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Barn 28 sits on the southwest edge of Arlington Park, as far as one can trot without leaving the racetrack complex. Overseas horses flew to the United States about a week ago, spent two days in quarantine and moved into Barn 28, apart from their American foes in the Arlington Million. It feels like home. “You see the staff and the trainers from back in England,” Jane Chapple-Hyam, Mull of Killough’s trainer, said Friday. “Everyone mucks in, and helps each other.” The odds are good a foreign horse will clip-clop back to Barn 28 on Saturday with the Million prize. … ]]> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 06:14:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Horse put down, 2 jockeys hurt after collision ]]>

A spokesman for a downstate Illinois racetrack says two jockeys were injured when racehorses collided and one of animals had to be euthanized. ]]> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:28:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Exotic dancer known as ‘Racetrack Rosie’ ]]> Lead story image

There were two things that kept 8-year-old Rosemarie Black going after her mother died and left her alone in a small Mississippi town with an alcoholic father who raged at her and anyone who he thought crossed him. One was the knowledge that she had brothers in Chicago, where she hoped to escape. Another was the little cowgirl outfit hand-sewn for her by a kind neighbor. “She used to dress up and imagine herself somewhere else,” said her daughter, Rochelle Hill. Mrs. Black would become one of Chicago’s most bodacious characters, a burlesque queen who performed for more than 40 … ]]> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 06:13:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Belmont winner Palace Malice proves to be no stooge ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Palace Malice took charge on the turn for home and won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, holding off Preakness winner Oxbow and Kentucky Derby winner Orb. The victory gave Todd Pletcher his second Belmont score in six years, and vindicated the trainer’s support of a 3-year-old who came into the final leg of the Triple Crown with one victory. Palace Malice, who finished 12th in the Derby and skipped the Preakness, covered the 1½ miles in a slow 2:30.70 on a fast track following a 24-hour downpour. The colt owned by Cot Campbell’s Dogwood Stable won by … ]]> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 06:57:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rivals believe Orb has Triple Crown potential ]]> Lead story image

BALTIMORE — Everything’s a go for Orb. The Kentucky Derby winner was in a playful mood the day before the Preakness, making faces for photographers between nibbles of grass outside his stall at Pimlico Race Course. “He’s really settled in well. He seems to be energetic about what he’s doing so I couldn’t be more pleased,” trainer Shug McGaughey said on a warm and sunny Friday morning. “We’re excited about giving him a whirl to see if we can get it done and go on to the next step.” Getting it done would mean defeating eight rivals in the 13/16-mile … ]]> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:19:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Long-shot Oxbow upsets Orb in Preakness ]]> Lead story image

BALTIMORE — Right from the start, a horse trained by one not so over-the-hill Hall of Famer and ridden by another took control of the Preakness. The result: A huge upset and the end of any hopes for a Triple Crown attempt at the ­Belmont Stakes. Thanks to Oxbow’s wire-to-wire win Saturday over Kentucky Derby winner Orb, trainer D. Wayne Lukas and jockey Gary Stevens have themselves another classic to add to their stellar resumes. “I get paid to spoil dreams,” the 77-year-old Lukas said after his record 14th victory in a Triple Crown race. “Unfortunately we go over here … ]]> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:48:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2013 Kentucky Derby ]]> Lead story image

Some of the lasting images of the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby won by Orb. ]]> Mon, 06 May 2013 09:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orb shrugs off Churchill slop to uncork winning rally in Kentucky Derby ]]> Lead story image

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Way back in the pack heading into the final turn, Orb was calm even if his ­jockey wasn’t. Then trainer Shug McGaughey’s bay colt picked up speed, churning through a sloppy track that resembled creamy peanut butter, and blew past rivals one-by-one. By that time, jockey Joel Rosario knew he was aboard the Kentucky Derby winner. Orb powered to a 21/2-length victory Saturday at Churchill Downs, giving McGaughey and Rosario their first Derby wins. “I was so far behind,” Rosario said. “He was very relaxed, it’s exactly what I wanted.” Rosario had Orb in the clear on … ]]> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 07:16:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orb wins Kentucky Derby ]]> Lead story image

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Orb splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby, coming from far back in the pack and giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the 3-year-old classic. When the field turned for home on the cool, overcast Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, Normandy Invasion grabbed the lead while Orb was gearing up. But in the deep stretch, Orb prevailed, carrying Joel Rosario to his first Derby win. Long shot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third. Normandy Invasion faded to fourth. Orb, the 5-1 favorite, ran the 1º miles in 2:02.89 Orb … ]]> Sat, 04 May 2013 18:24:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ So many angles make this one dizzy Derby ]]> Lead story image

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A trainer flooding the field with five horses. A black jockey trying to make history, and a woman rider, too. Louisville coach Rick Pitino seeking a double — champions in racing and basketball. He’s sure in the right place. The 19-horse field for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby is balanced, with no definitive favorite. Orb is the pre-race choice, just barely. Nearly overshadowed is his trainer, Shug McGaughey, who really, really wants this race. Doug O’Neill is trying to win back-to-back. And then there’s the threat of rain, which has done in some of the best-laid plans on race … ]]> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 06:21:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Black Onyx scratched from Kentucky Derby ]]> Lead story image

Long shot Black Onyx is a late scratch for the Kentucky Derby, leaving 19 horses to vie for the roses. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 11:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Co-owner Rick Pitino goes for Kentucky Derby win ]]> Lead story image

Rick Pitino became a Hall of Famer and an NCAA champion on the same day. Now the Louisville basketball coach is positioned to become a Kentucky Derby-winning owner if Goldencents wins on Saturday. ]]> Thu, 02 May 2013 13:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kentucky Derby will have full field of 20 horses ]]> Lead story image

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Twenty-one horses have been entered for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, one more than the maximum field of 20. The entry box closed Wednesday morning, with the draw to determine post positions set for later in the afternoon. The field is limited to the top 20 horses based on points earned in designated prep races. Leading the way is undefeated Verrazano, winner of the Wood Memorial. He’s one of five colts trained by Todd Pletcher. Pletcher also will saddle Overanalyze, Revolutionary, Palace Malice, and Charming Kitten. Oxbow and Will Take Charge will be the record 46th and 47th Derby … ]]> Wed, 01 May 2013 12:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kentucky Derby: Top 10 picks ]]> Lead story image

Doug O’Neill is gearing up for a Kentucky Derby repeat. A year after winning the Derby with I’ll Have Another, the trainer is going for another — this time with Goldencents. ]]> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:52:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Departing wins Illinois Derby ]]> Lead story image

Race favorite Departing came on strong at the head of the stretch to win the Grade III $750,000 Illinois Derby by 3º lengths Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course. Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Departing ran 1 1/8 miles race in 1:50.78 on the fast track. Fordubai edged Siete de Oros by a neck for second place, and Abraham finished fourth. “Once he got down the backside, I thought I was on the best horse,” Hernandez said. “He was just kind of cruising and going really easy today. He looks like he’s getting better with distance.” Departing, the Son of War … ]]> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:20:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Equine virus resurfaces at Hawthorne Race Course ]]> Lead story image

An equine virus that has caused the deaths of at least four horses and forced a quarantine at Hawthorne Race Course might have claimed another horse last weekend. The latest case comes several weeks after the virus appeared to have run its course after manifesting itself in October. Racing officials were awaiting the results of a necropsy on a 2-year-old filly that had to be euthanized last weekend after exhibiting symptoms of equine herpesvirus, an airborne virus that isn’t always fatal but has no vaccine. The virus isn’t uncommon in equine environments, but it hadn’t been a problem at Hawthorne … ]]> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 13:26:19 -0500