Horse Racing

Fantasy no more: Blackmore 1st woman to win Grand National

(AP) -- A Hollywood fantasy turned into reality on Saturday when Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to win Britain's grueling Grand National horse race, breaking down one of the biggest gender barriers in sports.

Blackmore, a 31-year-old Irishwoman, rode Minella Times to a landmark victory at odds of 11-1 in the 173rd edition of the famous steeplechase at Aintree in Liverpool, northwest England (MORE)

Rachael Blackmore becomes first female jockey to win the Grand National, aboard Minella Times

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Rachael Blackmore becomes first female jockey to win the Grand National, aboard Minella Times. (MORE)

Blackmore bids to be 1st female jockey to win Grand National

(AP) -- She's the new face of British and Irish horse racing, to some the savior of a sport that has endured the worst kind of publicity in recent weeks. (MORE)

Hall of Fame horse breeder Alice Headley Chandler dies at 95

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Alice Headley Chandler, who founded Mill Ridge Farm and built a Hall of Fame career as a breeder of champion racing thoroughbreds, has died. She was 95. (MORE)

Essential Quality stays unbeaten with close Blue Grass win

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Unbeaten Essential Quality continued his mastery of Keeneland and established himself as a Kentucky Derby favorite, outdueling Highly Motivated in the stretch to win the $800,000 Blue Grass by a neck on Saturday at Keeneland. (MORE)

Long shot Bourbonic, 72-1, pulls huge upset in Wood Memorial

OZONE PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bourbonic, a 72-1 long shot, stormed from the rear entering the stretch to edge Dynamic One by a head to win the $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday and earn 100 points toward the Kentucky Derby. (MORE)

9 horses added as late nominations to Triple Crown series

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Nine horses have been made eligible to compete in this year's Triple Crown series with a $6,000 late payment. (MORE)

Unbeaten Essential Quality is the 3-5 Blue Grass favorite

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Unbeaten Essential Quality is the 3-5 morning line favorite and will start from the No. 4 post for the $800,000 Blue Grass at Keeneland race course. (MORE)

Viola's Known Agenda prevails in Florida Derby at Gulfstream

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Known Agenda owner Vincent Viola kept asking trainer Todd Pletcher the same question over the last few days.

"Do you think we really have a shot in the Florida Derby?" (MORE)

Shug McGaughey's Greatest Honour leads Florida Derby field

(AP) -- Shug McGaughey just doesn't take a horse to the Kentucky Derby for the sake of going. He only goes when he believes there's a serious chance to win.

Greatest Honour might be the next horse from McGaughey's barn to earn that shot. (MORE)

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