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Cutting Humor wins Sunland Derby to enter Ky Derby picture

Mar. 24, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Cutting Humor edged Anothertwistafate by a neck to win the $800,000 Sunland Derby and enter the picture for the Kentucky Derby. Ridden by John Velazquez, Cutting Humor ran 1 1/8 miles in a track-record 1:46.94 on Sunday at Sunland Park. The colt earned 50 qualifying points for the first...

By My Standards a surprise winner of $1M Louisiana Derby

Mar. 24, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — By My Standards briefly was listed as a 48-1 long shot in the $1 million Louisiana Derby as post time approached, which was right about the time owner Chester Thomas decided to bet on his horse. His faith was rewarded with a big pay day and qualification for Triple Crown-opening Kentucky...

Clarification: Louisiana Derby story

Mar. 24, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story March 23, The Associated Press reported that Chester Thomas, owner of the winning Louisiana Derby horse By My Standards, placed a bet on his horse that could have been sizeable enough to affect the pari-mutuel odds. Thomas told the AP on Sunday that he bet $500 on the horse,...

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...

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...

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...

Column: Horse racing needs to clean up its act _ or go away

Mar. 8, 2019 6:06 PM EST

It was supposed to be one of the most thrilling days of the year at Santa Anita. Two big races at the historic Southern California track, including one of the top preps for the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert in the house, sending out a pair of undefeated 3-year-olds. But the place will be empty on Saturday. After...

Santa Anita tested as hoof beats yield to sounds of silence

Mar. 7, 2019 5:55 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — The dirt track at eerily quiet Santa Anita is being tested extensively after the deaths of 21 thoroughbreds in two months forced the indefinite cancellation of racing and disrupted the workaday world of horses, trainers and jockeys. The sound of pounding hooves on the dirt was...

Official: Santa Anita cancels racing after 21 horse deaths

Mar. 5, 2019 11:34 PM EST

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita has canceled racing indefinitely to re-examine its dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that racing won't be held this...

Code of Honor wins Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream

Mar. 2, 2019 6:37 PM EST

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Code of Honor went to the lead midway through the stretch and won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday, more than likely clinching a spot in the Kentucky Derby with the performance. Code of Honor finished the 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park in 1 minute, 43.85...