Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Silver Timber pulls away in the Jaipur Stakes under Eibar Coa.
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    Silver Timber Chops Down Jaipur Foes

    Silver Timber, in a no-holds-barred speed duel with even-money favorite Heroes Reward from the very start, finally inched clear of his rival in upper stretch and held on for a narrow victory in the $156,000 Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Belmont turf July 18.

  • Alcomo and Willie Martinez draw off in the Greenwood Cup at Philadelphia Park.

    Alcomo Earns BC Berth With Greenwood Cup Win

    Alcomo, a multiple stakes winner in his native Brazil, finally showed his winning U.S. form when he took over off the final turn and drew away for a 1 3/4-length score in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup July 18 at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack.

  • Baird Picks Up Win No. 2,000

    Longtime Chicago-based jockey E. T. Baird notched the 2,000th victory of his career when he guided John Karakourtis's Bond Street to a 2 1/2-length win for trainer Hugh Robertson in the second race July 17 at Arlington Park.

  • Quality Road is on track to make his first start in more than four months in the Amsterdam.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7958411%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Ready, Munnings to Haskell

    Edward Evans' homebred Quality Road worked five furlongs in 1:01.41 July 17 at Belmont Park and is on track to make his first start in more than four months in the $150,000 Amsterdam (gr. II) at Saratoga on Aug. 3.

  • Spring House is closing in on the $1-million mark in career earnings.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5636563%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hollywood Meet Closes With Four-Horse Sunset

    The lack of horse inventory has troubled the 2009 spring/summer Hollywood Park season from its outset, so it's not surprising that the closing day $150,000 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT) July 19 attracted just four horses to the turf course.

  • Larry Jones has a pair of colts lined up for the Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park.

    Jones Has Pair of Live Ones in Barbaro Stakes

    It Happened Again and Doc's Friend, a pair of colts from the barn of Larry Jones who defeated older horses last time out, lead a full field of a dozen 3-year-olds in the $150,000 Barbaro Stakes (gr. III) July 19 at Delaware Park.

  • Affirmed winner Grazen will meet some new faces in the Swaps. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8257609%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Grazen Battles Eastern Invaders in Swaps

    Grazen, who dominated the local 3-year-old crop in the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) on the front end last month, will face a couple of eastern invaders in Advice and Conservative in the $300,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park July 18.

  • Evita Argentina takes on older fillies and mares in the A Gleam.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7762281%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Evita Argentina Facing Tall Task in A Gleam

    She has already beaten colts this season when she captured the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita. Now Evita Argentina will try to become the first 3-year-old since Honeymoon in 1946 to beat older fillies and mares in the A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) on closing weekend at Hollywood Park.

  • C. S. Silk won the Arlington-Washington Lassie at Arlington in 2008.

    C.S. Silk Back on Beam for Arlington Oaks

    C.S. Silk, a six-length winner of the Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) as a 2-year-old last September at Arlington Park, returns to the site of her biggest victory July 18 in the $150,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III).

  • Heroes Reward carries highweight of 124 in the Jaipur Stakes.

    Heroes Reward Has Edge in Jaipur

    Heroes Reward, a graded stakes winner on turf in each of the last three years, will tote top weight of 124 pounds as the likely favorite for the $150,000 Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park July 18.

  • Unbridled Belle has won five of seven starts at Delaware Park.

    Unbridled Belle vs. Acoma in Del 'Cap

    Team Valor International's Unbridled Belle has been simply terrific in her career at Delaware Park, winning five of seven starts at the track including the 2007 Delaware Handicap (gr. II). On July 19, the 6-year-old mare will try to continue her domination when she takes on six rivals in the $1 million event.

  • The Haskell is the next scheduled stop for Mother Goose winner Rachel Alexandra.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8279198%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra Headed to Haskell

    The winner of the BlackBerry Preakness (gr. I) is in top condition and ready for the $1 million, grade I stakes Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park, which could include Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird.

  • Winter View has won 3 in a row.

    Winter View Goes For Fourth Straight Win

    Augustin Stable's Winter View, riding a three-race win streak, the last two in graded stakes company, is the one to beat in the Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 18 at Delaware Park.

  • Payton d'Oro defeated Bon Jovi Girl by 1 1/4 lengths in the Black-Eyed Susan.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8114993%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Solid Field Set For Delaware Oaks

    Payton d'Oro and Bon Jovi Girl, who took turns beating each other in their last two starts, will do battle once again in the $250,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) July 18 at Delaware Park, where they will meet a solid group of 3-year-old fillies.

  • Eldaafer defeated Nite Light by a nose in the Brooklyn.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8199922%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Eldaafer, Nite Light Meet Again in Greenwood

    Eldaafer and Nite Light, separated by only a nose in last month's Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II), will meet again July 18, this time with a Breeders' Cup berth on the line. The older horses will square off in the $250,000 Greenwood Cup at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack.

  • Rachel Alexandra covers the 5 furlong work at the Oklahoma Training Track in Saratoga Springs.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8322404%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra in Bullet Work at Saratoga

    BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra worked five furlongs in 1:01.38 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Racecourse July 13.

  • Mr. Sidney, winner of the Firecracker at Churchill Downs.

    Grade I Winner Mr. Sidney to Race in 'Million

    Mr. Sidney, winner of the grade I Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland and grade II Firecracker Stakes at Churchill Downs, will make his next start in the Aug. 8 Arlington Million (gr. IT), owner Lee Einsidler said July 13.

  • Nicanor is the morning-line favorite for the Virginia Derby.

    Nicanor Favored For Virginia Derby

    Battle of Hastings will line up against Nicanor and eight others in the $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) July 18 at Colonial Downs.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird continued his preparation for a return to competition in the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby with a strong five-furlong work July 13th at Churchill Downs.

    Mine That Bird in Strong Five-Furlong Work

    Mine That Bird continued his preparation for a return to competition in the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) with a strong five-furlong work July 13 at Churchill Downs.

  • Big Drama Turns in Bullet Work at Monmouth

    Big Drama, whose late August goal is the seven-furlong King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 4/5 at Monmouth Park July 13 in preparation for either the Haskell Invitational Aug. 2 or the West Virginia Derby (gr. III) the day before

  • The filly Necessary Evil defeated her four male rivals to win the Hollywood Juvenile Championship at Hollywood Park.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8321300%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Necessary Evil Overwhelms Males at Hollywood

    The filly Necessary Evil maintained a comfortable edge over her four male rivals and sprinted away in the stretch to win the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) as the strong favorite at Hollywood Park July 12.

  • Coolmore Lexington Stakes winner Advice will be shipped from Kentucky to California for the $300,000 Swaps Stakes.

    Advice to Ship for Hollywood's July 18 Swaps

    Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) winner Advice will be shipped from Kentucky to California for the $300,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park July 18, according to the Inglewood track's racing office.

  • Tuscan Evening gets her nose in front in the Royal Heroine.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8320304%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tuscan Evening Keeps Winning in Royal Heroine

    Tuscan Evening had the pacesetting Patricia's Gem in her sights all the way, finally edging past her in the final 50 yards and winning a sprint to the wire by a nose in the $250,000 Royal Heroine Mile (gr. IIT) on the Hollywood Park turf July 11.

  • Eaton's Gift and Jose Lezcano take the Smile Stakes at Calder.

    No 'Bull' Here; Eaton's Gift Earns Smile

    Eaton's Gift seized the lead inside the eighth pole and held off 1-2 favorite Benny the Bull by 1 1/2 lengths in the $350,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) on Summit of Speed day at Calder Race Course July 11.

  • Atomic Rain cruises in the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth.

    Atomic Rain Wins Long Branch; Papa Clem Third

    Atomic Rain waited patiently early before moving wide for the drive and sailing to a 4 3/4-length win in the July 11 Long Branch Stakes, the traditional prep for Monmouth Park's Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 2.

  • Game Face shows the way in the Princess Rooney at Calder.

    Game Face Rolls to Princess Rooney Romp

    Game Face rebounded from a disappointing effort last out by romping to a 6 3/4-length score in the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) July 11 at Calder Race Course. As part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" series, the victory earned the filly an automatic berth in the Sentient Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 6 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Reb fights for the win in the American Derby.

    Reb Roars From Last to Win American Derby

    Last at the sixteenth pole, Reb unleashed a furious drive under jockey Julien Leparoux to nail No Inflation at the wire to win Arlington Park's $300,000 American Derby by a head in his stakes debut July 11.

  • First Passage overtakes Kays and Jays to win the Azalea.

    First Passage Finds Way in Calder's Azalea

    Andrew Rosen's First Passage won her third in a row and became a graded stakes winner in the process as she took over from pacesetter Kays and Jays in the stretch and went on to win the $200,000 Azalea (gr. III) by three-quarters of a length July 11 at Calder Race Course.

  • Gio Ponti powers home in the Man o' War.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8319927%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Gio Ponti Scores Third Straight Gr. I

    Castleton Lyons' Gio Ponti notched his third consecutive grade I win when he came from off the pace to take the $500,000 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park July 11. The 4-year-old son of Tale of the Cat won for the fourth time in five starts on Belmont's turf course.

  • Pure Clan bounds home in the Modesty at Arlington.

    Pure Clan Shows Class in Modesty Score

    Lewis Lakin's homebred Pure Clan, making just her second start of the season, overtook pacesetter Tizaqueena in upper stretch and sailed to the wire for a 2 1/2-length victory in the $200,000 Modesty Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 11 on the Arlington Park turf.

  • Marina Ballerina has been scratched from the Princess Rooney.

    Marina Ballerina Out of Princess Rooney

    Trainer Kirk Ziadie scratched Robert Pastor's 5-year-old mare Marina Ballerina from today's $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) this morning, citing a possible oncoming illness.

  • Belmont Park

    Belmont Jockeys Testing Padded Crops

    Jockeys at Belmont Park this week began testing padded crops designed to be gentler on horses, according to a press rlease issued by the New York Racing Association July 10. The goal is to fully implement the new equipment by the start of the six-week Saratoga meeting on July 29.

  • Indian Blessing will not run in the Princess Rooney.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7226922%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Indian Blessing Out of Princess Rooney

    A treatment of procaine penicillin for an infected hind foot more than two weeks ago will keep Hal and Patti Earnhardt's Indian Blessing out of the July 11 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) during Summit of Speed Saturday at Calder Race Course.

  • Trainer Doug O'Neill sends out filly Necessary Evil against the boys in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship.

    O'Neill Filly to Battle Boys in Juvenile Test

    One day after Life Is Sweet tests males in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), the Doug O'Neill-trained filly Necessary Evil will do the same in the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) July 12.

  • Diamond Diva<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5037128%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Diamond Diva Faces Possible Retirement

    Diamond Diva, who captured the CashCall Mile Invitational Stakes (gr. IIT) and the Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) in 2008, was shipped from California to Kentucky July 8 following the recurrence of a suspensory injury, according to Daily Racing Form.