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Belmont winner Tiz the Law won't run in Preakness

Belmont winner Tiz the Law won't run in Preakness

Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law won't run in next month's Preakness, spoiling what would have been a highly anticipated rematch with Kentucky Derby winner Authentic. The Preakness on Oct. 3 at Pimlico concludes this year's reconfigured Triple Crown series, which was run out of order because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ky. Derby winner Authentic works out in prep for Preakness

Ky. Derby winner Authentic works out in prep for Preakness

Authentic had his first major workout since winning the Kentucky Derby as he prepares for the Preakness next month. The 3-year-old completed five furlongs in 59.20 seconds under jockey Martin Garcia on Saturday at Churchill Downs, where he has remained since his Derby victory on Sept. 5. Authentic's time was the fastest of 38 horses at the distance.

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Irish jockey Pat Smullen dies of pancreatic cancer aged 43

Irish jockey Pat Smullen dies of pancreatic cancer aged 43

Nine-time Irish champion jockey and 2016 Epsom Derby winner Pat Smullen has died. Horse Racing Ireland said Smullen, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2018, died in a Dublin hospital on Tuesday. Britain's Press Association said Smullen's initial treatment had been positive, but he suffered a relapse.

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Honor A. P. retired after being injured in Kentucky Derby

Honor A. P. retired after being injured in Kentucky Derby

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Honor A. P. has been retired because of an injury suffered in the Kentucky Derby, where he finished fourth.

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Santa Anita postpones fall opener 1 week due to wildfire

Santa Anita postpones fall opener 1 week due to wildfire

Opening day of Santa Anita's fall season will be pushed back a week until Sept. 25 because of poor air quality caused by a wildfire burning near the Southern California racetrack. The city of Arcadia, home to Santa Anita, ordered the residents of one neighborhood to evacuate as the fire that began Sept. 6 in the mountains north of the track continued to grow. The fire has cast a shroud of smoke that has given Los Angeles some of its worst air quality in decades.

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Breeders' Cup to race without fans; Keeneland hosts in 2022

Breeders' Cup to race without fans; Keeneland hosts in 2022

The Breeders' Cup in November will be held without spectators, joining the Triple Crown races in having only essential personnel and participants on hand because of the coronavirus pandemic. The world championships are set for Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. The decision announced Saturday was made after consultation with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, Keeneland, local and state government and public health officials as well as independent medical experts.

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Preakness won't play Maryland's state song

Preakness won't play Maryland's state song

For the first time since 1909, the song “Maryland, My Maryland” will not be played at the Preakness Stakes because it contains lyrics that celebrate the Confederacy.

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Preakness ends playing of 'extremely offensive' state song

Preakness ends playing of 'extremely offensive' state song

The official state song ''Maryland, My Maryland'' will not be performed before the Preakness next month because the lyrics are perceived by some to be racist. A spokesperson for Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness, said Friday the tradition of playing the song before the race will be scrapped on Oct. 3, when the Triple Crown series comes to Baltimore. The action is a follow-up of a statement by Maryland Jockey Club on June 25 in response to Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones' move to abolish ''Maryland, My Maryland'' as the state song due to its roots to the Confederacy during the Civil War.

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House panel approves bill to combat doping in horse racing

House panel approves bill to combat doping in horse racing

A key House committee on Wednesday gave bipartisan approval to legislation to create national standards for the horse racing industry to prevent fatalities and discourage illegal medication practices. The Senate's top Republican said he would press to pass the bill before the year is out. ''Our bill delivers commonsense medication and track safety standards that protect America's horses and jockeys, needed progress that will put this popular and historic sport on track for a strong recovery and a bright future,'' said top sponsor Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., whose district is home to Saratoga Race Course, a premier racetrack.

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Saratoga holds it own without fans, handle down only a bit

Saratoga holds it own without fans, handle down only a bit

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY. (AP) — Saratoga Race Course completed its 40-day meet and its all-sources handle topped $700 million for the second consecutive year despite being conducted without fans.

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Authentic's future could include rematch against Tiz the Law

Authentic's future could include rematch against Tiz the Law

Briefly off the radar to set himself straight, Authentic now might have to get used to having a target on his back. Bob Baffert's latest star achieved that by blowing past Kentucky Derby favorite Tiz the Law to win going away Saturday at Churchill Downs. Tiz the Law's team suggested after the Derby that the colt would be there, with owner Jack Knowlton adding to ''hopefully win that and get some revenge.'' Baffert sounded just as eager Sunday as he digested Authentic's 1 1/4-length victory over the 3-5 favorite at Churchill Downs.

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Authentic wins Kentucky Derby; Baffert notches 6th victory

Authentic wins Kentucky Derby; Baffert notches 6th victory

Bob Baffert endured the lowest of lows and highest of highs within minutes in the Kentucky Derby. Then Baffert found himself down again, literally, getting knocked to the grass by a skittish Authentic in the winner's circle.

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Authentic, Velazquez quickly mesh in Kentucky Derby victory

Authentic, Velazquez quickly mesh in Kentucky Derby victory

For John Velazquez, his third Kentucky Derby win was as charming as the first. It was certainly stunning for the Hall of Fame jockey who guided Authentic to a wire-to-wire victory on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Tiz the Law gave it a shot down the stretch, but Authentic won by 1 1/4 lengths.

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Authentic holds off Tiz the Law to win 146th Kentucky Derby

Authentic holds off Tiz the Law to win 146th Kentucky Derby

Authentic held off heavily favored Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law to capture the 146th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, giving trainer Bob Baffert a record-equalling sixth victory in the Run for the Roses.

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The Latest: Authentic goes wire to wire to win Ky. Derby

The Latest: Authentic goes wire to wire to win Ky. Derby

Authentic took charge early and held off race favorite Tiz the Law down the stretch to win the 146th Kentucky Derby in a wire-to-wire performance that gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his sixth victory. Tiz the Law got close entering the stretch before Authentic pulled away to win the race run without spectators at Churchill Downs.

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Authentic holds off Tiz the Law to win Kentucky Derby

Authentic holds off Tiz the Law to win Kentucky Derby

Authentic, ridden by John Velazquez, set the early pace and maintained his speed down the stretch in the 1-1/4 mile classic, which was held without spectators due to the COVID-19 crisis. Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law looked well placed to overhaul the 8-1 shot as they made it around the final turn but could not close the gap and finished second in the 146th running of the race. The win capped an emotional day for Baffert.

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Long shot Shedaresthedevil pulls off upset in Kentucky Oaks

Long shot Shedaresthedevil pulls off upset in Kentucky Oaks

Merely contending on the big stage wasn't good enough for Shedaresthedevil, who went on to hammer her name into racing history. The 15-1 long shot won the Kentucky Oaks in record time, overtaking favorite Gamine at the top of the stretch and holding off Swiss Skydiver for a 1 1/2-length victory Friday in the 146th Kentucky Oaks for fillies at Churchill Downs. ''She broke very sharp and I was able to stalk Gamine all the way,'' said jockey Florent Geroux, who also won the Oaks two years ago aboard Monomoy Girl.

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Analysis: Tiz the Law should win the Kentucky Derby easily

Analysis: Tiz the Law should win the Kentucky Derby easily

The only certainty for the Kentucky Derby is that Tiz the Law is going to be the overwhelming favorite when the long-delayed race finally happens Saturday. Tiz the Law was installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite; his odds rose to even money by Friday afternoon and might uptick a bit more before the race begins.

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