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Court hears high-stakes Kentucky 'historical racing' case

Aug. 14, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court delved into a high-stakes case over the legality of “historical horse racing" machines that are lucrative moneymakers for racetracks and the thoroughbred industry. Attorneys for racing interests and The Family Foundation argued Friday over the...

Turf Paradise cancels horse racing schedule due to COVID-19

Aug. 13, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Turf Paradise has cancelled its 2020-21 horse racing schedule due to the coronavirus. Track officials said the restrictions on large crowds combined with the economic uncertainties associated with periodic closures and necessary social distance requirements make it impossible to conduct a...

FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Preakness winner Oxbow, left, enters the track for a light workout at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas is at rear. The order of the Triple Crown races could be different this year. “If you go from a mile-and-a-half and start dropping back, it’s going to change a lot,” said Lukas, winner of 14 Triple Crown races. “It’ll change how you train, it’ll change the type of horse that will end up in the Derby. It’ll be a very, very significant change.” (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas recovering from COVID-19

Aug. 13, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Kentucky Derby winner, is recovering after recently testing positive for COVID-19. His condition was disclosed in a tweet posted by grandson Brady Wayne Lukas. “Wayne recently tested positive for COVID-19 and has since been...

In an April 4, 2004 photo provided by Benoit Photo, Mel Stute is seen at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Mel Stute, trainer of 1986 Preakness winner and Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old male Snow Chief, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. He was 93.(Benoit Photo via AP)

Mel Stute, trainer of 1986 Preakness winner, dies at 93

Aug. 12, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mel Stute, who trained Snow Chief to victory in the 1986 Preakness and the Eclipse Award as the nation’s best 3-year-old male, died Wednesday. He was 93. He died at a rental home near Del Mar racetrack north of San Diego, where his son, Gary, is training at the summer meet. Gary...

Keeneland fall meet presents 18 stakes worth $4.775 million

Aug. 12, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Keeneland's 17-day fall meet will feature 18 graded stakes races worth $4.775 million, including 10 offering automatic berths in the season-ending Breeders' Cup Championships to be held at the historic track. The Breeders' Cup will be run at Keeneland for the second time on Nov. 6-7...

Plan for Kentucky Derby eliminates general admission tickets

Aug. 12, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs officials expect less than 23,000 fans will be able to attend next month’s rescheduled Kentucky Derby under an updated health and safety plan. The plan eliminates general admission and standing room only areas, with total capacity limited to less than 14% of...

FILE - This Nov. 20, 2013 file photo shows the Meadowlands race track in East Rutherford, N.J. Two years after filing a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, an aggrieved harness-racing bettor has received $20,000 in the settlement of his claims that he was cheated out of his winnings when a doped horse won a race in New Jersey in 2016. The settlement was reached in July 2020. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Aggrieved bettor gets $20,000 in unique horse-doping lawsuit

Aug. 12, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An aggrieved harness-racing bettor received $20,000 in the settlement of a first-of-its-kind lawsuit in which he claimed he was cheated out of his winnings when a doped horse won a race in New Jersey in 2016. After the lawsuit was filed in March 2018, leading figures in harness racing said...

Art Collector wins Ellis Park Derby, earns Ky Derby points

Aug. 9, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Blue Grass winner Art Collector led all the way in winning the $200,000 Ellis Park Derby by 3 1/4 lengths on Sunday, and earned 50 qualifying points for next month’s Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Art Collector ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.02 and paid $2.80, $2.20...

Tiz the Law (6), with Manny Franco up, wins the Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Stacey Heatherington/NYRA via AP)

Tiz the Law wins Travers, likely Derby favorite in Kentucky

Aug. 8, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Belmont winner Tiz the Law won the $1 million Travers Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths at Saratoga, and heads to Kentucky for next month’s Derby as the probable favorite. Ridden by Manny Franco, Tiz the Law ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.65 on Saturday without fans in the grandstand...

Filly Ramona Hill wins $1 million Hambletonian, ties record

Aug. 8, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A filly winning the Hambletonian has been a rare sight in the 95-year history of trotting's biggest race. Only 15 have accomplished the feat. Now owners Michelle and Al Crawford and Brad Grant have done it twice in the past three years. Ramona Hill joined the list Saturday,...