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Kentucky Derby entry Honor A. P. runs during a workout at Churchill Downs, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5th. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Honor A. P. retired after being injured in Kentucky Derby

Sep. 14, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Honor A. P. has been retired because of an injury suffered in the Kentucky Derby, where he finished fourth. The 3-year-old colt will stand at stud for next year’s breeding season at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. Honor A. P. had two wins in six career starts...

FILE - In this March 14, 2020, file photo, horses run in the fourth race at Santa Anita Park in front of empty stands in Arcadia, Calif. Opening day of Santa Anita’s fall season will be pushed back a week until Sept. 25 because of poor air quality from a wildfire burning near the Southern California racetrack. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Santa Anita postpones fall opener 1 week due to wildfire

Sep. 14, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Opening day of Santa Anita’s fall season will be pushed back a week until Sept. 25 because of poor air quality caused by a wildfire burning near the Southern California racetrack. The meet had been set to open Saturday. The city of Arcadia, home to Santa Anita, ordered the...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2015, file photo, Nyquist, front right, with Mario Gutierrez up, finishes ahead of Swipe, left, with Victor Espinoza up, to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile horse race at Keeneland race track in Lexington, Ky. The Breeders' Cup in November will be held without spectators, joining the Triple Crown races in having only essential personnel and participants on hand because of the coronavirus pandemic. The world championships are set for Nov. 6-7, 2020, at Keeneland. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Breeders' Cup to race without fans; Keeneland hosts in 2022

Sep. 12, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

The Breeders’ Cup in November will be held without spectators, joining the Triple Crown races in having only essential personnel and participants on hand because of the coronavirus pandemic. The world championships are set for Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. The decision announced Saturday...

Preakness ends playing of 'extremely offensive' state song

Sep. 11, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The official state song “Maryland, My Maryland” will not be performed before the Preakness next month because the lyrics are perceived by some to be racist. A spokesperson for Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness, said Friday the tradition of playing the song before the...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, walks to his office from the Senate floor, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House panel approves bill to combat doping in horse racing

Sep. 9, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House committee on Wednesday gave bipartisan approval to legislation to create national standards for the horse racing industry to prevent fatalities and discourage illegal medication practices. The Senate's top Republican said he would press to pass the bill before the year is out....

Saratoga holds it own without fans, handle down only a bit

Sep. 8, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY. (AP) — Saratoga Race Course completed its 40-day meet and its all-sources handle topped $700 million for the second consecutive year despite being conducted without fans. Total handle was $702.5 million, just off last year’s mark of $705.3 million, with average daily handle of...

Jockey John Velazquez riding Authentic, right, crosses the finish line ahead of Jockey Manny Franco riding Tiz the Law to win the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Authentic's future could include rematch against Tiz the Law

Sep. 6, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Briefly off the radar to set himself straight, Authentic now might have to get used to having a target on his back. Bob Baffert’s latest star achieved that by blowing past Kentucky Derby favorite Tiz the Law to win going away Saturday at Churchill Downs. Though Authentic...

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

Authentic wins Kentucky Derby; Baffert notches 6th victory

Sep. 5, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bob Baffert endured the lowest of lows and highest of highs within minutes in the Kentucky Derby. He was bummed before the horses left the paddock after Thousand Words reared up and fell on its side, getting disqualified and injuring Baffert's assistant trainer. That emotion was...

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

Authentic, Velazquez quickly mesh in Kentucky Derby victory

Sep. 5, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — For John Velazquez, his third Kentucky Derby win was as charming as the first. It was certainly stunning for the Hall of Fame jockey who guided Authentic to a wire-to-wire victory on Saturday at Churchill Downs. With all the attention focused on 3-5 favorite Tiz the Law, Authentic...

Protesters march past the Churchill Downs racetrack before the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Thousands peacefully protest outside the Kentucky Derby

Sep. 5, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An airplane circled above Churchill Downs on Saturday, flying a banner behind it: “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor,” it said. The 146th Kentucky Derby became a surreal distillation of the crises facing the country in 2020, in the hometown of Taylor, a...