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3-year-old filly euthanized after workout at Del Mar

3-year-old filly euthanized after workout at Del Mar

A 3-year-old filly was euthanized after completing a workout at Del Mar, the track’s first fatality of its summer racing season. Veterinarians found that she could not recover from the unspecified injury and was euthanized. Lovely Lilia was trained by Vladimir Cerin.

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Two-time Irish champion jump jockey Geraghty retires

Two-time Irish champion jump jockey Geraghty retires

Former Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey Barry Geraghty announced his retirement from jump racing on Saturday at the age of 40. Geraghty, who was Irish champion jump jockey in 2000 and 2004, is the second most successful rider in Cheltenham Festival history with 43 wins, behind only his compatriot Ruby Walsh, who quit the sport last year.

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Art Collector pulls away to win Blue Grass at Keeneland

Art Collector pulls away to win Blue Grass at Keeneland

Art Collector took a big step toward the Kentucky Derby, pulling away from the filly Swiss Skydiver in the stretch in the Blue Grass at Keeneland for his first graded stakes victory. The Kentucky-bred son of Bernardini and Distorted Legacy by Distorted Humor started the $600,000, Grade 2 event from the No. 3 post and battled Shivaree and Swiss Skydiver to the far turn. Rushie joined the chase at the final turn, but before Art Collector and Swiss Skydiver separated themselves from the 13-horse field.

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Like father like son: Fallon junior lands maiden Group One

Like father like son: Fallon junior lands maiden Group One

Cieren Fallon showed he has inherited the riding genes from his legendary father Kieren landing his first Group One race on Saturday, the July Cup on Oxted. Fallon junior took the lead with a furlong to go and comfortably held off a challenge from Frankie Dettori on Irish raider Sceptical with favourite Golden Horde third. Dettori — finishing second in the sprint for a third time — must wait another year to see if he can at last win the race and make it a full house of Group One triumphs in England.

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Los Alamitos put on probation following spate of horse deaths

Los Alamitos put on probation following spate of horse deaths

Nineteen horses have died at the track near Los Angeles since the beginning of the year, up from nine over the same time period a year ago. “Without these crucial changes, anything else is simply a temporary fix,” said Kathy Guillermo, the group's senior vice president. Horse racing has come under scrutiny following the deaths of dozens of racehorses at California's famed Santa Anita Park last year, which grabbed headlines and prompted government investigations.

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Los Alamitos track on 10-day probation after horse deaths

Los Alamitos track on 10-day probation after horse deaths

The California Horse Racing Board on Friday put Los Alamitos on probation for 10 days while the track develops a plan to address an increase in horse deaths. Commissioner Wendy Mitchell was the lone dissenter. Los Alamitos was the only track in California allowed to continue operating during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bahrain eyes golden racing future in wake of 'Royal' winner

Bahrain eyes golden racing future in wake of 'Royal' winner

English racegoers have become used to the silks of Dubai's Godolphin, Qatar Racing and Saudi Arabia's Prince Khalid Abdullah taking the big prizes but Golden Horde's win at Royal Ascot allowed Bahrain to bask in the racing limelight. The significance of his win at Ascot, though, in raising the profile of racing in the kingdom was immense. “It was a great day for everyone involved in the sport in Bahrain, I was absolutely thrilled with his success in such a great race,” Sheikh Salman bin Rashed Al-Khalifa, Executive Director of Rashid Equestrian & Horseracing Club, told AFP by phone from Bahrain.

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It's Fauci by a length; horse wins 1st race at Keeneland

It's Fauci by a length; horse wins 1st race at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A horse named for Dr. Anthony Fauci won his first race at Keeneland on Thursday.

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History-making jockey Kelly retires after 'dream' career

History-making jockey Kelly retires after 'dream' career

Lizzie Kelly announced Thursday she was retiring after “a dream” career when she became the first woman jockey to win a Grade One race over fences in Britain. The 27-year-old is expecting a baby with her husband Ed and said it was highly unlikely she will return to ride competitively. Kelly made history when she rode Tea For Two to victory in the Grade One Kauto Star Novices Chase at Kempton on December 26, 2015.

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Keeneland bans prominent owner, breeder after racist post

Keeneland bans prominent owner, breeder after racist post

A prominent Kentucky horse owner and breeder has been banned from racing and sales at Keeneland Race Course after his racist post on social media. Keeneland said Wednesday it was banning Tom VanMeter from the premises, including participation by his sales company, while the Lexington track further reviews circumstances related to the recent ''reprehensible comments'' he made online. In Facebook post last weekend on Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club president Donnie Snellings' page that called on followers to ''Re-post if you are still boycotting the NFL.'' VanMeter, who is white, responded with a post that used an abbreviation of the N-word.

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2 horses trained by Baffert test positive for lidocaine

2 horses trained by Baffert test positive for lidocaine

Two undefeated horses from the barn of two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert have come back positive in split-sample testing for a banned substance in Arkansas. Baffert confirmed to The Associated Press via text message Monday that he had been informed of the positives for lidocaine involving Charlatan and Gamine in the second round of testing, which he had sought under his rights after the first positives occurred in late May. The New York Times, citing anonymous sources, initially reported on the positive tests. Lidocaine, a widely used anesthetic in racing, is considered a Class 2 drug by the Association of Racing Commissioners International, and use of it carries a penalty of a 15- to 60-day suspension and a fine of $500 to $1,000 for a first offense.

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Enable thrills Gosden despite being eclipsed by Ghaiyyath

Enable thrills Gosden despite being eclipsed by Ghaiyyath

Trainer John Gosden said he was thrilled as Enable began her bid for a historic third victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with a respectable second in the Group One Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Sunday. The six-year-old came to challenge halfway down the straight but the front-running Ghaiyyath held her off to deny Enable and Frankie Dettori a repeat win in the race. Ghaiyyath, ridden by William Buick, had the advantage of already having raced twice, including an impressive victory in the Coronation Cup last month.

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Pacemaker debate sets hearts racing after Serpentine's Derby win

Pacemaker debate sets hearts racing after Serpentine's Derby win

The silence that greeted Emmet McNamara and shock winner Serpentine from the few able to attend the Epsom Derby reflected the surreal atmosphere conjured up by the coronavirus pandemic. The surprise was not that trainer Aidan O'Brien had won a record eighth Derby but the manner in which one of the least fancied of his six runners triumphed. O'Brien's habit of running several in big races, especially the Derby, has drawn murmurings of discontent from his rivals who say they run as a team.

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On the emptiest of Derby days, a surreal 25-1 Epsom winner

On the emptiest of Derby days, a surreal 25-1 Epsom winner

Instead of 100,000 people packing the rolling hills of Epsom Downs for Derby Day, the sound of swirling wind and rain filled the biosecure racing amphitheater on Saturday. ''I couldn't hear anything around me,'' winning jockey Emmet McNamara said. Without a winner since October, McNamara found himself so unexpectedly far out in front on Serpentine that no rivals could be heard.

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Serpentine gives O'Brien record eighth win in 'surreal' Derby

Serpentine gives O'Brien record eighth win in 'surreal' Derby

Serpentine sprang a huge surprise to give trainer Aidan O'Brien a record eighth Epsom Derby on Saturday in front of deserted stands due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although trainers are permitted on course 50-year-old O'Brien was not there to experience history in the making and watched from his stables in Ireland. Serpentine led from start to finish to give Emmet McNamara his first win in the race at 25/1 leaving the better fancied contenders toiling in his wake.

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Serpentine stuns favourites to win Derby

Serpentine stuns favourites to win Derby

Serpentine produced an electrifying display of front-running to claim a shock win at the Epsom Derby on Saturday as Aidan O'Brien became the most successful trainer in the history of the famous flat race. The 25-1 shot opened up a huge lead on the field and they could not respond as Serpentine, ridden by Emmet McNamara, never looked like being caught. Had there been, they might have been stunned into silence as Serpentine only won his first race a week ago.

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Love conquers the Oaks to pull off classic double

Love conquers the Oaks to pull off classic double

Love added the Oaks to the 1000 Guineas in sublime style on Saturday at a deserted Epsom to become the first since her Aidan O'Brien stablemate Minding in 2016 to do the classic double. Once Ryan Moore hit the front there was no contest as she pulled away to win by nine lengths from another O'Brien runner Ennisytymon. Frankie Dettori's strongly-fancied ride Frankly Darling flattered to deceive but never threatened and had to be content with third.

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Derby glory beckons without the fun of the fair

Derby glory beckons without the fun of the fair

The Epsom Derby may be taking place without the traditional funfair as jockey Jim Crowley told AFP but if he wins the blue riband of the turf on Emissary later on Saturday he will not care a jot. It will also be the first time the Oaks and the Derby take place on the same day after both races were postponed from their original date in June. Both the races could land either riding legend Frankie Dettori's way or Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien.

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Dettori out to deny O'Brien making Derby history

Dettori out to deny O'Brien making Derby history

The Epsom Derby and Oaks will be run on the same day for the first time in history on Saturday after being postponed from June due to the coronavirus pandemic. The favourite may have got a bad draw but having Frankie Dettori on board counters that setback. The 49-year-old Italian is in fine fettle — as six winners at Royal Ascot showed — and victory on board English King would seal the full house of having won every English classic at least three times.

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Balding bids to add another Derby fairytale to family story

Balding bids to add another Derby fairytale to family story

Trainer Andrew Balding grew up surrounded by memorabilia of his father Ian's 1971 Epsom Derby champion Mill Reef and on Saturday he hopes Kameko will emulate him in winning the “Holy Grail” of racing. The 47-year-old can go one better than his father if successful as Kameko comes to the race on the back of winning the mile classic the 2000 Guineas. Mill Reef had finished second to another turf legend, Brigadier Gerard.

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