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Horse dies during training session at Santa Anita

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LOS ANGELES — A 5-year-old gelding suffered what is believed to be a fatal cardiac event on Saturday morning at Santa Anita while jogging during a morning workout.

Cali Caliente, winner in three of seven races, was in a light jog on the outside rail when he collapsed and died. A necropsy will be performed.

The death did not appear to be...Read more

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Editorial: Fewer racehorses are dying — but still too many

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It's been two years since Santa Anita Park started a tumultuous season of horse racing that saw 37 horses die from racing or training and ushered in a new period of reform in this risky sport. The alarming spate of deaths from late December 2018 to November 2019 led to an overhaul of the California Horse Racing Board and jump-started the federal...Read more

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Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law is retired on veterinarians' advice

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Tiz the Law, winner of the Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes, has been retired based on the advice of veterinarians. No injury or condition was announced.

The 3-year-old colt was being talked about as the next Triple Crown winner this summer and fall after convincing wins, one in Florida and two in New York. He went into the Kentucky Derby as ...Read more

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Santa Anita sees its first horse death on second day of season

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LOS ANGELES – Santa Anita had its first horse fatality on the second day of the new racing season when a 2-year-old colt suffered a life-ending break of his left front cannon bone during the running of Sunday's Eddie Logan Stakes.

Ebeko was in last rounding the far turn into the top of the stretch on the grass course when his leg broke and he...Read more

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After highs and lows in 2020, Bob Baffert sets his focus on Santa Anita

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LOS ANGELES — Horse racing finds itself behind the curve on a lot of issues. But one thing it does ahead of most is start the new year early.

Santa Anita hopes to wipe away everyone's memory of 2020 as it opens its signature meeting at the Arcadia track on Saturday. For more than eight decades, Santa Anita has scheduled its opener around ...Read more

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New Santa Anita GM Nate Newby sees a bright future ahead despite challenges

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Nate Newby, 43, is the fourth top management person at Santa Anita in the last four years. One was fired, one was moved and left the company, one was promoted and now Newby has been tasked with saving the iconic Southern California horse racing track. He comes to the role of general manager after a long time as the track’s chief marketing ...Read more

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Bob Baffert’s Kentucky Derby prep starts fast with win in Los Alamitos Futurity

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Trainer Bob Baffert has owned the race currently known as the Los Alamitos Futurity. In fact, he has won all seven times it has been run at the Orange County track. But he’s never had to win it as closely as he did Saturday when Spielberg won by less than a nose over The Great One.

The race, once a Grade 1 starting at Hollywood Park before ...Read more

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Los Alamitos Race Course owner threatens to close the track for good

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The owner of Los Alamitos Race Course said he is withdrawing his application to run a nighttime quarter-horse and thoroughbred meeting next year and planned to stop racing, which could lead to the property being sold and developed. He made the announcement before the California Horse Racing Board voted Thursday to grant the track a six-month ...Read more

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Two groups want to ban sale of racehorses to South Korean interests

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The unlikely alliance of a race track owner and an animal rights advocacy group is calling for the end of North American horses being sold to South Korean interests for the purpose of racing or breeding. The Stronach Group, owner of Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in calling for this action ...Read more

Los Alamitos suffers its 29th horse death in less than a year

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Los Alamitos' nighttime meeting had its 29th racing or training horse death since the season began Dec. 27 as Racing N Lace was injured during the seventh race Saturday night and later euthanized. The death comes in advance of a California Horse Racing Board meeting Dec. 17, when Los Alamitos' license application for next year will be heard.

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One Bob Baffert horse pulls up, so another wins the Los Alamitos Starlet Stakes

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Bob Baffert had three of the five starters in the Grade 1 $300,000 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos on Saturday. So, it figured he would win, but certainly not the way he expected. The heavy favorite, Princess Noor, was pulled up entering the stretch allowing Varda to win the 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old fillies.

Princess Noor, a $1.35 million...Read more

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Del Mar punishes trainers Bob Baffert and Val Brinkeroff for medication violations

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The Del Mar stewards finished the short Fall meeting Sunday by fining trainer Bob Baffert for a medication violation and suspending trainer Val Brinkeroff 45 days for a positive test for another medication more than a year ago.

Baffert, the most recognizable figure in the sport, was fined $2,500 after Merneith tested positive for Dextrorphan, a...Read more

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Golden Gate Fields extends closure after significant spike in coronavirus cases

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Golden Gate Fields is staying closed for at least two more weeks after a significant spike of the novel coronavirus on the backstretch of the Northern California horse racing track. The facility closed on Friday to racing after there were 24 confirmed cases for COVID-19. The track had hoped to reopen on Thursday but has now pushed back the date ...Read more

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Golden Gate Fields suspends live racing operations after coronavirus outbreak

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Golden Gate Fields has suspended live racing operations for at least a week because of an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The announcement came shortly before racing was to start Friday after there have been 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the backstretch of the Northern California horse racing track.

The move was made after talking with ...Read more

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NASCAR championship at Phoenix race results: Chase Elliott wins Cup title

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AVONDALE, Ariz. — Chase Elliott's first championship appearance didn't look like his first. Elliott controlled the final 40 laps of the race after making a title-winning pass of Joey Logano, who finished in third.

The race stayed green after Elliott took the lead, and he put nearly three seconds on the rest of the field by the checkered flag....Read more

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'He's been getting better and better.' Kentucky Derby winner Authentic takes Breeders' Cup Classic.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — There's something about Bob Baffert and the Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland.

But then you could say there is something about Baffert and pretty much any race anywhere as the trainer won his fourth Breeders' Cup Classic as Kentucky Derby winner Authentic wired the field to win Saturday's $6 million, Grade 1 race by 2 1/4 ...Read more

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Horse euthanized after racing accident on Breeders' Cup undercard at Keeneland

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A 4-year-old colt suffered a fatal injury during the second race at Keeneland on Saturday.

Absolutely Aiden was euthanized after suffering what on-track veterinarians diagnosed as a disarticulation of his left front fetlock in the Lafayette Stakes on the Breeders' Cup undercard.

The son of Stay Thirsty was trained by Wesley ...Read more

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'The baddest in the land.' Several records fall during Breeders' Cup at Keeneland.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The North American Thoroughbred racing season reached its thrilling climax Saturday on the final day of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland on a beautiful fall day in Lexington.

The general public was barred from the Breeders' Cup because of COVID-19, but Keeneland was teeming with plenty of spectators with ...Read more

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The ups and downs of a talent-packed Breeders' Cup weekend

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Highlights from this weekend's Breeders' Cup at Keeneland:

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WHO WAS UP?

— Bob Baffert: The Hall of Fame trainer didn't have a great start to Breeders' Cup week. On Wednesday, he released a statement that acknowledged the negative cloud hanging over his barn due to a string of positive drug tests in his horses, vowing ...Read more

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Showdown fizzles as Monomoy Girl again masters the Breeders' Cup Distaff

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The expected duel gave way to domination in the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Saturday at Keeneland.

Monomoy Girl capped off her 2020 comeback campaign in brilliant fashion, winning the $2 million Grade 1 race for trainer Brad Cox, repeating her 2018 Distaff victory by finishing 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Valiance with Dunbar Road ...Read more