Horse Racing

DUBLIN, Ireland — Nine-time Irish champion jockey and 2016 Epsom Derby winner Pat Smullen has died. He was 43. Horse Racing Ireland said Smullen, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2018, died in a Dublin hospital on Tuesday. Britain’s Press Association said Smullen’s initial treatment had been positive, but he suffered a relapse.
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WASHINGTON — The Senate’s top Republican and a handful of senior lawmakers in both parties are making a late-session push for legislation to create national standards for the horse racing industry to prevent fatalities and discourage illegal medication practices. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., whose state is home to the country’s top breeding outfits and
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Between July 2018 and June 2019, 49 horses died at the Santa Anita racetrack in Southern California. Some broke down in training — a snapped leg bone, an irreversible injury. Others died publicly during a race. These incidents confirmed what horse racing people already knew: Sometimes … horses die. But when the story of Santa
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Nevada bookmakers are locked in a dispute with Churchill Downs that, barring a last-minute resolution, will prevent the state’s sportsbooks from offering pari-mutuel wagering on the Kentucky Derby. The dispute is centered on a price increase requested by Churchill Downs for data from the track, which bookmakers use to take pari-mutuel wagers, according to sources
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Postponed from its traditional running on the first Saturday in May for the first time since 1945 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Kentucky Derby will take place on the first Saturday of September. Tiz the Law is the morning-line favorite (3-5) and is unbeaten in four starts this year. That includes the Belmont Stakes
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