Horse Racing

Bird Song, a two-time graded winner of $512,707, has been retired after exiting his last race, the Sept. 23 Kelso at Belmont Park, with what trainer Ian Wilkes described as a minor injury. Bred and owned by the Marylou Whitney Stables, Bird Song, a 4-year-old colt by Unbridled’s Song, won the Grade 3 Fred Hooper
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There was a little something for everyone in Saturday’s eight Grade 1 events (and Breeders’ Cup preps) at Santa Anita and Belmont. But I’m a fool for an exciting 2-year-old, so for me (and for many others, I’m sure), Bolt d’Oro’s sensational victory in the FrontRunner Stakes carried the day. I suppose you never really
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Among the graded races offered on the California stakes schedule, 22 are named for well-known horses, 14 honor a variety of owners, trainers, racetrack executives and celebrities, and two are named for jockeys. One of those jockeys is Bill Shoemaker. The other is Eddie Delahoussaye. The Eddie D Stakes highlights the opening-day card at Santa
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Equine organizations within the U.S. are attempting to organize relief efforts in the Caribbean for horses in need of care following the arrival last week of Hurricane Maria, which had especially devastating effects on Puerto Rico and its main racetrack, Camarero. According to reports, the grandstand at Camarero was heavily damaged by the storm, though
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Blue Grass winner Irap underwent a three-hour surgery on Monday at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., to repair his left front leg, which was injured during the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on Saturday. Irap finished second to West Coast in the $1 million race and then was pulled up after
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There was little, if any, doubt following his romp in last month’s Travers that West Coast had emerged as the best 3-year-old male in the country. But in our game, there can often be a big difference between “best,” and “most accomplished,” a distinction that can prove critical in an Eclipse Award context. Just look
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ELMONT,N.Y. — Cloud Computing, the Preakness winner, will be sidelined the remainder of the year due to a chip in a front ankle, trainer Chad Brown said Thursday morning. Cloud Computing had the chip surgically removed by Dr. Larry Bramlage earlier this week. The horse will recuperate at Dell Ridge Farm in Kentucky before joining
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Jockey Jose Ortiz will take off his scheduled mounts Thursday through the weekend as a result of a knee injury sustained in a spill Wednesday at Belmont Park. The extent of the injury will not be known until Ortiz gets an MRI, his agent, Jim Riccio Jr., said Wednesday night. The good news is X-rays
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Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., has canceled the four live racing cards scheduled for Thursday through Sunday due to weather forecasts predicting that Hurricane Irma will hit south Florida, the track announced Wednesday. Hurricane Irma, which on Wednesday was being called the strongest Atlantic Ocean storm ever recorded, with winds of 185 mph, is
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In an alternate universe, an even-handed report on the Pacific Classic at Del Mar would go something like this: “The swift chestnut Collected ran his 2017 record to a perfect 4 and 0 on Saturday with a half-length victory over his heavily favored stablemate Arrogate to stamp himself as a contender for the Breeders’ Cup
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Jockey Corey Nakatani was the parade marshal Sunday in Los Angeles for the 2017 Nisei Week Japanese Festival, a prestigious honor made all the more poignant by the fact that Nakatani’s late father, Roy, was housed at Santa Anita as a youth during World War II when the track was temporarily
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Perhaps I wasn’t being open-minded enough, but I thought there were only two possible outcomes to Saturday’s Pacific Classic at Del Mar. The first had Arrogate putting his mysterious non-effort in last month’s San Diego behind him and running his race. And since Arrogate’s real race is better than anything seen in years from an
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Dream Dancing won the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks by a nose in a head-bobbing finish with Beau Recall on Saturday. Back in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., trainer Mark Casse watched Dream Dancing win the most prestigious race of his career and gladly postponed his bedtime. “I won’t sleep now,” Casse said
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