Horse Racing

Baffert: Justify's positive test came from contaminated food

(AP) -- Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert denied giving 2018 Triple Crown winning horse Justify a banned substance that caused a positive test prior to last year's Kentucky Derby and blamed the result on contaminated food.

Baffert said Thursday that he "unequivocally" rejects the implication he'd give Justify or any other horse scopolamine, which the colt tested positive for after winning the Santa Anita Derby in April 2018. (MORE)

3 horses die in first 2 days at Belmont Park fall meet

NEW YORK (AP) Three horses died during the first two days of Belmont Park's fall season, mirroring the start and end of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. (MORE)

Baffert lawyer: Justify positive test from contaminated food

(AP) -- A lawyer for Bob Baffert says the Hall of Fame trainer did not intentionally give 2018 Triple Crown winning horse Justify a banned substance that caused a positive test prior to last year's Kentucky Derby.

Attorney W. Craig Robertson released a statement defending Baffert after the New York Times reported Wednesday that Justify tested positive for Scopolamine in spring 2018. Robertson contends the substance came from contaminated food and that the California Horse Racing Board did the correct thing by not pursuing a lengthy investigation. (MORE)

Report: Justify failed drug test before Triple Crown run

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Times says Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after a failed postrace drug test at a California track that could have kept the horse out of the Kentucky Derby.

The newspaper reported Wednesday that Bob Baffert-trained Justify tested positive for the drug scopolamine after winning the Santa Anita Derby, one of the final prep races for the Kentucky Derby. Justify went on to win the Derby and took the Preakness and Belmont stakes to complete the Triple Crown. (MORE)

American Pharoah filly sells for record $8.2 million

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) A filly by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has sold for a record $8.2 million in the final Book 1 session of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale. (MORE)

Churchill Downs presents plan to offer winter racing

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) The home of the Kentucky Derby wants to expand into live winter racing in 2020. If approved by state racing regulators, it means overcoats and hot chocolate could come into vogue at Churchill Downs - where mint juleps and sundresses are in fashion in the spring.

The famed Louisville track's parent company said it plans to seek approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to host a winter racing meet in January through March and in December of 2020. (MORE)

Accident mars closing-day Del Mar Futurity

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) An accident involving 1-2 favorite Eight Rings and another horse shortly after the start marred the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on closing day at the seaside track north of San Diego.

Eight Rings, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, veered in sharply and bumped Storm the Court, with Flavien Prat aboard, in the first eighth of a mile Monday. Both jockeys were unseated and their mounts ran off in pursuit of the field. (MORE)

Race accident kills second Australian jockey in 2 days

DARWIN, Australia (AP) A female jockey died Saturday during a race at a track in Darwin, the second rider to die on consecutive days in Australia. (MORE)

Australian female jockey dies after fall during track work

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) A 22-year-old female apprentice jockey who was recently married has died after falling from her horse during track work in the Australian state of Victoria. (MORE)

Australian jockey dies after fall during track work

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) A 22-year-old female jockey has died after falling from her horse during track work in the Australian state of Victoria. (MORE)

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