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California closer to adopting nation's most restrictive horse racing whip rule

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LOS ANGELES -- The California Horse Racing Board, faced with a crisis over a spike in equine deaths, on Thursday voted to implement the most stringent use of the riding crop by jockeys in North America.

The riding crop, or whip, has not been proved to be a factor in the series of deaths, but the optics of a jockey hitting a horse repeatedly has...Read more

Del Mar cancels Thanksgiving racing; 7 turf stakes set for final two days of meet

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- On the day that it had to cancel its Thanksgiving Thursday racing card due to predicted storms, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club took a semantical stab at looking on the bright side.

In a press release, Del Mar's turf stakes "festival" became a "bonanza," and that's not just a public relations spin.

All seven stakes races ...Read more

Mare who suffered racing injury at Del Mar dies after developing laminitis

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A third thoroughbred injured in racing Nov. 10 at Del Mar has died.

According to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Princess Dorian, a 5-year-old mare, was euthanized Monday morning at San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall after quickly developing laminitis in both of her hind legs.

Princess Dorian suffered fractures to her left front leg. She underwent ...Read more

Maximum Security's owner says he will appeal dismissal of Derby lawsuit

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The owner of Maximum Security said he will appeal last week's dismissal of his case challenging the Kentucky Derby disqualification.

Gary West said in a statement on Monday that Friday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell puts Kentucky's stewards above the law.

"Stewards' decisions are of momentous financial and intangible importance...Read more

Del Mar racetrack suffers first two racing fatalities of 2019 in span of 90 minutes

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- Amid the debate about the safety of thoroughbred racing in Southern California, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club could point to one fact: It had not suffered a single racing fatality in 2019.

That changed Sunday afternoon when in the third race on the turf course, a 3-year-old gelding named Ghost Street suffered a front leg ...Read more

Del Mar faces scrutiny for fall horse racing meet after Breeders' Cup death at Santa Anita

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- From his seat beyond the finish line Saturday at Santa Anita, Josh Rubinstein was focused on the celebration in the seconds after Vino Rosso won the Breeders' Cup Classic.

It was only when the president of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club turned his gaze to the left that he saw the ambulance on the track and the 4-year-old ...Read more

Vino Rosso wins Breeders' Cup Classic, but another horse dies in last race at Santa Anita

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It appeared that Santa Anita had a safe Breeders' Cup, but in the last race, at the top of the stretch, Mongolian Groom was pulled up in distress. He suffered a life-ending injury to his left-hind leg and was euthanized on Saturday. It was the 37th death at Santa Anita since Dec. 30 and will raise the temperature even higher on the track with ...Read more

Breeders' Cup Classic claims Mongolian Groom, 37th horse death at Santa Anita

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There were 13 Breeders' Cup races run without incident over the last two days at Santa Anita Park.

But in the 14th and final race, the Classic, Vino Rosso's win was overshadowed by the breakdown of Mongolian Groom, a 4-year-old gelding who was vanned away after pulling up and not finishing.

The Breeders' Cup later announced horse had been ...Read more

Omaha Beach enters Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile with something to prove

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LOS ANGELES -- Six months ago, Richard Mandella sat next to Dr. Foster Northrop at an impromptu news conference at Churchill Downs. That combination, trainer and veterinarian, is rarely a good sign.

Stoically, Mandella explained why Omaha Beach, the morning-line favorite, would not be running in the Kentucky Derby. A trapped epiglottis, a ...Read more

Undetectable drugs might have role in horse racing deaths

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LOS ANGELES -- Horse racing has never experienced a year like this one. A spike of deaths at Santa Anita, Keeneland and tracks in New York, mixed with a controversial finish in the Kentucky Derby that prompted a lawsuit, have left the sport with a crisis-a-week feel.

This week, there is plenty more anxiety as attention turns to the Breeders' ...Read more

Jerry Hollendorfer now banned from competing at the Breeder's Cup

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Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who has been banned from California's two biggest tracks after six of his horses died during racing or training in the past year, will not be allowed to compete in the Breeder's Cup at Santa Anita Park, organizers of the thoroughbred championships announced Friday.

Breeder's Cup officials said in a ...Read more

Founder of group that owns Pimlico wants Preakness deal changed as he tries to force daughter out as president

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BALTIMORE -- Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach said Wednesday he believes the deal to keep the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore should be amended ? and he pledged to continue trying to force out his daughter as president of the international horse racing company he founded.

"I would like to point out very strongly, that Belinda does not speak ...Read more

Before deal to keep Preakness in Baltimore can reach finish line, it will face jostling in General Assembly

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BALTIMORE -- While Baltimore leaders celebrate a deal to keep the Preakness Stakes in the city, tough questions await the proposal in next year's General Assembly session.

Wouldn't the money proposed to renovate the Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park tracks be better used for teachers and schools? When will lawmakers be able to see written ...Read more

Plan to rebuild Maryland racetracks inspires praise from industry, concerns for Pimlico-based horsemen

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BALTIMORE -- Willie Kee could not bring himself to join the chorus of acclaim for a new plan to rebuild Maryland's aged racetracks. Instead, the 60-year-old horse trainer thought about traffic, specifically the daily drive he might have to make from Pikesville to Laurel if the plan passes muster in the General Assembly.

"Have you been on the ...Read more

'Historic' deal aims to keep Preakness in Baltimore; track owner, city reach agreement after 4 months of talks

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BALTIMORE -- The city of Baltimore and the owners of the historic but dilapidated Pimlico Race Course have come up with a way to keep the prestigious Preakness Stakes at the 149-year-old track in Northwest Baltimore.

The parties briefed The Baltimore Sun on the deal that could end vexing problems that have lingered for decades over funding for ...Read more

Another horse dies at Santa Anita; second during September

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LOS ANGELES -- Santa Anita, under intense scrutiny because of 30 deaths in the winter-spring meet, had a racing fatality on Saturday during the 17th race of the current fall meeting. A horse died on Sept. 16 while training.

Emtech was in the stretch when it appeared he broke his left front leg and crashed to the dirt. It happened in full view ...Read more

Another horse dies at Santa Anita; 31 thoroughbreds have died at track since Dec. 26

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LOS ANGELES -- Less than two weeks before the start of perhaps the most important meeting in Santa Anita's history, there was a fatality during training Monday at the Arcadia facility.

Zeke, a 4-year-old gelding for trainer Dean Pederson, was working on the training track, considered to be the safest surface at Santa Anita, when he was pulled ...Read more