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Baltimore withdraws lawsuit aimed at seizing Pimlico racetrack, says talks to begin with owners

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore officials withdrew a lawsuit against the owners of the Pimlico racetrack Wednesday, saying the two sides had a productive discussion during the Preakness and have "discussed the resumption of good faith negotiations."

The city filed the suit against track owners The Stronach Group in March, asking a judge to block any ...Read more

Racing commission to court: Maximum Security's owners have no right to appeal DQ

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has asked a federal judge to toss a lawsuit by Maximum Security's owners over the disqualification of their horse in the Kentucky Derby.

The motion, filed on behalf of the commission and its members, the stewards who disqualified Maximum Security, and the executive director, said horse ...Read more

Sen. Feinstein calls for races at Santa Anita to be suspended immediately

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LOS ANGELES -- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Monday joined those calling for the suspension of racing at Santa Anita after the track suffered two horse deaths over the weekend.

The fatalities increased the total to 29 since Dec. 26 when the track opened its current meeting.

Feinstein's call for closure comes a day after the California ...Read more

Santa Anita denies request to close despite two more horse deaths

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LOS ANGELES -- In an extraordinary move, the California Horse Racing Board asked Santa Anita to cancel the remainder of its season -- now six days -- in the wake of a resumption of horse fatalities over the last few weeks but management of the track said no.

The CHRB is a regulatory agency and does not currently have the power to suspend a race...Read more

Sir Winston holds off favored Tacitus to win Belmont Stakes

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- Mark Casse entered this Triple Crown season without a Triple Crown win in a four-decade career as a trainer. After Saturday's Belmont Stakes, he has two.

But not as you might expect.

His "other" horse, Sir Winston took a smart path around the giant 1 1/2-mile course and cruised down the middle and inside of the stretch to win ...Read more

27th horse death is reported since Santa Anita meet opened Dec. 26

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LOS ANGELES -- A 27th horse has died since Santa Anita opened its meeting on Dec. 26 after the colt River Derby sustained a catastrophic injury while training Wednesday morning. After six weeks without a death, there have been four fatalities since May 17.

River Derby, an unraced 2-year-old bought in March for $50,000 at a sale in Florida, ...Read more

Five storylines for the 2019 Belmont Stakes

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Triple Crown season lost steam unusually early this year when none of the top finishers in the Kentucky Derby went on to run in the Preakness.

But this is a familiar conundrum for the Belmont Stakes, where organizers are used to waiting anxiously for the next Triple Crown candidate. In the years when no such contender emerges, the race ...Read more

PETA sides with Santa Anita on new horse racing safety rules

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LOS ANGELES -- Santa Anita has found itself on the good side of the spotlight on Tuesday when a leading animal rights group called on the country to adopt safety reforms currently being implemented in California.

It comes two days after Santa Anita had its third horse death in nine days, which follows almost six weeks of racing and training ...Read more

Sen. Dianne Feinstein renews call for suspension of Santa Anita races

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., again is calling for racing to be halted at Santa Anita after three horses died in nine days.

"I once again call for an immediate moratorium on racing at Santa Anita," Feinstein said in a statement. "We need a thorough investigation of practices and conditions at the track before any more races are held."

There...Read more

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

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LOS ANGELES -- A third horse has died in nine days at Santa Anita when Kochees could not be saved by surgery on Sunday morning after sustaining an injury Saturday during the sixth race.

He was vanned off the course and a splint was applied. He stayed overnight in his stall in the hope of stabilizing his condition. Since the injury to his left ...Read more

Maryland and Florida not going along with new horse racing regulations in California

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LOS ANGELES -- As the most tumultuous meeting in Santa Anita's 85-year history creeps toward its close June 23, the one constant the past few months has been change, be it how trainers do their job, how horses do their work or how many days a week racing is real.

In the midst of an equine fatality crisis, Belinda Stronach, chief executive and ...Read more

Future of horse racing in California discussed at tension-filled meeting

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ARCADIA, Calif. -- The agenda of the May meeting of the California Horse Racing Board at Santa Anita was generally filled with routine procedural matters, leaving center stage to the heightened, and at times, hyperbolic rhetoric over what should be the future of horse racing in California.

The public comment part of Thursday's meeting lasted ...Read more

Another horse dies at Santa Anita, the 25th since Dec. 26

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LOS ANGELES -- After six weeks of safe racing and training, Santa Anita had its second horse death in four days when a first-time starter pulled up during a race Sunday and was euthanized Monday. It was the 25th equine death at the Arcadia track since Dec. 26.

Spectacular Music was running in a maiden claiming race restricted to California-...Read more

As he soaks up Preakness win, Mark Casse sees no reason for War of Will to step off Triple Crown trail

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It wasn't yet 6 a.m. when Mark Casse accepted a warm congratulatory handshake from six-time Preakness Stakes winner D. Wayne Lukas.

For most of his life, Casse had dreamed of the Triple Crown races that Lukas won with such regularity. Now, he was part of the club.

War of Will, the gifted colt who'd bounced back from an unimaginably messy ...Read more

Bodexpress throws jockey at Preakness starting gate, then luckily stays out of the way

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BALTIMORE -- After arriving at Pimlico Race Course on Wednesday in preparation for Saturday's 144th Preakness, trainer Gustavo Delgado chalked up a 13th-place finish for Bodexpress in the Kentucky Derby to bad luck.

"The race was very, very crazy," Delgado said about what transpired at Churchill Downs, when apparent winner Maximum Security ...Read more

Dread about Pimlico's future hangs over Preakness marked by closed seats, clogged toilets

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BALTIMORE -- The odd site of a riderless horse racing down the track may have distracted from several other missing elements at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday -- working bathrooms, Old Grandstand seats and a Kentucky Derby winner to hold out the promise of a Triple Crown champion.

No amount of beautiful dresses and gorgeous hats at the 144th ...Read more

War of Will wins 144th Preakness in an upset

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BALTIMORE -- A confounding Triple Crown season continued Saturday when Mark Casse-trained War of Will won the Preakness in an upset at Pimlico Race Course.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert could not win his record eighth Preakness with morning-line favorite Improbable. Alwaysmining could not become the first Maryland-bred to capture the state's...Read more

Stronach COO Tim Ritvo says Pimlico negotiations with Maryland, Baltimore must continue despite impasse

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BALTIMORE -- The Stronach Group has no recourse but to continue negotiating with state and city officials as the company looks to determine the future of the Preakness at either Pimlico Race Course or Laurel Park, chief operating officer Tim Ritvo said at his annual Preakness-day news conference.

"We continue to try to work with the city and ...Read more

Filly Point of Honor wins 95th running of Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico

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BALTIMORE -- George Weaver saw jockey Javier Castellano win four of his first five races Friday at Pimlico Race Course and knew the pressure was on him and the filly he trained, Point of Honor, with Castellano up for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

"Javier is one of the greatest riders in the country," Weaver said. "It was clear as I was watching ...Read more

Another horse fatality at Santa Anita; 24 thoroughbreds have died since Dec. 26

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Santa Anita's unprecedented run of six weeks without an equine fatality ended Friday morning when Commander Coil broke down during training with a shoulder injury and was subsequently euthanized.

The Southern California track's streak had reached about 7,000 timed workouts and race starts when Commander Coil suffered the fatal injury. The last ...Read more