Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Isotherm finishes strong to win the San Marcos

    Isotherm Jumps Up in San Marcos

    Matthew Schera's Isotherm hadn't found the winner's circle since September of 2015, but on a red-hot afternoon for jockey Flavien Prat at Santa Anita Park, he was under the right man for the job.

  • Gabriel Saez

    Gabriel Saez Reaches 1,000th Win

    Jockey Gabriel Saez achieved a milestone Feb. 4 when the newly turned 29-year-old native of Panama City, Panama earned his 1,000th career victory on I Hope in the eighth race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Rymska wins the 2017 Sweetest Chant

    Rymska Surges to Sweetest Chant Win

    Trainer Chad Brown won his sixth consecutive edition of the Sweetest Chant Stakes (G3T), when Rymska showed a powerful turn of foot and surged down the middle of the Gulfstream Park stretch to win in the final strides Feb. 4. 

  • St. Joe Bay comes home strong in the Palos Verdes

    St. Joe Bay Digs in to Win Palos Verdes

    Altamira Racing Stable and David Bernsen's St. Joe Bay continued his scorching streak through the Southern California sprint ranks with a game victory in the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) Feb. 4 at Santa Anita Park.

  • El Areeb and Trevor McCarthy take the Withers (G3)

    El Areeb Too Good in Withers

    M M G Stables' El Areeb toyed with nine rivals in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3), summarily dismissed them down the lane, and cleared his fourth straight victory under a hand ride from jockey Trevor McCarthy Feb. 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Tequilita wins the 2017 Forward Gal

    Tequilita Makes Matz Proud in Forward Gal

    The Michael Matz-trained daughter of Union Rags became the latest member of her clan to do her conditioner proud when she struck the lead in midstretch and held off grade 1 winner Pretty City Dancer to take the seven-furlong Forward Gal.

  • Favorable Outcome comes home running to take the Swale

    Favorable Outcome Flies Home in Swale

    Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Favorable Outcome rallied from last to run down favorite Three Rules in the stretch to win the $200,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 4. 

  • Dave Litfin - Litfin At Large

    Litfin at Large: Focus on Weekend's 3-Year-Old Stakes

    If you're thinking a pick three on the three Derby prep races—all scheduled within a 95-minute window—would surely stimulate some nationwide interest in the proceedings, you're right. And you're also out of luck, because that makes too much sense.

  • Unique Bella trains at Santa Anita Park

    Champagne Room, Unique Bella Square Off in Las Virgenes

    Champagne Room, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2016, will be in a unique position Feb. 5 at Santa Anita Park, where she'll make her 3-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes. The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner likely won't be favored.

  • Texas Ryano wins the Hollywood Turf Cup (G2T)

    Texas Ryano Seeks San Marcos Victory

    Warren Williamson's homebred Texas Ryano will look to capture a rare stakes double in the male turf division Feb. 4 in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Park.

  • St. Joe Bay (outside), finished in a dead heat with Solid Wager in the Midnight Lute

    Only Five Go Postward in Palos Verdes

    Only five older sprinters passed the Santa Anita entry box for the Feb. 4 Palos Verdes Stakes (G3). St. Joe Bay heads group based on his dead-heat win on New Year's Eve in the grade 3 Midnight Lute Stakes.

  • Rags to Riches would win five grade I races in her 3-year-old championship season including the Kentucky Oaks (pictured) and Belmont Stakes.

    Look Back: Rags to Riches Arrives in Las Virgenes

    When a filly costs $1.9 million as a yearling, expectations run high. Yet Rags to Riches soared beyond those initial hopes by vaulting out of a maiden victory straight into the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) Feb. 10 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Term of Art wins the 2016 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (G3) at Del Mar

    O'Neill Sends Three Out for Robert B. Lewis

    Without a clear favorite among the five entered in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3), trainer Doug O'Neill, who has three of the five, is hopeful any or all of his horses will seize an opportunity to move forward.

  • El Areeb wins the 2017 Jerome Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct

    El Areeb Aims to Continue Roll in Withers Stakes

    After three straight dominating wins, including an 11 1/4-length score in the Jerome Stakes (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct Racetrack, 3-year-old El Areeb is back at Aqueduct for a crack at the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3) Feb. 4.

  • Jack Wolf at the $12 million Pegasus World Cup.

    CEO Jack Wolf Bullish on Future of Pegasus

    With positive returns in handle, attendance, television ratings, and the on-track experience, the Pegasus World Cup (G1) figures to remain in South Florida at The Stronach Group's Gulfstream Park.

  • Three Rules wins the 2016 Florida Sires In Reality Stakes

    Three Rules Returns in Swale

    Three Rules, the top Florida-bred juvenile last year and winner of five races at Gulfstream, will make his 2016 debut Feb. 4 in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (G2).

  • The Barking Shark, rail, finishing second in the 1996 La Jolla H. at Del Mar

    Fan Favorite The Barking Shark Dies

    The Barking Shark, a West Coast fan favorite who finished second in seven stakes, two grade 1s, died earlier this year of colic at the Glen Ellen Vocational Academy in California. The gelding by Naevus was 24.

  • Some experts believe Arrogate completed the Pegasus in faster time than he's been given credit

    Experts Believe Pegasus Time Should Be Faster

    An expert on speed figures and a respected clocker believe the listed final time of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) is slow by about four-fifths of a second, and that the actual final time Arrogate ran should be close to the track record.

  • Classic Empire

    Classic Empire Tops Initial 3-Year-Old Poll

    Unbeaten standout in 2016, Classic Empire, ranked number one with 30 points on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard takes the lead with (288 points and 28 first-place votes).

  • Champagne Room with Mario Gutierrez up wins the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies

    Champagne Room Ready for Las Virgenes Season Debut

    The 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner and champion 2-year-old Champagne Room worked five furlongs Jan. 29 in a minute flat, in preparation for her 3-year-old debut in Santa Anita Park's Las Virgenes Stakes (G2) Feb. 4.