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House OK’s bill to set national doping standards in horse racing

WASHINGTON -- A key House committee on Wednesday gave bipartisan approval to legislation to create national standards for the horse racing industry to prevent fatalities and discourage illegal medication practices. The Senate's top Republican said he would press to...

Sen. Mitch McConnell proposes bill to combat doping in horse racing

WASHINGTON -- The Senate's top Republican and a handful of senior lawmakers in both parties are making a late-session push for legislation to create national standards for the horse racing industry to prevent fatalities and discourage illegal medication practices.Majority...

Saratoga handle down just $2.8 million despite absence of fans

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY. -- Saratoga Race Course completed its 40-day meet and its all-sources handle topped $700 million for the second consecutive year despite being conducted without fans.Total handle was $702.5 million, just off last year's mark of $705.3...

Churchill Downs cites no fans, fewer horses for Kentucky Derby betting decline

Betting on the 146th Kentucky Derby was down sharply over the weekend, dropping 52% from last year's record amount wagered.With no fans allowed at the track because of the coronavirus pandemic, Churchill Downs reported that $79.4 million was bet...

Authentic stuns Tiz the Law in gate-to-wire Kentucky Derby win

Authentic dueled with Tiz the Law in the final turn and upset the heavy favorite to win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.Ridden by John Velazquez, Authentic led from start to finish and gave trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying sixth...

Long shot Shedaresthedevil pulls off upset in Kentucky Oaks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Long shot Shedaresthedevil won the Kentucky Oaks in record time, overtaking favorite Gamine at the top of the stretch and holding off Swiss Skydiver for a 1½-length victory Friday in the 146th Kentucky Oaks for fillies...

One-eyed Finnick the Fierce scratched from Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The field for the Kentucky Derby has been reduced to 16 after Finnick the Fierce was scratched on Friday.The one-eyed gelding may have an issue with his foot. He's missing his right eye because of a...

An empty Churchill Downs speaks volumes about today’s America

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A friendly security guard checked my temperature and pointed toward an opening in an unmarked green fence, and just like that, I was alone in Churchill Downs. It was Derby week, and yet everything was so...

How to listen to and download the ESPN Investigates podcast ‘Bloodlines,’ reported and hosted...

Between July 2018 and June 2019, 49 horses died at the Santa Anita racetrack in Southern California. Some broke down in training -- a snapped leg bone, an irreversible injury. Others died publicly during a race. These incidents confirmed...

King Guillermo scratched from Kentucky Derby with fever

King Guillermo, the colt owned by former major league All-Star Victor Martinez, is a scratch for Saturday's Kentucky Derby.The horse came down with a fever Wednesday, leading to Thursday's announcement."To race in a race like the Derby we need...

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