The rubber match is on with Preakness winner Shackleford confirmed to take on Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
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Pour Moi won the Epsom Derby on Saturday to give trainer Andre Fabre his first winner in the blue riband of the turf on his 10th attempt and France’s first since Empery won in 1976.
Michael Baze, a jockey found dead in his car at Churchill Downs last month, was killed by an accidental overdose of cocaine and a prescription pain medication, a Kentucky coroner has ruled.
Uncle Mo, the Kentucky Derby favourite pulled from the American Triple Crown Classic on the eve of last month’s race, has an inflamed liver, owners announced on Friday.
Bookmakers Betfred won the auction to buy the Tote after the government backed a takeover deal worth around STG265 million ($A407.35 million).
St Nicholas Abbey showed he remained a force to be reckoned with in top-level middle-distance contests with a gritty display in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.
Kieren Fallon will have to wait until race day to find out if he will be able to ride Recital in the Epsom Derby after a day of drama at the High Court.
After a week-long saga over their intended Derby rides, it was finally down to the action at Epsom as Johnny Murtagh’s supreme effort on Dancing Rain forced Kieren Fallon and Wonder Of Wonders to settle for second in the Oaks.
Carlton House can give Queen Elizabeth II her first win in the Derby on Saturday but whether Kieren Fallon makes the Epsom line-up hinges on the verdict of a sensational eleventh hour court case.
Frankel faces a potential Royal Ascot wildcard in the guise of Temps Au Temps.
Connections of Tin Horse are exuding confidence ahead of the colt’s quest for a Classic double at Chantilly on Sunday.
The Queen’s hopes of becoming the first ruling English monarch to win the Epsom Derby since Edward VII in 1909 have receded further as her racing manager admitted there was a chance Carlton House might not run at Epsom on Saturday.
Connections of Carlton House remain “extremely hopeful” the Epsom Derby favourite will make Saturday’s race, despite suffering a late setback.
Holberg is still being considered for the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot despite being beaten in his comeback run at Sandown last week.