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2hGary West

West: It's time for Pharoah to rule

The structure of the Triple Crown races has not changed since three horses completed the sweep in the 1970s. So what has changed in the sport that seems to make the feat impossible today?

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16hFrank Angst

Rosie Napravnik announces birth of baby boy

Retired jockey Rosie Napravnik and her husband, trainer Joe Sharp, announced the birth of their son Carson Wayne Sharp on June 1.

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1dClaire Novak

American Pharoah gets final breeze at Churchill Downs

Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah completed his final pre-race work June 1 at Churchill Downs, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 under jockey Martin Garcia.

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1dRon Mitchell

No Belmont Stakes for The Truth Or Else

Belmont Stakes week kicked off Monday with trainer Ken McPeek reporting that The Truth Or Else would not be entered in the June 6 classic because of filling in his left ankle.

3dJeremy Balan

Spanish Queen takes Oaks

Spanish Queen continued her upward trajectory May 30 and is now a Grade 1 winner after claiming the $400,000 American Oaks at Santa Anita Park.

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1dBob Ehalt

Ehalt: 'Pharoah' is no savior

How can the re-emergence of a Triple Crown winner impact a sport in dire need of a charismatic hero?

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    14mClaire Novak

    American Pharoah hits Belmont

    Triple Crown contender American Pharoah arrived at Belmont Park Tuesday for the Belmont Stakes.

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5dBob Ehalt

Ehalt: A fresh approach

While Preakness winners like American Pharoah have just three weeks rest between races and are making their third start in five weeks, 11 of the last 15 Belmont winners have had four weeks or rest or more.


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Al Attles (teammate when Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 pts) & Gary Player (9 major golf titles, half of Jack Nicklaus' record 18) on hard-to-reach records like the Triple Crown.

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8dJay Cronley

Cronley: Horse racing uncovered

With a little luck, with a horse winning the first two Triple Crown races, horse race interest and coverage approaches the top of the page, top of the broadcast and top of the paper.

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7dBob Ehalt

Baffert seeks to join rare company

At age 75, Billy Turner's the only person on Earth who can say he has trained a Triple Crown winner. He would love to welcome Bob Baffert to that exclusive club.

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17dBob Ehalt

Ehalt: American Pharoah makes it look easy

Immediately after winning the Kentucky Derby with American Pharoah, trainer Bob Baffert said the Preakness was the easiest of the three jewels -- at least for him. That sure looked to be the case Saturday.

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16dBob Ehalt

Ehalt: Pharoah will win Crown

After all of the teases horse racing has served up since 1978 -- 13 of them, to be exact -- logic actually dictates a cynical stance. But this time, there's reason to believe American Pharoah will complete the Triple Crown.

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19dBill Finley

Finley: Preakness no-brainer

Sometimes the art of handicapping a horse race really isn't that complicated.

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