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Richard Violette Jr., horse trainer and advocate, dies at 65

Oct. 21, 2018 4:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Violette Jr., a thoroughbred trainer who advocated tirelessly on behalf of racetrack backstretch workers and improved care for retired racehorses, has died. He was 65. Violette died Sunday at his home in Delray Beach, Florida, after a long struggle with lung cancer, according to the...

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano rides 5,000th winner

Oct. 20, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Javier Castellano won consecutive races to give the Hall of Fame jockey his 5,000th career victory in North America. The 41-year-old rider won the $200,000 Mohawk aboard Offering Plan in the third race at Belmont Park on Saturday and followed up in the next race aboard Runaway Lute in the...

Ex-jockey Valenzuela pleads guilty to domestic violence

Oct. 19, 2018 8:06 PM EDT

VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Famed former jockey Patrick Valenzuela has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence for slapping his girlfriend at a Southern California restaurant. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the seven-time Breeders Cup winner entered the plea earlier this week, was fined nearly...

Swedish long-shot wins Yonkers International Trot

Oct. 13, 2018 5:29 PM EDT

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — Swedish long-shot Cruzado Dela Noche of Sweden won the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Saturday at Yonkers Raceway. Driven by Hall of Famer Brian Sears, the 6-year-old stallion — dismissed at 30-1 in the wagering — edged Lionel of Norway and driver Goran Antonsen...

Agent: Jockey Espinoza plans comeback in late December

Oct. 12, 2018 8:08 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza is planning a comeback in late December after fracturing a vertebra in his neck during a training accident at Del Mar. That's according to his agent Brian Beach, who says Friday that Espinoza saw his doctors this week and they are pleased...

Marion Marauder of Canada is early favorite for Yonkers Trot

Oct. 9, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Marion Marauder of Canada drew the first post position and was installed the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. A field of 10 trotters from seven countries will go in the 1 1/4-mile race on Saturday at Yonkers Raceway. A 5-year-old, Marion Marauder is...

Demonstrators protest horse race ad on Sydney Opera House

Oct. 9, 2018 7:04 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Thousands of angry demonstrators gathered outside the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night to protest the use of its iconic roof to promote a horse race. Racing authorities projected 20 minutes of images of the draw for the starting positions for Saturday's The Everest horse race at Sydney's...

33-1 shot Lakerball wins $100,000 Surfer Girl at Santa Anita

Oct. 8, 2018 8:07 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Lakerball, a 33-1 longshot partly owned by Janie Buss of the Los Angeles Lakers, won the $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes by a head at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Lakerball ran a mile on turf in 1:35.23 on Monday and paid $69.60, $27 and $5 as the longest shot in a field of...

Planned racing ad on sails of Sydney Opera House divisive

Oct. 8, 2018 12:55 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A plan to project a horse racing advertisement on the famed sails of the Sydney Opera House is dividing Australians. The New South Wales state government stepped in to allow the advertisement to be displayed Tuesday after the opera house chief executive Louise Herron opposed it....

Enable wins Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for 2nd straight year

Oct. 7, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Enable held off a late charge from Sea Of Class to successfully defend her crown at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe by a neck on Sunday with Frankie Dettori riding his record sixth winner in Europe's richest race. Trained by John Gosden, the four-year-old filly was a heavy favorite to become the...