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03/15/2019 10:26 PM Investigation looking into rise of horse deaths The office will send investigators to work with the California Horse Racing Board after 22 horses have died at Santa Anita racetrack since Dec. 26.
03/20/2019 05:19 PM Baltimore sues to block move of Preakness Stakes Baltimore has ratcheted up a bitter dispute with the owners of a historic racetrack in an effort to seize a nearly 150-year-old course and block the move of one of America's premier horse races out of the city where it was first run in 1873. Under state law, the Preakness Stakes - the middle jewel
03/18/2019 10:36 PM Sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah dies at 13 VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) -- WinStar Farm says that stallion Pioneerof the Nile, sire of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, has died.
03/17/2019 08:00 PM Santa Anita set to resume racing on March 29 Santa Anita plans to resume racing on March 29, pending approval of new safety and medication rules by the California Horse Racing Board. The track, along with Golden Gate Fields in Northern California, and the Thoroughbred Owners of California reached agreement late Saturday to enact the most stringent
03/17/2019 01:31 AM Omaha Beach beats Game Winner in Rebel 2nd division HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) -- Omaha Beach edged 1-2 favorite Game Winner on Saturday in the second division of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn after Long Range Toddy staged a neck upset in the first division.
03/16/2019 04:35 AM Prosecutors look into spate of horse deaths at Santa Anita Investigators with a prosecutors' office have been assigned to help look into 22 recent horse deaths at Santa Anita, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Friday. The investigators will work with the California Horse Racing Board as it probes the deaths, district
03/16/2019 12:54 AM Horse racing: Women jockeys make their mark at Cheltenham Frost collected the biggest cheer of the week when she became the first female jockey to win a Grade One race over jumps at The Festival on Thursday. The 23-year-old claimed one of the hardest fought battles to win the Ryanair Chase by little more than a length over Charlie Deutsch and Aso. Lizzie
03/15/2019 06:40 PM Boum, not bust at last for Mullins in Gold Cup Willie Mullins had waited a long time to emulate his father Paddy and train a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and at times he thought it would never happen, but on Friday Al Boum Photo delivered at last. For 62-year-old Mullins -- the all-time leading trainer at The Festival with 64 winners -- it ended the
03/15/2019 06:06 PM Horse racing: Al Boum Photo wins Cheltenham Gold Cup Al Boum Photo, ridden by Paul Townend, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday to give trainer Willie Mullins his first victory in the flagship race. The 12-1 shot beat Anibale Fly and Bristol De Mai as favorite Presenting Percy had a disappointing run. "It feels great," Mullins, who had trained
03/15/2019 04:14 PM Al Boum Photo snaps Mullins's Gold Cup jinx Irish trainer Willie Mullins ended years of frustrating near misses as Al Boum Photo won the blue riband of steeplechasing the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday. Mullins -- the most successful trainer at the Festival with 64 winners -- had finished runner-up six times and it looked as if his luck was out
03/14/2019 11:46 PM Santa Anita to ban medication, whips on race days Santa Anita will ban the use of medication and whips on racing days after the 22nd horse fatality in 2 1/2 months occurred at the historic track Thursday. The move by owner The Stronach Group would make Santa Anita the first racetrack in the nation to impose such restrictions in a sport that has taken
03/14/2019 11:00 PM Horse racing: Santa Anita vows changes after another horse dies "What has happened at Santa Anita over the last few weeks is beyond heartbreaking," Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of Santa Anita owner the Stronach Group, said in a statement announcing the changes. "It is unacceptable to the public and, as people who deeply love horses, to
03/14/2019 10:16 PM 22nd horse dies at Santa Anita track A 22nd horse has died at California's Santa Anita racetrack, officials confirmed Thursday, dealing a fresh blow to the course as it reels from a sharp rise in equine fatalities. The Daily Racing Form website reported that three-year-old filly Princess Lili B broke down near the finish line on Santa
03/14/2019 10:14 PM Horse racing: Frost makes history with Grade One win at Cheltenham Bryony Frost shed tears of joy when she became the first woman to ride a top-level Grade One Cheltenham Festival winner aboard Frodon in the Ryanair Chase on Thursday. Frost, 23, was cheered by a crowd of nearly 70,000 after 9-2 shot Frodon's front-running victory was secured by a length and a quarter
03/14/2019 06:40 PM Frost, Kelly and Lavelle turn Festival into 'Sport of Queens' Bryony Frost and Lizzie Kelly produced stunning front-running rides to land valuable prizes on a memorable emotion-packed third day of the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday. Frost made history in becoming the first woman jockey to win a Grade One race at the Festival with the valiant Paul Nicholls-trained
03/14/2019 05:52 PM The real Ladies Day: 2 female jockeys win at Cheltenham It was quite the day at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday. Bryony Frost became the first woman to ride a winner in a Grade One race at the prestigious meeting as Frodon held on for victory in the Ryanair Chase. Another female jockey, Lizzie Kelly, then followed up by steering Siruh Du Lac to victory
03/14/2019 04:18 PM Frost melts hearts as she rides to historic Festival win Bryony Frost made racing history on Thursday as she became the first woman jockey to ride a Grade One winner at the Cheltenham Festival on Frodon in the Ryanair Chase. Frodon and Frost found extra reserves when they looked about to be swamped entering the finishing straight, and even at the last it
03/14/2019 03:30 AM Horseracing: Frost riding the risk as she gears up to conquer Cheltenham If your body's not broken, your next horse could be your next winner, it's just your mentality." Her mentality is admired by one of the sport's most successful National Hunt trainers, Paul Nicholls, who employs Frost as a full-time stable jockey and lets her use some of his best horses
03/13/2019 07:16 PM Henderson's 'warrior' Altior soars to new heights Altior equalled the record for successive wins over jumps with his 18th on Wednesday, surviving a couple of scares to retain his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown at the Cheltenham Festival. The Nicky Henderson-trained Altior's 18-race unbeaten run -- he has never been beaten over obstacles -- equals
03/13/2019 04:08 PM Altior ties world record with 18th straight win over jumps Altior enhanced his reputation as jump racing's biggest superstar by winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival for a world record-equaling 18th straight victory. Racing in strong winds that nearly led to a cancellation of Day 2 of the prestigious meeting, Altior overcame
03/12/2019 06:19 PM Espoir D'Allen springs surprise as McManus wins eighth Champion Hurdle Irishman JP McManus went from despair to joy in the Champion Hurdle on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday as his two-time winner Buveur D'Air fell but outsider Espoir D'Allen carried his green and yellow silks to glory. The 68-year-old former bookmaker -- whose Buveur d'
03/12/2019 06:19 PM Poignant win for Klassical Dream's owner at Cheltenham Racehorse owner John Coleman never got to see one of his best runners, Klassical Dream, compete at the Cheltenham Festival. Eight months after dying from cancer, he was still there on Tuesday as the horse won the opening race of the 2019 meeting. Coleman's ashes were in the handbag of his wife,
03/12/2019 04:26 PM Espoir D'Allen springs surprise in Champion Hurdle Espoir D'Allen gave owner JP McManus rich compensation in the Champion Hurdle after his two-time winner Buveur d'Air fell in the feature race on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. For McManus it was his eighth win in the race but for both jockey Mark Walsh -- who gave the 16/1 shot a
03/12/2019 05:23 AM Jumps no obstacle to rise of female jockeys Women jockeys have made so much progress in recent years they are indistinguishable from their male rivals rising star Page Fuller told AFP. The two-time British Amateur Women Jumps jockey champion -- on the second occasion she rode more winners (16) than the men's champion -- will along with the
03/11/2019 04:44 AM Brexit cloud hangs over Irish racing ahead of Festival Irish racegoers will flock to England for the Cheltenham Festival this week with the threat of a no-deal Brexit looming over their industry. Cheltenham has been a lucrative advertisement for Ireland's racing prowess, with Irish-trained horses often beating their English rivals in what is the most
03/11/2019 01:11 AM Cheltenham - 'where David can slay Goliath' Jamie Snowden may not have the firepower of training powerhouses like Nicky Henderson or Willie Mullins but he says a winner at Cheltenham this week could propel him closer to their level. The 39-year-old Englishman trains 50 horses at the picturesque Folly House in Lambourn and is sending three runners
03/11/2019 12:31 AM Buveur d'Air, Altior and Native River back to defend Cheltenham crowns Buveur d'Air aims to join a select group of six three-time winners of the hurdling crown, including See You Then, trained like the 2017 and 2018 champion by Nicky Henderson. Henderson also runs Verana Blue, who toppled Buveur d'Air at Kempton over Christmas, and Brain Power.
03/10/2019 12:16 AM Horse racing: Santa Anita to re-open main track to training on Monday Santa Anita will open its one-mile main dirt track to limited training on Monday after it was closed for almost a week following the death of 21 horses over two months, officials at the famed Southern California race track said on Saturday. Training will be restricted to joggers and gallopers, Santa
03/09/2019 11:55 PM Haikal scores upset win in Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct NEW YORK (AP) -- Haikal won the $300,000 Gotham Stakes by one length at Aqueduct, earning 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.
03/09/2019 11:08 PM Santa Anita's dirt track to reopen for limited training Santa Anita will reopen its main dirt track for limited training Monday nearly a week after the historic racetrack was closed to training and racing in the wake of 21 horses dying since Deb. ''This track is in outstanding condition and it's ready for training,'' veteran track superintendent
03/08/2019 11:07 PM Column: Horse racing needs to clean up its act - or go away It was supposed to be one of the most thrilling days of the year at Santa Anita. Two big races at the historic Southern California track, including one of the top preps for the Kentucky Derby. After the deaths of nearly two dozen horses in less than three months, Santa Anita has called a halt to racing
03/08/2019 11:05 PM Horse racing: Key Kentucky Derby prep race off at Santa Anita A big weekend of racing including a test for Kentucky Derby hopefuls will not take place at famed Santa Anita on Saturday as officials seek to find out what led to the deaths of 21 horses at the Southern California track in the last two months. The San Felipe Stakes for three-year-old Kentucky Derby
03/08/2019 10:03 PM Horseracing: Frost riding the risk as she gears up to conquer Cheltenham If your body's not broken, your next horse could be your next winner, it's just your mentality." Her mentality is admired by one of the sport's most successful National Hunt trainers, Paul Nicholls, who employs Frost as a full time stable jockey and lets her use some of his best horses
03/08/2019 08:04 PM Santa Anita reopens training track while testing continues Santa Anita reopened its training track Friday while testing continues on its main dirt track to try to find out why 21 horses have died in the last two months. Horses were restricted to jogging or galloping on the three-quarter mile training track. No timed workouts were allowed on the surface that
03/07/2019 10:55 PM Santa Anita tested as hoof beats yield to sounds of silence The dirt track at eerily quiet Santa Anita is being tested extensively after the deaths of 21 thoroughbreds in two months forced the indefinite cancellation of racing and disrupted the workaday world of horses, trainers and jockeys. The sound of pounding hooves on the dirt was replaced Thursday by silence
03/07/2019 07:46 PM Correction: Turf Paradise-Horse Deaths story In a story March 6 about a Phoenix race track doing pre-race veterinary exams, The Associated Press reported erroneously that 50 horses euthanized during the 2017-18 season all occurred at Turf Paradise track in Phoenix. Turf Paradise plans to start giving pre-race veterinary examinations to all horses
03/07/2019 01:44 AM Inspection after 21 Santa Anita horse deaths starts Thursday An extensive testing inspection and review of Santa Anita's main track will begin Thursday in the wake of 21 horse deaths at the famed California race track since December 26. Santa Anita officials have suspended racing indefinitely and hired Dennis Moore, the track's superintendent from 2014
03/06/2019 04:35 AM Official: Santa Anita cancels racing after 21 horse deaths Santa Anita has canceled racing indefinitely to re-examine its dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that racing won't be held this weekend, when two
03/06/2019 04:11 AM Horse racing-Santa Anita cancels racing after latest horse death Santa Anita Park has canceled horse racing indefinitely after the latest in a series of horse fatalities at the renowned track. Santa Anita also announced on Tuesday that it has hired Dennis Moore, the former track superintendent, as a consultant to help lead study of the track surface that is causing
03/06/2019 03:05 AM Santa Anita halts racing after 21st horse dies at track Santa Anita has suspended racing indefinitely according to multiple reports Tuesday after officials confirmed a 21st horse has died at the California racetrack, fuelling fresh safety concerns at the fabled course over the spike in fatalities. The Daily Racing Form and Bloodhorse websites reported that
03/06/2019 12:40 AM A horse is dying once every 3.3 days at one of horse racing's biggest tracks this year There is clearly something very wrong at the Santa Anita racetrack, where 21 horses have died since Dec. 26.
03/04/2019 04:15 AM 20th horse dies at Santa Anita while racing on sloppy track Another horse has died at Santa Anita, making it 20 fatalities at the racetrack since its winter meet began on Dec. 26. Santa Anita officials announced Sunday that because of heavy rain forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, racing won't resume until Friday. Normally, racing would be held on Thursday
03/02/2019 11:37 PM Code of Honor wins Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Code of Honor went to the lead midway through the stretch and won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday, more than likely clinching a spot in the Kentucky Derby with the performance. Code of Honor finished the 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park in 1 minute, 43.85 seconds for trainer Shug McGaughey
03/02/2019 08:10 AM Winx breaks Group One world record with win at Randwick SYDNEY (AP) -- Seven-year-old mare Winx set a world record Saturday for Group One wins following a come-from-behind victory in the Chipping Norton Stakes at Royal Randwick.
03/02/2019 05:51 AM Winx sets Group 1 world record as she wins 31st in a row Mighty Australian mare Winx won a world record 23rd Group 1 race Saturday and stretched her unbeaten streak to 31 as the top-rated turf horse romped to victory once again. The best galloper on the planet, trained by Chris Waller, was odds on favourite at the 1600m Chipping Norton Stakes at Sydney'
03/02/2019 03:39 AM Roadster wins at Santa Anita, back on Ky Derby trail ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Roadster, idle since a third-place finish Sept. 3, returned to the races with a 2 1/2-length victory in the $57,000 feature at Santa Anita.
02/28/2019 02:33 AM Santa Anita to reopen after soil testing completed Santa Anita will reopen for training and racing Thursday after being closed for two days while testing of the soil from its dirt oval was conducted in the wake of 19 horse deaths during the winter meeting. Mick Peterson, a University of Kentucky track safety expert, pronounced the track ''one
02/27/2019 04:14 AM Santa Anita set to re-open Thursday after work on track Santa Anita will reopen for training and racing on Thursday after its main track was closed for evaluation in the wake of 19 horse deaths during the winter meeting. The track was closed for training on Monday and Tuesday so moisture content and soil consistency below the surface could be checked. Santa
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