LOS ANGELES -- On the second day of Del Mar's summer season last year, the morning quiet was shattered by the sound of two horses crashing into each other, killing both instantly. That kind of freak accident is extremely rare, but when it happens in the midst of unprecedented attention on horse fatalities in Southern California, it is a crisis. ...Read more
The Kentucky Derby lost one of, if not its leading contender on Thursday.
Co-owner George Bolton told the BloodHorse that undefeated 3-year-old Nadal is being retired after suffering a left front Condylar fracture during a workout Thursday morning.
A division winner of the Arkansas Derby on May 2, Nadal worked 4 furlongs in :48 4/5 at Santa ...Read more
CONCORD, N.C. -- Kyle Busch walked off Charlotte Motor Speedway as fast as he drove it.
Just as Chase Elliott had nearly won Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 on the same track, Busch was less than a second away from topping Elliott, the winner of NASCAR's return Truck race Tuesday evening.
As Rowdy walked away, Elliott took a bow. The No. 24 driver won ...Read more
Just when we were happy to have horse racing back, news of failed drug tests pops back in the news.
Oaklawn Park officials confirmed Tuesday that two samples producing positive tests for a banned substance on Arkansas Derby day will be sent for confirmation at an independent lab.
Tim Sullivan of the Courier-Journal reported via an unnamed ...Read more
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Churchill Downs' Spring Meet will resume this week with racing Thursday through Monday, and the action is highlighted by a Kentucky Derby prep race on Saturday.
The Grade III, $150,000 Matt Winn is one of five stakes races scheduled for Saturday. It will be the 10th contest in an 11-race lineup and will award 85 points toward ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- For the first time in history, the Belmont Stakes will be the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown. The New York Racing Association announced on Tuesday that the race will be held on June 20 at a distance of 1 1/8 miles, rather than the traditional 1 1/2 miles.
The Kentucky Derby has been moved from May 2 to Sept. 5 and the ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- The next Triple Crown winner could be coroneted in the Preakness after the New York Racing Association announced Tuesday that the Belmont Stakes will be held June 20.
The traditional third leg of the Triple Crown series will instead be the first, with the Kentucky Derby scheduled to follow on Sept. 5 and the Preakness on Oct. 3. ...Read more
Even without fans in attendance, NASCAR's return reached a lot of eyes Sunday.
According to FOX Sports, Sunday's race at Darlington averaged 6.32 million viewers and was the most-watched competitive sports event on cable television since this year's Daytona 500, which reached more than 7 million viewers.
"A great day for sports in general," ...Read more
Darlington race winner Kevin Harvick described his trip to Victory Lane on Sunday with a word that's probably never been previously used to describe the experience.
"Awkward," Harvick said.
"Usually, you get out of the car and the crowd is screaming and yelling. (Sunday) out of the car it was like, well, I don't really know what to do here," ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- The 145th Preakness Stakes will be run Oct. 3, the first time since the end of World War II that Maryland's most attended annual sporting event will be held outside May.
Gov. Larry Hogan and 1/ST Chair and President Belinda Stronach announced the new date Saturday during an NBC broadcast about an hour before the originally ...Read more
A 7-year-old gelding died on the day that Golden Gate Fields resumed live racing for the first time since being shut down April 2 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The thoroughbred Conquest Sabre Cat broke down Thursday near the end of the ninth race while running on the inside rail in third place. Video of the race shows jockey Juan ...Read more
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Thoroughbred horse racing is set to resume at Churchill Downs on Saturday some three weeks after the track's Spring Meet was originally scheduled to open. The coronavirus pandemic prompted the delay and forced officials to postpone the 146th Kentucky Derby until Sept. 5.
While the return of competition is surely welcomed by ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- A postponed date for the Preakness Stakes will be revealed Saturday afternoon at the top of an NBC special marking the original date for the second leg of the Triple Crown series.
Gov. Larry Hogan and Stronach Group Chairman and President Belinda Stronach will make the announcement at 5 p.m. as part of a one-hour broadcast that ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- One of the first steps in sports returning to Southern California came Wednesday when Santa Anita was given permission to resume live horse racing on Friday. The track has been closed to live racing since March 27 when the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health closed the track for racing, but allowed morning training.
After its summer racing season was thrown into doubt by the pandemic, Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., announced a revised 52-day schedule Wednesday that would begin June 10, probably with no spectators allowed.
The new schedule, which must be approved by the Minnesota Racing Commission, includes racing from Mondays through Thursdays. It ...Read more
SHAKOPEE, Minn. -- The exercise riders at Canterbury Park don't get on a horse unless they're wearing the proper safety equipment. Tuesday morning, when Canterbury's training track opened for its first gallops of the spring, they had a new piece of required gear to go with their helmets and protective vests.
Everyone in the stable area now must...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Churchill Downs announced prep races for the Kentucky Derby on Tuesday, including two additional races in Southern California. In addition to the Santa Anita Derby, rescheduled for June 6, the Los Alamitos Derby on July 4 and Del Mar's Shared Belief Stakes will be worth qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. Del Mar has not ...Read more
During the week of the Preakness Stakes on the third Saturday of May, local restaurant owners, servers and bartenders, hotels, catering companies, transportation services and even charities count on increased business leading up to the the state's largest annual sporting event.
However, thousands of horse racing fans, trainers and jockeys won't...Read more
Santa Anita had its 13th horse fatality this season when Tailback, a 4-year-old gelding, broke down after completing a four-furlong workout Sunday. He was euthanized after fracturing his right front leg.
He was one of 216 horses to have a timed workout on the main dirt track Sunday. His time of 49.20 was the 28th fastest of 69 runners at that ...Read more
BALTIMORE -- From the first year the Preakness Stakes was run in 1873 until the race settled into its current place on the calendar in 1932, it preceded the Kentucky Derby 11 times and was contested on the same day twice.
In 1945, as thoroughbred racing emerged from a blackout because of World War II, the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont ...Read more
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