Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Relaxed Gesture Leads Gulfstream BC Turf Noms

    Moyglare Stud Farm's 5-year-old Relaxed Gesture, the Irish-bred son of Indian Ridge, is prominent among 15 older horses nominated for the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).

  • Champion Folklore Tops Nominations to Kentucky Oaks

    Folklore, winner of the Alberto V05 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and the champion 2-year-old filly of 2005, heads a list of 160 fillies nominated to the 132nd running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on Friday, May 5, at Churchill Downs.

  • Artie Schiller, Better Talk Now Among Woodford Reserve Nominees

    Artie Schiller, winner of the 2005 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), and Better Talk Now, winner of the 2004 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), are among 128 nominees to the 20th running of the $400,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Congrats Heads Mixed Bag in San Carlos Handicap

    Three entrants who have distinguished themselves in distance races, Congrats, Imperialism and Surf Cat, will have to deal with a pair of sharp and improving 5-year-old sprinters in Major Success and Jet West at seven furlongs in Santa Anita's $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) on Saturday.

  • Miss Matched Likely Sabin Choice Despite Layoff

    Miss Matched could be the horse to beat in the $100,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares Saturday at Gulfstream Park in her first start since finishing third in the Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) at Hoosier Downs on Sept. 30.

  • Splendid Blended Back in Action in Hurricane Bertie

    Smokey Glacken and Splendid Blended will clash in an outstanding renewal of Saturday's $100,000 Hurricane Bertie Handicap (gr. III), with a full field of 12 fillies and mares entered in the 6½-furlong sprint at Gulfstream Park.

  • Apprentice Toups Sidelined Following Thursday Spill

    Apprentice jockey Randall Toups was expected to be released Friday from North Shore University Hospital in New York after being treated for injuries he sustained during a spill in Aqueduct's fifth race Thursday.

  • Seafree rides the victory wave to a win in the La Canada.

    Seafree Makes Waves in La Canada Ambush

    Seafree, making the first start of her career around two turns for trainer Bobby Frankel, ran away from the prohibitive favorite Pussycat Doll early and staggered to victory in the $200,000 La Canada (gr. II) for 4-year-year old fillies at Santa Anita Park.

  • Borrego Misses Work, Still Possible for Big 'Cap

    Multiple grade I winner Borrego, who missed a recent workout while attempting to make the March 4 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) without benefit of a prep race for trainer Beau Greely, has not been withdrawn from consideration for the race.

  • Rene Douglas Ready for Return at Gulfstream

    Jockey Rene Douglas, one of the leading riders on the South Florida circuit in the early 1990's, has returned to his former base. He's named to ride three horses on Wednesday's program at Gulfstream Park.

  • Sir Shackleton Sets 7-Furlong Mark at Tampa

    Tracy Farmer's homebred millionaire Sir Shackleton, who came into the $50,000 Super Stakes fresh off of a layoff and a series of good works at Palm Meadows, left the Oldsmar oval the holder of the seven furlong track record at Tampa Bay Downs with an additional $30,000 in earnings.

  • Victor Espinoza finds Balance in Las Virgenes.

    Balance Tips Grade I Heights in Las Virgenes

    Beaten by just a half-length in her first try for a grade I victory in December, Amerman Racing's Balance got the job done in fine fashion Saturday, winning the $250,000 Las Virgenes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park.

  • Star Parade makes it two firsts, one last in Santa Maria.

    Star Parade Glimmers Again in Santa Maria

    Gary Tanaka's hard-hitting Star Parade suffered through a nine-race losing streak last year, but has now won her last two starts on the dirt after a two-length victory in the $250,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) for older fillies and mares at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Rockport Harbor Shows No Rust in Essex Win

    Even-money favorite Rockport Harbor, making his first start in more than nine months, put away the challenge of Cougar Cat in the final eighth of a mile to post his first win since 2004 in the $100,000 Essex Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park Saturday.

  • Gulch Approval Holds On for Appleton Upset

    Gulch Approval, ridden by Roberto Alvarado Jr., grabbed the lead soon after the start and led the field all the way to an upset victory in the $100,000 Appleton Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park turf Saturday.

  • Aqueduct Cancels Sunday Program

    The ominous forecast for the first major winter storm of the season forced Aqueduct to cancel Sunday's live program. The decision to cancel was made at 1 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.

  • Pussycat Doll dominated a muddy La Brea.

    Pussycat Doll May Be Strong La Canada Pick

    Pussycat Doll, coming off powerful grade I victory in the La Brea Stakes (gr. I), could easily stand out among eight 4-year-old fillies entered in Santa Anita's $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles on Sunday.

  • 136 Pre-Entered for Louisiana Premier Stakes

    A total of 136 horses bred in Louisiana are pre-entered in the six stakes races worth more than $550,000 that will make up the 2006 edition of Louisiana Premier Night to be held at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino on Feb. 18.

  • Sharp Lisa hopes to resume winning ways in Santa Maria.

    Sharp Lisa Takes on Star Parade in Santa Maria

    Sharp Lisa, winless since winning the Las Virgenes (gr. I) as the odds-on favorite as a 3-year-old 12 months ago, gets another chance in Saturday's $250,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Del Mar Debutante winner Wild Fit returns in Saturday's Las Virgenes.

    Wild Fit Faces Tough Field in Season Debut

    Wild Fit figures to be a solid choice in the $250,000 Las Virgenes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies, one of two grade I races on Santa Anita's Saturday program.

  • Rockport Harbor faces rematch in Essex.

    Greater Good, Rockport Harbor Vie in Essex

    Greater Good and Rockport Harbor, who provided the most exciting finish of the 2005 Oaklawn meet in the Rebel Stakes (gr. III), square off again at the Arkansas track Saturday in the $100,000 Essex Handicap (gr. III).

  • Host Starts New Year in Appleton Handicap

    Melnyk Racing Stable's grade I winner Host, beaten by a half-length when second in last year's $100,000 Appleton Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park, gets another chance in Saturday's renewal of the one-mile turf course test.

  • Trainer Rice Gets 6-Month Ban for 3rd Violation

    The Tampa Bay Downs board of stewards handed trainer Don Rice an additional six-month suspension and denied privileges of the grounds during that period after a third Rice-trained horse tested positive for an excess amount of alkaline agents during the last week.

  • Napravnik Gains 100th Win on 18th Birthday

    Apprentice standout Rosie Napravnik celebrated her 18th birthday in style by riding two winners during Thursday's Laurel Park card. The second victory of the afternoon was the 100th victory of her young career, which began last June.

  • Jockey David Lopez Injured in Aqueduct Fall

    Apprentice jockey David Michael Lopez was taken to North Shore University Hospital Thursday after he was thrown from his mount, Obi Wano, in the third race at Aqueduct.

  • Santa Anita Pick Six Carryover Tops $3.9M

    A two-day Pick Six carryover of $751,394 ballooned to a total pool of $3,932,211 Wednesday at Santa Anita, resulting in a payoff of $1,258,755.40.

  • O'Neill Barn Regroups After Wonderboy's Injury

    Spirits were improving Wednesday at trainer Doug O'Neill's Hollywood Park stable after the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old Stevie Wonderboy underwent surgery to repair a condylar fracture of his right ankle sustained in a workout at Hollywood Park.

  • Laurel Park Cancels Sunday Card

    For the third consecutive Sunday, there will be no live racing at Laurel Park Feb. 12. The Maryland Jockey Club canceled the card due to a shortage of available horses because of the equine herpes outbreak in the state.

  • Quarantine Lifted at Pimlico; Stakes Rescheduled at Laurel

    The Maryland Jockey Club lifted its self-imposed quarantine on Pimlico Race Course Feb.8, allowing horses from the Baltimore track to compete at Laurel Park for the first time since Jan. 21. Twelve Pimlico-based horses ran on Wednesday's card (after two were morning scratches). Five of the nine races featured Pimlico horses.

  • Lava Man Named Top California Bred of 2005

    Lava Man was named the 2005 California-bred Horse of the Year in voting by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, it was announced at the CTBA's annual awards dinner Feb. 7.

  • SF Mile Boosted to $400,000 for Golden Gate Meet

    The $400,000 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT), the richest race in Northern California, is one of eight six-figure stakes that Golden Gate Fields has scheduled for its 2006 spring meeting. The 65-day season begins Wednesday.

  • Breeders' Cup Unveils 2006 Logo

    The logo for the 2006 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, which incorporates a slight name change, was unveiled Feb. 6 at Churchill Downs, where the event will be held Nov. 4.

  • Henny Hughes Resumes Training in Dubai

    Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. 1) runner-up Henny Hughes has resumed training in Dubai but has missed so much time following his travel from the United States that it is not clear when he will return to racing.

  • Baze, Garcia Tie in Bay Meadows Jockey Race

    Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze gained a share of his 35th riding title at Bay Meadows when he and apprentice Martin Garcia both won two races on Sunday's closing-day program at the 2005-06 holiday meeting.

  • Spellbinder and jockey Martin Pedroza  win the San Antonio Handicap, Sunday at Santa Anita.

    Spellbinder Weaves Magic in San Antonio Win

    Tough luck Spellbinder gained his first graded stakes victory Sunday when he defeated With Distinction by three-quarters of a length in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Universal Form, 53-1, Shocks Deputy Minister

    The former claiming horse Universal Form got the heated pace he was looking for, scoring a come-from-behind shocker at odds of 53-1 in the $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Sunday.

  • Harlington Makes Return in Gulf Allowance

    Big things have been expected of Melnyk Racing Stable's 4-year-old Harlington, a $2.8 million Keeneland yearling who's likely to be favored in Wednesday's 'three other than' allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

  • Eyes On Eddy Gets Break in Suwannee River

    Eyes On Eddy and Taittinger Rose, the only horses entered in Saturday's $100,000 Suwannee River Handicap for the Gulfstream Park main track only, ran first and second in the sloppy going when the race was taken off the turf.

  • High Limit and Patrick Valenzuela win the Strub Stakes, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    High Limit Overpowers Strub; Giacomo Third

    The Bobby Frankel-trained High Limit spoiled the return to the races of 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo with an authoritative win in the $300,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-olds at Santa Anita Park Saturday.

  • Brass Hat and Willie Martinez win the Donn Handicap, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Ignored Brass Hat Dominates Donn Handicap

    Fred F. Bradley's often overlooked homebred Brass Hat absolutely dominated the field in Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at sloppy Gulfstream Park for his third straight stakes victory since mid-December.

  • Wait a While and jockey John Velazquez win the Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    After Delay, Wait a While Puts Rivals Away

    Arindel Farm's Wait a While, running for the Eclipse Award-winning duo of trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez, demolished her six rivals in Saturday's $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at sloppy Gulfstream Park.

  • Jose Santos sits aboard Melodeeman after capturing his 4,000th career win, Saturday at Aqueduct.

    Santos Wins 4,000th, Splits With Agent

    Jockey Jose Santos guided 6-1 Melodeeman to an easy victory in Saturday's fifth race at Aqueduct Racetrack, giving the Chilean his 4,000th career Thoroughbred racing victory in North America.