Cot Campbell among new inductees in Racing Hall of Fame

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Dogwood Stable President Cot Campbell is among the newest members of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The 90-year-old Campbell was inducted Friday during ceremonies held near the museum, located across the street from Saratoga Race Course. Joining him in the Hall of Fame’s Pillars of the Turf category are Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Penny Chenery, Elias J. ”Lucky” Baldwin, August Belmont I, John W. Galbreath, Arthur B. Hancock, Sr., Hal Price Headley, John Morrissey, Dr. Charles H. Strub, William Collins Whitney, and Harry…

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Altanta becomes 14th filly to win Hambletonian

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Atlanta became the 14th filly winner in Hambletonian history Saturday at the Meadowlands, taking the famed $1 million trotting race for 3-year-olds in an emotional victory for the Canadian father-son team of Rick and Scott Zeron. Atlanta was the first Hambletonian starter for Rick Zeron after 43 years of training horses in Oakville, Ontario. To have the elusive win come with son Scott in the sulky heightened the moment. The filly won the 93rd Hambletonian the hard way, setting the pace and holding on gamely…

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Diversify wins Grade 1 Whitney in slop at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Diversify won the $1.2 million Whitney by 3 1/2 lengths over Mind Your Biscuits in the slop Saturday at Saratoga. Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Diversify ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.62 and paid $5.20 to win as the 8-5 favorite in the eight-horse field. The Grade 1 victory gave Diversify, trained by Rick Violette Jr., an automatic berth in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November. Discreet Lover was another half-length back in third at 38-1 odds. Tapwrit was fourth,…

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Jockey Victor Espinoza in neck brace at home after accident

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza is wearing a neck brace while recovering at his San Diego home after fracturing a vertebra during a training accident at Del Mar. Agent Brian Beach says on Twitter that the 46-year-old rider spent 11 days in the hospital and at a rehabilitation facility. Espinoza says he initially thought he might be paralyzed after the July 22 fall at the track north of San Diego. He told ABC affiliate KGTV in San Diego that his body was numb and he…

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Filly Atlanta takes on colts in $1.2 million Hambletonian

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Atlanta will try to become the first filly to win the Hambletonian in 22 years when she takes on 17 rivals in trotting’s most prestigious event at the Meadowlands. Undefeated in five starts, the Rick Zeron-trained filly is the 3-1 second choice in the first of two $100,000 heats for 3-year-old trotters. Wolfgang, trained by four-time Hambletonian winner Jimmy Takter, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the first elimination. Six Pack, who has won eight of his past nine races, is the 2-1 favorite in the…

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Ransom the Moon wins Bing Crosby, Prat earns 4th win in race

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Ransom the Moon rallied on the far outside to win the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths for the second straight year at Del Mar on Saturday, while jockey Flavien Prat tied a record with his fourth consecutive win in the Grade 1 race. Ransom the Moon ran six furlongs in 1:10.08 and paid $11.60, $5 and $3.80 at 9-2 odds. The victory gave the 6-year-old horse an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in November. Prat tied Hall of Fame jockeys Bill…

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Agent: Jockey Espinoza moves from hospital to rehab facility

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza has been moved to a rehabilitation facility to recover from a fractured vertebra in his neck sustained during a training accident. Agent Brian Beach tweeted Friday that Espinoza had left the hospital, where he had been up and walking around in the days after being injured last Sunday. Beach says the 46-year-old rider is ”still doing well and is one step closer to going home.” Espinoza was exercising Bobby Abu Dhabi during morning workouts at Del Mar north of San…

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Triple Crown winner Justify retired from racing

Triple Crown winner Justify was retired from racing Wednesday because of fluid in his left front ankle. Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify’s owners said caution over the horse’s ankle condition made it impossible to tell if he’d be healthy enough to race by the fall. ”What a way to go out: never beaten, won the Triple Crown,” jockey Mike Smith said by phone. ”He’s happy, healthy. That’s just beautiful.” Baffert said Justify wasn’t responding quickly enough to treatment to be able to race in the next few months, so the…

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Good Magic is the favorite for the Haskell Invitational

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Good Magic, the Kentucky Derby runner-up who was fourth in the Preakness, has been made the favorite for the $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. A field of seven was entered Thursday for the 1 1/8-mile race Sunday. Good Magic, who drew the No. 6 post position with jockey Jose Ortiz, was made the 6-5 favorite. Good Magic pushed Triple Crown winner Justify for the lead in the Preakness before fading to fourth, a length behind the winner. The colt has not raced since the…

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Triple Crown winner Justify retires from racing with perfect record

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify was retired from racing Wednesday because of fluid in his left front ankle. Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify’s owners said caution over the horse’s ankle condition made it impossible to tell if he’d be healthy enough to race by the fall. “He is just not responding quick enough for a fall campaign,” Baffert said. “We all wanted to see Justify run again, but ultimately it is my responsibility to make sure he is perfect. Without 60-90 days, I can’t be definite.”…

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