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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

Handicapping the Blue Grass Stakes: Who can defeat star filly Swiss Skydiver?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Three months late is better than never, and while Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes field might lack for top Kentucky Derby contenders -- as of now -- it won't lack for intrigue.

Originally scheduled for the April Spring Meet, which was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's edition of the Blue Grass drew 13 ...Read more

Los Alamitos Race Course potentially facing temporary shutdown over horse deaths

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LOS ANGELES -- The California Horse Racing Board has called an emergency meeting for Friday to discuss the possibility of shutting down Los Alamitos Race Course temporarily in light of a rise in horse deaths. Since May 26, nine horses have died as the result of racing and training at the Orange County track, bringing the total to 21 since the ...Read more

Racing reacts to racist comments by horseman whose farm was birthplace of American Pharoah

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Thoroughbred racing industry moved swiftly this week to condemn racist social media posts circulating under the name of a prominent Thoroughbred breeder in Lexington, Tom VanMeter.

VanMeter, a veterinarian, is a well-known figure in the horse industry and in Central Kentucky. His brother is Laurance VanMeter, a justice on ...Read more

Uncle Chuck wins Los Alamitos Derby as Bob Baffert adds another Kentucky Derby hopeful

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Bob Baffert's seemingly endless string of Kentucky Derby hopefuls grew by one Saturday when Uncle Chuck won the Grade 3 $150,000 Los Alamitos Derby by an easy four lengths.

Uncle Chuck took the lead on the far turn and cruised through the home stretch in the diminished four-horse race. It was worth 20 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky ...Read more

Trainer Bob Baffert has the favorite (again) in the first race at Los Alamitos

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LOS ANGELES -- The road to the Kentucky Derby goes through the Los Alamitos Derby for the first time Saturday, and it should be no surprise that trainer Bob Baffert has the favorite.

Baffert has won this race nine times, including five when it was known as the Swaps Stakes. Baffert has won it the last three years. In 2014, the race moved from ...Read more

Fans to be allowed at Kentucky Derby — with restrictions

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- There will be fans at Kentucky's premiere horse racing event this year after all.

After months of uncertainty prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, Churchill Downs announced Thursday that spectators will be allowed at the track for the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5 under a set of strict guidelines.

"We truly appreciate the ...Read more