Horse Racing

1:34 PM ET Associated Press 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 Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., whose state is home to the
9:53 PM ET Associated Press SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — 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 million, with average daily handle of $17.5 million. Only a
12:25 PM ET Associated Press 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 congenital cataract. The Derby on Saturday will have its fewest
6:00 PM ET Associated Press SOUTHWELL, England — Jump racing was suspended at a British racecourse on Thursday following the death of eight horses at the venue since July 1. The British Horseracing Authority already was working with the owners of Southwell racecourse to look into the circumstances behind six equine fatalities there from July
11:07 AM ET Nevada bookmakers are locked in a dispute with Churchill Downs that, barring a last-minute resolution, will prevent the state’s sportsbooks from offering pari-mutuel wagering on the Kentucky Derby. The dispute is centered on a price increase requested by Churchill Downs for data from the track, which bookmakers use to take pari-mutuel wagers,
6:37 PM ET Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. — For Kentucky governors, it’s a coveted perk — presenting the trophy to the Kentucky Derby winner as a huge national television audience watches. But Gov. Andy Beshear says he won’t be in the winner’s circle Saturday with the triumphant owners at Churchill Downs. Instead, the Democratic governor