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In this photo provided by the Office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo, center left, poses with performer and Long Island native Billy Joel, center right, at a news conference at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. Cuomo announced on Wednesday that his 2018 budget contains funds to bring the New York Islanders NHL team back to Long Island to play in a new arena to be built on the grounds of Belmont Park. The Islanders left their original home at the Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum and have played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. since 2015. Joining Cuomo and Joel are New York Islanders captain John Taveres, left, and New York Islander Cal Clutterback, right. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)

New York Islanders to leave Brooklyn, return to suburbs

- Associated Press

The New York Islanders, who moved from their suburban home to Brooklyn in 2015, have won a $1 billion development bid to build a new 18,000-seat arena, hotel and other amenities on the grounds of Belmont Park, east of New York City.

Terrified horses gallop from San Luis Rey Downs as the Lilac Fire sweeps through the horse-training facility, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 in San Diego. (Paul Sisson/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

25 race horses killed by Southern California wildfire

- Associated Press

Approximately 25 race horses were killed when a wildfire engulfed about eight barns at a training center in northeast San Diego County, the California Horse Racing Board said. Other horses that were in surrounding pastures remained unaccounted for.

Race Caller Larry Collins, left, announces Irish War Cry will start in the 7th post position during the post position draw of the 149th Belmont Stakes horse race, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Irish War Cry returns to Triple Crown as 7-2 Belmont favorite

- Associated Press

Irish War Cry is back on the Triple Crown trail as the 7-2 favorite for the Belmont Stakes. The colt claimed that status after expected favorite Classic Empire was forced out Wednesday because of an abscess in his right front hoof.

Cloud Computing (2), ridden by Javier Castellano, wins the 142nd Preakness Stakes horse race ahead of Classic Empire, ridden by Julien Leparoux, Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Rested and ready: 13-1 shot Cloud Computing wins Preakness

- Associated Press

Cloud Computing pounced Always Dreaming and Classic Empire in the Preakness, pulling off an upset victory at 13-1 odds Saturday. He became the first horse to skip the Derby and win the second leg of the Triple Crown since filly Rachel Alexandra in 2009.

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, ridden by exercise rider Nick Bush, walks past the grandstand after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place May 20. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Aging Pimlico Race Course strains to keep its grip on Preakness Stakes

- Associated Press

The new foliage and slick paint can’t mask the fact that 147-year-old Pimlico is showing its age. Known affectionately as Old Hilltop, this old track has been trying for years to fend off the inevitable conclusion that it’s badly in need of a serious makeover.

The horses of the 143rd Kentucky Derby are paraded around the track of Churchill Downs prior to the big race.  (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

Derby 2017 weekend offers bourbon, betting and beauty

- The Washington Times

The “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” is inarguably the marquee event of Derby Week, when 20 horses race the track of Churchill Downs for glory, cash and bragging rights as thousands of hat-besotted onlookers cheer in hopes of a return on wages. (As Rand Paul, the junior senator of Kentucky, once told me at the White House Correspondents Dinner, “Bet a lot of money; you’ll feel really good about yourself.”)

In this Tuesday, May 2, 2017 photo, the Champions Lounge outdoor seating area, part of the ongoing renovations at Churchill Downs, provides an impressive view of the paddock and the walking ring at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Churchill Downs' parent company has pumped $250 million into renovations since the early 2000s. But many have catered to well-heeled fans willing to shell out thousands of dollars for panoramic views, sumptuous buffets, access to betting windows and restrooms without lines, and demand outpaces available seating. That's leaving the middle class squeezed out. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Kentucky Derby reno making Churchill Downs even more posh

- Associated Press

Toni Goodman was close enough to see the horses kicking up dirt as they raced past, having spent a mere $5 for her trackside seat to an event just days before the Kentucky Derby.

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In good health

- Associated Press

Veterinarian Kate Hammer-Myrick starts her mornings on the back side at Oaklawn Park around 4:30 a.m., meeting with trainers and making her rounds to her patients.

Oaklawn Park unveiling sculpture of 2015 Triple Crown winner

Associated Press

Oaklawn Park says a sculpture of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is not only a tribute to the horse but also to the thoroughbred track's late president Charles Cella, who tried to attract the world's best 3-year-olds to the Arkansas course.

Wednesday's Sports in Brief

- Associated Press

Jose Altuve led the Houston Astros to their first World Series title with a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in November and picked up the franchise's first MVP trophy in more than two decades a couple of weeks later.