Horse Racing

NYRA announces purse increases for Saratoga summer meet

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Racing Association has increased purses by $1.6 million for the upcoming summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.

The NYRA announced the increases Friday for the meet that runs from July 14-Sept. 5. Thoroughbred horses are currently racing at Belmont Park. (MORE)

NYRA suspends Baffert 1 year; eligible to return in January

(AP) -- The New York Racing Association suspended trainer Bob Baffert for one year Thursday for repeated medication violations,

A panel credited Baffert for time served from an initial suspension that makes the two-time Triple Crown-winner eligible to saddle horses in New York again Jan. 26. The final decision marks the end of a protracted back and forth about Baffert's status in the state that began in May 2021. (MORE)

New York Racing Association suspends trainer Bob Baffert for one year for repeated medication violations

NEW YORK (AP) New York Racing Association suspends trainer Bob Baffert for one year for repeated medication violations.

Kyprios wins Gold Cup at Ascot, Stradivarius comes up short

ASCOT, England (AP) Kyprios held on to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday as the Frankie Dettori-ridden Stradivarius came up short in his attempt to land the prestigious race for a record-tying fourth time. (MORE)

Trainer Eric Reed takes blame for Rich Strike performance

NEW YORK (AP) Trainer Eric Reed says if there is anyone to blame for Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike's poor performance in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, just point the finger at him.

The veteran trainer who orchestrated one of the greatest upsets in Derby history when Rich Strike won at odds of 80-1 last month, said he switched racing tactics in the final jewel of the Triple Crown and it backfired. (MORE)

Mo Donegal finishes 1st at Belmont, another Pletcher win

NEW YORK (AP) Triple Crown veteran Todd Pletcher had simple advice Saturday for jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. before the Belmont Stakes.

"Be patient," Pletcher said. "I think you have the best last quarter of any horse in the race." (MORE)

Mo Donegal crosses finish line first in Belmont Stakes

NEW YORK (AP) Mo Donegal crosses finish line first in Belmont Stakes.

Analysis: We The People the pick in Belmont Stakes

(AP) -- There are few things that are certain in horse racing, and this is one of them: Rich Strike isn't going to surprise anybody in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

His days of anonymity are over. Such is how it works after winning the Kentucky Derby. (MORE)

Rich Strike highlights horse racing's lack of diversity

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) When Rich Strike bolted into horse racing's spotlight in a little over two minutes with his upset Kentucky Derby victory, he shared the stage with his handler, who has long toiled in the shadows constantly tending to the champion colt.

Rich Strike's attention stems from winning as a nearly 81-1 long shot, but groom Jerry Dixon Jr.'s newfound recognition comes from being one of few Black horsemen left in the sport once dominated by people who look like him. (MORE)

National horse racing safety rules being implemented July 1

(AP) -- Lisa Lazarus walked around the backstretch at Belmont Park nine days before the final leg of horseracing's Triple Crown selling as much as observing.

The CEO of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority talked with trainers, riders and other horsemen about the sport's federally mandated new governing body that she has been tabbed to oversee. Lazarus was peppered with questions and complaints about the new rules that are about to become the national standard. (MORE)