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Winless horse could run in Belmont Stakes
Nolan's Cat is winless in five career races, yet the 3-year-old colt could end up running in next Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
Afleet Alex's success boosts sire's profile
If it wasn't for Preakness Stakes winner Afleet Alex, 12-year-old Northern Afleet probably wouldn't be where he is today.
Afleet Alex turns in lone Belmont work
Afleet Alex had been back at the track for about a week since his remarkable victory in the Preakness on May 21.
Giacomo's on schedule, but Buzzards Bay iffy for Belmont
Giacomo, the Kentucky Derby winner, and Buzzards Bay, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby, both worked on Monday in Southern California.
Oratory speaks volumes in winning Peter Pan
Oratory stormed past Reverberate in the stretch and pulled away to win the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes for 3-year-olds in record time Saturday at Belmont Park.
Alex's Lemonade sales net $18K at Preakness
The largest Preakness crowd in history helped Alex's Lemonade Stand raise $18,000 in charitable donations last Saturday.
Preakness winner Rose has mom to thank
Jeremy Rose's mom had no idea her son came so close to disaster at the Preakness Stakes atop Afleet Alex.
Derby winner back home in California
Two races into the Triple Crown, a horse might show signs of fatigue. But not this year's playful Kentucky Derby winner, Giacomo.
Preakness winner Afleet Alex returns to track
No worries, Afleet Alex is just fine and ready for the Belmont Stakes.
No Triple Crown this Belmont
For only the third time in the last nine years, a Triple Crown will not be at stake when Belmont Park hosts the Belmont Stakes on June 11.
Afleet Alex a star after remarkable Preakness win
Afleet Alex may not need a Triple Crown to become the darling of thoroughbred racing.
Afleet Alex sets sights on Belmont in three weeks
Other than a slightly scraped left ankle, Afleet Alex seems in perfect shape after his remarkable victory in the Preakness Stakes.
If only the horse could talk
For the 27th straight year, thoroughbred racing will have to make do without a Triple Crown winner.
McNamara: Near disaster avoided in Preakness
Afleet Alex clipped heels with the pacesetter and almost fell, but the colt managed to stay upright and Rose stayed aboard in the Preakness.
Despite loss, Giacomo proves worthy
No Triple Crown for Giacomo. Nothing to be embarrassed about, either.
Finley: The ride of his life
Preakness victory is sweet, redemption may be even sweeter for Afleet Alex's jockey, Jeremy Rose.
Cronley: Playing with other people's money
D. Wayne Lukas appeared to have figured out a way to keep from being hammered in the Triple Crown races.
Worth the trip: Afleet Alex wins dramatic Preakness
Afleet Alex won the 130th Preakness Stakes.
Preakness Stakes results
Results for the 130th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
Interest sold in Closing Argument
Owners Philip and Marcia Cohen have sold an equity interest in their Kentucky Derby runner-up Closing Argument.
Finley: Could Preakness leave Maryland?
Imagine a Preakness that runs not in Baltimore, but in Florida. Could it really happen?
Giacomo's Derby victory rocks owner's life
Jerry Moss is used to people questioning his judgment. He pegged the Police song "Every Breath You Take" as a hit when others predicted failure.
Finley: Love Giacomo? I can't do it
Some Monday morning quarterbacks and red-boarders are trying to make a case for Giacomo. Good luck.
Derby winner arrives at Pimlico for Preakness
Giacomo sauntered off the van, his tongue lapping in delight as he surveyed the surroundings at Pimlico Race Course.
Derby runner-up looking to step up in Preakness
The morning after the Kentucky Derby, Kiaran McLaughlin stood outside his barn at Churchill Downs wearing the smile of winner. He wasn't, of course, but the trainer didn't mind.
Hamilton takes unusual path to Preakness ride
Standing in front of the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course, jockey Steve Hamilton shook his head while recounting the strange sequence of events that led to his first Preakness.
McNamara: Preakness Q & A
Like the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes is surrounded by myths and half-truths. Here's a question and answer session that will improve your Preakness I.Q.
Finley: The highlight of Preakness week?
The most energizing moment offered this week may just come from ESPN Classic's walk down memory lane.
Preakness alone can't fix Maryland racing
The Preakness is the only moneymaker for troubled Maryland racing.
Afleet Alex works in solitude at Pimlico
As the lone horse in the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course, Afleet Alex has been training for the Preakness in virtual solitude.
Derby victory thrusts veteran trainer into spotlight
Before he won the Derby, trainer John Shirreffs had gone relatively unnoticed. He liked it that way.
Cronley: Lots to love about Derby 131
Most observers either loved or hated the 131st Kentucky Derby.
Rose has high Preakness hopes for Afleet Alex
High school wrestler turned jockey Jeremy Rose is ready to take down Giacomo in the Preakness.
McNamara: McLaughlin ready for another fight
Closing Argument fell short by only half a length in the Kentucky Derby, but his trainer thinks his best is yet to come.
Moss: Derby selection criteria needs updating
Churchill Downs updated its historic racetrack. Now it needs to tweak how horses get into the run for the roses.
Buzzards Bay will point for Belmont
Buzzards Bay, the Santa Anita Derby winner who finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby last weekend, is being pointed for the $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 11.
Preakness field gets new shooters
The stakes barn at Pimlico got its first Preakness Stakes resident on Wednesday night when Afleet Alex, the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, arrived after a lengthy van ride from Churchill Downs.
Belmont Stakes contenders
The top contenders and their chances to win the Belmont Stakes according to ESPN.com columnist Bill Finley.
Derby winner Giacomo gets back to work
Giacomo has remained at Churchill Downs, getting a few well-deserved days off following his upset victory in the Kentucky Derby.
Lemonade Stand raises almost $11,000 at Derby
How much are 1,500 cups of water, fruit juice and sugar worth? Almost $11,000.
Bellamy Road doubtful, but not out for Belmont
Bellamy Road has not been ruled out of the Belmont Stakes, although it's unlikely that the beaten Kentucky Derby favorite owned by Yankees boss George Steinbrenner will be healthy enough to run in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Bellamy Road injured, will miss rest of Triple Crown
Bellamy Road, the beaten Kentucky Derby favorite owned by Yankees boss George Steinbrenner, is off the Triple Crown trail with a minor injury to his left front leg.
Twice as nice: Superfecta winner's ticket found
Chris Hertzog figured all was lost as he sifted through the trash at Turf Paradise, frantically searching for his winning Kentucky Derby superfecta ticket.
Many to try again at Preakness
A number of horses who competed in the Kentucky Derby, including the race's first three finishers, are all likely to move on to the Preakness.
Finley: It's still about the horse
Gettting a Derby winner isn't about who is riding or training your horse, it's about having the right horse on the right day.
Long shot Giacomo wins 131st Kentucky Derby
Giacomo, a 50-1 shot, stunned the 20-horse field at Churchill Downs on Saturday, winning the Kentucky Derby in the homestretch.
131st Kentucky Derby results
Results of the 131st Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.
Zito's high hopes end in letdown
Expectations were never greater for Zito than in Saturday's 131st Kentucky Derby when he ran five horses, including the 5-2 favorite, Bellamy Road. Alas, disappointment was never greater as none of Zito's five runners hit the board.
Finley: Relax George, you still have a good horse
Bill Finley looks at how The Boss' horse, Bellamy Road, managed to lose the Kentucky Derby.
Cronley: Derby TV
Jay recounts his top 20 highlights of the 131st Kentucky Derby, as seen on TV.
Forde: Long-shot Derby
Jockey Mike Smith's career had more lows than highs before capturing the roses.
Carrying George around two turns no small feat
He's had five Derby horses dating back to 1977, and even though none has finished better than fifth, Steinbrenner has been a relative sweetheart as an owner.
Finley: A shenanigan-free Derby?
The best news about this Kentucky Derby is that it's probably going to be on the up and up.
A year later, Smarty Jones is living large
A year after he set the nation's heart fluttering, Smarty Jones still possesses the looks, charm and self-assuredness of a champion.
McNamara: 'Alex' this year's Smarty Jones?
The son of Northern Afleet takes a record of 6-for-9, with two seconds, into the Derby. Could 'Alex' be this year's Smarty Jones?
Finley: The winning formula
The toughest handicapping question facing anyone trying to solve the Derby is this: Are the Kentucky Derby rules made to be broken?
Finley: Zito under pressure to win the big one
The Derby has created a lot of duds in the past, but they've beenhorses. Never before has a trainer been a bust.
Bailey nears finish line of a great career
Jockey Jerry Bailey is close to crossing the finish line for the final time in his Hall of Fame career.
Cordero returns as an exercise rider
Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. never spent much time in the stable area before any of his 17 Kentucky Derbys.
Afleet Alex could be racing's next feel-good story
Afleet Alex is running for more than glory in the Kentucky Derby. The big bay colt is running to beat cancer, too.
NBC renews deal to televise Derby, Preakness
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes are staying put on NBC for another five years.
McNamara: How can Bellamy Road lose?
The colt owned by George Steinbrenner, longtime dictator of the Yankees, is the big horse in the biggest race of them all.
Security, drug testing increased for Derby week
Officials have increased security and added more testing for performance-enhancing substances heading into Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
Visa gives up Triple Crown sponsorship
Citing a revised marketing strategy, Visa announced Monday it will end its sponsorship of the Triple Crown in favor of a five-year deal to sponsor the Kentucky Derby.
Finley: Pletcher's day will come ... someday
This probably won't be the Kentucky Derby in which Todd Pletcher breaks through and wins one of these things.
How to make a good mint julep
Eddie Mac shares his recipe for a good mint julep, the official drink of the Kentucky Derby.
Don't Get Mad's win leaves Hughes in bind
Don't Get Mad used a powerful sweeping move to surge to a seven-length win over 24-1 long shot Gallardo on Saturday in the $113,100 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs.
Day declares himself out of Kentucky Derby
Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day said he won't ride in the Kentucky Derby because he's still recovering from hip surgery, ending a record 21-year streak of Derby mounts.
General John B out of Derby
General John B was withdrawn from consideration from the Kentucky Derby after being diagnosed with a small problem in his left knee.
Rockport Harbor off Triple Crown trail
Rockport Harbor, a former top contender for the Kentucky Derby, is off the Triple Crown trail.
Survivalist passes Derby for Withers Stakes
Trainer Shug McGaughey won't be running a longshot in the Kentucky Derby. Instead, he'll be running one of the favorites in Saturday's Grade 3 Withers Stakes.
Churchill Downs requiring blood test of all entries
Churchill Downs is instituting tougher drug testing just weeks before the Kentucky Derby, requiring pre-race blood tests used to detect stamina-enhancing "milkshake" concoctions.
Coin Silver scores upset in Lexington Stakes
Coin Silver pulled away in the stretch and won the Lexington Stakes on Saturday, giving trainer Todd Pletcher a third horse to run in the Kentucky Derby.
Blues and Royals out of Derby
Blues and Royals is suffering from a low-grade respiratory infection and has been taken out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby.
Bandini takes Blue Grass, next stop Kentucky Derby
Bandini came through in the stretch to win the Blue Grass, giving trainer Todd Pletcher a serious contender for the Derby.
Greeley's Galaxy wins Illinois Derby by 10 lengths
When the dust settled in the April 9 Illinois Derby, it appeared an actual Kentucky Derby contender had been born.
Buzzards Bay scores stunning upset at Santa Anita
Jeff Mullins became the first trainer to win the Grade 1, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby three consecutive years with Buzzards Bay.
Flying high: High Fly wins Florida Derby
High Fly took off in the stretch and won the $1 million Florida Derby on Saturday, giving trainer Nick Zito yet another big victory on the road the Kentucky Derby.
Afleet Alex sweeps to big victory in Arkansas Derby
Afleet Alex charged to an eight-length victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.
Derby contender Consolidator injured, retired
Kentucky Derby contender Consolidator was retired Monday because of a fractured bone in his right front ankle.