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Fight to Keep Preakness at Pimlico, as Baltimore Officials Sue The Stronach Group

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, along with local officials and residents, filed suit in a city circuit court Tuesday against The Stronach Group, its holdings, and the Maryland Economic Development Corporation to block the company from carrying out a proposed move of the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course to Laurel Park. According to the lawsuit, the…Read More

Split Rebel Stakes Leads to Record Day at Arkansas’ Oaklawn

Oaklawn Racing and Gaming’s Rebel Stakes proved to be a record-setting day on Saturday. The Arkansas track drew national attention for splitting its Rebel Stakes into two divisions, which allowed horses from California to fly in and take part in a Kentucky Derby prep race after Santa Anita was forced to cancel its March 9 running of…Read More

Race to Kentucky Derby Recap: Rebel Stakes Offers Fantastic Finishes at Weekend Oaklawn in Arkansas

Saturday was a big day on the road to the Kentucky Derby, as both divisions of the Rebel Stakes ended in dramatic fashion. In each race at Oaklawn Racing and Gaming, a less-than-even-money favorite was edged out at the wire. Surprise Endings In the first division, Improbable went off at 2-5 odds and appeared to…Read More

Road to Kentucky Derby Goes Through Arkansas This Weekend, Game Winner and Improbable Promise Thrills

It’s a week later than expected, but the top two contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby will finally hit the track. Even though Game Winner and Improbable won’t face each other, this should rank as one of the most exciting weekends leading up to the Derby itself. The colts, both of whom are trained by…Read More

Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Out of Time for 2019 General Assembly

An attempt to pass legislation that would legalize sports betting in Kentucky has fallen short for this year, the bill’s primary sponsor said. State Rep. Adam Koenig acknowledged on Twitter Tuesday night that House Bill 175 would not receive a vote in the state House of Representatives before the 2019 General Assembly session is scheduled…Read More

Favorites Find Rough Trips on Road to Kentucky Derby: Weekend Recap

The cancellation of the San Felipe Stakes took a lot of luster off this past weekend’s Kentucky Derby prep races, and as such, there was little movement among the contenders for a spot in racing’s crown event. Three prep races went off, but only one of them — the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Kentucky’s Turfway…Read More

Road to Kentucky Derby Features Three Stakes Races on Saturday

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Even as the biggest contenders have been forced to hold off on starting their road to the Kentucky Derby, this weekend will still feature plenty of action as other Derby hopefuls line up in for prep races in Florida, New York, and Kentucky. The main event for the weekend would have been the Grade II…Read More

Gamblers Vexed as BetBright Shuts Down, Voiding Outstanding Bets, 24 Hours After News of 888 Acquisition

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Customers of Irish online betting platform BetBright were complaining they had been left high and dry this week after the company abruptly ceased trading on Tuesday, declaring all outstanding bets void, with just a week to go before the famous Cheltenham horse racing festival. Cheltenham is the UK’s biggest horse racing meeting and one of…Read More

Santa Anita Suspends Racing After Fatality, Kentucky Derby Prep, Other Stakes Rescheduled

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Officials at Santa Anita Park announced late Tuesday they would close the California track indefinitely after a horse needed to be euthanized due to sustaining an injury during training. That brings the number of horses who have died at the track up to 21 since late December. The Stronach Group, which owns the track, announced…Read More

Road to Kentucky Derby: Code of Honor, Bourbon War Stand Out After Fountain of Youth Stakes

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Sometimes on the road to the Kentucky Derby, it’s not the horse that wins a prep race that makes the biggest impression. Take Saturday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes, for example. Code of Honor won the race at Gulfstream Park and earned 50 points to put him in second place in the Derby point standings. However,…Read More

Road to Kentucky Derby: Hidden Scroll Gets His First Test in Deeply Competitive Fountain of Youth

Last year, Justify bucked more than a century of horse racing tradition to go from an unraced 2-year-old to a Kentucky Derby winner. Could we see a repeat in 2019? Saturday may help us find out the answer to that question as a colt making just his second start is the morning-line favorite in the…Read More

Santa Anita and Gulfstream: Graded Stakes for Older Horses Highlight Weekend Racing Card, Vasilika and Breaking Lucky Are Favorites

There are no Kentucky Derby prep races this weekend, giving a chance for some older horses to grab the spotlight at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California and Gulfstream Park outside of Miami. Two graded stakes races will take place on Saturday, including the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita. The $200,000 turf…Read More

Georgia and Utah Horse Racing Bills Leave Starting Gate with No Guarantees

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A bill that could bring horse racing to Georgia was signed off by a Senate committee Wednesday. Senator Brandon Beach’s (R-Alpharetta) bill would authorize up to three racetracks in the state and create a five-member Gambling Commission, which would award contracts for the tracks to investors. The committee advanced the legislation 5-2. It’s the first…Read More

Plan to Move Preakness from Baltimore’s Pimlico Rankles Mayor, Urges Multi-Use Plan to Save Track

Baltimore’s mayor and Pimlico Race Course’s owners remain at odds over a plan that would move horse racing’s Preakness Stakes away from the city’s historic track. And neither side is mincing words when it comes to their viewpoints, with an ugly public battle over the future of the Maryland course. Last week, Mayor Catherine Pugh sent…Read More

War of Will Becomes 2019 Kentucky Derby Rising Star After Third Straight Prep Win

When War of Will continued his impressive conversion to dirt racing with a 2-1/4-length victory in last Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course, it propelled him one step closer to Kentucky Derby glory. The Grade II stakes served as the first 50-point race in the 2019 Kentucky Derby prep…Read More