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Empire Maker, Belmont winner and prolific sire, dies at 20

Jan. 21, 2020 1:03 AM EST

Empire Maker, who won the 2003 Belmont Stakes to spoil Funny Cide's Triple Crown bid and went on to become a prolific stallion, died of a rare disease that compromised his immune system. He was 20 years old. Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, said Monday that Empire Maker died Saturday. He was bred and raced...

Trainer sues California racing board over Justify drug test

Jan. 13, 2020 10:25 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trainer Mick Ruis sued the California Horse Racing Board on Monday, alleging it intentionally failed to discharge its public duty when the board hid and subsequently dismissed Justify's positive drug test in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby. Ruis trained and owned Bolt d'Oro, who finished...

In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, Authentic and jockey Drayden Van Dyke win the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

Authentic gives Baffert Ky Derby contender with Sham victory

Jan. 4, 2020 6:36 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Authentic led all the way in winning the $100,000 Sham Stakes by 7 3/4 lengths at Santa Anita, giving five-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert another contender for the first leg of the Triple Crown. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Authentic ran a mile in 1:37.57 on Saturday....

FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, Luis Saez rides Maximum Security, second from right, during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Country House was declared the winner after Maximum Security was disqualified following a review by race stewards. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Bricks and Mortar headlines list of Eclipse Award finalists

Jan. 4, 2020 2:05 PM EST

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bricks and Mortar had a perfect 2019 record and might have a couple more trophies coming his way. The leading money-winning horse in North America last year headlines the three Eclipse Award finalists for Horse of the Year, to be presented at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 23. Bricks...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints' Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in New Orleans. From the moment two officials watched a Los Angeles Rams defender slam into a New Orleans receiver well before the ball arrived and failed to throw a flag for pass interference that was obvious to tens of millions of fans watching at home, officiating and replay became a constant theme in 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Replay dominated sports in 2019, and expect more this year

Jan. 1, 2020 1:09 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — From the moment two officials failed to throw a flag for obvious pass interference on a play that helped decide the NFC championship — stunning the players, coaches and millions of fans — officiating and replay became a constant theme in 2019. No matter the sport, fans...

Montana horse racing simulcast network to end with new year

Dec. 31, 2019 1:22 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana businessman has announced that the state's horse racing simulcast network is expected to end this week. Businessman Nick Alonzo has operated Montana Simulcast Racing LLC every day since 2012, but he's not expecting to renew a one-year contract with the Montana Board of...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints' Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Column: It's the Newby Awards, honoring best, worst of 2019

Dec. 30, 2019 3:17 PM EST

And the winner is ... Miss Philippines? No, no, no. Sorry, Steve Harvey, we'll pass on your offer to host of the Newby Awards. Who else might be available? We'd love to have Monday Night Football Cat, if only we could track down the feral feline that wandered onto the field during an NFL game at the...

FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, United States' Megan Rapinoe lifts up a trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match between U.S. and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. “We’ve done exactly what we set out to do, done exactly what we wanted to do, said what we feel,” said Rapinoe. “I know sometimes my voice is louder, but everybody is in this together.” (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Karma had a hand in top 5 'feel-good' sports moments of 2019

Dec. 25, 2019 7:35 AM EST

Karma had a career year in 2019. She draped a green jacket on Tiger Woods, handed soccer’s World Cup to a tough-as-nails U.S. Women’s National Team, shipped the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy to a cool-as-they-come rookie coach and players from the Great White North, righted a wrong that...

FILE- In this July 15, 2019 file photo, Darrell Raleigh, from left, Donna Raleigh and their grandson, Daniel Lowe, 5, look over their utility bills as they wait in the Holy Trinity Church in Harlan, Ky., hopeful of having their electric bills paid for by the Catholic Church. Sichko handed out more than $20,000 to miners who are struggling to pay bills after the coal company they work for filed for bankruptcy protection. This was one of the top stories in Kentucky in 2019. (Alton Strupp/Courier Journal via AP, File)

Beshear victory voted Kentucky's top news story of 2019

Dec. 21, 2019 10:37 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Andy Beshear's election as governor, settling one of Kentucky's most epic political feuds, has been voted the top news story of 2019 in the bluegrass state. Beshear overcame the state's strong GOP leanings to oust Republican Matt Bevin in the November election and make...

Maximum Security smokes them in Cigar Mile

Dec. 7, 2019 5:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Maximum Security concluded a tumultuous season with a decisive victory Saturday in the $750,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct. Maximum Security was the first horse to be disqualified for interference in the 145-year history of the Kentucky Derby. That was one of only two defeats in an otherwise...