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Race Caller Larry Collins, left, announces Irish War Cry will start in the 7th post position during the post position draw of the 149th Belmont Stakes horse race, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Irish War Cry returns to Triple Crown as 7-2 Belmont favorite

- Associated Press

Irish War Cry is back on the Triple Crown trail as the 7-2 favorite for the Belmont Stakes. The colt claimed that status after expected favorite Classic Empire was forced out Wednesday because of an abscess in his right front hoof.

Cloud Computing (2), ridden by Javier Castellano, wins the 142nd Preakness Stakes horse race ahead of Classic Empire, ridden by Julien Leparoux, Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Rested and ready: 13-1 shot Cloud Computing wins Preakness

- Associated Press

Cloud Computing pounced Always Dreaming and Classic Empire in the Preakness, pulling off an upset victory at 13-1 odds Saturday. He became the first horse to skip the Derby and win the second leg of the Triple Crown since filly Rachel Alexandra in 2009.

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, ridden by exercise rider Nick Bush, walks past the grandstand after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place May 20. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Aging Pimlico Race Course strains to keep its grip on Preakness Stakes

- Associated Press

The new foliage and slick paint can’t mask the fact that 147-year-old Pimlico is showing its age. Known affectionately as Old Hilltop, this old track has been trying for years to fend off the inevitable conclusion that it’s badly in need of a serious makeover.

The horses of the 143rd Kentucky Derby are paraded around the track of Churchill Downs prior to the big race.  (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

Derby 2017 weekend offers bourbon, betting and beauty

- The Washington Times

The “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” is inarguably the marquee event of Derby Week, when 20 horses race the track of Churchill Downs for glory, cash and bragging rights as thousands of hat-besotted onlookers cheer in hopes of a return on wages. (As Rand Paul, the junior senator of Kentucky, once told me at the White House Correspondents Dinner, “Bet a lot of money; you’ll feel really good about yourself.”)

In this Tuesday, May 2, 2017 photo, the Champions Lounge outdoor seating area, part of the ongoing renovations at Churchill Downs, provides an impressive view of the paddock and the walking ring at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Churchill Downs' parent company has pumped $250 million into renovations since the early 2000s. But many have catered to well-heeled fans willing to shell out thousands of dollars for panoramic views, sumptuous buffets, access to betting windows and restrooms without lines, and demand outpaces available seating. That's leaving the middle class squeezed out. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Kentucky Derby reno making Churchill Downs even more posh

- Associated Press

Toni Goodman was close enough to see the horses kicking up dirt as they raced past, having spent a mere $5 for her trackside seat to an event just days before the Kentucky Derby.

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Alberto-Culver founder, horse breeder Lavin dies at 97

Associated Press

Leonard Lavin, who built a small beauty supply firm into the billion-dollar Alberto-Culver company and owned a successful horse breeding, training and racing operation, has died. He was 97.

ADVANCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF JULY 22-23 AND THEREAFTER - In a Sunday July 2, 2017 photo, Gina Bell, right, gets a feel for Callie, a 15-year-old horse that is up for adoption, at the Lone Mountain Equestrian arena in Las Vegas.  Local Equine Assistance Network is a nonprofit that helps horses that have been abandoned or neglected. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Volunteer groups works to save abandoned, abused animals

- Associated Press

In May 2015, an injured thoroughbred mare was found roadside near Moapa Valley in southern Nevada. She had a broken cheekbone, cuts across her legs, and gaping wounds on her jaw and shoulder - the latter large enough to put an adult hand inside. Despite these injuries, she was otherwise well cared for.