Churchill Downs announces new racing safety measures after outbreak of horse deaths
In the wake of the recent 12 equine fatalities during the spring meet at Churchill Downs, the Louisville track announced new safety initiatives and precautionary measures Thursday.
Many of the measures deal with restrictions for horses that have previously performed poorly.
According to a press release, the track held a Thursday morning ...Read more
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission asks California Horse Racing Board for help on recent spike of horse deaths
LOS ANGELES — Kentucky considers itself the cradle of horse racing in the United States. It has the most important race and the largest breeding facilities but is dealing with an unwelcome crisis — the deaths of racing thoroughbreds. So, where does it look for advice? California.
Jamie Eads, the newly appointed executive director of the ...Read more
How Canterbury Park and Minnesota vets are working to keep racehorses safe
First came the greetings. Last week, when Dr. Christy Klatt saw Hot Shot Kid in the stables at Canterbury Park, she gave the chestnut gelding a big hug to welcome him back to the Shakopee track.
This wasn't strictly a social call, though. This was about preventing the kinds of catastrophic injuries that have roiled horse racing in recent months...Read more
John Clay: Like it or not, Preakness win proves Bob Baffert isn't going away
Bob Baffert is officially back. On the track back. Triple Crown-race back. Like it or not, back. For better or worse, horse racing’s most recognizable and controversial trainer is officially back in the spotlight of the winner’s circle.
Whether that’s a good thing for horse racing is clearly up for debate.
Saturday at Pimlico Race Course...Read more
Childs Walker: After a record-setting victory, Bob Baffert remains a messy figure atop a messy sport
Of course a Bob Baffert-trained horse won the Preakness Stakes.
Thoroughbred racing exists in a perpetual gray zone between tragedy and uplift. So what result could make more sense than a Baffert horse winning a captivating Triple Crown race on the same track where a stablemate broke down, fatally, five hours earlier?
The juxtaposition of ...Read more
National Treasure wins Preakness Stakes in bittersweet moment for Bob Baffert
BALTIMORE — Trainer Bob Baffert often talks about the extreme highs and lows in horse racing. On Saturday, he experienced both by winning the Preakness Stakes seven races after watching one of his colts die on the track.
National Treasure, under a masterful ride by John Velazquez, upset Kentucky Derby winner Mage in the second leg of the ...Read more
National Treasure wins 148th running of Preakness Stakes for trainer Bob Baffert
BALTIMORE — Bob Baffert’s voice cracked as he tried to make sense of a tragic, triumphant Saturday at Pimlico Race Course.
The Hall of Fame trainer had watched his horse, Havnameltdown, suffer a catastrophic ankle injury in the sixth race on the Preakness Stakes undercard, tossing rider Luis Saez to the dirt and sending him to the hospital ...Read more
National Treasure wins 148th running of Preakness Stakes for trainer Bob Baffert
BALTIMORE — On a day marred by a death in his barn, trainer Bob Baffert made a triumphant return to the Preakness Stakes, winning his record-breaking eighth with National Treasure.
Baffert missed last year’s Triple Crown series because he was suspended for a medication violation that disqualified Medina Spirit from his 2021 victory in the ...Read more
2023 Preakness: Bob Baffert-trained horse Havnameltdown euthanized after injury during race; jockey hospitalized
BALTIMORE — The day wasn’t even half over when tragedy struck on Preakness Day at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.
Hours before the second leg of the Triple Crown, Bob Baffert-trained horse and favorite Havnameltdown was euthanized after suffering a catastrophic injury to its front left ankle on the stretch turn of the day’s sixth race. ...Read more
2023 Preakness: Taxed wins 99th George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan Stakes
BALTIMORE — Randy Morse liked what he saw last November when he used $50,000 of his client Richard Bahde’s money to claim a filly named Taxed.
She proceeded not to win any of her next four races.
That changed in a big way Friday when Taxed surged past a field packed with more accomplished fillies to win the 99th running of the George E. ...Read more
Bob Baffert is back holding court as he returns to Triple Crown series at Preakness
BALTIMORE — Bob Baffert was back in his element, standing outside the stakes barn, talking with friends, talking to owners, talking to reporters.
He held his first media scrum at about 7:15 a.m. Friday.
"I'm like [Gustavo] Delgado, I don't speak English," he said with a laugh, referring to the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mage, who isn't...Read more
2023 Preakness: A returning Bob Baffert and Maryland-based John Salzman Jr. arrive from different worlds
BALTIMORE — As a gaggle of reporters surrounded Bob Baffert to hear what the Hall of Fame trainer had to say after a year away from the Triple Crown series, John Salzman Jr. went about his business in the background.
Anyone who has followed thoroughbred racing over the past three decades knows Baffert, the white-haired maestro who’s won the...Read more
Health and safety concerns cause scratch of top contender for Saturday's Preakness
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Considered the top challenger to Kentucky Derby winner Mage, First Mission was scratched from the Preakness after consultation with the Pimlico veterinary team on Friday morning.
According to a press release from Godolphin, the winner of the Lexington Stakes was scratched because of a problem with his left hind foot. First ...Read more
2023 Preakness: One year after he was purchased in Timonium, Mage is back as the star of Maryland's signature race
BALTIMORE — Ramiro Restrepo prayed the bidding would not jump to $300,000.
He was already past his budget, but he and Gustavo Delgado Jr. so liked what they had seen from this 2-year-old colt — the ease of his movement and the pep that remained in his step after a hard workout.
Restrepo could not glimpse the competing bidder, hidden behind...Read more
2023 Preakness: Secretariat ran the fastest Preakness ever 50 years ago. What other records stand out?
BALTIMORE — When Secretariat won the Preakness on the way to his Triple Crown, the news appeared alongside stories about Watergate on The Baltimore Sun’s May 20, 1973, front page. In the half-century since, no horse has finished the 1 3/16-mile track at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore faster than his 1 minute, 53 seconds. Decades of debate ...Read more
2023 Preakness: Diversity efforts start to pay off for an event that didn't always include Baltimore's Black community
BALTIMORE — Kevin Liles first attended Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown series, as a teenager with his father in the 1980s. But it was years down the line before he fully understood what was happening at the Pimlico Race Course.
“You cut me open, I bleed Baltimore. So I knew about Preakness since I was a little kid,” Liles ...Read more
Forte had to skip the Kentucky Derby. Here's why he isn't racing in the Preakness, either.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Forte has been in the news a lot of late for a horse that hasn’t raced since early April.
The Todd Pletcher-trained 3-year-old Thoroughbred was universally viewed as the favorite for the 149th Kentucky Derby earlier this month at Churchill Downs in Louisville, but he was dramatically scratched just hours before the race.
Derby winner Mage could be a symbol of Latino success in horse racing at Preakness
BALTIMORE — It’s a scene that plays out with equal enthusiasm every year. The owner, trainer and jockey of the Kentucky Derby winner are greeted by the governor, hold a trophy aloft, thank a lot people that made it possible and then thank one another, yet again.
But sometimes the sameness of the moment gets interrupted by a small gesture, ...Read more
2023 Preakness: 5 storylines to watch as post time draws near
BALTIMORE — At least Mage’s owners and his trainer, Gustavo Delgado, decided to run their horse in the Preakness Stakes two weeks after his unexpected triumph in the Kentucky Derby.
Because without the Derby champion — and remember, last year’s shocking winner, Rich Strike, did not try for the second jewel in the Triple Crown — this ...Read more
2023 Preakness: Here's what to know, including post time, who's racing, draws and odds, Preakness LIVE information and more
BALTIMORE — The eyes of the horse racing world and beyond will converge on the 148th Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the second jewel of the Triple Crown series. Last year, there was no chance for a Triple Crown winner after Rich Strike, the surprising Kentucky Derby winner, was not entered to run the ...Read more
- 2023 Preakness: Diversity efforts start to pay off for an event that didn't always include Baltimore's Black community
- Childs Walker: After a record-setting victory, Bob Baffert remains a messy figure atop a messy sport
- How Canterbury Park and Minnesota vets are working to keep racehorses safe
- What happened to Tapit Trice, Derma Sotogake and all the other Kentucky Derby also-rans?
- Kentucky Horse Racing Commission asks California Horse Racing Board for help on recent spike of horse deaths