Tag: Horse Racing

Horse Racing’s Tough Year Keeps Getting Tougher

Horse owners, trainers and racetrack executives are supposed to take care of their athletes, equine and human. When they do not, both are at risk. As we saw earlier this year, 30 horses had to be euthanized after sustaining devastating injuries at Santa Anita Park in Southern California. Their riders, fortunately, were not seriously injured. […]

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In Defense of Justify, Bob Baffert Lets Others Do the Talking for a Change

For nearly 20 years, Bob Baffert has been the face of American thoroughbred racing, a trainer who took one fast horse after another to the Triple Crown races, winning many of them. His white hair has made him distinctive, and his silver tongue has made him memorable. At ease in front of microphones, he has […]

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Your Must-See Sports Headlines for Today, September 13

Collection of photos via Getty Images Jets QB Sam Darnold is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with mono and the Bucs got a huge defensive stop to beat the Panthers. Welcome to the roundup of must-see sports news from Thursday, including Jets QB Sam Darnold expected to be out indefinitely after he was diagnosed with […]

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Justify Failed a Drug Test Before Winning the Triple Crown

On June 9, 2018, a colt named Justify thundered home to the full-throated cheers of a capacity crowd to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes and claim horse racing’s Triple Crown, one of the most storied achievements in sports. It was the perfect ending to an improbable journey for a talented horse, his […]

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Your Must-See Sports Headlines for Today, August 25

Getty Images, NBC Sports Andrew Luck announced his retirement and a lightning strike injured multiple fans at the TOUR Championship. Welcome to the roundup of must-see sports news from Saturday, highlighted by the shocking announcement of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s retirement from the NFL. We’ll also take a look at a scary scene at […]

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For Indonesia’s Child Jockeys, Time to Retire at 10, After 5 Years of Racing

ImageChild jockeys, between ages 5 to 10, in a professional race on the island of Sumbawa in Indonesia in July.CreditAdam Dean for The New York Times BIMA, Indonesia — The boy mounted the horse barefoot, with only an ill-fitting Hello Kitty helmet to protect his head and a talisman under his clothing to give him […]

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70-Year-Old Man Wins 1,000-Kilometer Horse Race in Mongolia

Bob Long, 70, just became the oldest person to finish what Guinness World Records calls the longest multi-horse race in the world. He also came in first. “It’s nothing,” he said during a Facebook live stream shortly after crossing the finish line of the Mongol Derby last Thursday. “You just ride 650 miles on a […]

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‘She Always Looked Out for Us’: the Glamorous Patron of Stablehands

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — For decades, townspeople and tourists would throng the sidewalks along Broadway and the entrance to Congress Park on the occasion of Marylou Whitney’s annual ball, the social event of the summer racing season. Her entrance was as much a part of the spectacle as the party itself; she once arrived via […]

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Your Must-See Sports Headlines for Today, July 25

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images The Clippers’ new superstar duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were announced at an introductory press conference on Wednesday. Welcome to the roundup of must-see sports news from Wednesday, highlighted by the Clippers officially welcoming Kawhi Leonard and Paul George with an introductory press conference that featured their owner hyped […]

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Your Must-See Sports Headlines for Today, July 21

Collection of photos via Getty Images Topping Saturday’s sports headlines, Manny Pacquiao proves he’s still got it and Irishman Shane Lowry is on the brink of a career-defining win at the Open Championship. Welcome to the roundup of must-see sports news from Saturday, highlighted by Manny Pacquiao beating previously undefeated Keith Thurman in an action-filled […]

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Marylou Whitney, Social Queen of the Racing World, Dies at 93

Marylou Whitney, who fled Kansas for New York with dreams of being an actress and found instead a life of immense wealth and privilege, marrying into two of America’s richest families and reigning for decades as the social queen of the Saratoga and Lexington racing seasons, died on Friday at her home in Saratoga Springs, […]

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Move Over, Nevada: New Jersey Is the Sports Betting Capital of the Country

When former Gov. Chris Christie took New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting to the Supreme Court, it was considered a long shot, like betting on the Mets to win the World Series. Though the state did not have a strong connection to sports betting, New Jersey quickly became a crusader for the industry. Now, […]

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