Horse Racing

Arkansas racing officials vote not to suspend Bob Baffert

(AP) -- Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on Tuesday successfully appealed his 15-day suspension to the Arkansas Racing Commission, allowing the six-time Kentucky Derby winner to resume preparations to run Medina Spirit in next weekend's Derby.

Baffert was fined and suspended last year by Arkansas stewards for a pair of drug positives after Charlatan and Gamine tested positive for the painkiller lidocaine following their wins at Oaklawn Park on May 2. Charlatan won a division of the $1 million Arkansas Derby, while Gamine won another race. Both horses were disqualified and stripped of their purse money. (MORE)

Olympian Richards-Ross joins Kentucky Derby coverage on NBC

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Four-time Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Sanya Richards-Ross will provide fashion and lifestyle commentary for the Kentucky Derby on NBC on May 1.

The network is announcing her addition to its coverage Tuesday morning. Richards-Ross won gold in the 400 meters at the 2012 London Olympics and holds the U.S. record at that distance. (MORE)

Arkansas officials hear Baffert's appeal of drug positives

(AP) -- Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, fined and suspended last year by Arkansas racing officials for a pair of drug positives, sat through nearly nine hours of testimony Monday on the first day of his appeal hearing.

Besides being fined, Baffert was hit with a 15-day suspension by stewards at Oaklawn Park after both Charlatan and Gamine tested positive for the painkiller lidocaine following their wins on May 2, 2020. Charlatan won a division of the $1 million Arkansas Derby, while Gamine won another race that day. Both horses were disqualified and stripped of their purse money. (MORE)

Jockey dies in England 10 days after fall in race

NEWMARKET, England (AP) A jockey has died in the hospital 10 days after a fall in a race in England, the Injured Jockeys Fund said Monday. (MORE)

Two horses die in barn fire on Belmont Park backstretch

ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) The New York Racing Association said two horses died as the result of a fire Tuesday night on the backstretch at Belmont Park. (MORE)

Fantasy no more: Blackmore 1st woman to win Grand National

(AP) -- A Hollywood fantasy turned into reality on Saturday when Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to win Britain's grueling Grand National horse race, breaking down one of the biggest gender barriers in sports.

Blackmore, a 31-year-old Irishwoman, rode Minella Times to a landmark victory at odds of 11-1 in the 173rd edition of the famous steeplechase at Aintree in Liverpool, northwest England (MORE)

Rachael Blackmore becomes first female jockey to win the Grand National, aboard Minella Times

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) Rachael Blackmore becomes first female jockey to win the Grand National, aboard Minella Times. (MORE)

Blackmore bids to be 1st female jockey to win Grand National

(AP) -- She's the new face of British and Irish horse racing, to some the savior of a sport that has endured the worst kind of publicity in recent weeks. (MORE)

Hall of Fame horse breeder Alice Headley Chandler dies at 95

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Alice Headley Chandler, who founded Mill Ridge Farm and built a Hall of Fame career as a breeder of champion racing thoroughbreds, has died. She was 95. (MORE)

Essential Quality stays unbeaten with close Blue Grass win

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Unbeaten Essential Quality continued his mastery of Keeneland and established himself as a Kentucky Derby favorite, outdueling Highly Motivated in the stretch to win the $800,000 Blue Grass by a neck on Saturday at Keeneland. (MORE)

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