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Disqualified Derby winner Maximum Security retired

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) Maximum Security, disqualified after crossing the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, has been retired to stud. (MORE)

Horse racing hopes for return to normal, with fans, in 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) The golden sunset over Keeneland provided a picturesque and welcome wrap for horse racing after the pandemic wiped out its spring, cramped marquee stakes races into a crowded schedule and reshuffled the Triple Crown order.

No Triple Crown winner emerged as a result, though the Breeders' Cup world championships helped make up for that. Many of its best competitors performed at the top of their games on a record-breaking weekend, sparking high expectations for 2021. (MORE)

Authentic goes wire-to-wire to win Breeders' Cup Classic

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) From start to finish, Authentic left no doubt he was the horse to beat in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

His dominant performance on another big stage should also end the debate about this year's top 3-year-old, strange as the season has been because of the coronavirus pandemic. (MORE)

Breeders' Cup replacement riders thrive after virus changes

(AP) -- When Colin Keane got a last-minute mount on Tarnawa in the Breeders' Cup Turf because regular jockey Christophe Soumillon tested positive for the coronavirus, he called training great Dermot Weld to ask for a plan.

"He said, 'We could be on the phone for half an hour trying to make a plan, but it mightn't go to plan,'" Keane recalled in his Irish brogue. "So he kind of left it up to me." (MORE)

Absolutely Aiden euthanized after incident at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Keeneland says thoroughbred Absolutely Aiden has been euthanized following an injury suffered in a chain-reaction incident that toppled several riders Saturday on the second day of the Breeders' Cup world championships. (MORE)

Essential Quality wins Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Initially out of the picture, Essential Quality regrouped for a signature win that may set him up for a big 2021.

Essential Quality took charge in the stretch to overtake 94-1 long shot Hot Rod Charlie and win Friday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile by three-quarters of a length on the first day of the season-ending world championships at Keeneland. (MORE)

Trainer Todd Pletcher earns 5,000th career victory

NEW YORK (AP) Trainer Todd Pletcher earned his 5,000th career victory at Aqueduct on Friday.

Microsecond scored a three-quarter length victory in the seventh race. He was ridden by Kendrick Carmouche and is owned by Mike Repole. Pletcher didn't saddle his landmark winner; he was in Lexington, Kentucky, for the Breeders' Cup. (MORE)

In an abnormal year, Breeders' Cup offers a bit of normalcy

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) This year's Triple Crown slate unfolded over 3+ months instead of six weeks and shuffled the marquee Kentucky Derby from its traditional first Saturday in May to Labor Day weekend - as the middle jewel.

Numerous tracks canceled meets and some returned with abbreviated schedules. Many cards went off without the noise of spectators, demonstrating the coronavirus pandemic's impact on horse racing that continues to this day. (MORE)

Horse racing seeking to implement variety of safety reforms

(AP) -- A movement is underway in horse racing to clean up the sport by enacting uniform safety standards that everyone in the industry would have to abide by.

An integrity and safety bill is being reviewed by the Senate that could put national standards in place by the start of 2022. In the meantime, different states and tracks are implementing rules to address concerns about doping, medication and optics. (MORE)

Baffert hires oversight after stable's drug positives

(AP) -- Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert, who has had multiple horses test positive for medication violations, is taking steps to "do better," including hiring outside oversight.

Baffert said in a statement Wednesday that he is "very aware" of the incidents involving his horses and the impact that it's had on his family, the sport and himself. (MORE)

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