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UFC champ McGregor boasts about winning prestigious horse race in ad

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It's been said that jockeys are pound-for-pound the strongest athletes in the world.

Perhaps it's only fitting, then, that UFC champ Conor McGregor is training to become one. Or so the 28-year-old Irish brawler claims in comedic ads promoting the upcoming $12 Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park.

"I'll be competing in and winning ...Read more

American Pharoah's first foal has been born at Brookdale Farm

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American Pharoah has his first baby.

Brookdale Farm in Versailles announced via Facebook on Tuesday that the maiden mare Kakadu had given birth to a bay colt sired by American Pharoah. He is believed to be the first foal by the Triple Crown winner, who is expected to become the proud papa of more than 200 foals after his first breeding season. ...Read more

Somehow, in horse racing, the show (bet) still goes on

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LOS ANGELES -- Even the smartest people sometimes get their wisdom from strange places.

Take Jon White, a horse racing encyclopedia who doubles as the morning-line oddsmaker at Santa Anita.

He cites a 1975 television episode of the "The Odd Couple," a show based on a Neil Simon play about a sportswriter/gambler named Oscar and his lifelong ...Read more

California Chrome every bit as good as expected, wins by 12 lengths and sets Los Alamitos track record

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CYPRESS, Calif.--California Chrome's racing career in his home state finished in the spectacular fashion everyone expected. He won Saturday's $180,000 Winter Challenge by 12 lengths at Los Alamitos and did it without really trying.

If that's not enough, he set a track record for 1 1/16 miles by more than three-quarters of a second with a time ...Read more

California Chrome inspires a passion like no other horse

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LOS ANGELES -- It was as if the lights on the front stretch of Los Alamitos Race Course needed time to wake up so they could illuminate the larger-than-usual crowd that showed up at 5:30 a.m. to see a big chestnut horse do a high-speed practice gallop around the track.

In attendance were the three founding members of the Los Alamitos Breakfast ...Read more

Ex-jockey Garrett Gomez is found dead at 44

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Garrett Gomez, a two-time Eclipse Award winner whose career as a jockey was often colored by problems with drugs and alcohol, has died at 44.

According to the Daily Racing Form, citing sources, he died of a drug overdose on Wednesday at an Indian casino near Tucson, Ariz. The tribal police responsible for investigating his death had released no...Read more

Mastery, the latest Baffert 2-year-old, could take a big step at Los Alamitos

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LOS ANGELES -- The care and feeding of a prospective Kentucky Derby horse is one of the most scrutinized and unpredictable parts of America's obsession with that race. Six months to go, but it could seem like six years.

This Saturday at Los Alamitos will be one of those benchmark races for a horse that is already the second betting favorite -- ...Read more

California Chrome retirement coming soon

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It's official: California Chrome will retire in time for the 2017 breeding season, according to Taylor Made Farm president Duncan Taylor.

Second in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita last Saturday, America's all-time richest racehorse is expected to begin his stallion career in February at the major Kentucky farm, Taylor told reporters at...Read more

Arrogate finds an extra gear in the stretch to win the Classic

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LOS ANGELES--Horse racing got what it desperately needed Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita: a new superstar.

In a stirring stretch drive that was every bit a symbolic passing of the torch, California Chrome looked as if he was going to win the $6-million Breeders' Cup Classic.

But as the finish line approached, jockey Mike Smith switched to a ...Read more

Beholder refuses to give an inch at Breeders' Cup Distaff

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LOS ANGELES--Sometimes a sporting event does live up to the hype.

On Friday, the classic stretch duel in the Breeders' Cup Distaff lasted more than a quarter of a mile and will long be remembered as one for the ages.

There was 6-year-old Beholder, in her last race, and 3-year-old Songbird, just getting started and undefeated in 11 tries, ...Read more

At Breeders Cup, Distaff meeting one not to miss

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LOS ANGELES--Count them up. Three horses. Five Eclipse Awards. Two Hall of Fame jockeys. Two Hall of Fame trainers. Just shy of $10 million in earnings. Thirty-five victories in 47 starts (74 percent winners).

The best race is never supposed to come early, but that is what's happening in the two-day Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita when the ...Read more

Bob Baffert has supporters and detractors in how he deals with jockeys

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Bob Baffert, still fresh and snappy after hours of morning interviews, steps into his stall-sized office at Barn 5 near the front of the Santa Anita backstretch.

He immediately looks on his desk to find a faded winner's circle picture from a long-ago quarter-horse track.

"See who the jockey is? What do you think of that?" he asks.

At the ...Read more

Jockey Flavien Prat, back from injury, has 10 mounts in his first Breeders' Cup

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ARCADIA, Calif. -- A year ago, jockey Flavien Prat was in a body brace recuperating from five broken vertebrae in his back and a punctured lung after a September spill at Los Alamitos. It forced him to miss the 2015 Breeders' Cup in Kentucky.

Now the 24-year-old French native is back with a vengeance. He has 10 scheduled mounts for this weekend...Read more

California Chrome, Songbird receive post-position assignments for Breeders' Cup

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LOS ANGELES -- The reigning king and queen of horse racing, California Chrome and Songbird, received post-position assignments Monday as anticipation began to grow for this weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita.

There will be 13 races and $28 million worth of purses, but the main focus is centered on the $2 million Distaff ...Read more