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09/23/2018 12:28 AM McKinzie wins $1M Pa Derby off 6-month break for Baffert BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) -- McKinzie returned from a six-month layoff to win the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by 1 3/4 lengths for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
09/22/2018 11:00 PM Trainer Leatherbury wins 6,500th career race in Maryland LAUREL, Md. (AP) -- Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury earned his 6,500th career victory when 16-1 shot Happy Lantern won at Laurel Park.
09/21/2018 09:19 PM Shirley Day Smith, fixture among racing media, dies at 99 NEW YORK (AP) -- Shirley Day Smith, who spent more than 60 years as an assistant in the press office of the New York Racing Association and its predecessors, has died. She was 99.
09/21/2018 04:27 PM Churchill's next project to offer rooftop views of the Derby Churchill Downs is adding rooftop views to its lineup of high-dollar seating for the Kentucky Derby. The track's parent company said Friday that a new rooftop garden offering prime spots overlooking the start of America's most famous horse race will be ready in time for next year's Derby
09/21/2018 04:55 AM Injured jockey Victor Espinoza plans a return to riding Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza is planning a comeback after fracturing a vertebra in his neck during a training accident at Del Mar. Beach says Espinoza has remained in San Diego, where he goes to rehab sessions three days a week and goes walking three times a day. The 46-year-old Hall
09/20/2018 06:00 PM Gulfstream's Championship Meet to set purse, stakes records Gulfstream Park's upcoming championship meet will have a record 105 stakes, combining to offer another record of $29 million in purses. It's highlighted by the Pegasus World Cup Championship on Jan. 26, with a $9 million dirt race and a newly added $7 million turf race. Other top days on the
09/18/2018 04:27 PM Big-money Pegasus World Cup adds turf race for 2019 return The Pegasus World Cup is back, and now has a second race. The Stronach Group announced Tuesday the 2019 Pegasus will be a two-race event, one a $9 million race on the dirt and now a $7 million turf race will be part of the Jan. 26 card at Gulfstream Park as well. The first two Pegasus World Cups only
09/16/2018 01:52 AM Irad Ortiz Jr. rides 2,000th career winner at Belmont Park NEW YORK (AP) -- Irad Ortiz Jr. rode his 2,000th career winner, guiding Gambler's Fallacy in the sixth race at Belmont Park.
09/16/2018 01:33 AM Kim K the filly wins $100,000 Debutante in 2nd career race LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) -- Kim K made a splash in her second career start, winning the $100,000 Barretts Debutante at Los Alamitos.
09/07/2018 04:44 PM Winless racehorse gets first-ever win...in one-horse race Windsun Magnolia got her first career win in an unusual way.
09/04/2018 07:00 PM Saratoga season ends with 2nd highest all-sources handle SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Saratoga Race Course has ended its 150th season with its second highest all-sources handle while topping 1.1 million in attendance for the third consecutive year.
09/04/2018 02:22 AM J.R. Todd goes back-to-back in Funny Car at Indy BROWNSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- J.R. Todd successfully defended his Funny Car title at the Chevrolet Performance Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway on Monday.
09/03/2018 05:11 AM The Latest: Sheriff: Man shot after concert tickets argument The San Diego Sheriff's Department says a man who was told no more tickets were available to an Ice Cube concert at a racetrack was shot by a sheriff's deputy after he fired his gun into a crowd. The department says the man was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. A sheriff's deputy
09/02/2018 07:11 PM Sam the Bugler to play final notes at Saratoga Sam the Bugler is set to blow his final notes. Sam Grossman, longtime bugler for the New York Racing Association, is retiring on Monday. The day's fifth race will be named in his honor and Grossman will be honored in a winner's circle ceremony.
09/02/2018 02:01 AM Adventure, dust and partying at Australia outback horse races A small desert town in Australia's remote outback was transformed into a non-stop two-day carnival as thousands of people travelled across the vast continent to watch the Birdsville Races. Lonely Birdsville, on the edge of the Simpson Desert in Queensland state, some 1,900 kilometres (1,180 miles
09/01/2018 11:12 PM Trainer Chad Brown breaks own mark with 41 wins at Saratoga Chad Brown has broken his own record for victories by a trainer in a single meet at Saratoga, earning his 41st. Spirit Animal won the sixth race Saturday at the upstate New York track to push Brown to the mark. Brown won 40 races to earn the trainers' title at the 2016 summer meet.
08/30/2018 05:16 AM Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith to be honored by NTWB Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith will be honored by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters with the Mr. Fitz Award. The Hall of Fame rider will receive the award, named for longtime trainer ''Sunny Jim'' Fitzsimmons, for typifying the spirit of racing at the group's 59th
08/27/2018 10:15 PM Longtime Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher dies at 62 John Asher's devotion to the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs and horse racing were obvious anytime he was asked about those subjects, often weaving them together in entertaining tales. Asher, the longtime Churchill Downs spokesman and executive known for his love of horse racing and his encyclopedic
08/25/2018 11:35 PM Catholic Boy wins Travers Stakes at Saratoga Catholic Boy proved he could win on turf. With jockey Javier Castellano aboard in the Travers Stakes, Catholic Boy proved he's not too shabby on dirt, either. On a day when trainer Chad Brown saddled the top two favorites as he chased his first victory in the Travers at his hometown track, Catholic
08/24/2018 10:02 PM Dettori leads Stradivarius to $1.28m bonus YORK, England (AP) -- Frankie Dettori rode 4-11 favorite Stradivarius to victory in the 2-mile Lonsdale Cup Stakes on Friday, a win that earned owner Bjorn Nielsen, trainer John Gosden and the 4-year-old colt's stable staff a 1 million pounds ($1.28 million) windfall.
08/24/2018 08:39 PM Chad Brown, on home track, has 2 favorites for Travers It's my home track,'' said Brown, a trainer who grew up in nearby Mechanicville, New York. The 39-year-old Brown has a great shot at a breakthrough victory in the $1.25 million Midsummer Derby on Saturday. Good Magic, fresh from his victory in the $1 million Haskell, will break from post
08/23/2018 04:40 PM Horse racing: Johnston breaks all-time British training record Mark Johnston became the most prolific winning trainer in the history of British horse racing on Thursday when he saddled his 4,194th victorious runner at York. Poet's Society, a 20-1 outsider ridden by one of Britain's most celebrated jockeys Frankie Dettori, won a handicap chase to push the
08/23/2018 03:43 PM Johnston's British racing landmark is poetry in motion Mark Johnston became Britain's most successful winning trainer on Thursday when Poet's Society won at York's prestigious Ebor meeting eliciting roars from the packed stands. The 58-year-old England-based Scotsman -- whose first winner came in 1987 with Hinari Video at modest Carlisle --
08/23/2018 03:10 PM Johnston's British landmark is poetry in motion Mark Johnston became Britain's most successful winning trainer on Thursday when Poet's Society won at York's prestigious Ebor meeting eliciting roars from the packed stands. The 58-year-old England-based Scotsman -- whose first winner came in 1987 with Hinari Video at modest Carlisle --
08/22/2018 03:22 PM The Lion roars for Gosden in International Stakes Roaring Lion produced a standout performance to give trainer John Gosden his first win in the Juddmonte International Stakes in a classic edition of the all-aged Group One at York's Ebor meeting on Wednesday. Oisin Murphy set sail for home early in the straight on Roaring Lion (3/1) and he was never
08/22/2018 01:08 AM Good Magic the favorite for Travers Stakes SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Good Magic, the Kentucky Derby runner-up who was fourth in the Preakness, is the favorite for Saturday's $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
08/19/2018 07:41 PM Jockey Victor Espinoza requires round-the-clock care after devastating accident Victor Espinoza details his recovery after his debilitating fall at Del Mar race track.
08/19/2018 03:18 AM Accelerate runs away with Pacific Classic at Del Mar Trainer John Sadler woke up feeling confident on Pacific Classic day, believing he had the best horse in the field. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Accelerate ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.83 at the seaside track north of San Diego. The winning margin was the largest in the race's 27-year history, bettering
08/19/2018 12:23 AM Santa Anita to rename race in honor of American Pharoah ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Santa Anita will rename a Grade 1 stakes race in honor of 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah.
08/18/2018 06:49 AM Horse racing: Winx beats Black Caviar's record with 26th straight win Australian champion thoroughbred Winx claimed a Group 1 race named in her honor at Royal Randwick on Saturday to notch a national record 26th successive win and overhaul the great Black Caviar. The seven-year-old mare trained by Chris Waller eased into her work in the A$500,000 ($366,000) Winx Stakes
08/18/2018 06:30 AM Wonder mare Winx smashes Black Caviar record Wonder mare Winx smashed legendary sprinter Black Caviar's Australian win record Saturday when she made it 26 in a row at a race named in her honour. "She heard the crowd erupt with 250m to go and she just dropped (her head) and went for it," said Bowman, who has ridden Winx to 25 of her
08/17/2018 06:13 PM Santa Anita, Keeneland, Del Mar are Breeders' Cup sites LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The Breeders' Cup has chosen Santa Anita, Keeneland and Del Mar to host its World Championships from 2019-2021 respectively, continuing its recent venue rotation between California and Kentucky tracks.
08/10/2018 09:53 PM Rick Pitino, years after stripper scandal, sees his horse Party Dancer win at Del Mar Rick Pitino has found competitive success on the horse racing scene, if not common sense.
08/05/2018 12:48 AM Diversify wins Grade 1 Whitney in slop at Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Diversify won the $1.2 million Whitney by 3 1/2 lengths over Mind Your Biscuits in the slop Saturday at Saratoga.
08/04/2018 10:36 PM Altanta becomes 14th filly to win Hambletonian Atlanta became the 14th filly winner in Hambletonian history Saturday at the Meadowlands, taking the famed $1 million trotting race for 3-year-olds in an emotional victory for the Canadian father-son team of Rick and Scott Zeron. Atlanta was the first Hambletonian starter for Rick Zeron after 43 years
08/03/2018 10:10 PM Jockey Victor Espinoza in neck brace at home after accident Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza is wearing a neck brace while recovering at his San Diego home after fracturing a vertebra during a training accident at Del Mar. Agent Brian Beach says on Twitter that the 46-year-old rider spent 11 days in the hospital and at a rehabilitation facility. Espinoza
08/03/2018 06:52 PM Filly Atlanta takes on colts in $1.2 million Hambletonian EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Atlanta will try to become the first filly to win the Hambletonian in 22 years when she takes on 17 rivals in trotting's most prestigious event at the Meadowlands.
08/03/2018 04:43 PM Cot Campbell among new inductees in Racing Hall of Fame SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Dogwood Stable President Cot Campbell is among the newest members of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
08/01/2018 03:27 PM Lightning Spear at last hits Group One target Veteran Lightning Spear finally won a Group One race on Wednesday, after finishing in the first three on six previous occasions, when he landed the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. The seven-year-old -- trained by David Simcock -- was delivered with precision timing by Oisin Murphy to pass Expert
07/31/2018 04:27 PM Stradivarius has million pound bonus in sight after 'glorious' win Stradivarius moved to within one win of a million pound ($1.3million, 1.1million euros) bonus with a gritty display on Tuesday to take the Group One Goodwood Cup for a second successive year. The John Gosden-trained stayer -- who won the Ascot Gold Cup last time out -- took the feature race on the first
07/30/2018 02:07 PM Ebony and ecstasy for young riders in London haven The gentle neighing of horses, some chewing on fodder, some being saddled as trains trundle past sounds like an idyllic rural scene in England -- this though is the Ebony Riding Club in south London. Children of all ages, some with behavioural problems and some of the most disadvantaged in the capital
07/29/2018 11:12 PM Good Magic romps in $1 million Haskell at Monmouth Park The colt, ridden by Jose Ortiz and trained by Chad Brown, took command on the final turn and opened a clear lead on the way to the third win in an eight-race career. ''The horse was training great,'' Brown said. The race unfolded with 45-1 shot Roaming Union taking the lead with Good
07/29/2018 04:05 AM Ransom the Moon wins Bing Crosby, Prat earns 4th win in race DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) -- Ransom the Moon rallied on the far outside to win the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths for the second straight year at Del Mar on Saturday, while jockey Flavien Prat tied a record with his fourth consecutive win in the Grade 1 race.
07/29/2018 12:07 AM Tenfold wins the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Distracted at the top of the stretch by the infield television and drifting far to the right as he challenged for the lead, Tenfold recovered nicely under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. and held off Flameway by three-quarters of a length on Saturday to win the 55th running of the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga
07/28/2018 03:27 PM Stoute has last word in record King George success Legendary trainer Michael Stoute won a record sixth King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday with Poet's Word on the same track where a month ago he became the most successful ever trainer at Royal Ascot. The 72-year-old Barbados-born handler -- whose first winner of the race was the
07/27/2018 11:16 PM Agent: Jockey Espinoza moves from hospital to rehab facility Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza has been moved to a rehabilitation facility to recover from a fractured vertebra in his neck sustained during a training accident. Agent Brian Beach tweeted Friday that Espinoza had left the hospital, where he had been up and walking around in the days after being
07/26/2018 09:19 PM Good Magic is the favorite for the Haskell Invitational OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) -- Good Magic, the Kentucky Derby runner-up who was fourth in the Preakness, has been made the favorite for the $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.
07/26/2018 01:22 AM Triple Crown winner Justify retired from racing Triple Crown winner Justify was retired from racing Wednesday because of fluid in his left front ankle. Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify's owners said caution over the horse's ankle condition made it impossible to tell if he'd be healthy enough to race by the fall. ''What a way to
07/25/2018 08:51 PM Triple Crown winner Justify has been retired from horse racing Legendary horse Justify has been retired more than a month after his Triple Crown victory.
07/25/2018 08:02 PM Triple Crown winner Justify retired from racing (Reuters) - Justify, the undefeated winner of U.S. thoroughbred racing's coveted Triple Crown this year, has been retired from racing, his connections announced on Wednesday. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy won all of his six career starts, most notably the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and
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