first_imgSANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES 2019-20 WINTER/SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE; HEADED BY GRADE I MALIBU & LA BREA ON DEC. 26, A TOTAL OF 93 STAKES, 11 OF THEM GRADE I, TO BE OFFERED THROUGH JUNE 21ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2019)–Santa Anita Park, which will open for its 83rd Winter/Spring Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 26, has announced a complete stakes schedule through closing day, June 21.  The schedule, which includes a total of 93 added money races, will be keynoted by a pair of Grade I stakes on opening day–the $300,000 Malibu, for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs and the $300,000 La Brea, for 3-year-old fillies at the same distance.The Malibu and La Brea will again be complemented on Dec. 26 by the Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes, the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile and the $75,000 Lady of Shamrock Stakes.The prestigious Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and one quarter on turf, will serve as Santa Anita’s final Grade I offering this year on Saturday, Dec. 28.The Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which has produced a total of 18 Kentucky Derby winners and two Triple Crown Champions–Affirmed in 1978 and Justify in 2018, will be run on Saturday, April 4.First run in February, 1935, the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap, which was won this year by Hronis Racing’s Gift Box, will be contested for the 83rd time on Saturday, March 7.SANTA ANITA’S GRADE I STAKES ROSTER, DEC. 26 THROUGH JUNE 21Dec. 26                  $300,000 Malibu StakesDec. 26                  $300,000 La Brea StakesDec. 28                  $300,000 American OaksMarch 7               $600,000 Santa Anita HandicapMarch 7               $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe MileMarch 14             $400,000 Beholder MileApril 4                   $1 million Santa Anita DerbyApril 4                   $400,000 Santa Anita OaksMay 25                 $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa AnitaMay 25                 $500,000 Shoemaker MileMay 25                 $500,000 Gamely StakesFor Santa Anita’s complete Santa Anita’s Winter/Spring Stakes Schedule, please visit read more

WADA files appeal against China’s Sun Yang doping decision

first_img0Shares0000Sun has won Olympic gold in the 200m, 400m and 1,500m freestyle and is also a multiple world champion © AFP/File / Martin BUREAULAUSANNE, Switzerland, Mar 13 – The World Anti-doping Agency said Wednesday it had filed an appeal against a decision to clear Chinese swimming star Sun Yang of missing an out of competition doping test.WADA, meeting in Lausanne, told AFP that it had filed the appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport following a decision by swimming’s world governing body FINA not to pursue a case against the multiple world champion. Sun, who has won Olympic gold in the 200m, 400m and 1,500m freestyle, missed an out-of-competition test on September 4 at his home in China’s Zhejiang province.“WADA has filed a CAS appeal in the case of Sun Yang,” a spokesman for the anti-doping authority said.The swimmer — who was banned for three months in 2014 for taking a stimulant — was cleared of wrongdoing by FINA in January, according to his lawyers.Sun failed to comply with the test requirements but a FINA doping panel cleared him of wrongdoing because testers for IDTM — the body which conducts tests — had breached several rules.Those included failing to produce authorisation letters and a nursing licence, his lawyers said in a statement.Sun’s lawyers also threatened legal action against a British newspaper, the Sunday Times, which claimed Sun clashed with the anti-doping testers and he and a bodyguard smashed a sealed vial of blood with a hammer.Sun is one of China’s greatest-ever athletes and is hugely popular at home. But his career has been dogged by controversy over doping suspicions and he was publicly branded a drug cheat by his Australian rival Mack Horton at the Rio Olympics in 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more