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Champion jockey of British horse racing handed 3-month ban

Champion jockey of British horse racing handed 3-month ban

The champion jockey of British horse racing was banned from riding for three months on Friday following a positive test for cocaine. The punishment was handed down by France Galop, four months after Murphy returned a positive test for metabolites of the drug in a test undertaken at Chantilly. Murphy, a 25-year-old jockey from Ireland, denied he had taken any drugs and requested a B sample.

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Golden Gate Fields suspends live racing through November

Golden Gate Fields suspends live racing through November

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Golden Gate Fields has suspended live horse racing through the end of November because of the surging coronavirus.

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Churchill Downs president Flanery retiring after 11 years

Churchill Downs president Flanery retiring after 11 years

Churchill Downs says president Kevin Flanery will retire at the end of this year after 11 years in charge of the home of the Kentucky Derby. Flanery began as Churchill Downs Incorporated's vice president of national public affairs in December 2005 before becoming the historic track's 13th president in July 2009. Flanery said in a release Wednesday that growing up in the track's surrounding area provided an appreciation for what Churchill Downs means to the industry and community.

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Jockey Joel Rosario notches 3,000th career at Aqueduct

Jockey Joel Rosario notches 3,000th career at Aqueduct

NEW YORK (AP) — Jockey Joel Rosario earned his 3,000th career victory in a race at Aqueduct in New York.

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Authentic's Breeders' Cup track record updated to 1:59.60

Authentic's Breeders' Cup track record updated to 1:59.60

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Authentic's track-record time in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland has been updated to 1:59.60 after a review of multiple sources and camera angles.

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Authentic wins Breeders' Cup Classic as European raiders dominate on turf

Authentic wins Breeders' Cup Classic as European raiders dominate on turf

Authentic won the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic as Bob Baffert capped a troubled 2020 with two victories at Keeneland, where European raiders won all four turf races on Saturday in sometimes sensational style.

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Authentic wins $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic

Authentic wins $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic

Kentucky Derby winner Authentic, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by John Velazquez, won the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Racing faces bleak outlook as Covid bites deep

Racing faces bleak outlook as Covid bites deep

Horse racing has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic but is facing even tougher times ahead, according to a bleak assessment by Ascot' director of racing Nick Smith.

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Horse racing: Baffert's Improbable battles stacked field at Breeders' Cup

Horse racing: Baffert's Improbable battles stacked field at Breeders' Cup

Improbable (5-2) will be gunning for his fourth consecutive Grade One race win while Baffert, the sport's most successful trainer, is looking to secure a record-extending fourth victory in the 1-1/4 mile, $6 million contest. Other contenders in the 10-horse field are Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law (3-1) and Baffert's two other horses – Saudi Cup champion Maximum Security (7-2) and Kentucky Derby champion Authentic (6-1). The 67-year-old Baffert, who has also won six Kentucky Derbys as well as the Triple Crown in 2015 and 2018, has been under scrutiny after receiving medication complaints from regulators this year.

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Essential Quality charges late to win Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Essential Quality charges late to win Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Essential Quality seized control in the middle of the final stretch Friday to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and give trainer Brad Cox his second winner of the day at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Jockey Soumillon out of Breeders' Cup after positive Covid-19 test

Jockey Soumillon out of Breeders' Cup after positive Covid-19 test

Jockey Christophe Soumillon tested positive for Covid-19 at the Breeders' Cup and will miss the two-day racing showcase at Keeneland in Kentucky, organizers said Friday.

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Breeders’ Cup betting guide: Tiz The Law, Authentic, Improbable lead stacked field

Breeders’ Cup betting guide: Tiz The Law, Authentic, Improbable lead stacked field

Here’s a closer look at some of the top contenders and potential wagering strategies for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.

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Improbable, Tiz the Law head Breeders' Cup Classic field

Improbable, Tiz the Law head Breeders' Cup Classic field

Authentic and Tiz the Law clash again on Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland, where they'll contend with a deep field of older horses led by Improbable in the $6 million race.

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Twilight Payment wins Melbourne Cup marred by tragedy

Twilight Payment wins Melbourne Cup marred by tragedy

Irish raider Twilight Payment won the coveted Aus$8.0 million (US$5.5 million) Melbourne Cup on Tuesday in a race run without spectators and marred by the death of English Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck.

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Tragedy as English Derby winner put down at Melbourne Cup

Tragedy as English Derby winner put down at Melbourne Cup

English Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck was euthanised Tuesday after breaking down during the Melbourne Cup, the seventh horse since 2013 to die at the race.

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Twilight Payment wins spectator-free Melbourne Cup

Twilight Payment wins spectator-free Melbourne Cup

Irish raider Twilight Payment won the coveted Aus$8.0 million (US$5.5 million) Melbourne Cup at an eerily quiet Flemington on Tuesday, with the “race that stops a nation” run behind closed doors for the first time.

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Horse racing: O'Brien seeking breakthrough Melbourne Cup win

Horse racing: O'Brien seeking breakthrough Melbourne Cup win

Irish master trainer Aidan O'Brien will bid for an elusive Melbourne Cup win at a closed Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, having come close to snatching the “race that stops the nation” in recent years. O'Brien has saddled 15 runners in Australia's iconic two-mile handicap and will have another two in the A$8 million ($5.60 million) Cup's 160th running on Tuesday. Both entrants are highly regarded, with Tiger Moth a narrow 13-2 favourite ahead of last year's Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck (15-2).

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Nation prepares to stop for a Melbourne Cup behind closed doors

Nation prepares to stop for a Melbourne Cup behind closed doors

Australia's “race that stops a nation” will Tuesday be staged in front of empty grandstands, devoid of the roars from tens of thousands of punters when the Melbourne Cup is run behind closed doors for the first time in its long history.

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Australia's Boxing Day test to have crowds of 25,000: minister

Australia's Boxing Day test to have crowds of 25,000: minister

Authorities are targeting crowds of at least 25,000 people per day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for Australia's second cricket test against India, a government official said on Wednesday. Melbourne, Australia's second most populous city, was released from a coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday, with retail and hospitality businesses opening their doors for the first time in months.

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