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Joel Rosario, top, and Nadal cross the wire to win the second division of the Arkansas Derby horse race Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Ark. (Richard Rasmussen/The Sentinel-Record via AP)

Nadal off Triple Crown trail after injury at Santa Anita

May. 28, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nadal, one of trainer Bob Baffert’s early favorites for the rescheduled Triple Crown, injured his ankle after a workout at Santa Anita on Thursday and is out of contention for the series. The 3-year-old colt suffered a left front condylar fracture, Baffert said in a phone...

In this Friday, May 22, 2020 photo, Bob Baffert, two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer, lowers his bandana during an interview while keeping his distance at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Horse racing returned to the track after being idled for one and a half months because of public health officials' concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Reports: 2 horses trained by Bob Baffert fail drug tests

May. 27, 2020 12:51 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two horses from the barn of two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert have tested positive for a banned substance, according to published reports. The New York Times and Louisville Courier-Journal on Tuesday cited unidentified sources in reporting the positive tests occurred...

In this Friday, May 22, 2020 photo, grooms wearing face masks lead horses to the paddock at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Horse racing returned to the track after being idled for one and a half months because of public health officials' concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

New-look Santa Anita cashes winning ticket as racing returns

May. 23, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Horses are thundering down the stretch again at Santa Anita. There are no fans or owners cheering them on. No photos in the winner’s circle. No bets placed at the track's windows. Still, it’s a win for the sport to be back racing against the backdrop of the San Gabriel...

FILE - In this June 8, 2019, file photo, Sir Winston (7), with jockey Joel Rosario up, crosses the finish line to win the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20, 2020, without fans and serve as the opening leg of horse racing's Triple Crown for the first time in the sport's history. The New York Racing Association on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, unveiled the rescheduled date for the Belmont, which will also be contested at a shorter distance than usual. This is the first time the Belmont will lead off the Triple Crown ahead of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Belmont set for June 20 without fans, leads off Triple Crown

May. 19, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

Horse racing's Triple Crown will look different this year from start to finish. The Belmont Stakes will be run before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness for the first time and take place at a shorter distance. It will lead off the Triple Crown on June 20 in New York with no fans in attendance and at a distance of 1...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020 file photo the sun rises over the track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Horse racing is in a state of transition at a time usually reserved for Triple Crown season. The Preakness would have been run Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Baltimore. But Pimlico Race Course and many tracks across North America remain dark because of the coronavirus pandemic. There is some light at the end of the tunnel as tracks including Churchill Downs in Kentucky are getting back to live racing without fans. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, file)

Many struggling in horse racing hope return brings lifeline

May. 15, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

Instead of the Preakness running Saturday in Baltimore with perhaps another heralded Kentucky Derby winner looking to capture the second jewel of the Triple Crown, horse racing is in the midst of transition. And lower and middle class owners are in the cross hairs. Owner Maggi Moss was concerned about the fate of...

Santa Anita approved to resume live racing this weekend

May. 13, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita will resume live racing Friday after receiving approval from Los Angeles County health officials. The Arcadia track stopped live racing on March 27 by order of the county health department because of concern over the spread of the coronavirus. From March 12-27, the track...

Golden Gate Fields to resume live horse racing on May 14

May. 6, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Golden Gate Fields will resume live horse racing on May 14 after receiving provisional approval Wednesday from public health officials in Northern California. The track in Berkeley temporarily suspended racing on April 2 at the order of Alameda County public health officials in response...

Joel Rosario, top, and Nadal cross the wire to win the second division of the Arkansas Derby horse race Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Ark. (Richard Rasmussen/The Sentinel-Record via AP)

Charlatan, Nadal give Bob Baffert sweep in Arkansas Derby

May. 2, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Charlatan romped to victory by six lengths in the first division of the Arkansas Derby and Nadal won the second division by three lengths, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a sweep Saturday when the Kentucky Derby was postponed. The 146th Derby usually would have dominated...

In this image taken from video provided by NBC Sports, Secretariat, right, crosses the finish line to win a computer-simulated version of the Kentucky Derby horse race between the 13 winners of the Triple Crown, Saturday, May 2, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. The race was part of NBC's substitute programming after the Kentucky Derby was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. (NBC Sports via AP)

Secretariat wins virtual Kentucky Derby

May. 2, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

Secretariat won a virtual Kentucky Derby against 12 fellow Triple Crown winners, 47 years after the chestnut colt won the real race at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/4-mile race featuring computer-generated imagery was held Saturday, the same day the 146th Derby had been scheduled until it was postponed by the...

FILE - In this May 2, 2015, file photo, Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to victory in the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. American Pharaoh went on to win the Triple Crown a few weeks later. More than a dozen thoroughbreds had come up a race short of becoming racing’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, until American Pharoah ended the 37-year drought in 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

AP Was There: American Pharoah gives trainer a long-awaited 4th Derby win

May. 1, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — More than a dozen thoroughbreds had come up a race short of becoming racing’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. American Pharoah ended the 37-year drought in 2015 by winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. His historic quest began with the...