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Racehorse takes lead, dies at Laurel Park; Maryland's 12th

Jun. 18, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A 5-year-old horse died of a suspected heart attack during a race at Laurel Park, the 12th racehorse to die in Maryland this year. The Baltimore Sun reports the mare named Follow the Petals collapsed on Sunday immediately after she had taken the lead in her race. The jockey was unharmed....

Maximum Security beaten in first start since Derby DQ

Jun. 16, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — The Triple Crown series was marked by the unexpected and the whacky 3-year-old season continued when Maximum Security returned to racing for the first time since being disqualified in the Kentucky Derby. Sent off as the overwhelming 1-20 favorite, Maximum Security simply got beat....

Kentucky Derby winner Country House to get extended break

Jun. 16, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Country House is getting an extended break and likely won't race again until 2020. Trainer Bill Mott says the colt isn't expected to race again as a 3-year-old. He says Country House hasn't shown the same eagerness to train as he had leading up to the Kentucky...

Jockey Rafael Bejarano rides 4,000th winner at Santa Anita

Jun. 15, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Jockey Rafael Bejarano rode his 4,000th career winner at Santa Anita. He guided filly Portal Creek to a 3 ¾-length victory in the third race Saturday for trainer Bob Hess Jr. The 36-year-old Peruvian jockey says Santa Anita has always been a special place for him. He won six...

Maximum Security to race for 1st time since Kentucky Derby

Jun. 13, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Maximum Security is heading back to the races. The colt, who two months ago crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby only to be disqualified, was among six 3-year-olds entered Thursday for the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday. "The horse had a really good...

Review team to decide if horses fit to race at Santa Anita

Jun. 13, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita has put together a five-member team to review horses' medical, training and racing history for the final six racing days at the Southern California track where 29 horses have died since December. The Arcadia track's season ends June 23, with racing Friday, Saturday and...

Baltimore withdraws lawsuit against owner of Preakness track

Jun. 12, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore announced Wednesday that it has withdrawn a lawsuit against the owner and operator of the historic city racetrack that hosts the Preakness Stakes, the Triple Crown series' middle jewel and the second-oldest track in America. Earlier this year, Maryland's biggest city had asked a...

Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera coming to Saratoga Race Course

Jun. 12, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Opening weekend festivities at Saratoga Race Course will feature an appearance by former New York Yankees star Mariano Rivera. The New York Racing Association announced Wednesday it will honor Rivera July 12 with a ceremony in the winner's circle in recognition of baseball's...

Trainer weighing whether Maximum Security races this weekend

Jun. 12, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — The trainer of Maximum Security plans to decide Thursday whether the colt will race this weekend in his first start since finishing first in the Kentucky Derby and being disqualified. Jason Servis was uncertain Wednesday whether to run Maximum Security on Sunday in the Pegasus Stakes...

Pucks and ponies abroad: Olczyk to work first Royal Ascot

Jun. 11, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

Eddie Olczyk already bounces back and forth during the spring between the NHL playoffs and horse racing's Triple Crown. Now he's adding a new stop on his pucks and ponies tour. Olczyk will go from the broadcast booth at Boston's TD Garden for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to Ascot Racecourse in England to work...