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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...

Swiss Skydiver (4), with Robby Albarado aboard, wins the 145th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Winning filly: Swiss Skydiver beats Authentic in Preakness

Oct. 3, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Those hanging around the heavily restricted stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course this week joked around that Authentic would stare down filly Swiss Skydiver whenever she walked past. “He got a good look at her today,” jockey Robby Albarado said. Swiss Skydiver added one final...

Swiss Skydiver (4), ridden by Robby Albarado, leads Authentic (9), ridden by John Velazquez, to win  the 145th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Jesus' Team finishes a surprising 3rd in Preakness at 40-1

Oct. 3, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jesus' Team hadn't won against elite competition going into the Preakness, and his owners had to pay extra money just to get him to the starting gate of the Triple Crown race because he wasn't nominated. From that point on, he did the rest, edging out Art Collector for third behind winning...

Betting windows are empty at Pimlico race track, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Baltimore, Md., ahead Saturday's Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness Stakes races. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Preakness pick: Art Collector will reward trainer's patience

Oct. 2, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

Trainers are always supposed to do the right thing for their horses, even when it’s time to make a difficult and likely costly decision. Tommy Drury did just that a few weeks ago. Only the most serious horseplayers probably know who Drury is. He’s not a big-name trainer like Bob Baffert or Todd...

In this image taken from video, Preakness contender Art Collector, ridden by exercise rider Annie Finney, walks on the track at Pimlico Race Course, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 Baltimore. Art Collector looks like the biggest threat to Kentucky Derby winner Authentic in the Preakness (AP Photo/Stephen Whyno)

Art Collector is biggest threat to Authentic in Preakness

Oct. 2, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Trainer Tommy Drury and Art Collector get another chance at Triple Crown glory this weekend. Drury will start his first horse in a Triple Crown race when he saddles Art Collector in Saturday's Preakness, which will be the final leg of the Triple Crown for the first time in its 145-year...

FILE - In this June 16, 2018, file photo, trainer Bob Baffert, right, and assistant Jimmy Barnes, left, lead Triple Crown winner Justify around the paddock at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Baffert is undefeated taking the Kentucky Derby winner to the Preakness, but for the first time in 20 years he’ll do so without assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes, who broke his right wrist in a paddock accident at Churchill Downs. (AP Photo/Garry Jones, File)

Baffert goes for 8th Preakness win without valued assistant

Oct. 1, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

Each time Bob Baffert won a big race over the past two decades with assistant Jimmy Barnes by his side, the two would share a moment and embrace. “We give each other a big hug like, ‘We did it,'” Baffert said. When Authentic won the Kentucky Derby, that wasn't possible. Baffert's other Derby...

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 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...