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Ray York, winning jockey in 1954 Kentucky Derby, dies at 86

Feb. 26, 2020 5:25 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ray York, who won the 1954 Kentucky Derby aboard Determine at age 20 and rode in a record seven consecutive decades, has died. He was 86. Michael McKay, his longtime girlfriend, said he died Sunday after a year-long struggle with pneumonia at an extended care facility near Bakersfield,...

FILE - In this May 18, 2019, file photo, horses in the day's eleventh horse race pass part of a closed grandstand at Pimlico Race Course ahead of the Preakness Stakes horse race in Baltimore. A measure in Maryland to redevelop Pimlico Race Course to keep the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown in Baltimore is scheduled for a hearing before state lawmakers. 
The “Racing and Community Development Act of 2020” is set for a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Maryland bill would redevelop home of Preakness horse race

Feb. 25, 2020 5:24 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A plan to redevelop the dilapidated Pimlico Race Course and keep the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore was outlined Tuesday to Maryland lawmakers, who would have to approve the $389 million proposal. The plan to keep the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown calls for redeveloping...

Shartin N is harness racing's Horse of the Year

Feb. 23, 2020 10:39 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Shartin N is the first older pacing mare honored as harness racing’s Horse of the Year. Now 7, Shartin N won 15 of 19 races in 2019. She earned $982,177 for owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. The New Zealand import also became the first horse...

FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, Flavien Prat rides Country House to victory during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Luis Saez on Maximum Security finished first but was disqualified. Country House has been retired because of a foot ailment. The 4-year-old developed laminitis in his right front foot and was hospitalized last summer to treat the condition. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Kentucky Derby winner Country House retired with foot injury

Feb. 15, 2020 2:30 AM EST

Country House, the horse who won the Kentucky Derby in 2019 after the first horse over the finish line was disqualified, has been retired because of a foot ailment. Blackwood Stables on Friday said Country House won't race again after being treated for laminitis in his right front foot. He finished second in the...

Horse dies on training track at Santa Anita, 6th since Dec.

Feb. 11, 2020 8:21 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A horse died on the training track at Santa Anita last weekend, the sixth death at the track since late December. A 6-year-old gelding named Double Touch and trained by John Sadler suffered what was described as a “sudden death” on Saturday, according to an incident...

Maine Legislature sustains governor's veto of sports betting

Feb. 11, 2020 6:17 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers did not muster enough support Tuesday to override a veto of a sports betting proposal, and the governor urged lawmakers to “slow down" and see how it plays out in other states. The 85-57 vote in the Maine House fell short of a two-thirds majority needed to...

Nadal wins San Vicente at Santa Anita for Baffert

Feb. 9, 2020 8:02 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Nadal won the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes by three-quarters of a length on Sunday, giving trainer Bob Baffert another Kentucky Derby possibility. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Nadal ran seven furlongs in 1:22.59 and paid $2.60 to win as the 1-5 favorite in the six-horse field. It was...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, right, and Republican state Rep. Adam Koenig, left, teamed up at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Frankfort, Ky., to push for passage of a bill to legalize sports betting in Kentucky. The proposal cleared a House committee in mid-January but has been awaiting a vote in the full House since then. (AP Photo/ Bruce Schreiner)

Sports betting bill stumbles from starting gate in Kentucky

Feb. 7, 2020 12:42 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a state where betting on the Kentucky Derby is seen as a rite of passage, efforts to legalize wagering on other sports have barely gotten out of the starting gate. A bill to allow wagering on sports other than horse racing has exposed tensions among Republicans who control the...

Maine Senate overrides governor's veto on sports betting

Feb. 6, 2020 1:45 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate kept alive a proposal to allow sports betting in the state, voting 20-10 Thursday to override the governor's veto. The bill now faces a vote in the House, likely next week. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills vetoed the bill last month, saying she was...

Storm the Court among 347 horses eligible for Triple Crown

Feb. 5, 2020 2:21 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Storm the Court, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and last year's 2-year-old champion, is among 347 3-year-old thoroughbreds made eligible during the early nomination period to compete in this year's Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont stakes. Other top horses include...