John Cherwa is a special contributor to the Los Angeles Times. He started at The Times in 1980 and left in 1995 to be sports editor of the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Co. sports coordinator in 2002. He rejoined The Times in 2009 and left his post as deputy sports editor late in 2017. Currently, his major coverage area is horse racing, where he can be found at big races at Santa Anita, the Triple Crown series and Breeders’ Cup. He also can be found at the Olympics, having just finished the Tokyo and Beijing double, marking his 11th Olympics. Cherwa also contributes general interest stories from Florida.
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Jeff Blea returns to CHRB on Wednesday after having license suspended by veterinary board. He’s still puzzled as to why he was targeted.
Flightline made a case for being one of the best horses to run in a long time. His 19 1/4-length win qualified him for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Del Mar’s marquee race will be a major test for lightly raced and undefeated Flightline. He’s won his four races by more than a combined 43 lengths.
After second-place finishes in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Epicenter finds his way to the winner’s circle while Derby winner Rich Strike finishes fourth.
Cyberknife upsets Santa Anita-based Taiba and undefeated Jack Christopher to win the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth in New Jersey.
The Breeders’ Cup returns to Santa Anita for a record 11th time on Nov. 3-4, 2023. It will be the event’s 40th anniversary.
Trainer Bob Baffert returned to training Sunday after a 90-day suspension following Medina Spirit’s positive test for a medication at Kentucky Derby.
Bob Baffert gets small victory as he gets ready to resume training horses in Southern California. He is now eligible to run horses in next year’s Belmont Stakes.
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