Kauto Star, the two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner who was one of Britain's greatest and most popular racehorses, has been euthanized after sustaining pelvis and neck injuries in a fall in a paddock. Laura Collett, who rode Kauto Star in dressage following his retirement from jump racing in 2012, said in a Twitter post on Tuesday that ''a decision was made to put him to sleep'' after his injuries. Kauto Star, who was 15, won the King George VI Chase five times and became the first horse to regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Posted: June 30, 2015, 4:43 pm
Kauto Star, who captured the public's imagination with a string of stirring victories including two Cheltenham Gold Cup successes, has been put down after fracturing his pelvis in a fall. Regular jockey Ruby Walsh, who partnered him to 17 of his 23 wins said he had been "very lucky" to ride him. "He was an amazing horse to ride and an amazing horse to be part of and I loved every minute of riding him." Owner Clive Smith told the Racing Post: "I am devastated.
Posted: June 30, 2015, 9:40 am
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Long-shot Crucero won the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes by a neck Sunday on closing day of Santa Anita's spring meet.
Posted: June 29, 2015, 2:19 am
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) -- Salutos Amigos sat off the early speed before storming home to a 3 1/4- length victory over Uptown Boy in the $75,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.
Posted: June 28, 2015, 11:39 pm
La Verdad flaunted her class Sunday, cruising to a 7 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Dancin Renee Stakes for New York bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park. It was a third straight stakes win for the 5-year-old trained by Linda Rice. The Dancing Renee, a restricted race, was a much softer spot and La Verdad responded accordingly.
Posted: June 28, 2015, 9:22 pm
Hard Aces charged up the rail to win the $500,000 Gold Cup by a nose over Hoppertunity on Saturday at Santa Anita under Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza. Earlier in the day, Espinoza appeared in the winner's circle with Triple Crown champion American Pharoah and then denied Bob Baffert, who trains Hoppertunity and American Pharoah, the day's biggest prize in front of 21,528. ''I lost a little ground at the start from being bumped by Batti Man, he took me out of the race a little,'' said Espinoza, who was last in a field of 11 turning down the backside.
Posted: June 28, 2015, 2:45 am
I'm Already Sexy grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch and held off an inside charge by favorite Kenzadargent to capture the $100,000, Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes by a half-length at Monmouth Park on Saturday.
Posted: June 27, 2015, 10:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Include Betty swept by the field Saturday to win the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
Posted: June 27, 2015, 10:09 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Anytime Anyplace won the $58,000 feature for 2-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths Friday night at Santa Anita.
Posted: June 27, 2015, 3:11 am
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) -- Drawing Away Stable's Dedicated to Bob took the lead in the middle of the stretch and scored a neck-length victory over Golden Story on Friday in the $40,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park.
Posted: June 26, 2015, 11:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lubash, the 1-5 favorite, beat two rivals Friday in the $67,500 allowance feature on the turf for New York breds at Belmont Park.
Posted: June 26, 2015, 8:34 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Kung Fu Mambo won his U.S. debut by 4 1/4 lengths Thursday at Santa Anita after a 2 1/2-year layoff.
Posted: June 26, 2015, 12:31 am
The Breeders' Cup is just about four months away, and if Triple Crown winner American Pharoah shows up for the $5 million Classic as planned, the race could turn into one of the biggest celebrations in the sport's history. ''I'm sitting here, knocking wood,'' Breeders' Cup President Craig Fravel said Thursday. American Pharoah's next start since winning the Belmont Stakes on June 6 has yet to be decided, although trainer Bob Baffert has been clear that the Classic would be the colt's final race before he's retired to Ashford Stud, about 15 miles down the road from Keeneland.
Posted: June 26, 2015, 12:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) -- Carameaway led all the way Thursday to easily win the $75,000 allowance feature for New York bred fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
Posted: June 25, 2015, 9:35 pm
Leicester defence coach Phil Blake has been suspended for six months after being found guilty of two breaches of betting regulations last season, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Thursday. The two matches in question were Leicester's Champions Cup game against Toulon in December and a Premiership meeting with Newcastle in March. "This is the first such case that we know of in rugby union and is certainly the first brought under the relatively new Regulation 17 so this is new ground," RFU disciplinary panel chairman Christopher Quinlan said in a statement.
Posted: June 25, 2015, 4:23 pm
One of the most famous names in British horse racing will disappear at the end of the season, after the wife of the late Henry Cecil announced plans to retire as a trainer and sell her stables. Jane Cecil has held the trainer's license at Warren Place stables in Newmarket since the death of her husband in June 2013. Cecil says in a statement on her Warren Place website that ''Henry Cecil's executors are in the process of finalizing the sale'' of the stables and that she will stop training at the end of the flat-racing season.
Posted: June 25, 2015, 1:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hot Stones rolled to a three-length victory over Catch My Drift on Wednesday in the $85,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
Posted: June 24, 2015, 9:49 pm
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Saratoga Race Course kicks off its 147th season in just over four weeks, and the 40-day meet will include 69 stakes worth a record $18.7 million in purses.
Posted: June 22, 2015, 10:08 pm
NEWMARKET, England (AP) -- California Chrome is heading back to the United States without having competed in a race in Britain.
Posted: June 22, 2015, 11:43 am
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Right There rallied to win the $125,000 Landaluce Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 4 3/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.
Posted: June 22, 2015, 1:14 am