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Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to victory in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Tim Donnelly)

Favorite American Pharoah rallies to win Kentucky Derby

- Associated Press

Sent off as the 5-2 favorite, the brown colt rallied in the stretch to beat Firing Line by a length Saturday and deliver trainer Bob Baffert’s fourth Kentucky Derby win and first since 2002.

California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn calls from the grandstand at Belmont Park after his horse finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

California Chrome heads home after Belmont disappointment

- Associated Press

Steve Coburn, who co-owns California Chome, was still smarting. He was irked Belmont winner Tonalist didn’t run in either of the first two legs of the Triple Crown. After the race, he complained others took “the coward’s way out” by skipping the Derby and/or the Preakness. A day later, Coburn was unrepentant.

California Chrome takes a lap, with exercise rider Willie Delgado up, during a workout at Belmont Park, Friday, June 6, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y.  The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he races in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

California Chrome ready for Saturday shot at Triple Crown

- Associated Press

California Chrome and 10 rivals will run the longest race of their lives on Belmont Park’s deep, sandy track with its sweeping turns. No other Triple Crown winner faced more than seven rivals.

Jockey Edgar S. Prado, left, aboard Birdstone, reacts after winning the Belmont Stakes as jockey Stewart Elliott, right, aboard Smarty Jones looks on at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 5, 2004, in Elmont, N.Y. Smarty Jones finished second. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

LOVERRO: Triple Crown should have been Smarty Jones’ to wear

- The Washington Times

California Chrome may wind up being the Triple Crown winner, but he was not the horse who should have been the next winner of horse racing’s highest trifecta. No, the horse who was right — and ripe — to be America’s next Triple Crown winner won at Churchill Downs and Pimlico, but came up just short at Belmont Park 10 years ago.

 Exercise rider Willie Delgado takes California Chrome around a turn on a second lap during a workout at Belmont Park, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he races in the146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Belmont Stakes draw: California Chrome 3-5 favorite

- Associated Press

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will break from the No. 2 post under Victor Espinoza on Saturday at Belmont Park. Eleven Belmont winners have come out of that post, the last being Tabasco Cat in 1994.

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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 21, 2015, file photo, track handicapper Jay Randolph stands in a doorway with the aid of a walker and previews the field for an upcoming race for fans at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill. The owners of an East St. Louis casino plan to purchase the struggling Fairmount Park racetrack, provided Illinois lawmakers agree to allow a gambling expansion that would bring slot machines to the state's five horse racing venues. Employee-owned CQ Holdings Inc., owner of the riverfront Casino Queen, announced a tentative agreement to buy the 90-year-old track located eight miles to the east in Collinsville Tuesday, May 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Casino group to buy Fairmount Park pending approval of slots

- Associated Press

The owners of an East St. Louis casino plan to purchase the struggling Fairmount Park racetrack, provided Illinois lawmakers agree to allow a gambling expansion that would bring slot machines to the state's five horse racing venues.

Longtime turf writer Bill Mooney eulogizes horses that died in the past year after being retired to Old Friends farm Monday, May 25, 2015, near Georgetown, Ky. Several dozen people took time to attend the Memorial Day ceremony that has become a tradition at the farm. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

Thoroughbreds remembered at Memorial Day service in Kentucky

- Associated Press

Some were racetrack winners and descendants of racing royalty, while others were also-rans or never raced at all. All 11 thoroughbreds were remembered in a Memorial Day service in Kentucky horse country.

FILE - In this May 16, 2015 file photo, American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat, left, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan hold the Woodlawn Vase after American Pharoah with Victor Espinoza aboard won the 140th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course,  in Baltimore. Zayat is fighting a lawsuit that accuses him of owing $1.65 million to a man who says he fronted him money for gambling bets placed at offshore casinos. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Owner of American Pharoah named in gambling debt lawsuit

Associated Press

Ahmed Zayat, owner of Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah, asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses him of owing $1.65 million to a man who says he fronted Zayat money for gambling bets placed at offshore casinos.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert rubs the face of American Pharoah as the Preakness-winning colt gets a bath outside the stakes barn Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.  (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Potential spoilers taking on American Pharoah in Belmont

- Associated Press

Dortmund won't be around for this one, but a familiar cast of 3-year-olds are lining up as potential spoilers when American Pharoah attempts to win the Belmont Stakes and give thoroughbred racing its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

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- Associated Press

May 17

Kansas state Sen. Jake LaTurner, right, a Pittsburg Republican, makes a point before a Senate committee approves a bill aimed at reviving a Kansas City, Kansas, dog and horse racing park with slot machines, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. To his left are Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer, center, a Grinnell Republican and the committee's chairman, and Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, of Wichita, its ranking Democrat. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas Senate advances energy, elections, gambling proposals

- Associated Press

The Kansas Senate approved bills Wednesday to change the date of local elections and give legislators some say over emissions controls for power plants as one of its committees approved a proposal for reviving a Kansas City-area dog and horse racing park.