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Horse racing notes: Brad Cox suspended 10 days after Warrior’s Charge fails drug test

SANTA ANITA LEADERS

(Through Thursday)

JOCKEYS / WINS

Juan Hernandez / 77

Flavien Prat / 72

Tyler Baze / 38

Abel Cedillo / 36

Diego Herrera / 33

TRAINERS / WINS

Philip D’Amato / 43

Doug O’Neill / 34

John Sadler / 29

Bob Baffert / 27

Mark Glatt / 25

WEEKEND STAKES AT SANTA ANITA

Saturday

• $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, 6 1/2 furlongs downhill turf course

DOWN THE STRETCH

• Kentucky stewards have suspended 2021 Eclipse Award-winning trainer Brad Cox for 10 days with a $500 fine and disqualified Warrior’s Charge from his second-place finish in last year’s Stephen Foster Stakes after a post-race positive drug test. The test found Warrior’s Charge had 2.51 micograms per milliliter of phenylbutazone in his blood after the race. Cox’s Mandaloun was declared the winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby after the original winner, Medina Spirit, was disqualified after failing a post-race drug test.

• This year’s 147th Preakness Stakes will be televised by NBC, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Early coverage of the Preakness undercard will be shown on CNBC, beginning at 11 a.m. Friday’s 98th running of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, also run at Pimlico Race Course, will be televised by the USA Network, beginning at 2 p.m. Over the two days, NBC Sports will cover nine races live from Pimlico. This year’s Preakness drew a field of nine, minus Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike. Epicenter, second in the Derby, is the 6-5 morning-line favorite. Early Voting, second in the Wood Memorial, is the 7-2 second choice and the filly Secret Oath is 9-2.

• Admission gates at Santa Anita will open at 7:15 a.m. Saturday to accommodate fans who want to bet on Pimlico’s Preakness Stakes undercard. The Preakness is scheduled to be run at 4:01 p.m. Ten live races will be run at Santa Anita, including the $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes, a race for older fillies and mares down the track’s famed hillside turf course. First race at Santa Anita will go at 1 p.m.

— Art Wilson

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