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Tiger Roll trainer Elliott sorry for dead horse photo

Tiger Roll trainer Elliott sorry for dead horse photo

Three-time Grand National-winning trainer Gordon Elliott has apologised after a photograph emerged of him chatting on the phone while sitting on a dead horse.

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Senegal's savannah jockey dreams of international glory

Senegal's savannah jockey dreams of international glory

A head shorter than his peers, Fallou Diop https://reut.rs/3rZQ7DU quickly vanishes into the crowd of jockeys preparing for early morning drills in the western Senegalese village of Niaga. “When I start riding I get a bit stressed, but after a moment, it's over,” Diop says. Diop is one of Senegal's most promising jockeys, having won the country's top racing prize when he was just 17.

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Santa Anita cancels Friday racing with heavy rain forecast

Santa Anita cancels Friday racing with heavy rain forecast

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita has canceled live racing on Friday because of strong rains expected to hit Southern California over the next few days.

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Knicks Go gets to the lead and stays there to win Pegasus

Knicks Go gets to the lead and stays there to win Pegasus

Knicks Go went to the lead right out of the gate and dared the other 11 runners in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational to catch him. Picking up by far the biggest purse of his career, and doing so with ease, the heavily favored Knicks Go won the fifth running of the Pegasus on Saturday – his fourth consecutive victory, one that pushed his lifetime winnings to about $3 million. ''Great horses do great things,'' trainer Brad Cox said.

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California board lets stand Justify's win in 2018 race

California board lets stand Justify's win in 2018 race

The California Horse Racing Board voted to let stand a decision by stewards at Santa Anita and leave Justify as the winner of the 2018 Santa Anita Derby. Stewards at Santa Anita last month decided to dismiss complaints filed by the current racing board in the combined cases of Justify and Hoppertunity, both of whom had scopolamine detected in post-race samples following their victories. The racing board filed the complaint as part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by Mick Ruis, the owner-trainer of Bolt d'Oro, who finished second to Justify in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby.

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Knicks Go eyes Pegasus win, which could alter future plans

Knicks Go eyes Pegasus win, which could alter future plans

There are plans for Knicks Go, and there are hopes. The plan for Knicks Go – the likely favorite in Saturday's $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida – is to keep him racing throughout 2021. ''This is a very important race,'' trainer Brad Cox said in an interview done virtually with Gulfstream Park leading up to the Pegasus.

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Knicks Go early favorite for Saturday's $3 million Pegasus

Knicks Go early favorite for Saturday's $3 million Pegasus

Knicks Go was installed Wednesday as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, which will be the 5-year-old's first outing since winning the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile in November. Knicks Go, a winner of three consecutive starts, will break from the No. 4 post in Saturday's race at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Code of Honor, trained by Shug McGaughey, is the 9-2 second choice and will start from the No. 10 post in the 12-horse field.

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Tall Dark Stranger voted harness racing’s Horse of the Year

Tall Dark Stranger voted harness racing’s Horse of the Year

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tall Dark Stranger is harness racing's Horse of the Year.

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Bruce Headley, California thoroughbred trainer, dies at 86

Bruce Headley, California thoroughbred trainer, dies at 86

Bruce Headley, the thoroughbred trainer who developed sprint champion Kona Gold and many other stakes winners during a 61-year career based in California, died Friday. Santa Anita officials said Headley died at an Arcadia hospital from the effects of a stroke. Headley was first introduced to racing at Santa Anita by an aunt at age six.

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Dakar Rally motorcyclist dies from injuries days after crash

Dakar Rally motorcyclist dies from injuries days after crash

A Dakar Rally racer who was badly injured after crashing his motorbike has died aboard a medical flight from Saudi Arabia to France, race organizers said Friday. Pierre Cherpin died while being transported from Jeddah to Lille on Thursday night, four days after his crash during the seventh stage from Ha'il to Sakaka. Cherpin underwent surgery in Sakaka and was kept in an induced coma before being airlifted to a hospital in Jeddah, organizers said.

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Saudi racehorse owner Prince Khalid dies at 83

Saudi racehorse owner Prince Khalid dies at 83

Khalid bin Abdullah, the Saudi prince who owned the Juddmonte Farms horse-racing operation which produced superstar thoroughbreds like Frankel and Dancing Brave, has died. The prince's death was announced by the Juddmonte group on Tuesday. A passionate supporter of horse racing as a young man, Prince Khalid founded Juddmonte in 1980 and oversaw the breeding of more than 440 winners – including 102 at top-tier Grade One level worldwide – who carried his green, pink and white silks.

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Trainer Eric Guillot banned for giving horse a racist name

Trainer Eric Guillot banned for giving horse a racist name

A horse trainer has been banned from several racing tracks for giving his horse a racist name.

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Golden Gate Fields to open after COVID-19 outbreak

Golden Gate Fields to open after COVID-19 outbreak

ALBANY, Calif. (AP) — Golden Gate Fields will resume live racing on Jan. 15 after being closed for over a month due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

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Mucho Gusto invited back to defend Pegasus World Cup title

Mucho Gusto invited back to defend Pegasus World Cup title

Mucho Gusto has been invited back to defend his crown in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, later this month.

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Life Is Good gives Baffert record 7th win in Sham

Life Is Good gives Baffert record 7th win in Sham

Heavily favored Life Is Good survived a mild threat late from stablemate Medina Spirit and went on to a three-quarters of a length victory in the $100,000 Sham Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old colt trained by Bob Baffert earned 10 qualifying points for the May 1 race at Churchill Downs. Baffert trained last year's Sham winner Authentic, who later gave him a record-tying sixth Derby victory.

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Belmont winner Tiz the Law suddenly retired on vet's advice

Belmont winner Tiz the Law suddenly retired on vet's advice

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law has been suddenly retired on the advice of a veterinarian after an X-ray revealed bone bruising in the colt's front leg.

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AP PHOTOS: Madrid racetrack bets on riding out of pandemic

AP PHOTOS: Madrid racetrack bets on riding out of pandemic

A man slips a piece of paper with the name Sophie Linda on it under the teller's window. It's the end of the day at Madrid�s Zarzuela Racecourse, time for the horses to be stabled and for jockeys to put away their whips, harnesses, boots and other gear. ''Fortunately, we have a lot of space,'' said Guillermo Arizkorreta, a racehorse trainer with plenty of winning experience.

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'Game changer': Officials praise horse racing safety bill

'Game changer': Officials praise horse racing safety bill

Horse racing officials and industry activists are hailing the passage and signing of a safety and integrity bill that will standardize medication and doping rules in an effort to make the sport safer and fairer. The bill gives an independent panel authority to set uniform, national medication, drug and track safety standards to be enforced by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. ''This is a monumental step forward that will help secure the future of thoroughbred racing in the United States,'' New York Racing Association president and CEO Dave O'Rourke said.

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USADA hails new anti-doping safeguards for horse racing

USADA hails new anti-doping safeguards for horse racing

US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis T. Tygart on Monday hailed the new Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act as the start of a “new era” for the sport.

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Horse racing-USADA calls horse racing integrity act 'new era' in sport

Horse racing-USADA calls horse racing integrity act 'new era' in sport

HISA, which will put anti-doping/medication control and safety programs under the umbrella of one independent, non-governmental authority as opposed to individual state racing commissions, was signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday. “This passage signifies the beginning of a new era in the storied history of the horse racing industry,” USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said in a statement. Tygart said USADA welcomed the opportunity to develop uniform rules and implement vigorous independent testing and enforcement which he feels will contribute to the longevity and legacy of the sport of horse racing.

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