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Santa Anita racing shut down by health department amid coronavirus pandemic

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LOS ANGELES -- Thoroughbred racing at Santa Anita Park was shut down shortly before its first post Friday by the Los Angeles County Health Department in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Training activities may continue at the track.

The move came after a frantic effort by the Arcadia track to stay open for racing before no crowds with ...Read more

Broward County officials told Gulfstream Park horse racing violated nonessential business ban, email says

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Gulfstream Park was informed earlier in the week that horse racing is not considered essential under Broward County's executive order closing businesses deemed nonessential, according to a Thursday email from Assistant County Attorney Rocio Blanco Garcia that was forwarded to Hallandale Beach officials.

The order allows...Read more

Three from same sire square off in Florida Derby. See the full field with odds.

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While this year's Kentucky Derby has been postponed from the first Saturday in May until Sept. 5 because of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, the campaign to earn a starting spot in the Run for the Roses continues.

During the post-position draw on Wednesday the field was set for Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream ...Read more

Horse racing doesn't get betting windfall amid COVID-19 sports shutdowns

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LOS ANGELES -- As legalized ways of gambling have almost come to a stop, horse racing remains the only sport still open for business. Despite that unique position, it hasn't led to a surge in popularity or revenue to the few tracks still operating.

The tracks that are still running -- Santa Anita and Los Alamitos are among the four in ...Read more

Florida Derby jockey Javier Castellano tests positive for coronavirus

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Veteran jockey Javier Castellano, who is scheduled to race in Saturday's Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, tweeted Thursday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus,.

"After being in New York with my family last week, I was asked by Gulfstream to come early to Florida to get tested for the virus," ...Read more

Gulfstream Park continues racing, denies threatening Hallandale Beach with legal action

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Racing continued at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday, with the horse track owners citing the need to care for the horses, and Hallandale Beach city officials exploring whether the park's activities violate Broward County's executive order to close nonessential businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bill Badget, the ...Read more

Hallandale official: Gulfstream Park won't shut down, threatens legal action

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Gulfstream Park plans to continue racing Wednesday and hold Saturday's Florida Derby as scheduled, despite Broward County's ban on nonessential business and the city of Hallandale Beach asking the horse racing track to shut down and postpone the Derby, Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana told the Sun Sentinel on Tuesday.

Despite the ...Read more

Wells Bayou vaults atop Kentucky Derby leaderboard with wire-to-wire victory in Louisiana Derby

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After a victory in one of the few, if not only, live professional sporting events to take place on United States soil this weekend, there's a new leader in the chase for spots in this year's Kentucky Derby.

Wells Bayou took an early lead and held on to win the Grade 2, $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds on Saturday. With the victory, ...Read more

Santa Anita horse racing continues this weekend

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LOS ANGELES -- Horse racing in California will continue at tracks in the midst of the state's stay-at-home order because of coronavirus after consulting with officials of the California Horse Racing Board. Santa Anita was given the go-ahead less than an hour before Friday's first post at 1 p.m.

The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita and ...Read more

Ten horses that will benefit from the Kentucky Derby moving to September

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This week's announcement that the Kentucky Derby will be postponed to Sept. 5 due to the coronavirus pandemic was certainly a disappointment to horse racing fans who had already been counting down the days to the first Saturday in May.

But it was a necessary delay for an event that hopes to draw 150,000-plus spectators to Churchill Downs, and ...Read more

The Run for the Roses will go on: Kentucky Derby postponed to September

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Churchill Downs confirmed Tuesday that the Kentucky Derby will be postponed until September because of concerns about the coronavirus. The Louisville racetrack will hold the premier race for three-year-olds on Sept. 5, officials said.

The iconic Thoroughbred race, which is one of the oldest continuously held sporting events in...Read more

Kentucky Derby postponed until September because of the coronavirus

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The Kentucky Derby, long known as the first Saturday in May, will become the first Saturday in September this year in light of the coronavirus crisis that has turned the traditional sports schedule upside down.

Churchill Downs is expected to make an announcement Tuesday morning that the race is being moved to Sept. 5, a person with knowledge of...Read more

Amid coronavirus outbreak, horse racing aims to still operate and maybe add customers

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LOS ANGELES -- As virtually every sport has shut down across the country, there remains one that thinks it can stay open, even with no one in the stands: horse racing.

On Saturday afternoon, Santa Anita will run eight races in front of only a handful of owners and state officials. Unless you have a California Horse Racing Board license or are ...Read more

Prep race will go off without fans. What does it mean for the Kentucky Derby?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Churchill Downs Inc. announced Thursday that it will run an upcoming Kentucky Derby prep race this weekend without fans in the stands amid concerns about COVID-19.

The Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park this Saturday "will be conducted spectator-free with only essential staff, horsemen, owners, limited friends and family and ...Read more

Midnight Bisou owner 'would expect' Maximum Security to be DQ'd from Saudi win

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The owner of Midnight Bisou, the mare who finished second in last month's $20 million Saudi Cup, said Wednesday "one would expect" Maximum Security to be disqualified from his victory in the wake of a horse drugging scheme that included the arrest of the winning trainer.

"One would expect that Maximum Security would be disqualified from all his...Read more

CHRB investigation finds no smoking gun in Santa Anita horse deaths

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The California Horse Racing Board's investigation into the fatalities last year at Santa Anita validated many of the prevalent theories as to why there was such a spike in deaths, but found no smoking gun or overriding reason for what happened.

The 76-page report was released Tuesday and pointed to 16 key findings, many a curation of data from ...Read more

Top trainers at Gulfstream charged by feds in a widespread horse-doping scandal

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MIAMI -- Two of Gulfstream's leading trainers, including the handler of 2019 Florida Derby winner Maximum Security, were charged Monday in a sweeping federal investigation into the illegal doping of thoroughbreds.

Among those indicted: Jorge Navarro, whose local ties go back to Calder Race Course and who was the leading trainer during last year...Read more

Trainer Bob Baffert pits two undefeated colts against each other in San Felipe Stakes

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LOS ANGELES -- This time of year, one thing that can always be counted on is trainer Bob Baffert having some horses that are creating substantial Kentucky Derby buzz.

This year, he's so loaded he has to run two of his undefeated 3-year-olds against each other Saturday in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes. And those are just two of the six ...Read more

Road to the Kentucky Derby: Top contenders as prep season hits a crucial stretch

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Two weeks ago marked the beginning of the 50-point prep races for the Kentucky Derby, and the next three Saturdays should further establish the true contenders on this year's trail.

Next up is the Fountain of Youth Stakes -- headlined by the return of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile favorite Dennis' Moment -- with the ...Read more

Jockey Ray York, who won Kentucky Derby at age 20, dies

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LOS ANGELES -- Jockey Ray York, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1954 at the age of 20, died Sunday at a care facility near Bakersfield after a lengthy bout with pneumonia. He was 86.

York first came to national prominence when he won the Kentucky Derby aboard Determine, who won the 1954 Santa Anita Derby and won the Strub Stakes a year later. ...Read more