Mucho Macho Man
This year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic is the second year in a row without a certifiable star. Even without the star power, it is the feature race during the Breeders’ Cup two-day program of races this Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
Nothing like a little Triple Crown trash talk a few days before the Belmont. The owner of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom fired the first salvo at a news conference in Manhattan on Tuesday, dissing Preakness winner Shackleford’s chances of winning Saturday’s final leg of the Triple Crown.
Animal Kingdom sped past the leaders in the turn at Churchill Downs on Saturday and roared down the middle of the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby. Jockey John Velazquez guided the 3-year-old colt to the front at the quarter pole then poured it on to beat Nehro by 2 3/4 lengths.