Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • 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.

  • Sadler's Joy and Julien Leparoux rally on the outside to take the Sword Dancer

    Sadler's Joy Rallies to Sword Dancer Victory

    After earning a pair of grade 1 placings earlier this year, Sadler's Joy uncorked a powerful late kick to rally past all six other rivals in the stretch to win the $1 million Sword Dancer Stakes (G1T) Aug. 26 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Charlie and Susan Chu lead Drefong to the Saratoga winner's circle for a second consecutive year

    Drefong Crushes Forego Competition

    After making his mark on Saratoga Race Course with a powerful 2016 King's Bishop (G1) score, Baoma Corporation's champion sprinter Drefong returned to the Spa Aug. 26 and romped in the $600,000 Forego Stakes (G1).

  • By the Moon holds off Highway Star to win the Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga Race Course

    No Denying By the Moon in This Year's Ballerina

    Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon set a slow opening fraction then held off all challenges in the stretch to post a narrow victory in the $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina Stakes (G1) Aug. 26 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Charles Fipke (left, holding shank) leads Forever Unbridled into the winner's circle as Dallas Stewart (left) looks on

    Forever Unbridled Hands Songbird Personal Ensign Defeat

    Charles Fipke's homebred Forever Unbridled handed champion Songbird just the second defeat of her career Aug. 26 when the 5-year-old mare closed down the center of the track at Saratoga Race Course to win the $700,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (G1).

  • Yellow Agate wins the 2016 Frizette

    Ontario Colleen Stakes Features Tough Field

    A compact field of 3-year-old fillies, including three graded stakes winners, highlight the Ontario Colleen Stakes at Woodbine Aug. 27. Yellow Agate, winner of the Frizette Stakes, will try the turf for the first time.

  • Dave Litfin - Litfin At Large

    Litfin at Large: Handicapping Spa's Saturday Stakes

    Anyone who's anyone is running at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 26, where the 148th running of the Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) brings together three different winners of the three Triple Crown races for the first time since 1982.

  • RMTC, Horsemen React to Kentucky Court Decision

    With a Kentucky judge agreeing with many concerns about equine medication and testing policies raised in recent years by horsemen, the industry group that shapes that policy—the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium—defended its approach.

  • Tapwrit will make his first start since he won the Belmont Stakes by two lengths

    Rested Tapwrit Seeks To Land Travers Knockout

    For the first time in months, Tapwrit is coming into a race rested. And if the classic winner lands another power punch in the Aug. 26 Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), it might be the hit that sends the rest of his division sprawling.

  • Marsha (left) catches Lady Aurelia at the wire to win the Nunthorpe Stakes

    Marsha Catches Lady Aurelia in Nunthorpe Upset

    Jockey Frankie Dettori raised an arm in celebration after driving Lady Aurelia past the finish in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (G1) Aug. 25 at York but the jubilation proved premature as the camera found Marsha's closing lunge had her home first.

  • Java Gold, with Pat Day aboard, takes the rain-drenched 1987 Travers Stakes

    Looking Back 30 Years to the 1987 Travers

    The cast of the 1987 Travers Stakes (G1) rivaled any group that had been assembled to that point, and since, with seven grade 1 winners and the winners of that year's classic races shooting for the Mid-Summer Derby.

  • Conquest Big E wins Gulfstream's Coast is Clear Handicap July 23

    'Big E' Out for Iselin Conquest

    Front-running Conquest Big E figures to have the pace edge Aug. 26 at Monmouth Park in the $100,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (G3). The 4-year-old stiffest challenge figures to come from Will Farish's classy Eagle.

  • Cupid

    Cupid Holds Off Curlin Rules to Win Brubaker

    Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, and Derrick Smith's Cupid may not have performed as well as expected at 2-5 odds in the $75,000 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes Aug. 23 at Del Mar, but the stakes try Wednesday was not the goal.

  • Lady Aurelia and John Velazquez after their win in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot

    Lady Aurelia Favored in Nunthorpe at York

    Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton, and Peter Leidel's Lady Aurelia is the narrow favorite for the Aug. 25 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (G1) at York's prestigious Ebor Festival, with Battaash close on her heels in the antepost markets.

  • Drefong (between horses) runs riderless in the Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar July 29

    Drefong Aims for Bing Crosby Rebound in Forego

    Looking to rebound from his last start July 29 in the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1), reigning champion sprinter Drefong will attempt to add another Saratoga Race Course grade 1 to his résumé in the $600,000 Forego Stakes (G1) Aug. 26.