Dee Majesty claims Satsuki-sho victory

Apr 17, 2016

Dee Majesty claims Satsuki-sho victory

Eighth favorite Dee Majesty pulled away down the stretch to win the 76th running of the Satsuki-sho on Sunday. With Masayoshi Ebina aboard, Dee Majesty stormed past leader Leontes to cross the finish line in blustery conditions at Nakayama Racecourse in a time of ...

Female jockey Fujita earns first victory in national race

Apr 10, 2016

Female jockey Fujita earns first victory in national race

Eighteen-year-old Nanako Fujita, the Japan Racing Association’s first female jockey in 16 years, claimed her first national race victory on Sunday. Fujita, in the saddle for her 51st national race, steered 5-year-old horse Sunny Days in the ninth race at Fukushima Racecourse for her ...

Mar 31, 2016

Hall of Fame jockey Borel retires

Three-time Kentucky Derby winner and Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel is retiring. The popular rider nicknamed “Bo-rail” for his knack of finding a spot along the inside of the track told his agent, Larry Melancon, it’s time to call it a career. Melancon ...

Lani earns trip to Kentucky Derby

Mar 29, 2016

Lani earns trip to Kentucky Derby

Lani is about to embark on an 11,876-km (7,380-mile) journey back to his old Kentucky home for a chance to Run for the Roses. The gray colt earned the trip to the Kentucky Derby with a come-from-way-behind victory in the UAE Derby on Saturday ...

Japan savors Dubai glory

Mar 27, 2016

Japan savors Dubai glory

Real Steel and Lani won their respective races to secure a double for Japanese-trained horses at the Dubai World Cup Day on Saturday. This year, a record 10 Japanese horses took part in the Dubai World Cup Day which featured nine races at Meydan ...

Teenage jockey Fujita earns first victory

Mar 24, 2016

Teenage jockey Fujita earns first victory

Eighteen-year-old Nanako Fujita, the Japan Racing Association’s first female jockey in 16 years, claimed her first win on Thursday. Fujita guided second choice 5-year-old gelding Ascii Code to a bright start in the third race at Urawa Racecourse and went onto win comfortably by ...

Mar 5, 2016

Battaglia leaving booth for office gig

Longtime Churchill Downs and Turfway Park track announcer Mike Battaglia is stepping away from the booth and moving into a role as vice president at Turfway. Turfway said Friday in a news release that the move is effective March 12. After a 44-year career ...

Jan 14, 2016

Hoketsu seeks Olympic berth at age 74

Equestrian rider Hiroshi Hoketsu, who made his Olympic debut in Tokyo in 1964 and appeared in the 2012 London Games at the Japan record of 71 years of age, will be aiming to compete in his fourth Olympics after applying for a qualifying trial, ...

Gold Actor nabs first G1 victory

Dec 27, 2015

Gold Actor nabs first G1 victory

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Gold Actor took center stage in the season-ending Arima Kinen to capture his first Grade 1 victory on Sunday. The 4-year-old colt went off as the eighth choice in a full field of 16 before a crowd of 121,319 at Nakayama Racecourse in Chiba ...

American Pharoah's Triple Crown AP's top story of 2015

Dec 25, 2015

American Pharoah's Triple Crown AP's top story of 2015

American Pharoah’s sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes for horse racing’s first Triple Crown since 1978 was selected the sports story of the year Thursday in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press. Eighty-two ballots were submitted from U.S. editors ...