LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Breeders’ Cup is returning to its old Kentucky home.
Churchill Downs and Breeders’ Cup officials announced Monday the race famous for featuring the greatest horses and richest purses will return to the iconic twin spires in 2018.
The Louisville track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup eight times, most recently in 2011.
Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery said Monday that he became determined to bring the race back to Louisville because “there’s nothing like the Breeders’ Cup under the spires.”
Race officials announced Monday that the track’s investment of more than $67 million in upgrades encouraged them to return to Churchill Downs.
The event is a two-day series of races in the fall that marks the end to thoroughbred racing season. It is scheduled for the first weekend in November.
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ARCADIA, Calif. — Jockey Rafael Bejarano rode his 4,000th career winner at Santa Anita.
He guided filly Portal Creek to a 3 }-length victory in the third race Saturday for trainer Bob Hess Jr.
The 36-year-old Peruvian jockey says Santa Anita has always been a special place for him. He won six races at the Southern California track in his first day riding there on April 8, 2006.
Bejarano came to the U.S. in 2002 after training at a national riding academy in Peru. He led the U.S. in victories with 455 in 2004.
He has career purse earnings of $200,611,833 and five victories in the Breeders’ Cup.
OCEANPORT, N.J. — Maximum Security will race this weekend for the first time since being disqualified in the Kentucky Derby.
The Jason Servis-trained colt was among six 3-year-olds entered Thursday for the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.
The 1 1/16-mile race in New Jersey will be the first in more than two months for Maximum Security. The colt galloped 1 1/8 miles here Wednesday.
In the Derby on May 2, Maximum Security got to the finish line 1}-lengths ahead of Country House. The victory was overturned 22 minutes later when the stewards disqualified the 9-2 second choice because of interference with eventual Preakness winner War of Will and other horses.
It marked the first time in the 145-year history of the Derby that the first-place finisher was disqualified for interference.