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Pre-entries revealed for Breeders' Cup races at Del Mar

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Nearly 200 horses were pre-entered for the 14 Breeders' Cup races next week at Del Mar, including eight winners from last year and eight from beleaguered Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

Pre-entries were due Monday, with the official announcement coming Wednesday morning. Before the morning was out, however, came news from trainer Aidan O'...Read more

Bob Baffert accepts 24-hour security with body cams, strict testing at Breeders' Cup

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Bob Baffert is not only the most recognizable trainer in horse racing, he's also the most scrutinized. As a condition of being allowed to run his horses in the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar on Nov. 5-6, he has agreed to unprecedented screening, observation and testing, including security officers with body cams and abandoning usual withdrawal times ...Read more

Bob Baffert's horses allowed to run at Breeders' Cup under heightened protocols

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Trainer Bob Baffert will be allowed to enter and run horses in this year’s Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar but with enhanced testing and protocols. The Breeders’ Cup made the announcement Sunday after holding a special review, although the group refused to give any details on when the review was held, all those involved or what was the vote of ...Read more

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Hot Rod Charlie sprints to triumph in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby

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Hot Rod Charlie added his name to the short list of best 3-year-olds with a convincing win in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx race course outside of Philadelphia on Saturday.

The Southern California-based horse, trained by Doug O’Neill, had to survive a stewards’ decision on interference, something he didn’t overcome in his last...Read more

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'This is such a grand facility.' As historic Arlington Park crosses the finish line, horse racing workers wonder how they'll fill the void

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Jockey Jareth Loveberry jumped at the chance to race at Arlington International Racecourse. He moved his family from Michigan to Glen Ellyn to be nearby, and became the winningest jockey on the track for the past two years. Now, with the track expected to close, he doesn’t know where he will go.

Having just ...Read more

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Churchill Downs goes after suspended trainer Bob Baffert with new policy

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Churchill Downs' quest to make an example of trainer Bob Baffert for medication infractions escalated Friday when it was announced that any points earned by horses "directly or indirectly employed, supervised, or advised by a suspended trainer" in the leadup to the Kentucky Derby would not be counted. Baffert, who was suspended for two years ...Read more

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Santa Anita to reopen downhill turf course for first time since 2019

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LOS ANGELES — Racing will be returning to Santa Anita's signature downhill turf course for sprint races on Oct. 1 after a 2 1/2-year moratorium that stretches back to the track's industry-changing spike in fatalities in 2019. The first sprint to be run on the 6 1/2-furlong course will be the Grade 2 $200,000 Eddie D Stakes, named for Hall of ...Read more

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Longacres Mile remains a local gem after 25 years at Emerald Downs

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SEATTLE — The Grade III Longacres Mile isn't just historic; it's resilient.

It survived the closure of the racetrack it is named for, it survived being moved to the other side of the state for three years and it survived a pandemic.

The tradition continues Sunday at Emerald Downs with the 86th running of the race.

The first Longacres Mile ...Read more

Preakness winner and successful sire Bernardini euthanized at age 18

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The 2006 Preakness Stakes winner Bernardini was euthanized at Jonabell Farm because of laminitis, Darley American announced Friday. Bernardini was 18.

“Bernardini was one of a kind,” said Godolphin USA director of farm operations Michael Banahan. “From the day he was born, he exuded class. He was that crop’s best foal...Read more