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Hardest Core pulls upset in Arlington Million

After everything Hardest Core has been through, winning the ­Arlington Million as an 11-1 long shot on Saturday isn’t the biggest upset the gelding has pulled off. The horse was bought in November at the Keeneland Sales for $210,000 and was sent to be castrated. …


Finnegans Wake: A horse for the course in the Arlington Million


Saturday’s Arlington Million has two horses with the biggest names and well-earned recognition. Magician, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf winner, and Real Solution, the 2013 Million champion, have the most acclaim. They are the most successful in the seven-horse field and the ones that will …

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Two turf juggernauts top short field of 7 in Arlington Million

The 32nd running of the Arlington Million has the race’s defending champion and the 2013 winner of one of the world’s most important turf competitions. What it lacks is a big field. Magician, who won the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf, will start from the No. …

History isn’t in California Chrome’s corner as he seeks final jewel of Triple Crown


ELMONT, N.Y. — California Chrome already is a giant, in reputation and in stature. One Belmont Stakes victory Saturday from capturing the first Triple Crown since 1978, the horse has gained 30 pounds of muscle — having “not missed an oat,” assistant trainer Alan Sherman …

California Chrome co-owner apologizes for outburst

NEW YORK — California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn has apologized for his bitter remarks after his horse failed to win the Triple Crown. On ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday, Coburn says he was “very ashamed of myself. Very ashamed. I need to apologize to …

California Chrome comes up short in Triple Crown bid


The Triple Crown will go another year unclaimed. California Chrome, the 4-5 favorite at post time to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, finished tied for fourth in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, leaving a crowd packed shoulder-to-shoulder standing in stunned silence. “I noticed something,” California Chrome jockey Victor Espinoza said. “As soon as he come out of the gate, he was not the same.”

Chicagoan California Chrome co-owners fine in background


ELMONT, N.Y. — The smell — of hay and horse and the byproduct of both — grew stronger as they inched closer to Maywood Park. As first dates went, watching harness racing was a strange one. But on a summer evening in 1985, there might …

California Chrome draws No. 2 post for Belmont Stakes

California Chrome drew the No. 2 post in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday as he seeks to become the first horse since 1978 to win horse racing’s Triple Crown.

California Chrome allowed to wear nasal strip in Belmont


California Chrome will be allowed to wear a nasal strip at the Belmont Stakes on June 7, keeping alive his chance to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years.

Triple Chrome? Preakness winner gets shot at crown in three weeks


BALTIMORE — California Chrome repelled one challenger and then put away another in the stretch to win the Preakness on Saturday, setting up a Triple Crown try in three weeks. The chestnut colt with four white feet will attempt to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness …

Quick turnaround a challenge for Derby winner California Chrome


After California Chrome’s victory in the Kentucky Derby as the favorite, the California colt will be running in the Preakness with a bulls-eye on his back. Trainer Art Sherman hopes that California Chrome can replicate his victory at Pimlico next weekend with a chance to …

California Chrome wins the 140th Kentucky Derby


Taking charge at the top of the lane, California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza made a decisive move and quickly sprinted clear. The 5-2 favorite stretched his winning streak to five, and Art Sherman became the oldest winning Derby trainer at 77.

Not so dumb after all


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The owners of California Chrome are putting all their hopes into the chestnut colt to win the Kentucky Derby. After all, he’s the only horse they own. California Chrome, based at lesser-known Los Alamitos racetrack in suburban Los Angeles, is the early …

Missed Hoppertunity: Kentucky Derby’s 2nd favorite scratched


Hoppertunity, the second favorite for the Kentucky Derby, is out of the race.

Joel Quenneville’s colt, Midnight Hawk, nosed out in Illinois Derby


Odds-on favorite Midnight Hawk was run down in a sizzling stretch duel by Dynamic Impact, who won the Grade III $500,000 Illinois Derby by a nose in a photo finish Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course. Ridden by Miguel Mena and sent off at 9-1 odds, …

Joel Quenneville’s Midnight Hawk favored to win Illinois Derby

Joel Quenneville will step off the Blackhawks’ team charter Saturday night and meet his fellow Midnight Hawk owners for dinner. The coach hopes to celebrate two victories — a road triumph by his Blackhawks over the Blues in Game 2 of their playoff series, and …