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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...

Official: Santa Anita cancels racing after 21 horse deaths

Mar. 5, 2019 11:34 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita has canceled racing indefinitely to re-examine its dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that racing won't be held this...

Breeders' Cup winner Battle of Midway euthanized

Feb. 23, 2019 10:11 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Battle of Midway, winner of the 2017 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, was euthanized after sustaining injuries during a workout. Dr. Rick Arthur, equine medical director of the California Horse Racing Board, says the 5-year-old bay was put down Saturday after a five-furlong workout. Battle...

Jockey Craig Perret among 9 finalists for racing HOF

Feb. 14, 2019 2:32 PM EST

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Jockey Craig Perret, trainers Mark Casse, Christophe Clement and the late David Whiteley, and five thoroughbreds are contemporary finalists for the National Museum of Racing's 2019 Hall of Fame ballot. The racehorses are Blind Luck, Gio Ponti, Havre de Grace, Rags to Riches...

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...

City of Light wins $9 million Pegasus World Cup

Jan. 26, 2019 6:34 PM EST

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — City of Light and Accelerate went head-to-head twice last year, each winning once and setting up what figured to be a showdown in the final race of their careers. City of Light decided to make it a romp instead. Going into retirement with an absolute flourish, City of Light...

Accelerate looks to go out with a Pegasus victory

Jan. 25, 2019 12:52 PM EST

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Accelerate strode into the walking ring at Gulfstream Park earlier this week, part of a field trip to show him the route he'll take on the way to the final race of his career. He got shown the paddock, the grandstand, the path that leads to the track. The finish line wasn't...

Accelerate the early favorite to win Pegasus World Cup

Jan. 22, 2019 3:42 PM EST

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Accelerate's big week is here, and it's off to a start his connections wanted. Accelerate is the 9-5 early favorite to win Saturday's $9 million Pegasus World Cup, drawing the No. 5 post in a field of 12 for the race to be run over 1 1/8 miles of dirt at Gulfstream Park. It'll...