Horse Racing

8:42 PM ET Associated Press ARCADIA, Calif. — 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. He was 86. Santa Anita officials said Headley died at an Arcadia hospital from the effects of a stroke. He had been
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3:21 PM ET Associated Press Oaklawn Park in Arkansas plans to allow limited fans during its winter-spring horse racing meet that runs Jan. 22-May 1. Grandstand general admission won’t be allowed initially. Entry to the grandstand will be for guests with a racing credential or a reservation for that day’s races. Current season box seat-holders
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12:15 AM ET Associated Press ARCADIA, Calif. — Charlatan tracked favorite Nashville to the quarter pole and then drew off to a 4 1/2-length victory in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita’s opening day. Ridden for the first time by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Charlatan ran seven furlongs in 1:21.50. Trained
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1:20 PM ET PARIS — 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 Oisin Murphy returned a positive test for metabolites of the drug in a test undertaken at Chantilly.
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9:08 PM ET Associated Press BERKELEY, Calif. — Golden Gate Fields has suspended live horse racing through the end of November because of the surging coronavirus. The San Francisco Bay area track last Friday announced a week-long temporary closure to address a COVID-19 outbreak. Track officials say Golden Gate’s facilities have undergone thorough cleaning and
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6:13 PM ET Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — 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
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2:24 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Jockey Joel Rosario earned his 3,000th career victory in a race at Aqueduct in New York. The 35-year-old rider reached the plateau in Friday’s first race, guiding Hit the Woah to a 1 1/4-length victory. He rode his first winner in 2006 and has compiled at least
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5:43 PM ET Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. — 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. The Bob Baffert-trained colt went wire to wire for a 2¼-length victory over stablemate Improbable in Saturday’s 1¼-mile finale of the
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7:46 PM ET Associated Press VERSAILLES, Ky. — Maximum Security, disqualified after crossing the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, has been retired to stud. The 4-year-old colt ended his career with a fifth-place finish in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic last weekend at Keeneland. He won 10 of 14 starts and
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2:07 PM ET Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. — Keeneland says thoroughbred Absolutely Aiden has been euthanized following an injury suffered in a chain-reaction incident that toppled several riders Saturday on the second day of the Breeders’ Cup world championships. The 4-year-old colt went down about 200 yards short of the finish in the $150,000 Lafayette
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