Latest from Chuck Culpepper

Bob Baffert, long horse racing’s irreverent king, sits on a precarious throne

Baffert is the the white-haired, sunglasses-prone face of horse racing. He’s also the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, whose positive test left the sport reeling.
  • May 14, 2021

Medina Spirit heads to Preakness without Bob Baffert; testing on colt’s sample continues

As Medina Spirit’s second test sample is sent out to a lab, trainer Bob Baffert takes to Fox News in the wake of his suspension by Churchill Downs.
  • May 11, 2021

Medina Spirit, the Kentucky Derby winner, heads into the Preakness under a cloud after drug test

The news comes not long after Medina Spirit provided a record seventh Kentucky Derby win for trainer Bob Baffert, the affable, 68-year-old king of horse racing.
  • May 10, 2021

The next steps for the NCAA allowing athletes to be paid will be two meetings in May and June

Mark Emmert told the New York Times he is hoping for approval of new NIL guidelines “before, or as close to, July 1.”
  • May 9, 2021

The origin story of Medina Spirit, a Derby winner born on a patch of Florida dirt and sold for $1,000

The Kentucky Derby winner's story starts in Ocala, Fla., where he was born in 2018 on a random patch of dirt in the corner of a wee field.
  • May 8, 2021

James Madison football is used to playing in big games — just not in May in the Texas heat

James Madison will take on Sam Houston in an FCS semifinal on Saturday in Huntsville, Tex.
  • May 7, 2021

Medina Spirit wins the Kentucky Derby to give Bob Baffert a record seven titles and a rare upset

The afterthought also gave jockey John Velazquez a fourth Derby win, a second consecutive and a third in the past five years.
  • May 1, 2021

Mac Jones’s dad learned how to be a sports parent by playing and coaching tennis

Mac Jones's draft position has been the topic of endless speculation. He was prepared for this moment, in part, because his father let him blossom with his own will as a primary guide.
  • Apr 28, 2021

British soccer fans, united in Super League despair and loathing, learn they do not walk alone

Liverpool fans loathed the Super League, and Everton fans loathed the Super League, and that’s because pretty much all fans of any heritage loathed the Super League.
  • Apr 24, 2021

With confidence and calm, Hideki Matsuyama ends Japan’s long wait for a Masters title

Matsuyama became the first Japanese man to win a major title Sunday, capturing the Masters by one shot over Will Zalatoris.
  • Apr 11, 2021