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NY congressman wants uniform drug standards in horse racing

NEW YORK (AP) A New York congressman plans to introduce a bill establishing uniform drug and medication standards in thoroughbred racing that would be overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. (MORE)

Bob Baffert grows into racing's grateful elder statesman

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Bob Baffert came blasting into thoroughbred racing in Southern California talking smack. Wearing a cowboy hat and boots, he had already conquered the quarter horse world and was ready to take aim at the bigger money and prestige offered by training regally-bred thoroughbreds.

It wasn't long before he piled up 11 wins in Triple Crown races - two behind leader D. Wayne Lukas - and ditched his big hat but kept the boots. (MORE)

Baffert comes to defense of American Pharoah owner Zayat

NEW YORK (AP) Trainer Bob Baffert says "it's a shame" that a lawsuit involving American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat has become an issue in the buildup to the Belmont Stakes next Saturday. (MORE)

9 likely challengers await American Pharoah in Belmont

(AP) -- Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah figures to have nine challengers when he runs in the Belmont Stakes next week, trying to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

Seven of his expected rivals return from the Derby or the Preakness, while two others are new to the Triple Crown trail. (MORE)

Artic North takes Belmont Park feature

NEW YORK (AP) Artic North rallied up the rail to beat Global Strike by a half-length Thursday in the $80,000 allowance feature on the turf at Belmont Park. (MORE)

Past Triple Crown winners ready to welcome a new one

(AP) -- Steve Cauthen thinks it's long past time for a new horse to join the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners.

The jockey who rode Affirmed to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1978 believes horse racing needs a victory by American Pharoah in the Belmont on June 6 to boost flagging interest in the sport. (MORE)

American Pharoah gets 1st work in since winning Preakness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah's workout on Tuesday as he prepares for the Belmont Stakes and his attempt to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

The colt breezed four furlongs in :48 at Churchill Downs after Baffert and American Pharoah's regular exercise rider, jockey Martin Garcia, flew to Kentucky for the work. Jockey Victor Espinoza will again have the mount in the Belmont set for June 6. (MORE)

Hard Not to Like wins $200,000 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Hard Not to Like moved into contention around the far turn and dug in for a neck victory in the $200,000 Gamely Stakes Monday at Santa Anita. (MORE)

Empire Dreams wins Belmont's Commentator Stakes

NEW YORK (AP) Empire Dreams won the $200,000 Commentator Stakes, one of six stakes for New York breds comprising Big Apple Showcase Day on Monday at Belmont Park. (MORE)

Richard Mulhall, former trainer and racing manager, dies

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Richard Mulhall, a trainer who went on to manage the careers of 2001 Horse of the Year Point Given and 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem, died Monday. He was 76. (MORE)

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