Horse Racing

Santa Anita season ends after 30 horse deaths, trainer ban

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Santa Anita's troubled racing season has come to a close after the deaths of 30 horses at the Southern California track rattled the industry and led to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer being banned when four of his horses were among the casualties.

There were no incidents during morning training hours or in the 10 races Sunday. (MORE)

Hall of Fame trainer banned at Santa Anita after horse death

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was banned by the ownership of Santa Anita on Saturday after a fourth horse from his stable died - and the 30th overall - at the Southern California track.

The Stronach Group, which owns the track, said in a statement that effective immediately Hollendorfer "is no longer welcome to stable, race or train his horses at any of our facilities." (MORE)

Workers urge legislators to keep Santa Anita open

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Backstretch workers who walk, groom and care for racehorses at Santa Anita urged state legislators on Thursday to keep the Southern California track open after the deaths of 29 horses since December.

An estimated 500 workers gathered after morning training hours at the track, toting handmade signs emphasizing their love of horses and the importance of being allowed to continue their livelihoods. (MORE)

Maximum Security beaten in first start since Derby DQ

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) The Triple Crown series was marked by the unexpected and the whacky 3-year-old season continued when Maximum Security returned to racing for the first time since being disqualified in the Kentucky Derby.

Sent off as the overwhelming 1-20 favorite, Maximum Security simply got beat. There was no DQ, no runaway horse like in the Preakness or improbable winner like in the Belmont. (MORE)

Kentucky Derby winner Country House to get extended break

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Kentucky Derby winner Country House is getting an extended break and likely won't race again until 2020. (MORE)

Jockey Rafael Bejarano rides 4,000th winner at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Jockey Rafael Bejarano rode his 4,000th career winner at Santa Anita. (MORE)

Maximum Security to race for 1st time since Kentucky Derby

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Maximum Security is heading back to the races.

The colt, who two months ago crossed the finish line first in the Kentucky Derby only to be disqualified, was among six 3-year-olds entered Thursday for the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday. (MORE)

Review team to decide if horses fit to race at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Santa Anita has put together a five-member team to review horses' medical, training and racing history for the final six racing days at the Southern California track where 29 horses have died since December.

The Arcadia track's season ends June 23, with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week and next. (MORE)

Baltimore withdraws lawsuit against owner of Preakness track

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore announced Wednesday that it has withdrawn a lawsuit against the owner and operator of the historic city racetrack that hosts the Preakness Stakes, the Triple Crown series' middle jewel and the second-oldest track in America.

Earlier this year, Maryland's biggest city had asked a court to grant ownership of the Pimlico Race Course and the Preakness race to Baltimore through condemnation. The lawsuit had dramatically ratcheted up a dispute over whether the Preakness would continue to be run at crumbling Pimlico or at a fresher Maryland track, the owner's favored Laurel Park. (MORE)

Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera coming to Saratoga Race Course

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Opening weekend festivities at Saratoga Race Course will feature an appearance by former New York Yankees star Mariano Rivera. (MORE)