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'3-horse spill' hospitalizes jockeys, 2 horses euthanized

'3-horse spill' hospitalizes jockeys, 2 horses euthanized

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a ''three-horse spill'' during a race in Maryland sent three jockeys to the hospital and led to two horses being euthanized.

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Kentucky Derby purse gets first boost in 14 years

Kentucky Derby purse gets first boost in 14 years

Churchill Downs said the prize money will be increased from $2M to $3M, with the winner bringing home $1.86M.

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Gunmetal Gray rallies to win Sham Stakes by 1 length

Gunmetal Gray rallies to win Sham Stakes by 1 length

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Gunmetal Gray rallied from last to win the $100,000 Sham Stakes by a length, giving the gray colt qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.

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Jockey Espinoza back in saddle after injury

Jockey Espinoza back in saddle after injury

Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza was back in the saddle Saturday, five months after he was seriously injured when his mount died under him in a training run. Espinoza, 46, suffered fractured vertebrae and other serious injuries in the July 22 accident at Del Mar racetrack. “I feel good

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Jockey Espinoza returns to exercising horses after injury

Jockey Espinoza returns to exercising horses after injury

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza has returned to exercising horses at Santa Anita for the first time since being seriously injured in a training accident last summer.

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Horse of Year finalists: Justify, Accelerate, Monomoy Girl

Horse of Year finalists: Justify, Accelerate, Monomoy Girl

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justify and Accelerate never got to face off on the track. Instead, they'll duel for Horse of the Year.

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Enable, Winx make history as Justify captures Triple Crown

Enable, Winx make history as Justify captures Triple Crown

Enable and Australia's leading equine lady Winx cemented their places in racing's record books in a 2018 season that produced a landmark Melbourne Cup success for Godolphin and a Triple Crown for Justify. Over jumps the Grand National was captured by Tiger Roll, the smallest horse in the field

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Might Bite out to prove he is king of Kempton

Might Bite out to prove he is king of Kempton

Defending champion Might Bite heads the betting to take revenge on his Gold Cup conqueror Native River in a potentially vintage King George VI Chase at Kempton on Wednesday. Nicky Henderson's chaser justified strong favouritism in the Boxing Day showpiece 12 months ago, before coming off second

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Report: Track that hosts Preakness should be demolished

Report: Track that hosts Preakness should be demolished

The nearly 150-year-old Baltimore track that hosts one of America's premier horse races should be torn down and rebuilt at a cost of $424 million, according to a report issued Thursday. The Maryland Stadium Authority, in the second phase of a comprehensive study of Pimlico Race Course, recommends

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Riding legends the real McCoy for aspiring jockeys

Riding legends the real McCoy for aspiring jockeys

Bob Champion battled back from cancer to win the Grand National whilst record breaking AP McCoy broke nearly all the bones in his body before finally triumphing in the world's greatest steeplechase at his 15th attempt. Indeed he and McCoy gave four young riders some advice at Ascot racecourse last

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Racing legend Piggott hospitalised

Racing legend Piggott hospitalised

Lester Piggott, widely regarded as the greatest ever flat race jockey, has been admitted to hospital although his family say it is for purely precautionary reasons. The 83-year-old, who rode 30 British Classic winners including a record nine Epsom Derbies, has suffered from heart issues in the past.

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Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza aims for Jan comeback

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza aims for Jan comeback

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza is aiming to return to riding in January, six months after he was seriously injured in a training accident. The 46-year-old rider says he had an MRI recently and ''it came out perfect.'' Espinoza says he doesn't need surgery and his spinal cord

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Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez rides 6,000th win

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez rides 6,000th win

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez rode his 6,000th career winner in North America, guiding Singapore Trader to victory Friday at Aqueduct. The 47-year-old rider began his career in his native Puerto Rico before coming to the U.S. in 1990, when he rode 109 winners.

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Frank Mirahmadi to take over as Santa Anita race caller

Frank Mirahmadi to take over as Santa Anita race caller

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Frank Mirahmadi will become Santa Anita's new race caller when the winter meet begins Dec. 26, replacing Michael Wrona who was let go after two years.

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Horse takes left turn out of gate, jock lands in parking lot

Horse takes left turn out of gate, jock lands in parking lot

Wild Verse took a hard left shortly after the start of a race at Del Mar and wound up jumping a rail and hedge. After jumping a rail and hedge alongside the chute that leads to the main track, the 3-year-old gelding trained by Peter Miller galloped away in the area east of the show horse arena and satellite

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Exercise rider Odanis Acuna dies in training accident

Exercise rider Odanis Acuna dies in training accident

Churchill Downs says exercise rider Odanis ''Cuba'' Acuna died in a training accident when his horse broke down with catastrophic injuries. The 42-year-old rider for trainer Kenny McPeek was breezing unraced 2-year-old New York Harbor when the horse fell about a sixteenth of a mile before

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Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup for Godolphin stable

Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup for Godolphin stable

English stayer Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, gave Dubai-based Godolphin stable its first Melbourne Cup with victory in Australia's largest and most prestigious horse race on Tuesday. It was only Cross Counter's eighth start, but he had missed a top-two finish only once.

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Foreign raiders set sights on Australia's Melbourne Cup

Foreign raiders set sights on Australia's Melbourne Cup

Irish trained five-year-old Yucatan will likely start favorite in Australia's Melbourne Cup, expected to be run on a soft track at Flemington racecourse. Trained at Tipperary by regular Cup campaigner Aidan O'Brien, Yucatan became favorite for the 158th running of the two-mile handicap on Tuesday

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Man arrested after drunkenly stealing and riding a horse at the Breeders' Cup

Man arrested after drunkenly stealing and riding a horse at the Breeders' Cup

A drunk Kentucky man was arrested at the Breeders' Cup on Saturday after attempting to steal and ride a horse around the track.

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