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Upset city: 9-1 shot Higher Power wins $1M Pacific Classic

Aug. 17, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — With his top two horses elsewhere, John Sadler took a chance with a couple others in his barn. Higher Power paid off. The 4-year-old colt took command turning into the stretch and won the $1 million Pacific Classic by 5 1/4 lengths at Del Mar on Saturday, making Sadler the first...

Horologist upsets 1-5 favorite Jaywalk in Monmouth Oaks

Aug. 17, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Horologist upset Jaywalk, last year's juvenile filly champion, in the $162,500 Monmouth Oaks on Saturday. As expected, 1-5 favorite Jaywalk set the pace until Horologist made a strong run along the rail on the final turn. She slipped by to win by three quarters of a length in the...

4th horse dies in training at Del Mar

Aug. 12, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — A fourth horse has died in training at Del Mar. A spokesman for the track located north of San Diego confirmed Monday's fatality. Bri Bri, an unraced 3-year-old filly trained by Jim Cassidy, sustained a broken pelvis after a workout under exercise rider Abel Hernandez, who wasn't...

Horse collapses, dies on track at Kentucky Downs Preview Day

Aug. 5, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — A race horse that ran in the Kentucky Downs Preview Day has died. News outlets report a 7-year-old gelding named Sir Navigator collapsed twice Sunday after finishing fourth in the Preview Turf Sprint at Ellis Park in Henderson. The Henderson Gleaner reports the horse died while being...

McKinzie gives Baffert 1st win in $1M Whitney at Saratoga

Aug. 3, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — McKinzie won the $1 million Whitney by 1 3/4 lengths at Saratoga on Saturday, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his first victory in the Grade 1 race. It was Baffert's second starter in the race and first since 2004. McKinzie earned an automatic berth to the $6 million...

Forbidden Trade wins $1 million Hambletonian at Meadowlands

Aug. 3, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The $1 million Hambletonian was supposed to be the showcase for 27-year-old Sweden trainer Marcus Melander and his barn of top 3-year-old trotters. A bunch of Canadians stole the spotlight. Long-shot Forbidden Trade held off Melander's heavily favored Greenshoe in the closing...

Johansson could be 3rd female trainer to win Hambletonian

Aug. 2, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Nancy Johansson knows the feeling of winning a Hambletonian. The daughter of recently retired Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter was the caretaker of Muscle Massive when the colt won trotting's biggest race in 2010. He ended up as the second of her father's four Hambletonian...

27-year-old Marcus Melander among top trainers in trotting

Aug. 1, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Marcus Melander is among the best trainers in trotting at just 27. Sixteen 3-year-olds are entered in $1.2 million Hambletonian on Saturday at the Meadowlands, trotting's most prestigious race. The three favored colts in the field are all trained by Melander. Gimpanzee is the...

Trainer O'Neill ties own record with 5 winners at Del Mar

Aug. 1, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Trainer Doug O'Neill sent out five winners, including four long shots, at Del Mar on Wednesday, tying his own record for a single day at the seaside track. He began the seven-race card with an upset by So Gucci in the first that paid $49.20. Oil Can Knight won the third at $24.60,...

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. wins 5 races at Saratoga

Jul. 31, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Irad Ortiz Jr. rode five winners from seven mounts at Saratoga on Wednesday. His victories came with Team Win in the first, Kid Is Frosty in the $150,000 Statue of Liberty, Girlintheyellowtaxi in the fifth, Mascha in the seventh and Theaterintheround in the sixth. He moved...