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Triple Crown contender Justify returns to LouisvilleKY to train for third jewel

Story and photo from   Louisville, KY., – WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s undefeated Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify returned to Churchill Downs on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. (all times Eastern) to begin training for the third jewel in racing’s Triple Crown, the June 9 Belmont Stakes (GI). “It was a very smooth trip back to Kentucky,” Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes said. “We had a great trip to Pimlico. We brought two horses and they both won. The only thing that wasn’t so great was the weather….

Louisville’s Kentucky Derby Museum Has Made Some Changes for New Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah

Louisville, KY (June 6, 2015) – Several changes recognizing the historical achievement of American Pharoah as Thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown Champion will be unveiled at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Multiple banners and displays congratulating the most recent Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes victor are now for public consumption, including one located on the exterior of the Museum’s main entrance. “American Pharoah is a special, special horse, and has cemented himself as a legend in Thoroughbred racing,” Museum President Lynn Ashton said. “We’re thrilled to recognize his achievements to all of our guests and share in the celebration of…

Louisville’s Churchill Downs Horsemen Assess American Pharoah’s Triple Crown Bid

Louisville, Ky., – As Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner American Pharoah attempts to make history as the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, some of Churchill Downs’ horsemen gave their expertise on whether or not the 3-year-old has what it takes. Here’s what they had to say: Hall of Fame Trainer D. Wayne Lukas: “I think he’ll win and win easy. The thing that makes American Pharoah probably in a better position than most of them in the past 30 years is the fact that he’s had two easy races [Rebel…

On to Baltimore for Top Three Kentucky Derby Finishers

From Churchill Downs. . .  KENTUCKY DERBY’S TOP THREE HAVE PREAKNESS ON RADAR LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – To set the stage for his press conference Sunday morning to reflect on this fourth victory, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert brought the star of the 141st Kentucky Derby — American Pharoah — out of the barn to pose for the cameras. Bribing him with carrots, Baffert led the Zayat Stables colt to different parts of the circle of media and fans for photos and admiration. Several people reached out and petted the colt’s nose. After about 10 minutes of show, Baffert sent American Pharoah back to his stall and…

I’ll Have Another Look at Bodemeister in the Preakness

The field for the Preakness Stakes is set for this Saturday, as I’ll Have Another tries to claim the second leg of the Triple Crown. The race features the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 10th, and 11th place horses from the Kentucky Derby, along with several new faces. One of the new horses, Tiger Walk, has had a last minute change of jockey after Kent Desormeaux failed a breathalyzer test yesterday at Belmont Park.