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Sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah dies at 13

Mar. 18, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — WinStar Farm says that stallion Pioneerof the Nile, sire of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, has died. Owner Ahmed Zayat confirmed the death of the 13-year-old to the Associated Press on Monday and said he was "like a family member." WinStar stated on its web site that...

Omaha Beach beats Game Winner in Rebel 2nd division

Mar. 16, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Omaha Beach edged 1-2 favorite Game Winner on Saturday in the second division of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn after Long Range Toddy staged a neck upset in the first division. Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Omaha Beach ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.42. The colt earned 37.5...

Santa Anita to ban medication, whips on race days

Mar. 14, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita will ban the use of medication and whips on racing days after the 22nd horse fatality in 2 1/2 months occurred at the historic track Thursday. The move by owner The Stronach Group would make Santa Anita the first racetrack in the nation to impose such restrictions in a...

Haikal scores upset win in Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct

Mar. 9, 2019 6:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Haikal won the $300,000 Gotham Stakes by one length at Aqueduct, earning 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Rajiv Maragh, Haikal ran one mile in 1:35.63 on Saturday and paid $10.80, $4.90 and $2.90. The 3-year-old colt is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin. Mind Control...

Column: Horse racing needs to clean up its act _ or go away

Mar. 8, 2019 6:06 PM EST

It was supposed to be one of the most thrilling days of the year at Santa Anita. Two big races at the historic Southern California track, including one of the top preps for the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert in the house, sending out a pair of undefeated 3-year-olds. But the place will be empty on Saturday. After...

Santa Anita reopens training track while testing continues

Mar. 8, 2019 3:03 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita reopened its training track Friday while testing continues on its main dirt track to try to find out why 21 horses have died in the last two months. Horses were restricted to jogging or galloping on the three-quarter mile training track. No timed workouts were allowed on...

Santa Anita tested as hoof beats yield to sounds of silence

Mar. 7, 2019 5:55 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — The dirt track at eerily quiet Santa Anita is being tested extensively after the deaths of 21 thoroughbreds in two months forced the indefinite cancellation of racing and disrupted the workaday world of horses, trainers and jockeys. The sound of pounding hooves on the dirt was...

Roadster wins at Santa Anita, back on Ky Derby trail

Mar. 1, 2019 10:40 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Roadster, idle since a third-place finish Sept. 3, returned to the races with a 2 1/2-length victory in the $57,000 feature at Santa Anita. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert says the colt is "back on the (Kentucky) Derby trail." He says the colt turned in quite a performance off a...

Game Winner among 362 horses eligible for Triple Crown

Feb. 6, 2019 12:56 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Unbeaten Game Winner, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and last year's 2-year-old champion, is among 362 3-year-old thoroughbreds made eligible during the early nomination period to compete in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Other top horses include Gunmetal...

Mucho Gusto wins Robert Lewis for Baffert at Santa Anita

Feb. 2, 2019 7:34 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Bob Baffert's second-string colt won a Kentucky Derby prep race. Don't discount Mucho Gusto. Last year, Baffert's top Derby hopeful McKinzie got injured. Second-stringer Justify went on to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont, giving Baffert a second Triple Crown in three years....