Defending champion Michael Jung of Germany and Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Phillips Tindall will compete at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, Thursday through Sunday. There also will be world champions and Olympic medalists from the United States.
Mike Tirico is taking the reins from Tom Hammond as a host of NBC’s Triple Crown horse racing coverage. Tirico adds the job to his recently announced duties as host of the network’s prime-time Olympics coverage starting next winter in South Korea.
Jockeys Javier Castellano, Victor Espinoza and the late Garrett Gomez and Thoroughbred Goldikova were elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is Aug. 4 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Itsinthepost took command at the head of the stretch and posted a 1¼-length victory over Charming Kitten to win the 32nd running of the Grade II, $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn for 4-year-olds and up before a Saturday afternoon crowd of 18,505 at Keeneland.
Visiting English trainer Charlie Appleby and his five-year-old gelding Polarisation claimed poetic justice with victory in the Sydney Cup at Randwick racecourse, two weeks after "winning" the abandoned first running.
Red Oak Stable’s homebred Unbridled Mo staved off a bid from Power of Snunner to win the 23rd running of the Grade III, $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare for fillies and mares by three-quarters of a length before a Friday afternoon crowd of 16,664 at Keeneland.
It is a seamless production. Each race day at Keeneland, high-definition televisions and a massive infield tote board bring fans closer to the action while, somehow, not intruding on the scenic beauty of a track that prides itself on its grounds and its role in showcasing Thoroughbred horse racing.