Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Us Army Ranger

    'Ranger' Tops O'Brien's Irish Derby Foursome

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien looks to have four runners for the Duty Free Irish Derby (Ire-I), with Investec Epsom Derby (Eng-I) second- and third-place finishers Us Army Ranger and Idaho spearheading the quartet for the classic June 25 at the Curragh.

  • Untapable

    Champion Untapable Retired

    Untapable, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2014, has been retired, owner Ron Winchell of Winchell Thoroughbreds said June 19.

  • Donegal Moon wins Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth

    Donegal Moon Gets First Stakes Win in Pegasus

    Donegal Racing's Donegal Moon, fourth in the Sir Barton Stakes in his last start, broke through for his first stakes victory in the $100,000 Betfair.com Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds June 19 at Monmouth Park.

  • Cheekaboo (middle) finds just enough to win the Honeymoon Stakes

    Cheekaboo Edges Favorites in Honeymoon

    With an expert ride from Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Cheekaboo broke through for her first graded stakes win in her first start against open company June 19 in the $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Jockey Patrick Husbands captures his 3,000 lifetime win

    Jockey Husbands Rides 3,000th Winner

    Woodbine mainstay Patrick Husbands guided in his 3,000th North American winner June 18, when Shez a Ten I Know captured her debut in the first race at the Toronto track.

  • Mike Smith celebrates aboard Songbird after here win in the Summertime Oaks

    Songbird Heading East for Summer Campaign

    A day after she had her way with an overmatched field in her fourth consecutive start at Santa Anita Park, owner Rick Porter decided Songbird needs to take it to the other top fillies in her division.

  • Beholder works June 19.

    Beholder, Stellar Wind Back to Work

    Wanting an easy half-mile breeze from Beholder in her first timed work since a victory in the Vanity Mile (gr. I), the final two clicks on Richard Mandella's stopwatch showed :35 and change for three furlongs and :47 and change for the half.

  • Pleuven gets the victory in the Wise Dan Stakes

    Improving Pleuven Scores Upset in Wise Dan

    Nelson McMakin's Pleuven, a French-bred gelding who was a close second in the Opening Verse Stakes May 21 in his Churchill Downs debut, stepped up big time with a victory in the $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes (gr. IIT) at the Kentucky track June 18.

  • Gun Runner rolls to victory in the Matt Winn Stakes

    Gun Runner Dominant in Matt Winn Stakes

    Winchell Thoroughbreds, Three Chimneys Farm, and Besilu Stables' Gun Runner was a dominant winner over four other 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) June 18 at Churchill Downs.

  • Obviously wins the 2016 Poker Stakes.

    Obviously All the Way in Poker Stakes

    Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's Obviously (IRE) returned from a four-month break between races and led gate to wire to win the $300,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Belmont Park.

  • Patrons entering Belmont Park in May, 1968

    BH 100: The 'New' Belmont Park

    The new Belmont Park, with a $30.7 million price tag, opened in May 1968, and while it is considered the grand dame of racing today, the architect, design, and building weren’t without controversy in its time.

  • Twilight Son Prevails in 'Jubilee' Thriller

    Twilight Son was all out to prevail in a tight five-horse finish June 18 in the Diamond Jubilee (Eng-I), the closing day feature at Royal Ascot while last year's winner Undrafted was unplaced.

  • American Cleopatra (on the outside) works at Santa Anita June 17

    American Cleopatra Breezes for Baffert

    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent American Cleopatra—the 2-year-old full sister to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah—through her first official breeze at Santa Anita Park June 17.

  • Qemah wins Coronation Stakes June 17 at Ascot.

    Qemah Gives Rouget Second Straight Coronation

    After earning a classic placing in her previous start in France, Al Shaqab Racing's Qemah would not be denied June 17 as she powered home in the final furlong of the £226,840 Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) to score a 1 3/4-length victory.

  • Unified wins the 2016 Peter Pan Stakes.

    Unified Set for Two-Turn Pegasus

    Colt's connections could have urged for a Belmont (gr. I) run June 11 off the 3-year-old colt's May 14 score in the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II), but trust in their down-to-earth trainer and a long-term goal kept them grounded.

  • Nyquist worked a half-mile in :48 3/5

    Nyquist Works Back at Santa Anita

    In his first timed move since the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Reddam Racing's Nyquist worked a half-mile in :48 3/5 under the watchful eye of trainer Doug O'Neill June 17 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Stays in Vegas (outside) just edged Be Mine (obscured) in the Senorita Stakes

    Stays in Vegas, Be Mine Back for Honeymoon

    Stays in Vegas and Be Mine, only a head apart last time out in the Senorita (gr. IIIT) May 7, will be back for another graded grass stakes at Santa Anita Park June 19 in the $200,000 Honeymoon (gr. IIT).

  • Breeders' Cup Increases Entry Fees for 2016

    Increased entry fees await participating owners in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships but Breeders' Cup officials note that many owner benefits have been added to the event in recent years and more will be unveiled in 2016.

  • Santa Anita officials oppose spring meet at Los Alamitos

    CHRB Discusses 2017 Racing Dates

    Though still early in the process for allocating 2017 racing dates, a California Horse Racing Board Dates Committee meeting June 15 provided a glimpse of what might be ahead.

  • The Pizza Man - Breeders' Cup 2015

    The Pizza Man Tops Wise Dan

    Ever-popular The Pizza Man, winner of last year's Arlington Million (gr. IT), returns to Churchill Downs for the June 18 Wise Dan Stakes (gr. IIT). The race goes under the lights with an approximate post of 9:05 p.m.

  • Effinex wins the 2015 Clark Handicap.

    Effinex Draws Post 3 in Stephen Foster

    Effinex, who last year won the Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, will look to add to his legacy there June 18 when he takes on six rivals in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).

  • Songbird wins the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I)

    Songbird Back for Summertime Oaks

    A low-grade fever may have knocked Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion Songbird out of the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), but her 3-year-old campaign will restart June 18 in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.