Month: May 2019

Horse racing: Baffert on top of racing world – Duluth News Tribune

He has won 15 Triple Crown races and has 15 wins in the Breeders’ Cup. He’s won the Dubai World Cup, the richest race in the world, three times. He’s the sport’s unofficial ambassador. Every day this week at Barn 33 on the Churchill Downs backstretch, he greets strangers like friends, poses for pictures, makes…

Jon Court’s Kentucky Derby Diary: ‘Records are Made to be Broken’

Jon Court is bidding to make history on Saturday as the oldest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve when he rides Long Range Toddy in the opening leg of the Triple Crown. Court, 58, and Long Range Toddy have already exceeded expectations after scoring an upset victory against previously undefeated Improbable…

Horse Racing Has an Image Problem – The Wall Street Journal

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Kentucky Derby is here, but the hot topic around Churchill Downs suddenly isn’t about which horse is going to win the Run for the Roses. It’s about which horse isn’t running. Late Wednesday afternoon, the Derby favorite Omaha Beach was scratched due to an entrapped epiglottis—a cartilage at the base of a horse’s…

Horse racing debates use of race-day medication – NewsOK.com

Whether all the discussions about race-day medication and the use of whips are just kneejerk reactions to placate critics or represent meaningful change in the sport is an ongoing debate within the U.S. racing industry. The Association of Racing Commissioners International’s Scientific Advisory Group this month reported there is no current science linking Lasix treatments…