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John Velazquez (9) rides Authentic to win the Breeder's Cup Classic horse race at Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Authentic's Breeders' Cup track record updated to 1:59.60

Nov. 11, 2020 5:28 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Authentic’s track-record time in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland has been updated to 1:59.60 after a review of multiple sources and camera angles. The Bob Baffert-trained colt went wire to wire for a 2¼-length victory over stablemate Improbable in...

Disqualified Derby winner Maximum Security retired

Nov. 10, 2020 6:50 PM EST

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — Maximum Security, disqualified after crossing the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, has been retired to stud. The 4-year-old colt ended his career with a fifth-place finish in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic last weekend at Keeneland. He won 10 of 14 starts...

John Velazquez, right, rides Authentic to win the Breeder's Cup Classic horse race at Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Ky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic winner Authentic retired

Nov. 9, 2020 6:00 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Authentic, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic, has been retired to stud. The 3-year-old colt will stand at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, next year for a breeding fee of $75,000. The farm is owned by B. Wayne Hughes, who co-owns Authentic with...

John Velazquez, right, rides Authentic to win the Breeder's Cup Classic horse race at Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Horse racing hopes for return to normal, with fans, in 2021

Nov. 8, 2020 3:17 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The golden sunset over Keeneland provided a picturesque and welcome wrap for horse racing after the pandemic wiped out its spring, cramped marquee stakes races into a crowded schedule and reshuffled the Triple Crown order. No Triple Crown winner emerged as a result, though the...

John Velazquez (9) rides Authentic to win the Breeder's Cup Classic horse race at Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Authentic goes wire-to-wire to win Breeders' Cup Classic

Nov. 7, 2020 7:59 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — From start to finish, Authentic left no doubt he was the horse to beat in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. His dominant performance on another big stage should also end the debate about this year's top 3-year-old, strange as the season has been because of the coronavirus pandemic....

Kentucky Derby winner Authentic is taken for a workout at the Breeders' Cup World Championship horse races at Keeneland Race Course Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. Authentic is scheduled to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic race Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

In an abnormal year, Breeders' Cup offers a bit of normalcy

Nov. 5, 2020 5:14 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — This year’s Triple Crown slate unfolded over 3½ months instead of six weeks and shuffled the marquee Kentucky Derby from its traditional first Saturday in May to Labor Day weekend — as the middle jewel. Numerous tracks canceled meets and some returned with...

FILE - In this Friday, May 22, 2020, file photo, jockeys wearing face masks ride in the first horse race at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. After a spike of horse deaths in 2019 and early 2020, Santa Anita had zero racing fatalities during its summer meet. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Horse racing seeking to implement variety of safety reforms

Nov. 4, 2020 5:14 PM EST

A movement is underway in horse racing to clean up the sport by enacting uniform safety standards that everyone in the industry would have to abide by. An integrity and safety bill is being reviewed by the Senate that could put national standards in place by the start of 2022. In the meantime, different states...

FILE  - In this May 1, 2019, file photo, trainer Bob Baffert watches his Kentucky Derby entrant Game Winner during a workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert, who has had multiple horses test positive in post-race drug testing, is taking steps to “do better,” including hiring outside oversight. Baffert said in a statement Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, that he is “very aware” of the incidents involving his horses and the impact that it's had on his family, the sport and himself. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Baffert hires oversight after stable's drug positives

Nov. 4, 2020 12:26 PM EST

Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert, who has had multiple horses test positive for medication violations, is taking steps to “do better,” including hiring outside oversight. Baffert said in a statement Wednesday that he is “very aware” of the incidents involving his...

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2020, file photo, jockey John Velazquez rides Authentic to the finish line to win the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Kentucky Derby winner Authentic heads a field of 11 horses, possibly including filly and Preakness winner Swiss Skydiver against males, for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, with trainer Bob Baffert entering three horses in the $6 million race that includes Belmont winner Tiz the Law. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Improbable is 5-2 favorite for Breeders' Cup Classic

Nov. 2, 2020 11:05 PM EST

Improbable has drawn the No. 8 post position for the Breeders’ Cup Classic and is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the marquee race of the season-ending World Championships at Keeneland. One of three Bob Baffert-trained entries in the $6 million race for 3-year-olds and up, Improbable will have Irad Ortiz...

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)

Calif stewards hear case involving Justify's 2018 drug test

Oct. 29, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stewards at Santa Anita listened to hours of testimony Thursday on Triple Crown winner Justify’s post-race drug test after the 2018 Santa Anita Derby, with attorneys for the horse’s connections arguing that the California Horse Racing Board has no authority or basis to...