Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Springside takes the Demoiselle Stakes under Garrett Gomez.<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%3D6898325%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Springside Injured in Demoiselle Romp

    Canadian invader Springside rallied from last on the final turn and overpowered her rivals by 9 1/2 lengths in the $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Nov.29. She was vanned off afterward, however.

  • Habaya sweeps to victory in the Miesque Stakes.<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%3D6889008%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Habaya Has It Covered in Miesque Win

    Habaya, a daughter of Storm Cat out of the Eclipse Award-winning turf mare Golden Apples, came from off the pace to earn her first graded stakes win in the Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 28.

  • Einstein and Julien Leparoux take the Clark Handicap.

    Einstein Looks Brilliant in Clark

    Einstein stormed past heavy favorite Commentator at the top of the stretch and then held off longshot Delightful Kiss to win the Nov. 28 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs by 1 1/2 lengths.

  • Leah's Secret outfinishes Slewfoundmoney to take the Top Fight Handicap.<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%3D6886700%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Leah's Secret Rallies for Top Flight Win

    WinStar Farm's favored Leah's Secret backed off of an early speed duel and came late to pick up the pieces at Aqueduct Nov. 28, rallying past Slewfoundmoney for a three-quarter-length victory in the 69th running of the grade II, $150,000 Top Fight Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile.

  • Del Mar Derby winner Madeo tries to add the Hollywood Derby to his resume.

    Zenyatta Connections Pulling for Madeo

    Jockey Mike Smith, trainer John Shirreffs, and owners/breeders Jerry and Ann Moss have one trip to the Hollywood Park winner's circle guaranteed. They are hoping for a second with Madeo following the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Nov. 30.

  • Beldame winner Cocoa Beach takes to the turf in the Matriarch.<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%3D6084309%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cocoa Beach Returns in Loaded Matriarch

    Chilean-bred Cocoa Beach, runner-up to Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) last out, makes her return to the track to face a loaded field of nine fillies and mares in the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) Nov. 30 on the Hollywood Park turf.

  • Julien Leparoux celebrates his record win.

    Leparoux Sets Churchill Record for Wins

    Jockey Julien Leparoux broke a 23-year-old Churchill Downs record for wins at a fall meet Nov. 28 when he rode Just Like William to a head victory in the third race for his 56th victory of the meet.

  • Miss Isella and Calvin Borel pull away in the Falls City Handicap.

    Borel Rides Rail for 5th Falls City Win

    Getting a patented rail-skimming ride from Calvin Borel, Miss Isella won Thursday's 93rd running of the $169,800 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) by a length over Skylighter on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs.

  • Wanderin Boy tops the 20th running of the grade I, $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile.

    Wanderin Boy Tops Balanced Cigar Mile

    Stone Farm's Wanderin Boy tops the 20th running of the grade I, $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Nov. 29 as Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito attempts a rare double: winning graded stakes with 7-year-olds on consecutive days.

  • Frizette Stakes winner Sky Diva takes on 5 in the Demoiselle.<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%3D6183785%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Juveniles in Aqueduct Spotlight

    While the grade I, $300,000 Cigar Mile is the premier feature on the Nov. 29 card at Aqueduct, 2-year-olds will also be in the spotlight with the 87th renewal of the Demoiselle (gr. II) for fillies and the 95th running of the Remsen (gr. II) for juvenile colts and geldings.

  • Fabulous Strike cruises to victory in the Fall Highweight Handicap.<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%3D6878002%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    A Fabulous Thanksgiving Day Strike

    Fabulous Strike, carrying high weight of 136 pounds, led from start to finish for a 1 1/2-length triumph in the $111,200 Fall Highweight Handicap, the Thanksgiving Day feature at Aqueduct.

  • Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Albertus Maximus will be aimed at the Dubai World Cup.<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%3D6469736%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Albertus Maximus Aiming For Dubai

    Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Albertus Maximus will be aimed at the Dubai World Cup program after recently being acquired by Sheikh Hamdan's American-based Shadwell Stable.

  • Graded stakes winner Bittel Road highlights the Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) Nov. 29 at Hollywood Park.

    Bittel Road Has Big Edge in Generous

    James Scatuorchio and John Iracane's Bittel Road, the lone graded stakes winner among eight 2-year-old turfers, highlights the $100,000 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) Nov. 29 at Hollywood Park.

  • Morvich winner California Flag is co-highweight (with One Union) for the Turf Express Handicap.

    Fast Pass: 10 Go in Turf Express

    The Hollywood Turf Festival offers something for everyone over the long holiday weekend, and sprinters get their chance Nov. 29 in the $150,000 Turf Express Handicap (gr. IIIT) at six furlongs.

  • Capt. Candyman Can is the lone graded stakes winner in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.

    Capt. Candyman Can Tops KY Jockey Club

    Joseph Rauch and David Zell's Capt. Candyman Can sparkled in his Churchill Downs debut while winning the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) by three lengths Nov. 1. Four weeks later the son of Candy Ride tries to run them off their feet again, this time facing nine juvenile rivals in the $150,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 29 in Louisville.

  • Pocahontas winner Sara Louise faces Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Dream Empress in the Golden Rod Stakes.

    Golden Rod Features Two Graded Victors

    Accomplished juvenile fillies Dream Empress and Sara Louise are both looking to add another graded stakes victory to their already impressive resumes in the Nov. 29 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. The race is part of the "Stars of Tomorrow II" card that features races limited exclusively to 2-year-olds.

  • Honorable Miss Handicap winner Any Limit is back in New York for the Top Flight Handicap.<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%3D5356547%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Any Limit Back Home in New York

    Joe Shields' homebred Any Limit makes her first start after not faring too well on the Keeneland Polytrack, one of nine fillies and mares running in the Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 28 at Aqueduct.

  • 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Kip Deville arrives in Hong Kong.

    Frankel, Drysdale to Hong Kong Races

    The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International races set a new benchmark Nov. 26 when 38 individual trainers from 10 foreign jurisdictions declared to bring their horses to compete at Sha Tin Dec. 14.

  • Whatsthescript heads a field of 10 in the Citation Handicap.<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%3D4968554%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Citation Next Episode for Whatsthescript

    Whatsthescript, defeated handily by the spectacular filly Goldikova in spite of his big closing effort in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), heads a field of 10 in the $400,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 28.

  • Habaya (left) invades Hollywood Park for the Miesque.

    Even Dozen Challenge in Miesque Stakes

    Shadwell homebred Habaya, second most recently in the JP Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland, invades Hollywood Park for the $100,000 Miesque (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-old fillies on the lawn Nov. 28.

  • That Handicapping Show: Nov. 25 (Video)

    This week, Jason and Tom analyze the Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on November 28. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert "The Wizard" gives his "Spotlight Play" for Fair Grounds Race 8 on November 28.

  • Commentator will try to cap off a terrific season when he takes on seven rivals in the Clark Handicap.

    Commentator Clear Choice in Clark

    Like a fine wine, Commentator seems to get better with age. And on Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs, Tracy Farmer's remarkable 7-year-old gelding will try to cap off a terrific season when he takes on seven rivals in the $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. II).

  • Steve Asmussen

    Asmussen Grateful for Win Record

    The trainer broke his own record for most wins by a trainer in a single season Nov. 23. He now has with 557 victories with six weeks of racing still remaining in 2008.

  • Break Water Edison is among the top choices on Haskin's early Derby 2009 list of horses to watch.

    Ky. Derby Trail: The Future is Now

    Yes, it is early to start thinking about Kentucky Derby future bets, but this is the time of year when you can find the megabombs if you're willing to put your money on a wing and a prayer.

  • Paul Pompa, Jr. with the 2008 Preakness trophy

    Pompa Well Positioned Again

    Here we go again. It didn't take long after second-time starter Well Positioned crossed the finish line 14 1/4 lengths in front in the sixth race at Aqueduct Nov. 22 for owner Paul Pompa to begin getting phone calls from prospective buyers. It was deja vu for Pompa and trainer Pat Reynolds after playing out the same scene last year with Big Brown.

  • Spring Waltz heads a field of 12 in the Falls City Handicap Nov. 27 at Churchill Downs.

    Spring Waltz Ready for Falls City Dance

    Spring Waltz, winner of the Rampart Handicap (gr. II) for trainer Bobby Frankel earlier this year, carries top weight of 120 pounds in a full field of 12 fillies and mares for the $150,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 27.

  • Jack o' Lantern wins the Hollywood Prevue at 19-1.

    Jack o' Lantern Lights Board in Prevue

    Jack o' Lantern, the longest shot in the field at 19-1, enjoyed a dream run along the inside for jockey Isaias Enriquez to post a half-length upset over favored Azul Leon in the Hollywood Prevue (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Nov. 23.

  • Prophesy's Nov. 23 win at Remington Park gave trainer Steve Asmussen a single season record 556th win.

    Asmussen Sets Record for Most Wins

    Steve Asmussen broke his own North American record for most wins in a calendar year when Prophesy won the first race Nov. 23 at Remington Park.

  • Egpytian Ra

    Hong Kong's Horse of the Year Upset

    Egyptian Ra took the points but Good Ba Ba's Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) claims remain very much intact after a sensational ride from Felix Coetzee turned the favorite over in the HK$3 million Cathay Pacific International Mile Trial (HK-II).

  • Curlin will enter stud in 2009 at Lane's End Farm.<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%3D4843854%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin To Stand at Lane's End in 2009

    Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin will enter stud in 2009 at Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., it was announced Nov. 21. The son of Smart Strike will stand for $75,000.

  • Siren Lure Ends Long Skid in Sausalito

    Siren Lure snapped a 12-race losing streak Nov. 22 when he charged powerfully down the stretch to score a 1 1/4-length victory over odds-on favorite Indyanne in the $75,000 Sausalito Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Gilded Venom Takes Railway Stakes

    Gilded Venom won the day in a thrilling finish. And he did it following a super ride by Patrick Carberry a local jockey who used local knowledge of the tricky Ascot surface to win.

  • Johnny Eves pulls away in the Vernon O. Underwood.<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%3D6822807%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Johnny Eves Back On Top in Underwood

    Johnny Eves, winless in seven starts this year since capturing the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) 11 months ago, got back to the winner's circle with a strong effort in the $108,400 Vernon O. Underwood (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Nov. 22.

  • Karelian (right) and Demarcation head to a dead-heat in the River City Handicap

    Dead-Heat in River City Handicap

    Green Lantern Stables' Karelian and American Racing Stables' Demarcation, head-bobbing to the wire, finished in a dead-heat in the River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 22 at Churchill Downs, each of them earning their first career graded stakes win in the process.

  • Wishful Tomcat takes the Discovery Handicap under Ramon Dominguez.<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%3D6820818%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Wishful Tomcat Wire-To-Wire in Discovery

    Ramon Dominguez hustled Wishful Tomcat to the early lead in the Discovery Handicap and they never looked back, the duo leading every step of the way in posting a 1 3/4-length victory on Aqueduct's main track.

  • Shakis<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%3D2122903%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Shakis Euthanized After Fracturing Leg

    Shadwell homebred Shakis, who won the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) for the second consecutive year this summer at Saratoga, was euthanized at Hollywood Park the morning of Nov. 21 after breaking his hind leg during a workout. The 8-year-old Irish-bred son of Machiavellian was making his final work prior to running in the Citation Handicap (gr. IT) Nov. 29, which was expected to be his final start before beginning his stud career in 2009.

  • Trainer Has Ambitious Plan for 'Hussler'

    Ross McDonald, trainer of brilliant Australian galloper Weekend Hussler, has announced a sweeping international agenda for the seven-time group I winner early next year in which he aims to become the first horse to tackle all four legs of the Asian Mile Challenge (AMC).

  • Backbackbackgone puts his three-race winning streak on the line in the Hollywood Prevue.

    Colt Could be Long Gone in Prevue Stakes

    Unbeaten Backbackbackgone puts his three-race winning streak on the line against a field that includes two-time graded stakes winner Azul Leon in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue (gr. III) Nov. 23.

  • Tampa Bay Derby winner Big Truck is one of only two graded stakes winners in the Discovery Handicap.

    Wishful Tomcat Appetizing in Discovery

    Winter Park Partners' Wishful Tomcat, a late-blooming 3-year-old with four wins in his last five starts, tries to notch his first graded stakes score when he takes on seven rivals in the $100,000-added Discovery Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 22 at Aqueduct.

  • That Handicapping Show: Nov. 20 (Video)

    This week, Jason and Tom analyze the River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs on November 22. Also Brisnet's handicapping expert "The Wizard" gives his "Spotlight Play" for Fair Grounds Race 3 on November 22.

  • And They're Off: Nov. 20 (Video)

    Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.

  • Criminoligist shown winning Chruchill Downs' Cardinal Handicap.

    Criminologist to Supplement to Matriarch

    Criminologist, a multiple graded stakes winner, will be supplemented to the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) on Nov. 30 at Hollywood Park, trainer Shug McGaughey confirmed Nov. 19 from New York. The fee is $10,000 for the one-mile turf test for fillies and mares.

  • Mike Maker

    Maker Establishes a Churchill Win Record

    Trainer Mike Maker established a Churchill Downs fall meet record for victories Nov. 19 when One Eyed Joker won the eighth race. His victory gave Maker his 21st triumph of the season.

  • Bob Black Jack during a pre-Kentucky Derby workout. <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%3D4335627%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Bob Black Jack Makes Return in Underwood

    Speed-burner Bob Black Jack makes his first appearance since the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Nov. 22.

  • Thorn Song won the Firecracker Handicap over the Churchill Downs turf course.

    Thorn Song Goes For River City Repeat

    Zayat Stables' Thorn Song has a big class edge, but will have to break from post 11 and concede three-to-nine pounds to his rivals, as the multiple graded stakes winner headlines the $100,000-added River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Churchill Downs grass Nov. 22.