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01/10/2019 07:17 PM Kentucky Derby purse gets first boost in 14 years Churchill Downs said the prize money will be increased from $2M to $3M, with the winner bringing home $1.86M.
01/17/2019 07:50 PM Santa Anita cancels racing after heavy rain inundates track ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Santa Anita has canceled its eight-race card because of wet weather after 3+ inches of rain dropped on the Southern California racetrack in three days.
01/14/2019 05:56 PM '3-horse spill' hospitalizes jockeys, 2 horses euthanized LAUREL, Md. (AP) -- Authorities say a ''three-horse spill'' during a race in Maryland sent three jockeys to the hospital and led to two horses being euthanized.
01/06/2019 02:48 AM Gunmetal Gray rallies to win Sham Stakes by 1 length ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Gunmetal Gray rallied from last to win the $100,000 Sham Stakes by a length, giving the gray colt qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.
01/05/2019 10:43 PM Jockey Espinoza back in saddle after injury Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza was back in the saddle Saturday, five months after he was seriously injured when his mount died under him in a training run. Espinoza, 46, suffered fractured vertebrae and other serious injuries in the July 22 accident at Del Mar racetrack. "I feel good
01/05/2019 09:32 PM Jockey Espinoza returns to exercising horses after injury ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza has returned to exercising horses at Santa Anita for the first time since being seriously injured in a training accident last summer.
01/05/2019 04:32 PM Horse of Year finalists: Justify, Accelerate, Monomoy Girl HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Justify and Accelerate never got to face off on the track. Instead, they'll duel for Horse of the Year.
12/25/2018 10:13 AM Enable, Winx make history as Justify captures Triple Crown Enable and Australia's leading equine lady Winx cemented their places in racing's record books in a 2018 season that produced a landmark Melbourne Cup success for Godolphin and a Triple Crown for Justify. Over jumps the Grand National was captured by Tiger Roll, the smallest horse in the field
12/25/2018 02:09 AM Might Bite out to prove he is king of Kempton Defending champion Might Bite heads the betting to take revenge on his Gold Cup conqueror Native River in a potentially vintage King George VI Chase at Kempton on Wednesday. Nicky Henderson's chaser justified strong favouritism in the Boxing Day showpiece 12 months ago, before coming off second
12/15/2018 11:17 PM Horse racing: Pimlico racetrack should be demolished and rebuilt, study says A new study suggests a $424-million demolition and rebuilding of the deteriorating Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore which annually hosts the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of thoroughbred horse racing's Triple Crown. The course, which opened in 1870 and is the second-oldest race track in the United
12/13/2018 06:58 PM Report: Track that hosts Preakness should be demolished The nearly 150-year-old Baltimore track that hosts one of America's premier horse races should be torn down and rebuilt at a cost of $424 million, according to a report issued Thursday. The Maryland Stadium Authority, in the second phase of a comprehensive study of Pimlico Race Course, recommends
12/06/2018 10:09 AM Riding legends the real McCoy for aspiring jockeys Bob Champion battled back from cancer to win the Grand National whilst record breaking AP McCoy broke nearly all the bones in his body before finally triumphing in the world's greatest steeplechase at his 15th attempt. Indeed he and McCoy gave four young riders some advice at Ascot racecourse last
12/05/2018 10:42 AM Racing legend Piggott hospitalised Lester Piggott, widely regarded as the greatest ever flat race jockey, has been admitted to hospital although his family say it is for purely precautionary reasons. The 83-year-old, who rode 30 British Classic winners including a record nine Epsom Derbies, has suffered from heart issues in the past.
12/02/2018 09:53 PM Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza aims for Jan comeback Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza is aiming to return to riding in January, six months after he was seriously injured in a training accident. The 46-year-old rider says he had an MRI recently and ''it came out perfect.'' Espinoza says he doesn't need surgery and his spinal cord
12/01/2018 02:43 AM Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez rides 6,000th win Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez rode his 6,000th career winner in North America, guiding Singapore Trader to victory Friday at Aqueduct. The 47-year-old rider began his career in his native Puerto Rico before coming to the U.S. in 1990, when he rode 109 winners.
11/26/2018 06:23 PM Frank Mirahmadi to take over as Santa Anita race caller ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Frank Mirahmadi will become Santa Anita's new race caller when the winter meet begins Dec. 26, replacing Michael Wrona who was let go after two years.
11/13/2018 03:14 AM Horse takes left turn out of gate, jock lands in parking lot Wild Verse took a hard left shortly after the start of a race at Del Mar and wound up jumping a rail and hedge. After jumping a rail and hedge alongside the chute that leads to the main track, the 3-year-old gelding trained by Peter Miller galloped away in the area east of the show horse arena and satellite
11/13/2018 02:31 AM Rick Pitino's equine namesake falls to 0-5 at Del Mar DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) -- It's another loss for Pitino the horse.
11/10/2018 10:18 PM Exercise rider Odanis Acuna dies in training accident Churchill Downs says exercise rider Odanis ''Cuba'' Acuna died in a training accident when his horse broke down with catastrophic injuries. The 42-year-old rider for trainer Kenny McPeek was breezing unraced 2-year-old New York Harbor when the horse fell about a sixteenth of a mile before
11/06/2018 08:48 AM Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup for Godolphin stable English stayer Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, gave Dubai-based Godolphin stable its first Melbourne Cup with victory in Australia's largest and most prestigious horse race on Tuesday. It was only Cross Counter's eighth start, but he had missed a top-two finish only once.
11/05/2018 02:05 AM Foreign raiders set sights on Australia's Melbourne Cup Irish trained five-year-old Yucatan will likely start favorite in Australia's Melbourne Cup, expected to be run on a soft track at Flemington racecourse. Trained at Tipperary by regular Cup campaigner Aidan O'Brien, Yucatan became favorite for the 158th running of the two-mile handicap on Tuesday
11/04/2018 02:17 PM Man arrested after drunkenly stealing and riding a horse at the Breeders' Cup A drunk Kentucky man was arrested at the Breeders' Cup on Saturday after attempting to steal and ride a horse around the track.
11/04/2018 12:47 AM Accelerate wins Breeders' Cup Classic Accelerate made trainer John Sadler's first Breeders' Cup victory a big one, winning the $6 million Classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Sadler was 0-44 in Breeders' Cup starts coming into the 1 1/4-mile showpiece of the $30 million festival, including a close call in the Mile earlier
11/04/2018 12:37 AM Enable makes Turf history as Accelerate wins Breeders' Cup Classic Enable cemented her superstar status with an unprecedented Turf triumph and Accelerate gave trainer John Sadler a first Breeders' Cup winner in the Classic as the $30 million racing extravaganza returned to Churchill Downs. Enable, the four-year-old filly trained by John Gosden, became the first
11/04/2018 12:36 AM Accelerate wins Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs Even if he isn't recognized as this year's top thoroughbred, Accelerate all but assured his place as North America's best older horse. Accelerate took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off Gunnevera to win the $6 million Classic by a length Saturday, strengthening his bid for Horse
11/04/2018 12:03 AM Horse racing: Enable storms into history with Breeders' Cup Turf win Enable battled from behind to win the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf in thrilling fashion at Churchill Downs on Saturday, becoming the first horse to win this race and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the same year. The British-trained four-year-old has now won 10 of her last 11 starts and continues
11/03/2018 11:44 PM Horse racing: Accelerate wins Breeders' Cup Classic "We've brought a lot of horses here so I think we should get some credit for that." Jockey Joel Rosario said winning the 14-horse race against a deep and talented field was anything but easy. "You can tell I had to ride him really hard," an out of breath Rosario said while still
11/03/2018 10:07 PM Horse racing: Expert Eye wins Breeders' Mile after late surge Expert Eye responded to a late push by jockey Frankie Dettori to secure victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on Saturday, becoming only the second British-trained horse to win the race. It was the 13th career Breeders' Cup win for Dettori and first Grade One victory
11/03/2018 10:06 PM Horse racing: Monomoy Girl cruises to Breeders' Cup Distaff win Monomoy Girl (9-5) finished a length ahead of Wow Cat (6-1) and a length and a half clear of Midnight Bisou (5-1). It was the sixth straight Grade One win for Monomoy Girl and the first career Breeders' Cup victory for trainer Brad Cox. "She has been training so well coming into this and she
11/03/2018 10:04 PM Horse racing: Enable storms to Breeders' Cup Turf win Enable battled from behind to win the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf in thrilling fashion at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The back-to-back Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winning filly, a 4-5 bet, edged 10-1 Magical, who came in second, and 37-1 Sadler's Joy, who finished a distant third in the 1 1
11/03/2018 09:50 PM Arc winner Enable captures historic Breeders' Cup Turf Enable became the first horse to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders' Cup Turf in the same year on Saturday as she held off Magical to triumph at Churchill Downs. "She conquered America! She's done it," ecstatic jockey Frankie Dettori said after Enable showed all
11/03/2018 08:47 PM Monomoy Girl wins Breeders' Cup Distaff Monomoy Girl cruised to victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff on Saturday, French-born jockey Florent Geroux guiding her to the win on the Churchill Downs track where she won the Kentucky Oaks in May. The decision paid off as Monomoy Girl held on for the win over the fast closing Wow Cat
11/03/2018 08:15 PM Expert Eye swoops in late for Breeders' Cup Mile win Frankie Dettori piloted Expert Eye to victory in the final strides of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday. Trainer Michael Stoute admitted the sight of Expert Eye languishing near the back of the pack early had made him nervous. "Frankie
11/03/2018 07:22 PM Roy H wins second straight Breeders' Cup Sprint Roy H became just the second horse to repeat as winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint with a victory in the $2 million, six-furlong race at Churchill Downs on Saturday. This time around in Kentucky, he was well backed at 5-2 and justified his price with another dominant victory under jockey Paco Lopez
11/03/2018 07:01 PM SisterCharlie wins Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf SisterCharlie surged late to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf on Saturday at Churchill Downs, edging European favorite Wild Illusion. John Velazquez was aboard the Chad Brown-trained SisterCharlie, notching his 16th career Breeders' Cup win 20 years after capturing his first
11/03/2018 05:36 PM Stormy Liberal wins Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Stormy Liberal won the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on Saturday, repeating his triumph in the same race at Del Mar last year. Trained by Peter Miller and ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Stormy Liberal went off at odds of 7-1 and prevailed by a neck over World of Trouble after
11/03/2018 12:30 AM Game Winner takes charge late to win Breeders Cup Juvenile Game Winner's latest triumph included bumps along the way. Game Winner overcame an early bump to surge down the stretch, then pulled away from long shot Knicks Go after another nudge to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile by 2 1/4 lengths Friday at Churchill Downs. ''This is a huge win for
11/02/2018 11:42 PM Horse racing: Baffert's Game Winner wins Breeders Cup Juvenile Game Winner, who was an even money bet at post time, was followed by 40-1 Knicks Go, who finished second, and 67-1 Signalman, who came in third. It was not a pretty victory as the chestnut colt, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, did not break well from the gate and bumped into Knicks Go while making his
11/02/2018 11:29 PM Line of Duty gives Europe gritty win in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Line of Duty charged late for a gritty victory in the Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs on Friday, giving trainer Charlie Appleby a remarkable third Breeders' Cup winner in five attempts. Jockey William Buick piloted the Godolphin's Galileo colt to Europe's lone victory on the opening day
11/02/2018 09:31 PM Newspaperofrecord delivers in Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Newspaperofrecord romped to victory in the Juvenile Fillies Turf as frontrunning youngsters lit up Churchill Downs Friday on the opening day of the $30 million Breeders' Cup. Newspaperofrecord, trained by Chad Brown and sent off a 3-5 favorite, leapt out of the gate and shot to the front under Irad
11/02/2018 05:42 AM Breeders' Cup bumped up to 14 races, $30 million in purses LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Breeders' Cup is back in familiar surroundings at Churchill Downs, with an additional stakes race bumping the two-day program to 14 and prize money up to a record $30 million.
11/01/2018 11:32 PM Mendelssohn, Roaring Lion poised to challenge Accelerate in Classic Don't let the absence of Triple Crown hero Justify fool you -- there's plenty of talent in Saturday's $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. "These horses, the field, they've made over $36 million -- that's remarkable," said US trainer Bob Baffert -- who
10/31/2018 08:52 PM Arc winner Enable eyes unprecedented double in Breeders' Cup Turf Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Enable can fashion a dream ending to what started as a "nightmare" year with a victory in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The John Gosden-trained filly didn't get her four-year-old season underway until September
10/30/2018 07:02 PM Classic seeks recognition without Triple Crown champ Justify The reigning Triple Crown champion is not part of the field for this weekend's Breeders' Cup Classic. The same argument could be made that this Breeders' Cup might still end up as a bettors' delight. Justify, the Triple Crown champion who was forced into retirement by an ankle problem
10/30/2018 01:24 AM Accelerate favored in Breeders' Cup Classic from No. 14 post Accelerate, the California-based 5-year-old who has won five of six starts this year, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic after drawing the far outside No. 14 post for the $6 million race. West Coast, one of two entries trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, is the 5-1
10/28/2018 10:02 PM Cot Campbell, who innovated horse racing ownership, dies W. Cothran ''Cot'' Campbell, the South Carolina horseman who pioneered shared ownership of race horses and was an advocate for the American racing thoroughbred industry, has died. Campbell made his mark in 1969 when he introduced syndicated ownership, which features numerous owners sharing
10/27/2018 07:06 AM Mighty Winx wins record fourth Cox Plate Wonder mare Winx cemented her place in horse racing history Saturday, winning a record fourth Cox Plate and 29th race in a row. Run over 2040m and named after William Cox, who founded the Melbourne Racing Club, it has been held since 1922. With long-time jockey Hugh Bowman in the saddle, she forged
10/26/2018 10:36 AM As states chase sports betting gold, addicts left in the cold "I raised the white flag in my own mind," Wasserman, 63, said of the day he decided to seek help for a problem that had secretly consumed hundreds of thousands of dollars, his retirement savings and his career. "I knew that it was D-day." Wasserman is now more than three years into
10/25/2018 01:58 AM Accelerate tops entries for 14-horse Breeders' Cup Classic The Breeders' Cup World Championships has its biggest field of pre-entries along with a new race, which means plenty of story lines. Accelerate leads the 14-horse field for the Breeders' Cup Classic, which will offer the 5-year-old a rematch against West Coast in a marquee race that's missing
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