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Troubles keep growing for American Pharoah owner in bankruptcy case

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Ahmed Zayat’s $19 million bankruptcy continues to be a first-class mess.

Thoroughbred Daily News reports that the law firm representing Zayat asked a federal judge on Monday to sever ties with Zayat for allegedly failing to pay $368,273 in legal fees.

“The representation of the Debtor has consumed an extremely ...Read more

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John Clay: Turns out, horse racing isn't quite dead yet

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Horse racing is dead, right?

That’s all we’ve heard for the last decade or two, much less years. All those horrible equine fatalities at Santa Anita a couple of years back. All those Bob Baffert drug positives in all those high-profile races. All those PETA protests against a sport thought to be well past its prime, one on a slow, agonizing...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Road warrior Flavien Prat's crazy 53 hours begins at Del Mar

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DEL MAR, Calif. — No, jockey Flavien Prat's weekend is not an audition for the television show "The Amazing Race."

Or is it?

Perhaps the best jockey in horse racing began Friday's opening day at Del Mar racetrack aboard a horse in the first race. And the second. And the third. And the fourth. And the fifth. And … well all 10 of them.

That...Read more

Jockey dies after being thrown from horse in Oregon race

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A 29-year-old jockey died Wednesday after being thrown from his horse.

Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa was riding 2-year-old Godfather Advice at a race in central Oregon when he was thrown over the rail, local NBC affiliate KTVZ reported. Gutierrez-Sosa appeared to land on his head and died from injuries he suffered in the fall.

The veteran jockey had ...Read more

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Judge nullifies horse trainer Bob Baffert's New York suspension

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Trainer Bob Baffert scored his first legal victory in the wake of the positive medication test of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit on Wednesday when a New York federal judge said it was unconstitutional for the New York Racing Association to ban him from running horses in that state.

Brooklyn Judge Carol Bagley Amon said that NYRA acted ...Read more

Emerald Downs jockey Alex Cruz keeps winning and winning -- 44 days and counting

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There is no such thing as a sure thing in horse racing.

Any handicapper or person involved in the sport can tell you that. And it’s why what jockey Alex Cruz is doing day in and day out at Emerald Downs is so impressive.

Cruz has won at least one race on 44 consecutive racing days at Emerald Downs, with the first 25 coming last season. He ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Del Mar next to join Bob Baffert in horse racing spotlight

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In the 1991 movie “What about Bob?” title character Bill Murray drives his new psychiatrist batty while relentlessly unpacking his tangled thoughts, phobias and home-spun truths.

A gem from the latter: “There are two types of people. Those who like Neil Diamond … and those who don’t.”

That could apply to a real-life Bob, embattled ...Read more

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Change announced for 2022 Kentucky Derby prep race schedule

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The prep race schedule for the 2022 Kentucky Derby will have a different look.

Officials at Oaklawn Park announced Tuesday that the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby will be run April 2, 2022, five weeks before the May 7, 2022, Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The Arkansas Derby has been run three weeks before the Derby.

Keeneland’...Read more

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Kyle Larson wins NASCAR's first Nashville Cup race, full results and recap

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It was a race of blown brake rotors and cut tires at Nashville Superspeedway, a track that hosted its first NASCAR Cup race on Sunday.

The Ally 400 winner didn’t blow any rotors. Kyle Larson wasn’t braking much, leading 264 of 300 laps, including the final one, to win his fourth race of the Cup Series season.

He finished with a 4.3 second ...Read more

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Judge orders private plane fly Kentucky Derby winner's sample to NY but limits testing

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky judge on Wednesday ordered Medina Spirit’s frozen urine sample to be flown to a New York lab in a private plane for more testing to help determine the fate of the Kentucky Derby winner.

After a previously sent blood sample shattered, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas D. Wingate also ordered that two representatives ...Read more

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Santa Anita is not for sale, TSG executive says amid speculation

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LOS ANGELES — A long-held rumor in Southern California horse racing circles is that Santa Anita will be sold off and turned into a much more lucrative real estate project. So, it was understandable that tensions rose dramatically after a Bloomberg news report on Tuesday said that the Stronach Group plans to sell some of its assets.

Aidan ...Read more

Bob Baffert sues New York Racing Association over his horse doping suspension

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Bob Baffert, whose Kentucky Derby-winning Medina Spirit tested positive for a banned substance, sued the New York Racing Association Monday for suspending him from races in the Empire State.

Baffert filed the lawsuit in Brooklyn Federal Court less than a month after his suspension was announced May 17.

Medina Spirit tested positive for ...Read more

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Here's what the Kentucky Derby has come to: Fighting over drops of horse pee

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The result of the 2021 Kentucky Derby, the first jewel of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, might come down to exactly how much Medina Spirit’s urine Bob Baffert’s attorneys can get their hands on.

They want all 25 or so milliliters of it, which the state argued is excessive.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. ...Read more

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Lawsuit: Baffert, Medina Spirit owner demand Kentucky Derby winner's urine be tested

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Attorneys for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and the owner of Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit have gone to court in Frankfort to force the state’s racing commission to allow more testing.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Franklin Circuit Court, Baffert and Zedan Racing Stables asked the court to make the Kentucky Horse ...Read more

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Essential Quality beats Hot Rod Charlie to win 153rd Belmont Stakes

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ELMONT, N.Y. — Last summer at Keeneland, Brad Cox had just seen Essential Quality complete a strong workout when the trainer made a proclamation. “That’s my Belmont Stakes horse,” Cox said.

And he was right.

Essential Quality, under a patient ride by Luis Saez, started picking off horses on the far turn and by the top of the stretch ...Read more

Rock Your World, Essential Quality hope for Belmont Stakes success

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ELMONT, N.Y. — The Kentucky Derby was perfectly set up with two undefeated horses next to each other in the starting gate. Essential Quality, the favorite, was in the 14th position, and Rock Your World, the second favorite, was in the 15th. What could go wrong?

Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the finish line. Way before the finish ...Read more

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What trainer Bob Baffert's suspension means to California racetracks

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LOS ANGELES — Trainer Bob Baffert's two-year suspension from Churchill Downs rocketed through the horse racing world Wednesday and overshadowed Saturday's third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.

This story is going to be with us for a while as it makes its way through the courts. What does it mean for California tracks? There are ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Churchill Downs' ban of Kentucky Derby legend Bob Baffert shows real teeth

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Horse racing needed this moment. Not the part where the face of its sport who just set its most prestigious record on the most storied track in its crown jewel race faces near certain and historic disqualification.

Trainer Bob Baffert is likely to be stripped of his unmatched seventh Kentucky Derby victory at some point after a split-sample ...Read more

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Churchill Downs suspends Bob Baffert for two years after Kentucky Derby drug test confirmed

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Churchill Downs on Wednesday announced it will bar trainer Bob Baffert from all of its racetracks for two years following the news that Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit’s postrace positive drug test has been confirmed.

The racetrack and casino company announced that the suspension begins immediately and will last through the conclusion of ...Read more

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Kentucky Derby winner's positive drug test confirmed, report says

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit’s post-race positive drug test has been confirmed, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

A lawyer representing Amr Zedan, the owner of Medina Spirit, told The Times that the horse’s split sample tested positive for the drug betamethasone, matching the initial postrace positive that led...Read more