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In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, C Z Rocket and jockey Luis Saez, outside, overpower Flagstaff (Victor Espinoza), inside,  to win the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia Calif.(Benoit Photo via AP)

More restrictive use of whip in California taking effect

Sep. 30, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jockeys and exercise riders in California will be working under a more restrictive rule governing the use of whips that goes into effect on Thursday. The amended Rule 1688 was designed by the California Horse Racing Board to further protect horses without compromising the safety of...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, a horse makes his way through the early morning fog at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Federal prosecutors say the owners of the horse racing track in New Orleans have agreed to pay a $2.8 million penalty for letting horse manure and urine into the city’s drainage system for at least six years and to spend twice that on ending the discharges. The U.S. Justice Department described the fine to be paid by Churchill Downs Inc. as the largest ever paid by a “concentrated animal feeding” operation under the Clean Water Act, news outlets reported.  (AP Photo/Alexander Barkoff, File)

Race track settles with feds for manure, urine discharges

Sep. 30, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owners of the horse racing track in New Orleans have agreed to pay a $2.8 million penalty for letting horse manure and urine into the city’s drainage system for at least six years and to spend twice that on ending the discharges, federal prosecutors say. The U.S. Justice...

Jockey John Velazquez riding Authentic, wins the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

House approves bill to combat doping in horse racing

Sep. 29, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a bill Tuesday to create national medication and safety standards for the horse racing industry as lawmakers move to clamp down on use of performance-enhancing drugs that can lead to horse injuries and deaths. The “Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act”...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 file photo, Tyler Gaffalione pats Swiss Skydiver on the head after winning the 146th running of the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Swiss Skydiver will become the first filly since Rachel Alexandra won in 2009 to run against males in the 145th Preakness on Oct. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Filly Swiss Skydiver to run against males in Preakness

Sep. 29, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Swiss Skydiver will become the second filly since Rachel Alexandra won in 2009 to run against males in the Preakness on Saturday. Trainer Kenny McPeek confirmed the decision on Sunday. Jockey Robby Albarado, who won the 2007 Preakness aboard Curlin, will replace Tyler Gaffalione on Swiss...

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, file photo, Authentic, ridden by jockey John Velazquez, heads to the finish line to win the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.  The Kentucky Derby winner is the morning line favorite at 9-5, and drew the No. 9 post in a field of 11 horses for Saturday's Preakness Stakes. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Authentic set as 9-5 favorite at masked Preakness draw

Sep. 28, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

Track announcer Dave Rodman emceed with a mask covering his face, while stakes coordinator Coley Blind and racing secretary Jillian Tullock pulled the pills to determine the post positions. Preakness race week began Monday with a draw that lacked the usual fanfare of owners and trainers packing into a crowded...

Run for the roses: South Dakota man achieves lifelong dream

Sep. 28, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

WAGNER, S.D. (AP) — Wayne Scherr can credit COVID-19 for making a lifelong dream come true. Because of the pandemic, the Kentucky Derby — one of horse racing’s most revered events — was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. Scherr, a long-time horse owner from Wagner, took advantage of the...

In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, Improbable and jockey Drayden Van Dyke win the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes horse race Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

Improbable beats Maximum Security in Awesome Again Stakes

Sep. 26, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Improbable rallied from last to a 4 1/2-length victory over stablemate Maximum Security in the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Improbable ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.01 to earn his third straight Grade 1 victory and fourth overall for...

Jockeys riding at Pimlico on Preakness weekend face testing

Sep. 25, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jockeys riding in the Preakness and other races at Pimlico next weekend must undergo a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their first mount. The Maryland Jockey Club announced protocols Friday for jockeys competing Oct. 1-3 at the Baltimore track. Riders from out of town will have to leave...

Vermont town wants fire-damaged race track demolished

Sep. 25, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

POWNAL, Vt. (AP) — The Pownal Board of Health wants the fire-damaged grandstand building at the long-closed Green Mountain Racetrack to be demolished. The Bennington Banner reports the board, which is made up of the town health officer and the Select Board, began the legal process on Thursday. The...

Kentucky racing industry suffers setback in court ruling

Sep. 24, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's horse racing industry suffered a potentially huge setback Thursday when the state's highest court ruled at least some historical racing games being offered in betting parlors aren't legal. Historical racing — featuring slots-style machines allowing people to bet on...