Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Oaklawn Park reports record purses for the 2017 season

    Record Purses, Increased Handle at Oaklawn Park

    Culminating with 62,500 fans turning out to watch champion Classic Empire win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), the 2017 Oaklawn live racing season concluded with nearly a 5% gain in total handle and another record-setting season for purses.

  • While working with trainer Jimmy Jerkens, the stable won the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial Stakes (G1)

    Spending Time With New Trainer Kent Sweezey

    He grew up around horses and he’s learned from some of the most prominent horsemen in recent history; now, Kent Sweezey is taking his shot at the big time.

  • Classic Empire gallops April 24 at Churchill Downs

    Classic Empire Tops NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

    With the prep races over, week 13 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, shows no significant changes after results were released April 24. 

  • McCraken works at Churchill Downs under Brian Hernandez Jr. April 24

    McCraken Finishes Strong in Five-Furlong Move

    Whether McCraken becomes the latest Derby winner to come out of Churchill's Barn 26 remains to be seen, but the bay colt put in five-furlong drill in 1:00 3/5 April 24 that was nearly as buzz worthy as Street Sense's final move before his triumph.

  • Robby Albarado

    Albarado Fractures Lower Leg, Off J Boys Echo in Derby

    Jockey Robby Albarado sustained a fracture of his lower left leg after falling at Keeneland April 23 and will be off mounts for three to four weeks, including Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) hopeful J Boys Echo, agent Ron Ebanks said. 

  • Southern Ring holds off River Maid in the Whimsical April 23

    Southern Ring Speeds to Whimsical Victory

    Sam-Son Farm's homebred Southern Ring, back home at Woodbine after a winter at Tampa Bay Downs, dug in to win the $125,000 Whimsical Stakes (G3) April 23 and spoiled the seasonal debut of 2016 Canadian Horse of the Year Caren.

  • Collected cruises home under jockey Martin Garcia

    Collected Impresses Again in Californian

    Just watching Martin Garcia's mannerisms aboard Speedway Stable's Collected for every step of the $200,000 Californian Stakes (G2) April 22, it was clear the jockey knew what he had underneath him.

  • Itsinthepost wins the Elkhorn Stakes over Charming Kitten

    Itsinthepost Goes Long in Elkhorn Stakes

    The turf marathon niche has proven one that suits Jed Cohen's Itsinthepost as the bay gelding scored his second straight graded triumph when he captured the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (G2T) by 1 1/4 lengths over Charming Kitten.

  • Twisted Tom wins the 2017 Federico Tesio Stakes

    Twisted Tom Takes Sloppy Tesio

    Cobra Farm's Twisted Tom pulled away in the stretch to win the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths. Although the race is a "Win and You're In" for the Preakness Stakes (G1) the gelding is not Triple Crown nominated.

  • Gormley works April 22 at Santa Anita Park

    Gormley Works Smartly at Santa Anita

    The clocker's stopwatch at the top of the Santa Anita Park grandstand may have shown 1:15 4/5 for Gormley's six-furlong workout April 22, but the slow time doesn't tell the whole story.

  • Reach the World

    Reach the World Euthanized After Training Injury

    Reach the World, who was pointing toward runs in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1), was euthanized after sustaining an injury during training April 22, according to Don Alberto Stable racing manager Fernando Diaz-Valdes.

  • Finest City worked a half-mile in :45 3/5

    Finest City, Songbird Drill Toward Spring Starts

    After a speedier-than-designed half-mile workout April 22 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Ian Kruljac said champion female sprinter Finest City will almost surely head to the May 6 Humana Distaff (G1) at Churchill Downs for her next race.

  • Unbridled Mo prevails in the Doubledogdare Stakes

    Unbridled Mo Finds More in Doubledogdare Stakes

    After making her connections sweat, Unbridled Mo allowed them to celebrate as the 4-year-old bay filly turned back Power of Snunner in the lane en route to taking the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) by three-quarters of a length.

  • Paradise Woods works under jockey Flavien Prat

    Paradise Woods Has Penultimate Oaks Move

    "Beautiful" is how Mandella described the April 21 work of Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) contender Paradise Woods, who went four furlongs in :47 3/5 Friday at Santa Anita Park in her penultimate exercise for the May 5 test.

  • Jenda's Agenda wins the Caesar's Wish going a mile at Laurel Park

    Jenda's Agenda Stretches Out in Weber City Miss

    Her career didn't get under way until the first week of January, but so far Jenda's Agenda has done nothing wrong. The undefeated filly will look to stretch her speed and talent April 22 in the $125,000 Weber City Miss at Laurel Park.

  • Gunnevera breezes five furlongs April 21 at Gulfstream Park West

    Gunnevera Takes Five-Furlong Work in Stride

    Gunnevera walked the shedrow without taking as much as a single deep breath following his five-furlong workout Friday morning at Gulfstream Park West, continuing to amaze trainer Antonio Sano while snubbing his nose at a full bucket of water.

  • State of Honor at Churchill Downs April 21

    State of Honor, Salty Breeze for Casse at Churchill

    State of Honor and Salty both put in five-furlong moves for trainer Mark Casse April 21 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) May 6 and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 5. 

  • Noor at Belmont Park

    Look Back: Noor Edges Citation in San Juan Capistrano

    During the years that Webb Everett has been making weights for the Santa Anita Handicap, the closeness of the finishes has made him look like a man whose foresight closely matches his hindsight.

  • Keeping Pace by Frank Angst

    Pletcher Ready for Another Kentucky Derby Run

    Pletcher currently has five horses ranked in the top 20 on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard used to determine the field: Always Dreaming (7), Tapwrit (12), Malagacy (13), Patch (18), and Battalion Runner (19).

  • The Factor, whose first foals are 3-year-olds of 2017, will be represented in the Illinois Derby by Multiplier

    Multiplier Looks to Move Up in Illinois Derby

    In his graded stakes debut, lightly raced Multiplier is slated to take on a field of six other more experienced sophomore colts and geldings in the $250,000 Illinois Derby (G3) April 22 at Hawthorne Racecourse.

  • Racing regulators want to place more investigators on the backstretch

    Regulators Discuss Adding Backstretch Investigators

    In an era where some states have faced cuts to their budgets, racing regulators talked April 19 about creative ways to place more investigators on the backstretch as a way of discovering wrongdoing and deterring future bad behavior.