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Santa Anita cancels racing after heavy rain inundates track

Jan. 17, 2019 2:50 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita has canceled its eight-race card because of wet weather after 3½ inches of rain dropped on the Southern California racetrack in three days. Officials at the track in Arcadia say heavy overnight rains and more rain throughout the day Thursday made it necessary to...

'3-horse spill' hospitalizes jockeys, 2 horses euthanized

Jan. 14, 2019 12:56 PM EST

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a "three-horse spill" during a race in Maryland sent three jockeys to the hospital and led to two horses being euthanized. An Anne Arundel County Fire Department release says none of the jockeys injured Friday at the Laurel Park racetrack are believed to have suffered...

AP PHOTOS: Romanian village holds Epiphany horse race

Jan. 11, 2019 5:15 AM EST

PIETROSANI, Romania (AP) — Epiphany celebrations bring together hundreds of people in the Romanian village of Pietrosani for a day out in freezing temperatures that culminates in a bareback horse race across muddy, frozen or snowy fields. The horse race tradition started in the area more than a century...

Kentucky Derby purse up to $3 million; 1st boost in 14 years

Jan. 10, 2019 2:16 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Derby's purse will be raised to $3 million this May, an increase of $1 million and the first boost in 14 years. Churchill Downs said Thursday the winner of the 145th running will receive $1.86 million. The runner-up will earn $600,000, with third place worth $300,000,...

Gunmetal Gray rallies to win Sham Stakes by 1 length

Jan. 5, 2019 9:48 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Gunmetal Gray rallied from last to win the $100,000 Sham Stakes by a length, giving the gray colt qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Gunmetal Gray ran a mile in 1:38.96 at Santa Anita on Saturday. Trained and co-owned by Jerry Hollendorfer,...

Jockey Espinoza returns to exercising horses after injury

Jan. 5, 2019 4:31 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza has returned to exercising horses at Santa Anita for the first time since being seriously injured in a training accident last summer. The 46-year-old rider was aboard St. Joe Bay for trainer John Sadler on Saturday. Espinoza suffered fractured...

Horse of Year finalists: Justify, Accelerate, Monomoy Girl

Jan. 5, 2019 11:32 AM EST

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justify and Accelerate never got to face off on the track. Instead, they'll duel for Horse of the Year. Justify, Accelerate and Monomoy Girl were the three finalists announced Saturday for Horse of the Year. The top prize will be handed out at the Eclipse Awards on Jan. 24....

Larger-than-life Secretariat statue coming to Lexington

Dec. 27, 2018 3:58 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A larger-than-life bronze memorial to the famous racehorse Secretariat is coming to Lexington this fall. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports , sculptor Jocelyn Russell is constructing a statue of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. He'll be posed in full stride winning the Kentucky Derby as...

Mayor eyes overhauling racetrack without moving Preakness

Dec. 17, 2018 7:44 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Endorsing a proposed $424 million overhaul of the Baltimore track that hosts the Preakness Stakes, Mayor Catherine Pugh says the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown wouldn't necessarily have to be relocated. The Baltimore Sun reports the mayor said Friday that she believes the...

3rd New Jersey racetrack plans to offer sports betting

Dec. 14, 2018 11:13 AM EST

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — They didn't win, or place, in the race to offer sports betting. But Freehold Raceway hopes to show that it can succeed as the third horse racing track to cross the finish line in New Jersey's red-hot sports betting market. The track just off Route 9 in western Monmouth County has a...