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Queen's Horses Have Brought in Almost $9M

They have a 16% win percentage over 30 years

(Newser) - In horse racing, a bet on one of Queen Elizabeth II's horses is about as safe a bet as you can make. That's because the queen's steeds have raked in $8.9 million in winnings since 1988, with 451 victories in 2,815 runs for a 16%... More »

Tapwrit Wins Belmont Stakes

6th-place Kentucky Derby finisher skipped Preakness, gives trainer 3rd Belmont victory

(Newser) - The road to the winner's circle in the Belmont Stakes ran through the Kentucky Derby, even if the Derby and Preakness winners skipped the final leg of the Triple Crown. Tapwrit overtook favored Irish War Cry in the stretch to win by two lengths on Saturday, giving trainer Todd... More »

Root for Patch, the Kentucky Derby's One-Eyed Horse

But don't necessarily bet on him

(Newser) - Don't know who to root for in Saturday's Kentucky Derby? Meet Patch, the one-eyed horse and the race's "lovable underdog." ABC News reports Patch—the fourth one-eyed horse to run the Kentucky Derby—is becoming a fan favorite. ESPN's Jeannine Edwards says Patch, who... More »

Jockey Kicked in Face by Horse, Then Luck Gets Even Worse

Ambulance runs over Chris Meehan's leg, breaks it

(Newser) - You might think that, once you've gotten kicked in the face by a horse, nothing worse is likely to happen to you on that particular day. Not so for Northern Irish jockey Chris Meehan, who got a gash on the jaw and a broken nose after falling from his... More »

2 Horses Die, Jockey Injured in Early Preakness Day Races

One horse died moments after winning its race

(Newser) - In a tragic start to Preakness day, two horses died and a jockey broke a collarbone after a spill on a damp, rainy Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, the AP reports. A horse named Pramedya broke down around the turn in the fourth race and tumbled to the... More »

American Pharoah Wraps Up Career in Unexpected Way

Triple Crown winner actually loses in Travers Stakes

(Newser) - Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has been beaten, losing to Keen Ice in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes before a stunned crowd today at Saratoga Race Course. American Pharoah came into the race as the overwhelming favorite, but lost the lead entering the far turn and just didn't... More »

Triple Crown! American Pharoah Does It

It's the first time since 1978

(Newser) - Sports history at Belmont Park this evening: American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes to become the first Triple Crown champion since 1978 and only the 12th horse overall to accomplish the feat. Jockey Victor Espinoza again rode American Pharoah to victory for trainer Bob Baffert, and the win was a... More »

American Pharoah Big Favorite, but Science Is Skeptical

Will we get a Triple Crown winner today?

(Newser) - The latest odds ahead of today's Belmont Stakes have American Pharoah as the favorite to win and thus claim the Triple Crown. He's at 1-2, with the next best odds belonging to Frosted at 5-1 and Materiality at 7-1, reports the Courier-Journal . If Pharoah does win, the horse... More »

Why American Pharoah's Name Is Misspelled

It's a typo that nobody caught

(Newser) - American Pharoah is the favorite to win tomorrow's Belmont Stakes, thus becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. But about that name: "Pharoah" should be spelled "Pharaoh," and while lots of horses have intentionally misspelled monikers, that's not what happened here. It's... More »

Queen's Nag Flunks Drug Test

Winner of last year's Gold Cup, Estimate, tests positive for morphine

(Newser) - The latest royal scandal mercifully has nothing to do with Prince Harry , things that should've stayed in Vegas , or other photos you can't un-see : Rather, it's a 5-year-old horse owned by the queen, and she's tested positive for a banned substance, reports the Telegraph . It seems... More »

US Horse Farm Was Front for Vicious Cartel

Horse names pointed to Los Zetas' involvement

(Newser) - The Los Zetas drug cartel is known for beheadings and cutting off limbs while victims are still alive—and until authorities got involved, it was hiding millions of dollars behind an Oklahoma horse farm, NBC News reports. The farm was owned by Jose Trevino Morales, the little brother of two... More »

California Chrome Owner: Tonalist Took 'Coward's Way Out'

Horses shouldn't be allowed to crash Belmont with fresh legs, says Steve Coburn

(Newser) - Let us just say that California Chrome's co-owner isn't taking his pony's lost Triple Crown bid lightly or gracefully. Immediately after his colt placed fourth in yesterday's Belmont Stakes , Steve Coburn blasted Tonalist as having taken "the coward's way out" to victory—that is,... More »

No History: California Chrome Misses Triple Crown

Falls short at Belmont as Tonalist wins

(Newser) - California Chrome missed his shot at history today, failing to win the Belmont Stakes and end horse racing's 36-year drought of Triple Crown champions. Instead, Tonalist and jockey Joel Rosario won at Belmont Park. California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza finished well back in a tie for fourth, losing... More »

Track's Loud Sound System Killed My Horse: Trainer

Mare got startled by commercial at Churchill Downs, he says

(Newser) - A 5-year-old mare died in a freak fall at Churchill Downs yesterday, and its trainer blames the track's massive new sound system, reports AP . Kenny Wirth says the horse, Never Tell Lynda, was being led to the paddock before the day's first race when a commercial began blaring... More »

California Chrome Will Run After All

NY Racing Association OKs colt's nasal strip

(Newser) - California Chrome will indeed make his run—nasal strip and all—to be the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, reports ESPN . The New York Racing Association said today it would allow the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes to also use the strip in the Belmont... More »

Triple Crown Bid's Undoing: Nasal Strip?

New York has blocked previous horses from using nasal strips

(Newser) - California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes, said trainer Art Sherman today. "I'd have to leave it up to the owners. I know they'll be upset." The... More »

California Chrome Wins Derby

Favorite pulls away for easy win

(Newser) - No upsets today: Favorite California Chrome easily won today's Kentucky Derby, taking the first step toward ending a 36-year Triple Crown champion drought. Jockey Victor Espinoza pulled away down the stretch for the comfortable win in the 140th running of the race. Taking charge at the top of the... More »

No Triple Crown: Oxbow Wins Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Orb is fourth

(Newser) - Oxbow won the Preakness today, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown. Oxbow led from start to finish in the race, which ended up being the sixth Preakness victory for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and his 15th Triple Crown victory, the most in horse-racing history.... More »

Orb Wins Kentucky Derby

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey gets first derby win

(Newser) - Orb splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby today, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the 3-year-old classic. When the field turned for home on the cool, overcast afternoon at Churchill Downs, Normandy Invasion grabbed the lead while Orb was gearing up. But... More »

Stablehand's $75 Bet Makes Him a Millionaire

Conor Murphy is now a trainer at the Kentucky Derby

(Newser) - With the Kentucky Derby running this weekend, everybody's rolling out the feature stories in advance. It will be seriously hard to top this one in the New York Times : It's the story of Conor Murphy, 29, who was shoveling manure last year as a stablehand in England until... More »

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