Horse Racing

Haskell: Derby winner Nyquist 6-5 favorite over Exaggerator

(AP) -- All set to return to the races, Nyquist will take on five challengers in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in his first start since his only loss in the Preakness more than two months ago.

The Kentucky Derby winner is the 6-5 morning-line favorite for Sunday's 1 1/8-mile Haskell over a field that includes Exaggerator, who ended Nyquist's 8-0 record in the second leg of the Triple Crown. (MORE)

Preakness winner Exaggerator joins Haskell field

(AP) -- The Nyquist-Exaggerator rivalry is set to resume, this time in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

Officials at the Jersey Shore track said Exaggerator's connections confirmed that the Preakness winner will be entered in the race on Thursday. (MORE)

Long-shot Gold Rush Dancer wins at Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Long-shot Gold Rush Dancer rallied on the far outside entering the stretch and held off Tough It Out by a half-length Wednesday in the $150,000 Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar. (MORE)

Irish jockey paralyzed after falling off horse dies aged 41

DUBLIN (AP) JT McNamara, an Irish jockey who was paralyzed following a fall at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013, has died. He was 41. (MORE)

Patriots Rule rallies to win California Dreamin' Stakes

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Long-shot Patriots Rule rallied from last to beat Ambitious Brew by a half-length Sunday in the $150,000 California Dreamin' Stakes at Del Mar.

Patriots Rule ran 1 1/16 miles on the turf course in 1:41.78 and paid $35.80, $12.40 and $6.60 his sixth victory in 21 starts. The 5-year-old earned $85,500 to push his total to $421,730. (MORE)

California Chrome wins San Diego Handicap

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) California Chrome beat Dortmund by a half-length Saturday at Del Mar in the Grade 2 $200,000 San Diego Handicap, the 1 1/16-mile prep for the Grade I $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 20. (MORE)

Unbeaten Enola Gray romps to 7 3/4-length win at Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Unbeaten Enola Gray romped to a 7 3/4-length victory Friday in the $150,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies. (MORE)

Summer racing heats up with California Chrome, Songbird

(AP) -- Horse racing's summer season kicks off in a big way this weekend at two of the sport's most treasured racetracks, Del Mar and Saratoga.

And what a daily double it should be - Dubai World Cup winner California Chrome taking on six rivals in Saturday's $200,000 San Diego Handicap and undefeated filly Songbird starring in Sunday's $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks. (MORE)

Lynne's Legacy rallies to win Del Mar feature race

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Lynne's Legacy rallied from last place to win the Del Mar feature race Thursday for older fillies and mares. (MORE)

Saratoga to open for its 148th season of thoroughbred racing

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) The 148th season of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs gets underway this week, kicking off nearly seven weeks of a summertime tradition dating to the Civil War.

Opening day for Saratoga Race Course is Friday, with gates opening at 11 a.m. and the first race post time scheduled for 1 p.m. Racing will be held on 40 days through Labor Day, Sept. 5, with the track closed on Tuesdays. (MORE)