Horse Racing

Fox Sports ready for challenge of doing Belmont Stakes for first time

(AP) -- Even though Saturday's Belmont Stakes marks the first time Fox Sports has carried one of horse racing's Triple Crown events, the network has a history of covering the sport. (MORE)

Forte, Tapit Trice, Angel of Empire have final workouts ahead of Belmont Stakes next weekend

NEW YORK (AP) Forte, the Kentucky Derby favorite who was scratched the morning of the race because of a foot injury, had his final workout Saturday for next weekend's $1.5 million Belmont Skates.

With jockey Irad Ortiz Jr, riding, Forte went five furlongs in 59.67 seconds over a fast main track at Belmont Park. New York Racing Association clockers caught last year's 2-year-old champion galloping out six furlongs in 1:12 2/5. (MORE)

Auguste Rodin wins English Derby to give trainer O'Brien 9th victory in the classic

EPSOM, England (AP) Top Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien won the English Derby for a record-extending ninth time when Auguste Rodin reeled in King Of Steel to win the 244th edition of Britain’s richest flat race on Saturday. (MORE)

Churchill Downs moves meet to Ellis Park to examine protocols following 12 horse deaths

(AP) -- Churchill Downs will suspend racing operations on Wednesday and move the remainder of its spring meet to Ellis Park in order to conduct a “top-to-bottom” review of safety and surface protocols in the wake of 12 horse fatalities the past month at the home of the Kentucky Derby.

No single factor has been identified as a potential cause for the fatalities or pattern detected, according to a release, but the decision was made to relocate the meet “in an abundance of caution.” (MORE)

6-year-old horse dies at Belmont Park after race injury; Chaysenbryn euthanized on track

NEW YORK (AP) A 6-year-old horse died after being injured in a race at Belmont Park ahead of next week’s Triple Crown finale in New York.

Chaysenbryn injured his right front leg nearing the quarter pole in Thursday’s third race. He bumped another horse before being pulled up by jockey Joel Rosario and had to be euthanized on the track, according to the Equibase race chart notes. (MORE)

Synthetic surfaces gaining traction at major horse racing tracks

(AP) -- Dirt flying as horses race around the track. Fans cheering as their favorite thunders down the stretch, hooves pounding toward the finish line.

That sight and sound has disappeared from some North American racetracks that have replaced traditional dirt with a synthetic surface made of wax-coated sand, fibers and recycled rubber. (MORE)

Churchill Downs implements safety, performance standards to address recent spate of horse deaths

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Horse racing’s oversight authority and Churchill Downs have each announced additional safety and health measures in the wake of 12 recent deaths since late April at the home of the Kentucky Derby.

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) will conduct additional post-entry screening of horses to identify those at increased risk for injury. It will also direct its Integrity and Welfare Unit to collect blood and hair samples for all fatalities for use while investigating a cause. (MORE)

Stables, trainers try to move through grief over euthanized horses as racing thunders on

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Frank Sumpter has spent the past few weeks reflecting on Wild On Ice’s remarkable journey to somehow work through his grief over the horse’s catastrophic injury just nine days before he was supposed to race in the Kentucky Derby. (MORE)

HISA chief: Churchill Downs would accept recommendation to pause racing if needed

(AP) -- The head of horse racing’s oversight authority believes Churchill Downs would accept a recommendation to pause racing if necessary as an emergency summit convenes to examine the deaths of 12 horses over the past month at the home of the Kentucky Derby. (MORE)

Horse racing authority calls for emergency summit with Churchill Downs in wake of 12 deaths

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Horse racing’s oversight authority will hold an emergency summit Tuesday with Churchill Downs, Kentucky's racing commission and HISA veterinary teams to review information and analysis in the wake of 12 horse fatalities in the past month at the home of the Kentucky Derby. (MORE)