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Empire Maker, Belmont winner and prolific sire, dies at 20

Empire Maker, Belmont winner and prolific sire, dies at 20

Empire Maker, who won the 2003 Belmont Stakes to spoil Funny Cide's Triple Crown bid and went on to become a prolific stallion, died of a rare disease that compromised his immune system. Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, said Monday that Empire Maker died Saturday. Empire Maker won the 2003

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Three days, three more horse deaths at Santa Anita

Three days, three more horse deaths at Santa Anita

There have been five deaths at Santa Anita in less than a month, with the first occurring Dec. 26, which comes on the heels of 37 deaths in 2019.

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Three more horse deaths at Santa Anita track

Three more horse deaths at Santa Anita track

California's famed Santa Anita Park faced fresh scrutiny on Monday after three horses died over the weekend at the racetrack. Santa Anita officials confirmed that a four-year-old gelding which had been training at the track on Sunday had been euthanised after suffering undisclosed injuries in an

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3rd horse in three days dies at Santa Anita in training

3rd horse in three days dies at Santa Anita in training

A third horse died in three days at Santa Anita when it collided with another horse during training hours on Sunday. Tikkun Olam, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Eric Kuljac, was euthanized because of his undisclosed injuries. Santa Anita has had five horse deaths since Dec. 26, two days before the

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2 horses die in 2 days of racing at Santa Anita

2 horses die in 2 days of racing at Santa Anita

Two horses have died in two days of racing at Santa Anita, where four deaths have occurred since last month. Uncontainable and Harliss were both euthanized after breaking their right front ankles. Uncontainable was injured in a turf race on Saturday.

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Great entertainer Dettori not yet ready for lights to dim

Great entertainer Dettori not yet ready for lights to dim

Frankie Dettori says instinct rather than an historic third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Enable this year will be the decisive factor in telling him when to call time on his legendary riding career. “I am 49 now, this (his body) is what decides for me how long I can keep going,” he told

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Report: Vets missed chances involving Breeders' Cup fatality

Report: Vets missed chances involving Breeders' Cup fatality

A report on the death of Mongolian Groom in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita says veterinarians missed opportunities to remove the gelding from the $6 million race because of time constraints or deficiencies in the process used to evaluate horses. In the 20-page report issued Wednesday,

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Euthanized Mongolian Groom was hurt before Breeders Cup

Euthanized Mongolian Groom was hurt before Breeders Cup

An evaluation report released Wednesday on Mongolian Groom, who was euthanized after a breakdown in last November's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita, found the gelding ran with a pre-existing injury. The report by Dr. Larry Bramlage, from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, was released by

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Trainer sues California racing board over Justify drug test

Trainer sues California racing board over Justify drug test

Trainer Mick Ruis sued the California Horse Racing Board on Monday, alleging it intentionally failed to discharge its public duty when the board hid and subsequently dismissed Justify's positive drug test in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby. Ruis trained and owned Bolt d'Oro, who finished second in

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Maximum Security invited to Pegasus World Cup race

Maximum Security invited to Pegasus World Cup race

Horse of the Year finalist Maximum Security was one of 17 horses formally invited on Sunday to compete in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational later this month at Gulfstream Park. Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up and McKinzie also earned an invite, as did Eclipse Award finalist Omaha Beach. Maximum

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Authentic gives Baffert Ky Derby contender with Sham victory

Authentic gives Baffert Ky Derby contender with Sham victory

Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Authentic ran a mile in 1:37.57 on Saturday. Baffert, who has won the Sham a record six times, also saddled second-place finisher, Azul Coast, who was last early and rallied to finish 1 1/2 lengths in front of Zimba Warrior.

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Bricks and Mortar headlines list of Eclipse Award finalists

Bricks and Mortar headlines list of Eclipse Award finalists

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bricks and Mortar had a perfect 2019 record and might have a couple more trophies coming his way.

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Horse euthanized after breaking down in race at Santa Anita

Horse euthanized after breaking down in race at Santa Anita

A horse broke down in the last race at Santa Anita on Wednesday, the track's first racing death of the winter-spring meet after a spate of deaths last year. Golden Birthday took a bad step in the stretch and jockey Victor Espinoza fell off while trying to pull up the 4-year-old gelding trained by

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Jockey Mike Smith wins record 217th Grade 1 race

Jockey Mike Smith wins record 217th Grade 1 race

Omaha Beach won the $300,000 Malibu Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths on opening day at Santa Anita, giving Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith a record 217th Grade 1 victory. Smith surpassed the mark set by retired Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey to become thoroughbred racing's all-time Grade 1 stakes-winning jockey

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Clan des Obeaux defends King George VI crown

Clan des Obeaux defends King George VI crown

Clan Des Obeaux won the King George VI Chase on Thursday for the second year in a row to give trainer Paul Nicholls a record 11th success in the race as he saddled the first two home on Thursday. The three-mile (4.8 kilometre) steeplechase at Kempton Park, southwest of London, has long been a Boxing

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Horse racing: Americans sour to sport on news of horse deaths – Reuters/Ipsos poll

Horse racing: Americans sour to sport on news of horse deaths – Reuters/Ipsos poll

Around a third of Americans said that a series of high-profile race horse deaths this year, many of them at Southern California's famed Santa Anita Park, had soured their opinion of the sport, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos. Among those familiar with horse racing, about 38% said they like it,

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Santa Anita postpones opening day due to rainy forecast

Santa Anita postpones opening day due to rainy forecast

Santa Anita is postponing the opening day of its winter-spring meet by two days to Dec. 28 ahead of next week's forecast that calls for rain. The Southern California racetrack announced its decision on Saturday. Santa Anita last opened on Dec. 28 in 1971.

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No evidence of crimes in Santa Anita horse deaths: prosecutor

No evidence of crimes in Santa Anita horse deaths: prosecutor

An investigation into the deaths of dozens of horses at California's famed Santa Anita racetrack has found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing or animal cruelty, prosecutors in Los Angeles said Thursday. “After a thorough investigation and review of the evidence, the district attorney's

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Investigation finds no criminal wrongdoing at Santa Anita after string of horse deaths

Investigation finds no criminal wrongdoing at Santa Anita after string of horse deaths

Though 56 horses have died at Santa Anita since July 2018, an investigation by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office found no criminal wrongdoing.

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Horse racing: No criminal wrongdoing found in horse deaths at Santa Anita

Horse racing: No criminal wrongdoing found in horse deaths at Santa Anita

There was no criminal animal cruelty or unlawful conduct at Southern California's Santa Anita Park this year despite a spate of high-profile horse deaths, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said on Thursday. Investigators looked at a decade's worth of data and found that 49 horses

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