The Associated Press

  • Sheik Mohammed examines a yearling at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.

    Industry Closely Watches Dubai Debt Crisis

    The debt crisis in Dubai was being closely monitored Nov. 27 by buyers and sellers of high-end Thoroughbreds, but there was no immediate indication Dubai's ruler would scale back his enormous financial ties to the industry in the United States and elsewhere.

  • Polo Horse Drug Testing to Debut Next Year

    Random drug tests will begin next year for horses in polo matches in the United States after the deaths of 21 elite horses in Florida that were injected with an incorrectly mixed supplement shortly before a championship match, the United States Polo Association said Wednesday.

  • Michigan Racing Resorts to Casino Referendum

    Another showdown is brewing over whether Michigan racetracks should be allowed to open casinos in an effort to revive their struggling businesses. A group called Racing to Save Michigan wants voters to decide the issue in November 2010, and on Oct. 14, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved the form of a petition the group plans to circulate within the next six weeks.

  • 59 Horses Quarantined, Strangles Suspected at Hoosier Park

    <P>Fifty-nine horses have been quarantined because of a suspected contagious infection at Hoosier Park racetrack in central Indiana. <P>Hoosier Park officials placed the horses in quarantine Saturday after one Thoroughbred at the stable began exhibiting signs of <EM>Streptococcus equi</EM> infection, or strangles, a contagious bacterial disease common i...

  • AP Report: Racetrack Deaths Down Slightly

    The rush to improve safety since Eight Belles was euthanized at last year's Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) did little to curb the number of horses dying at American racetracks in 2008, The Associated Press found in a national count.

  • New Lawsuit Filed Challenging Ohio VLT Plan

    United States Sen. George Voinovich used biblical verse Sept. 3 to blast gambling proponents, including Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, who is an ordained minister. Voinovich spoke while announcing a new lawsuit challenging implementation of racetrack video lottery terminals in the state.

  • Softer Whips for Racehorses at Del Mar

    <P>Del Mar is taking the sting out of its whips. <P>On Wednesday, it will become the first California racetrack to require riding crops that don't raise welts. <P>Darrell Haire, regional manager for the Jockeys' Guild, said the whips are made of softer leather or fabric. They're supposed to get the horse's attention with a popping noise rather than by...

  • Kentucky Farm to Disperse 200 Thoroughbreds

    <P>The major Kentucky Thoroughbred farm that houses the great stallion Storm Cat announced Tuesday it is selling off nearly its entire stock of about 200 horses. <P>Overbrook Farm owner Bill Young Jr. explained he just wasn't cut out to continue operating a thoroughbred breeding facility with the same drive as his late father, William T. Young, who foun...

  • Supreme Court Declines to Hear Racetrack, Casino Case

    <P>The U.S. Supreme Court is staying out a fight between Illinois' casinos and horse tracks over a state law that cropped up in the impeachment and indictment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. <P> <P>The casinos object to a law that forces them to transfer of millions of dollars to the state's horse tracks. <P> <P>Last year, the state Supreme Court un...

  • Injury to Scratched Derby Favorite I Want Revenge More Serious

    <P>The injury that kept I Want Revenge out of the May 2 Kentucky Derby will keep him from racing for months and threaten his career if he doesn't respond well to therapy, the horse's veterinarian said May 5. <P>Foster Northrop, DVM, said swelling in I Want Revenge's right front ankle, once considered only mild, progressed over the weekend, and an ultras...

  • I Want Revenge at Churchill Downs

    I Want Revenge Injury More Serious

    The injury that kept I Want Revenge out of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will keep him from racing for months and threaten his career if he doesn't respond well to therapy, the horse's veterinarian said May 5.

  • Racehorse Stormalory Euthanized After Leg Fractures

    Stormalory, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred&nbsp;colt, was euthanized after breaking down during the Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs May 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Stormalory, trained by Bill Mott and owned by Sheik Mohammed of Dubai's Darley Stable, was the favorite in the 1 1/16-mile race. He broke slowly under jockey Julien Lep...

  • Big Apple Triple winner Tin Cup Chalice

    Tin Cup Chalice Euthanized After Injury

    Tin Cup Chalice, the first horse to sweep the Big Apple Triple for 3-year-olds bred in New York, and another horse were both euthanized Friday, April 17, following a training accident at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in western New York.

  • State, City Seek to Protect Preakness

    Mounting a defense for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course, the state of Maryland and the city of Baltimore went to court March 27 to keep the second leg of the Triple Crown in the state because of uncertainties raised by the bankruptcy of Pimlico owner Magna Entertainment Corp.

  • Tracks Included in Texas Gaming Bill

    Some Texas lawmakers are trying again to establish Las Vegas-style casinos in the state, and they say now is the time to do it because the state needs the money. Racetracks would be included, according to legislation unveiled Feb. 24.

  • Laurel Slots Bid Called Into Question

    In a jaw-dropping revision, Maryland received requests for far fewer slot machines in five license proposals than previously thought, and two of the six bidders -- including Laurel Park owner Magna Entertainment Corp. -- failed to pay $22.5 million in required up-front fees, a state official said Feb. 3.

  • Massachusetts Gaming Vote Still Possible

    Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo said Feb. 2 House lawmakers could vote on legislation to expand gambling before the end of the year -- the surest signal yet that casinos or slot machines may be coming to the state.

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    Nicanor Finishes 10th in Career Debut

    Nicanor's debut wasn't one to remember. The 3-year-old full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro finished 10th in a one-mile maiden race at Gulfstream Park Jan. 31, hardly an encouraging step toward what his connections hoped would be a journey into this year's Triple Crown races.