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Paul Newberry: Plenty of worries heading into Run for the Roses

After a grim year in horse racing, let’s just hope everyone makes it back alive at the Kentucky Derby.


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m.

Singing in the rain? Bob Baffert eyes history, wet Kentucky Derby on tap

In a Kentucky Derby lacking a dominant favorite, two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert saddles the top three choices. Game Winner is the prerace favorite, albeit a tepid one at …


Maximum Security goes from running for minimum to Derby

Maximum Security is at the other end of the fiscal spectrum of horse racing. While owners frequently pay a royal ransom to acquire a horse with potential to win the …


Analysis: Many options, but Maximum Security is Derby pick

Many options await in the Kentucky Derby, but in the end, Maximum Security will get the job done.


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 8:23 a.m.

Triple Crown winner Mike Smith gets Kentucky Derby ride

Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith will ride in the Kentucky Derby after all. He has picked up the mount on Cutting Humor, a 30-1 shot trained by Todd Pletcher. The …


Kentucky Derby evolves from 90 minutes to 5 hours for NBC

NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby will include a couple of new technological features. The biggest one is a super slow-motion camera on the pole of the finish line on …


For Kentucky Derby horses, sunrise is when the work begins

Some horses beat the sunrise over the backside at Churchill Downs for their workouts. Other colts await the first light and warmth of day before preparing for the Kentucky Derby. …


1st Japanese-bred horse in Kentucky Derby took long road

Master Fencer, the first Japanese-bred horse to run in the Kentucky Derby, took a very circuitous route to Churchill Downs. Everyone involved with the chestnut colt hopes the long journey …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

Bob Baffert is loaded with Kentucky Derby colts and has look of a Winner

The five-time Kentucky Derby winner finds himself with new favorite Game Winner since Omaha Beach had to be scratched with a breathing problem.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 4 p.m.

Derby 2019: Game Winner new favorite in Kentucky Derby

The new favorite enters the Kentucky Derby unbeaten and tops several contenders on modest winning streaks that could factor large in the sport’s marquee race. Game Winner is the favorite …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach scratched

Favorite Omaha Beach has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby because of a breathing problem. It’s generally not a career-threatening problem and is usually corrected with surgery.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

Some basic tips for betting on horse racing, Kentucky Derby

Picking a horse to win the Kentucky Derby is easy. Placing a bet is as close as a cellphone, tablet, computer or even a smart TV with internet access. But …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Bob Baffert takes aim at record-tying 6th Kentucky Derby win

The pain of seeing Cavonnier get beat by a nose in his first Kentucky Derby nearly kept trainer Bob Baffert from returning to Churchill Downs. He figured he would never …


Horse racing weighs changes to compete with sports gambling

Horse racing is considering adding fixed-odds wagering and other changes to offset the impact of legalized sports gambling in the United States, which threatens the industry’s very existence.


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 7 p.m.

Omaha Beach is 4-1 favorite for Kentucky Derby, draws No. 12 post

Bob Baffert-trained Game Winner is the 5-1 second choice from the No. 16 post in the 20-horse field for Saturday’s first leg of the Triple Crown.


Horse racing debates use of race-day medication

The deaths of 23 horses over three months at Santa Anita in California have roiled the racing industry and prompted abrupt changes in race-day medication rules that would alter the …


Santa Anita horse deaths overshadow reforms made elsewhere

A series of 23 horse deaths over three months at Santa Anita Park in California come after several reforms solved similar issues on the East Coast over the past decade. …


Jim Price: Looking at the great ‘what if’ had Turbulator raced at Santa Anita

On a crisp Sunday evening, almost half a century ago, nearly 6,000 people crowded into an aging structure just off Spokane’s East Sprague Avenue. Moments before 6 o’clock, they let …


Santa Anita to run 3 days a week, hike purses for 6 weeks

Santa Anita will race three days a week instead of four over the next four weeks because the track has lost some of its horse population to out-of-state venues. Several …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 6:49 p.m.

Leading jockey Rocco Bowen won’t be ready for opening day at Emerald Downs

Rocco Bowen wants to ride regularly against some of the world’s best jockeys someday, but for now he’s satisfied being the best at Emerald Downs.


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 3 p.m.

Santa Anita to continue racing despite protests

Santa Anita will continue racing through the end of the current meet on June 23, despite objections from animal rights activists who urged the California Horse Racing Board to shutter …


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Major tracks to ban race-day use of anti-bleeding medication

Starting in 2020, 2-year-old horses won’t be allowed to be treated with the drug Lasix within 24 hours of racing. Lasix is a diuretic given to a majority of horses …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

Jockeys weigh in on proposed whipping rules in California

The California Horse Racing Board has amended proposed changes to rules governing how jockeys may use riding crops in races. The Jockeys’ Guild, meanwhile, continues to press its case that …


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019, 6:42 p.m.

Roadster beats Game Winner to win Santa Anita Derby

Roadster defeated Game Winner by a half-length to win the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, giving trainer Bob Baffert a 1-2 finish and the possibility of three horses in the …


23rd horse dies at Santa Anita after racing accident

A two-horse spill in the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes at Santa Anita has led to the 23rd equine fatality at the Southern California track in just over three months. Arms …


California board votes to limit whips in horse racing

The California Horse Racing Board voted Thursday to severely limit the use of whips on horses in racing statewide and approved medication changes on a smaller scale following the deaths …


Santa Anita to ban medication, whips on race days

Santa Anita will ban the use of medication and whips on racing days after the 22nd horse fatality in 2 1/2 months occurred at the historic track. The move by …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 3:09 p.m.

Santa Anita’s dirt track to reopen for limited training

Santa Anita will reopen its main dirt track for limited training on Monday nearly a week after the historic racetrack was closed to training and racing in the wake of …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 8:29 p.m.

Official: Santa Anita cancels racing after 21 horse deaths

A track official says Santa Anita is canceling racing indefinitely to re-examine the dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months. Tim Ritvo, chief operating …


City of Light wins $9 million Pegasus World Cup

Going into retirement with an absolute flourish, City of Light ran away from Accelerate and every other challenger down the stretch and rolled to a 5