Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Thornton Breaks Collarbone at Hawthorne

    Rider Tim Thornton suffered a broken collarbone and facial fractures when he was dislodged after his mount clipped heels with another horse near the quarter mile pole in the fourth race at Hawthorne Race Course Oct. 21.

  • Upperline wins the Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes.

    Upperline Bows Out With Game Dowager Triumph

    In the final start of her career, multiple graded stakes winner Upperline outfought Ciao Bella in the homestretch to prevail in the $125,000 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes Oct. 21 on the Keeneland turf.

  • Chantal Sutherland

    Sutherland Announces Surprise Retirement

    Jockey Chantal Sutherland surprisingly announced her retirement in a statement released Oct. 21, saying she is ready "to begin a new chapter in my life."

  • Gold Ship Wins Kikuka Sho for Classic Double

    Gold Ship solidified his credentials as Japan's top 3-year-old on Oct. 21 at Kyoto when he completed a last-to-first rally in the Kikuka Sho (Jpn-I Japanese St. Leger), the final jewel in Japan's Triple Crown.

  • Novellist Wins Italiano for Stonereath Owner

    German-based Novellist cruised to a comfortable win over former Australian-based group winner Retrieve in the Gran Premio del Jockey Club Italiano (Ity-I) at San Siro Racecourse in Milan Oct. 21.

  • Frankie Dettori

    Dettori, Godolphin to Part Ways in 2013

    Frankie Dettori, who has been the principal jockey for Godolphin Racing for nearly two decades, will not be retained next year by the Maktoum family's racing operation, Godolphin announced Oct. 21.

  • West Virginia Breeders' Classic winner Lucy's Bob Boy

    Lucy's Bob Boy Romps in WV Breeders' Classic

    Lucy's Bob Boy left odds-on pick Russell Road and the rest behind on the final turn en route to an eight-length romp in the $450,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Oct. 20.

  • Pierrot Lunaire and Bernie Dalton take the Grand National.<br><a target="blank" href="!i=2162763533&k=Mpd2RFR">Order This Photo</a>

    Pierrot Lunaire Takes Close Grand National

    Pierrot Lunaire took a big step toward a possible steeplechase Eclipse Award when he came from off the pace to overtake Divine Fortune in the $250,000 Grand National (NSA-I) at New Jersey's 92nd Far Hills Races Oct. 20.

  • Broken Dreams gets up late to win the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes.

    Broken Dreams Wakes Up Late for Maddy Repeat

    Broken Dreams overtook speed-burning Kindle in the closing strides to win the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita Park Oct. 20 for the second year in a row.

  • Gypsy Robin rolls home in the Lexus Raven Run at Keeneland.

    Gypsy Robin Soars to Victory in Raven Run

    Gypsy Robin was an impressive wire-to-wire winner of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Oct. 20, blitzing to the lead at Keeneland and never looking back as she easily overpowered 13 sophomore fillies by four lengths.

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    Handsome Mike 'Doing Fantastic' for BC Date

    Handsome Mike, frontrunning winner of the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), is headed for the Breeders' Cup Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park although a decision on which race is still to be made, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

  • Trainer Ronney Brown earns 2,000th Victory

    Charles Town trainer Ronney Brown saddled his 2,000th lifetime winner when Twenty Hawks captured the West Virginia Governor's Cup on the night of Oct. 19.

  • McKee Sustains Minor Injuries at Keeneland

    Jockeys John McKee and Amanda Tamburello escaped serious injury in an Oct. 20 Keeneland spill, although McKee's right wrist will require examination at a Louisville hospital, track representatives said.

  • Frankel after winning the QIPCO Champion Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="!i=2162079039&k=3CFNGZq">Order This Photo</a>

    Frankel Secures Place in History at Ascot

    Khalid Abdullah's brilliant Frankel captured the QIPCO Champion Stakes Oct. 20 at Ascot, remaining unbeaten and securing his legacy as one of the best racehorses of the modern era and perhaps one of the greatest of all time.

  • Golden Ticket worked 5 furlongs in 1:02 2/5 at Keeneland on October 20.

    Breeders' Cup Hopefuls on Keeneland Worktab

    While Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) contender Wise Dan captivated the attention of many on the Keeneland grounds with his morning breeze Oct. 20, Willcox Inn, Atigun, Golden Ticket, and Brown Almighty were also on the worktab.

  • Excelebration romps in the QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="!i=2162143483&k=cJKtjVq">Order This Photo</a>

    Excelebration Wins QEII On Champions Day Card

    Excelebration, runner-up to Frankel on four occasions and third behind him once, finally escaped the superstar's shadow when he took the QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) Oct. 20 at Ascot in determined fashion.

  • Excelebration to Run in Breeders' Cup Mile

    Excelebration, who has been a runner-up to Frankel four times and third behind him once, will likely come to the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park, trainer Aidan O'Brien said.

  • Wise Dan's commanding win in the Oct. 6 Shadwell Turf Mile.

    Wise Dan Sparkles in Final Move for BC Mile

    Charlie Lopresti sent top Breeders' Cup Mile contender Wise Dan through an Oct. 20 breeze at Keeneland in preparation for his upcoming bid at the World Championships, and the versatile runner responded with usual alacrity.

  • Dunaden Charges to Caulfield Cup Win

    French stayer Dunaden stormed from near the back of the field and won the $2,583,125 Caulfield Cup (Aus-I) Oct. 20 to kept his perfect record in Australia in tact.

  • Alpha

    Godolphin Breeders' Cup Trio Breezes

    Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin had Godolphin Racing stars Alpha, Emcee, and Questing prepare for the Breeders' Cup World Championships with workouts at Darley's Greentree Training Center on Oct. 19 in Saratoga Springs.

  • New York Will Review Tote Service Deal

    New York state, in the first full day controlling the New York Racing Association, said it will review a tentative deal track officials previously made to replace United Tote as NYRA's totalizator contractor.

  • Hymn Book splashes to victory in the Frank "Pancho" Martin Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="!i=2160599811&k=fRR8L9w">Order This Photo</a>

    Hymn Book Returns to Winning Ways

    Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Hymn Book returned to winning ways Oct. 19, taking the $80,750 Frank "Pancho" Martin Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths in the slop at Belmont Park.

  • Pro Poker Player in Cup Betting Challenge

    The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 19 that professional poker player Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi will play in the $10,000 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2-3 during the World Championships.

  • Musical Romance

    Musical Romance Continues Working Toward Cup

    Champion Musical Romance breezed six furlongs in 1:14 1/5 at Calder Casino & Race Course Oct. 18 as she continues to work toward a defense of her title in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).

  • Kindergarden Kid (left) gets by  Ioya Bigtime late to win the Sycamore.

    Kindergarden Kid Kicks in Late Sycamore Run

    Kindergarden Kid made his third start in little more than a month a winning one at Keeneland Oct. 18, kicking on the afterburners approaching the line to jet home in the $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT).

  • Bobby Flay is one of the new members of the NYRA board.

    State Now Controls NYRA; New Board Appointed

    The New York Racing Association is now the nation's largest state-controlled racing entity, paving a new and highly uncertain future for the not-for-profit corporation that has seen its highs and lows.

  • Dalton McGuinty

    Move by Ontario Premier Blow for Racing

    Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced Oct. 15 that he will be stepping down as leader of the province and will also prorogue the government until a new leader for the Liberal party can be named.

  • Court Upholds Ejection of Gill, Adamo

    A federal judge has ruled against owner Michael Gill and trainer Anthony Adamo in a lawsuit they filed against the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission over the pair's ejection from Hollywood Casino at Penn National.

  • Frankel is expected to make his final start in the in the QIPCO Champion Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="!i=2113689526&k=njt8rbx">Order This Photo</a>

    Soft Ground at Ascot Awaits Unbeaten Frankel

    Great Britain will stage its highly anticipated season finale Oct. 20 at Ascot, where superstar Frankel, one of the best racehorses of the modern era, will bid to remain undefeated in his final career start.

  • Mike Repole

    Owner Repole to Skip Breeders' Cup

    Frustrated with a Breeders' Cup decision to require starters in its five juvenile races at this year's World Championships to race without Salix, owner Mike Repole will not send any horses to this year's event.

  • Henry Cecil

    Ailing Cecil Grateful for Frankel

    There will be mixed feelings at Ascot on Saturday, Oct. 20, when the brilliant Frankel makes his farewell appearance on the racetrack in the QIPCO Champion Stakes (Eng-I).