Santa Anita Derby cancelled
The Santa Anita Derby (Gr 1, 9f), the premier three-year-old contest in California on the road to the Kentucky Derby (Gr 1, 10f), has been postponed as the racecourse abides by a Los Angeles County Health Department order closing the track. The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, announced that the race would be rescheduled to later in the season, although administrators are attempting to gain immediate approval to restart racing at the historic track. The Santa Anita Derby postponement leaves the Arkansas Derby (Gr 1, 9f) at Oaklawn as the only race remaining on the Derby trail at this stage, with the race shifting to the first Saturday in May – the date which normally features the Kentucky Derby.
Doyle keeping fit for return
Britain’s leading female jockey Hollie Doyle is keeping herself busy to make sure she is ready for the resumption of racing, whenever that might be. Doyle, 23, is riding out every day and will be primed for a return to action once the go ahead is received on the track. “There’s not a lot we can do really. We’ve got to keep the horses going,” Doyle said. “I’m just riding out every day and getting my exercise. At least we’re all in the same position.” Her partner Tom Marquand is in Australia during the Sydney autumn. “He’s enjoying it down there. He’s just a bit worried about getting home, but he should be all right,” Doyle said. “He’s just going to ride in the Sydney Cup and then come home.”