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 …


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, …

Foreign horses prominent on Million Day

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 …

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.

Exotic dancer known as ‘Racetrack Rosie’


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 …

Belmont winner Palace Malice proves to be no stooge


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 …

Rivals believe Orb has Triple Crown potential


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 …

Long-shot Oxbow upsets Orb in Preakness


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 …

2013 Kentucky Derby


Some of the lasting images of the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby won by Orb.

Orb shrugs off Churchill slop to uncork winning rally in Kentucky Derby


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. …

Orb wins Kentucky Derby


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 …

So many angles make this one dizzy Derby


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 …

Black Onyx scratched from Kentucky Derby


Long shot Black Onyx is a late scratch for the Kentucky Derby, leaving 19 horses to vie for the roses.

Co-owner Rick Pitino goes for Kentucky Derby win


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.

Kentucky Derby will have full field of 20 horses


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 …

Kentucky Derby: Top 10 picks


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.