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NYRA announces purse increases for Saratoga summer meet

Jun. 24, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Racing Association has increased purses by $1.6 million for the upcoming summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. The NYRA announced the increases Friday for the meet that runs from July 14-Sept. 5. Thoroughbred horses are currently racing at Belmont Park....

NYRA suspends Baffert 1 year; eligible to return in January

Jun. 23, 2022 18:45 PM EDT

The New York Racing Association suspended trainer Bob Baffert for one year Thursday for repeated medication violations, A panel credited Baffert for time served from an initial suspension that makes the two-time Triple Crown-winner eligible to saddle horses in New York again Jan....

New York Racing Association suspends trainer Bob Baffert for one year for repeated medication violations

Jun. 23, 2022 18:06 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Racing Association suspends trainer Bob Baffert for one year for repeated medication violations.

Nebraska rushes to build horse tracks despite few fans

Jun. 17, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Horse races are regularly held in only two spots in Nebraska, and the tracks in Grand Island and Columbus are usually pretty quiet apart from the rumble of thoroughbreds that stomp past the half-empty grandstands. Suddenly, though, communities throughout...

Trainer Eric Reed takes blame for Rich Strike performance

Jun. 11, 2022 20:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Trainer Eric Reed says if there is anyone to blame for Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike's poor performance in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, just point the finger at him. The veteran trainer who orchestrated one of the greatest upsets in Derby history when Rich...

Mo Donegal finishes 1st at Belmont, another Pletcher win

Jun. 11, 2022 20:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Triple Crown veteran Todd Pletcher had simple advice Saturday for jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. before the Belmont Stakes. “Be patient,” Pletcher said. “I think you have the best last quarter of any horse in the race.” Sometimes, less is Mo. ...

Mo Donegal crosses finish line first in Belmont Stakes

Jun. 11, 2022 18:53 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Mo Donegal crosses finish line first in Belmont Stakes.

Analysis: We The People the pick in Belmont Stakes

Jun. 11, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

There are few things that are certain in horse racing, and this is one of them: Rich Strike isn’t going to surprise anybody in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. His days of anonymity are over. Such is how it works after winning the Kentucky Derby. The Triple Crown...

Derby winner Rich Strike faces another stiff test in Belmont

Jun. 10, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

After so many things went right for Rich Strike to win the Kentucky Derby, he’ll likely need even more good fortune at the Belmont Stakes with so much stacked against him. Rich Strike won’t go off at odds of more than 80-1 this time, but even after bypassing the Preakness to run...

Rich Strike highlights horse racing's lack of diversity

Jun. 09, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When Rich Strike bolted into horse racing's spotlight in a little over two minutes with his upset Kentucky Derby victory, he shared the stage with his handler, who has long toiled in the shadows constantly tending to the champion colt. Rich Strike's attention...