Category Archives: Horse Racing

Labor Department sues trainer Asmussen, stable over wages (The Associated Press)

Trainer Steve Asmussen is being sued by the U.S. Labor Department, which alleges his stable didn’t pay overtime since at least 2012 to grooms and hot walkers who worked more than 40 hours in a week. The federal lawsuit filed last week in Louisville accuses Asmussen and KDE Equine of violating federal wage law and also says two employees were improperly treated as exempt from overtime. Asmussen’s lawyer, Clark Brewster, says his client is confident the regulations were met and no one was underpaid.

Hard Aces wins $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (The Associated Press)

In this image provided by Benoit Photo, Prize Exhibit, right, with Santiago Gonzalez aboard, wins the Grade III $100,000 Senorita Stakes horse race Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

Hard Aces charged up the rail to win the $500,000 Gold Cup by a nose over Hoppertunity on Saturday at Santa Anita under Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza. Earlier in the day, Espinoza appeared in the winner’s circle with Triple Crown champion American Pharoah and then denied Bob Baffert, who trains Hoppertunity and American Pharoah, the day’s biggest prize in front of 21,528. ”I lost a little ground at the start from being bumped by Batti Man, he took me out of the race a little,” said Espinoza, who was last in a field of 11 turning down the backside.

Mr. Jordan wins Monmouth Pegasus Stakes (The Associated Press)

Mr. Jordan won the $157,500 Pegasus Stakes Sunday at Monmouth Park, and an invitation to a possible showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. The Pegasus, along with the Long Branch Stakes on July 11, are the two local prep races for 3-year-olds leading to the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2. Winners of the Pegasus and the Long Branch are extended invitations to the meet’s richest event.