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California Chrome headlines Pegasus World Cup Invitational

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STAMFORD, Conn. – California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2014 and the winningest North American horse in career prize money, headlines a star-studded field in the debut of the $12 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the world’s richest horse race, from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., this Saturday, Jan. 28, live at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

California Chrome has seven victories in his last eight starts. He faces competition from Arrogate, who won five races last year including a tight victory over California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November. Keen Ice, who upset Triple Crown winner American Pharoah at the 2015 Travers Stakes, will also run in the race.

Mike Tirico hosts the show, alongside Hall-of-Fame jockey and analyst Jerry Bailey; analyst Randy Moss; analyst/handicapper Eddie Olczyk; host/reporter Laffit Pincay, III; and reporter Donna Brothers. E! News’ Maria Menounos joins the telecast as a co-host, covering the pageantry, celebrities, and fashion at the event.

Coverage will include a feature on California Chrome, who was bred for just $10,500 and has won more than $14 million on the racetrack. If he wins the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, he will have more career earnings than any horse in the history of worldwide thoroughbred racing.

Former Kentucky Derby, Preakness winner Charismatic dies

15 May 1999: Charismatic wins the 124th Preakness and leads Badge #4 across the finish line at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, Maryland.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Charismatic has died at a thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky.

Old Friends farm says the chestnut horse that won the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 1999 was found dead in his stall Sunday.

Old Friends President Michael Blowen says everyone at the farm near Georgetown, Kentucky, is “pretty much inconsolable.” He says Charismatic deserved a much longer retirement. Charismatic arrived last December after a long stud career in Japan.

Charismatic’s Triple Crown bid ended when the horse fractured his left foreleg with an eighth of a mile to go. Charismatic finished third.

Doctors said the fracture could have proved fatal, and they praised jockey Chris Antley for dismounting quickly and lifting Charismatic’s injured leg to take weight off it.

Santa Anita cancels racing card ahead of major storm

ARCADIA, CA - NOVEMBER 05: A general view during the Mile race on day two of the 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 5, 2016 in Arcadia, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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ARCADIA, Calif. — Santa Anita has canceled its eight-race card on Friday with over 5 inches of rain, local flooding and high winds predicted for the Los Angeles area.

Officials said Thursday that the track will also be closed for simulcast wagering. The National Weather Service is forecasting the storm could be the strongest in recent years.

The track will re-open on Saturday for live racing over the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend.

Santa Anita was forced to cancel a day of racing last month because of heavy rain and wind.