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Baffert: Justify's positive test came from contaminated food

Sep. 12, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert denied giving 2018 Triple Crown winning horse Justify a banned substance that caused a positive test prior to last year's Kentucky Derby and blamed the result on contaminated food. Baffert said Thursday that he "unequivocally" rejects the implication he'd give Justify or any other...

3 horses die in first 2 days at Belmont Park fall meet

Sep. 12, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three horses died during the first two days of Belmont Park's fall season, mirroring the start and end of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. According to the New York State Gaming Commission's equine database, two horses died last Friday, opening day. Royal Inheritance collapsed and...

Report: Justify failed drug test before Triple Crown run

Sep. 11, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after a failed postrace drug test at a California track that could have kept the horse out of the Kentucky Derby. The newspaper reported Wednesday that Bob Baffert-trained Justify tested positive for the drug scopolamine after...

Tapit colt sells for $2.5 million to open Keeneland sales

Sep. 9, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A colt by stakes winner Tapit has sold for $2.5 million to lead the opening session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale. Godolphin paid the two highest prices on Monday, topped by its purchase of the half-brother of 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. A release from the track adds...

Churchill Downs presents plan to offer winter racing

Sep. 6, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The home of the Kentucky Derby wants to expand into live winter racing in 2020. If approved by state racing regulators, it means overcoats and hot chocolate could come into vogue at Churchill Downs — where mint juleps and sundresses are in fashion in the spring. The famed...

3-time Kentucky Derby winner charged with drunken driving

Aug. 26, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

CORYDON, Ind. (AP) — A jockey who won the Kentucky Derby three times faces a drunken-driving charge in southern Indiana. WDRB.com reports that Calvin Borel (buh-REHL') was stopped Sunday night in Harrison County. Online court records show he's charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and...

Tax Wins wins Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga

Jul. 27, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Say this about Tax — he's a lot better than he showed in the Kentucky Derby. Tax took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off a late charge by favored Tacitus to win the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. The Grade II test for...

Maximum Security wins Haskell, survives inquiry

Jul. 21, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Not again. That was the reaction of owner Gary West when the inquiry sign flashed after Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the $1 million Haskell Invitational Saturday evening at hot and steamy Monmouth Park. Unlike in the Kentucky Derby, the stewards let the result...

'Queen of Saratoga' Marylou Whitney dies at 93

Jul. 19, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Marylou Whitney, a successful thoroughbred breeder and owner whose family helped keep Saratoga Race Course open in the 1970s, has died. She was 93. The New York Racing Association said she died Friday at her estate in Saratoga Springs, after a long illness. No further details...

Maximum Security could face maximum sizzle in Haskell

Jul. 19, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Maximum Security is going to have to share top billing in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park with an unexpected foe — broiling heat. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Monmouth County through Sunday night, adding a...