Secretariat wins virtual Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

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Mint juleps, the "call to the post" and the sound of pounding hoofs were all imaginary Saturday, but when Secretariat crossed the finish line ahead of 12 other Triple Crown winners, there was a rose attached to NBC's "Kentucky Derby Ultimate Showdown."

The computer-generated imagery horse race was part of the network's three-hour broadcast that...Read more

A champion on Kentucky Derby Day once again — Secretariat wins 'Triple Crown Showdown'

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- For just the second time in nearly 150 years, there was no Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. The 146th Run for the Roses has been postponed until Sept. 5 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But horse racing enthusiasts were still treated to some exciting competition on the Churchill Downs main track -- albeit in ...Read more

A date for postponed Preakness remains elusive as third Saturday in May nears

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BALTIMORE -- With the original date for the Preakness Stakes two weeks away, the Maryland Jockey Club has yet to announce concrete plans for a postponed running of the state's largest annual sporting event.

It has been more than a month since Churchill Downs Inc. moved the Kentucky Derby from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of the coronavirus pandemic...Read more

Inside the 'Triple Crown Showdown' — the virtual horse race set for Kentucky Derby Day

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Churchill Downs grandstand will be an eerie sight on this first Saturday in May.

There will be no people packing one of horse racing's most hallowed grounds on its most famous day. No fancy hats or seersucker suits. No revelry in the infield or mint juleps on Millionaires Row.

And no horses on the track.

For the first ...Read more

No horses at Churchill on Saturday? Hold onto your Derby hats, here come the turtles.

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Old Forester is bringing back a racing tradition that the Bluegrass hasn't seen since World War II: The Kentucky Turtle Derby.

That's what they called it in 1945 when Churchill Downs was forced to postpone the Kentucky Derby. The track staged the race but with turtles.

Now, Old Forester bourbon is recreating "the slowest eight minutes in ...Read more

Santa Anita has plans to resume live racing on May 15

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LOS ANGELES -- Santa Anita has plans to resume live racing without spectators in mid-May, though local authorities would need to allow it.

In a letter to major stakeholders Wednesday, Santa Anita said that on Thursday it would release a condition book, where planned races are open for future entries, and planned to resume racing on May 15, when...Read more

Kentucky governor says horse racing without spectators can return next month

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday that he will allow horse racing to begin again in the state, without fans, starting next month.

Churchill Downs in Louisville had presented the governor with a "detailed proposal" last week about safely re-opening. Beshear said the two sides reached an agreement Tuesday. The track will begin accepting ...Read more

Secretariat the morning-line favorite for Saturday's virtual Kentucky Derby

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Kentucky Derby will be run Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Well, kind of.

With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down nearly every sporting event in the United States -- and postponing the "real" Kentucky Derby to Sept. 5 -- a "virtual" edition of horse racing's biggest event will happen this weekend.

Churchill Downs ...Read more

Horse owners and labor organizers call for racing to resume at Santa Anita Park

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LOS ANGELES -- About three dozen members of the horse racing industry gathered in front of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, which houses the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, on Tuesday in hopes of persuading the Board of Supervisors to push for racing to resume at Santa Anita Park.

Tuesday marked the first official meeting of ...Read more

Training accident leads to 12th horse death at Santa Anita since Dec. 26

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LOS ANGELES -- An accident during morning training Friday is the suspected cause of the death of a 12th horse at Santa Anita since the racing season was scheduled to begin Dec. 26.

Last Renegade, an unraced 2-year-old colt, was out for morning training when he unseated his rider. The horse was running loose and his saddle slipped backward and ...Read more

Kentucky Derby to raise coronavirus relief funds with virtual Triple Crown race

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There will be a Kentucky Derby race May 2 after all, Churchill Downs announced Thursday. It will be a virtual race among the 13 Triple Crown winners as part of an effort to raise up to $2 million for coronavirus relief efforts.

The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed until Sept. 5 because of the pandemic, but the race track will be celebrating ...Read more

Keeneland confirms case of COVID-19 at Thoroughbred training center

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A stable worker at Keeneland's training track on Paris Pike tested positive for the coronavirus, the track confirmed.

The woman, who is a hot walker (someone who walks horses as they cool down), works at the Thoroughbred Center, said Vince Gabbert, Keeneland vice president and COO. She tested positive about three weeks ago and...Read more

Hundreds of workers shelter in stables at Santa Anita, trying to survive racing ban

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LOS ANGELES -- Peacocks wail from a nearby arboretum, the sound ringing through a parking lot along the backstretch of Santa Anita Park racetrack. On a crisp Saturday morning, there are more than 200 cars, most of them belonging to those who bathe, brush, walk, exercise and train the hundreds of horses in the stables.

Inside is a community that...Read more

Santa Anita suffers its 11th horse death since Dec. 26

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LOS ANGELES -- Santa Anita had its 11th death since the racing year began Dec. 26 on Wednesday when M C Hamster broke down after finishing a three-furlong workout on the main dirt track. The 4-year-old filly suffered a fractured left front ankle and was euthanized.

The Arcadia track has been closed for racing since March 27 by order of the L.A....Read more

Santa Anita suffers its 10th horse death since Dec. 26 in training incident

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LOS ANGELES -- Santa Anita suffered its 10th horse death since Dec. 26 when Smiling Ali broke down on the main track during training Thursday. There currently is no live racing at the track. Santa Anita had gone 32 days without a fatality, although racing was halted March 27 by orders of the Los Angeles County Health Department because the track...Read more

Preakness InfieldFest canceled amid coronavirus concerns; race date still unknown

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BALTIMORE -- While the date of this year's second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown remains unknown, the 145th running of the Preakness Stakes will not feature InfieldFest at Pimlico Race Course.

The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club made the announcement Friday that InfieldFest 2020 will be canceled, regardless of when the race ...Read more

Santa Anita racing shut down by health department amid coronavirus pandemic

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LOS ANGELES -- Thoroughbred racing at Santa Anita Park was shut down shortly before its first post Friday by the Los Angeles County Health Department in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Training activities may continue at the track.

The move came after a frantic effort by the Arcadia track to stay open for racing before no crowds with ...Read more

Broward County officials told Gulfstream Park horse racing violated nonessential business ban, email says

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Gulfstream Park was informed earlier in the week that horse racing is not considered essential under Broward County's executive order closing businesses deemed nonessential, according to a Thursday email from Assistant County Attorney Rocio Blanco Garcia that was forwarded to Hallandale Beach officials.

The order allows...Read more

Three from same sire square off in Florida Derby. See the full field with odds.

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While this year's Kentucky Derby has been postponed from the first Saturday in May until Sept. 5 because of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, the campaign to earn a starting spot in the Run for the Roses continues.

During the post-position draw on Wednesday the field was set for Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream ...Read more

Horse racing doesn't get betting windfall amid COVID-19 sports shutdowns

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LOS ANGELES -- As legalized ways of gambling have almost come to a stop, horse racing remains the only sport still open for business. Despite that unique position, it hasn't led to a surge in popularity or revenue to the few tracks still operating.

The tracks that are still running -- Santa Anita and Los Alamitos are among the four in ...Read more