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Jockey Mejia banned 10 years for using 'buzzer' at Monmouth

Sep. 16, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Jockey Tomas Mejia has been been banned 10 years for using an electronic device to win a race at Monmouth Park earlier this month. In a ruling announced Thursday, the stewards at Monmouth Park also fined the 26-year-old Panamanian $5,000 and...

Sports wagering in Maryland in development stage before bets

Sep. 11, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Sports wagering in Maryland is now authorized thanks to a 2020 ballot initiative and a 2021 law, but it may be until 2022 that gamblers get to make their bets on games. Two state agencies are now carrying out the details that will lead to issuing...

Horses entered by suspended trainers can't earn Derby points

Sep. 10, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Points from races in the series that earn berths in the Kentucky Derby won’t be awarded to any horse trained by an individual who is suspended from entering the Kentucky Derby in 2022. The rule announced Friday by Churchill Downs also applies to...

Baffert charged by New York Racing, scheduled for hearing

Sep. 10, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Racing Association has charged Bob Baffert with detrimental conduct and scheduled a hearing for the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer to respond to those allegations. NYRA announced the beginning of the hearing process Friday, adding the...

Churchill Downs plans ceremony to dedicate statues

Sep. 10, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs plans a ceremony next week to to dedicate statues honoring two men who played an important roles at the racetrack. The sculpture by artist Raymond Graf depicts John Asher sitting on a horse shoe bench and talking with Col. Matt...

Magnet milestones move distant nuclear fusion dream closer

Sep. 09, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

SAINT-PAUL-LES-DURANCE, France (AP) — Teams working on two continents have marked similar milestones in their respective efforts to tap an energy source key to the fight against climate change: They’ve each produced very impressive magnets. On Thursday, scientists at...

Saratoga generates record handle topping $800 million

Sep. 07, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The summer meet at Saratoga Race Course generated a record wagering handle of more than $815 million, the New York Racing Association announced after the close of the 40-day meet. The previous record was $705.3 million, set in 2019. Average...

Equine center, with racing tracks, proposed for Sturbridge

Sep. 04, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

STURBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A longtime racehorse owner wants to build a $25 million equine center with horse racing and sports betting in Sturbridge. The Sturbridge Agricultural and Equestrian Center, proposed by Armand Janjigian, would include a dirt track and a turf...

Business hub planned for former Maine race track sells out

Sep. 04, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A new business hub planned for the site of a former horse racing track in Maine is sold out. The former Scarborough Downs is being redeveloped into an “innovation district” by Crossroads Holdings of Portland. The company said the 154-acre...

Leading Minnesota race horse owners accused in Ponzi scheme

Sep. 01, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota couple whose race horses have been among the most successful at Canterbury Park over the years is accused of defrauding 200 investors of nearly $18 million in an investment scam. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that...