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Root for Patch, the Kentucky Derby's One-Eyed Horse

But don't necessarily bet on him

(Newser) - Don't know who to root for in Saturday's Kentucky Derby? Meet Patch, the one-eyed horse and the race's "lovable underdog." ABC News reports Patch—the fourth one-eyed horse to run the Kentucky Derby—is becoming a fan favorite. ESPN's Jeannine Edwards says Patch, who... More »

Jockey Kicked in Face by Horse, Then Luck Gets Even Worse

Ambulance runs over Chris Meehan's leg, breaks it

(Newser) - You might think that, once you've gotten kicked in the face by a horse, nothing worse is likely to happen to you on that particular day. Not so for Northern Irish jockey Chris Meehan, who got a gash on the jaw and a broken nose after falling from his... More »

American Pharoah Big Favorite, but Science Is Skeptical

Will we get a Triple Crown winner today?

(Newser) - The latest odds ahead of today's Belmont Stakes have American Pharoah as the favorite to win and thus claim the Triple Crown. He's at 1-2, with the next best odds belonging to Frosted at 5-1 and Materiality at 7-1, reports the Courier-Journal . If Pharoah does win, the horse... More »

Why American Pharoah's Name Is Misspelled

It's a typo that nobody caught

(Newser) - American Pharoah is the favorite to win tomorrow's Belmont Stakes, thus becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. But about that name: "Pharoah" should be spelled "Pharaoh," and while lots of horses have intentionally misspelled monikers, that's not what happened here. It's... More »

Queen's Nag Flunks Drug Test

Winner of last year's Gold Cup, Estimate, tests positive for morphine

(Newser) - The latest royal scandal mercifully has nothing to do with Prince Harry , things that should've stayed in Vegas , or other photos you can't un-see : Rather, it's a 5-year-old horse owned by the queen, and she's tested positive for a banned substance, reports the Telegraph . It seems... More »

US Horse Farm Was Front for Vicious Cartel

Horse names pointed to Los Zetas' involvement

(Newser) - The Los Zetas drug cartel is known for beheadings and cutting off limbs while victims are still alive—and until authorities got involved, it was hiding millions of dollars behind an Oklahoma horse farm, NBC News reports. The farm was owned by Jose Trevino Morales, the little brother of two... More »

California Chrome Owner: Tonalist Took 'Coward's Way Out'

Horses shouldn't be allowed to crash Belmont with fresh legs, says Steve Coburn

(Newser) - Let us just say that California Chrome's co-owner isn't taking his pony's lost Triple Crown bid lightly or gracefully. Immediately after his colt placed fourth in yesterday's Belmont Stakes , Steve Coburn blasted Tonalist as having taken "the coward's way out" to victory—that is,... More »

Track's Loud Sound System Killed My Horse: Trainer

Mare got startled by commercial at Churchill Downs, he says

(Newser) - A 5-year-old mare died in a freak fall at Churchill Downs yesterday, and its trainer blames the track's massive new sound system, reports AP . Kenny Wirth says the horse, Never Tell Lynda, was being led to the paddock before the day's first race when a commercial began blaring... More »

California Chrome Will Run After All

NY Racing Association OKs colt's nasal strip

(Newser) - California Chrome will indeed make his run—nasal strip and all—to be the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, reports ESPN . The New York Racing Association said today it would allow the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes to also use the strip in the Belmont... More »

Stablehand's $75 Bet Makes Him a Millionaire

Conor Murphy is now a trainer at the Kentucky Derby

(Newser) - With the Kentucky Derby running this weekend, everybody's rolling out the feature stories in advance. It will be seriously hard to top this one in the New York Times : It's the story of Conor Murphy, 29, who was shoveling manure last year as a stablehand in England until... More »

Racehorses Are Dropping Dead in California

17 confusing deaths since July

(Newser) - Racehorses that die in California are subject to one of the country's most comprehensive post-mortem reviews, and what those reviews are finding—or not finding—is unsettling. Racehorses have been dropping dead in the state, and no one knows why, reports the New York Times . Nineteen died in in... More »

HBO Covered Up Luck Horse Deaths: Suit

And humane group went along with it, complaint says

(Newser) - HBO horse racing series Luck was canceled in March after at least three horses died; now, a former American Humane Association exec is suing the network and the show's producer. Barbara Casey's lawsuit hits HBO and Stewart Productions for helping cover up alleged abuse of the horses, the... More »

Europe Now Scared to Eat US Horse Meat

Officials fear racehorse doping has made meat too toxic to consume

(Newser) - The latest sign that doping is a growing problem in the horse-racing world: European food safety officials now fear our horse meat is too toxic to eat. As the New York Times explains, about 15% of the US horses bound for slaughter in Canada and Mexico (where such processing is... More »

Horse Racing's New Scandal: 'Frog Juice'

New testing discovers use of illegal painkiller

(Newser) - Horse racing fans can expect to hear a lot soon about a small South American critter commonly known as a waxy monkey tree frog. It seems the frog's skin produces a powerful substance called dermorphin that masks pain and helps horses run faster, explains the New York Times . In... More »

39 Years Later, Secretariat Nabs Preakness Record

Racehorse now holds records for all 3 Triple Crown races

(Newser) - Legendary racehorse Secretariat has notched a posthumous victory: The Maryland Racing Commission says he did indeed set a race record at the Preakness in 1973 , making him the record holder for all three Triple Crown events. Owner Penny Chenery, now 90, championed the effort for official recognition of the horse'... More »

Under Review: Secretariat’s Preakness Time

Electronic timer at Pimlico might have shorted the champ a record run

(Newser) - About 40 years after Secretariat ran away with the Triple Crown, the long-dead stallion is getting a chance to break—or at least tie—another record, reports Bloomberg . The Maryland Racing Commission is reviewing his 1973 Preakness victory at the request of owner Penny Chenery to see if video technology... More »

I'll Have Another Drops Out of Belmont Stakes

Trainer Doug O'Neill cites tendonitis

(Newser) - I'll Have Another's Triple Crown hopes have been dashed: The horse won't race in the Belmont Stakes, his trainer says. Following the horse's outing this morning, Doug O'Neill spotted swelling. "He has the start of some tendonitis in the left front leg," O'... More »

Trainer of Triple Crown Hopeful Suspended

Officials agree with Doug O'Neill, but ruling stands

(Newser) - The trainer of star colt I'll Have Another—which will try on June 9 to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978—has been handed a 45-day ban for something that California racing officials ultimately agreed he did not do: give his horse an illegal... More »

Body Found at Kentucky Derby Track

Dead male found just 4 barns away from I'll Have Another

(Newser) - The day after I'll Have Another broke from the field to win the first leg of the Triple Crown, Kentucky police are investigating a man's body that was found at Churchill Downs this morning. The body was found in Barn 8, just four barns away from where the... More »

24 Horses Die on US Racetracks ... Each Week

NYT investigates the deadly, drug-filled world of horse racing

(Newser) - If the extent of your horse-racing knowledge starts with the Kentucky Derby and ends with mint juleps, the New York Times' look at the deadly sport is both an eye-opening and jarring read. It reports that an average of 24 horses die every single week on the country's racetracks.... More »

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