• The Seattle Times

    Pick a horse, any horse: Kentucky Derby is wide open as ever

    Bob Baffert is sitting out the Kentucky Derby, and not by choice. Having the four-time Derby-winning trainer without at least one horse in the race for just the second time in 11 years indicates what an unpredictable winter it’s been leading to the start of the Triple Crown. Baffert’s best horse, Mastery, got hurt after crossing the finish line first in the San Felipe Stakes. None of his other 3-year-olds developed into Derby material. Instead, he’ll aim for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks for fillies on Derby eve. This year’s road to the 143rd Derby derailed other contenders because of injuries, including now-retired Not This Time, Klimt and Syndergaard. “The amazing thing of getting a horse to

  • Fairmount Park's 92nd season begins on Tuesday
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Fairmount Park's 92nd season begins on Tuesday

    With the 92nd year of live thoroughbred racing at Fairmount Park in Collinsville just a few days away, track president and chief executive Brian Zander has a lot on his mind. “I’m busy in a good way,” said Zander, whose track opens Tuesday with the first of 41 live racing cards. “With year-round simulcasting from tracks all over the country, we always have people here, but nothing like the thousands we’ve come to expect for opening day. I don’t dare to compare our opening day with the Cardinals, but there is something special, a little added excitement, that goes along with that first day of live racing for us each year.” Gates open Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., with post time set for 1 p.m. The opening

  • ESPN.com

    Alert Bay scores repeat win in San Francisco

    Chuck Dybdal | Daily Racing Form ALBANY, Calif. -- Many Roses and G.G. Ryder didn't make it easy for odds-on favorite Alert Bay in the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, but the millionaire brought his 'A' game and scored a victory in the $100,225 turf race. Alert Bay's 1 1/4-length victory was accomplished with relative ease despite Many Roses's gallant effort on the lead and G.G. Ryder's strong effort, nipping Many Roses by a nose at the wire. As expected, Many Roses took the lead, setting solid fractions of 23.81 seconds, 47.71, and 1:10.70. But he was never able to shake clear of Alert Bay, who sat just off him to his outside. It was Plan 'A' for Alert Bay's connections