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4th horse dies in training at Del Mar

Aug. 12, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — A fourth horse has died in training at Del Mar. A spokesman for the track located north of San Diego confirmed Monday's fatality. Bri Bri, an unraced 3-year-old filly trained by Jim Cassidy, sustained a broken pelvis after a workout under exercise rider Abel Hernandez, who wasn't...

Bid to bring horse racing back to Berkshires faces hurdles

Aug. 11, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — The owners of the former Suffolk Downs racetrack in Boston are stepping up efforts to bring live horse racing to the Berkshires for the first time in more than two decades. But the Berkshire Eagle reports obstacles remain to the plan to host racing at the Great Barrington...

Horse collapses, dies on track at Kentucky Downs Preview Day

Aug. 5, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — A race horse that ran in the Kentucky Downs Preview Day has died. News outlets report a 7-year-old gelding named Sir Navigator collapsed twice Sunday after finishing fourth in the Preview Turf Sprint at Ellis Park in Henderson. The Henderson Gleaner reports the horse died while being...

Live horse racing returning to Virginia after 5-year absence

Aug. 4, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

NEW KENT, Va. (AP) — Live horse racing is returning to Virginia after a 5-year absence. Colonial Downs, which has been dormant since 2014, is launching a 15-day race meeting beginning on Thursday. The live racing follows an infusion of revenue from historical horse racing machines, which function like slot...

McKinzie gives Baffert 1st win in $1M Whitney at Saratoga

Aug. 3, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — McKinzie won the $1 million Whitney by 1 3/4 lengths at Saratoga on Saturday, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his first victory in the Grade 1 race. It was Baffert's second starter in the race and first since 2004. McKinzie earned an automatic berth to the $6 million...

Forbidden Trade wins $1 million Hambletonian at Meadowlands

Aug. 3, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The $1 million Hambletonian was supposed to be the showcase for 27-year-old Sweden trainer Marcus Melander and his barn of top 3-year-old trotters. A bunch of Canadians stole the spotlight. Long-shot Forbidden Trade held off Melander's heavily favored Greenshoe in the closing...

Johansson could be 3rd female trainer to win Hambletonian

Aug. 2, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Nancy Johansson knows the feeling of winning a Hambletonian. The daughter of recently retired Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter was the caretaker of Muscle Massive when the colt won trotting's biggest race in 2010. He ended up as the second of her father's four Hambletonian...

New Mexico regulators decline to grant 6th 'racino' license

Aug. 1, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico horse racing regulators announced Thursday they have declined to grant a sixth state horse track and casino license after months of uncertainty and millions spent by applicants. At a regularly scheduled New Mexico Racing Commission meeting, commission chair Beverly...

27-year-old Marcus Melander among top trainers in trotting

Aug. 1, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Marcus Melander is among the best trainers in trotting at just 27. Sixteen 3-year-olds are entered in $1.2 million Hambletonian on Saturday at the Meadowlands, trotting's most prestigious race. The three favored colts in the field are all trained by Melander. Gimpanzee is the...

Legislature enters summer recess with unfinished business

Aug. 1, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Legislature has begun a summer recess without finalizing several key bills. The House and Senate met until nearly midnight on Wednesday but never took what had been a widely anticipated vote on legislation aimed at cracking down on distracted driving by prohibiting motorists...