After controversial suspension, Jeff Blea is back as CHRB equine medical director

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LOS ANGELES — Dr. Jeff Blea has had a lot of time to try to understand what has happened to him during the past year while taking his daily four- to six-mile walks around the Rose Bowl, listening mostly to Eric Church, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp.

"They tell stories about life," Blea said. "Everybody goes through things in life and ...Read more

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Is the biggest bid the best bet at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale? Almost never.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — “A blind man can say, ‘I see a good horse,’ ” Fred Mitchell said.

Mitchell has no blind spots when it comes to breeding talented Thoroughbreds. As the owner of Clarkland Farm in Kentucky, Mitchell and his late wife, Nancy, have bred successful racehorses for over 40 years.

One of the farm’s biggest success stories ...Read more

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Rising star Flightline is dominant, winning Pacific Classic by almost 20 lengths

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DEL MAR, Calif. — The doubts have been removed. The questions have been answered. Flightline is the most dominating horse to come along in a very long time.

His latest tour de force was Saturday when he won the $1 million Pacific Classic at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The winning margin was an extraordinary 19 1/4 lengths, meaning he has ...Read more

Horse racing's LeBron James? Flightline looking for stardom in Pacific Classic.

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DEL MAR, Calif. — Rarely has a horse as inexperienced as Flightline been placed on such a high pedestal by a sport so desperately in need of superstars.

On Saturday, many of the questions surrounding the 4-year-old colt will be answered, when he competes against a strong field in the $1 million Pacific Classic at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club...Read more

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Epicenter breezes to win Travers Stakes at Saratoga, besting Rich Strike

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Epicenter was thought to be the best 3-year-old in the country since before the Kentucky Derby, but something always seemed to get in the way of earning that title. That all changed Saturday when the Steve Asmussen-trained colt easily won the $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York.

It was the first Grade 1 win ...Read more

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Kevin Radke keeps coming back to horse racing, and he wants to win Longacres Mile for first time

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SEATTLE — It probably won't be hard to find jockey Kevin Radke during Sunday's Longacres Mile.

He will be riding Papa's Golden Boy, the horse expected to take the early lead. Can Radke help the horse ration his speed and keep him in front?

It's a question Radke didn't think he would be pondering a couple of years ago. He had retired from ...Read more

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Cyberknife comes through the rail for an upset win in the Haskell Stakes

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It was supposed to be a showdown between Santa Anita Derby winner Taiba and undefeated New York-based Jack Christopher. But in the end, it was Cyberknife, who got a great inside trip under jockey Florent Geroux, that beat Taiba by a head in the $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.

Cyberknife’s win did little to ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Complicated case of horse racing trainer Peter Miller returns to Del Mar

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DEL MAR, Calif. — Walking outside of his barn at Del Mar racetrack, one of the most successful and controversial horse racing trainers in Southern California turned to an owner ambling alongside.

As a columnist neared, a mischievous grin punctuated a cheeky introduction: "He's here to do a hatchet job on me."

The voice did not belong to ...Read more

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Santa Anita to host the 40th Breeders' Cup next year

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LOS ANGELES — The Breeders' Cup, horse racing's biggest event, has chosen Santa Anita to host its 40th anniversary event Nov. 3-4, 2023. It will be the 11th time the Arcadia track has been the host.

The announcement Thursday was not unexpected as the event has alternated between California and Kentucky the last few years. Del Mar last hosted ...Read more

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Bob Baffert returns to Santa Anita Park after suspension expires

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Trainer Bob Baffert woke up at 5 a.m. Sunday, much earlier than he has been getting up the last 90 days. He wanted to go back to a job he has enjoyed and excelled at for more than four decades.

He considered getting up earlier but passed on the idea.

"I thought about getting there at 12:01 a.m. and go to the barn and start hammering the signs ...Read more