Horse Racing

9:19 PM ET Mitchell Lamb SATURDAY’S BEST Randwick Race 1 No.1 Star Fall (Linda Meech) – $2.40 It’s hard to deny the talent that Star Fall has shown so far in his career, even though he’s yet to be tested in stakes grade. The son of Zoustar showed glimpses as a juvenile and has since
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2:43 PM ET Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Derby’s purse will be raised to $3 million this May, an increase of $1 million and the first boost in 14 years. Churchill Downs said Thursday that the winner of the 145th running will receive $1.86 million. The runner-up will earn $600,000, with third place
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1:03 PM ET Associated Press HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Justify and Accelerate never got to face off on the track. Instead, they’ll duel for Horse of the Year. Justify, Accelerate and Monomoy Girl were the three finalists announced Saturday for Horse of the Year. The top prize will be handed out at the Eclipse Awards
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8:19 PM ET Mitchell Lamb SATURDAY’S BEST Gold Coast Race 9 No.4 Unlikely Story (Brad Stewart) – $3.60 From early on, I’ve had a pretty decent opinion of Unlikely Story and I certainly don’t think we’ve seen him reach his ceiling yet. Saturday represents a good opportunity for the striking chestnut to take another step
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7:32 PM ET Mitchell Lamb SATURDAY’S BEST Eagle Farm Race 9 No.5 Cadogan (Jackson Murphy) (a2) – $2.60 Make no mistake, Cadogan is a horse who has always had the talent to be successful, but either through physical or mental problems, he’s never reached the heights that may have been expected of him early. Toby
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6:36 PM ET Mitchell Lamb SATURDAY’S BEST Doomben Race 9 No.9 Victorem (Dale Smith) – $4.60 Things haven’t quite worked out for Port Macquarie gelding Victorem at his two starts in Queensland this preparation, but Saturday’s Lough Neagh Stakes sets up beautifully for the talented son of I Am Invincible. At his current quote, I’ll
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5:47 PM ET Associated Press DEL MAR, Calif. — Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza is aiming to return to riding in January, six months after he was seriously injured in a training accident. The 46-year-old rider says he underwent an MRI recently and “it came out perfect.” Espinoza says he doesn’t need surgery and
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7:52 PM ET Mitchell Lamb SATURDAY’S BEST Moonee Valley Race 5 No.5 Mintha (Luke Currie) – $3.70 After a first-up effort where she didn’t enjoy the best of luck, this looks a perfect race for Mintha to notch up the third victory of her career and continue her progressive trajectory. She got a long way
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7:01 PM ET Mitchell Lamb I Am Someone ridden by Declan Bates wins the Mixx FM 3YO Maiden Plate at Horsham Racecourse. Todd Nicholson/Racing Photos via Getty Images SATURDAY’S BEST Ballarat Race 2 No.6 I Am Someone (Fred Kersley) (a2) – $2.80 I Am Someone is a Horsham-trained four-year-old who is a short course galloper with
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6:32 PM ET Mitchell Lamb SATURDAY’S BEST Rosehill Race 5 No.7 Just Dreaming (Rachel King) – $3.50 She’s been a beaten favourite at both her starts this time in, but I think Saturday is the day Just Dreaming pays dividends for her followers. The Newcastle mare has always been one of mine, but I personally
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5:56 PM ET Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Exercise rider Odanis “Cuba” Acuna died in a training accident at Churchill Downs when his horse broke down with catastrophic injuries, the track announced Saturday. The 42-year-old rider for trainer Kenny McPeek was breezing unraced 2-year-old New York Harbor when the horse fell about a sixteenth of
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7:04 PM ET Mitchell Lamb SATURDAY’S BEST Flemington Race 3 No.6 Ringerdingding (John Allen) – $4 Pretty certain no one missed the run of Ringerdingding at Moonee Valley on the biased track that was dished up on Cox Plate Day. He was one of the few runners to make up significant ground during the entire
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5:33 PM ET ESPN staff Hugh Bowman has been hit with a month-long suspension following his ride on second-placed Marmelo in the Melbourne Cup. Bowman pleaded guilty to a careless riding charge, a charge of using the whip too many times before the last 100 metres and to weighing in one kilogram over his allotted
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11:36 PM ET ESPN staff Kerrin McEvoy claimed a third Melbourne Cup on Tuesday afternoon as Cross Counter charged down the Flemington straight to win Australia’s great race. Cross Counter ran down Marmelo over the final 200 metres to claim victory with Prince of Arran third. Finche completed the first four. McEvoy timed Cross Counter’s
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