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July

01
Precautionary Quarantine of Belmont Park Barn Lifted

A precautionary quarantine placed on a Belmont Park barn due to a suspected case of Equine Herpesvirus-1 has been removed by officials at the New York Racing Association and New York State Gaming Commission after test results for a horse came back negative June 28. Freudnme, a 4-year-old colt trained by Chris Englehart, exhibited fever and neurological symptoms Saturday morning, which activated a precautionary quarantine of all 37 horses stabled in Barn 37 at Belmont. In addition, heightened biosecurity measures were immediately implemented throughout the barn, and all horses were monitored for fever and other symptoms. All horses in Barn 37 were found to be afebrile and asymptomatic. As a result, […]

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June

23
Gamine wins Acorn Stakes in record time

Gamine led all the way in winning the $300,000 Acorn Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 18 3/4 lengths at Belmont on Saturday. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Gamine ran one mile in 1:32.55, fastest in the 90-year history of the race. Her time was just off the track record of 1:32.24 set by Najran in 2003. Gamine earned 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Oaks on Sept. 4 at Churchill Downs. Gamine is one of two horses trained by Baffert that tested positive for a banned substance at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. She won a race there on […]

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June

17
Asmussen becomes winningest Churchill trainer

Hall of Fame horseman Steve Asmussen surpassed South Louisville native Dale Romans as the all-time leading trainer in Churchill Downs history when 4-year-old filly Drop Dead Gorgeous cruised to a 8 1/2-length triumph in Friday’s opener for win No. 738 beneath the historic Twin Spires. “If anyone knows American horse racing, they know what Churchill Downs means to the sport,” Asmussen stated. “This is a very significant honor. I know the people who have been in this spot before, and been here consistently, and for us to have won the most races is a very proud accomplishment.” Asmussen, 54, tied Romans for the title […]

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June

10
McKinzie Back to Winning Ways in Triple Bend

Away since his trip home from Saudi Arabia, Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman’s McKinzie returned to business June 7 and took the $200,000 Triple Bend Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park in a hand ride from Mike Smith. “This was a perfect out for him. He had a cozy post and he showed his class,” trainer Bob Baffert stated. “It was workmanlike, and this’ll really move him up for next time.” Baffert said the Triple Bend served as a prep for the July 4 Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park, a race in which McKinzie was the runner-up last summer. The Triple […]

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June

04
Juddmonte’s Champion Arrogate dies at 7

Juddmonte Farms’ brilliant racehorse and promising stallion Arrogate  was euthanized June 2 after a weeklong battle with an apparent neurological illness, the cause of which is still undetermined. Winding down a successful third breeding season, Juddmonte reported that Arrogate’s breeding schedule had been suspended the last week in May due to a suspected sore neck. Later in the week, the 7-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song fell to the ground in his stall and efforts to get him back on his feet were unsuccessful. The farm sent the stallion to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, where he was under the care of Dr. Bob […]

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May

27
Belmont Stakes Contender Charlatan Reportedly Fails Drug Test

Belmont Stakes contender and unbeaten Charlatan was reportedly one of two horses trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert that tested positive for a banned substance. Joe Drape of the New York Times reported the news, noting Charlatan and his stablemate Gamine tested positive for lidocaine at a meet at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. Charlatan won a division of the Arkansas Derby on May 2 and figured to challenge for another win at the Belmont Stakes. Gamine also won a race at Oaklawn Park on May 2. The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) shared Baffert’s written statement: “The rules of the Arkansas Racing Commission mandate confidentiality concerning […]

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April

07
Hannum: Outlook uncertain for flat racing season in Virginia

Last year, the recovery of the horse racing industry in Virginia was one of the good news stories of the summer. This year, Virginia Equine Alliance executive director Jeb Hannum stays hopeful the flat racing meet at Colonial Downs can go on as programmed, but there are some challenges, he told Glenn Petty of Old Dominion Horseracing News. Hannum pointed out that OTBs are closed right now due to the coronavirus outbreak, which means there is no money coming in to fuel purses for this summer’s meet. Obviously, the longer those closures go on, the longer the purse accounts will […]

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March

24
Charles Town stops racing until further notice due to coronavirus

With a stroke of his pen March 23, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) ordered closed all non-essential businesses in the Mountain State – including racetracks. That will force Charles Town Races to close, meaning no racetrack in the Mid-Atlantic is now operating. “It’s important that all of us understand the magnitude of this situation today,” Justice stated of the COVID-19 emergency in announcing the order. “The magnitude is unbelievable. It’s the biggest event for any living person in the United States today, period.” Justice had previously ordered the closure of restaurants, bars, and casinos in the state, but Charles […]

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March

18
Kentucky Derby postponed until September

The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby is being reprogrammed for the first Saturday in September, Churchill Downs officials confirm. The Kentucky Derby, which was originally scheduled for May 2, will be moved to Saturday, Sept. 5 in response to COVID-19. The Kentucky Oaks will be on Sept. 4. This plan just needs final acceptance from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which is expected to happen Thursday. “Throughout the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority has been how to best protect the safety and health of our guests, team members and community. As the situation evolved, we […]

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