Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Eddie Olcyzk

    Owner, Analyst Olczyk Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

    Hockey great Eddie Olczyk, who also owns Thoroughbreds and serves as an analyst on NBC Sports horse racing broadcasts, released a statement Aug. 8 that he has been diagnosed with a form of colon cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

  • Lady Aurelia after her win in the group 1 King's Stand at Royal Ascot in June

    Lady Aurelia Breezes Five Furlongs at Keeneland

    European champion Lady Aurelia, based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, covered five furlongs Aug. 8 on a firm turf course in 1:02 in her final United States work before her next scheduled start in the Aug. 25 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (G1).

  • Arrogate clipped off a solid seven-furlong drill in 1:25 1/5 at Del Mar Aug. 8

    Arrogate Continues Work Toward Pacific Classic

    Working on his own with jockey Martin Garcia in the irons, superstar Arrogate clipped off a solid seven-furlong drill in 1:25 1/5 Aug. 8 at Del Mar as trainer Bob Baffert and regular rider Mike Smith looked on from the track's grandstand.

  • Whitney Stakes (G1) winner Gun Runner ranks second in this week's NTRA Poll.

    NTRA Poll Voters Stick With Arrogate

    Gun Runner's victory in the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 5 didn't sway the minds of the NTRA voters with keeping the 2016 Longines World's Best Race Horse Arrogate on top in Week 28 of the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. 

  • Sharp Samurai wins the 2017 La Jolla Handicap (G3T)

    Sharp Samurai Wins 'Messy' La Jolla

    With the race scenario quickly changing in the backstretch of the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (G3T), Gary Stevens and favored Sharp Samurai had to change things up as well.

  • Keen Ice goes to his nose at the start of the Whitney as the field heads out of the gate Aug. 5

    Woodward 'Strong Possibility' for Gun Runner

    Gun Runner was in fine fettle Aug. 6, following his 5 1/4-length domination in the $1.2 million Whitney Stakes (G1)—a performance made all the more memorable by a wayward horseshoe that made its way into the chestnut colt's tail.

  • Green Mask wins the 5 1/2-furlong Troy Handicap in 1:00.49

    Green Mask Rolls to Troy Handicap Victory

    Abdullah Saeed Almaddah's Green Mask rolled to victory in the 5 1/2-furlong  $250,000 Troy Handicap over the Saratoga Race Course turf in a speedy 1:00.49, just three one-hundredths off the course record.

  • Brad McKinzie

    Los Alamitos Executive Brad McKinzie Dies at 62

    Brad McKinzie, a 30-year executive at Los Alamitos Race Course, a co-founder of the Finish Line Self Insurance Group, and one of the driving forces to bring daytime Thoroughbred racing back to Los Alamitos, died from renal carcinoma Aug. 6.

  • Rally Cry wins the 2017 Alydar Stakes

    Rally Cry Gives Notice in Alydar

    While the bad fortune for the once-promising Mohaymen continued in the Alydar Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 6, the Todd Pletcher-trained Rally Cry alerted the older handicap division that he could be a new force with a 8 3/4-length win.

  • Brando and jockey Tom Eaves with connections after taking the Prix Maurice de Gheest

    Brando Takes Prix Maurice de Gheest

    Brando unleashed a withering burst of speed in the final furlongs to capture the LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest (G1) Aug. 6 at Deauville, as the favorite, Caravaggio, again missed the break and struggled home sixth.

  • Zennor wins the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Lure Stakes

    Zennor Upsets Graded Winners in Lure

    Godolphin's Zennor didn't bring the back class others did into the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure Stakes Aug. 5 at Saratoga Race Course, but he brought an aptitude of finding the wire first.

  • Gun Runner takes the Whitney with style

    Gun Runner Cruises in Whitney

    Cruising for home on his lonesome under a confident ride from Florent Geroux, the 3-5 Steve Asmussen-trained favorite continued to draw away en route to a 5 1/4-length win over Keen Ice.

  • Gun Runner is the commanding favorite in the Whitney Stakes

    Weekend Stakes Rundown: Whitney Day at Saratoga

    Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week a loaded card at Saratoga Race Course, featuring two grade 1 races, highlights the schedule.

  • Jockey Javier Castellano (center) holds his Hall of Fame plaque, along with fellow Hall of Fame riders Ramon Dominguez (left) and John Velazquez

    2017 Hall of Fame Entrants Pure Class

    Fellow 2017 inductees Javier Castellano, Garrett Gomez, Victor Espinoza, and equine star Goldikova took their place in the Hall of Fame with Pillars of the Turf John Gaines, Ogden "Dinny" Phipps, and Col. Matt Winn.

  • Classic Empire (outside) trains over the Churchill main track in his most recent work June 2

    Pennsylvania Derby in Play for Classic Empire

    With the Aug. 26 Travers Stakes (G1) looming and his presence on the work tab still unaccounted for since arriving at Saratoga Race Course, a start in the Sept. 23 Pennsylvania Derby (G1) is a "Plan B" that could become a reality for Classic Empire.

  • Neolithic hasn't started since his third-place finish in the Dubai World Cup

    Neolithic Returns in Saratoga Allowance Test

    Neolithic, the third-place finisher in the world's two richest Thoroughbred races, will make his first start in nearly four months Aug. 5, when he returns against a solid field of nine challengers in an allowance race at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Paid Up Subscriber Recovering from Surgery

    After a dazzling performance at Saratoga Race Course in which she ran away to a 32 1/2-length score in the Shuvee Handicap (G3), Paid Up Subscriber had ankle surgery this week and will be sidelined for at least 60 days, her trainer Chad Brown said.

  • Garrett Gomez left an undeniable mark upon the sport

    2017 Hall of Fame Profiles: Garrett Gomez

    Garrett Gomez, the troubled jockey whose brilliance on the track led him to wins in 13 Breeders' Cup races, the national earnings title four times and who handed Zenyatta her only loss aboard Blame, will be posthumously be inducted into the Hall.

  • Goldikova wins her third consecutive Breeders' Cup Mile in 2010

    Goldikova Enriches Hall of Fame

    Wertheimer et Frere homebred won the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1T) three times, two Eclipse Awards as top female turf horse, defeated males nine times, recorded record 14 grade 1/group 1 victories for European-based

  • Apple Betty with John Velazquez wins the River Memories at Belmont Park July 9

    Apple Betty, Suffused Head Deep Waya Field

    Five fillies and mares that competed in the River Memories Stakes at Belmont Park in early July will return in the $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes (G3T) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 5, including the top three finishers.

  • Avenge

    Avenge Back at Del Mar for Yellow Ribbon

    Ramona Bass' Avenge began her ascent to a top-level turf female on the West Coast during the summer meet at Del Mar in 2016 and the 5-year-old mare will return to the seaside turf course Aug. 5 in the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2T).