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Jacob Blake: 'You Can Change Your Lives Out There'

Kenosha man releases first words from hospital bed as protests rage on elsewhere

(Newser) - Jacob Blake released a message from his hospital bed in which he beseeched viewers to take to heart that "Your life and not only just your life, your legs—something that you need to move around, to move forward in life—can be taken like this, man," said...

Derby Upset Means No Triple Crown Winner

Authentic beat Tiz the Law, who won the Belmont earlier

(Newser) - There will be no Triple Crown winner in the weird world of 2020 sports. Authentic won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, edging out the heavy favorite, Tiz the Law, reports ESPN . This year, the derby actually came after the Belmont Stakes, which was won by Tiz the Law in June....

Kentucky Derby: 'It's Going to Be Weird'

The crowd, and many of the traditions, will be missing this year

(Newser) - Forget the mint juleps in souvenir glasses, men in seersucker suits, and women wearing hats exploding in a floral frenzy. The Kentucky Derby still has horses—Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite in 31 years—but just about everything else makes the 146th edition unlike any other. "It'...

Kentucky Derby Organizers Do a 180 on Spectators

Decision to allow fans to attend this year's event in September is reversed

(Newser) - Organizers tried to figure out a way to keep the Kentucky Derby horse race safe for fans this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, but those efforts have apparently come to naught. Per WLKY , Churchill Downs announced Friday it wouldn't be allowing spectators after all at the Sept. 5 event...

The Run for the Roses Is Off

Coronavirus outbreak expected to delay Kentucky Derby until September

(Newser) - This year will be the first since 1945 that the Kentucky Derby hasn't taken place on the first Saturday in May. Officials confirmed Monday that to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the race will be postponed for the first time since World War II, when restrictions on horse...

Now It's the Jockey's Turn to Get Punished

Kentucky horse officials suspend him for 15 race days

(Newser) - The jockey who rode Maximum Security into infamy at the Kentucky Derby has now been suspended, the Courier-Journal reports. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Sunday suspended Luis Saez for 15 race days, citing "failure to controI his mount" or "maintain a straight course thereby causing interference with...

Video Clears Disqualified Winner, Jockey's Lawyers Say

Racing commission watches film with riders

(Newser) - Video evidence shows jockey Luis Saez wasn't to blame for Maximum Security's disqualification in the Kentucky Derby, the jockey's lawyers say. They turned the video over to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Friday, the Courier Journal reports. In fact, an attorney for Saez says it shows...

One More Bit of Bad News for Horse Racing Fans

No chance of Triple Crown: Derby winner Country House won't run in Preakness

(Newser) - The odds of a Triple Crown winner sank considerably when Maximum Security was disqualified at the Kentucky Derby. Now, they've disappeared entirely. Derby winner Country House—named the winner after the disqualification—will not run in the Preakness, reports the Daily Racing Form . It quotes trainer Bill Mott as...

Owner of Disqualified Horse Plans to Appeal

And Maximum Security won't race at the Preakness, either

(Newser) - The owner of the horse who was disqualified after finishing first in the Kentucky Derby thinks he got robbed—and he plans to appeal the decision with the state racing commission. "We were stunned, shocked, and in total disbelief," Gary West, owner of Maximum Security, tells NBC News...

Trump Calls Derby Decision 'Political Correctness'

Best horse didn't win, president's tweet says

(Newser) - "The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby," President Trump tweeted Sunday in criticizing the decision to disqualify the apparent winner, the Washington Post reports. Country House was declared the official winner after Maximum Security was disqualified for impeding other horses. "It was a rough and...

Bettors Take $9M Bath After Kentucky Derby Mess

$10 refunds to ease losses on Maximum Security

(Newser) - The Kentucky Derby's decision to name a horse that didn't cross the finish line first the winner hit bettors hard, ESPN reports. Maximum Security finished ahead of the field but was disqualified for interfering with other horses Saturday, which made 65-1 long-shot Country House the official winner. The...

This Has Never Happened in the Kentucky Derby

First-place finisher is disqualified, giving victory to Country House

(Newser) - For the first time in Kentucky Derby history, the horse that crossed the finish line first was disqualified, reports NBC News . As a result, a 65-1 long shot named Country House is the winner. Maximum Security led the entire race and finished first, more than a length ahead of Country...

Kentucky Derby Favorite Just Dropped Out

Omaha Beach is scratched because of a breathing problem

(Newser) - Suddenly, the Kentucky Derby is wide open. Favorite Omaha Beach was scratched because of a breathing problem Wednesday night, leaving a pair of Hall of Famers—trainer Richard Mandella and jockey Mike Smith—on the sideline. Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia revised the morning line to make Game Winner the...

Texas Woman's Winning Derby Bet Is 'Unheard Of'

Margaret Reid called 5 races in a row

(Newser) - Justify's owners walked away with $1.43 million after the colt won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, reports the AP . A woman in Austin, Texas, who picked him to win ended up with just a hair less—$1.2 million. Her incredible bet cost her just $18 and involved...

Justify Wins Sloppy Kentucky Derby

Bob Baffert wins again at Churchill Downs

(Newser) - It was a slog through three inches of rain that fell at Churchill Downs on Saturday, but Bob Baffert-trained colt Justify had the first nose across the finish line at the Run for the Roses, reports the Washington Post . Justify won by 2 1/2 lengths and is now the first...

Always Dreaming Wins Kentucky Derby in Slop

Win gives trainer Todd Pletcher his second Derby win

(Newser) - Always Dreaming has won the 143rd Kentucky Derby, pulling away from Lookin at Lee in the slop. Race officials confirmed the win minutes after Always Dreaming crossed the finish line first at Churchill Downs. The win gives trainer Todd Pletcher his second Derby win. Battle of Midway finished third in...

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...

Horse Named for a Hockey Player Wins Kentucky Derby

Nyquist remains undefeated

(Newser) - Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby Saturday, and given that he's now undefeated in eight races, expect the chatter to heat up about a possible second consecutive Triple Crown year. Nyquist had been the big favorite, and he didn't disappoint, storming into the lead on the turn for home...

Favorite Wins Again: American Pharoah Takes Derby

That's 3 straight years

(Newser) - No upsets at Churchill Downs today, again: Favorite American Pharoah won the 141st Kentucky Derby, reports AP . Jockey Victor Espinoza, who won last year's derby as well, rode the horse for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. This marks the third straight year the favorite has won, following Orb...

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,...

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