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Third proposal for thoroughbred horse track emerges

Sep. 19, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

ROWLEY, Mass. (AP) — Three proposals are jockeying to return thoroughbred horse racing to Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association says it's working with an investment group to build a $60 million track on 280-acres in Rowley, near the New Hampshire state line. John Grossi, who...

Belmont Park to host entire fall meet on site

Sep. 19, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Belmont Park's entire 37-day fall meet will be run at the venerable track instead of having a portion of it at Aqueduct. The New York Racing Association said Thursday that the current construction site preparation for the New York Islanders' new arena at Belmont Park is having less impact...

Hong Kong cancels China national day fireworks amid protests

Sep. 18, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — An annual fireworks display in Hong Kong marking China's National Day on Oct. 1 was called off Wednesday as pro-democracy protests show no sign of ending. The city issued a terse statement saying the show over its famed Victoria Harbour had been canceled "in view of the latest situation...

Maximum Security forced out of Pa. Derby with colon issue

Sep. 18, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Maximum Security, the colt who crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby only to be disqualified for interference, won't run in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby this weekend because of a colon issue. Trainer Jason Servis said Tuesday that the Haskell Invitational and...

Horse euthanized after training incident at Santa Anita

Sep. 17, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A 4-year-old gelding was euthanized at Santa Anita after breaking its pelvis during training hours. Santa Anita officials on Tuesday confirmed the fatality of the gelding named Zeke, who was injured a day earlier. The horse was pulled up after his rider noticed a problem. Track...

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...

American Pharoah filly sells for record $8.2 million

Sep. 11, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A filly by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has sold for a record $8.2 million in the final Book 1 session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale. The price Wednesday was a September sale record for a filly and the auction's fourth highest for a yearling. The filly is a...

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...