Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Sprints Head Weekend Action in Europe

    Retrieval missions will be high on the agenda in some of the major races in Europe this weekend, when Whipper and Somnus both seek to return to winning ways in the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I) Sunday while Damson, Ireland's champion juvenile filly of last season, is dropped back to 6 furlongs for the Patrick P O'Leary Memorial Phoenix Stakes (Ire-III).

  • New York-Bred Acey Deucey Ready for Test

    Trainer John Morrison is hoping to win his first Saratoga stakes with Acey Deucey in Saturday's Test Stakes (gr. I) at seven furlongs. Judging from Acey Deucey's credentials going in the $250,000 race for 3-year-old fillies, the conditioner stands a good chance.

  • Indian Breeze Tops Sorrento Line-Up

    Indian Breeze and Hystericalady, both undefeated in two starts, head a field of nine 2-year-old fillies for Saturday's $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. III).

  • Bad Step Costly as 'Splendor Wins 'Liberty

    A bad step just yards from the wire by pacesetter Avery Hall proved costly Thursday at Saratoga Race Course as favored Karakorum Splendor rallied in the final strides to win the $250,000 Statue of Liberty Division of the New York Stallion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by a nose.

  • Slew's Final Offspring Wins

    Maggie Slew, the final offspring of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, registered a 6 1/4-length maiden victory in Thursday's first race at Monmouth Park.

  • Stephen Foster winner Saint Liam set for Saturday's Whitney.

    Saint Liam Looms in Whitney Handicap

    A field of eight older horses is set to line up for Saturday's 78th running of the prestigious Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Won by Roses in May in thrilling fashion over Perfect Drift in 2004, this year's edition includes division leader Saint Liam--with trainers Nick Zito and Todd Pletcher entering two starters each.

  • Pletcher Thinks Alabama for Indian Vale

    Trainer Todd Pletcher already had a potential starter for the Aug. 20 Alabama (gr. I) in Spun Sugar, winner of the Black Eyed Susan (gr. II), but the leading Saratoga trainer believes you can never have too many top fillies and is considering sending Indian Vale to challenge her stablemate.

  • 'Alex' Bound for Saratoga

    Trainer Tim Ritchey confirmed Thursday that Preakness and Belmont, both grade I, winner Afleet Alex was expected leave Belmont Park early this afternoon en route to Barn 24 on the Saratoga backstretch later this evening.

  • Roman Ruler, defeating Flower Alley in the Dwyer, is favored to win Sunday's Haskell Invitational.

    Moment of Truth for Roman Ruler; Faces Seven in Haskell

    Trainer Bob Baffert firmly believes that Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler is one of the most gifted horses in the country. On Sunday, the colt will try to prove him right when he takes on seven opponents in Saturday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I).

  • Gold and Roses glides home first in the Cab Calloway.

    Gold and Roses Blows by 'Grocer in Calloway

    Henry C. Gregory's Gold and Roses pulled away from the front-running favorite Galloping Grocer on a sealed, sloppy main track at Saratoga Race Course Wednesday under jockey Edgar Prado for a 6 ¾-length victory in the $250,000 Cab Calloway Division of the New York Stallion Series.

  • Sense of Style Breezes for Saturday's Test

    Trainer Patrick Biancone gave Michael Tabor's Sense of Style a final four-furlong breeze on the Saratoga main track prior to her start in the $250,000 Test (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.

  • Ohio Derby Winner Palladio Joins Haskell Cast

    Canadian-based Palladio, winner of the Ohio Derby (gr. II), is scheduled to arrive at Monmouth Park Thursday evening for Sunday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), which could draw as many as nine starters.

  • Molto Vita Headlines Spa's Honorable Miss

    A field of eight has been drawn for Friday's feature at Saratoga Race Course. Molto Vita looks to add to her fine resume in the six-furlong Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) for older fillies and mares with $150,000 on the line, but highweight Bank Audit and multiple grade III winner Ebony Breeze may have their say.

  • Wild Desert Turns in Sharp Work for Travers

    Queen's Plate winner Wild Desert, who was upset in the recent Prince of Wales Stakes, worked five furlongs in a sharp :59 3/5 over the main track at Saratoga Tuesday in preparation for the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27.

  • Stephen Foster winner Saint Liam, likely favorite for Saturday's Whitney.

    Dutrow Says Saint Liam Will Run 'Huge' in Whitney

    Trainer Rick Dutrow told a national teleconference Tuesday he is expecting a "huge" performance from Saint Liam in Saturday's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Not that anyone needs Dutrow to tell them that, as the Stephen Foster (gr. I) winner likely will be an overwhelming favorite in the 1 1/8-mile race.

  • Jockey Rafael Bejarano, sidelined at least six weeks.

    Injured Bejarano Sidelined for at Least Six Weeks

    Jockey Rafael Bejarano, who ranks among the top riders by earnings this year, will miss at least six weeks of competition as a result of a fractured ankle suffered in a gate accident prior to Monday's fifth race at Saratoga.

  • Artie Schiller leads Silver Tree to the wire in the Bernard Baruch.

    Artie Schiller Narrowly Best in Bernard Baruch

    Artie Schiller got the job done in Monday's $150,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, but his backers had some anxious moments down the stretch as the 2-5 favorite was all-out to beat pacesetting Silver Tree by a half-length.

  • Stephen Foster winner Saint Liam, likely favorite for Whitney.

    Saint Liam Preps for Saturday's Whitney

    Saint Liam, arguably the nation's top older horse after 2005 victories in the grade I Donn and Stephen Foster handicaps, breezed five furlongs over Saratoga's Oklahoma training trackMonday morning in 1:02 1/5.

  • German Champ Soldier Hollow Wins at Munich

    Germany's 2004 Horse of the Year Soldier Hollow got back to his winning ways when he defeated even-money choice Arcadio to give trainer Peter Schiergen the first two finishers in Sunday's Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (Ger-I) at Munich.

  • Silver Charm Filly Breaks Maiden in Wonder Where

    The British-based Silver Highlight, a daughter of Silver Charm, broke her maiden in style when she captured the $252,400 Wonder Where Stakes Sunday on the Woodbine turf course.

  • Ashado adds to magical weekend at Spa for Pletcher and Velazquez with decisive Go for Wand win.

    Ashado Leaves No Doubt in Go for Wand

    Jockey John Velazquez turned Ashado loose in the upper stretch, and the champion filly demolished the field in Sunday's $245,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) before a crowd of 51,982 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Shining Energy wins the San Clemente Handicap, Saturday at Del Mar.

    Shining Energy Streaks to San Clemente Win

    Off since early May while recovering from a pulled muscle, Shining Energy returned in top form. With an amazing burst of speed in mid-stretch, she coasted to a surprise victory in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies on the Del Mar turf course Saturday.

  • Sterling Gold's Big Finish Takes Don Bernhardt

    Sterling Gold let entry mate Korbyn Gold set a quick early pace and used his late-running style to take over in the stretch with Rodney Prescott aboard, posting a 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $75,000 Don Bernhardt Stakes at Ellis Park.

  • Velvet Snow Faces 10 in Canada's Royal North

    Velvet Snow, a 4-year-old daughter of Subordination, takes on 10 rivals in the $170,700 Royal North Handicap (Can-III), on the Civic Holiday Monday at Woodbine.

  • One for Rose Bests Males Again in Seagram Cup

    Tucci Stables' champion mare One for Rose captured her second straight Seagram Cup (Can-III) Saturday at Woodbine, besting a field of older colts and geldings in the $161,500 (Canadian) feature.

  • Flower Alley gives team of Todd Pletcher & John Velazquez third straight Jim Dandy win.

    Pletcher's Budding Star Wins Jim Dandy

    The only graded stakes winner in Saturday's $500,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II), budding Flower Alley outclassed his 3-year-old foes at Saratoga Race Course to establish himself as one of the favorites for the upcoming Travers (gr. I).

  • Perfect Drift Ends Dry Spell in Washington Park

    Perfect Drift, a millionaire three times over, hadn't won a stakes in 22 months. But thanks to an aggressive move by jockey Mark Guidry, the 6-year-old gelding brought his drought to an end in the $300,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.

  • Sand Springs effortless in Diana win.

    Sand Springs Steps Lightly to Win Diana

    Favored Sand Springs, with John Velazquez aboard, dictated the pace into the stretch before pulling away to an easy victory in the $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. IT) on the inner Saratoga turf course Saturday.

  • Big Week for Yakteen Includes Daisycutter Win

    It's been quite a week for trainer Tim Yakteen. On Wednesday, he became a father for the first time when wife Millie Ball, an on-screen analyst for HRTV, delivered a son. Friday, on his 41st birthday, Yakteen saddled his first Del Mar winner since he started training on his own last summer in the $75,000 Daisycutter.

  • Artie Schiller reunites with Migliore for Baruch run.

    'Schiller, Migliore Together Again in Baruch

    With Richard Migliore back aboard Artie Schiller, trainer James Jerkens is hoping that a familiar rider will bring familiar results in Monday's $150,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Saratoga grass course.

  • Afleet Alex will recuperate at Saratoga.

    Afleet Alex Doing Well; to Ship to Saratoga Next Week

    Trainer Tim Ritchey said Saturday morning from his barn at Belmont Park that Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex is likely to arrive at Saratoga Race Course with nine stablemates as early as Friday, Aug. 5.

  • Roman Ruler leads growing Haskell field.

    Haskell Field Continues to Grow

    It is no surprise that the prospective field for the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 7 is growing by the day since Afleet Alex's defection, and could now draw as many as 13 starters.

  • Pico Central won last year's Vosburgh (gr. I) impressively over Eclipse winner Speightstown.

    Pico Central Has Credentials to Win Crosby

    Multiple grade I winner Pico Central is the clear headliner for Sunday's $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap (gr. I) at Del Mar, but he could be vulnerable after an absence of four months.

  • 'Chase Jockey McCarron Has Surgery on Arm

    Matt McCarron, the two-time Eclipse Award champion steeplechase jockey who was injured in the opening race of the Saratoga meet on Wednesday, underwent surgery Friday morning to repair a broken left arm.

  • Ashado shown winning the Kentucky Oaks last year.

    Ashado Ready to Shine Again in Go for Wand

    Starlight Stable's Ashado, who served notice that she is fit and ready with a front-running romp in the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I), is clearly the one to beat in the $250,000 Go for Wand (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Sunday.