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Breeders' Cup to add to safety measures at Santa Anita

Jul. 8, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Breeders' Cup will increase the number of veterinarians on site during its world championships this fall at Santa Anita, where 30 horses died during the racing meet that recently concluded. That's according to Craig Fravel, president and chief executive of the Breeders' Cup, who said...

Old Friends closing satellite division in southern Kentucky

Jul. 5, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — A thoroughbred retirement organization says it will close a satellite division based at a racetrack in southern Kentucky. Old Friends officials say the division based at Kentucky Downs track at Franklin will close at the end of July. It says the Franklin operation is home to seven...

Del Mar adds safety measures ahead of 80th racing season

Jul. 2, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Del Mar will introduce safety enhancements when the track north of San Diego opens its 80th summer of racing on July 17. The track owned by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club said Tuesday it will use a five-member panel to review the medical, training and racing records of every horse entered...

New England's last thoroughbred horse track winds down

Jun. 28, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — New England's last thoroughbred horse track, Boston's Suffolk Downs, is hosting its final live races this weekend, but it's not clear what comes next for the industry, which continues to receive millions of dollars in casino tax subsidies. Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, the company that...

Breeders' Cup stays at Santa Anita this fall despite deaths

Jun. 27, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Breeders' Cup will remain at Santa Anita this fall after 30 horses died during the Southern California track's recent meet. The board of directors unanimously decided to keep the two-day world championships at the Arcadia track for a record 10th time on Nov. 1-2. The board announced...

Keeneland fall meet to award record $5.675 million in purses

Jun. 27, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Keeneland's fall meet will award a record $5.675 million among 18 stakes races that include 10 as part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge. The total is a Keeneland purse record in a season without the season-ending championships. Five of six Grade 1 races will run during the Fall Stars...

Santa Anita season ends after 30 horse deaths, trainer ban

Jun. 24, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita's troubled racing season has come to a close after the deaths of 30 horses at the Southern California track rattled the industry and led to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer being banned when four of his horses were among the casualties. There were no incidents...

Workers urge legislators to keep Santa Anita open

Jun. 20, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Backstretch workers who walk, groom and care for racehorses at Santa Anita urged state legislators on Thursday to keep the Southern California track open after the deaths of 29 horses since December. An estimated 500 workers gathered after morning training hours at the track, toting...

Maximum Security beaten in first start since Derby DQ

Jun. 16, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — The Triple Crown series was marked by the unexpected and the whacky 3-year-old season continued when Maximum Security returned to racing for the first time since being disqualified in the Kentucky Derby. Sent off as the overwhelming 1-20 favorite, Maximum Security simply got beat....

Kentucky Derby winner Country House to get extended break

Jun. 16, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Country House is getting an extended break and likely won't race again until 2020. Trainer Bill Mott says the colt isn't expected to race again as a 3-year-old. He says Country House hasn't shown the same eagerness to train as he had leading up to the Kentucky...