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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 »

Meet the 13th Horse to Win the Triple Crown

Justify gets it done in the Belmont Stakes

(Newser) - Justify led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths and become horse racing's 13th Triple Crown champion and second in four years. The chestnut colt is the second undefeated colt to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont, improving to 6-0 in a racing career... More »

We Now Have a Triple Crown Contender

Justify wins Preakness, will try to complete feat June 9

(Newser) - Justify emerged from the fog and sloshed his way to another victory, holding off several hard-charging challengers to win the Preakness on Saturday and keep alive the chance for trainer Bob Baffert's second Triple Crown champion in four years. On a sloppy track similar to the conditions in the... More »

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... More »

The Secretive Gambling 'Nerd' Whose Algorithm Won $1B

So says Kit Chellel in his fascinating piece on horse-racing wiz Bill Benter

(Newser) - Nearly 15% of the people in Hong Kong placed wagers on a huge horse-racing competition on Nov. 6, 2001—but it was American Bill Benter, who'd put in more than 51,000 bets with an associate, who won the Triple Trio by predicting the top three horses in three... More »

'Legendary' Jockey Dies After Headfirst Fall

Jose Flores was thrown from horse

(Newser) - A renowned jockey who was among the best in Pennsylvania history died Thursday of injuries suffered in a racing accident, the AP reports. Parx Racing announced the death of Jose Flores, 56, who was racing Monday at the suburban Philadelphia track when his horse went down and Flores was thrown... More »

Queen's Horses Have Brought in Almost $9M

They have a 16% win percentage over 30 years

(Newser) - In horse racing, a bet on one of Queen Elizabeth II's horses is about as safe a bet as you can make. That's because the queen's steeds have raked in $8.9 million in winnings since 1988, with 451 victories in 2,815 runs for a 16%... More »

Tapwrit Wins Belmont Stakes

6th-place Kentucky Derby finisher skipped Preakness, gives trainer 3rd Belmont victory

(Newser) - The road to the winner's circle in the Belmont Stakes ran through the Kentucky Derby, even if the Derby and Preakness winners skipped the final leg of the Triple Crown. Tapwrit overtook favored Irish War Cry in the stretch to win by two lengths on Saturday, giving trainer Todd... More »

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