Horse Racing

Mucho Gusto runs away, wins the $3 million Pegasus World Cup

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Irad Ortiz Jr.’s move paid off, and Mucho Gusto’s earnings more than doubled in a couple of minutes.

Ortiz made a last-minute decision to take the mount aboard Mucho Gusto, and picked the right time to let the 4-year-old kick into high gear Saturday in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. (MORE)

Bricks and Mortar pulls off an Eclipse Awards sweep

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Best horse. Best trainer. Best owner. Best jockey. Best breeder. (MORE)

Omaha Beach, Spun to Run scratched from Pegasus World Cup

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Pegasus World Cup Invitational took two major hits Thursday, with the top choices for the race being scratched over health concerns.

Heavily favored Omaha Beach was scratched because of concerns over swelling in his right hind leg, and that means his career is now over since Saturday was going to be his final race before retiring to stud. Spun to Run, the second favorite after the post-position draw earlier this week, was pulled out earlier Thursday after his connections noticed he was warm and dealing with some soreness. (MORE)

Omaha Beach installed as big favorite in the Pegasus

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Omaha Beach has been installed as the favorite for Saturday���s $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the final race of his career.

The 4-year-old who was the morning line favorite for the Kentucky Derby last season but had to miss the entire Triple Crown series after throat surgery will be retired to stud after the Pegasus, and his finale could be lucrative. Omaha Beach has already earned about $1.6 million and could more than double that if he wins Gulfstream Park’s biggest race. (MORE)

Empire Maker, Belmont winner and prolific sire, dies at 20

(AP) -- Empire Maker, who won the 2003 Belmont Stakes to spoil Funny Cide's Triple Crown bid and went on to become a prolific stallion, died of a rare disease that compromised his immune system. He was 20 years old. (MORE)

3rd horse in three days dies at Santa Anita in training

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) A third horse died in three days at Santa Anita when it collided with another horse during training hours on Sunday. (MORE)

2 horses die in 2 days of racing at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Two horses have died in two days of racing at Santa Anita, where four deaths have occurred since last month. (MORE)

Report: Vets missed chances involving Breeders' Cup fatality

LOS ANGELES (AP) A report on the death of Mongolian Groom in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita says veterinarians missed opportunities to remove the gelding from the $6 million race because of time constraints or deficiencies in the process used to evaluate horses.

In the 20-page report issued Wednesday, Dr. Larry Bramlage identified six suggested improvements aimed at refining safety and evaluation protocols for future events. (MORE)

Trainer sues California racing board over Justify drug test

LOS ANGELES (AP) Trainer Mick Ruis sued the California Horse Racing Board on Monday, alleging it intentionally failed to discharge its public duty when the board hid and subsequently dismissed Justify's positive drug test in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby. (MORE)

Authentic gives Baffert Ky Derby contender with Sham victory

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Authentic led all the way in winning the $100,000 Sham Stakes by 7 3/4 lengths at Santa Anita, giving five-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert another contender for the first leg of the Triple Crown.

Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Authentic ran a mile in 1:37.57 on Saturday. The colt was all business early in the race but once he approached the furlong pole, Authentic began to run erratically, altering course and nearly brushing the inner rail. (MORE)

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