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Santa Anita joins list of postponed Kentucky Derby preps

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Another Kentucky Derby prep is off - for now.The Santa Anita Derby, the West Coast's major prep for the Kentucky Derby, was to be run Saturday. However, it will be postponed until later in...

Wells Bayou wins eerie Louisiana Derby at empty track

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- As Wells Bayou completed a wire-to-wire victory in the $1 million Louisiana Derby, there was hardly a cheer to be heard - other than the isolated triumphant shouts of trainer Brad Cox and his...

Horse racing grapples with risks of running during pandemic

Horse racing is quickly learning it is not totally immune to the effects the coronavirus pandemic has had on other sports, and now it's grappling with the risks of continuing operations.The Louisiana Derby for now is still set...

Australian racing goes on amid pandemic

SYDNEY (AP) -- It's arguably more popular in Australia than any other country, so it's no surprise that horse racing is continuing - minus the spectators - despite the increasing travel and other restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.The...

British racing braces for coronavirus fallout

London (AFP) - British horse racing is preparing itself for tough times ahead after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered racecourses, putting jobs at risk and leaving the industry in limbo.The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced on Tuesday the sport...

Through wars and world turmoil, Kentucky Derby runs on

The Great Depression and World War I and World War II didn't stop the Kentucky Derby, a race that has been run without interruption since it began in 1875.But for the first time in 75 years, it will...

Coronavirus forces Kentucky Derby postponement

Los Angeles (AFP) - This year's Kentucky Derby has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, race organisers confirmed on Tuesday.It is the first time the US racing showpiece has been postponed since 1945, when the race...

British horse racing suspended over coronavirus

London (AFP) - Horse racing in Britain is to be suspended from Wednesday due to the coronavirus outbreak, the British Horseracing Authority has announced.Tuesday's decision comes a day after the BHA said the sport would continue behind closed...

Kentucky Derby postponed until September

The organizers of the Kentucky Derby announced on Tuesday morning that the famous race, which was to take place May 2, will be postponed until Sept. 5 amid increasing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.“Throughout the rapid development of...

Dubai World Cup meeting to be held ‘without paid spectators’

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Dubai World Cup horse race meeting will go ahead on March 28 "without paid hospitality spectators" due to concerns of the new coronavirus outbreak, Dubai Racing Club said in a statement.Spectators have been banned...

Kentucky Derby now set for September due to virus

Change does not come easily to the Kentucky Derby.Fans sip mint juleps, don fancy hats and dress clothes and sing to the melancholy strains of "My Old Kentucky Home" as the thoroughbreds step onto the track on the...

Horse racing: Kentucky Derby postponed due to coronavirus

(Reuters) - The Kentucky Derby, the first jewel in North American horse racing's Triple Crown, will be postponed to September from May due to the coronavirus outbreak, local media reported on Monday.The Louisville Courier Journal, citing sources close...

Hokkaido’s farmhorse jockeys dream torch relay can spur racing revival

By Ju-min ParkOBIHIRO, Japan (Reuters) - At Obihiro racetrack, spectators walk alongside the course as fast as the big beasts they've backed to win, cheering as they go. There's no sprinting in this contest: The adrenaline charge is...

Tiger Roll ‘will be prepared for Grand National hat-trick bid’

London (AFP) - Tiger Roll will be trained to compete for an unprecedented third successive Grand National win despite the cancellation of this year's race, his trainer Gordon Elliott said on Tuesday.The National is the centrepiece of the...

Racing in UK to carry on behind closed doors: official

London (AFP) - Racing in Britain is to carry on but behind closed doors, the sport's regulatory body, the British Horseracing Authority, said on Monday.The sport attracted criticism for allowing the showpiece Cheltenham Festival to go ahead last...

Kentucky Derby in doubt as racing goes behind closed doors

Los Angeles (AFP) - Leading trainer Bob Baffert said Saturday that May's 146th Kentucky Derby could be postponed as racing went behind closed doors at California's Santa Anita track for the first time since it opened in 1934...

Bob Baffert believes Kentucky Derby will be delayed

After nearly every event in the sports world being canceled, postponed or suspended amid the COVID-19 outbreak, organizers of the Kentucky Derby are planning to announce their decision on this year’s race at Churchill Downs...

Virus doesn’t deter fans at Nebraska racetrack

Jerry Moritz has been attending horse races at Fonner Park regularly since 1970 and almost every day in recent years.The track in central Nebraska was one of the few sporting venues in the country open to fans Saturday,...

Classy Al Boum Photo retains Gold Cup crown

Cheltenham (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Al Boum Photo became the first horse since Best Mate in 2004 to win successive Cheltenham Gold Cups on Friday.The Irish raider, under an inspired ride by Paul Townend, held off Santini and...

Al Boum wins Gold Cup as racing defies coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) - Al Boum won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday in front of thousands of racegoers as the rest of the world's sporting competitions were shut down by the coronavirus outbreak.Jockey Paul Townend steered 10-3 favorite...

Bringing up baby no hurdle to Curtis Cheltenham success

London (AFP) - Rebecca Curtis's 14-week-old baby daughter Reeva had a memorable first visit to the Cheltenham Festival as her mother trained Lisnagar Oscar to a shock success in the Stayers Hurdle on Thursday.The Welsh runner came in...

Horse racing: Women jockeys shining

By Eleanore KellyCHELTENHAM, England (Reuters) - In 1972, Meriel Tufnell became the first female rider in Britain to win an official horse race. It was also the first time female jockeys were allowed to race against men.In the...

Victor Martinez nominates horse to Triple Crown series

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Former five-time All-Star baseball player Victor Martinez paid $6,000 to nominate King Guillermo to the Triple Crown series.King Guillermo won the Tampa Bay Derby at 49-1 odds last weekend.Victoria's Ranch, Martinez's Florida-based racing operation,...

Elliott on a roll as Envoi Allen delivers Cheltenham joy for Ireland

London (AFP) - Gordon Elliott delivered at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday as Ireland's banker for the meeting, Envoi Allen, came home to win the Ballymore Novices Hurdle -- one half of a double for the Irish trainer.Elliott's...

War Emblem, 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, dies

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) -- War Emblem, the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, died Wednesday at age 21.He had been at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center since 2015 after returning from Japan. Officials said the cause of death...

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