Horse Racing

Horse takes left turn out of gate, jock lands in parking lot

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Wild Verse took a hard left shortly after the start of a race at Del Mar and wound up jumping a rail and hedge. His jockey landed in a dirt parking lot. (MORE)

Rick Pitino's equine namesake falls to 0-5 at Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) It's another loss for Pitino the horse. (MORE)

Exercise rider Odanis Acuna dies in training accident

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Churchill Downs says exercise rider Odanis "Cuba" Acuna died in a training accident when his horse broke down with catastrophic injuries. (MORE)

Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup for Godolphin stable

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) English stayer Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, gave Dubai-based Godolphin stable its first Melbourne Cup with victory in Australia's largest and most prestigious horse race on Tuesday.

The race was marred when the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Cliffsofmoher broke down at the winning post the first time around, breaking its right shoulder. The horse was euthanized after the race at Flemington. (MORE)

Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup for Godolphin

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) English stayer Cross Counter, ridden by Kerrin McAvoy, gave Dubai-based Godolphin stables its first Melbourne Cup with a length victory in Australia's largest and most prestigious horse race on Tuesday.

Cross Counter, a four-year-old bay gelding trained by Charlie Appleby and based at Newmarket, England, was quoted early at 10-1. It was only Cross Counter's eighth start, but he had missed a top-two finish only once. (MORE)

Foreign raiders set sights on Australia's Melbourne Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Irish trained five-year-old Yucatan will likely start favorite in Australia's Melbourne Cup, expected to be run on a soft track at Flemington racecourse. (MORE)

Accelerate wins Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Even if he isn't recognized as this year's top thoroughbred, Accelerate all but assured his place as North America's best older horse.

His signature win in the Breeders' Cup Classic should solidify his credentials for multiple honors. (MORE)

Game Winner takes charge late to win Breeders Cup Juvenile

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Game Winner's latest triumph included bumps along the way.

The colt shook them off before shaking the field to remain perfect and make his case as the year's best 2-year-old. (MORE)

Breeders' Cup bumped up to 14 races, $30 million in purses

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Breeders' Cup is back in familiar surroundings at Churchill Downs, with an additional stakes race bumping the two-day program to 14 and prize money up to a record $30 million.

As always, the marquee race is Saturday's $6 million Cup Classic that could help determine which thoroughbred ends up as Horse of the Year. Not to mention, establishing the top horse in several age divisions along with the top jockey and trainer. (MORE)

Classic seeks recognition without Triple Crown champ Justify

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The reigning Triple Crown champion is not part of the field for this weekend's Breeders' Cup Classic. And none of the horses in any of the 14 races that make up the Breeders' Cup cards this weekend has ever won a Kentucky Derby, or a Preakness, or a Belmont Stakes.

So there's little argument that the races at Churchill Downs this weekend have lost a little luster. (MORE)