Hard Not to Like closes from six lengths back to take Diana Stakes in record time and more in the August 1, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Mid-Atlantic-based trainer King Leatherbury, late jockey Chris Antley, top California handicap horse Lava Man, and splendid female sprinter Xtra Heat have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame for 2015.
Hall of Fame ballot will include jockeys Chris Antley, Victor Espinoza, Corey Nakatani, and Craig Perret; Thoroughbreds Black Tie Affair, Kona Gold, Lava Man, and Xtra Heat; and trainers King Leatherbury and David Whiteley.
Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and trainer Steve Asmussen, who saddled him to nine stakes wins in the years he won those titles, are among 10 finalists on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot.
Two-time champion Ashado and four-time grade I winner Lure join two other Thoroughbreds, five jockeys, and one trainer as finalists for this year's Racing Hall of Fame class.
A documentary that chronicles the rise and fall of jockey Chris Antley and the horse Charismatic is scheduled to premiere on ESPN Oct. 18.
Eibar Coa splits with agent Matt Muzikar, hires Drew Mollica to handle his book.
Joe Hampshire Jr. will try to keep his 23-day winning streak alive on Saturday.
Two men pleaded guilty Friday to breaking into the house of late jockey Chris Antley, who died last month from an accidental drug overdose. Antley's friend, Timothy Tyler Jr., 24, and Jeffrey Robert Jones, 22, pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of trespassing. They were charged with one count of first-degree residential burglary but because no one was living in the house at the time, the felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.
The death of jockey Chris Antley has been ruled an accidental overdose by the Los Angeles County coroner. In a report finalized Thursday, the coroner attributed Antley's death to multiple drug intoxication. Initially, Pasadena, Ca., police ruled the jockey's death a homicide after finding his body face down in a hallway of his Pasadena home Dec. 2. Four drugs were found present in Antley's body, according to toxicology tests performed by the coroner.
Chris Antley and a friend were arrested in September after a drug-related incident at the late jockey's southern California home, but no charges were filed against the two, according to the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper reported Wednesday that Antley 34, and Timothy Tyler, 24, were arrested Sept. 24.
A friend of jockey Chris Antley has been released from police custody after pleading not guilty to charges associated with an incident earlier this year at Antley's house, according to the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper reported that Tyler is not a suspect in Antley's death and that police currently do not have a suspect.
As the investigation into the death of Chris Antley continued, trainers for whom the jockey rode top horses remembered him as a talented, but troubled, young man.
As police continue their probe into the apparent murder of jockey Chris Antley, a memorial service will be held today in Arcadia, Calif. Antley, 34, was found dead late Saturday as a result of trauma to the head. The service will be at 1:00 (PST; 4:00 p.m. EST) at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Arcadia. The county coroner has also scheduled an autopsy for Tuesday.
Trainer Franklin Smith, who gave then 14-year-old Chris Antley his first job in racing, and others in the late jockey's hometown of Elloree, S. C. are trying to deal with the news that the rider was killed. Although Antley had not lived in Elloree for about 18 years, The (Columbia, S. C.) State newspaper reported he was a frequent visitor who never forgot his roots. "Everyone around this community kept up with Chris' career and asked about him all the time," Smith told the newspaper.
By Lenny Shulman -- As tortured as he was inside, Chris Antley was warm and engaging to friends and strangers alike. His openness in revealing his inner thoughts was disarming. He told stories about trainers that would have cost him his business had they been printed. Chris Antley may well have trusted everyone else, including the person who ended his life, too much, and himself not enough.
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