Nine-time Irish champion jockey and 2016 Epsom Derby winner Pat Smullen has died. Horse Racing Ireland said Smullen, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2018, died in a Dublin hospital on Tuesday. Britain's Press Association said Smullen's initial treatment had been positive, but he suffered a relapse.
Posted: September 16, 2020, 1:30 am
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Honor A. P. has been retired because of an injury suffered in the Kentucky Derby, where he finished fourth.
Posted: September 15, 2020, 12:53 am
Opening day of Santa Anita's fall season will be pushed back a week until Sept. 25 because of poor air quality caused by a wildfire burning near the Southern California racetrack. The city of Arcadia, home to Santa Anita, ordered the residents of one neighborhood to evacuate as the fire that began Sept. 6 in the mountains north of the track continued to grow. The fire has cast a shroud of smoke that has given Los Angeles some of its worst air quality in decades.
Posted: September 14, 2020, 11:23 pm
The Breeders' Cup in November will be held without spectators, joining the Triple Crown races in having only essential personnel and participants on hand because of the coronavirus pandemic. The world championships are set for Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. The decision announced Saturday was made after consultation with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, Keeneland, local and state government and public health officials as well as independent medical experts.
Posted: September 12, 2020, 10:05 pm
For the first time since 1909, the song "Maryland, My Maryland" will not be played at the Preakness Stakes because it contains lyrics that celebrate the Confederacy.
Posted: September 12, 2020, 2:07 pm
The official state song ''Maryland, My Maryland'' will not be performed before the Preakness next month because the lyrics are perceived by some to be racist. A spokesperson for Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness, said Friday the tradition of playing the song before the race will be scrapped on Oct. 3, when the Triple Crown series comes to Baltimore. The action is a follow-up of a statement by Maryland Jockey Club on June 25 in response to Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones' move to abolish ''Maryland, My Maryland'' as the state song due to its roots to the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Posted: September 11, 2020, 6:55 pm
A key House committee on Wednesday gave bipartisan approval to legislation to create national standards for the horse racing industry to prevent fatalities and discourage illegal medication practices. The Senate's top Republican said he would press to pass the bill before the year is out. ''Our bill delivers commonsense medication and track safety standards that protect America's horses and jockeys, needed progress that will put this popular and historic sport on track for a strong recovery and a bright future,'' said top sponsor Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., whose district is home to Saratoga Race Course, a premier racetrack.
Posted: September 10, 2020, 12:06 am
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY. (AP) -- Saratoga Race Course completed its 40-day meet and its all-sources handle topped $700 million for the second consecutive year despite being conducted without fans.
Posted: September 9, 2020, 1:16 am
Briefly off the radar to set himself straight, Authentic now might have to get used to having a target on his back. Bob Baffert's latest star achieved that by blowing past Kentucky Derby favorite Tiz the Law to win going away Saturday at Churchill Downs. Tiz the Law's team suggested after the Derby that the colt would be there, with owner Jack Knowlton adding to ''hopefully win that and get some revenge.'' Baffert sounded just as eager Sunday as he digested Authentic's 1 1/4-length victory over the 3-5 favorite at Churchill Downs.
Posted: September 6, 2020, 9:13 pm
Bob Baffert endured the lowest of lows and highest of highs within minutes in the Kentucky Derby. Then Baffert found himself down again, literally, getting knocked to the grass by a skittish Authentic in the winner's circle.
Posted: September 6, 2020, 2:34 am
For John Velazquez, his third Kentucky Derby win was as charming as the first. It was certainly stunning for the Hall of Fame jockey who guided Authentic to a wire-to-wire victory on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Tiz the Law gave it a shot down the stretch, but Authentic won by 1 1/4 lengths.
Posted: September 6, 2020, 2:28 am
Authentic held off heavily favored Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law to capture the 146th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, giving trainer Bob Baffert a record-equalling sixth victory in the Run for the Roses.
Posted: September 6, 2020, 1:05 am
Authentic took charge early and held off race favorite Tiz the Law down the stretch to win the 146th Kentucky Derby in a wire-to-wire performance that gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his sixth victory. Tiz the Law got close entering the stretch before Authentic pulled away to win the race run without spectators at Churchill Downs.
Posted: September 5, 2020, 11:30 pm
Authentic, ridden by John Velazquez, set the early pace and maintained his speed down the stretch in the 1-1/4 mile classic, which was held without spectators due to the COVID-19 crisis. Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law looked well placed to overhaul the 8-1 shot as they made it around the final turn but could not close the gap and finished second in the 146th running of the race. The win capped an emotional day for Baffert.
Posted: September 5, 2020, 11:21 pm
The 2020 Kentucky Derby was held four months late and without spectators.
Posted: September 5, 2020, 11:08 pm
The 16-horse field is stacked with long shots offering the potential for a great payday.
Posted: September 5, 2020, 3:25 pm
Merely contending on the big stage wasn't good enough for Shedaresthedevil, who went on to hammer her name into racing history. The 15-1 long shot won the Kentucky Oaks in record time, overtaking favorite Gamine at the top of the stretch and holding off Swiss Skydiver for a 1 1/2-length victory Friday in the 146th Kentucky Oaks for fillies at Churchill Downs. ''She broke very sharp and I was able to stalk Gamine all the way,'' said jockey Florent Geroux, who also won the Oaks two years ago aboard Monomoy Girl.
Posted: September 5, 2020, 12:18 am
The only certainty for the Kentucky Derby is that Tiz the Law is going to be the overwhelming favorite when the long-delayed race finally happens Saturday. Tiz the Law was installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite; his odds rose to even money by Friday afternoon and might uptick a bit more before the race begins.
Posted: September 4, 2020, 11:02 pm
Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite in 31 years - but just about everything else makes the 146th edition unlike any other. ''It's going to be weird,'' said five-time Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert. None of the cheering - or cursing after losing wagers - from 150,000 fans will be heard this year at Churchill Downs, where America's longest continuously held sports event will go on Saturday, four months later than usual.
Posted: September 4, 2020, 9:31 pm
The field for the Kentucky Derby has been reduced to 16 after Finnick the Fierce was scratched on Friday. The Derby on Saturday will have its fewest starters since 2003, when Funny Cide beat 15 rivals. King Guillermo, owned by former major league All-Star Victor Martinez, was scratched because of a fever.
Posted: September 4, 2020, 4:17 pm
The Kentucky Derby dream of Victor Martinez is over. The retired five-time All-Star catcher owns King Guillermo, who was set to run in Saturday's 146th Derby. Named for Martinez's father, King Guillermo moved into the Derby picture in March with a victory in the Tampa Bay Derby at 49-1 odds.
Posted: September 4, 2020, 2:11 am
Change is slow in coming to the Kentucky Derby. From being run on the first Saturday in May to the playing of ''My Old Kentucky Home'' since 1921, tradition rules America's most famous race. The coronavirus pandemic forced the 146th Derby to be pushed back to Labor Day weekend, the first time since 1945 that it won't be held on its usual May date.
Posted: September 4, 2020, 1:37 am
The British Horseracing Authority was already working with the owners of Southwell racecourse to look into the circumstances behind six equine fatalities there from July 1 to Aug. 24. The death of two more horses at the track in central England on Thursday led to racing being suspended at Southwell. ''This is to allow a comprehensive investigation to take place,'' the BHA and Arena Racing Company said in a joint statement.
Posted: September 3, 2020, 9:48 pm
Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. What happened next set horse racing off on a yearlong odyssey of chaos: from a historic DQ to doping, from lawsuits to a pandemic, and now a Triple Crown turned upside down. A victory in the 146th Derby on Saturday would put the colt bred in upstate New York in position to become racing's 14th Triple Crown winner going into next month's Preakness.
Posted: September 2, 2020, 9:49 pm
The Preakness Stakes will be run at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Oct. 3 without fans, making it a spectator-free sweep of the three Triple Crown races this year because of the global pandemic. The Maryland Jockey Club and Stronach Group that owns and manages Pimlico made the announcement Wednesday that fans wouldn't be allowed in for the Preakness that was rescheduled from its original May 16 date. Stronach Group chairman and president Belinda Stronach said the company and Maryland racing had been working with state and local health officials to set a plan for the Preakness.
Posted: September 2, 2020, 9:04 pm
There are a lot of long odds on the board, which could lead to some substantial payouts on exotic wagers.
Posted: September 2, 2020, 3:37 pm
"If we’re asking the people of Kentucky to watch it at home, I’m going to watch it at home, too.”
Posted: September 2, 2020, 1:45 am
For Kentucky governors, it's a coveted perk - presenting the trophy to the Kentucky Derby winner as a huge national television audience watches. Instead, the Democratic governor said Tuesday that he'll watch the race from home, just like all the race fans who won't be able to cram into the Louisville track because of the coronavirus pandemic. This would have been Beshear's first Derby trophy presentation as governor, though he watched his father, Steve Beshear, do the honors during two terms as Kentucky's governor.
Posted: September 1, 2020, 10:20 pm
Kentucky Derby favorites will need to take the long route toward winning the Run For The Roses. Tiz the Law is the 3-5 morning-line favorite for the 146th Derby and will attempt to become the first winner from the No. 17 post position drawn for Saturday's rescheduled marquee race for 3-year-olds. Not that trainer Barclay Tagg is fazed by the spot.
Posted: September 1, 2020, 8:42 pm
Tiz the Law, a 3-5 morning line favorite, will start from the No. 17 post in the 146th Run for the Roses on Saturday, which was postponed from its traditional first Saturday in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held without fans. Art Collector, who is unbeaten in four starts this year including two at Churchill Downs, suffered a minor injury to his left front and will be unable to compete in the 1-1/4 miles classic, owner Bruce Lunsford said on Tuesday. The absence of Art Collector is good news for Sackatoga Stable's Tiz the Law, who won last month's Travers Stakes in dominant fashion.
Posted: September 1, 2020, 8:00 pm
The fastest two minutes in sports will also be the quietest in Kentucky Derby history. Churchill Downs scrapped plans earlier this month for 23,000 physically distanced, masked fans to attend Saturday's rescheduled Triple Crown race due to the rise in coronavirus cases. The Derby has followed other sports and events in running without fans - including the Belmont Stakes in June - but the unusual scenario for the Triple Crown's marquee event has been hard for some to grasp, including horsemen used to prepping horses for huge crowds.
Posted: August 31, 2020, 9:45 pm
Looking to halt doping scandals and horse deaths marring their sport, thoroughbred racing leaders Monday announced the launch of an integrity and safety authority to create national standards replacing the patchwork of state regulations overseeing the industry. The authority will help set industry-wide standards for medication use, track surfaces and other safety standards to protect thoroughbreds and their riders and ensure the sport's integrity. The long-discussed initiative will be backed by federal legislation to be introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Posted: August 31, 2020, 9:11 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer, is back at his Churchill Downs barn after recovering from COVID-19.
Posted: August 31, 2020, 7:30 pm
Gamine is the even-money morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Oaks after drawing the No. 5 post position Monday in the marquee race for 3-year-old fillies. Swiss Skydiver will start from the No. 1 post as the 8-5 second choice at Churchill Downs, with Speech at 5-1 from the No. 4 post. Jockey John Velazquez will ride the Bob Baffert-trained Gamine, who enters the Oaks with consecutive Grade 1 victories by nearly 26 lengths combined and won three of four career starts this year.
Posted: August 31, 2020, 5:56 pm
The yellow school buses are on reserve. Jack Knowlton and his merry band from Sackatoga Stable are back at the Kentucky Derby for the first time in 17 years. Tiz the Law is 4-0 this year, winning by a combined 16 1/2 lengths.
Posted: August 31, 2020, 3:39 pm
Delia Bushell was one of 19 witnesses interviewed as part of a review into allegations about her conduct and the findings made it ''untenable'' for her to stay in the role, the organization's board said. The former BT Sport and Sky executive was given the job little more than a year ago. The Jockey Club, which owns a number of high-profile tracks including Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom and Newmarket, said an independent barrister had submitted a detailed report to a sub-committee of the board last week.
Posted: August 30, 2020, 9:13 pm
The Trump administration's immigration squeeze and the hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic threaten to leave the horse racing industry short of workers, racing officials warn as they prepare for a reconfigured Kentucky Derby. The racing world's premier event, rescheduled to take place Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, hasn't been severely hampered by the looming labor shortage so far. ''It's such a moving target that can change so rapidly,'' trainer Dale Romans said.
Posted: August 30, 2020, 8:30 pm
Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law finished his final workout on Saturday with a week to go before he's expected to compete as the probable favorite in the Kentucky Derby. The colt ran five furlongs in 59.21 seconds at Saratoga in upstate New York, while some of his rivals put in their final serious preparation elsewhere. ''It may have been a little faster than he needed to go but the track was very fast, too,'' trainer Barclay Tagg said.
Posted: August 29, 2020, 8:35 pm
Jockeys riding in the rescheduled 146th Kentucky Derby have to arrive by Monday and then quarantine upon returning to their home tracks, just one of many changes forced by the coronavirus pandemic. Initially, Churchill Downs had proposed an arrival date of Aug. 24 - nearly two weeks before the Derby on Sept. 5. The out-of-state riders already had to take a COVID-19 test last Monday and have the results reviewed by Churchill Downs.
Posted: August 29, 2020, 7:13 pm
A federal appeals court has upheld the decision by Churchill Downs stewards that made Country House the winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby. This year's Derby is Sept. 5 after being rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati on Friday affirmed a U.S. District Court decision to dismiss a lawsuit by Gary and Mary West, who own Maximum Security.
Posted: August 28, 2020, 9:01 pm
The California Horse Racing Board has voted to proceed with a complaint seeking the disqualification of Justify from his victory in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby based on laboratory findings that show his post-race sample tested positive for scopolamine. The racing board won't file a complaint against Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert because of what it called ''substantial evidence'' that the scopolamine resulted from environmental contamination from jimson weed. Baffert had denied giving the horse scopolamine, and blamed the contamination on jimson weed, which grows wild in California.
Posted: August 27, 2020, 8:25 pm
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) -- A 4-year-old gelding died Monday during training at Del Mar, the second fatality during the summer meet.
Posted: August 24, 2020, 11:36 pm
Maximum Security won the $500,000 Pacific Classic by three lengths at Del Mar on Saturday, the star-crossed colt's second victory since moving to the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Maximum Security ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.24. Sharp Samurai stuck close to pacesetter Maximum Security, but could not get past him.
Posted: August 23, 2020, 3:12 am
The Kentucky Derby will run without fans for the first time, Churchill Downs announced Friday, citing increasing COVID-19 cases in the area. It will be the second Triple Crown race this year without spectators, following the Belmont Stakes in June. The Derby and Kentucky Oaks for fillies were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Posted: August 21, 2020, 10:48 pm
Next month's 146th Kentucky Derby, the second event in US horse racing's Triple Crown, will be contested without spectators, Churchill Downs announced Friday.
Posted: August 21, 2020, 9:57 pm
Jim Crowley admits to a stubborn streak but it served him well in switching from riding over jumps to the flat despite "nine out of 10 people" warning him he would not make it.
Posted: August 20, 2020, 1:14 am
Ridden by Joe Bravo, Pneumatic took the lead with about a quarter of a mile to go and got to the finish line 2 1/4-lengths in front of Jesus' Team. Coming into the Pegasus, Pneumatic was 22nd on the Kentucky Derby points list with 25 points.
Posted: August 15, 2020, 10:32 pm
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Kentucky Derby winner, is recovering after recently testing positive for COVID-19. ''Wayne recently tested positive for COVID-19 and has since been isolating at home and following CDC and health care provider recommendations,'' his grandson posted on Wednesday. Lukas, who turns 84 in September, is ''on the road to recovery and looks forward to getting back to the track,'' his grandson wrote.
Posted: August 13, 2020, 5:18 pm
A horse running at odds of 300-1 became the longest-priced winner in the history of racing in Britain and Ireland on Thursday. The longest-priced winner in Britain had previously been Equinoctial, a 250-1 shot, at Kelso in November 1990. In Ireland, the biggest outsider to win a race was Killahara Castle at 200-1 in December 2017.
Posted: August 13, 2020, 4:04 pm
Mel Stute, who trained Snow Chief to victory in the 1986 Preakness and the Eclipse Award as the nation's best 3-year-old male, died Wednesday. Gary Stute said his father had been bedridden since falling and injuring his knee last month. The colt finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby, but two weeks later won the Preakness under Alex Solis by four lengths over Derby winner Ferdinand, who was ridden by Hall of Famer Bill Shoemaker.
Posted: August 12, 2020, 10:33 pm