After nearly 50 years, the sun has set on a racing day at Calder for the final time. Diligent won the final race at the track formerly known as Calder on Saturday, ending a half-century run of racing at the facility that was rebranded several years ago as Gulfstream Park West. It was a fitting finish: Eddie Plesa Jr., a member of Calder's Hall of Fame, was the winning trainer in the final race at the facility.
Posted: November 28, 2020, 11:41 pm
The champion jockey of British horse racing was banned from riding for three months on Friday following a positive test for cocaine. The punishment was handed down by France Galop, four months after Murphy returned a positive test for metabolites of the drug in a test undertaken at Chantilly. Murphy, a 25-year-old jockey from Ireland, denied he had taken any drugs and requested a B sample.
Posted: November 27, 2020, 5:22 pm
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Golden Gate Fields has suspended live horse racing through the end of November because of the surging coronavirus.
Posted: November 19, 2020, 1:50 am
Churchill Downs says president Kevin Flanery will retire at the end of this year after 11 years in charge of the home of the Kentucky Derby. Flanery began as Churchill Downs Incorporated's vice president of national public affairs in December 2005 before becoming the historic track's 13th president in July 2009. Flanery said in a release Wednesday that growing up in the track's surrounding area provided an appreciation for what Churchill Downs means to the industry and community.
Posted: November 18, 2020, 11:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jockey Joel Rosario earned his 3,000th career victory in a race at Aqueduct in New York.
Posted: November 16, 2020, 12:41 am
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Authentic's track-record time in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland has been updated to 1:59.60 after a review of multiple sources and camera angles.
Posted: November 12, 2020, 12:20 pm
Authentic won the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic as Bob Baffert capped a troubled 2020 with two victories at Keeneland, where European raiders won all four turf races on Saturday in sometimes sensational style.
Posted: November 8, 2020, 1:25 am
Kentucky Derby winner Authentic, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by John Velazquez, won the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.
Posted: November 7, 2020, 11:28 pm
Horse racing has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic but is facing even tougher times ahead, according to a bleak assessment by Ascot' director of racing Nick Smith.
Posted: November 7, 2020, 2:07 am
Improbable (5-2) will be gunning for his fourth consecutive Grade One race win while Baffert, the sport's most successful trainer, is looking to secure a record-extending fourth victory in the 1-1/4 mile, $6 million contest. Other contenders in the 10-horse field are Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law (3-1) and Baffert's two other horses - Saudi Cup champion Maximum Security (7-2) and Kentucky Derby champion Authentic (6-1). The 67-year-old Baffert, who has also won six Kentucky Derbys as well as the Triple Crown in 2015 and 2018, has been under scrutiny after receiving medication complaints from regulators this year.
Posted: November 7, 2020, 12:33 am
Essential Quality seized control in the middle of the final stretch Friday to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and give trainer Brad Cox his second winner of the day at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.
Posted: November 6, 2020, 11:45 pm
Jockey Christophe Soumillon tested positive for Covid-19 at the Breeders' Cup and will miss the two-day racing showcase at Keeneland in Kentucky, organizers said Friday.
Posted: November 6, 2020, 6:26 pm
Here’s a closer look at some of the top contenders and potential wagering strategies for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Posted: November 6, 2020, 5:41 pm
Authentic and Tiz the Law clash again on Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland, where they'll contend with a deep field of older horses led by Improbable in the $6 million race.
Posted: November 5, 2020, 8:41 pm
Triple Crown winner Justify failed a drug test before his sweep in 2018.
Posted: November 5, 2020, 8:36 pm
Irish raider Twilight Payment won the coveted Aus$8.0 million (US$5.5 million) Melbourne Cup on Tuesday in a race run without spectators and marred by the death of English Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck.
Posted: November 3, 2020, 8:11 am
English Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck was euthanised Tuesday after breaking down during the Melbourne Cup, the seventh horse since 2013 to die at the race.
Posted: November 3, 2020, 5:32 am
Irish raider Twilight Payment won the coveted Aus$8.0 million (US$5.5 million) Melbourne Cup at an eerily quiet Flemington on Tuesday, with the "race that stops a nation" run behind closed doors for the first time.
Posted: November 3, 2020, 5:10 am
Irish master trainer Aidan O'Brien will bid for an elusive Melbourne Cup win at a closed Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, having come close to snatching the "race that stops the nation" in recent years. O'Brien has saddled 15 runners in Australia's iconic two-mile handicap and will have another two in the A$8 million ($5.60 million) Cup's 160th running on Tuesday. Both entrants are highly regarded, with Tiger Moth a narrow 13-2 favourite ahead of last year's Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck (15-2).
Posted: November 2, 2020, 5:31 am
Australia's "race that stops a nation" will Tuesday be staged in front of empty grandstands, devoid of the roars from tens of thousands of punters when the Melbourne Cup is run behind closed doors for the first time in its long history.
Posted: November 2, 2020, 4:55 am
Authorities are targeting crowds of at least 25,000 people per day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for Australia's second cricket test against India, a government official said on Wednesday. Melbourne, Australia's second most populous city, was released from a coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday, with retail and hospitality businesses opening their doors for the first time in months.
Posted: October 28, 2020, 6:20 am
Melbourne Cup-winning Australian trainer Darren Weir was committed to stand trial Monday on animal cruelty and conspiracy to defraud charges stemming from the 2018 spring racing carnival.
Posted: October 19, 2020, 6:47 am
Hollie Doyle is the "boss", according to boyfriend and fellow jockey Tom Marquand, but as far as she is concerned, he is "the romantic".
Posted: October 18, 2020, 1:47 am
Tom Marquand and girlfriend Hollie Doyle celebrated a memorable British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday both riding doubles with the former winning the feature Champion Stakes.
Posted: October 17, 2020, 5:02 pm
The European flat-racing season reaches its climax with British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday after a season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Posted: October 16, 2020, 2:06 am
Frankie Dettori says he has "done quite well" in a "surreal season" that has deprived him of the big racecourse crowds he relishes.
Posted: October 15, 2020, 1:21 pm
Record-breaking mare Enable has been retired from racing a week after coming up short in her bid to win a historic third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Posted: October 12, 2020, 11:45 am
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Pegasus World Cup races will return to Gulfstream Park in 2021.
Posted: October 6, 2020, 1:57 pm
Four weeks later, filly Swiss Skydiver challenged and beat Authentic in the Preakness. The Triple Crown races run out of order and later in the year produced three different winners and quite the competition for 3-year-old horse of the year. ''It sure made it interesting to have a great debate: Which of the three winners would do it again if they, all three, were head to head?'' said NBC Sports analyst Kenny Rice, one of the few people to witness all three 2020 Triple Crown races in person.
Posted: October 4, 2020, 9:24 pm
Those hanging around the heavily restricted stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course this week joked around that Authentic would stare down filly Swiss Skydiver whenever she walked past. ''He got a good look at her today,'' jockey Robby Albarado said. Swiss Skydiver added one final memorable moment to cap off a topsy-turvy Triple Crown season, beating favored Authentic by a neck after a stretch duel in the Preakness Stakes run without fans Saturday.
Posted: October 4, 2020, 7:30 am
Swiss Skydiver held off Authentic in a thrilling finish Saturday, becoming just the sixth filly to win the Preakness Stakes in a dramatic end to a topsy-turvy Triple Crown year.
Posted: October 4, 2020, 12:01 am
Jesus' Team hadn't won against elite competition going into the Preakness, and his owners had to pay extra money just to get him to the starting gate of the Triple Crown race because he wasn't nominated. From that point on, he did the rest, edging out Art Collector for third behind winning filly Swiss Skydiver and favorite Authentic. Jesus' Team hit the board at 40-1 odds Saturday, a major surprise in the 11-horse field.
Posted: October 3, 2020, 11:13 pm
Maybe next year, the Preakness will be run in May and a huge crowd will fill Pimlico Race Course for the second leg of the Triple Crown. Maybe then, Bob Baffert will secure his record-breaking eighth Preakness victory and jockey John Velazquez will snap his 0-for-10 streak in the race. For now, however, both the Hall of Fame trainer and oft-frustrated jockey must lament a near miss in a no-one-expected-this kind of duel that served as an appropriate finish to an out-of-whack Triple Crown series.
Posted: October 3, 2020, 11:09 pm
With the win, Swiss Skydiver, ridden by Robby Albarado, became only the sixth filly to win the 1-3/16 mile race at Pimlico and the first since Rachel Alexandra in 2009. Swiss Skydiver, who broke from the fourth post, took the lead in the 11-horse race after the half-mile mark when Albarado made a move towards the rail next to Authentic, who was in front at the time with jockey John Velazquez aboard.
Posted: October 3, 2020, 10:49 pm
GAIN Equine Nutrition, the Irish horse feed company, said on Friday https://www.gainequinenutrition.com/blog/news/statement-from-gain-equine-nutrition-2 evening that it was investigating "the potential presence of a contaminant in some batches of our equine feed range." In all, 11 horses trained by the family trio have been withdrawn.
Posted: October 3, 2020, 10:16 pm
Usually the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness was delayed from its usual May date.
Posted: October 3, 2020, 9:45 pm
Enable, ridden by Frankie Dettori, will bid on Sunday to achieve what the Italian jockey labels the "impossible" and become the first horse to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe three times.
Posted: October 3, 2020, 1:03 am
A Louisville guy finally had a Kentucky Derby horse in Art Collector, who would have been one of the favorites. Thing is, a few days before that race, Drury noticed that Art Collector had a very minor foot issue. Saturday's Preakness, the end of this year's most unusual and out-of-typical-order Triple Crown race slate, has a very solid field.
Posted: October 2, 2020, 9:53 pm
Trainer Tommy Drury and Art Collector get another chance at Triple Crown glory this weekend. Drury will start his first horse in a Triple Crown race when he saddles Art Collector in Saturday's Preakness, which will be the final leg of the Triple Crown for the first time in its 145-year history. Drury was poised to make his Triple Crown debut at the Kentucky Derby until he discovered something was wrong with Art Collector, arguably the best horse he has ever had in his barn.
Posted: October 2, 2020, 9:49 pm
There will be some speed at the front and that could spell bad news for the favorite.
Posted: October 2, 2020, 6:36 pm
Each time Bob Baffert won a big race over the past two decades with assistant Jimmy Barnes by his side, the two would share a moment and embrace. Baffert's other Derby horse, Thousand Words, reared up in the paddock and broke Barnes' right wrist, so he was in an ambulance during the race. As soon as Baffert got to the hospital room, Barnes - his arm bandaged up and doctors around him - flashed a big smile and said to him, ''We did it!'' Four weeks later, Baffert is aiming to win a record-breaking eighth Preakness Stakes this Saturday with Authentic or Thousand Words while his right-hand man watches from 3,000 miles away in California.
Posted: October 1, 2020, 5:02 pm
The champion jockey of British horse racing has tested positive for cocaine. Oisin Murphy returned a positive test for metabolites of the drug in a test undertaken in France on July 19, a statement from the Professional Jockeys Association read on Thursday. Murphy, a 25-year-old rider from Ireland, was informed in August of his positive result and subsequently arranged for a hair sample test at an independent laboratory, which returned a negative result, the PJA said.
Posted: October 1, 2020, 1:11 pm
Britain's postponed Racing League will launch in 2021, organisers said on Thursday, with a prize pot of nearly £2 million giving the beleaguered sport a "small light of hope".
Posted: October 1, 2020, 9:18 am
Frankie Dettori's "favourite girl" Enable has her final tilt at making racing history on Sunday as she strives to become the first horse to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe three times.
Posted: October 1, 2020, 2:06 am
Jockeys and exercise riders in California will be working under a more restrictive rule governing the use of whips that goes into effect on Thursday. The amended Rule 1688 was designed by the California Horse Racing Board to further protect horses without compromising the safety of horses and riders, although as written it is not being widely embraced by some riders. Riders cannot use the whip more than six times during a race, excluding showing or waving the whip or tapping the horse on the shoulder.
Posted: September 30, 2020, 11:07 pm
The owners of the horse racing track in New Orleans have agreed to pay a $2.8 million penalty for letting horse manure and urine into the city's drainage system for at least six years and to spend twice that on ending the discharges, federal prosecutors say. The U.S. Justice Department described the fine to be paid by Churchill Downs Inc., owner of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, as the largest ever paid by a ''concentrated animal feeding'' operation under the Clean Water Act, news outlets reported. The agreement settles a federal complaint alleging that the Fair Grounds violated that law and the track's state permit more than 250 times between 2012 and 2018.
Posted: September 30, 2020, 5:35 pm
The House approved a bill Tuesday to create national medication and safety standards for the horse racing industry as lawmakers move to clamp down on use of performance-enhancing drugs that can lead to horse injuries and deaths. Jason Servis, whose champion horse Maximum Security crossed the finish line first at the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified for interference, was among those charged. McConnell's home state of Kentucky boasts some of the country's top breeding outfits and Churchill Downs, site of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the fabled Triple Crown.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 9:24 pm
There are some worthy challengers in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 6:18 pm
Swiss Skydiver will become the second filly since Rachel Alexandra won in 2009 to run against males in the Preakness on Saturday. Trainer Kenny McPeek confirmed the decision on Sunday. Jockey Robby Albarado, who won the 2007 Preakness aboard Curlin, will replace Tyler Gaffalione on Swiss Skydiver.
Posted: September 29, 2020, 1:37 am
The Bob Baffert-trained colt was set as a 9-5 morning-line favorite for the 1 3/16-mile race, which is traditionally held in May as the second jewel of U.S. thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown but postponed this year due to the virus. Baffert, who counts seven Preakness Stakes wins among his record 16 victories in Triple Crown races, will also send out Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm's Thousand Words, who will break from the fifth post. Authentic, ridden by John Velazquez, led all the way at the Kentucky Derby and held off a late challenge from favourite Tiz the Law down the stretch in the annual Run for the Roses.
Posted: September 28, 2020, 9:09 pm