festival began on Thursday, Liverpool seemed to be swooning to McCoy-mania, with the great man’s image being projected across the Mersey, alongside the proclamation: “The Greatest Jockey, the Greatest Race.” On Thursday, before a mixed day which saw him win the day’s big prize, the Aintree Hurdle, on Jezki and then take a fall in a later race, he was inducted into the racecourse’s Hall of Fame as fans queued to scrawl their own tributes on a “Thank you A.P” signature wall.
No Kentucky Derby for contender Prospect Park
American Pharoah is ready for his return to Oaklawn Park, as the heavy favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby. One of trainer Bob Baffert’s two top Kentucky Derby contenders, American Pharoah was made the 1-2 morning-line choice and drew the No. 6 post in a field of eight 3-year-olds entered on Wednesday for the 1 1/8-mile race. American Pharoah already has a spot in the Derby field with 60 points, but could join Baffert’s other big horse Dortmund as the favorites for the Run for the Roses on May 2. American Pharoah, who will be ridden by Victor Espionoza, won the Rebel Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths during his last visit despite losing a shoe on a sloppy track.
Danzig Moon on to Kentucky
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Enchanting Lady won the $75,000 Santa Paula Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 2¼ lengths Sunday for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita.
Frosted rallies in Wood
NEW YORK (AP) — Frosted took the lead from long shot Tencendur in midstretch and won the $1 million Wood Memorial by two lengths in a key prep race on the road to the Kentucky Derby.
Frosted rallies in Wood Memorial