Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith ‘opened up’ Arrogate on the home stretch this afternoon – as Smith himself laconically put it after the race – and won the Travers by thirteen-and-a-half lengths in a blistering 1:59.36, the fastest Travers in the 147-year history of the race. True to form on a dry day, Exaggerator lollygagged in last place until the three-quarter pole and never had a chance. The horse, the acclaimed genius jockey Mike Smith, and trainer Baffert have accomplished several important things in this afternoon’s two minutes of absolute grace and fury. Exaggerator’s mental problems with a dry track aside, this was a field – we should remind ourselves – that contained a Preakness and a Belmont winner.
- Top 14 heavyweights Racing 92 and Toulon put their opening day blues behind them, bouncing back with wins over Lyon and Pau on the second day of French rugby union action. Toulouse continued their unbeaten run with a 22-17 victory over Bordeaux-Bègles which lifts them to the summit of the Top 14 table. Defending champions Racing, who failed to score a try in their opening 15-9 defeat by Raphael Ibanez's Bordeaux-Begles, got back on track under the watchful eye of club president Mourad Boudjellal at their home ground in Colombes, outside Paris, with a 29-16 win.
Teammate Timothy Peters is, but on the final lap at Michigan International Speedway, that didn't much matter. ''We just had such a run - we were rolling five to 10 miles an hour faster than them getting into Turn 1,'' Moffitt said. Moffitt passed Peters and William Byron to win Saturday's Trucks race at Michigan by 0.098 seconds, a thrilling ending that gave Red Horse Racing a 1-2 finish.