Horse Racing

Mission Brief retired, filly 2nd in 2015 Hambletonian

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) Mission Brief, the filly trotter who finished second in the 2015 Hambletonian, has been retired. (MORE)

Race favorite Thistlecrack out of Cheltenham Gold Cup

CHELTENHAM, England (AP) Thistlecrack, the favorite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, will miss the race because of a leg injury. (MORE)

Former Derby, Preakness winner Charismatic dies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Charismatic, whose bid for the Triple Crown ended with a dramatic leg injury as he neared the finish line in the Belmont Stakes, has died at a thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky.

The striking chestnut horse that won the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 1999 was found dead in his stall Sunday at Old Friends farm near Georgetown, Kentucky, the farm said. (MORE)

Santa Anita cancels racing card ahead of major storm

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Santa Anita has canceled its eight-race card on Friday with over 5 inches of rain, local flooding and high winds predicted for the Los Angeles area. (MORE)

Churchill Downs to pick up 2 stakes from Arlington Park

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Churchill Downs will pick up two graded stakes races previously run at sister track Arlington Park during the Kentucky track's 38-day spring meet. (MORE)

Iliad wins San Vicente for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Iliad won the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes by 3 1.2 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita. (MORE)

Race meeting postponed and other sports affected due to heat

SYDNEY (AP) A thoroughbred meeting at Sydney's Royal Randwick race track has been shifted from Saturday to Monday in anticipation of searing temperatures in New South Wales, joining an A-League football match which has been postponed. (MORE)

Jockey Mario Gutierrez rides 1,000th winner

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Jockey Mario Gutierrez has ridden his 1,000th career winner. (MORE)

Coroner: Jockey died after falling from his bathroom window

LONDON (AP) A coroner has ruled that English Derby-winning jockey Walter Swinburn died as a result of an accident after falling about 12 feet from his bathroom window into a courtyard at his home in central London. (MORE)

Unique Bella upsets Champagne Room to win Las Virgenes

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Unique Bella won the $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 8} lengths Sunday at Santa Anita. (MORE)