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Trainer Richard Mandella wins, loses at Santa Anita

Oct. 5, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Richard Mandella experienced the highest high and lowest low at Santa Anita on Saturday, with Omaha Beach successfully winning his comeback after a six-month layoff while another of the trainer's horses died of a suspected heart attack. Former Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach...

32nd horse dies at Santa Anita after catastrophic injury

Sep. 28, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old colt sustained a catastrophic injury in the eighth race at Santa Anita and was euthanized Saturday, the 32nd horse to die at the track since December. Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez was tossed off in the incident on the second day of the fall meet...

31-1 shot Math Wizard solves $1 million Pennsylvania Derby

Sep. 21, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — Math Wizard won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at 31-1 odds on Saturday, edging Mr. Money by a neck in a race missing disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security. Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Math Wizard ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.94 at Parx Racing. "I was screaming so loud I lost...

Maximum Security forced out of Pa. Derby with colon issue

Sep. 18, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Maximum Security, the colt who crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby only to be disqualified for interference, won't run in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby this weekend because of a colon issue. Trainer Jason Servis said Tuesday that the Haskell Invitational and...

Baffert: Justify's positive test came from contaminated food

Sep. 12, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert denied giving 2018 Triple Crown winning horse Justify a banned substance that caused a positive test prior to last year's Kentucky Derby and blamed the result on contaminated food. Baffert said Thursday that he "unequivocally" rejects the implication he'd give Justify or any other...

Report: Justify failed drug test before Triple Crown run

Sep. 11, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after a failed postrace drug test at a California track that could have kept the horse out of the Kentucky Derby. The newspaper reported Wednesday that Bob Baffert-trained Justify tested positive for the drug scopolamine after...

Churchill Downs presents plan to offer winter racing

Sep. 6, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The home of the Kentucky Derby wants to expand into live winter racing in 2020. If approved by state racing regulators, it means overcoats and hot chocolate could come into vogue at Churchill Downs — where mint juleps and sundresses are in fashion in the spring. The famed...

3-time Kentucky Derby winner charged with drunken driving

Aug. 26, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

CORYDON, Ind. (AP) — A jockey who won the Kentucky Derby three times faces a drunken-driving charge in southern Indiana. WDRB.com reports that Calvin Borel (buh-REHL') was stopped Sunday night in Harrison County. Online court records show he's charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and...