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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

Mike Pence says Triple Crown winner American Pharoah bit him. Did the horse do it?

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence says Triple Crown winner American Pharoah bit him hard enough on the arm during a 2018 visit to Kentucky that he nearly collapsed.

But farm manager Dermot Ryan, who was there as Pence was presented with an American Pharoah halter, said Friday it would be out of character for a horse he described as "sweet...Read more

Maryland Jockey Club says Justify tested clean before and after 2018 Preakness

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BALTIMORE -- A day after the New York Times reported that 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for a banned substance in the run-up to the Kentucky Derby, the Maryland Jockey Club said that the Bob Baffert-trained colt was clean in pre- and post-race drug tests for the 143rd Preakness.

Earlier Thursday, Churchill Downs Racetrack ...Read more

Justify failed drug test because of contaminated feed, California racing board says

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LOS ANGELES -- Justify, who dominated the equine world last year when he became the 13th winner of the Triple Crown, has thrust horse racing back into an unwelcome spotlight after it was reported that the colt failed a drug test following his victory in the Santa Anita Derby.

Justify tested positive for scopolamine, a compound commonly found in...Read more

Bob Baffert denies drugging Justify: 'I am proud to stand by his record, and my own'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert on Thursday denied giving Justify a banned medication.

"I unequivocally reject any implication that scopolamine was ever intentionally administered to Justify, or any of my horses," Baffert said in a statement. "Justify is one of the finest horses I've had the privilege of ...Read more

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah gets a new record: His highest-priced foal yet

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A filly by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah hasn't even set foot on a racetrack but she's already setting records.

On Wednesday, the yearling filly, who is known only as Hip No. 498 for now, sold for a record $8.2 million at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Lexington.

It's the highest price yet for offspring by ...Read more

'Shocked' Turfway Park plans to fight Churchill Downs dates takeover

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Turfway Park, which is in the middle of changing hands, plans to fight moves by Churchill Downs Inc. to take away the northern Kentucky's track's racing dates.

"We are shocked and thoroughly disappointed by Churchill Downs' recent attack on Turfway Park, which has been a significant part of the northern Kentucky community for ...Read more

Churchill Downs Inc. proposes new track for 'neglected' northern Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The corporate parent of the Kentucky Derby announced Thursday that it wants to build a $200 million racetrack and gambling parlor in northern Kentucky.

The track, which would be called New Latonia, would usurp the winter Thoroughbred racing dates of Turfway Park in Florence.

Churchill Downs Inc. said it plans to request those...Read more