Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Litfin at Large: State-Bred Cards Take Center Stage

    It's the calm before the impending Breeders' Cup storm, and besides the Grand National Steeplechase (NSA1) at Far Hills, the only graded stakes to be contested in North America on Saturday is the Lexus Raven Run (G2) at Keeneland.

  • Admirals War Chest wins the Maryland Million Classic for the second year in a row

    Admirals War Chest Seeks Third 'Million' Classic

    Dr. Stephen Sinatra's homebred Admirals War Chest will look to become the first horse to win three consecutive editions of the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic Oct. 21 at Laurel Park, but he'll have to find a stark reversal of form to do so.

  • Sightseek closed out her career in impressive fashion

    Look Back: Sightseek Gives Fans Final Winning Memory

    This week is a recap of the Oct. 9, 2004 Beldame Stakes (G1), the final race for Sightseek. The story, headlined "Last Sighting" was written by Steve Haskin and appeared in the Oct. 16, 2004 issue of The Blood-Horse.

  • Gun Runner

    Gun Runner Pointing to Pegasus After Breeders' Cup

    Owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm announced Oct. 18 that Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) contender Gun Runner will point to the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 27 at Gulfstream Park after his trip to Del Mar.

  • Shotgun Kowboy wins the 2015 Oklahoma Classics Cup

    Past Two Oklahoma Classics Cup Winners to Meet

    Phantom Trip, winner of the Oklahoma Classics Cup Stakes last year, and Shotgun Kowboy, the 2015 winner, are scheduled to meet in this year's edition of the 1 1/16-mile race for Oklahoma-breds 3-and-older Oct. 20 at Remington Park.

  • America vs. World in Far Hills' Grand National

    An invasion of overseas runners will challenge many of America's best steeplechase horses in the Oct. 21 $400,000 Grand National (NSA-G1), America's richest steeplechase race and the centerpiece of the Far Hills Races in central New Jersey.

  • Fault wins the Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington International Racecourse

    Fault, Sweeping Paddy Head Pin Oak Valley View

    Recent graded stakes winners Fault and Sweeping Paddy headline the Oct. 20 $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (G3T). A full field of 14 3-year-old fillies plus one also eligible are entered for Keeneland's 1 1/16-mile turf event.

  • Churchill Downs' 2018 spring meet is scheduled to begin April 28

    Kentucky Approves Race Dates for 2018

    Off a strong September of Thoroughbred racing in the state, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Oct. 17 approved a 2018 racing schedule similar to this year's schedule.

  • Tiz a Slam opens up to a 3 1/4-length lead in the Ontario Derby at Woodbine

    Tiz a Slam Gets Redemption in Ontario Derby

    Chiefswood Stable's homebred Tiz a Slam exacted revenge over Holy Helena with a 3 1/4-length victory in Woodbine's $125,000 Ontario Derby (G3) Oct. 15, after finishing second to the filly in the Queen's Plate earlier in the summer.

  • Blond Me and Oisin Murphy win the E. P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine

    Blond Me Sweeps to E. P. Taylor Victory

    After two unsuccessful runs in the U.S. in 2015, Blond Me was back in full force Oct. 15 when she battled with Kitten's Roar in the Woodbine stretch and pulled off a win the $500,000 E. P. Taylor Stakes (G1T). 

  • Happy Like a Fool wins the Matron Stakes at Belmont Park

    Happy Like a Fool Kicks Away in Matron

    Returning to the United States and to the dirt did the trick for the Wesley Ward-trained Happy Like a Fool, as she pulled away from rivals in the Belmont Park stretch to win the $150,000 Matron Stakes (G3) Oct. 15. 

  • West Coast (outside) works with Cat Burglar Oct. 15 at Santa Anita

    West Coast, Bolt d'Oro Log Breeders' Cup Works

    Following West Coast's work first work back after his score in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1), trainer Bob Baffert said the remaining steps toward the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) would be to "gear up" the Flatter colt.

  • Lady Eli and Irad Ortiz Jr. after their Ballston Spa win

    Lady Eli Works Toward Filly & Mare Turf

    Sheep Pond Partner's multiple graded stakes winner Lady Eli turned in a five-furlong breeze over Belmont Park's inner turf the morning of Oct. 15 in preparation for her final career start in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf  G1T) Nov. 4.

  • Engage wins the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park

    Engage Overwhelms Foes in Futurity Stakes

    The step up into graded stakes company proved an easy transition for Woodford Racing's Engage, as the son of Into Mischief busted through an outside seam en route to a 3 1/2-length victory in the Oct. 14 $150,000 Futurity Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park.

  • Rubilinda wins the Pebbles Stakes at Belmont Park

    Rubilinda Holds Off Party Boat in Pebbles Stakes

    After a wide, sweeping move coming into the Belmont Park stretch, Don Alberto Stable homebred Rubilinda still had enough left to hold off late surges from Party Boat and Thais to win the $200,000 Pebbles Stakes Oct. 14. 

  • Stellar Wind works under Victor Espinoza Oct. 14 at Santa Anita Park

    Stellar Wind Works for Breeders' Cup Distaff

    Hronis Racing's champion Stellar Wind worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 Oct. 14 in her penultimate breeze at Santa Anita Park before she moves down to Del Mar for her final preparations for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) Nov. 3.

  • Gunnevera will be the first Breeders' Cup starter for trainer Antonio Sano

    Gunnevera Tunes Up for Breeders' Cup

    Multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera stepped up his preparation for a scheduled start in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar with a six-furlong breeze at Gulfstream Park West Oct. 14.

  • Aidan O'Brien's four starters ran out a 1-2-3-4 finish in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket

    O'Brien Sweeps to Victory in Dewhurst Stakes

    U S Navy Flag flew home in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes (G1) at Newmarket Oct. 14, leading trainer Aidan O'Brien's four starters to a 1-2-3-4 finish and moving the conditioner to within one of Bobby Frankel's record of 25 top-level winners.

  • Dave Litfin - Litfin At Large

    Litfin: Turf Fillies in Spotlight Saturday

    The focus is on 3-year-old turf fillies Oct. 14, as the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1T) highlights the card at Keeneland, and Belmont Park's $200,000 Pebbles shares top billing with the Futurity (G3) for 2-year-old sprinters.

  • Pegasus World Cup Trophy

    Tickets on Sale for 2018 Pegasus World Cup

    The Stronach Group today announced that tickets to the second edition of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational taking place on January 27, 2018, are now available.

  • White Flag gets a neck victory in Belmont's Allied Forces Stakes Sept. 10

    White Flag Rides Win Streak Into Nearctic

    Robert Evans' homebred White Flag has found his best stride sprinting in New York and will ship across the border Oct. 15 with hopes he'll continue his roll in the $250,000 Nearctic Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine.

  • Flameaway (left) won the 2017 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes

    Grade Reinstated for Dixiana Bourbon Stakes

    The American Graded Stakes Committee has ruled that the Oct. 8 renewal of the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes, originally scheduled over the Keeneland turf course but conducted as a listed race over the main track, will be reinstated as a grade 3 race.

  • Charitable Annuity wins the 2015 West Virginia Breeders Classic

    Charitable Annuity Back for WV Breeders' Classic

    After winning the 2015 edition of the West Virginia Breeders' Classic, Charitable Annuity will try to win the race for a second time in a full field of 10 in the $350,000 race for West Virginia-breds Oct. 14 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

  • Miss Ella wins the July 24 Caress Stakes at Saratoga

    Miss Ella Looks to Repeat in Buffalo Trace

    Jack Swain III's Miss Ella headlines a field of 12 fillies and mares and four also-eligibles entered for the 21st running of the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes (G3) to be run Oct. 13 at 5 1/2 furlongs on the Keeneland turf course.

  • Rushing Fall wins the Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland

    Rushing Fall Emerges With Jessamine Win

    Rushing Fall launched herself from the clouds to take the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (G3T) at Keeneland by 3 1/4 lengths, stamping herself among the favorites for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1T).