Horse Racing

Belmont Stakes will be held at Saratoga Race Course in 2024. Triple Crown finale will be 1 1/4 miles

(AP) -- The Belmont is heading to Saratoga for the first time - but almost certainly not the last.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that the 2024 Belmont Stakes will be run at Saratoga Race Course, with the third leg of horse racing's Triple Crown shifting upstate from Long Island because of the massive renovation of Belmont Park. (MORE)

Bobby Ussery, Hall of Fame jockey whose horse was DQ'd in 1968 Kentucky Derby, dies at 88

(AP) -- Bobby Ussery, a Hall of Fame jockey who won the 1967 Kentucky Derby and then crossed the finish line first in the 1968 edition only to be disqualified days later, has died. He was 88.

Ussery died Thursday of congestive heart failure at an assisted living facility in Hollywood, Florida, his son Robert told The Associated Press on Friday. (MORE)

Owner changes retirement plans for Kentucky winner Rich Strike, colt won't hit sales block

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Rich Strike, upset winner of the 2022 Kentucky Derby, won’t be on the sales block at Keeneland on Friday.

Owner Rick Dawson posted on social media that he has revised his plan for the 4-year-old colt. (MORE)

Rich Strike, 80-1 winner of the 2022 Kentucky Derby, is retired and to be sold as stallion prospect

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Rich Strike, upset winner of the 2022 Kentucky Derby, has been retired after injuries kept him from returning to racing. The 4-year-old colt will be offered for sale as a stallion prospect.

Keeneland announced Thursday that Rich Strike will be part of its sale on Nov. 17. (MORE)

Del Mar to host Breeders' Cup in 2025

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) The Breeders’ Cup will return to Del Mar in 2025 after the track north of San Diego also hosts next year.

It will mark the fourth time the track hosts the two-day world championships, after doing so in 2017, 2021 and next year. The dates for 2024 are Nov. 1-2 and in 2025 will be Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. (MORE)

Without a Fight wins 163rd running of Melbourne Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Irish-bred seven-year-old Without a Fight won the 163rd running of the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday ahead of Soulcombe and Sheraz over the 3,200 meters in Australia’s most famous horse race. (MORE)

Cody Dorman, who watched namesake horse win Breeders' Cup race, dies on trip home

LOS ANGELES (AP) Cody Dorman, the teenager who watched his namesake horse Cody's Wish win at the Breeders' Cup, has died. He was 17.

Dorman died Sunday after suffering a “medical event” on the family's way home to Kentucky after attending the world championships at Santa Anita last week, according to a statement from his parents posted Monday on Godolphin Racing's social media account. (MORE)

Irad Ortiz Jr. wins his fifth Bill Shoemaker Award as the outstanding jockey at the Breeders' Cup

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Irad Ortiz Jr., who rode three winners at the Breeders’ Cup, has earned the Bill Shoemaker Award as the outstanding jockey at the world championships. (MORE)

White Abarrio wins $6M Breeders' Cup Classic, trainer Rick Dutrow back on top after 10-year exile

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) White Abarrio took over the lead at the top of the stretch and ran on to a one-length victory in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday, propelling trainer Rick Dutrow back to the top after his 10-year exile from the sport.

A celebratory Dutrow hugged anyone he could in the winner’s circle before throwing his arms around White Abarrio. He previously won the Classic in 2005 with Saint Liam. (MORE)

Grand National to reduce number of horses to 34 and soften fences in bid to make famous race safer

(AP) -- The Grand National will reduce its field to 34 horses as part of a slew of significant changes, taking effect from next year, in an effort to make the world’s most famous steeplechase safer for horses and jockeys.

Other changes include softening the fences by using foam and rubber toe boards, and moving the first fence closer to the start to stop horses building up too much speed. (MORE)