Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • 'All Other Fillies' Favored In First Kentucky Oaks Future Pool

    Frank Calabrese's champion filly Dreaming of Anna figures to draw a lot of attention, but the wagering interest that consists of "all other 3-year-old fillies" is a lukewarm morning line favorite for the Feb. 8-11 opening pool of Churchill Downs' 2007 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

  • Get Ready Bertie Ready for Silverbulletday

    Tiffany Lass Stakes winner Get Ready Bertie is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the $200,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Fair Grounds.

  • Nobiz Like Shobiz tops the list of Derby contenders.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Bizzy Weekend

    Now that we've got the first major coast-to-coast weekend out of the way, this is as good a time as any to look at the top contenders and see just how the Derby trail is shaping up.

  • Grade II Winner Strong Contender Retired

    John Oxley's grade II winner Strong Contender, scratched as the second-choice the morning of the Feb. 3 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, has been retired from racing because of an injury.

  • Molengao and Garrett Gomez win the San Antonio Handicap, Sunday at Santa Anita.

    Molengao's Super Footwork Wins San Antonio

    TNT Stud's homebred Molengao altered course mid-stretch before getting up in the final couple of strides to capture the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap by a head over the stubborn Ball Four at Santa Anita Sunday.

  • Tendon Tear May End Strong Contender's Career

    John Oxley's multiple graded stakes winner Strong Contender, scratched as the second choice the morning of Saturday's Donn Handicap, has possibly suffered a career-ending injury.

  • Arson Squad On Fire in Strub

    Jay Em Ess Stable's Arson Squad shot through along the inside mid-stretch, going on to capture the $300,000 Strub (gr. II) for 4-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Ravel and jockey Garrett Gomez win the Sham Stakes, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Ravel Shows Composure in Sham Triumph

    Ravel made an auspicious stakes debut in Saturday's $101,500Sham Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds, rallying on the outside of favored Liquidity to register a one-length victory in the 1 1/8-mile event at Santa Anita.

  • Invasor, with Fernando Jara aboard, rolls on with convincing win in the Donn Handicap Saturday at Gulfstream.

    No Stopping Invasor in Donn Handicap

    Horse of the Year Invasor, all but stopped when hemmed in on the inside leaving the final turn of Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I), would not be denied victory after gathering himself under Fernando Jara and rallying to win at Gulfstream Park.

  • Nobiz Like Shobiz and Cornelio Velasquez win the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    'Shobiz Takes Bow in Holy Bull

    Elizabeth J. Valando's homebred Nobiz Like Shobiz, highly regarded among this year's Triple Crown hopefuls, got his campaign off to a strong start with a smart win as the odds-on choice in Saturday's $150,000 Holy Bull (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Gulstream Park.

  • Giant Wrecker Crashes Canadian Turf Party

    Pacemaker Giant Wrecker stubbornly refused to give way in the lane under Javier Castellano to win the $100,000 Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) by a head over the relentless closer Host on the Gulfstream Park grass course Saturday. Miesque's Approval, the 2006 Eclipse Award winner as the nation's top turf runner, never fired and finished fifth as the 4-5 favorite.

  • Arroyo Hurt in Aqueduct Fall; Racing Canceled

    Jockeys Eddie Martin Jr. and Norberto Arroyo Jr. were involved in a spill during Aqueduct's fifth race Saturday as two horses died. Following the incident, the remainder of Saturday's nine-race live card was canceled, as was Sunday's scheduled program.

  • Adore the Gold, with Cornelio Velasquez aboard, wins the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    Adore the Gold Shines in Swale Victory

    John D. Murphy's homebred Adore the Gold, under heavy pressure all the way, pulled away from Forefathers in deep stretch to win the $150,000 Swale (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park Saturday by less than a length.

  • Keyed Entry Locks Up Deputy Minister Early

    Returning from a seven-month layoff, Keyed Entry went gate to wire to defeat four overmatched opponents in Saturday's $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III), the first of six graded stakes on the Gulfstream Park program.

  • Preachinatthebar May Set 'Em Up in San Antonio

    Mike Pegram's Preachinatthebar, whose most notable career accomplishment came in winning Santa Anita's San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) three years ago, is expected to be a slight favorite to match that achievement in Sunday's $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) for older horses at Santa Anita.

  • Eduardo Nunez Wins 2,000th Race

    Jockey Eduardo O. Nunez won his 2,000th race on Feb. 1 when he guided Cash McCool to victory by a neck in the seventh race at Gulfstream Park.

  • Downey Profile Analysis: Time for Business in Holy Bull

    While it's always tempting and usually advisable to try to beat the favorite, the 2007 renewal of the grade III Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park appears to be a race where what you see is what you get. And what you see is perhaps the best 3-year-old in America: Nobiz Like Shobiz.

  • Downey Profile Analysis: Sham Stakes an Odd Mix

    What an odd grade III race the Sham is. There's a maiden coming in off a 13-day break, a horse that broke its maiden in its second and most recent start, a $7,000 horse with enough earnings already to assure it of a berth in the Kentucky Derby, a turf runner switching to the dirt, and an invader from New Mexico. Let's try to figure out what is and isn't a sham here.

  • Santos Remains Hospitalized After Spill

    Jockey Jose Santos, who won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) aboard Funny Cide in 2003, remained hospitalized Feb. 2 with serious injuries incurred in a three-horse spill at Aqueduct Race Course the previous afternoon.

  • Brother Derek hopes to get back on winning track in Saturday's Strub.

    Prayer Time for Brother Derek in Strub

    Brother Derek, his career on a downturn since a fourth straight graded stakes victory in last April's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), needs a return to his best form in Saturday's 60th running of the $300,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II) at his favorite track.

  • Potential Key for Several in Sham Stakes

    Paul Reddam's Liquidity, who nearly pulled off a 15-1 upset in the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 16, takes on a strong group of up-and-coming 3-year-olds in Saturday's $100,000 Sham (gr. III) at Santa Anita.

  • Nobiz Like Showbiz faces old foe in Saturday's Holy Bull.

    Nobiz, Scat Daddy Clash in Holy Bull

    Elizabeth Valando's homebred 3-year-old Nobiz Like Shobiz, high among early favorites for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. 1), makes his season debut as the 8-to-5 morning line favorite in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Weekend Racing Cancelled at Oaklawn Park

    Wintry conditions which have made the racing surface at Oaklawn Park unsuitable for racing have forced the cancellation of this week's live racing. Racing has been cancelled through Feb.4, and will resume Feb. 8.

  • Hawthorne to Reduce Pick 6 Takeout to 16%

    Management at Hawthorne Race Course announced that its Pick 6 takeout -- the percentage of the wagering pool that is withheld by the state -- has been reduced to 16% for the 2007 spring meet.

  • Canterbury Park to Offer $1.5 Million in Purses

    A Thoroughbred stakes schedule with more than $1.5 million in purse money is slated for the 2007 Canterbury Park race meet in Shakopee, Minn., that begins on May 5. The schedule is highlighted by the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes on July 14.

  • Longacres Mile to Carry $300,000 Purse in 2007

    The purse for the 72nd running of the Longacres Mile (gr. III) on Aug. 19 gets a $50,000 increase to $300,000, highlighting for the 2007 Emerald Downs stakes schedule.

  • Napravnik Out 8-12 Weeks with Back Fractures

    Jockey Rosie Napravnik, Maryland's top rider last year, suffered three compression fractures in the thoracic region of her back as a result of a spill at Laurel Park Jan. 26 and will be sidelined eight to 12 weeks.

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: Defining Moments

    Many times when looking back on the career of a Kentucky Derby winner, you can find one defining race or defining moment within a race that stamps the horse as a legitimate classic contender. This is the first of several attempts this winter to find such moments.

  • Baze Cracks Rib in Chain Reaction Spill

    Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, all-time leading rider by victories, sustained a cracked rib when he went down at Golden Gate Fields a race prior to the California Derby.