Latest Thoroughbred racing News

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...

Beshear chooses Cameron to fill remainder of his term as AG

Dec. 6, 2019 7:05 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Reaching across party lines, Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear said Friday that he will appoint Republican Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron to become Kentucky's top law enforcement officer a few weeks early. Cameron's selection to serve the final weeks of Beshear's term as...

Del Mar cancels Thanksgiving racing with rain in forecast

Nov. 24, 2019 11:59 AM EST

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — With the forecast calling for substantial rain in Southern California next week, Del Mar has canceled Thanksgiving Day racing. Track officials said Saturday that they would shift several of the races from Thursday’s card, including the $100,000 Red Carpet Stakes, to expanded...

Horse racing’s major players form safety coalition

Nov. 19, 2019 8:55 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A group of horse racing organizations has announced the formation of a coalition to promote enhanced safety protections and work together to develop new reforms in a sport roiled by a series of equine deaths. The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition introduced Tuesday includes Churchill...

Owners of disqualified Kentucky Derby winner plan appeal

Nov. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The owners of Maximum Security say they will appeal a federal judge’s dismissal of their lawsuit that seeks to challenge the decision to disqualify their horse as winner of the Kentucky Derby. Gary West said in a statement Monday that he has authorized his attorneys to file an...

Judge dismisses suit by owners of Derby DQ Maximum Security

Nov. 15, 2019 11:16 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the owners of Maximum Security seeking to challenge the decision to disqualify their horse as the winner of the Kentucky Derby. Owners Gary and Mary West wanted the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky to reverse the...

Del Mar preemptively cancels racing for Nov. 21

Nov. 15, 2019 2:46 PM EST

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Del Mar is preemptively canceling racing for Nov. 21 because of projected rain from the season’s first storm in Southern California. Track officials said Friday the cancellation is due to “an abundance of caution” because rain forecast from Tuesday through...

Breeders' Cup votes in new CEO Drew Fleming

Nov. 6, 2019 2:07 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Breeders' Cup has named Drew Fleming as president and chief executive officer. The board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Fleming as the replacement for Craig Fravel, who quit after last weekend's world championships at Santa Anita to join The Stronach Group,...

Drug samples from Breeders' Cup horses cleared by lab

Nov. 6, 2019 12:05 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — All samples collected from horses competing in the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita have tested clear. The Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at UC Davis announced the results on Tuesday. All horses competing in Breeders' Cup races last weekend underwent pre-race...

Tragedy strikes Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita despite reform

Nov. 3, 2019 7:09 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — The Breeders' Cup and Santa Anita came within 220 yards of staging a safe weekend of championship racing. It all came down to the $6 million Classic in front of nearly 70,000 fans and a prime-time television audience. The 11-horse field thundered out of the final turn, with favorite...