Horse Racing

Accelerate the early favorite to win Pegasus World Cup

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Accelerate's big week is here, and it's off to a start his connections wanted.

Accelerate is the 9-5 early favorite to win Saturday's $9 million Pegasus World Cup, drawing the No. 5 post in a field of 12 for the race to be run over 1 1/8 miles of dirt at Gulfstream Park. It'll be the final race for the Breeders' Cup Classic champion, who is a mere 1 1/8 miles of Gulfstream Park dirt away from beginning his stud career. (MORE)

Santa Anita cancels racing after heavy rain inundates track

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Santa Anita has canceled its eight-race card because of wet weather after 3+ inches of rain dropped on the Southern California racetrack in three days. (MORE)

'3-horse spill' hospitalizes jockeys, 2 horses euthanized

LAUREL, Md. (AP) Authorities say a "three-horse spill" during a race in Maryland sent three jockeys to the hospital and led to two horses being euthanized. (MORE)

Kentucky Derby purse up to $3 million; 1st boost in 14 years

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Kentucky Derby's purse will be raised to $3 million this May, an increase of $1 million and the first boost in 14 years. (MORE)

Gunmetal Gray rallies to win Sham Stakes by 1 length

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Gunmetal Gray rallied from last to win the $100,000 Sham Stakes by a length, giving the gray colt qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. (MORE)

Jockey Espinoza returns to exercising horses after injury

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza has returned to exercising horses at Santa Anita for the first time since being seriously injured in a training accident last summer. (MORE)

Horse of Year finalists: Justify, Accelerate, Monomoy Girl

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) Justify and Accelerate never got to face off on the track. Instead, they'll duel for Horse of the Year.

Justify, Accelerate and Monomoy Girl were the three finalists announced Saturday for Horse of the Year. The top prize will be handed out at the Eclipse Awards on Jan. 24. Justify won the Triple Crown, Accelerate won the Breeders' Cup Classic and Monomoy Girl capped her year with a win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. (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)

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