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Filly Swiss Skydiver to run against males in Preakness

BALTIMORE -- Swiss Skydiver will become the first filly since Rachel Alexandra won in 2009 to run against males in the Preakness on Saturday.Trainer Kenny McPeek confirmed the decision on Sunday. Jockey Robby Albarado, who won the 2007 Preakness...

Improbable beats Maximum Security in Awesome Again Stakes

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Improbable rallied from last to a 4½-length victory over stablemate Maximum Security in the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Improbable ran 1⅛ miles in 1 minute, 49.01 seconds...

Jockeys riding at Pimlico on Preakness weekend face COVID-19 testing

BALTIMORE -- Jockeys riding in the Preakness and other races at Pimlico next weekend must undergo a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their first mount.The Maryland Jockey Club announced protocols Friday for jockeys competing Oct. 1/3 at the...

Belmont winner Tiz the Law won’t run in Preakness

Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law won't run in next month's Preakness, spoiling what would have been a highly anticipated rematch with Kentucky Derby winner Authentic.The Preakness on Oct. 3 at Pimlico concludes this year's reconfigured Triple Crown series,...

Kentucky Derby winner Authentic works out in preparation for Preakness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Authentic had his first major workout since winning the Kentucky Derby as he prepares for the Preakness next month.The 3-year-old completed five furlongs in 59.20 seconds under jockey Martin Garcia on Saturday at Churchill Downs, where...

Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen dies at 43

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Nine-time Irish champion jockey and 2016 Epsom Derby winner Pat Smullen has died. He was 43.Horse Racing Ireland said Smullen, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2018, died in a Dublin hospital on Tuesday....

Keeneland to hold fall meet, including Breeders’ Cup, without fans

Keeneland will hold next month's 12-day fall meet without spectators, because of the coronavirus pandemic, but will allow a limited number of participants and essential personnel.The Lexington, Kentucky, track had a similar policy for a special five-day summer meet...

Honor A.P. retired after being injured in Kentucky Derby

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Honor A.P. has been retired because of an injury suffered in the Kentucky Derby, where he finished fourth.The 3-year-old colt will stand at stud for next year's breeding season at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.Honor...

Santa Anita postpones fall opener 1 week due to wildfire

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Opening day of Santa Anita's fall season will be pushed back a week until Sept. 25 because of poor air quality caused by a wildfire burning near the Southern California racetrack.The meet had been set to...

Preakness ends playing of ‘extremely offensive’ state song

BALTIMORE -- The official state song "Maryland, My Maryland" will not be performed before the Preakness next month because the lyrics are perceived by some to be racist.A spokesperson for Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness, said Friday...

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