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Swiss Skydiver parachutes in to Saratoga for Alabama Stakes

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic may have limited travel among people in 2020. It has not kept the 3-year-old filly Swiss Skydiver from touring the country. By the looks of it, all the traveling hasn't had an adverse impact on Swiss Skydiver.

Saturday, Swiss Skydiver brings her traveling road show to New ...Read more

Enola Gay poised to fly past the field in Saratoga Oaks

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- In upper stretch of the Appalachian Stakes on July 11 at Keeneland, it appeared as though trainer Shug McGaughey might have been a bit too ambitious running Enola Gay in a Grade 2 stakes off a 244-day layoff. The 3-year-old filly, still eligible for a first-level allowance race, was fourth and seemingly going through ...Read more

Decorated Invader, Gufo will battle it out for stable supremacy in Saratoga Derby

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- A battle for barn supremacy as well as overall leadership in the East's 3-year-old male turf division is on the line Saturday at Saratoga when Decorated Invader and Gufo meet for the first time in the $500,000 Saratoga Derby Invitational.

Both Decorated Invader and Gufo are trained by Christophe Clement, who has done a...Read more

Swiss Skydiver proves to be Callahan's next horse of a decade

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To hear him tell it, Peter Callahan gets to own a good horse every 10 years or so.

In 1999, he campaigned the Grade 1-winning 2-year-old Bevo. In 2009, there was the Grade 1 stakes-placed Beautician, who a year later would run a creditable fourth in the Kentucky Oaks. In 2011, Scotus won the Grade 3 Matt Winn for Callahan.

Last year, a 2-year-...Read more

Kentucky Derby: Coronavirus is complicating riding assignments

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Top jockeys and their agents often face difficult decisions when two horses the jockey has been riding end up pointing to the same race, which takes on added significance when it's a race with the profile of the Kentucky Derby.

This year, though, that decision is further complicated. An unprecedented pandemic has caused tracks, most notably Del...Read more

Horse dies at Los Alamitos for first time since track was taken off probation

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Los Alamitos Race Course had its first equine fatality since the California Horse Racing Board took the race track off probation July 20. Secret Tonight, a 3-year-old quarter-horse gelding, stumbled after the end of his race Saturday and suffered an unspecified life-ending injury.

Secret Tonight had just finished fourth in a 300-yard race when ...Read more

Bob Baffert's Thousand Words is a surprise winner in Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar

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The Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar never had been a Kentucky Derby prep race until this topsy-turvy year when the first Saturday in May is now the first Saturday in September when it comes to the most-known race in the sport.

So it should not have come as a shock when the race yielded a surprise winner in Bob Baffert's Thousand Words, who ...Read more

What if they ran the Kentucky Derby and nobody came? Churchill cuts off ticket sales.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Churchill Downs is still hosting the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5 and even planning for fans, but it is becoming clear that the Louisville track won't see anything close to even reduced attendance projections.

On Thursday, Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said in a conference call that as the coronavirus spiked in ...Read more

Horse racing board to set hearing on Justify's disputed 2018 Santa Anita Derby win

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LOS ANGELES -- The California Horse Racing Board has agreed to file a complaint and schedule a hearing in regard to Justify's win in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby as part of a lawsuit settlement with Mick Ruis, owner and trainer of second-place finisher Bolt d'Oro.

Justify was one of seven horses at the track, including a second thoroughbred in ...Read more

First rankings released for Breeders' Cup Classic

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The first poll is out, and there's a clear early favorite to win this year's edition of one of Thoroughbred racing's premier contests.

Tom's d'Etat, who last month pulled off a dominant 4 \-length victory in the Grade 2 Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs, was voted the top contender for the $7 million Longines Breeders' ...Read more

Los Alamitos can continue to race after spike of horse deaths, CHRB says

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The California Horse Racing Board is allowing Los Alamitos Race Course to continue racing at the conclusion of a 10-day probationary period after the track submitted a new equine and rider safety plan last week. In a special teleconference meeting Monday, the commissioners voted unanimously in favor of Los Alamitos' plan.

This was the first use...Read more

Top Kentucky Derby contender heads talented field for $1 million Haskell Stakes

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A top Kentucky Derby contender headlines a field of seven talented Thoroughbreds who will compete this weekend for a major payday and a free pass into another marquee race.

Bob Baffert-trained Authentic is the 4-5 morning-line favorite in the $1 million, Grade I Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park in New Jersey on Saturday. The winner of the ...Read more

Second horse dies this week at Los Alamitos Race Course as probation continues

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A second horse has died at Los Alamitos Race Course since the track was placed on 10 days probation by the California Horse Racing Board because of a marked increase in fatalities. It was the fourth racing death this month in only five programs. There have been 10 horses which have died either racing or training since May 26 and 22 since the ...Read more

Bob Baffert suspended 15 days after two horses tested positive for prohibited substance

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Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has been ordered to serve a 15-day suspension by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for an analgesic after running at Oaklawn Park on May 2. Suspensions are honored in all jurisdictions, so he would not be able to run in California or anywhere else between Aug. 1 and 15.

The ...Read more

Santa Anita experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases

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Santa Anita, which finished its meeting June 21, has had a surge of people with COVID-19, according to statistics released by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The agency report, issued Monday, noted that the track had 38 people confirmed as having had the coronavirus infection and 10 more are symptomatic and awaiting test ...Read more

Fifth jockey who raced at Los Alamitos tests positive for coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES -- Southern California's leading jockey, Flavien Prat, has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the fifth jockey who raced at Los Alamitos on the Fourth of July weekend to contract the virus.

Prat, who raced Saturday at Keeneland in Kentucky, returned to Del Mar and underwent a test Sunday morning to confirm his eligibility...Read more

Art Collector — and his Louisville connections — bound for Kentucky Derby after Blue Grass win

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- If this year's Kentucky Derby had been run on its accustomed date -- the first Saturday in May -- there wouldn't have been a whisper about a 3-year-old colt named Art Collector.

There will be plenty of talk about him over the next couple of months. And he'll be bringing a band of horsemen with Louisville connections with him ...Read more

Del Mar has first horse death of summer season

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Del Mar had the first horse fatality of its summer season when an unraced 3-year-old filly suffered a catastrophic injury after completing a four-furlong work on Saturday morning.

Lovely Lilia was pulled up at the completion of the workout on the main track and vanned off. Veterinarians determined that she could not recover from the unspecified...Read more

Jockey Luis Saez removed from mounts at Keeneland after testing positive for coronavirus

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Jockey Luis Saez was pulled from his mounts at Keeneland on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19, the Daily Racing Form reported and the track confirmed.

According to DRF, Saez's agent, former trainer and Lexington native Kiaran McLaughlin, said Saez had provided Keeneland officials a testing swab on Thursday that came ...Read more

Racing board says Los Alamitos must come up with plan to address horse deaths

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LOS ANGELES -- The California Horse Racing Board, in an emergency meeting Friday, has given Los Alamitos Race Course 10 days to come up with plan to address an increase in equine fatalities at the track. There have been 20 racing and training deaths at Los Alamitos since Dec. 27, including eight since May 26.

The two-hour teleconference was ...Read more