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Fiery Hall of Fame jockey Manny Ycaza dies at 80

(AP) -- Manny Ycaza, a Hall of Fame jockey who won the 1964 Belmont Stakes and paved the way for generations of Latin Americans to ride in North America, has died. He was 80.

Ycaza died Monday of pneumonia and sepsis at a hospital in Forest Hills, New York, according to his wife, Jeanne De Ycaza. She said he had been admitted a day earlier after the couple had gone for a walk. (MORE)

Horse racing regulators approve sale of Kentucky racetrack

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A group holding a minority ownership stake in Ellis Park cleared a key hurdle Tuesday in its bid to purchase the western Kentucky racetrack, winning approval from state horse racing regulators who expect a "seamless" transition at the track known for its summer racing. (MORE)

Triple Crown winner Justify under observation at Del Mar

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown winner Justify has re-located to Del Mar where trainer Bob Baffert is keeping him under observation after swelling in his left front ankle emerged two weeks ago. (MORE)

All hail: Courtly Choice wins Meadowlands Pace

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Courtly Choice rallied to win the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace by 1 1/4 lengths on Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. (MORE)

Triple Crown winner Justify dealing with swelling in ankle

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown winner Justify has been taken out of training while waiting to see if swelling in his left front ankle subsides. (MORE)

Funtastic wins Monmouth's United Nations in 23-1 upset

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Funtastic led all the way in a 23-1 upset Saturday in the $300,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park. (MORE)

Wonder Gadot beats heat to win $1 million Queen's Plate

TORONTO (AP) Wonder Gadot won the 159th running of the $1 million Queen's Plate on Saturday at hot and muggy Woodbine Racetrack.

The 3-year-old filly beat Aheadbyacentury by five lengths, running 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.26 in the first jewel of Canada's Triple Crown. (MORE)

Justify chases Triple Crown history in Belmont Stakes

NEW YORK (AP) Justify is seeking to become horse racing's 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years when he runs in the Belmont Stakes.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner is the early 4-5 favorite for Saturday's 1 +-mile Belmont, the longest and most grueling of the three-race series. (MORE)

The Latest: Justify captures Triple Crown, wins Belmont

NEW YORK (AP) The Latest from Saturday's Belmont Stakes (all times local):

6:55 p.m. (MORE)

Mike Smith guides Justify to Triple Crown, oldest jockey

NEW YORK (AP) The thoroughbred horse racing world belongs to "Big Money Mike" Smith.

The 52-year-old jockey who has been dominating big races in recent years put an exclamation point on his illustrious career Saturday, guiding Justify to the Triple Crown with a victory in the Belmont Stakes. (MORE)

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