| Apr 27, 2015
| 4:00 AM
If last year's Kentucky Derby was the story of a people's champion from unlikely origins — California Chrome — Saturday's race appears to shape up as a battle of heavyweight trainers and star horses who have so far lived up to their billing....
| Apr 3, 2015
| 3:59 PM
Bob Clancy's selections for three Grade 1 races Saturday, each of which offers 100 Kentucky Derby points to the winner (NBC Sports Network, 5-7 p.m.):
Site: Aqueduct; Post time: 5:30 p.m.; Distance: 1 1/8 miles; Purse: $1 million...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 12:07 PM
Rick Violette, trainer of Upstart, the 7-5 morning line favorite for the Florida Derby, is hoping to thread a really fine needle Saturday at Gulfstream.
"We want to win," Violette said. "It's a million-dollar race. It's a Grade 1, so you can make a...
| Mar 28, 2015
| 5:04 PM
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — By the time Materiality and Upstart hit the top of the stretch, the other seven horses in the Florida Derby field were afterthoughts.
It was basically a match race, and Materiality never gave up the lead.
| Mar 28, 2015
| 6:52 PM
Even a dodgy trip couldn't keep Birdatthewire from being first at the wire.
Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Birdatthewire rallied from deep in the field to win the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks, Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/16-mile race is a major...
| Mar 7, 2015
| 4:31 PM
Shug McGaughey honed Honor Code all winter toward his 2015 debut in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap. A stride or two out of the gate in the one-mile Grade 2 McGaughey said he felt like leaving for home.
Honor Code, breaking from the rail, stumbled...
| Feb 14, 2015
| 4:44 PM
HALLANDALE — Merry Meadow, going for three stakes triumphs in a row, figured to be tough to beat in Saturday's Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes at Gulfstream. Theoretically her task should have become easier when two of her six rivals scratched.
| Feb 13, 2015
| 3:56 PM
The intention was for Merry Meadow to have a fairly easy winter in Florida, according to trainer Mark Henning. His plan was to race her once or twice while gearing up for the rest of the year in New York.
But she's already won a pair of stakes since...
| Feb 11, 2015
| 5:00 PM
The sadness comes to Luis Saez mostly at night. When he mounts his horses in the day, he feels inspired wearing his brother's necklace. When he sits in the starting gate, he feels his brother in the saddle with him.
But at night, in his sleep, when...
| Feb 7, 2015
| 7:34 PM
HALLANDALE BEACH — Even by his own lofty standards, Todd Pletcher had a pretty good day Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The leading trainer for the past 11 Champions meets, Pletcher pupils captured three of the four graded stakes on the card with the...
| Feb 1, 2015
HALLANDALE — The H. Allen Jerkens Stakes presented a unique handicapping challenge at Gulfstream Saturday. The two-mile distance is so rarely run that only one of the 11 horses had gone that far. When in doubt, fans took a proven approach. They...