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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2016, file photo, jockey Mike Smith celebrates after riding Arrogate to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic horse race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Arrogate, North America's all-time money earner, has died. He was seven. Juddmonte Farms in Lexington, Ky., said Arrogate was euthanized on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, after becoming ill. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Arrogate, North America's richest racehorse, dies at 7

Jun. 2, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

Arrogate, winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic and the champion 3-year-old male that year on his way to becoming North America’s all-time leading money earner, has died. He was 7. Juddmonte Farms said Arrogate was euthanized Tuesday after becoming ill. The Lexington, Kentucky, breeding farm said...

In this Friday, May 22, 2020 photo, grooms wearing face masks lead horses to the paddock at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Horse racing returned to the track after being idled for one and a half months because of public health officials' concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

New-look Santa Anita cashes winning ticket as racing returns

May. 23, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Horses are thundering down the stretch again at Santa Anita. There are no fans or owners cheering them on. No photos in the winner’s circle. No bets placed at the track's windows. Still, it’s a win for the sport to be back racing against the backdrop of the San Gabriel...

FILE - In this May 6, 1978, file photo, Affirmed, jockey Steve Cauthen up, crosses the finish line to win the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky. Secretariat is the early 7-2 favorite for this weekend’s virtual Kentucky Derby, an animated race pitting all 13 Triple Crown winners on the day the Derby would have been held before the coronavirus pandemic postponed it. Citation, who won the 1948 Triple Crown, was made the 4-1 second choice. Seattle Slew and Affirmed, the 1977 and '78 Triple Crown winners, were each listed at 5-1 odds. (AP Photo/File)

Secretariat is 7-2 early favorite in virtual Kentucky Derby

Apr. 29, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Secretariat is the early 7-2 favorite for this weekend’s virtual Kentucky Derby, an animated race between all 13 Triple Crown winners on the day the Derby would have been held before the coronavirus pandemic postponed it. The virtual Derby will use computer-generated imagery...