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Good Magic is the favorite for the Haskell Invitational

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OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) Good Magic, the Kentucky Derby runner-up who was fourth in the Preakness, has been made the favorite for the $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

A field of seven was entered Thursday for the 1 1/8-mile race Sunday.

Good Magic, who drew the No. 6 post position with jockey Jose Ortiz, was made the 6-5 favorite.

Good Magic pushed Triple Crown winner Justify for the lead in the Preakness before fading to fourth, a length behind the winner. The colt has not raced since the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Preakness runner-up Bravazo was made the 3-1 second choice after drawing the No. 5 post. Luis Saez is listed to ride for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The Calumet Farm’s homebred is the only horse other than Justify to race in all three legs of the Triple Crown, finishing sixth in both the Derby and Belmont Stakes.

Two other colts renewing a rivalry are Lone Sailor and Core Beliefs. Core Beliefs edged Lone Sailor by a nose in the Ohio Derby.

The Haskell field from the rail out with jockeys and odds is: Lone Sailor, Joe Bravo, 5-1; Navy Commander, Angel Arroyo, 12-1; Roaming Union, Albin Jimenez, 10-1; Core Beliefs, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Bravazo, Saez, 3-1; Good Magic, Ortiz, 6-5 and Golden Brown, Jairo Rendon, 15-1.

“There will be a good pace in this race,” said Chad Brown, who trains Good Magic. “I don’t want to be on the lead and on the rail and this horse won’t be. Hopefully, he breaks cleanly and gets into a good forward position and then goes on from there.”

Santa Anita cancels racing after heavy rain inundates track

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ARCADIA, Calif. — Santa Anita has canceled its eight-race card because of wet weather after 3+ inches of rain dropped on the Southern California racetrack in three days.

Officials at the track in Arcadia say heavy overnight rains and more rain throughout the day Thursday made it necessary to cancel. They say the track will make every effort to reschedule the races in the immediate future.

Track superintendent Andy LaRocco says an additional 2 inches of rain was forecast for Thursday.

Live racing will resume on Friday with eight races.

Kentucky Derby purse up to $3 million

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Derby’s purse will be raised to $3 million this May, an increase of $1 million and the first boost in 14 years.

Churchill Downs said Thursday the winner of the 145th running will receive $1.86 million. The runner-up will earn $600,000, with third place worth $300,000, fourth place $150,000 and fifth place $90,000.

The Derby purse had been $2 million since 2005 and $1 million from 1996-2004.

Track President Kevin Flanery attributes the increase to more bettors using historical racing machines – the electronic form of parimutuel betting – at a recently opened facility near the track.

The second and third legs of the Triple Crown offer total purses of $1.5 million in the Preakness and Belmont stakes.

The purse for the Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on May 3 was raised by $250,000 to $1.25 million. It had been worth $1 million since 2011 and was worth $500,000 from 1996-2010.

Churchill Downs also increased purses for some races on the Derby Day undercard on May 4.