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Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Watch from Larry Collmus' perspective as he calls the Preakness Stakes.
Posted Monday, May 21, 2018
Fox News gave Bob Baffert a national spotlight, and he didn't disappoint.
Posted Thursday, May 17, 2018

Having joined Taylor Made’s Stallion Complex in March, it took Kentucky Chrome — a scaled-down version of two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome — only about as long as upstart big horse Justify to grab the Triple Crown spotlight.

CNN stopped by the Nicholasville, Ky., farm to meet the miniature Shetland and on Thursday shined a spotlight on a pony that, around Taylor Made, they simply call “Tucky.”

Kentucky Chrome has trained with John Baar, hose Raising The Baar Horsemanship has molded the horse into another attraction at Taylor Made — you know, if the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome isn’t quite enough.

“He's been really nice and they're so smart and incredibly intelligent that it's actually pretty easy,” Baar told CNN, “especially once you get them to become your partners.”

Eventually, the horse’s arsenal of tricks will include rearing, laying down and sitting on command. That’s in addition to serving as Taylor Made’s mascot of sorts, and a sidekick to the real deal, California Chrome, whose first foals arrived this season.

Posted Thursday, May 17, 2018
At Wednesday's 2018 Preakness Stakes post position draw, Bob Baffert reminded us he's ahead of the curve when it comes to horse trainers and pop culture.

"I'm glad to see Post Malone here," Baffert said of the rapper performing in the infield Saturday, "because I really like his music." Next for Baffert? Yep...does he hear Yanny or Laurel? The audio clip sweeping the Internet this week has made it to Pimlico Race Course's Stakes barn. Personally, I think Baffert's right on this one. His take, courtesy of Claire (formerly Novak) Cosby of BloodHorse:
Posted Thursday, May 10, 2018
Umberto Rispoli, a French jockey riding currently in Hong Kong, went head to head overnightt with what he's called the "shark horse," which bit him in the hand during Race 7 at Happy Valley.

Or, as the official stewards report states, Mister Monte "turned its head abruptly to the left and attempted to savage Patriot Hero."

Mister Monte -- the shark horse -- will be required to barrier trial (a race simulation, essentially) before allowed to race again. Additionally, stewards said Ripsoli "was spoken to regarding the manner in which he reacted to being contacted."

Can you blame him? See the incident below:
Posted Sunday, May 06, 2018
You've seen the Kentucky Derby. Now view it from Larry Collmus' perspective.
Posted Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Vino Rosso and Enticed, who had their first meeting in a rough and tumble stretch run Saturday in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial, were face to face again Tuesday on their way to begin training for the 2018 Kentucky Derby.

Enticed's trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin, shared a photo of the chestnut Vino Rosso and the dark Brown Enticed loaded up for travel to Florida. McLaughlin's horses winter at Palm Meadows training center, while Todd Pletcher, who trains Vino Rosso, works his horses at Palm Beach Downs.

Credit to whomever runs the Twitter account posing as Vino Rosso for likening the trip to that of Saturday at Aqueduct, where stewards left the colt up as the Wood Memorial winner despite a number of bumps in the lane.

Posted Saturday, March 31, 2018
Rick Pitino may have reason to return to Louisville, not to continue his Hall of Fame basketball coaching career, but rather in his other well-known capacity.

Campaigned in part by Pitino's RAP Racing, Coach Rocks won Saturday's Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks with the sort of late kick that shows she won't mind another 1/16 of a mile.

The Oxbow filly is trained by Dale Romans. While Coach Rocks took seven starts to break her maiden, she's now won consecutive races, getting good at the right time.
Pitino was dismissed last fall by the University of Louisville after the men's basketball program was found to have a connection to the FBI's probe into college hoops. That added to the NCAA investigation recently concluded that vacated the school's 2013 national title.

So on a weekend in which Pitino for most of his career would be networking at the Final Four, he was able to enjoy one of his biggest wins on the racetrack in South Florida.

Will that be enough to bring him back to the Kentucky Derby city on May 4?

"I will not (go to Churchill Downs)," Pitino said in the winner's circle, according to BloodHorse, "unless (chairman) David Grissom and the pizza guy, Papa John (Schnatter), retire from the (university's) board of trustees. Then, I'll be there."

Roddy Valentine, who co-owns Coach Rocks with Pitino, said
"He's going to Churchill Downs, believe me," Valente said. "He said he was never going back to Kentucky after he lost the job. He can throw that right out the door right now. He'll be there with me."
Posted Friday, March 30, 2018
Team Spendthrift announced Friday a name for Beholder's first foal that will appear to both fans of the colt's champion mare and...the "Friday Night Lights" television series.

Nicknamed "Prince," the horse will officially be known now as "Q B One." It's a recognition of the "Queen," Beholder, as well as a moniker for a football team's starting quarterback.

As explained on the Spendthrift website: "They carry the team and are considered one of the most well-known positions in all of sports (think Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, etc.). We are excited and have big dreams for this colt."

A son of Uncle Mo, the colt was named through a contest that Spendthrift said received 4,000 submission. Congrats to the winner -- and we'll see if Q B One is someday running P1 on the racetrack.
Posted Thursday, March 29, 2018
Stewards overturned this photo finish five days later -- and it still looks like a tough call.
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