| May 17, 2014
| 6:35 PM
In between wide smiles, Victor Espinoza kept dabbing his eyes with an orange towel featuring the logo of the Anaheim Ducks, his favorite hockey team.
It wasn't certain if the Preakness-winning jockey from Arcadia had dust in his eyes, or if he was...
| May 6, 2014
| 10:31 AM
It's horse racing season which, for a non-bettor who still enjoys the pomp and circumstance of the Triple Crown, means the return of traditional whiskey-based horse racing cocktails.
But I have to confess: I've been cheating on the mint julep, and...
| May 15, 2014
| 2:47 PM
Mounted next to Stall 40 in the Preakness Stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course is a three-foot plaque emblazoned by black-eyed susan flowers.
Each year, Stall 40 houses the Kentucky Derby winning thoroughbred, and the adjacent wooden sign commemorates the...
| May 1, 2014
| 1:28 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Boston-to-his-core horse owner did a slight double take when he saw a New York Giants cap in the same frame as his Kentucky Derby contender.
That's what you get when you put a Long Island guy at the center of a heart-...
| May 7, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"THINK PINK! Forget that Dior says black or rust.
"Think Pink. Who cares if The New Look has no bust.
"Now, I wouldn't presume to tell a woman what a woman oughtta think/But tell her if she's gottta think -- think pink!"
Every movie fan worth his...
| May 3, 2014
| 3:50 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—All winter and spring, California Chrome kept getting better, even as his top 3-year-old rivals succumbed to injuries or delivered stagnant performances.
The Kentucky Derby is known for confounding expectations with its packed...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 11:49 PM
When Orb got trapped along the rail and failed to make a charge in last year's Preakness, the racing world's dreams of a new Triple Crown winner faded for a 35th straight year.
The drought looms larger every spring for a sport seeking a superstar to...
| Apr 26, 2014
| 5:49 PM
The morning awaited royalty.
It was 8 a.m., and the Saturday sun had just begun to dry the puddles from Friday's rain and add some sparkle to the infield lakes at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Along the grandstand fence, they gathered, perhaps as many...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 9:45 PM
The world of sports has its unlikely stories. Now it has a topper, a horse named California Chrome. The Kentucky Derby has no idea what's about to hit it.
Saturday's Santa Anita Derby became a backdrop for the improbable. Make that the unbelievable....
| Apr 24, 2014
| 9:07 AM
Santa Anita Park plans to hold twilight horse racing on most Fridays, with a first post time of 3 p.m., during its 40-day spring meet that starts Friday.
One exception to the new Friday schedule is May 2, on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, when Santa...
| May 1, 2014
| 12:17 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Hoppertunity, the 6-1 second choice in the Kentucky Derby, was scratched from the race Thursday morning because of soreness in his left front foot.
The injury was a blow to trainer Bob Baffert and to the quality of the Derby field....