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Crews ready a new starting gate at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. The starter and assistant starters were giving the new gate a test run for the mile-and-a-quarter race. The new starting gate will allow 20 horses to be loaded for the Kentucky Derby. The track has previously used two gates to accommodate the large field for the event. The gate will be used only for the Kentucky Derby. (Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal via AP)  **FILE**

Kentucky Derby traditions getting a swift kick from coronavirus pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic forced the 146th Derby to be pushed back to Labor Day weekend, the first time since 1945 that it won’t be held on its usual May date. The 17-horse field will break from a new starting gate on Saturday, one to be used only for the Derby. It fits 20 horses, the typical size of the field, which is slightly smaller this year.

 In this May 4, 2019, file photo, jockey Flavien Prat, aboard Country House, center, looks on as jockey Luis Saez, right, aboard Maximum Security, crosses the finish line during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. What happened next set horse racing off on a year-long odyssey of chaos. From a historic DQ to doping, lawsuits to a global pandemic, and then a Triple Crown turned upside down. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)  **FILE**

From Kentucky Derby DQ to doping, a chaotic year in horse racing

- Associated Press

Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. What happened next set horse racing off on a yearlong odyssey of chaos: from a historic DQ to doping, from lawsuits to a pandemic, and now a Triple Crown turned upside down.

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Breeders' Cup Classic may feature Triple Crown race winners

- Associated Press

Kentucky Derby winner Authentic heads a field of 11 horses, possibly including filly and Preakness winner Swiss Skydiver against males, for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, with trainer Bob Baffert entering three horses in the $6 million race that includes Belmont winner Tiz the Law.

Freehold looks to make up ground in NJ sports betting race

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Slow out of the gate as New Jersey sprinted ahead in the nascent U.S. sports betting market, Freehold Raceway is hoping to catch up to the pack as the latest entity in the state to offer it.

Charges: Fired Belmont worker's retaliation led horse to die

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A backstretch worker at New York's Belmont Park caused the death of a $200,000 racehorse by releasing the filly onto blacktop in retaliation for being fired, where she fell and broke her leg, prosecutors said Thursday.

This Sept. 9, 2018 photo shows football fans waiting for kickoff in the sports betting lounge at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Figures released on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 showed New Jersey broke its own recently set U.S. record for the most money bet on sports in a single month in September when gamblers plunked down more than $748 million on sports. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

NJ shatters its own sports betting record: $748M bet in Sept

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New Jersey's fast-growing sports betting market blew past its own national record in September, taking in more than $748 million in bets from sports gamblers finally able to wager on football amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Albuquerque businesses impacted by canceled Balloon Fiesta

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Multiple business owners in New Mexico have said this October could prove challenging for their businesses since the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which brings tourists from around the world, was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Congressional debate turns fiery between Barr, Hicks

- Associated Press

A fiery debate between Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and his Democratic opponent Josh Hicks turned personal as they clashed over the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Betting tables are empty at Pimlico race track, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Baltimore, Md., ahead Saturday's Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness Stakes races. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Jesus' Team finishes a surprising 3rd in Preakness at 40-1

- Associated Press

Jesus' Team hadn't won against elite competition going into the Preakness, and his owners had to pay extra money just to get him to the starting gate of the Triple Crown race because he wasn't nominated.

Race track settles with feds for manure, urine discharges

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The owners of the horse racing track in New Orleans have agreed to pay a $2.8 million penalty for letting horse manure and urine into the city’s drainage system for at least six years and to spend twice that on ending the discharges, federal prosecutors say.

In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, C Z Rocket and jockey Luis Saez, outside, overpower Flagstaff (Victor Espinoza), inside,  to win the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia Calif.(Benoit Photo via AP)

House approves bill to combat doping in horse racing

- Associated Press

The House approved a bill Tuesday to create national medication and safety standards for the horse racing industry as lawmakers move to clamp down on use of performance-enhancing drugs that can lead to horse injuries and deaths.