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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...

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...

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...

In this image provided by Benoit Photo, Thousand Words, right, with Abel Cedillo aboard, outlegs Cezanne, left, with Flavien Prat aboard, to win the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes horse race Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

Thousand Words pulls upset to win Shared Belief at Del Mar

Aug. 1, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Thousand Words upset 1-5 favorite Honor A. P. by three-quarters of a length in the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar on Saturday, giving trainer Bob Baffert another candidate for next month’s Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Thousand Words ran 1 1/16 miles in...

Authentic wins Haskell for Baffert at Monmouth Park

Jul. 18, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert got yet another win in the Haskell Stakes with a talented, developing colt who is now very much in the picture for the coronavirus-delayed Kentucky Derby. Authentic gave Baffert his record-extending ninth victory in the $1 million Grade 1 Haskell on...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 1, 2019, file photo, trainer Bob Baffert looks out from his barn before a workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance. The commission says in a ruling that the suspension runs from Aug. 1  to Aug. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Trainer Bob Baffert suspended 15 days by Arkansas stewards

Jul. 15, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert was suspended for 15 days on Wednesday by Oaklawn Park stewards and two of his horses were disqualified in Arkansas after testing positive for a banned substance. The stewards said in a ruling that the suspension will run from Aug. 1 -15....

Authentic, exercise rider Ramon Moya Jr. up, gallops at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, N.J. on Wednesday morning July 15, 2020. Authentic will compete in Saturday's $1,000,000 Haskell Stakes horse race at Monmouth Park. (Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO via AP)

Authentic morning line favorite in Haskell at Monmouth Park

Jul. 15, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

Monmouth Park is having a little different $1 million Haskell this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. What hasn't changed is Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is expected to win again. Baffert's Authentic drew the No. 2 post position on Wednesday and was made the overwhelming morning line favorite for...

Jockey Ken Church, winner of over 2,000 races, dies at 90

Jul. 13, 2020 10:55 PM EDT

Ken Church, who rode over 2,000 winners during a 20-year career that included four mounts in the Kentucky Derby, died Monday. He was 90. Church was diagnosed with pneumonia a week ago at the retirement facility where he lived in Reno, Nevada, and was taken to a hospital. He contracted COVID-19 there and died, his...

Art Collector pulls away to win Blue Grass at Keeneland

Jul. 11, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Art Collector took a big step toward the Kentucky Derby, pulling away from the filly Swiss Skydiver in the stretch in the Blue Grass at Keeneland for his first graded stakes victory. The Kentucky-bred son of Bernardini and Distorted Legacy by Distorted Humor started the $600,000,...