Thoroughbred racing

Exercise rider Martin Rivera gallops Kentucky Derby entrant Classic Empire at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, May 4, 2017. The Kentucky Derby horse race is set for Saturday, May 6. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
May 05, 2017 - 3:38 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two trainers saddling three horses each. A horse trying to win for the first time. The early favorite whose training was interrupted. Another attempting to overcome irascible behavior. The 20-horse field for Saturday's Kentucky Derby lacks a dominant runner. The winter prep...
Read More
In this Tuesday, May 2, 2017 photo, the Champions Lounge outdoor seating area, part of the ongoing renovations at Churchill Downs, provides an impressive view of the paddock and the walking ring at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Churchill Downs' parent company has pumped $250 million into renovations since the early 2000s. But many have catered to well-heeled fans willing to shell out thousands of dollars for panoramic views, sumptuous buffets, access to betting windows and restrooms without lines, and demand outpaces available seating. That's leaving the middle class squeezed out. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
May 05, 2017 - 7:11 am
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Toni Goodman was close enough to see the horses kicking up dirt as they raced past, having spent a mere $5 for her trackside seat to an event just days before the Kentucky Derby. But the 56-year-old Kentucky native won't be anywhere near Churchill Downs on Saturday to watch...
Read More
In this Tuesday, May 2, 2017 photo, the Champions Lounge outdoor seating area, part of the ongoing renovations at Churchill Downs, provides an impressive view of the paddock and the walking ring at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Churchill Downs' parent company has pumped $250 million into renovations since the early 2000s. But many have catered to well-heeled fans willing to shell out thousands of dollars for panoramic views, sumptuous buffets, access to betting windows and restrooms without lines, and demand outpaces available seating. That's leaving the middle class squeezed out. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
May 05, 2017 - 2:38 am
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Toni Goodman was close enough to see the horses kicking up dirt as they raced past, having spent a mere $5 for her trackside seat to an event just days before the Kentucky Derby. But the 56-year-old Kentucky native won't be anywhere near Churchill Downs on Saturday to watch...
Read More
Kentucky Derby entrant Patch, who has one eye, gallops under exercise rider Isabelle Bourez at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, May 4, 2017. The Kentucky Derby horse race is set for Saturday, May 6. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
May 04, 2017 - 4:18 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — If it's May, Todd Pletcher must be at Churchill Downs preparing a horse — or several — for the Kentucky Derby. Just once since he first took a crack at America's greatest race in 2000 has the trainer missed the Derby. Pletcher saddles three starters in Saturday's race: Always...
Read More
May 04, 2017 - 1:40 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Rosie Napravnik steers Girvin off the track at Churchill Downs under the watchful eyes of trainer Joe Sharp. They head back to the barn together, with Napravnik in the saddle and Sharp walking alongside the horse. Napravnik was once one of the top jockeys in North America...
Read More
Exercise rider Martin Rivera gallops Kentucky Derby hopeful Classic Empire at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
May 03, 2017 - 2:21 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — After he endured hoof and back injuries and a reluctance to train, things are looking up for Classic Empire. The bay colt was made the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday, with just four of the 20 horses listed at single digits in a wide-open race. Classic...
Read More
Exercise rider Martin Rivera gallops Kentucky Derby hopeful Classic Empire at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
May 03, 2017 - 12:26 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Classic Empire was made the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday, with just four of the 20 horses listed at single digits in a wide-open race. The colt will break from the No. 14 post on Saturday. Just two horses have won the Derby out of there. The last was...
Read More
Exercise rider Martin Rivera gallops Kentucky Derby hopeful Classic Empire at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
May 03, 2017 - 12:14 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Classic Empire was made the early 5-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday, with just four of the 20 horses listed at single digits in a wide-open race. The colt will break from the No. 14 post on Saturday. Just two horses have won the Derby out of there. The last was...
Read More
FILE - This Aug. 27, 2016 file photo shows trainer Bob Baffert after Arrogate and jockey Mike Smith won the Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Baffert went from thinking he could win a fifth Kentucky Derby to being out of it in the space of a few seconds. Once Mastery got hurt after winning a prep race this winter, Baffert no longer had a horse for the first Saturday in May. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, file)
May 02, 2017 - 6:00 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bob Baffert went from thinking he could win a fifth Kentucky Derby to being out of it in the space of a few seconds. Once Mastery got hurt after winning a prep race this winter, Baffert no longer had a horse for the first Saturday in May. It was a huge blow to a trainer who's...
Read More
Kentucky Derby hopeful Thunder Snow, ridden by Daragh O'Donohue, gallops for the first time at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
May 02, 2017 - 3:03 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Thunder Snow took to the track at Churchill Downs for the first time since clearing quarantine ahead of the Kentucky Derby. The UAE Derby winner jogged once around before galloping a mile on Tuesday. He arrived in the U.S. on April 30 from England, and the USDA required him...
Read More

Pages