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Kim Jong Un's Putin-esque Pics Invite 'Wonder,' Speculation

North Korean leader's ride on a horse up a sacred snowy mountain could portend big news—or not

(Newser) - In his downtime, Russian leader Vladimir Putin likes to appear, often shirtless, in photos engaged in various manly activities, including fishing and horseback riding . Now North Korea's Kim Jong Un is getting into the act, shown in a series of new images riding a horse up a sacred snowy... 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 »

Barron Trump Gets Rather Large Gift From Mongolia

Horse named Victory will stay in the country

(Newser) - It's a "Victory" for President Trump's youngest son, Barron. The White House says Mongolia's government has gifted the 13-year-old with a horse, which has been named Victory. Press secretary Stephanie Grisham says the Trumps are "very grateful" for the horse, which will remain in Mongolia.... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Indiana Marshal Has to Cut Horse Out of Tree

In -20 degrees. 'I couldn't feel a thing, it was so cold'

(Newser) - An Indiana town marshal wielding a chain saw rescued a horse that became wedged between two branches of a tree trunk amid subzero cold, reports the AP . Winfield Town Marshal Dan Ball says the horse somehow became stuck in the multi-trunked tree Wednesday morning in the town of Winfield, about... More »

He Couldn't Save Farmhand's Horse. The Farmhand Retaliated

Douglas Holley gets 105 years in prison for planting pipe bomb under veterinarian's bed

(Newser) - A northwest Louisiana farmhand has been sentenced to 105 years after being convicted of planting a pipe bomb under the bed of the man and wife he worked for in retaliation for the man's failure to save his horse. "I'm going to remove you from normal society,... More »

Couple Finds 'Cow' Remains in Yard—Except It's Not a Cow

Utah skeleton is actually that of a Pleistocene Era horse

(Newser) - When Laura and Bridger Hill started doing yard work at their home in Lehi, Utah, last September to prep for a retaining wall, the last thing they expected was to stumble across Ice Age-era remains. But that's exactly what happened, with the couple telling the New York Times they... More »

Over 2 Dozen Dead Horses Found Decaying on Farm

Sheriff says farmer claimed it was their right

(Newser) - A Maryland sheriff's office says dozens of dead horses were discovered strewn across a farm in various states of decay, the AP reports. Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis told the Daily Times of Salisbury that an investigation was launched Friday into the 25 dead horses found on the 2-acre... More »

New Calif. Wildfire's Victims: Elite Horses

Lilac Fire adds to region's misery

(Newser) - California's newest wildfire tore through retirement communities built on golf courses and killed elite thoroughbred horses in its first destructive day. The new blaze in San Diego County means a huge swath of Southern California is now in flames after December's shockingly dry, hot, and windy conditions brought... 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 »

Restaurant Gets Angry Response After Serving Horse Meat

Chef says it was sourced from a sustainable horse farm in Canada

(Newser) - A Pittsburgh restaurant is causing a stir after serving horse meat, the AP reports. According to KDKA , Cure Restaurant hosted a special dinner with Canadian chefs Monday. The Quebecois-themed fare included horse tartare. Horse welfare advocate Joy Braunstein says she was outraged to hear that horse was served. Braunstein says... More »

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 »

Video Shows Daring Rescue of Horses That Fell Through Ice

Seven of the 10 animals survived

(Newser) - Dozens of firefighters and rescue crew risked their own safety to save 10 horses that fell through the ice Sunday in Canada—and it was all caught on video , CBC reports. After the horses fell through the thinning ice in northern Alberta, rescuers had to use chainsaws to cut a... More »

This Is the Strangest Animal Skirmish You'll See Today

It's horse vs. alligator, and both apparently escaped unharmed

(Newser) - It's not the first pairing that comes to mind when you think of natural enemies in the animal kingdom, but it turns out that horses apparently aren't fond of alligators. Visitors to Florida's Paynes Prairie State Park near Gainesville learned that first-hand on Wednesday. Video posted online... More »

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