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Maximum Security could face maximum sizzle in Haskell

Jul. 19, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Maximum Security is going to have to share top billing in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park with an unexpected foe — the weather. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Monmouth County through Sunday night, adding a seventh...

2 horses killed at Del Mar in collision during training

Jul. 18, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Two horses were killed in a freak collision at Del Mar during training on the second day of its season. The accident occurred Thursday morning when Charge A Bunch, trained by Carla Gaines, threw rider Geovanni Franco, turned sharply and collided with Carson Valley, who was trained by...

Maximum Security leads field of 7 in Haskell Invitational

Jul. 17, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Maximum Security will make his second start since being disqualified in the Kentucky Derby, taking on six rivals in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Saturday. The Jason Servis-trained colt drew the outside No. 7 post Wednesday for the 1 1/8-mile race. Luis Saez...

Racing fans flocking to Saratoga as usual

Jul. 15, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Fans continue to flock to Saratoga Race Course. Despite the earliest opening day at the venerable track since 1882, total paid attendance for opening weekend was 105,690. That's slightly lower than a year ago, but the New York Racing Association says all-sources handle for the...

Best In Show pulls 27-1 upset in Meadowlands Pace

Jul. 13, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Best In Show slipped along the rail to pull a 27-1 upset in the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace on Saturday night. The Hall of Fame duo of driver Brian Sears and trainer Linda Toscano combined to take the signature race for 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Sears deftly found...

Mariano Rivera honored at Saratoga Race Course

Jul. 12, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Yankees star Mariano Rivera was the New York Racing Association's guest of honor on Friday at Saratoga Race Course, and he walked away with custom-made pinstriped jockey's silks with his No. 42 on the back. Rivera was driven to the winner's circle before the...

Saratoga Race Course opens Thursday with the Schuylerville

Jul. 10, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The 40-day thoroughbred meet at Saratoga Race Course begins Thursday, headlined by the $150,000 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies. Opening weekend features six stakes, including the first Grade 1 of the season on Saturday, the 81st running of the $500,000 Diana for turf...

Breeders' Cup to add to safety measures at Santa Anita

Jul. 8, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Breeders' Cup will increase the number of veterinarians on site during its world championships this fall at Santa Anita, where 30 horses died during the racing meet that recently concluded. That's according to Craig Fravel, president and chief executive of the Breeders' Cup, who said...

Old Friends closing satellite division in southern Kentucky

Jul. 5, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — A thoroughbred retirement organization says it will close a satellite division based at a racetrack in southern Kentucky. Old Friends officials say the division based at Kentucky Downs track at Franklin will close at the end of July. It says the Franklin operation is home to seven...

Del Mar adds safety measures ahead of 80th racing season

Jul. 2, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Del Mar will introduce safety enhancements when the track north of San Diego opens its 80th summer of racing on July 17. The track owned by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club said Tuesday it will use a five-member panel to review the medical, training and racing records of every horse entered...