Third horse dies during Spring Meet at Keeneland

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A horse was euthanized after being injured in a race at Keeneland on Friday.

Keeneland officials confirmed Saturday that the 4-year-old filly Amandine "sustained a catastrophic injury" during the eighth race.

"The loss of one horse is one too many, and we express our deepest sympathy to the connections of Amandine," Bob ...Read more

After dozens of racehorse deaths, new Kentucky lab will drill into safety of racing

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After 23 horses died at Santa Anita this year and an unprecedented 36 died in Kentucky last year, the horse industry is investing money in track surface research.

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Wednesday a $100,000 grant to the University of Kentucky, for Mick Peterson, director of the UK Ag Equine ...Read more

'A huge moment': Triple Crown tracks, others move to ban race-day drug

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Churchill Downs, home of racing's biggest day, the Kentucky Derby, announced on Thursday that it and other Triple Crown racetracks would begin phasing out the use of a controversial race-day medication, beginning next year.

Lasix use will be eliminated in all stakes races at the racetracks beginning in 2021, according to the ...Read more

D.A. forms task force to investigate horse deaths at Santa Anita

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey on Tuesday announced the creation of a task force that will investigate conditions at Santa Anita Park after 23 horses died at the racetrack over a three-month period.

The task force will include deputy district attorneys and law enforcement officials within the D.A.'s office ...Read more

Pimlico Race Course to close nearly 7,000 seats one month before thousands arrive for Preakness Stakes

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BALTIMORE -- The last remaining historic section of Pimlico Race Course is being shut down a month before the upcoming Preakness Stakes after an engineering firm determined that 6,670 seats in the Old Grandstand's open-air section are "no longer suitable to sustain that level of load bearing weight."

The Maryland Jockey Club has scheduled a ...Read more

Ten contenders to watch for the Kentucky Derby

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The field of leading Kentucky Derby contenders has shifted considerably in the past two weeks, with upsets in both the Florida Derby and the Santa Anita Derby. Often, the Derby favorite is clear coming out of the first weekend in April, but that's not the case this year.

An unusually loaded field will compete in Saturday's Arkansas Derby, and ...Read more

Jockeys' Guild agrees to call off no-whip day at Santa Anita

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LOS ANGELES -- The Jockeys' Guild has called off its planned no-whip day on Friday after reaching an agreement with the Thoroughbred Owners of California.

This halts an experiment that had showed no shortage of horses at the entry box but was being watched nationally to see if the lack of a whip would discourage bettors and have an impact on ...Read more

Meeting to discuss Santa Anita's ability to reassign racing dates is canceled

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LOS ANGELES -- The California Horse Racing Board canceled Friday's scheduled meeting to discuss its ability to reassign racing dates should Santa Anita elect to suspend racing in the future. The meeting was rescheduled for Thursday, April 18. No explanation was given for the postponement, although the added time gives affected parties more time ...Read more

Bob Baffert is back in the winner's circle at Santa Anita Derby

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LOS ANGELES -- Bob Baffert is no stranger to the winner's circle after the running of the Santa Anita Derby. Saturday was his ninth visit. But the question going into the $1 million race was which horse he would be greeting.

He almost met up with both of them. In a stirring stretch run, Roadster edged past Game Winner near the wire to win by ...Read more

Santa Anita Derby highlights a big Saturday at the racetrack, where horse deaths dominate talk

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LOS ANGELES -- Saturday is the biggest day of the year for the 85-year-old Santa Anita track, not just in terms of the racing, but also its survival.

Talk would normally be about who will emerge from the Santa Anita Derby to join the favorites for the Kentucky Derby. Four of the last five winners have been stabled in Southern California and two...Read more

A sport under scrutiny: Why are horses dying at Santa Anita?

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LOS ANGELES -- It was more than a decade ago that thoroughbred racing thought it had found a surefire way to reduce injuries -- and fatalities -- among its horses.

California and Kentucky helped spearhead a movement to rip up traditional dirt tracks and replace them with synthetic compounds designed to prevent 1,000-pound animals from breaking ...Read more

Sen. Dianne Feinstein calls for suspension of races at Santa Anita

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LOS ANGELES -- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein called for the suspension of races at Santa Anita until an investigation into what has caused 23 horses to die at the track since late December is complete.

In a letter sent to California Horse Racing Board chairman Chuck Winner on Tuesday, Feinstein, a Democrat, wrote she is "appalled that almost...Read more

Latest horse death at Santa Anita leaves racing's giants fearing the worst

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LOS ANGELES -- The television cameras lined up horizontally every 15 feet, facing the Santa Anita race track with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background, a view that for the horse racing industry has become an unwelcome staple of morning television.

It was here Monday morning that track operators, trainers, jockeys and media specialists ...Read more

Another horse fatality at Santa Anita; 23 thoroughbreds have died at track since Dec. 26

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LOS ANGELES -- A 23rd horse fatality has occurred at Santa Anita since Dec. 26 when Arms Runner fell on the dirt crossover portion of the hillside turf course Sunday and was later euthanized. La Sardane, who was behind Arms Runner, couldn't avoid the fallen horse, tripped and went to the ground, but got right back up.

The death was confirmed by...Read more

Maximum Security, a lightly regarded horse bought for $16,000, wins 68th Florida Derby

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- In late December the horse was bought for $16,000 in a claiming race at Gulfstream Park, pocket change in the pricey world of thoroughbred racing.

Suffice to say, Maximum Security is worth a little more today -- his value skyrocketing on Saturday on the very same track where he'd been purchased for peanuts 10 weeks ...Read more

Santa Anita reopens and finishes first day back with no horse deaths

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ARCADIA, Calif. -- Almost a month after Santa Anita stopped racing because of a surge in horse deaths, the track reopened under a cloudless sky on Friday and completed its eight-race card with no incidents.

The last day Santa Anita held live racing was March 3, but a series of deaths that now total 22 forced the track to close and try and ...Read more

Ten Kentucky Derby contenders to watch

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With April fast approaching, we're entering the heart of Kentucky Derby prep season. The perceived top contenders have run their first races of the year and most are readying for their final pre-Derby tests.

We don't have a clear favorite, and it's healthy to remember that as of April 1, 2018, eventual Triple Crown winner Justify had run ...Read more

California Horse Racing Board bans use of whips except in cases of racing safety

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LOS ANGELES -- In a move that is sure to spark a national debate, the California Horse Racing Board took the first step to abolishing the use of the whip in the state when it passed a rule that would restrict jockeys from using a riding crop except in rare cases when the safety of jockeys or horses is in question.

There is still a 45-day period...Read more

Santa Anita might abolish the use of whips by jockeys

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LOS ANGELES -- It was four years ago that American Pharoah made horse racing the biggest story in sports, if only for one weekend, when he became the first horse to win the Triple Crown in nearly four decades.

It was an accomplishment that never would have been realized had he not won the first of those races, the Kentucky Derby. And that ...Read more

Stronach Group calls on Baltimore to 'immediately' withdraw lawsuit to seize Pimlico, Preakness Stakes

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BALTIMORE -- The owner of Pimlico Race Course sent a letter Wednesday to the city of Baltimore's top lawyer, asking him to withdraw an attempt to seize ownership of the track and the Preakness Stakes on the grounds that under Maryland law, only the state has the authority to seek such action.

Mayor Catherine Pugh sued The Stronach Group's ...Read more