Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • American Pharoah
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    Zayat Wants 'Pharoah' to Run in Travers

    Owner Ahmed Zayat said he would like to see Triple Crown winner American Pharoah make his next start in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) because it would help define the colt's legacy if he were to win the "Midsummer Derby."

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    Wise Dan on Target for September Return

    Charlie LoPresti liked what he saw in a five-furlong workout by Wise Dan Aug. 2 on the Keeneland main track, and the Kentucky-based trainer is pointing the two-time Horse of the Year toward an early September return.

  • World Approval won the 1 1/8-mile American Derby on July 11 at Arlington Park.

    World Approval, Night Prowler Seeking 'Fame'

    Grade III winners World Approval and Night Prowler look to take the next step up Friday, Aug. 7 in the $200,000 National Museum Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Lea works at Saratoga Aug. 3.
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    Lea Tunes Up for Whitney in Workout

    Grade I winner Lea worked four furlongs in :49 3/5 on the main track at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 2 in preparation for the Aug. 8, $1.25 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) that will be televised on NBC.

  • Flashy American isn't lacking in experience with 36 starts.

    Flashy American, Willow Hills in Groupie Doll

    Preston Stables' Flashy American, who last raced in the grade I Delaware Handicap, and the lightly raced but ultra-consistent Willow Hills are among those entered for the $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 8.

  • Upstart, far outside, during the Haskell Stakes.

    Upstart Fine After Haskell; Travers Next

    Upstart emerged from his third-place finish in the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) in good shape, according to trainer Rick Violette, and will be aimed for the Travers (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.

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    'Pharoah' Heads Home, Next Race Undecided

    American Pharoah boarded a van Aug. 3 on the Monmouth Park backstretch for his long journey back to Southern California, where his connections will make a decision on where to point the Triple Crown winner next.

  • Gimme Da Luteq wins the Real Good Deal Stakes.

    Gimme Da Lute Dominates Real Good Deal

    A little more than an hour after his stablemate wowed the masses on the East Coast, Bob Baffert-trained Gimme Da Lute dominated an overmatched group of California-breds in the $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar.

  • Stopchargingmaria defeats Untapable in the Shuvee Stakes.
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    'Maria' Upstages Champ Untapable in Shuvee

    The $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 2 was a two-horse race from the get-go between champion Untapable and Stopchargingmaria, with the latter edging clear in the final sixteenth to win at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Heart To Heart wins the Ocean Port Stakes.

    Heart to Heart Wires Oceanport

    Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart was all heart Aug. 2, showing the way throughout and carrying on to victory in the $150,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park.

  • Bradester wins the Monmouth Cup.

    Bradester Carries On in Monmouth Cup

    Joseph Sutton's Bradester collected his first grade II victory and continued his success at Monmouth Park, coming off a score in the July 5 Salvator Mile Stakes (gr. III) to win the $200,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. II).

  • Texas Red and Frosted duel during the Jim Dandy Stakes.
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    Texas Red, Frosted Likely to Meet in Travers

    Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Texas Red emerged from his victory over Frosted in exceptional condition and is on course for the grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29, according to Julie Clark, assistant trainer to Keith Desormeaux.

  • Casual Smile wins the Matchmaker Stakes.

    Casual Smile Continues Roll in Matchmaker

    Starting in a stakes race for the first time in her career, Casual Smile punched through rivals in early stretch and battled to a clear victory in the $150,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 2 on the Monmouth turf.

  • Turfdonna Digs Deep for German Oaks Win

    Turfdonna had to call upon all her reserves to fend off closing Nightflower and win the Henkel-Pries der Diana (Ger-I, German Oaks) Aug. 2 at Dusseldorf.

  • Rachel's Valentina wins race 2 at Saratoga August 2.
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    Rachel's Valentina Sparkles in Debut

    It took Rachel's Valentina a moment to figure out what this racing thing is all about, but once the 2-year-old filly found her stride, there was no stopping her en route to a sparkling debut victory Aug. 2 at Saratoga.

  • 'Maria' Continues to Amaze in Rothschild Win

    Robert Ogden's Amazing Maria gave irrefutable proof she is the real deal Aug. 2 at Deauville in capturing the Prix Rothschild (Fr-I) for her second straight top-level victory.

  • American Pharoah at Monmouth Park

    Sharp American Pharoah Ready for Return

    Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said American Pharoah is "on the sharper side" for the Haskell, his first race since his smooth-striding 5 1/2-length Belmont Stakes (gr. I) triumph June 6 at Belmont Park.

  • Beholder dominates the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar.

    Beholder All Class in Easy Hirsch Score

    Spendthrift Farm's Beholder again showed her talent in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 1, toying with the field to win by open lengths without feeling the whip from Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens.

  • DeShawn Parker takes the West Virginia Governor's Cup aboard Looks to Spare.

    Rare Upset for Jockey Parker at Mountaineer

    Former $5,000 claimer Looks to Spare, a 74-1 shot, outran his odds when he swept past several tough foes to win the $200,000 West Virginia Governor's Cup under DeShawn Parker, the all-time leading rider at Mountaineer.

  • Red Rifle rolls to victory in the Bowling Green.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-zBXW4Sf">Order This Photo</a>

    Red Rifle Blasts Through in Bowling Green

    With four horses in a line across the course in the stretch, Red Rifle emerged from the two path and drew off to a clear victory in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Texas Red outfinished Frosted to win the Jim Dandy Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-2JrbC59">Order This Photo</a>

    Jim Dandy: Texas Red Denies Frosted

    Those who questioned the class level of Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red had to eat their words Aug. 1, as the son of Afleet Alex turned back Frosted in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II).

  • Madefromlucky and Joe Bravo take the West Virginia Derby.

    Madefromlucky Gets Job Done in WV Derby

    Cheyenne Stables and Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky, out of the shadow of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, rallied nicely from off the pace to capture the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Mountaineer.

  • Rock Fall (left) gets in front of The Big Beast in the Vanderbilt. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-FHCP3dD">Order This Photo</a>

    Rock Fall Edges The Big Beast in Vanderbilt

    Rock Fall continued his dazzling win streak and stepped up to the top level with a game performance in the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course, edging grade I winner The Big Beast.

  • Work All Week takes the Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stakes.

    Champ Work All Week Takes Mountaineer Stakes

    Midwest Thoroughbreds' champion Work All Week, second in his two races this year after his Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) victory in 2014, got back on track with a win in the Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stakes Aug. 1.

  • Second Massachusetts Horsemen's Group Forms

    The sizable faction of horsemen dissatisfied with leadership of the New England affiliate of the Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association has splintered to form the new Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

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    Palace to Miss Remainder of Saratoga Meet

    Making his first start against New York-breds in 18 months in the $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes July 30, 6-year-old Palace suffered a deep gash in his left front foot after breaking awkwardly from the gate.

  • Wild One, Futura Win on Big Day at Greyville

    Wild One struck from off the pace Aug. 1 at Greyville to land the eLan Property Group Gold Cup (SAf-I), South Africa's premier staying event, which was delayed a week due to inclement weather.

  • Keen Ice at Monmouth Park

    Keen Ice Improved Since Belmont Stakes Run

    Donegal Racing's classic-placed Keen Ice looked a picture galloping on a sunny summer morning Saturday, Aug. 1 at Monmouth Park as he wrapped up work for the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I).

  • Legatissimo Strikes for Stylish Nassau Win

    One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) winner Legatissimo bounced back from two narrow defeats and won the Qatar Nassau Stakes (Eng-I) by a comfortable margin Aug. 1 at Goodwood.

  • Tonalist breezed five furlongs at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track, clocking 1:02.55.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-PbXSxFR">Order This Photo</a>

    Tonalist, Noble Bird Among Whitney Workers

    Several Whitney (gr. I) contenders drilled July 31 for the upcoming $1.25 million race next weekend at Saratoga Race Course, including 2014 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist, who put in his final serious work.

  • Monmouth Park

    Monmouth, New Jersey Racing Enjoy Spotlight

    When the racing spotlight falls on Monmouth Park this weekend, Dennis Drazin, who has helped guide the track in recent years, is confident fans who attend and watch on national television will see a top track.

  • Retired Trainer Dutton Dies at 87

    Retired trainer Jerry Dutton, a mainstay among California horsemen for decades, died July 30 at the age 87, the Del Mar publicity department announced.

  • Most Inspiring First Winner for Gio Ponti

    Most Inspiring, from the first crop of three-time champion Gio Ponti, breaks her maiden in her first attempt July 31 at Woodbine, winning a six-furlong maiden special weight on the turf in 1:10.36.

  • Rachel's Valentina

    Rachel's Valentina to Debut Aug. 2 at Spa

    Rachel's Valentina, the 2-year-old daughter of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and 2006 3-year-old champion male Bernardini, will make the first start of her career Aug. 2 in the second race at Saratoga Race Course.