Horse Racing

 
Creator (13) ridden by Irad Ortiz edges out Destin (2) ridden by Javier Castellano to win the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.

Creator wins Belmont by a nose

By Reuters on June 11, 2016, at 7:14 p.m.
Creator made a brilliant charge down the stretch to edge past Destin by a nose at the wire and win the 148th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, the final leg of U.S. racing’s Triple Crown series for three-year-olds.

Ailing Nyquist to miss Belmont Stakes

By Reuters on May 24, 2016, at 8:47 p.m.
Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will miss next month’s Belmont Stakes, the final leg of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown series for 3-year-olds, because of a high white cell count, his trainers said on Tuesday. Nyquist, whose bid for the Triple Crown ended when he finished third in the Preakness Stakes …
Kent Desormeaux aboard Exaggerator (5) wins during the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Exaggerator wins Preakness, Nyquist finishes third

By Reuters on May 22, 2016, at 12:30 a.m.
Exaggerator took advantage of sloppy conditions and a “dream trip” to win the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes by 3-1/2 lengths in Baltimore on Saturday, ending Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist’s bid for the Triple Crown. Exaggerator hugged the rail for most of the 1-3/16 mile race before surging into …

TV, radio schedule for May 21-22, 2016

on May 20, 2016, at 4:54 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING FIA Formula E Championship, 9:30 a.m., FS1-TV IndyCar, Indianapolis 500, qualifying, 4 p.m., ABC-TV NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Sprint All-Star Race, 9 p.m., FS1-TV; WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM), WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio BASEBALL, COLLEGE CREIGHTON at ST. JOHN’S, noon, FS1-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE CLEVELAND at …

TV, radio schedule for May 20, 2016

on May 19, 2016, at 4:32 p.m.
AUTO RACING NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Sprint Showdown, practice, 1:30 p.m., FS1-TV NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Sprint All-Star Race, practice, 3 p.m., FS1-TV NASCAR, Camping World Truck, The North Carolina Education Lottery 200, qualifying, 5:30 p.m., race, 8:30 p.m., FS1-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE CLEVELAND at BOSTON, 7 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 …
Nyquist, with Mario Guitierrez riding, wins the 142nd Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Nyquist wins Kentucky Derby

By Reuters on May 07, 2016, at 7:11 p.m.
The horse was named after former University of Maine hockey player and current Detroit Red Wings winger Gustav Nyquist.
Exercise rider Jonny Garcia works Kentucky Derby hopeful Nyquist during workouts Thursday in advance of the 2016 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Nyquist trainer O’Neill eyes second Kentucky Derby win

By Mark Lamport-Stokes, Reuters on May 06, 2016, at 5:10 p.m.
Four years after celebrating his first Kentucky Derby triumph, trainer Doug O’Neill is in prime position to toast another after his bay colt Nyquist was installed as the pre-race favorite for Saturday’s 142nd edition. In 2012, Mario Gutierrez piloted the O’Neill-trained I’ll Have Another to Derby glory and the same …

TV, radio sports schedule for May 6, 2015

on May 05, 2016, at 5:05 p.m.
AUTO RACING NASCAR Sprint Cup, Go Bowling 400, practice 11:30 a.m., qualifying 6:30 p.m., FS1-TV NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Toyota Tundra 250, 8:30 p.m., FS1-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BOSTON at N.Y. YANKEES, 7 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais …
Detroit Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist (right) skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan defends during the second period of the game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Former UMaine hockey star rooting for namesake in Kentucky Derby

By Larry Mahoney on May 04, 2016, at 3:53 p.m.
According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, Nyquist the horse will have the Stanley Cup in his stall on Saturday before the race.

Hall of Fame jockey with three Derby wins retires

By Alicia Wincze Hughes, Lexington Herald-Leader on March 30, 2016, at 5:16 p.m.
Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel, a three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby, has informed his agent that he is retiring from the saddle. Larry Melancon confirmed the news when reached by the Herald-Leader Wednesday morning saying that Borel’s decision caught him off guard. “It caught me by surprise,” said …
Kevin Switzer (front) drives Mizuno around the track during racing action in 2015 at Scarborough Downs.

Maine’s harness racing season to open at Scarborough Downs

on March 25, 2016, at 3:51 p.m.
Maine’s harness racing season begins Saturday when the gates at Scarborough Downs swing open for its 66th year. Racing will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More than 200 horses have entered to qualify this spring, a contrast to the weather-plagued 2015 season when adjustments …

Maine, Vermont summary

on Nov. 22, 2015, at 2:25 a.m.
Men’s College Hockey Maine 4, Vermont 1 Vermont (3-8-2) 1-0-0 — 0 Maine (2-8-3) 3-0-1 — 4 First period — 1. UVM, Shaw 2 (Coughlin, Bradley), 4:51; 2. Maine, Brown 2 (Byron, Renouf), 9:01 (sh); 3. Maine, Swavely 1 (Merchant), 9:13 (sh); 4. Maine, Vesey 1 (Merchant, Morgan), 16:22 (pp). …
Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, on Saturday.

American Pharoah ends career with Breeders’ Cup victory

By The Sports Xchange on Oct. 31, 2015, at 6:31 p.m.
Triple Crown winner ends his career as horse racing’s first-ever Grand Slam champion.

TV, radio schedule for Oct. 31-Nov.1, 2015

on Oct. 30, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR Sprint Cup, Goody’s 500, practice 9 a.m. and noon, NBCSP-TV NASCAR Truck Series, Kruger 200, qualifying, 10 a.m.,1:30 p.m., FS1-TV Formula One, From Mexico City, qualifying, 2 p.m., CNBC-TV FIA World Endurance Championship, 11 p.m., FS2-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE WORLD SERIES KANSAS CITY at NY METS, …

TV Radio schedule for Nov. 3, 2015

on Oct. 29, 2015, at 4:34 p.m.
AUTO RACING NASCAR Live, 7 p.m., WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) FOOTBALL, COLLEGE NORTHERN ILLINOIS at TOLEDO, 8 p.m., ESPN2-TV HOCKEY, NHL DALLAS at BOSTON, 7 p.m., NESN-TV; WEZQ Bangor, (92.9 FM) radio LA KINGS at ST. LOUIS, 8:30 p.m., NBCSP-TV SOCCER UEFA Champions League ASTANA vs. ATLETICO MADRID, …
Michael "Mick" Peterson, Ph.D., of the University of Maine conducted testing on the Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, Kentucky, where three horses have been injured recently and had to be euthanized.

UMaine professor tests safety of Kentucky track in wake of horse injuries

By Alicia Wincze Hughes, Lexington Herald-Leader on Oct. 12, 2015, at 5:42 p.m.
In response to questions and concerns that have arisen after three horses suffered fatal breakdowns over the Keeneland main track since the start of the Fall Meet, Dr. Mick Peterson of the University of Maine was at the Lexington, Kentucky, track last weekend, working with officials to review testing and …

TV, radio schedule for October 3-4, 2015

on Oct. 02, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice, 11 a.m., CNBC-TV NASCAR, XFINITY, The Hisense 200, qualifying, 12:30 p.m., race, 3:30 p.m., NBCSN-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio NASCAR, Camping World Truck, The Rhino Linings 350, 10 p.m., FS1-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE LA ANGELS at TEXAS, 12:30 p.m., FOX-TV BOSTON at …

TV, radio sports schedule for Aug. 29-30, 2015

on Aug. 28, 2015, at 5:14 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR Camping World Truck, practice, 9:30 a.m., FS1-TV NASCAR, XFINITY, The Road America 180, qualifying, 12:15 p.m., race, 3 p.m., NBCSN-TV IndyCar, practice, 1:30 p.m., qualifying, 6 p.m., NBCSN-TV BASEBALL, LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES The International championship, 12:30 p.m., ABC-TV U.S. Championship Game, 3:30 p.m., ABC-TV BASEBALL, …

TV, radio schedule for August 8-9, 2015

on Aug. 07, 2015, at 5:24 p.m.
SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Cheez-It 355, qualifying, 1 p.m., NBCSN-TV NASCAR, XFINITY, Zippo 200, 3 p.m., NBCSN-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio BASEBALL, LITTLE LEAGUE Intermediate World Series championship, 9 p.m., ESPN2-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE LA DODGERS at PITTSBURGH, 4 p.m., FS1-TV; WEZQ Bangor, (92.9 FM) radio BOSTON …
Farmer Roy Thompson of Limestone races his harness horse on a frozen pond during a local event many years ago. Thompson's grandson, Steve Thompson, is promoting harness racing in the late 1800s and early 1900s through his Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center.

Hallowell historian unearths golden era of Maine harness racing

By Pete Warner on July 18, 2015, at 6:11 a.m.
Steve Thompson stood amid the gravestones at the rear of Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterville and tried to imagine the scene there in 1890. At the time, it was the site of the North Kennebec Agricultural Society fairgrounds and included a harness racing track, formerly known as a trotting park. …