Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Run Away (inside) soars clear in the Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar

    Run Away Heads Del Mar Futurity for Shah

    Owner Kaleem Shah is hoping for a sense of déjà vu Sept. 4 at Del Mar, where his Best Pal Stakes (G2) winner Run Away will head postward as the starting highweight in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (G1).

  • Dave Litfin - Litfin At Large

    Handicapping Saturday's Cross Country Pick Four

    The final Saturday of racing at the boutique meets offers us a cross country pick four, which kicks off at Saratoga Race Course with the Spinaway and the Woodward stakes, and concludes out West with the Del Mar Debutante and the John C. Mabee.

  • Sally Lundy at Pimlico Race Course in 1990

    Trainer Sally Lundy Passes at Age 63

    Longtime horsewoman, Sarah "Sally" Ann Lundy, the first woman to saddle a starter in the Belmont Stakes (G1), passed away Aug. 26 after a long battle with cancer. She turned 63 years old the day she died. 

  • Sporting Chance breaks his maiden July 22 at Saratoga Race Course

    Lukas Has Sporting Chance in Hopeful Stakes

    Sporting Chance will aim to give trainer D. Wayne Lukas his eighth win in the  $350,000 Hopeful Stakes when he breaks from post 6 in a field of eight for the 113th edition of test on the closing day of the Saratoga Race Course meeting. 

  • Harmonize gallops over the main track at Keeneland

    Harmonize Seeks Glens Falls Rebound

    Larkin Armstrong's Harmonize, bred by Jack Swain III, seeks to rebound off a fourth in the July 22 Diana Stakes (G1T) at the Spa in the Sept. 2 Glens Falls Stakes (G3T) at 1 3/8 miles. Swain is also represented by his grade 3-placed homebred Lottie.

  • Rick Porter called Songbird "the most popular horse that has been around in years"

    Champion Songbird Retired

    Two-time Eclipse Award champion Songbird has been retired from racing after recent X-rays revealed damage to her hind suspensories and a bone chip, owner Rick Porter announced Aug. 31.

  • Fans look out from a balcony at Churchill Downs during the 2017 Kentucky Derby

    Churchill Downs Adds European Path to Derby

    Churchill Downs is eager to stimulate added international interest in next year's Kentucky Derby through the creation of a path to gain a berth for horses based in Europe and the expansion of its current series for Japan's top dirt horses.

  • Tomy Lee in the winner's circle after taking the 1958 Del Mar Futurity

    Look Back: Tomy Lee Cruises to Del Mar Futurity Win

    In conjunction with Tom Hall's Throwback Thursday features in BloodHorse Daily, BloodHorse.com each Thursday will present corresponding race stories from the pages of the magazine. This week is a recap of the 1958 Del Mar Futurity won by *Tomy Lee.

  • Catholic Boy runs down Irish Territory to win the With Anticipation by a length

    Catholic Boy Prevails in With Anticipation

    In his second start, Robert LaPenta's Catholic Boy posted a 12-1 upset, rallying from midpack to take the $150,000 With Anticipation Stakes (G3T) for 2-year-olds by one length Aug. 30 at Saratoga Race Course. 

  • Zipessa will look for her second stakes win in the One Dreamer Stakes

    A Lucrative Wednesday in Kentucky

    The short Kentucky Downs all-turf meeting is scheduled to begin with a bang Sept. 6 with four stakes on the 10-race card at the unique Franklin, Ky. track.

  • Spectator wins the Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar

    Spectator Has More to Prove in Del Mar Debutante

    For Spectator the bigger picture of her 2-year-old campaign, if everything goes right, will feature the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), but a most important step comes Sept. 2 in the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (G1).

  • Racing at Turfway Park resumes Nov. 29 with upgrades to the stakes schedule and adjustments to Spiral Stakes Day

    Turfway Moves Spiral Day, Updates Stakes Schedule

    The Northern Kentucky track has moved the Spiral Stakes (G3) to March 17, seven weeks before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1). It is also bringing the Kentucky Cup Classic, last run in 2011, to the Spiral Stakes undercard.

  • James "Mattress Mack" McIngvale is sheltering victims of Hurricane Harvey at two of his furniture stores

    Mattress Mack Aids Houston Flood Victims

    James "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, Thoroughbred owner and Houston businessman and philanthropist, has opened two of his Gallery Furniture stores as shelters for victims of Hurricane Harvey. At present, some 450 people are housed at each store.

  • Mark Casse, pictured here with Classic Empire, said he is unable to predict when the champion colt might race again

    Classic Empire to Bypass PA Derby, Future Undecided

    John Oxley's multiple grade 1 winner Classic Empire will not run in the Sept. 23 Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx Racing and his connections do not have plans yet for the colt's next start, trainer Mark Casse said Aug. 29.

  • Gun Runner heads back to the barn after his morning bath

    Gun Runner Puts in Final Woodward Work

    Multiple grade 1 winner Gun Runner put in his final breeze the morning of Aug. 28 for the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (G1) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 2.

  • Travers day on-track handle improved slightly in 2017 compared with last year

    Star Power Helps Lift Travers Day Handle

    With a Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) field that featured this year's three different classic winners and a race card that included reigning champions Songbird and Drefong, Travers day 2017 enjoyed increases in handle.

  • Sarvis

    Jockey Sarvis Lands Career Win 2,000

    In guiding 4-5 favorite Barrister Jim to a front-running victory in the fifth race at Belterra Park on Aug. 27, jockey Dean Sarvis secured the 2,000th victory of his career.

  • Munny Spunt (left) and Zapperkat run down the stretch in the Torrey Pines Stakes

    Munny Spunt Wins Torrey Pines Via DQ

    Munny Spunt, who crossed the wire second, is now a graded stakes winner after the disqualification of Zapperkat in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (G3) at Del Mar Aug. 27. 

  • Boss Move romps by 7 1/2 lengths in her second start at Del Mar Aug. 25

    Boss Move First Winner for Turbo Compressor

    After finishing second by 5 1/4 lengths at Del Mar in her debut, Boss Move returned to romp in her second start by 7 1/2 lengths in a maiden claiming race Aug. 25 to become the first winner for freshman sire Turbo Compressor.

  • Does Arrogate Still Rule in Baffertland?

    Just as Arrogate burst on the national scene last year with great fanfare in the historic Travers Stakes, so too has his successor, West Coast, a colt Bob Baffert thought so highly of he contemplated running him in the Belmont Stakes.

  • Lady Eli digs deep to score a determined victory in the Ballston Spa at Saratoga Race Course

    Lady Eli Surges to Victory in Ballston Spa

    Three years and one day after Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli won in her debut at Saratoga Race Course, the daughter of Divine Park surged down the stretch to pick up a victory in the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa Stakes (G2T).

  • West Coast rolls home to win the Travers Stakes

    West Coast is Best in Travers Stakes

    One year after champion Arrogate shipped in from California and turned the division on its ear with his win in the Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), West Coast emulated his stablemate when he registered a victory in the 1 1/4-mile test.