Indian sports authorities announced Saturday they will hold trials for a buffalo jockey whose record-setting performance in a traditional footrace has seen him compared to Usain Bolt. On a track of muddy slush, Srinivas Gowda ran 142.50 metres in 13.62 seconds on January 31, setting a record in the
Posted: February 15, 2020, 5:46 pm
Country House, the horse who won the Kentucky Derby in 2019 after the first horse over the finish line was disqualified, has been retired because of a foot ailment. Blackwood Stables on Friday said Country House won't race again after being treated for laminitis in his right front foot. Significant
Posted: February 15, 2020, 7:31 am
Country House's owners said the horse had first been admitted to an equine hospital in June suffering from laminitis and had experienced complications from which he was still recovering. "We anticipate that he will make a full recovery, but because of the laminitis and the subsequent steps
Posted: February 15, 2020, 3:12 am
A horse died on the training track at Santa Anita last weekend, the sixth death at the track since late December. A 6-year-old gelding named Double Touch and trained by John Sadler suffered what was described as a ''sudden death'' on Saturday, according to an incident report on the track
Posted: February 12, 2020, 1:22 am
Tiger Roll's bid to become the first horse to win the Grand National three times in a row hangs in the balance after the owner's manager said being allocated a top weight of 11 stone 10 pounds (74 kilogrammes) on Tuesday is a "little disappointing". The 10-year-old gelding last year
Posted: February 11, 2020, 5:14 pm
It’s going to be even harder for Tiger Roll to win another Grand National and become the first horse to do an unprecedented “three-peat” in racing’s most gruelling steeplechase. Tiger Roll was on Tuesday handed the top handicap weight of 74 kilograms for the 2020 Grand National - five kilograms more
Posted: February 11, 2020, 4:03 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Nadal won the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes by three-quarters of a length on Sunday, giving trainer Bob Baffert another Kentucky Derby possibility.
Posted: February 10, 2020, 1:02 am
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Storm the Court, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and last year's 2-year-old champion, is among 347 3-year-old thoroughbreds made eligible during the early nomination period to compete in this year's Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont stakes.
Posted: February 5, 2020, 7:21 pm
The gate, which is being designed and constructed by Australian-based Steriline Racing, will eliminate the wide gap between post position No. 14 in the standard gate and No. 15 in the auxiliary gate, Churchill Downs said in a news release. "We believe that a new custom-made, 20-stall starting gate
Posted: February 3, 2020, 9:20 pm
Horses running in the Kentucky Derby will break from a new custom-made 20-stall starting gate for the 146th edition in May. Churchill Downs said Monday the new contiguous gate will eliminate the wide gap between post position No. 14 in the standard gate and No. 15 in the auxiliary gate. The six-stall
Posted: February 3, 2020, 8:24 pm
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert got his 3,000th career victory when Thousand Words won the $100,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Saturday. Thousand Words won by three-quarters of a length in the Grade 3 race named for Baffert's late client. The colt ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.64 at Santa Anita to earn
Posted: February 2, 2020, 2:35 am
Pierre-Charles Boudot, the jockey who rode the winner in the 2019 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, was questioned Thursday by investigators along with a woman who has accused him of rape. Boudot, 27, considered one of the best jockeys in the world, has been under investigation since the woman filed a
Posted: January 30, 2020, 2:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Larry Collmus is out and John Imbriale is in as race caller and track announcer at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga.
Posted: January 29, 2020, 11:38 pm
The corporate owner of a New Orleans horse racing track appeared before Louisiana's Racing Commission on Monday to address a surge in horse deaths there. Mike Ziegler, executive director of racing for Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc., presented a list of potential reforms for the commission to
Posted: January 28, 2020, 4:52 pm
Face Time Bourbon won Sunday's centenary edition of the Prix d'Amerique, the harness trotting championship staged at the Vincennes track in Paris, first run in 1920 in tribute to American soldiers who fought in World War I. With Swede Bjorn Goop driving, the well-fancied five-year-old was a
Posted: January 26, 2020, 7:07 pm
There was a frothy cappuccino in a tall glass mug on the table in front of Belinda Stronach. The chairman and president of The Stronach Group - which owns and operates several horse tracks, including Santa Anita - said in an interview with The Associated Press that the deaths of about 40 horses at that
Posted: January 26, 2020, 4:45 pm
Irad Ortiz Jr.’s move paid off, and Mucho Gusto’s earnings more than doubled in a couple of minutes. Ortiz made a last-minute decision to take the mount aboard Mucho Gusto, and picked the right time to let the 4-year-old kick into high gear Saturday in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at
Posted: January 25, 2020, 11:25 pm
The Prix d'Amerique, founded as a tribute to the American soldiers who fought in World War I, celebrates its centenary on Sunday with last year's winner Belina Josselyn facing 17 rivals in pursuit of trotting's most prestigious prize. First run in 1920 at Vincennes, the hippodrome on the
Posted: January 25, 2020, 11:17 am
Bricks and Mortar had a perfect year, and the Eclipse Award voters gave his team a historic night. After going 6 for 6 - all on the turf - at six tracks last year, Bricks and Mortar and his connections swept all the top honors at horse racing's year-end awards for 2019 on Thursday night, winning
Posted: January 24, 2020, 2:55 am
The Pegasus World Cup Invitational took two major hits Thursday, with the top choices for the race being scratched over health concerns. Heavily favored Omaha Beach was scratched because of concerns over swelling in his right hind leg, and that means his career is now over since Saturday was going to
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:41 pm
Omaha Beach has been installed as the favorite for Saturday���s $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the final race of his career. The 4-year-old who was the morning line favorite for the Kentucky Derby last season but had to miss the entire Triple Crown series after throat surgery will be retired
Posted: January 22, 2020, 8:29 pm
Empire Maker, who won the 2003 Belmont Stakes to spoil Funny Cide's Triple Crown bid and went on to become a prolific stallion, died of a rare disease that compromised his immune system. Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, said Monday that Empire Maker died Saturday. Empire Maker won the 2003
Posted: January 21, 2020, 6:04 am
Five horses have died at Santa Anita this season, which is less than a month old.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:35 pm
California's famed Santa Anita Park faced fresh scrutiny on Monday after three horses died over the weekend at the racetrack. Santa Anita officials confirmed that a four-year-old gelding which had been training at the track on Sunday had been euthanised after suffering undisclosed injuries in an
Posted: January 20, 2020, 6:41 pm
A third horse died in three days at Santa Anita when it collided with another horse during training hours on Sunday. Tikkun Olam, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Eric Kuljac, was euthanized because of his undisclosed injuries. Santa Anita has had five horse deaths since Dec. 26, two days before the
Posted: January 20, 2020, 4:14 am
Two horses have died in two days of racing at Santa Anita, where four deaths have occurred since last month. Uncontainable and Harliss were both euthanized after breaking their right front ankles. Uncontainable was injured in a turf race on Saturday.
Posted: January 19, 2020, 5:02 am
Frankie Dettori says instinct rather than an historic third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Enable this year will be the decisive factor in telling him when to call time on his legendary riding career. "I am 49 now, this (his body) is what decides for me how long I can keep going," he told
Posted: January 17, 2020, 9:36 am
A report on the death of Mongolian Groom in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita says veterinarians missed opportunities to remove the gelding from the $6 million race because of time constraints or deficiencies in the process used to evaluate horses. In the 20-page report issued Wednesday,
Posted: January 15, 2020, 11:07 pm
An evaluation report released Wednesday on Mongolian Groom, who was euthanized after a breakdown in last November's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita, found the gelding ran with a pre-existing injury. The report by Dr. Larry Bramlage, from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, was released by
Posted: January 15, 2020, 8:14 pm
Trainer Mick Ruis sued the California Horse Racing Board on Monday, alleging it intentionally failed to discharge its public duty when the board hid and subsequently dismissed Justify's positive drug test in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby. Ruis trained and owned Bolt d'Oro, who finished second in
Posted: January 14, 2020, 3:25 am
Horse of the Year finalist Maximum Security was one of 17 horses formally invited on Sunday to compete in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational later this month at Gulfstream Park. Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up and McKinzie also earned an invite, as did Eclipse Award finalist Omaha Beach. Maximum
Posted: January 5, 2020, 7:43 pm
Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Authentic ran a mile in 1:37.57 on Saturday. Baffert, who has won the Sham a record six times, also saddled second-place finisher, Azul Coast, who was last early and rallied to finish 1 1/2 lengths in front of Zimba Warrior.
Posted: January 4, 2020, 11:37 pm
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Bricks and Mortar had a perfect 2019 record and might have a couple more trophies coming his way.
Posted: January 4, 2020, 7:06 pm
A horse broke down in the last race at Santa Anita on Wednesday, the track's first racing death of the winter-spring meet after a spate of deaths last year. Golden Birthday took a bad step in the stretch and jockey Victor Espinoza fell off while trying to pull up the 4-year-old gelding trained by
Posted: January 2, 2020, 3:47 am
Omaha Beach won the $300,000 Malibu Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths on opening day at Santa Anita, giving Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith a record 217th Grade 1 victory. Smith surpassed the mark set by retired Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey to become thoroughbred racing's all-time Grade 1 stakes-winning jockey
Posted: December 29, 2019, 4:31 am
Clan Des Obeaux won the King George VI Chase on Thursday for the second year in a row to give trainer Paul Nicholls a record 11th success in the race as he saddled the first two home on Thursday. The three-mile (4.8 kilometre) steeplechase at Kempton Park, southwest of London, has long been a Boxing
Posted: December 26, 2019, 5:00 pm
Around a third of Americans said that a series of high-profile race horse deaths this year, many of them at Southern California's famed Santa Anita Park, had soured their opinion of the sport, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos. Among those familiar with horse racing, about 38% said they like it,
Posted: December 24, 2019, 3:44 pm
Santa Anita is postponing the opening day of its winter-spring meet by two days to Dec. 28 ahead of next week's forecast that calls for rain. The Southern California racetrack announced its decision on Saturday. Santa Anita last opened on Dec. 28 in 1971.
Posted: December 22, 2019, 2:14 am
An investigation into the deaths of dozens of horses at California's famed Santa Anita racetrack has found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing or animal cruelty, prosecutors in Los Angeles said Thursday. "After a thorough investigation and review of the evidence, the district attorney's
Posted: December 20, 2019, 1:16 am
Though 56 horses have died at Santa Anita since July 2018, an investigation by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office found no criminal wrongdoing.
Posted: December 20, 2019, 12:30 am
There was no criminal animal cruelty or unlawful conduct at Southern California's Santa Anita Park this year despite a spate of high-profile horse deaths, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said on Thursday. Investigators looked at a decade's worth of data and found that 49 horses
Posted: December 19, 2019, 11:27 pm
California prosecutors found no evidence of animal cruelty or other crimes during an investigation into a spike in horse deaths at Santa Anita Park racetrack over the past year, according to a report issued Thursday. A task force formed by the Los Angeles district attorney found the 49 deaths at the
Posted: December 19, 2019, 9:44 pm
Two horses have died at Los Alamitos racetrack in Orange County, adding to the death toll at Southern California tracks this year. A 4-year-old gelding named Mighty Elijah and a 4-year-old gelding named Into a Hot Spot both died after Saturday's first race. According to the race chart, Mighty Elijah
Posted: December 15, 2019, 11:30 pm
One of the horses was trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who has been banned from two racetracks.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 10:46 pm
The Pegasus World Cup races at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, next month will require horses to be medication-free on race day and will have substantially reduced purses from the previous three editions of the event. The Stronach Group, which operates Gulfstream, announced the significant
Posted: December 15, 2019, 9:45 pm
The New York Racing Association will shut down stabling and training at Aqueduct beginning Jan. 1 in an effort to consolidate operations at Belmont Park. About 250 horse are stabled at Aqueduct, while the majority of starters in races there travel over from Belmont, which is located nine miles away.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 12:39 am
Jockeys riding in California wouldn't be able to strike a horse to make it run faster or be allowed to whip in an overhand motion under a proposed amendment approved by the California Horse Racing Board on Thursday. The rule now goes to a 45-day public comment period after which the regulatory body
Posted: December 13, 2019, 12:36 am
The California Horse Racing Board's report on the high rate of horse deaths at Santa Anita earlier this year is being delayed. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has begun a parallel investigation, but its results have yet to be announced.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 6:19 pm
Maximum Security concluded a tumultuous season with a decisive victory Saturday in the $750,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct. Maximum Security was the first horse to be disqualified for interference in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby. The 3-year-old trained by Jason Servis and owned by Gary and
Posted: December 7, 2019, 10:47 pm
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Saratoga Race Course will again have races five days a week next summer.
Posted: December 3, 2019, 10:12 pm