Horse racing had a fantastic 2015. Every leg of the Triple Crown was must-see TV, and the end of the Belmont Stakes made history. The year’s events breathed new life into the sport of horse racing, and we have these amazing, newsworthy horses to thank for that.
American Pharoah completed a stunning 2015 season by adding a Breeders’ Cup Classic victory to his previous Triple Crown. The stallion crushed the world’s fastest horses en route to a six-and-a-half length win.
Fast horse American Pharoah is still fast, as the Triple Crown winner walked away with another win—this time in the Haskell Invitational, claiming a winner’s share of the $1.75 million purse. Call us when he’s been entered into the Breeder’s Cup.
Undrafted, a horse owned by NFL wide receiver Wes Welker, stormed from last place to take a surprising win at today’s Grade 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the final day of the Royal Ascot.
The 19-year-old male died of an apparent heart attack at work. His work was fucking.
Horse racing is a gorgeous, cinematic sport, but a horizontal one. The length of the track, the laterality of movement, the dimensions of the horses themselves, all lend themselves to landscape. So how to translate the biggest racing moment in 37 years to the cover of a magazine? Sports Illustrated figured it out, and…
The Wall Street Journal has put together a cool split screen video comparing American Pharoah’s Triple Crown winning Belmont race to Secretariat’s historic Belmont victory in 1973.
American Pharoah won today’s Belmont Stakes and completed horse racing’s first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. American Pharoah won the race with a time of 2:26.55, beating Frosted by five lengths in a dominating performance. Victor Espinoza spoke for the world: “Holy shit!”
American Pharoah races to a Preakness win and sets up a shot at the Triple Crown, all while Marlins Man watches.
Bathroom lines have reached Wrigley-esque levels at Pimlico as fans trying to relieve themselves before the Preakness Stakes have struggled with busted plumbing as a result of a water main break near the race course.
Derby favorite American Pharoah edged out Firing Line and Dortmund to win the 141st Kentucky Derby with an unofficial time of 2:03.02. It’s jockey Victor Espinoza’s second straight Derby win, and the fourth career win for trainer Bob Baffert.
The Kentucky Derby, a/k/a “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports,” is an event rich with tradition. It’s an opportune time to brush up on your Hunter S. Thompson, and/or drink cheap bourbon out of silver cups, and/or laugh along with rich assholes who give their horses ridiculous names for their own amusement.
Jockey Blake Shinn defeated Modesty and nearly the rest of the field whilst piloting Miss Royale to place at Canterbury Park’s first race today in New South Wales. Shinn dropped trou atop his mount and made it an especially competitive race, nearly edging out winner Defender; Modesty came in third, just behind…
The Grand National is Europe’s biggest steeplechase, and its extreme length (more than four miles) means horses can be particularly feisty after nine minutes of being hassled by a jockey. Many Clouds took down the title at 25-1 odds today, and celebrated by head-butting one of his handlers. The geezer went down,…
Here is a fantastic tale about how Mexico’s notorious Zeta cartel began building a world class horse racing operation in Texas and Oklahoma, before the FBI intervened and arrested everybody. The writing is superb, and the kicker is just perfect. [Dallas Observer]
The jockey you see getting smoked by a fence in the GIF above is named Lewis Ferguson (don't worry, he's not dead), and this happened during what was apparently his first-ever race with fences. Poor Lewis made some mistakes.
It was almost endearing how an ink-smudged, deadline-addicted newspaper editor of yore would squint through the smoke from his cigarette and ask a bright young man why the hell he wanted to write sports. An editor like that was usually about as sensitive as a bolt cutter, but he couldn't resist the urge to protect…
In the span of 22 days, 12 horses have died during races at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. No one's figured out how to reduce the horse deaths this winter. [New York Times]
Let's be immature on a Monday morning.
Police say a 21-year-old jockey allegedly masturbated on the deck of a second-floor apartment in Bensalem, Pa., broke in when a woman called 911, attacked two people in another apartment, and got shot in the chest.