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This Oct. 24, 2020 photo shows the exterior of the Freehold Raceway track in Freehold, N.J. Freehold has become the third New Jersey horse track to offer sports betting, and it joins eight Atlantic City casinos in doing so. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Freehold looks to make up ground in NJ sports betting race

Oct. 25, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Slow out of the gate as New Jersey sprinted ahead in the nascent U.S. sports betting market, Freehold Raceway is hoping to catch up to the pack as the latest entity in the state to offer it. The oldest harness racing track in the U.S. is the third track in the state to take legal...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., speaks to supporters at his victory celebration in Lexington, Ky.  Kentucky's 6th District has lived up to its reputation as a political battleground with the current slugfest between  Barr and Democratic challenger Josh Hicks.(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Barr-Hicks race continues district's battleground reputation

Oct. 24, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's 6th District has lived up to its reputation as a political battleground with the current slugfest between Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and Democratic challenger Josh Hicks. Attack ads have blanketed the district, and their only debate turned acrimonious as each man...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2020 file photo, trainer Bob Baffert watches at horses workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. A filly trained by the two-time Triple Crown winner has tested positive in a post-race drug test for the second time this year, making it the third positive test by a horse in Baffert’s stable in the last six months. Craig Robertson, Baffert’s attorney, issued a statement confirming Gamine’s test results after her third-place finish as the 7-10 favorite in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on Sept. 4.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Another horse in Baffert’s stable draws a positive test

Oct. 23, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

A filly trained by two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert has tested positive in a postrace drug test for the second time this year, making it the third positive test by a horse in Baffert’s stable in the last six months. Craig Robertson, Baffert’s attorney, issued a statement confirming...

Charges: Fired Belmont worker's retaliation led horse to die

Oct. 22, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — A backstretch worker at New York's Belmont Park caused the death of a $200,000 racehorse by releasing the filly onto blacktop in retaliation for being fired, where she fell and broke her leg, prosecutors said Thursday. Ramzan Antooa, 38, released the 2-year-old filly named Pasta from...

This Sept. 9, 2018 photo shows football fans waiting for kickoff in the sports betting lounge at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Figures released on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 showed New Jersey broke its own recently set U.S. record for the most money bet on sports in a single month in September when gamblers plunked down more than $748 million on sports. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

NJ shatters its own sports betting record: $748M bet in Sept

Oct. 15, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's fast-growing sports betting market blew past its own national record in September, taking in more than $748 million in bets from sports gamblers finally able to wager on football amid the coronavirus outbreak. Figures released Thursday from the New Jersey Division of...

Superstar mare Enable retired, to begin breeding career

Oct. 12, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

NEWMARKET, England (AP) — One of the most decorated runners in European horse racing was retired Monday when the owners of superstar mare Enable said she had run her last race and would soon begin a breeding career. The 6-year-old Enable, who was ridden by Frankie Dettori, is the only horse to win the King...

Albuquerque businesses impacted by canceled Balloon Fiesta

Oct. 9, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Multiple business owners in New Mexico have said this October could prove challenging for their businesses since the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which brings tourists from around the world, was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Any time an event...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., speaks to supporters at his victory celebration in Lexington, Ky. Barr faces Democratic challenger Josh Hicks in a televised debate, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in the hotly contested race in Kentucky’s 6th District. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Congressional debate turns fiery between Barr, Hicks

Oct. 6, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

A fiery debate between Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and his Democratic opponent Josh Hicks turned personal as they clashed over the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. The televised faceoff in the hotly contested 6th District race came as absentee ballot voting has begun in Kentucky and early...

Pegasus races return to Gulfstream on Jan. 23

Oct. 6, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Pegasus World Cup races will return to Gulfstream Park in 2021. Track officials released the calendar Tuesday for Gulfstream’s annual Championship Meet, including two signature races on Jan. 23 — the $3 million Pegasus World Cup at 1 1/8 miles and the $1...

FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo, Tiz the Law, center, with jockey Manny Franco up, crosses the finish line to win the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. After an out-of-order Triple Crown with a different horse winning the Belmont, Kentucky Derby and Preakness, it might be a long time until Tiz the Law, Authentic and Swiss Skydiver all race against one another. That is, unless Swiss Skydiver challenges them and older males in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 7, which is expected to be a Tiz the Law/Authentic rematch.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Triple Crown produces 3 different winners, likely no closure

Oct. 4, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — More than two months after Tiz the Law blew away the field in the Belmont, Authentic fended off his charge and won the Kentucky Derby. Four weeks later, filly Swiss Skydiver challenged and beat Authentic in the Preakness. The Triple Crown races run out of order and later in the year...