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Another Casualty at Santa Anita

3-year-old colt becomes the 32nd horse since December to die at track

(Newser) - A 3-year-old colt sustained a catastrophic injury in the eighth race at Santa Anita and was euthanized Saturday, the 32nd horse to die at the track since December. Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez was tossed off in the incident on the second day of the fall meet at Santa... More »

Against All Odds, Bettor Wins Stunning $2.2M

Someone turns 20-cent wager into a huge jackpot

(Newser) - A bettor at Gulfstream Park turned a 20-cent, six-race wager into more than $2.2 million Friday, the AP reports. Someone hit Gulfstream's Rainbow 6 on Friday, the first time that the total jackpot had been claimed for that wager since July 6. To win the entire jackpot, someone... More »

Santa Anita 'Devastated' by Another Tragedy

4-year-old suffered a pelvic fracture during workout

(Newser) - A 4-year-old gelding pulled up with a pelvic fracture on the training track during a workout at Santa Anita Park in California this week. Veterinarians worked to save Zeke, the Los Angeles Times reports, but eventually euthanized the horse. The chief veterinarian for the track issued a statement saying everyone... More »

Triple Crown Winner Got a Secret Break Before Derby

'New York Times' says Justify failed a drug test, was still allowed to run

(Newser) - Justify won the Triple Crown in 2018 and immediately became the most valuable horse in history thanks to a $60 million deal for his stud fees. But as the New York Times reports, there's now a big question of whether the horse trained by the legendary Bob Baffert should... More »

70-Year-Old Wins Grueling 'Death March'

Bob Long beats the odds by winning a long, Mongolian horse race

(Newser) - Bob Long is 70—and just won a punishing 10-day horse race across the Mongolian steppes. That makes him the oldest rider to even finish the race, the New York Times reports. "It's nothing," says the Idaho native. "You just ride 650 miles on a death... More »

On 2nd Day of Racing Season: 2 Fatalities

Young horses broke their necks in head-on collision at Del Mar

(Newser) - Two jockeys are fine—but their horses are not—after a head-on collision at California's Del Mar racetrack. The two horses died from broken necks after one made a U-turn during a training run around 6:45am Thursday—just the second day of the 2019 Del Mar racing season,... More »

Santa Anita Bans Top Trainer After Horse Death

Jerry Hollendorfer calls it 'pretty extreme'

(Newser) - Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has been banned by the ownership of Santa Anita after a fourth horse from his stable has died—and the 30th overall—at the Southern California track, the AP reports. The Stronch Group, which owns the track, says Saturday in a statement that Hollendorfer... More »

26th Horse in 5 Months Dies at Santa Anita

Kochees is 3rd horse to die in 9 days

(Newser) - Santa Anita had its third horse death in nine days when a gelding pulled up during a race and was euthanized. Twenty-six horses have died in racing or training at the southern California track since Dec. 26, reports the AP . The Los Angeles Times reports that Kochees sustained an injury... More »

Horse Interfered With in Kentucky Wins Preakness

War of Will didn't relent down the stretch

(Newser) - War of Will bounced back from a bumpy ride in the Kentucky Derby to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, holding off a field that included a riderless horse that threw his jockey out of the gate and still finished the race, the AP reports. Trainer Mark Casse got his... More »

Horse No. 24 Dies at Southern Calif. Racetrack

Commander Coil was euthanized after rare shoulder injury at Santa Anita Park

(Newser) - Since Christmas there have been 23 horse deaths at Santa Anita Park. Now, make it 24. A statement from the Stronach Group, which owns the track, notes that Commander Coil, a 3-year-old gelding, was put down after an unusual shoulder injury sustained during training Friday morning—the first horse death... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

23rd Horse Dies After Racing Resumes at Santa Anita

Facility closed for changes after rash of deaths

(Newser) - A two-horse spill in the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes at Santa Anita has led to the 23rd equine fatality since Christmas at the Southern California track. Arms Runner injured his right front leg and fell in the Grade 3 race on turf Sunday, two days after Santa Anita reopened... More »

Santa Anita Makes Changes After Another Horse Dies

The cause of the rash of fatal injuries hasn't been found

(Newser) - A horse died during a workout Thursday at Santa Anita Park, the 22nd death in less than three months at the track outside Los Angeles. The 3-year-old filly, Princess Lili B, was euthanized after breaking both front legs, NBC4 reports. The Arcadia track had just reopened Monday for training; it... More »

Track Closes After 21 Horses Die in 10 Weeks

Experts are reviewing conditions at California's Santa Anita

(Newser) - A famed California track has suspended horse racing indefinitely after the 21st death of a horse in 10 weeks. A 4-year-old filly named Lets Light the Way had to be euthanized at Arcadia's Santa Anita Park on Tuesday after injuring her front right leg in training. Another eight horses... More »

Jockey Thrown After Horse Collapses, Dies on Racetrack

Victor Espinoza was injured but will recover

(Newser) - A famous jockey was injured Sunday after the horse he was riding went into cardiac arrest and died on the racetrack. Victor Espinoza was riding Bobby Abu Dhabi during morning training at California's Del Mar racetrack when the 4-year-old colt fell, dying instantly and throwing Espinoza, who was motionless... More »

Losing Owner Ignites a Triple Crown Brouhaha

Mike Repole thinks there should be investigation of riding tactics in Belmont Stakes

(Newser) - The owner of two horses who finished behind Triple Crown winner Justify in the Belmont Stakes thinks the race was a little fishy. Mike Repole tells the New York Post that he thinks a longshot by the name of Restoring Hope essentially blocked for Justify during a portion of the... More »

Justify Is Now the Most Valuable Horse in History

Sure, he won $800K in the Belmont, but Triple Crown nabbed him a $75M stud deal

(Newser) - With his romp at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, Justify made history with more than just a Triple Crown win: The 3-year-old undefeated colt's owners had negotiated a $60 million deal for his stud rights, and the win Saturday added a cool $15 million bonus to that number, bringing... More »

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