Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah's workout on Tuesday as he prepares for the Belmont Stakes and his attempt to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
The colt breezed four furlongs in 48 seconds at Churchill Downs after Baffert and American Pharoah's regular exercise rider, jockey Martin Garcia, flew to Kentucky for the work. Jockey Victor Espinoza will again have the mount in the Belmont set for June 6.
The 3-year-old colt galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.40 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.20 after splits for the half-mile breeze of: 12.20, :24 and :35.80.
"He's moving like his fluid self," said Baffert, who is making his fourth attempt at completing the Triple Crown. "He came back the right way. That's Pharoah. That's the way, when he's on his game, that's the way he looks. Just really happy with the way he went."
It was the first serious training for American Pharoah since his seven-length Preakness victory in the mud May 16.
Blues keeping Hitchcock
The St. Louis Blues are sticking with veteran coach Ken Hitchcock for another season. The Blues announced a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Hitchcock took over as Blues coach during the 2011-2012 season. He has led St. Louis to an NHL-best 175-79-27 regular-season record since then. But under Hitchcock, the Blues have made it past the first round of the playoffs just once in four tries and never past the second.
This season, they had the third-best record in franchise history (51-24-7, 109 points) but lost in the first round to the lower-seeded Wild in six games.
Sam concentrating on winning
Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the CFL.
Sam signed a two-year deal with the Alouettes last week.
"I'm not trying to really do anything historic here by being with Montreal, I'm just trying to help the team win some games so we can bring the Grey Cup back home," Sam said at packed news conference Tuesday.
While Sam wants to be seen as just another football player, he knows his decision to reveal his sexuality comes with a certain responsibility.
"I've set in motion a lot of stuff," he said. "I have a responsibility to handle myself the right way and carry myself the right way so future athletes who may be straight, gay, bisexual, whatever, they can be inspired just by what I'm doing."
AROUND THE HORN
NFL: The Cowboys signed receiver A.J. Jenkins, a former first-round draft pick. Jenkins, who had worked out for the Cowboys last week, was the 30th overall pick by San Francisco in 2012.
Men's college basketball: Nebraska coach Tim Miles had his contract extended one year through the 2019-20 season. Miles is 47-49 in three seasons at Nebraska. … Northwestern agreed to a contract extension with coach Chris Collins. Collins is 29-36 in two seasons. … Kentucky announced the addition of junior-college All-America Mychal Mulder. Playing the past two seasons at Vincennes University in Indiana, the 6-4, 185-pound shooting guard averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds as a sophomore.
Women's college basketball: Maryland guard Lexie Brown decided to leave the school after two seasons. Brown averaged 13.3 points per game last season and was selected to the All-Big Ten first team.
Auto racing: Conor Daly will replace James Hinchcliffe for this weekend's IndyCar doubleheader in Detroit. Hinchcliffe has been hospitalized since suffering a life-threatening leg injury during practice for the Indy 500.