Category Archives: Horse Racing

Racehorse owned by Britain’s queen fails dope test (The Associated Press)

A racehorse owned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II that won the prestigious Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year has tested positive for the banned painkiller, morphine. On Tuesday, the queen’s bloodstock and racing adviser, John Warren, said that the monarch’s five-year-old filly Estimate was one of the five. Warren said in a statement that Estimate’s trainer Michael Stoute ”is working closely with the feed company involved to discover how the product may have become contaminated prior to delivery to his stables.” Estimate finished second in this year’s Gold Cup behind Leading Light. Warren added: ”Her Majesty has been informed of the situation.” Previously, Britain’s most publicized case of a horse testing positive for morphine was Be My Royal after he had won the 2002 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

Saratoga Race Course season set to open 146th meet (The Associated Press)

Exercise riders ride horses during morning workouts at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Saratoga horse racing meet opens on Friday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Saratoga Race Course opens its 146th summer of thoroughbred racing Friday with a richer stakes lineup. Saratoga’s major races have heftier purses. Grade 1 winners Palace Malice, Will Take Charge and Moonshine Mullin are all pointing to the race. ”The purse structure is second to none,” said Todd Pletcher, the 10-time Saratoga training champion who trains Palace Malice.

Legacy wins Cypress Stakes at Los Alamitos (The Associated Press)

Legacy beat favorite Onna Bugeisha by a nose Sunday in the $78,300 Cypress Stakes for fillies and mares at Los Alamitos. Ridden by Joe Talamo and trained by John Sadler, Legacy ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.84. ”We had a perfect trip,” Talamo said. ”I had plenty of horse when I came to (Onna Bugeisha) and it was just a matter of who was going to get the head down.

Big Kick wins San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita (The Associated Press)

Big Kick led all the way in winning the $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths Sunday on closing day of Santa Anita’s first-ever spring meet. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Big Kick ran 1 3/4 miles on the turf in 2:46.78 and paid $11.60, $4.40 and $3. Quick Casablanca returned $2.40 and $2.10 as the 3-5 favorite, while Starspangled Heat was another 9 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $3.40 to show. Big Kick opened up a 10-length lead on the backstretch in his first stakes race.