Thoroughbred racing

March 30, 2019 - 4:47 pm
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Maximum Security was in a claiming race just over three months ago, which meant his connections were willing to let him go to another barn at that point for a mere $16,000. There were no takers. Oh, how they might have missed out. Maximum Security has risen from racing...
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Jockey Jose Ortiz and connections react after winning with Coal Front the $1.5 million Group 2 Godolphin Mile over 1600m in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP/Martin Dokoupil)
March 30, 2019 - 7:50 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Plus Que Parfait went to the lead in the stretch and won the $2.5 million UAE Derby on Saturday. The win was worth 100 Kentucky Derby standings points for Plus Que Parfait. That would be more than enough to get him into the May 4 race at Churchill Downs if his...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2013 file photo, an exercise rider takes a horse for a workout at Santa Anita Park with palm trees and the San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop in Arcadia, Calif. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says a 21st horse has died at Santa Anita. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday, March 5, 2019, because the fatality has not been announced publicly. A total of 21 horses have died since the racetrack's winter meet began on Dec. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
March 05, 2019 - 8:33 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita has canceled racing indefinitely to re-examine its dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that racing won't be held...
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Javier Castellano crosses the finish line aboard City of Light to win the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Horse Race, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
January 26, 2019 - 3:34 pm
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — City of Light and Accelerate went head-to-head twice last year, each winning once and setting up what figured to be a showdown in the final race of their careers. City of Light decided to make it a romp instead. Going into retirement with an absolute flourish, City of...
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Joel Rosario rides Accelerate to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic horse race at Churchill Downs, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
November 03, 2018 - 5:36 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Even if he isn't recognized as this year's top thoroughbred, Accelerate all but assured his place as North America's best older horse. His signature win in the Breeders' Cup Classic should solidify his credentials for multiple honors. Accelerate took the lead at the top of...
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Joel Rosario rides Game Winner to victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile horse race at Churchill Downs, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
November 02, 2018 - 5:29 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Game Winner's latest triumph included bumps along the way. The colt shook them off before shaking the field to remain perfect and make his case as the year's best 2-year-old. Game Winner overcame an early bump to surge down the stretch, then pulled away from long shot Knicks...
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FILE - In this June 9, 2018, file photo, Justify (1), with jockey Mike Smith up, crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race and the Triple Crown in Elmont, N.Y. The undefeated Triple Crown winner has been retired from racing because of fluid in his left front ankle, trainer Bob Baffert and Justify’s owners announced Wednesday, July 25, 2018. They cited caution over the horse’s ankle making it impossible to tell if he’d be able to race by the fall. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File
July 25, 2018 - 6:21 pm
Triple Crown winner Justify was retired from racing Wednesday because of fluid in his left front ankle. Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify's owners said caution over the horse's ankle condition made it impossible to tell if he'd be healthy enough to race by the fall. "What a way to go out: never...
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