Horse Racing

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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9:17 PM ET ESPN News Services Churchill Downs is delaying reopening its stables and training center until March 31 after consulting local public health officials amid concerns about the coronavirus. The home of the Kentucky Derby is expected to provide an update about horse racing’s marquee event, scheduled for May 2, and its upcoming spring
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7:17 PM ET Associated Press A major prep race for the Kentucky Derby will be run as scheduled next week, without spectators. Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans is joining other tracks in banning fans through the remainder of its racing meet that ends March 29. Only essential staff and credentialed horsemen and media
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12:34 PM ET Associated Press Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands. Races at Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on
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2:06 PM ET Associated Press GEORGETOWN, Ky. — 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 was believed to be a paddock accident, but exact details weren’t known.
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5:22 PM ET Associated Press CHELTENHAM, England — A crowd of more than 60,000 attended the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, where more wash basins and hand sanitizer stations were in place to help combat the virus outbreak. The total of 60,664 racegoers on Tuesday was around 7,000 fewer than the record number present
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9:17 AM ET ESPN News Services Maximum Security was moved from trainer Jason Servis to Bob Baffert on Tuesday after Servis was indicted Monday and charged with administering performance-enhancing drugs to that horse and others. Servis was one of 27 horse racing professionals charged by federal authorities in what authorities described as a widespread international
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