Triple Crown

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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 »

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 Now One Win From History

Wins Preakness, will go for Triple Crown

(Newser) - California Chrome won the Preakness today to keep alive his bid to capture horse racing's Triple Crown. As a follow-up to his victory in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Art Sherman's horse justified his stature as the overwhelming favorite by outrunning Ride On Curlin to the finish today. Ridden... 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 »

Rare Feat: Miguel Cabrera of Tigers Wins Triple Crown

He wins batting, HR, and RBI titles; Yankees make the playoffs

(Newser) - Miguel Cabrera has won baseball's first Triple Crown in 45 years, achieving one of the game's greatest feats. Cabrera topped the American League with a .330 batting average, and he also led the league with 44 home runs and 139 RBIs. He is only the 15th player to... More »

39 Years Later, Secretariat Nabs Preakness Record

Racehorse now holds records for all 3 Triple Crown races

(Newser) - Legendary racehorse Secretariat has notched a posthumous victory: The Maryland Racing Commission says he did indeed set a race record at the Preakness in 1973 , making him the record holder for all three Triple Crown events. Owner Penny Chenery, now 90, championed the effort for official recognition of the horse'... More »

Under Review: Secretariat’s Preakness Time

Electronic timer at Pimlico might have shorted the champ a record run

(Newser) - About 40 years after Secretariat ran away with the Triple Crown, the long-dead stallion is getting a chance to break—or at least tie—another record, reports Bloomberg . The Maryland Racing Commission is reviewing his 1973 Preakness victory at the request of owner Penny Chenery to see if video technology... More »

I'll Have Another Drops Out of Belmont Stakes

Trainer Doug O'Neill cites tendonitis

(Newser) - I'll Have Another's Triple Crown hopes have been dashed: The horse won't race in the Belmont Stakes, his trainer says. Following the horse's outing this morning, Doug O'Neill spotted swelling. "He has the start of some tendonitis in the left front leg," O'... More »

Trainer of Triple Crown Hopeful Suspended

Officials agree with Doug O'Neill, but ruling stands

(Newser) - The trainer of star colt I'll Have Another—which will try on June 9 to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978—has been handed a 45-day ban for something that California racing officials ultimately agreed he did not do: give his horse an illegal... More »

I'll Have Another Wins Preakness

Bodemeister loses down the stretch in repeat of Kentucky Derby

(Newser) - I'll Have Another overtook Bodemeister down the straight to win the Preakness Stakes and keep alive his hopes of winning the US Triple Crown. In a race that was a virtual repeat of the Kentucky Derby, I'll Have Another raced from behind today to beat pace-setter Bodemeister, who... More »

Body Found at Kentucky Derby Track

Dead male found just 4 barns away from I'll Have Another

(Newser) - The day after I'll Have Another broke from the field to win the first leg of the Triple Crown, Kentucky police are investigating a man's body that was found at Churchill Downs this morning. The body was found in Barn 8, just four barns away from where the... More »

Kentucky Derby Caller Quits, Cites Crippling Anxiety

Diet, prayer, breathing, going to a shrink didn't do the trick for Tom Durkin

(Newser) - "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" turned out to be the most hellish for the man who has been tasked with calling the race 13 times. Tom Durkin's annual preparation went well beyond poring over photos of horses and flash cards and toting around a notebook containing more... More »

Derby, Preakness Champs Will Skip the Belmont

Super Saver, Lookin at Lucky will sit out third leg of Triple Crown

(Newser) - The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners will not run in the third leg of the Triple Crown, the June 5 Belmont Stakes, their trainers said today. Lookin at Lucky's victory in yesterday's Preakness made 2011 the 32nd straight year without a Triple Crown winner, notes USA Today . It also took... More »

Lookin At Lucky Wins Preakness (Over First Dude)

Derby winner Super Saver didn't finish in the money

(Newser) - The Triple Crown will go unclaimed for another year. Lookin at Lucky won the Preakness today, denying Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver (who didn't finish in the money) a shot at the honor. Jockey Martin Garcia guided Lookin at Lucky down the stretch to a close victory over First Dude... More »

Rain Cancels Derby Workouts

Race expected to go on, just soggier

(Newser) - Heavy rain has postponed early morning workouts at Churchill Downs, where all 20 Kentucky Derby horses are still expected to start. Most turf races were being moved to the main dirt track today, at least until late in the day. That sparked numerous scratches in minor races. Kentucky state veterinarian... More »

Horse Racing Bubble Has Burst

Economy leaves Kentucky on losing end of bet

(Newser) - The Kentucky Derby is fast approaching, and normally that would mean a flurry of horses being purchased for generally outrageous sums. But not this year. Lending for horse racing has plummeted to $400 million this year, down from roughly $1 billion in 2007, and stud fees are way down, thanks... More »

Derby-Winning Filly Dead at 31

Genuine Risk only filly to finish in top 3 of all Triple Crown races

(Newser) - Genuine Risk, one of only three fillies to win the Kentucky Derby, died this morning in Virginia. She was 31. The 1980 Derby winner died peacefully after eating a hearty breakfast and being turned out in her paddock, said an administrator at Newstead Farm, adding that the chestnut mare had... More »

Loose Shoe Cost Big Brown Triple Crown

New photos implicate wobbly footwear in Belmont letdown

(Newser) - Big Brown may have lost the Triple Crown because of a dislodged shoe, newly released photos appear to show. The extreme close-ups reveal a loose shoe on Big Brown's right hind hoof about 200 yards into the June 7 Belmont Stakes. "The picture shocked me," one of Big... More »

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