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Martin Garcia, top, and eventual winner Charlatan (1) lead the field past the grandstand during the first division of the Arkansas Derby, Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Ark. (Richard Rasmussen/The Sentinel-Record via AP)

2 horses trained by Baffert test positive for lidocaine

Jul. 6, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two undefeated horses from the barn of two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert have come back positive in split-sample testing for a banned substance in Arkansas. Baffert confirmed to The Associated Press via text message Monday that he had been informed of the positives for...

FILE - In this July 31, 2015, file photo, people watch as Triple Crown winner American Pharoah with Jorge Alvarez up trains at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. With the opening of the thoroughbred season at Monmouth Park just days away, chief executive Dennis Drazin knows the track will be beating the odds by just breaking even. The coronavirus pandemic has idled the New Jersey Shore track for two months. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Monmouth Park to open thoroughbred meet Friday with fans

Jul. 1, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

With the opening of the thoroughbred season at Monmouth Park days away, chief executive Dennis Drazin knows the odds are against the track making a profit. The coronavirus pandemic has idled the New Jersey shore facility for almost two months while officials in the hard-hit state waited for the risks from...

FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, Luis Saez rides Maximum Security, right, across the finish line first against Flavien Prat on Country House during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Churchill Downs says the rescheduled Kentucky Derby and Oaks will run this fall with spectators under strict guidelines to limit crowd density for the race that annually attracts more than 100,000. The 146th runnings of the Oaks for fillies and the Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fans will be encouraged to wear masks at all times unless seated and to practice social distancing. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Kentucky Derby, Oaks will run with limitations on spectators

Jun. 25, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs officials have gotten their wish, announcing Thursday that when the rescheduled Kentucky Derby is run in September there will be spectators in the stands — just more spread out than usual. The historic track got the go-ahead to run the Derby and Oaks this fall...

Tiz the Law (8), with jockey Manny Franco up, crosses the finish line to win the152nd running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Belmont winner Tiz the Law eyes ambitious summer schedule

Jun. 21, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

Tiz the Law has been good and lucky, two ingredients essential to success in horse racing. He’s been dominant, too. He raced to a 3 3/4-length victory Saturday in the Belmont Stakes to open the rescheduled Triple Crown. His five wins in six career starts have been by an average margin of 19 1/4 lengths....

Tiz the Law (8), with jockey Manny Franco up, crosses the finish line to win the152nd running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NY-bred Tiz the Law wins barren Belmont Stakes

Jun. 20, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eerily empty grandstands. Masked jockeys. Shuttered betting windows. For Tiz the Law trainer Barclay Tagg, no finer way to round out a career Triple Crown. “I’m not trying to be a jerk about it,” the 82-year-old said. “But I thought the quiet, to me, was very...

Belmont Stakes hopeful Robin Smullen on Tiz the Law, left, is led around the track by trainer Barclay Tagg during a workout at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Belmont sets pace for Triple Crown, with Tiz the Law favored

Jun. 19, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

It's been 17 years since Jack Knowlton and his Sackatoga Stable pals rode yellow school buses to the Belmont Stakes. It was a rollicking party on wheels for the group that came to watch their colt Funny Cide try to sweep the Triple Crown. It didn't happen that day. Now, the ownership group that buys just one or...

Kentucky football opener changed to avoid Derby conflict

Jun. 17, 2020 3:04 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has moved its season opener against Eastern Michigan ahead two days to Sept. 3, avoiding a conflict with the rescheduled 146th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of COVID-19 concerns, the first time since 1945 it...

In this March 28, 2020, image provided by Gulfstream Park, Tiz the Law, riddren by Manuel Franco, foreground, runs in the Florida Derby horse race at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Tiz the Law looks every bit like the best 3-year-old in the world and is the Triple Crown favorite, so it’ll take something spectacular from a watered-down field to prevent him from becoming the first New York-bred horse to win the Belmont in over 130 years and take a powerful stride toward the Kentucky Derby. (Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photos, Gulfstream Park via AP)

Tiz the Law is class of Belmont field, Triple Crown favorite

Jun. 16, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

While there won’t be school buses of fans hoping to see a New York-bred horse make Belmont history, there is a busload of Triple Crown expectations heading into Saturday's race. Seventeen years ago, Jack Knowlton and the other owners of Funny Cide packed into school buses and headed to Belmont Park in New...

Kentucky Derby Festival cancels parade, Thunder fireworks

Jun. 12, 2020 2:43 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Derby Festival has canceled this year's Pegasus Parade and fireworks display known as Thunder Over Louisville, saying it would not be responsible to let the events go on in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The festival's events were originally postponed until...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2017, file photo, players practice for the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. When he first contemplated the prospect of a U.S. Open without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Tennis Association’s chief revenue officer figured there was no way it could work.
Lew Sherr eventually came around to embracing the idea of a closed-door Grand Slam tournament -- if it’s held at all; a decision is expected in the next two weeks -- because it still could make money even if millions were forfeited with zero on-site receipts from tickets, hospitality, food and beverage or merchandise sales. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)

For tennis and golf, tournaments without fans come at a cost

Jun. 11, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

When he first contemplated the prospect of a U.S. Open without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Tennis Association’s chief revenue officer figured there was no way it could work. Lew Sherr eventually came around to embracing the idea of a closed-door Grand Slam tournament — if...