Horse Racing

7:32 PM ET Associated Press ARCADIA, Calif. — There was a horse fatality at Santa Anita, which is temporarily closed for live racing because of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the seventh death at the track since December. According to the California Horse Racing Board website, a 2-year-old filly named Smiling Ali died Thursday. She had
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5:28 PM ET Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The final deadline to nominate horses for the Triple Crown series is being extended indefinitely because of the coronavirus. It was scheduled to be Monday. The extension was agreed upon by officials at Churchill Downs, Maryland Jockey Club and New York Racing Association. The Kentucky Derby has
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4:20 PM ET Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Santa Anita immediately stopped live racing Friday because of the coronavirus after instructions from the Los Angeles County Health Department. The track in Arcadia, California, was preparing to stage eight races when the cancellation was announced. It’s not immediately known when racing will be allowed to resume.
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2:42 PM ET Associated Press Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks. Castellano, 42, tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano
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7:26 PM ET Associated Press Churchill Downs has suspended the final three racing dates at Turfway Park following Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s “Healthy at Home” executive order out of concern for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Florence, Kentucky, track’s winter meet was scheduled to end Saturday. Turfway’s backside area will remain open because it falls under
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7:55 PM ET Associated Press Churchill Downs has delayed reopening stables at its track and training center until April 14 because of public health concerns related to the coronavirus. A decision on postponing the scheduled April 25 spring meet opening will be made closer to that date. The storied track last week postponed the 146th
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Mar 20, 2020 William Weinbaum The only track in the U.S. that is still running harness races during the coronavirus pandemic was turned down by the California Horse Racing Board for a requested schedule change. Cal Expo’s director of racing operations, Chris Schick, told ESPN Monday night the Sacramento track will have to stick with
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6:44 PM ET ESPN News Services FREEHOLD, N.J. — A fourth member of a New Jersey family died Thursday from COVID-19. Vincent Fusco died Thursday morning at a hospital in Freehold, NJ.com reported. His death was confirmed by Roseann Paradiso Fodera, an attorney and relative. Fusco’s mother, Grace Fusco, died Wednesday night, hours after another
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In the days since the coronavirus pandemic brought America to a standstill, a pastoral sporting scene in Southern California has offered an idyllic atmosphere to overtake apocalyptic thoughts, if only for a moment. “It’s like being at a mountain lake,” veterinarian Jeff Blea said. “Peaceful, serene, holistic. Horses and riders in a beautiful setting, with
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