Horse Racing

Lowe switches from Premier League horse race to real equines

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Rebecca Lowe is making a one-weekend switch from the Premier League horse race to actual equines. (MORE)

Jockey suspended for using whip on another rider in Arkansas

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) A jockey has been suspended 60 days for misusing his whip - not on a horse - but on another rider in a race at an Arkansas track. (MORE)

Santa Anita to run 3 days a week, hike purses for 6 weeks

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Santa Anita will race three days a week instead of four over the next four weeks because the track has lost some of its horse population to out-of-state venues. (MORE)

Churchill Downs enacts improvements for horse, rider safety

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Churchill Downs will invest $8 million for an on-site equine medical center as part of several other measures to improve safety for horses and riders. (MORE)

Major tracks to ban race-day use of anti-bleeding medication

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) All three hosts of the Triple Crown were among several major tracks that agreed Thursday to phase out the use of a common anti-bleeding medication starting next year, sparked by the deaths of 23 horses in three months at Santa Anita.

Starting in 2020, 2-year-old horses won't be allowed to be treated with the drug Lasix within 24 hours of racing. Lasix, formally known as furosemide, is a diuretic given to horses on race days to prevent pulmonary bleeding. (MORE)

Santa Anita to continue racing despite protests

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Santa Anita will continue racing through the end of the current meet on June 23, despite objections from animal rights activists who urged the California Horse Racing Board to shutter the historic track in the wake of 23 horse deaths. (MORE)

Jockeys weigh in on proposed whipping rules in California

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) The California Horse Racing Board has amended proposed changes to rules governing how jockeys may use riding crops in races, while The Jockeys' Guild continues to press its case that the crops are necessary for control of a racehorse. (MORE)

American Pharoah offspring is 3rd in North American debut

NEW YORK (AP) The first progeny of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to start in North America finished third in her debut. (MORE)

Prosecutor's task force to probe horse deaths at Santa Anita

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles County's top prosecutor says she's formed a task force to investigate 23 horse deaths at Santa Anita Park between December and March. (MORE)

Historic section of Pimlico not safe for Preakness seating

BALTIMORE (AP) Nearly 6,700 grandstand seats at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course are not safe, an engineering firm has determined, meaning roughly 18 percent of the historic track's seating capacity will be cordoned-off when it hosts one of America's premier horse races next month.

Some city lawmakers assert that the looming closure of the northern grandstand adjacent to the clubhouse - the oldest section of seating with a capacity of 6,670 - illustrates how the Canada-based development company that owns and operates the track has systematically routed renovation cash away from the host of the Preakness Stakes. The storied race is the second-leg of the Triple Crown. (MORE)