Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Classic Empire holds off Not This Time to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile

    Classic Empire Reigns in BC Juvenile

    Trainer Mark Casse was openly confident regarding John Oxley's Classic Empire, and was proven right when the bay colt held off favored Not This Time to win the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

  • Drefong runs away with the Breeders' Cup Sprint

    Drefong Gives Baffert Fifth BC Sprint

    Baoma Corporation's Drefong came in off the bench, racing for the first time since his Aug. 27 Ketel One King's Bishop (gr. I) score, and turned back 8-5 choice Masochistic to land his second consecutive grade I by 1 1/4 lengths.

  • Queen's Trust nips Lady Eli at the wire to win the Filly & Mare Turf

    Queen's Trust Delivers in Filly & Mare Turf

    European invader Queen's Trust denied Lady Eli a rousing finish to her fairytale comeback from laminitis, getting her nose down just in time to take the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Mario Gutierrez celebrates after winning Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Champagne Room Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.

    Champagne Room Takes Juvenile Fillies

    Champagne Room rewarded her backers handsomely, running back to her Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) form and winning the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filles (gr. I) to kick off the Nov. 5 World Championships card at Santa Anita Park.

  •  Fair Point wins the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes

    Fair Point Makes the Grade in Maddy

    Only a neck back from her first graded score in the Oct. 14 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland, Stuart S. Janney III's Fair Point left no doubt Nov. 5 in the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy (gr. IIIT).

  • Richard Mandella greets Beholder after her Breeders' Cup Distaff victory

    Mandella: Beholder is Unlike Any Other

    The beat went on, as it always does, but Richard Mandella doesn't want to think about moving on from the bay mare who gave one final brilliant display Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Shaman Ghost at Santa Anita

    Shaman Ghost Out of BC Classic

    Stronach Stables' Shaman Ghost, the winner of the Sept. 3 Woodward Stakes (gr. I), will be scratched from the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park after spiking a fever in recent days, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Nov. 5.

  • Limato at Santa Anita Nov. 1

    Limato Aims for Breeders' Cup Mile

    In one of the most intriguing races of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, a stellar cast has assembled for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), topped by the queen of American turf, Tepin, whose best effort wins the race.

  • California Chrome prepares for the Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.

    A Stronger 'Chrome' Returns to Classic

    California Chrome has a chance at redemption—the rarest of opportunities in today’s racing—when he starts in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, the same race and site where he finished a close third to Bayern in 2014.

  • Mike Smith watches the replay after losing the Distaff by a nose on Songbird

    Songbird Loses Nothing in Defeat

    It took a photo finish decided by barely an inch, but previously unbeaten champion Songbird did suffer a loss for the first time, losing to now three-time Breeders' Cup winner Beholder in the $2 million Longines Distaff (gr. I) Nov. 4.

  • Frank Conversation and Mario Gutierrez rally to victory in the Twilight Derby Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park.

    Frank Conversation Lights Up Twilight Derby

    Reddam Racing's Frank Conversation charged from far back to win Santa Anita's $200,000 Twilight Derby (gr. IIT) to close a fantastic day of racing. It was the second stakes win on the day for J. Paul Reddam.

  • New Money Honey wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT)

    New Money Honey Cashes Juvenile Fillies Turf

    An already career year for trainer Chad Brown continued during the Nov. 4 card of the Breeders' Cup World Championships when New Money Honey collared pacesetter Lull in midstretch to take the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).

  • Tamarkuz and Mike Smith take the Dirt Mile

    Tamarkuz Upsets Dirt Mile

    Shadwell Stable's Tamarkuz, under all-time leading Breeders' Cup jockey Mike Smith, ranged up outside and rolled past Gun Runner to upset the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).

  • Hemsworth wins the 2016 Nashua Stakes

    Hemsworth Breaks Maiden in Nashua Stakes

    Godolphin Racing's Hemsworth broke his maiden in his stakes debut, and he did it leading gate-to-wire in the $200,000 Nashua Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds on opening day of the 2016 Aqueduct Racetrack fall meet.

  • Scuba and Kendrick Carmouche score a clear victory in Marathon Stakes.

    Scuba Floats to Victory in Marathon Stakes

    Scuba got the first day of the Breeders' Cup World Championships off to an impressive start as he stayed the 14 furlongs of the grade II Marathon Stakes, running away from the field for a decisive victory.

  • Saez's Attorney Questions NYGSC Decision

    A lawyer representing Thoroughbred Jockey Luis Saez is fighting back against this week's New York State Gaming Commission decision to continue a disciplinary proceeding that could lead to a suspension of the rider for a "careless riding" incident.

  • Beholder gallops at Santa Anita Nov. 2, 2016 in preparation for her appearance in the Breeders' Cup in Arcadia, California.

    Beholder Set to Bid Farewell

    Ten grade I wins, three Eclipse Awards, and two Breeders' Cup race victories into her career, Beholder is set to have one last chance to add to all of the above when she makes what is slated to be her final career start in the 1 1/8-miles Distaff.

  • Four-Time Grade I Winner Fly Till Dawn Dies

    Multiple grade I winner Fly Till Dawn died in late October at Nick Lotz's Briarbrooke Farm in Paris, Ky., the farm where he was born and returned after being pensioned from his stallion career.

  • Lady Shipman at Santa Anita Park Oct. 30

    McLaughlin Chooses Maddy for Lady Shipman

    A neck away from Breeders' Cup glory only a year ago, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has opted not to run Lady Shipman in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) a second time in favor of the Nov. 5 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Stronach Group senior vice president of West Coast operations Joe Morris outlines features in Santa Anita Park's state-of-the-art surveillance system.

    Santa Anita Park Cameras Focus on BC Horses

    As handicappers look for every possible angle in considering a horse's chances in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Santa Anita Park security will be monitoring every Breeders' Cup horse from a state-of-the-art surveillance system.

  • Gloryzapper working at Santa Anita Park Oct. 18

    Heberts' Pride Gloryzapper in F&M Sprint

    Jeff and Kathleen Hebert fell in love with a Kentucky-bred daughter of Ghostzapper at the 2013 Keeneland yearling sale. She had some veterinary issues, which scared enough bidders away that the couple got her for just $15,000.

  • Free Rose and jockey Norberto Arroyo, Jr., right, outleg Ralis

    Free Rose Out to Shine in Twilight Derby

    Multiple graded stakes winner Free Rose seeks to build upon the best form of his career as the 3-year-old gelded son of Munnings heads a field of 12 entered for the Nov. 4 $200,000 Twilight Derby (gr. IIT) going 1 1/8 miles.

  • Green Mask will run in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

    Green Mask Draws into Turf Sprint

    Trainer Brad Cox shipped D. J. Stable's Green Mask, third in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) in 2015, out to Santa Anita Park with the hopes of making the race again, despite being the second horse on the also-eligible list in a full field.

  • Spain Burg's co-owners Dean Reeves (left) and Randy Hill at Santa Anita Park.

    Must-Have Filly Takes Owners to Breeders' Cup

    Dean Reeves cut short a Bahama vacation to buy Spain Burg out of this year's Arqana Arc sale for €1.5 million. He and partner Randy Hill now have a starter in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I).

  • Jockey Angel Cruz is all smiles in the Alcibiades Stakes.

    Jockey Cruz Set for Breeders' Cup Debut

    It's been a whirlwind 2 1/2 years for jockey Angel Cruz since he won his first race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races April 6, 2014, a period where the 20-year-old has had more than his share of new and exciting experiences.

  • Hamm Reaches Career Win 1,000

    Trainer Tim Hamm, best known for developing the grade II stakes-winning sprinter Too Much Bling, hit a personal milestone when he saddled his 1,000th career winner Nov. 2.

  • Awesome Again winning the 1988 Breeders' Cup Classic

    A Look Back: The Greatest Classic Field?

    A look back at Awesome Again winning the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in a field that many still argue is the best in the race's history.

  • Effinex preparing Oct. 31 for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park

    Jerkens Returns with Effinex, Shaman Ghost

    Trainer Jimmy Jerkens will send out a pair of horses as he tries to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) for the first time and secure the third Breeders' Cup win of his career Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Melatonin breezing at Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Classic

    Hofmans Has Melatonin Sitting on Go

    Tarabilla Farms' Breeders' Cup Clasic (gr. I) contender Melatonin got out on the Santa Anita Park main track Nov. 2 around 7:45 a.m. and stretched his legs, moving smoothly through a four-furlong work in :47 4/5 with a gallop out in 1:01 2/5.

  • Klimt

    Shah Hoping for a Masterpiece from Klimt

    Klimt will try to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile for owner Kaleem Shah and trainer Bob Baffert, two years after the team sent out Bayern to take the Breeders' Cup Classic, also at Santa Anita.

  • Metaboss enters an equine ambulance Nov. 2

    Metaboss Retired After Injury on Turf Course

    Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) entrant Metaboss was pulled up and transported off the Santa Anita Park turf course in an equine ambulance Nov. 2 during a routine gallop in preparation for the Nov. 5 race.