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Baltimore sues to block move of Preakness Stakes

Mar. 20, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore has ratcheted up a bitter dispute with the owners of a historic racetrack in an effort to seize a nearly 150-year-old course and block the move of one of America's premier horse races out of the city where it was first run in 1873. Under state law, the Preakness Stakes —...

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...

Santa Anita set to resume racing on March 29

Mar. 17, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita plans to resume racing on March 29, pending approval of new safety and medication rules by the California Horse Racing Board. Racing has been suspended since March 5 at the track, where 22 horses have suffered fatal injuries since Dec. 26. Limited training is being...

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...

Prosecutors look into spate of horse deaths at Santa Anita

Mar. 16, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators with a prosecutors' office have been assigned to help look into 22 recent horse deaths at Santa Anita, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Friday. The investigators will work with the California Horse Racing Board as it probes the...

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...

Old Friends retirement farm welcomes stakes winner Einstein

Mar. 12, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — A thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky has welcomed the son of a Kentucky Derby winner as its newest resident. Old Friends farm near Georgetown says five-time Grade 1 winner Einstein arrived Monday. The Brazilian-bred horse is the son of 1986 Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby...

Santa Anita resumes limited training on main dirt track

Mar. 11, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Training resumed on Santa Anita's main dirt track Monday, with horses limited to jogging and galloping while the surface is monitored for any irregularities that may have caused the deaths of 21 horses since December. Track consultant Dennis Moore said "everything went well" and that...

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...

Santa Anita's dirt track to reopen for limited training

Mar. 9, 2019 6:08 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita will reopen its main dirt track for limited training Monday nearly a week after the historic racetrack was closed to training and racing in the wake of 21 horses dying since Deb. 26. Horses can only jog or gallop on the dirt; no timed workouts will be allowed. "This track...