• Oaklawn Park increasing purses for 2017 racing season

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Oaklawn Park is increasing the purses for its handicap division races next year.

  • Preakness winner Exaggerator joins Haskell field

    OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Preakness winner Exaggerator has joined the field for Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational, setting up another matchup against Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist.

  • In this June 18, 2016 photo, nurse practitioner Marcia Hefker who is the only New Mexico endurance horseback rider who will participate in the Mongol Derby, trains at a ranch near Raton, N.M.  On Aug. 4, Hefker, 45, will step out among a herd of tough little Mongolian horses, saddle the one she’s selected and set out on a 621-mile odyssey across some of the most rugged, isolated terrain on the planet as part of the Mongol Derby. (Staci Matlock/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

    Endurance horseback rider will face biggest challenge yet

    RATON, N.M. (AP) — After her first 26-mile endurance horseback ride, Marcia Hefker was so tired she fell asleep by the campfire. “Someone had to wake me up because the bottom of my tennis shoes were smoking,” she said on a recent early morning ride across a friend’s ranch.

  • Irish jockey paralyzed after falling off horse dies aged 41

    DUBLIN (AP) — JT McNamara, an Irish jockey who was paralyzed following a fall at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013, has died. He was 41.

  • In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, Hard Aces and jockey Santiago Gonzalez win the Grade III, $100,000 Cougar II Handicap horse race Sunday, July 24, 2016, at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. (Benoit Photo via AP)

    Patriots Rule rallies to win California Dreamin’ Stakes

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Long-shot Patriots Rule rallied from last to beat Ambitious Brew by a half-length Sunday in the $150,000 California Dreamin’ Stakes at Del Mar.

  • California Chrome wins San Diego Handicap

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — California Chrome beat Dortmund by a half-length Saturday at Del Mar in the Grade 2 $200,000 San Diego Handicap, the 1 1/16-mile prep for the Grade I $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 20.

  • Unbeaten Enola Gray romps to 7 3/4-length win at Del Mar

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Unbeaten Enola Gray romped to a 7 3/4-length victory Friday in the $150,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies.

  • Lynne’s Legacy rallies to win Del Mar feature race

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Lynne’s Legacy rallied from last place to win the Del Mar feature race Thursday for older fillies and mares.

  • An exercise rider rides a horse during morning workouts at the Oklahoma Training Track on Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The thoroughbred racing season at Saratoga Race Course opens Friday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Saratoga to open for its 148th season of thoroughbred racing

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The 148th season of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs gets underway this week, kicking off nearly seven weeks of a summertime tradition dating to the Civil War.