Bob Baffert thinks the Haskell is a horse race, and in his position, as the detail-obsessed trainer of the most celebrated racehorse in the nation, that's exactly what he has to think.
The purse for the Haskell Invitational has been increased by $750,000 to $1.75 million with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah set to run in the race Sunday.
La Verdad took the lead and never looked back Wednesday in the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga, cruising gate-to-wire by four lengths for the victory.
Grade 1 winner Frosted is scheduled to start in Saturday's $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga, his first race since June 6 when he finished second in the Belmont Stakes to American Pharoah.
Rock Fall will face the Grade 1 question for the first time Saturday Saratoga, when the streaking Todd Pletcher trainee takes on a field of six other accomplished runners in the Vanderbilt.
One man was shot and another arrested following a shooting on the backstretch at Delaware Park the Wednesday morning, according to reports.
A tough cast of characters will fight it out in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap, an 11-furlong race for older horses on the Saratoga Race Course inner turf.
American Pharoah's final workout for the Haskell Invitational appeared intentionally easy Tuesday at Del Mar.
For the first time in decades, there is a horse in active training who can claim the title of Triple Crown champion.
American Pharoah might be the only personality that could outdraw Bruce Springsteen at the Jersey Shore this weekend. Monmouth Park prepares for a record crowd to come out to see the Triple Crown champ.
Horse race superstitions run differently than most sports.
Jockey John Velazquez couldn't wait for the opening of Saratoga this week. He got a running start at the leading rider title by winning seven races there this week.
Speedway Stable's Hard Not to Like came flying and secured her second consecutive grade I victory July 25, edging out Tepin in the final strides of the $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes at Saratoga.
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Curalina secured her second straight Grade 1 victory Sunday, but this one came via disqualification in the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks to cap the opening weekend at Saratoga.
Canterbury Park has come to the defense of top trainer McLean Robertson, who was suspended for 90 days and fined $2,000 for a positive test for a Class 1 methamphetamine.
Wild Dude played the role of upsetter in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar Sunday, wearing down heavy favorite Masochistic late to win by 1-1/4 lengths.
Haras Santa Maria de Araras' Catch a Flight, who wore down longshot Appealing Tale in the final strides to take the $200,000 San Diego Handicap.
Even though the race is more than three months down the road, American Pharoah is already the 5-2 favorite to win the Breeders' Cup Classic.
A horse bettor won $471,124.50 on a bet that he paid 50 cents for on Saturday.
A late move into second place by Uncle Vinny paid off, when the son of Uncle Mo was placed first in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes July 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
Mrs McDougal closed on the outside with ground-devouring strides, overtaking battling front-runners Feathered and Cara Marie late to win the $200,000 Lake George Stakes.
A switch in surfaces was no problem for Michael House's turf specialist Big John B in the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap Friday at Del Mar.
Horse racing fans were not the only ones who joyously celebrated the sport's first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, memorabilia collectors were cheering just as enthusiastically.
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