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Jockey Drayden Van Dyke wins record-tying 7 races at Del Mar

Aug. 19, 2018 11:48 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Jockey Drayden Van Dyke won a record-tying seven races at Del Mar, including the $200,000 Del Mar Mile. He tied Hall of Famer Victor Espinoza for most wins in a single day in the seaside track's history. Van Dyke's only loss in eight mounts Sunday came when he finished second in the...

Accelerate runs away with Pacific Classic at Del Mar

Aug. 18, 2018 11:18 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Trainer John Sadler woke up feeling confident on Pacific Classic day, believing he had the best horse in the field. "The toughest thing all day was getting into the parking lot," he said. Accelerate never gave Sadler reason for concern, living up to his name with a record 12...

Santa Anita to rename race in honor of American Pharoah

Aug. 18, 2018 8:23 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita will rename a Grade 1 stakes race in honor of 2015 Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. The track says the American Pharoah Stakes for 2-year-olds will be run at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 29. The race was formerly known as the FrontRunner Stakes, which American Pharoah won...

Santa Anita, Keeneland, Del Mar are Breeders' Cup sites

Aug. 17, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Breeders' Cup has chosen Santa Anita, Keeneland and Del Mar to host its World Championships from 2019-2021 respectively, continuing its recent venue rotation between California and Kentucky tracks. Santa Anita will host the season-ending event for a record 10th time in Nov. 1-2,...

Police arrest suspect after historic fountain damaged

Aug. 8, 2018 12:28 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Police have accused an upstate New York man of vandalizing a historic fountain that dates back nearly 150 years. The Saratoga Springs Police Department says a 30-year-old man who lives in the city was charged Tuesday with criminal mischief. He was identified after the...

Diversify wins Grade 1 Whitney in slop at Saratoga

Aug. 4, 2018 8:47 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Diversify won the $1.2 million Whitney by 3 1/2 lengths over Mind Your Biscuits in the slop Saturday at Saratoga. Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Diversify ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.62 and paid $5.20 to win as the 8-5 favorite in the eight-horse field. The Grade 1 victory gave...

Altanta becomes 14th filly to win Hambletonian

Aug. 4, 2018 6:36 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Atlanta became the 14th filly winner in Hambletonian history Saturday at the Meadowlands, taking the famed $1 million trotting race for 3-year-olds in an emotional victory for the Canadian father-son team of Rick and Scott Zeron. Atlanta was the first Hambletonian starter for...

Jockey Victor Espinoza in neck brace at home after accident

Aug. 3, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza is wearing a neck brace while recovering at his San Diego home after fracturing a vertebra during a training accident at Del Mar. Agent Brian Beach says on Twitter that the 46-year-old rider spent 11 days in the hospital and at a rehabilitation...

Filly Atlanta takes on colts in $1.2 million Hambletonian

Aug. 3, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Atlanta will try to become the first filly to win the Hambletonian in 22 years when she takes on 17 rivals in trotting's most prestigious event at the Meadowlands. Undefeated in five starts, the Rick Zeron-trained filly is the 3-1 second choice in the first of two $100,000...

Cot Campbell among new inductees in Racing Hall of Fame

Aug. 3, 2018 12:42 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Dogwood Stable President Cot Campbell is among the newest members of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The 90-year-old Campbell was inducted Friday during ceremonies held near the museum, located across the street from Saratoga Race Course. Joining him in the...