Category Archives: Horse Racing

Kentucky approves carding Lasix-free races

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission March 23 approved a regulation that would permit the state’s racetracks to card races that would prohibit the administration of furosemide, also known as Salix or Lasix, within 24 hours of post time. The vote was 8-4.

Ashleyluvssugar wins San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita (The Associated Press)

Ashleyluvssugar upset 3-5 favorite Finnegans Wake to win the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Ashleyluvssugar ran 1 1/2 miles on the turf in 2:25.78 and paid $13.20, $4.80 and $3 at 5-1 odds. Finnegans Wake returned $2.40 and $2.10, while Power Foot was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.80 to show. Ashleyluvssugar was fifth into the clubhouse turn, then raced as a team with Finnegans Wake three-wide around the far turn before Stevens went to a left-handed whip at the furlong pole.

Ashleyluvssugar wins San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita (The Associated Press)

Ashleyluvssugar upset 3-5 favorite Finnegans Wake to win the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Ashleyluvssugar ran 1 1/2 miles on the turf in 2:25.78 and paid $13.20, $4.80 and $3 at 5-1 odds. Finnegans Wake returned $2.40 and $2.10, while Power Foot was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.80 to show. Ashleyluvssugar was fifth into the clubhouse turn, then raced as a team with Finnegans Wake three-wide around the far turn before Stevens went to a left-handed whip at the furlong pole.

Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens dies at age 85 (The Associated Press)

Allen Jerkens, the Hall of Fame trainer who pulled off some of horse racing’s biggest upsets and was affectionately known as ”The Chief,” died on Wednesday. He died late Wednesday afternoon, said his son, Jimmy Jerkens. Horses from Allen Jerkens’ barn twice pulled off memorable upsets of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, first with Onion in the ’73 Whitney Handicap and then with Prove Out in the Woodward Stakes. ”Everyone knows what he meant to this industry,” Jimmy Jerkens, also a trainer who worked as his father’s assistant until 1997, told the Daily Racing Form.

American Pharoah takes easy win in Oaklawn’s Rebel Stakes (The Associated Press)

American Pharoah and jockey Victor Espinoza (4) win the $750,000 Rebel Stakes horse race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

American Pharoah, last year’s 2-year-old champion, made his return to the track appear easy Saturday, winning Oaklawn Park’s Rebel Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths despite a loose shoe on a sloppy track. The victory gave trainer Bob Baffert his fifth Rebel victory in six years and moved the Zayat Stables colt to fifth in the Kentucky Derby point standings. American Pharoah bobbled to the left out of the gate – as the shoe came loose – but recovered and took the lead immediately. ”The race, on paper, was his to lose,” owner Ahmed Zayat said.

McCoy has first win at last Cheltenham (Reuters)

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Champion jockey AP McCoy opened his account at his final Cheltenham Festival with victory on 16-1 shot Uxizandre in the Ryanair Chase on Thursday. Northern Irelander McCoy, who is retiring this season after 19 consecutive years as champion jockey, had to wait until the third day of the jump racing festival to ride a winner. “Cheltenham is all about winning, and while I came to this week with a few chances I knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” McCoy said. “I’m just enjoying my job, or what’s left of it.” McCoy will ride Carlingford Lough in the Gold Cup on Friday, hoping to finish on a high with his third victory in the race.

Wobbly-legged Dettori toasts Cheltenham success (Reuters)

Frankie Dettori, more accustomed to riding big winners on the flat, celebrated a jumping success at the Cheltenham Festival when the horse he bred, Dodging Bullets, won the blue riband Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday. Italian Dettori’s smile was as wide as the Cheltenham paddock as Sam Twiston-Davies steered Dodging Bullets to a narrow success in a thrilling three-horse battle to the line. “It was meant to win the (Epsom) Derby but this is the second best — the Queen Mother Champion Chase — the equivalent of the 100 meters final at the Olympics,” he said. It was a fifth success in the race for trainer Paul Nicholls, who won with Call Equiname (1999), Azertyuiop (2004) and Master Minded (2008 and 2009).

McCoy’s long goodbye to horse racing takes him to Cheltenham (The Associated Press)

FILE - This is a Saturday, April 10, 2010 file photo of Jockey Tony McCoy reacts on Don't Push it, as he crosses the finish line to win the Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England. Tony McCoy's long goodbye to horse racing takes him to the Cheltenham Festival, this week starting Tuesday March 10, 2015, where Britain's most successful jumps jockey has good chances in three marquee races. McCoy is retiring when the jumps season ends next month by which time he will have collected his 20th straight champion jockey title so this will be his last appearance at Cheltenham, which is widely regarded as the most prestigious meet in British racing. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)

Tony McCoy’s long goodbye to horse racing takes him to the Cheltenham Festival, where Britain’s most successful jumps jockey has good chances in three marquee races. McCoy is retiring when the jumps season ends next month – by which time he will have collected his 20th straight champion jockey title – so this will be his last appearance at Cheltenham, which is widely regarded as the most prestigious meet in British racing. He has already won a record 30 winners at Cheltenham and it would be a major surprise if he didn’t add more starting Tuesday. McCoy says his best shot at a winner is defending champion Jezki in the Champion Hurdle, the opening day’s signature race that McCoy has won three times already.

Shared Belief won’t run in the Dubai World Cup (The Associated Press)

Shared Belief won’t run in the $10 million Dubai World Cup this month. Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains the 4-year-old gelding, says there enough races in the U.S. with big purses to run in and the ownership group doesn’t want to make the long trip to the Middle East. Hollendorfer is among Shared Belief’s co-owners, which include sports talk host Jim Rome. Shared Belief won the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap by 4 1/4 lengths Saturday, making him 10-1 in his career.