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6:56 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Kentucky Derby Gate-Crasher Stephen Johnstone Dies at 70

Stephen Johnstone and his niece, Sarah, crashed the Kentucky Derby celebration together in 2008.
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Stephen Johnstone had technique. He was a gate-crasher by hobby—sneaking into exclusive locations at sports events just for the thrill of it.

Johnstone crashed the Kentucky Derby winner's circle for the first time in 1963 and most recently this year.

"It's just a case of pretending, really—acting as though you belong there, and then associating with people who actually do belong there. If you are with them, you're above question," he said in May.

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7:36 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Churchill Downs Unveils Logos For Kentucky Derby and Oaks

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Churchill Downs on Saturday released the official logos for next year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks.

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12:12 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Churchill Downs Track Announcer Leaving for New York Racing Circuit

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Churchill Downs is launching another search for a track announcer.

After less than a year on the job, Larry Collmus  is leaving for the New York Racing Association, where he will be the announcer at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga race tracks.        

Collmus replaces Tom Durkin, who’s retiring after 43 years on the New York racing circuit.

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4:19 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Bluegrass Stakes Winner, Derby Contender Dance With Fate Euthanized After Training Mishap

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The trainer of Bluegrass Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby contender Dance With Fate says the colt had to be euthanized after suffering an injury during training at a California track.

Dance With Fate was galloping at Del Mar race track early Thursday when he got startled and ran into a fence rail.     His exercise rider was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The colt was training for the San Diego Handicap Saturday at Del Mar.       

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7:24 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

No Triple Crown This Year. Tonalist Wins the Belmont Stakes.

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Horse racing will have to wait more  for a Triple Crown winner.

Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, spoiling Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome's bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Tonalist beat Commissioner at the wire. Medal Count finished third, with California Chrome—the heavy favorite—and second betting choice Wicked Strong in a dead heat for fourth.

Related: Why Hasn't a Race Horse Won the Triple Crown Since 1978?

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11:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

How Good Are California Chrome's Chances of Winning the Triple Crown?

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We've spent the past couple days exploring the Triple Crown—why it's been decades since a horse has won it, and why the series may change to reflect the thoroughbred industry's contemporary culture.

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12:01 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Who'll Win the Belmont Stakes? We Asked the Kentucky Derby's Oddsmaker.

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One of American sports' lingering questions may be answered in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon—when will a horse win the Triple Crown?

California Chrome will be the first horse since 2008 to even attempt the feat. (In '08, Big Brown didn't finish the Belmont Stakes; 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another scratched from the final Triple Crown leg.)

For serious fans, horse racing isn't necessarily a sentimental sport. Handicappers like to pick winners. 

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3:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Why Hasn't a Racehorse Won the Triple Crown Since 1978?

California Chrome in Baltimore.
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Three racehorses won the Triple Crown in the 1970s, and none have won the ultimate thoroughbred distinction in the subsequent decades.  

Oh, contenders have tried. Since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, 11 horses won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, but failed to win the Belmont Stakes.

  California Chrome adds his name to one of those lists—champion or failed contender—on Saturday.

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1:25 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Post Positions for California Chrome and the 10 Other Belmont Stakes Contenders

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Ten horses are expected to challenge California Chrome's bid Saturday to be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Post positions and odds were set Wednesday in Elmont, New York. 

California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is the favorite at 3-5. Wicked Strong, the Derby fourth-place finisher, is the second choice at 6-1. 

Here are the runners, jockeys and odds for the 11 horses running in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

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9:06 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Derby Champ California Chrome Leads 10-Horse Preakness Field

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Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome has been made the heavy 3-5 favorite for the Preakness Stakes, and he drew a favorable post position in the 10-horse field.    

Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome will break from the No. 3 post, which has produced 10 winners in the previous 138 runnings of the 1 3/16-mile race.

Social Inclusion is the 5-1 second choice of new Pimlico oddsmaker Keith Feustle. The colt drew the No. 8 post on Wednesday.

Bayern and Ride On Curlin are the co-third choices at 10-1.

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