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Stories tagged: horse racing

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Pacific Northwest horse racing legend Troy Taylor dies at 88

Taylor, his identical twin, Roy, and their older sibling, J.D., built a midcentury dynasty as the Taylor Brothers, piling up victories and training titles with a series of inexpensive horses.

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

Vino Rosso wins Breeders’ Cup Classic; 15-1 long shot Mongolian Groom fatally injured

A victory by Vino Rosso in the Breeders’ Cup Classic was overshadowed by the fatal injury to 15-1 long shot Mongolian Groom in the $6 million race at Santa Anita.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

Spokane native Jon White knows his odds at Santa Anita Park

Five decades ago, right about this time of year, there was a boy, Lewis and Clark High School, class of 1973, who took his studies so seriously that, twice a …

Triple Crown winner Justify had positive test; trainer blames contaminated food

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert denied giving 2018 Triple Crown winning horse Justify a banned substance that caused a positive test prior to last year’s Kentucky Derby and blamed …

UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019

Breeders’ Cup to add to safety measures at Santa Anita

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 …

Tacitus finishes second in Belmont Stakes

Tacitus was well-rested for a run on his home track. It just didn’t work out. The favored Tacitus finished second to Sir Winston in the Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old colt, …

UPDATED: Sat., June 8, 2019

Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont

Sir Winston gave the Triple Crown another unexpected turn, rallying in the stretch to capture the Belmont Stakes in a 10-1 upset. The win gave trainer Mark Casse the final …

UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019

Analysis: Belmont pick is Tacitus, aided by bloodlines

This is a Triple Crown season that will be remembered, though probably should be forgotten.

Trainer Bill Mott trying to win Belmont, and without mayhem

Trainer Bill Mott comes to the Belmont Stakes after what has been a chaotic Triple Crown season for him. Mott won the Kentucky Derby with Country House, becoming the first …

Better camera technology game-changer for Triple Crown races

High-definition monitors used by broadcaster Larry Collmus for the first time at Justify’s foggy Preakness victory in 2018 and the “BatCam” that runs on a zip line are now prominent …

Tyler Gaffalione has become horse racing’s rising star jockey

Tyler Gaffalione has become horse racing’s rising star jockey after winning the Preakness and can add to his already impressive resume in the Belmont.

UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019

Tacitus favored in Belmont; Preakness winner War of Will 2nd choice

Tacitus was made the slight favorite over Preakness winner War of Will in a Belmont Stakes that wraps up a whacky Triple Crown. Tacitus and War of Will got the …

Belmont features one of the safest racing surfaces in U.S.

The home of the Belmont is laps ahead of other U.S. racetracks when it comes to keeping horses safe. Belmont Park and other tracks around the state of New York …

Sen. Dianne Feinstein renews call for suspension of Santa Anita races

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., again is calling for racing to be halted at Santa Anita after three horses died in nine days. “I once again call for an immediate moratorium …

Horsing around: Riderless colt races to Preakness finish

Unencumbered by a jockey and suddenly free to run wherever he darn pleased, Bodexpress decided to take a shot at winning the Preakness. Taking one of the most memorable trips …

UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019

War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless running horse

War of Will bounced back from a bumpy ride in the Kentucky Derby to win the Preakness Stakes, holding off a field that included a riderless horse that threw his …

Gina Rarick: I train racehorses in France. They live long and love their jobs.

Horse racing deserves its place in the world, but we must do our best to prove we deserve horse racing.

UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019

‘Vanilla’ Preakness still has intrigue without Kentucky Derby winner

The Preakness won’t have the Kentucky Derby winner for the first time since 1996 and trainer D. Wayne Lukas believes that makes it a little “vanilla.”

UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

D. Wayne Lukas-trained long shot Market King cleared for Preakness

Long shot Market King has been cleared to race in the Preakness. Market King had been on the veterinarian’s list in Kentucky after being scratched before the Pat Day Mile …

UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Tough, talented War of Will looks to wow in Preakness

War of Will came out of a rough race at the Kentucky Derby unscathed, surprisingly frisky and primed to show what he can do in the Preakness.

Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez appeals suspension

Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez has appealed his 15-day suspension by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. He says the stewards’ penalty for failing to control the horse in the Kentucky …

UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Bob Baffert-trained Improbable 5-2 Preakness favorite

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is seeking a record-setting eighth Preakness victory with 5-2 morning line favorite Improbable, who will start from the No. 4 post in a field …

UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Improbable, War of Will among horses to watch in Preakness

Improbable and War of Will are among the horses to watch in the Preakness without the Kentucky Derby winner in the field. Trainer Bob Baffert’s Improbable was the favorite going …

Maximum Security owners file suit for Derby disqualification

The owners of Maximum Security have sued the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and stewards, seeking to reverse the horse’s disqualification for interference as Kentucky Derby winner and restoration of purse …

UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019

Baltimore politicians, track owners duel over Pimlico future

The future of Pimlico Race Course has become a tug of war between Baltimore officials and the track owners. At the center of the battle is the Preakness. City officials …

Initial Kentucky Derby DQ led to failed 4-year legal odyssey

Dancer’s Image crossed the finish line first in the 1968 Kentucky Derby, only to become the first horse ever disqualified days later as the result of a positive drug test. …

UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019

Improbable gets Mike Smith aboard for possible Preakness run

Improbable will have Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith aboard if the colt runs in the Preakness on May 18. Trainer Bob Baffert said he was making the switch from Irad …

UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019

Kentucky Derby winner Country House won’t run in the Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Country House won’t run in the Preakness because of illness. Trainer Bill Mott says the long shot winner of horse racing’s biggest event is no longer being …

UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019

Maximum Security arrives at Monmouth, pointed to Haskell

A weary Maximum Security has arrived at Monmouth Park, where his trainer plans to race the colt in the $1 million Haskell Invitational in July. The first Kentucky Derby winner …

UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019

Maximum Security out of Preakness; Derby DQ appeal denied

Taken down as the Kentucky Derby winner, Maximum Security is now out of the Preakness.