Horse Racing

Horse named for Dr. Anthony Fauci finishes second in debut

(AP) -- A racehorse named for Dr. Anthony Fauci reached the finish line at a safe enough distance from others that would have made his namesake proud. (MORE)

Arrogate, North America's richest racehorse, dies at 7

(AP) -- Arrogate, winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic and the champion 3-year-old male that year on his way to becoming North America’s all-time leading money earner, has died. He was 7.

Juddmonte Farms said Arrogate was euthanized Tuesday after becoming ill. The Lexington, Kentucky, breeding farm said it was unclear what the illness was and a necropsy is planned. (MORE)

Nadal off Triple Crown trail after injury at Santa Anita

LOS ANGELES (AP) Nadal, one of trainer Bob Baffert’s early favorites for the rescheduled Triple Crown, injured his ankle after a workout at Santa Anita on Thursday and is out of contention for the series.

The 3-year-old colt suffered a left front condylar fracture, Baffert said in a phone interview. It was diagnosed after Nadal completed a half-mile workout in 48.80 seconds. He had surgery during which two screws were inserted in his ankle at the track’s equine hospital. (MORE)

Del Mar to race earlier in July and without fans

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Del Mar will open its summer racing season on July 10 without fans in attendance and follow safety protocols to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (MORE)

Horse racing returns in New Zealand as lockdown eases

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand’s financially troubled horse racing industry reopened Thursday after being shuttered for months because of the coronavirus outbreak, leading the return of organized sports as the nation moves toward normality.

A harness racing meeting which took place without fans at the Addington racecourse at Christchurch was the first since New Zealand went into strict lockdown on March 24. (MORE)

Deadline for Triple Crown nominations extended to June 3

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The final deadline to nominate horses to the rescheduled Triple Crown series is June 3.

Owners and trainers can make 3-year-old thoroughbreds eligible for the three-race series at a cost of $3,000. That's half the original price as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which is forcing the series to be run out of order for the first time since 1931. (MORE)

Reports: 2 horses trained by Bob Baffert fail drug tests

LOS ANGELES (AP) Two horses from the barn of two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert have tested positive for a banned substance, according to published reports. (MORE)

New-look Santa Anita cashes winning ticket as racing returns

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Horses are thundering down the stretch again at Santa Anita. There are no fans or owners cheering them on. No photos in the winner’s circle. No bets placed at the track's windows.

Still, it’s a win for the sport to be back racing against the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains after being idled for 1 1/2 months because of the coronavirus pandemic. (MORE)

Belmont set for June 20 without fans, leads off Triple Crown

(AP) -- Horse racing's Triple Crown will look different this year from start to finish.

The Belmont Stakes will be run before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness for the first time and take place at a shorter distance. It will lead off the Triple Crown on June 20 in New York with no fans in attendance and at a distance of 1 1/8 miles instead of the 1 1/2-mile "test of the champion" that has been the race's trademark for nearly a century. (MORE)

Preakness rescheduled for Oct 3, one month after Derby

(AP) -- The 145th Preakness Stakes has been rescheduled for Oct. 3, an announcement delivered Saturday less than hour before the original post time for the Triple Crown race.

Traditionally held at Pimlico Race Course on the third Saturday in May, the Preakness was postponed April 3 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The weather Saturday turned out to be ideal -- slightly breezy with temperatures around 80 degrees -- but there were no patrons in the Pimlico grandstand or infield, and no horses in the starting gate for the scheduled 6:45 p.m. race. (MORE)

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