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Not changing horses in midstream: Saratoga keeps race format

Dec. 3, 2019 5:12 PM EST

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Saratoga Race Course will again have races five days a week next summer. The New York Racing Association said Tuesday the 2020 schedule will once more feature 40 days of racing, with Mondays and Tuesdays dark. The meet opens July 16 and ends Labor Day on Sept. 7. Last...

Horse euthanized after training breakdown at Del Mar

Dec. 1, 2019 12:01 PM EST

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old gelding that suffered a breakdown in a workout at Del Mar has been euthanized, the fifth horse to die during the fall meet that ends Sunday. Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, Koa was euthanized on Saturday. He had three wins in 10 career starts and earnings of...

Del Mar cancels Thanksgiving racing with rain in forecast

Nov. 24, 2019 11:59 AM EST

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — With the forecast calling for substantial rain in Southern California next week, Del Mar has canceled Thanksgiving Day racing. Track officials said Saturday that they would shift several of the races from Thursday’s card, including the $100,000 Red Carpet Stakes, to expanded...

Santa Anita to race less this winter in bad weather

Nov. 21, 2019 5:53 PM EST

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita will race less, if at all, in inclement weather during its winter-spring meet that begins on Dec. 26, although what factors will decide whether racing occurs in such conditions haven’t been announced. Led by new chairman Gregory Ferraro, the California Horse Racing...

California Horse Racing Board elects vet as new chairman

Nov. 21, 2019 1:43 PM EST

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — The California Horse Racing Board has chosen a longtime veterinarian as its new chairman. Gregory Ferraro was elected Thursday during the board’s meeting at Del Mar racetrack north of San Diego. He was appointed to the governing body five months ago by Gov. Gavin Newsom....

Money raised to install equine MRI at Santa Anita

Nov. 19, 2019 9:23 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A fundraising campaign to install an equine MRI at Santa Anita has been successful, and it’s expected to be in place during the troubled track’s winter-spring meet that begins on Dec. 26. Karen Klawitter, CEO of the Southern California Equine Foundation, said Tuesday...

Horse racing’s major players form safety coalition

Nov. 19, 2019 8:55 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A group of horse racing organizations has announced the formation of a coalition to promote enhanced safety protections and work together to develop new reforms in a sport roiled by a series of equine deaths. The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition introduced Tuesday includes Churchill...

Filly dies after workout at Del Mar, other horse euthanized

Nov. 18, 2019 9:59 PM EST

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old filly has collapsed and died after a workout at Del Mar, while another horse that was injured in a race on Nov. 10 has been euthanized, making it four horses that have died since the track’s fall meet began Nov. 8. Slewgoodtobetrue died in the barn area Sunday. A...

Owners of disqualified Kentucky Derby winner plan appeal

Nov. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The owners of Maximum Security say they will appeal a federal judge’s dismissal of their lawsuit that seeks to challenge the decision to disqualify their horse as winner of the Kentucky Derby. Gary West said in a statement Monday that he has authorized his attorneys to file an...

Judge dismisses suit by owners of Derby DQ Maximum Security

Nov. 15, 2019 11:16 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the owners of Maximum Security seeking to challenge the decision to disqualify their horse as the winner of the Kentucky Derby. Owners Gary and Mary West wanted the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky to reverse the...