Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is led off the track by a groom after losing the Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Decision day may be at hand for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.


Posted: September 3, 2015, 3:41 am
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) -- Wild in the Saddle scored an upset victory by three-quarters of a length in the $108,330 Tranquility Lake Stakes for older fillies and mares Wednesday at Del Mar.
Posted: September 3, 2015, 1:34 am
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Alto Racing's Azar rallied to beat Next Shares by three-quarters of a length Wednesday in the Grade 2 $200,000 With Anticipation for 2-year-olds at Saratoga Race Course.
Posted: September 2, 2015, 8:30 pm

Jockey Victor Espinoza arrives for the 2015 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, California July 15, 2015.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

(Reuters) - American Pharoah jockey Victor Espinoza on Wednesday appealed his $15,000 fine for donning a company's logo on his boots during last Saturday's Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, his attorney said. The New York State Gaming Commission on Monday handed down the fine to the 43-year-old Triple Crown-winning jockey for having the logo of energy drink company Monster Energy on his boots and on his last name on his pants. American Pharoah, the first horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes since Affirmed in 1978, finished second to Keen Ice in the $1.6 million Travers in Saratoga Springs, New York.


Posted: September 2, 2015, 5:55 pm
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The second-place finish of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah at the Travers Stakes was watched by 3.4 million viewers on NBC.
Posted: September 1, 2015, 10:20 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Racing Commission has suspended operations - meaning horse and dog racing tracks cannot take bets - amid legislative funding squabbles.
Posted: September 1, 2015, 9:36 pm

This artists rendering provided by Churchill Downs shows some of the upgrades planned for the clubhouse at Churchill Downs. Churchill Downs is nearing the starting gate for another construction project that will upgrade its clubhouse to maximize revenue from the Kentucky Derby, continuing a nearly $200 million renovation phase since 2001 that has given the historic track a facelift. The $18 million project starting in late fall will renovate space on the clubhouse's third and fourth floors, track officials said Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. (Churchill Downs via AP)

Churchill Downs is nearing the starting gate for another construction project that will upgrade its clubhouse to maximize revenue from the Kentucky Derby, continuing a nearly $200 million renovation phase since 2001 that has given the historic track a facelift. The $18 million project starting in late fall will renovate space on the clubhouse's third and fourth floors, track officials said Tuesday. Ticket prices in the sections start at $1,450 per seat for a package that includes the Derby and Kentucky Oaks, including food and beverages, officials said.


Posted: September 1, 2015, 8:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hambletonian champion Pinkman goes for the second jewel in the Triple Crown of trotting on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.
Posted: September 1, 2015, 6:39 pm
Britain's former Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton finished second in her first ride as an amateur jockey at Ripon on Monday. The 34-year-old, who won two Olympic gold medals, steered Royal Etiquette to second place after being awarded her Category A licence having made her debut in a charity event at Newbury in July. Royal Etiquette, a 14-1 shot, started slowly but made up ground to move level with the leader Chocolate Diamond.
Posted: August 31, 2015, 6:21 pm

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (2), with Victor Espinoza is led off the track after losing to Keen Ice in the Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

On the morning after a startling upset at the Travers Stakes, a small gathering of fans visited racing's biggest celebrity. This group on Sunday morning was considerably smaller than the throng of 15,000 that watched American Pharoah take a routine gallop two days earlier. American Pharoah had not lost since his career debut last August at Del Mar. Since then, the bay Pioneerof the Nile colt had reeled off eight straight wins, seven of them in Grade 1 races, including his historic sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont this spring.


Posted: August 31, 2015, 2:08 am

In this image provided by Benoit Photo, Stellar Wind, with Victor Espinoza aboard, wins the Grade III, $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes horse race Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

Stellar Wind won the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 4 1/4 lengths Sunday at Del Mar. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Stellar Wind ran a mile in 1:36.43 and paid $3, $2.20 and $2.10. Espinoza returned from Saratoga in upstate New York at midnight after riding Triple Crown champion American Pharoah to a second-place finish in the Travers.


Posted: August 31, 2015, 1:06 am
After watching Valid chase the leader to get third in the Salvator and second in the Monmouth Cup, trainer Marcus Vitali decided a different strategy and a new jockey were needed. Vitali wanted to take the fight to Bradester immediately, and he entrusted the job to Nik Juarez.
Posted: August 30, 2015, 11:21 pm
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Lady Shipman broke the Mellon turf course record for 5 1/2 furlongs Sunday, winning the $100,000 Smart N Fancy in 1:00.46 at Saratoga Race Course.
Posted: August 30, 2015, 9:20 pm

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2008, file photo, trainer Bart Cummings, left, holds a Melbourne Cup winner's trophy after jockey Blake Shinn, right, riding

Bart Cummings, one of Australia's most successful racehorse trainers who won the Melbourne Cup a record 12 times, has died at the age of 87. Cummings' grandson and training partner James said in a statement that Cummings died in his sleep early Sunday at the family homestead at Castlereagh, west of Sydney. In 1965, 1966, 1974, 1975 and 1991, Cummings trained both the first- and second-place horses in Australia's richest and most prestigious race.


Posted: August 30, 2015, 2:52 pm
* Cummings dies in his sleep aged 87 * Cummings trained record 12 Melbourne Cup winners * Tributes flow in from the racing world (Adds tribute from Australian Prime Minister) SYDNEY, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Bart Cummings, one of Australia's most successful and celebrated horse racing trainers, died on Sunday, aged 87. "His final moments were spent with his family and wife of 61 years, Valmae, with whom he celebrated their anniversary on Friday," Cummings' grandson and training partner James said. "For Bart, aged 87, this was a fitting end.
Posted: August 30, 2015, 5:42 am

Race fans watch racing action prior to the running of the Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

The day after American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes and became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, trainer Bob Baffert already was leery of Saratoga in the summer. The track lived up to its reputation as the ''Graveyard of Favorites'' when 16-1 long shot Keen Ice beat American Pharoah by three-quarters of a length in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes - a result that still seems hard to believe. ''I feel bad for the horse getting beat like that,'' a disappointed trainer Bob Baffert said.


Posted: August 30, 2015, 3:08 am

In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, Patriotic Diamond and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the $150,000 Generous Portion Stakes horse race Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) -- Gimme Da Lute won the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes by a half-length Saturday at Del Mar for trainer Bob Baffert, who was across the country watching his Triple Crown champion American Pharoah lose at Saratoga.


Posted: August 30, 2015, 1:40 am
Factbox on Australia's most successful horse trainer Bart Cummings, who died on Sunday aged 87. * Worked for his father as a strapper, helping him prepare Comic Court for the 1950 Melbourne Cup with the stallion, carrying 59kgs, winning the 3,200m handicap race by three lengths in an Australasian record of three minutes, 19.5 seconds. MELBOURNE CUP * Entered his first horse, Asian Court, in the Melbourne Cup in 1958, though it finished a distant 12th to winner Baystone.
Posted: August 30, 2015, 12:56 am
* Cummings saddled 12 Melbourne Cup victories * Claimed 268 Group One wins in celebrated career (Adds details) SYDNEY, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Bart Cummings, the most successful horse trainer in Melbourne Cup history, has died in Sydney. Cummings won the Melbourne Cup, Australia's richest weight-for-age horse race that 'stops the nation' on the first Tuesday in November, a record 12 times. "For Bart, aged 87, this was a fitting end," James said in a statement on his official website.
Posted: August 29, 2015, 11:57 pm
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) -- Photo Call moved to the lead around the far turn and held off Cushion by three-quarters of a length in the $100,000 Violet Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.
Posted: August 29, 2015, 10:45 pm

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