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Zenyatta Makes Final Stroll at Hollywood Park

Zenyatta bid a final farewell to her legions of fans Dec. 5 at Hollywood Park, pricking her cotton-stuffed ears at the gaggle of cameras one more time before heading into retirement. The superstar mare who won 19 of her 20 career rac Read More

Sick Horse at Calder Affects Gulfstream Schedule

Two races on Gulfstream Park's racing card have been canceled because of a temporary quarantine of horses at nearby Calder Race Course.

The first and sixth races on Sunday were removed from the program. Read More

New York Drug-Testing Lab to Move to Morrisville State

Morrisville State College instead of Cornell University will soon be testing race horses for unauthorized drugs.

New York State Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John Sabini said the drug testing program would be a perfect fit for the college. Read More

Paragallo Horses Malnourished, D.A. Says

The 177 horses seized in a raid of an upstate New York farm last year were malnourished, a prosecutor said Tuesday at the start of the trial of the farm's owner, prominent Thoroughbred breeder and owner Ernie Paragallo, who was banned from Read More

Wild-Horse Lovers Protest at Nevada Capitol

More than 130 demonstrators showed up at the Nevada Capitol to protest wild-horse roundups.

The critics were calling attention on Saturday to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's handling of the recent Reno-area roundup.
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Super Mares Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta to Meet on the Track

The owner of Oaklawn Park in Arkansas said the race is back on between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta.

Charles Cella said the owners of both champions agreed Feb. 11 to run their horses in the Apple Blossom Invitational Handicap on a Read More

Tampa Bay Backstretch Worker Dies in Horse Accident

An exercise rider and backstretch worker died Feb. 1 after a horse fell on top of him while exercising at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Robert Shields, 60, died after one of the horses Read More

Nevada Wild Horse Roundup Deaths

Wild-horse advocates have criticized federal land managers after the deaths of 26 mustangs so far in a government roundup on the range north of Reno, Nev., up from nine deaths a week ago.

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Miniature Horses Added to Barn Fire Death Toll

Authorities now say two miniature horses have died in a fire that consumed a southwestern Ohio raceway barn last weekend, bringing to 45 the number of horses killed along with two men.

The blaze early Dec. 5 at Lebanon Raceway is sti Read More

Harness Track Barn Fire Kills People, Horses

A Dec. 5 fire has ripped through a barn at a county fairgrounds in southwest Ohio, killing two people and about 60 horses.

The fire was reported about 5 a.m. Capt. Krista Wyatt of the Lebanon Fire Department said the barn roof had al Read More

Kentucky Horse Industry Losing Ground to Poultry

Kentucky's slumping horse industry appears on pace to be overtaken by poultry farming as the king of the state's agricultural sector, economists said Dec. 3. The equine sector has been battered by deep recession, and the poultry industry has grown. Read More

Horse Racing to Return to Florida's Historic Hialeah

For years, the fabled Hialeah Park race track has sat idle — battered, broken, and left to rot.

These days, fresh paint coats the walls, pink flamingos are practicing their familiar moves and some of the luster has been Read More

Chicago Mounted Police Face Budget Cuts

Four horses that are part of Waukegan's mounted police patrol need new homes after budget troubles forced the Chicago suburb to cancel its equestrian unit.

"We will be relinquishing the patrol," Waukegan police chief Read More

Churchill Downs Inc. Will Buy Online Wagering Site

Churchill Downs Inc. has agreed to buy online wagering site Inc. for $126.8 million.

The companies said in a statement Wednesday (Nov. 11) that they expect the percentage of wagering that's done online to grow, citin Read More

Retired Racehorses Move to New Prison Farm Facility

Four retired racehorses from Suffolk Downs moved into their new home on Tuesday, stepping into sawdust-covered stalls built for them by prison inmates at a 90-acre farm not far from the rocky coastline where the Pilgrims first stepped Read More

Breeders' Cup Drug Tests Return Clean Results

All horses that ran in the Breeders' Cup have tested negative for illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

The California Horse Racing Board said testing was completed Tuesday and all the samples came back clear from the UC Davis Read More

Horse of the Year: Rachel or Zenyatta?

The much anticipated race between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta? Well, it's on, but only on paper. Horse racing's top two ladies will duke it out among voters for Horse of the Year honors after never meeting on the Read More

Polo Horse Drug Testing to Debut Next Year

Random drug tests will begin next year for horses in polo matches in the United States after the deaths of 21 elite horses in Florida that were injected with an incorrectly mixed supplement shortly before a championship match, the United Read More

Thoroughbred Trainer Jeff Mullins Barred From NYRA Tracks for Six Months

The New York Racing Association barred the trainer from Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga on Friday (Oct. 30) for violating its barn rules by giving one of his horses an unknown substance and then providing conflicting information about Read More

Racehorse Death Threat Brings Blackmail Charge

A man has been charged with blackmail over a threat to kill 4-year-old colt Conduit before his Group One victory at Ascot.

Ten days before Conduit tries to win his second Breeders Cup Turf in a row at Santa Anita, Calif., Manchester police Read More

Racehorse Breeding Tax Shelter Operators Plead Guilty

Federal authorities say three men have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in a scheme that allowed wealthy people to get tax benefits from investments in Thoroughbred horse breeding.

The U.S. attorney's office for Oregon said Monday the Read More

Jockey Dies after Fall from Horse

The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission said Monday it is investigating the death of a Texas jockey who was thrown from his horse during a Thoroughbred race at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw over the weekend.

Racetrack general manager Blaine Read More

Quarantine at Hoosier Park Lifted

A horse quarantine has been lifted at the Hoosier Park racetrack in central Indiana where two Thoroughbreds tested positive for Streptococcus equi (the bacterium that causes the disease strangles).

Racing manager Jeffrey Smith says Read More

Four Horses Die at Jump Meet in England

Four Thoroughbreds have died on the Oct. 14 opening day of Wetherby's first meet of the jump season in England.

Marrel and Divex were euthanized after they were injured in the feature race, the Bobby Renton Chase. The same happened to Nut Hand Read More

Proposal to Move Western Wild Horses to New Eastern Preserves

Thousands of mustangs that now roam the West would be moved to preserves in the Midwest and East under a new Interior Department plan to protect wild horse herds and the rangelands that support them.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Read More