The track’s decision to bar Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer from running horses draws a lawsuit saying the action violates its contract with California horsemen.
Mike Brunker is an assistant city editor working with reporters covering land use and environment, health care and immigration. He also writes a weekly horse racing column. Before joining the Review-Journal in August 2016, Brunker worked in various reporting and editing capacities for NBCNews.com, msnbc.com and the San Francisco Examiner.
The marquee meets of summer come as a relief, but the pall hanging over horse racing — particularly in California — has not dissipated.
The new racetrack in Prescott Valley, Arizona, announced this week it will resume its inaugural season on July 20 after abruptly canceling racing two weeks ago.
Jerry Hollendorfer is one of the most accomplished and hardest-working trainers in California, but that didn’t stop The Stronach Group from banning him.
The Prescott Valley track, which reopened last month after a nine-year hiatus, will cancel the remainder of its planned meeting after its final two cards this weekend.
Officials are resisting growing pressure to cancel the final six days of the meet after the deaths of two more horses last week, bringing the total since Dec. 26 to 29.
Belmont Park will offer eight Grade 1 stakes featuring top horses in virtually every division on Saturday’s card, in addition to two lesser stakes.
The new horse racing track in Prescott Valley, Arizona, which has a small-town feel but an A-list team calling the shots, runs its inaugural meet through Labor Day.
The Kentucky Derby controversy is finally calming down despite a challenge by the owner of disqualified Maximum Security. Meantime, Arizona Downs opens its doors.
As 13 horses prepare to contest the second leg of the Triple Crown Saturday at Pimlico, suspensions and lawsuits keep Kentucky Derby disqualification on the front burner.
Rules in place in other racing jurisdictions around the globe don’t require stewards to penalize a horse for an infraction if it is much the best in a race.
The rules of horse racing clearly state that leaping in front of and bumping a rival is not allowed. The rule does not require that the interference be intentional.
The withdrawal of the 4-1 morning line favorite was a crushing disappointment to horse racing fans and hard-core horseplayers alike, but where chaos exists, opportunity awaits.
With the Kentucky Derby coming Saturday, numerous Las Vegas Valley racebooks are offering free handicapping seminars to offer expert observations and opinions on the field for the 145th Run for the Roses.
Follow the riders through the game of musical saddles leading up to the Run for the Roses on May 4 at Churchill Downs.