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Report: Top British Jockey Lester Piggott Improving After Hospitalization

Top British jockey Lester Piggott is said to be improving after being hospitalized last weekend. Piggott, who has a history of cardiac problems, is undergoing a series of routine tests but is in good spirits, according to his family. Piggott, 83, rode the winners of nine Epsom Derbys and 5,300 races during his career. Stateside, […]

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10-Year-Old Royal F J Retired, ‘Very Sound’ After 102nd Start

Royal F J, a popular campaigner who paid his way under the guidance of trainer Jack Carava for most of his lengthy career, has been retired from racing after his 102nd start in Thursday’s eighth race at Santa Anita. The 10-year-old gelded son of Royal Academy bred in Kentucky finished seventh at odds of 4-1 in the six […]

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Blue Hen Producer Alidiva Dies at 27

Champion producer Alidiva, who was the dam of Group 1 winners Sleepytime, Ali-Royal, and Taipan, died March 17 at Taylor Made Farm. She was 27. The Blood-Horse reports that the daughter of Chief Singer, who had been pensioned for the past several years, died due to the infirmities of old age. A modest performer on […]

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Renowned sire Royal Academy dies at 25

One of the last links to the great Nijinsky – and to his equally great trainer Dr Vincent O’Brien – came to an end on Wednesday with the death of his son Royal Academy. The 25-year-old stallion succumbed to the infirmities of old age at Coolmore Australia. “It’s very sad,” said Tom Magnier, “Royal Academy […]

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