Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Adoration Tunes Up for Sunday's Vanity

    Adoration, the high weight and probable favorite for the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park on Sunday, blew out four furlongs in :48 4/5 seconds Thursday for the 1 1/8 mile-test for fillies and mares.

  • Hombre Rapido Returns in L.A. Times 'Cap

    Defending champion Hombre Rapido will attempt to join legendary Native Diver as the only two-time winner of the $150,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • Olmodavor Headlines Mervyn LeRoy

    Olmodavor, who won the Native Diver Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park in December, returns to that racetrack Saturday for Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II).

  • Fire Slam and Cuvee Set for Matt Winn

    Stan Fulton's Fire Slam, a one-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopeful and runner-up in Keeneland's Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II), heads a small but strong field entered in Saturday's third running of the $100,000-added Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs.

  • Elliott Rides in N.Y.; Shake You Down Heads Bold Ruler

    One week removed from winning the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) aboard Smarty Jones, jockey Stewart Elliott has been named to ride the John Dowd-trained Whirlwind Charlott in the $200,000 Nassau County Breeders' cup Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park. Shake You Down, one of the more consistent sprinters in training over the last two seasons, heads the Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) on the same program.

  • Vermont Track Up for Grabs on eBay

    Live racing could return to Vermont if a buyer is found for Green Mountain Park, located near Pownal, Vt. The track, which hasn't conducted live racing since 1992 and currently does not have a racing license, is listed for $2.5 million on the Internet auction company site, eBay.

  • New Zealand Star Boulevardofdreams Invited To American Oaks

    Connections of New Zealand's star 3-year-old filly Boulevardofdreams (Daggers Drawn -- Faustina, by Sackford) have confirmed she has been selected by the Hollywood Park Turf Club to run in the $750,000 American Oaks July 3.

  • Toccet gets new trainer.

    Frankel to Take Over Training of Toccet

    Following another disappointing effort by Toccet in the Westchester Handicap (gr. III), owner Dan Borislow has decided to switch trainers, and will turn the colt over to Bobby Frankel at Belmont Park.

  • Record Pick 6 Carryover at Churchill Thursday

    Racing fans at Churchill Downs and its simulcast locations throughout North America will be chasing a $856,000 Pick Six carryover, the largest in track history, when betting opens on Thursday.

  • Field of Seven Ready for Iroquois 'Chase

    Seven hurdle stakes horses will square off in Saturday's $100,000 Iroquois Steeplechase (NSA-I), at three miles the longest hurdle race on the National Steeplechase Association calendar, in Nashville, Tenn.

  • Farish All-Time Leading Owner at Keeneland

    Lane's End Farm owner Will Farish, the Ambassador to England, became the all-time leading owner at Keeneland with three wins during the recently concluded spring meeting.

  • Private Emblem, winning the Arkansas Derby.

    Grade II Winner Private Emblem Euthanized

    Private Emblem, whose unbeaten streak in the spring of 2002 helped bring national attention to his sire, Our Emblem, was euthanized after fracturing both sesamoid bones in his left front leg.

  • Vicky Baze Returns to Riding at Emerald Downs

    Vicky Baze, the third all-time leading female rider with more than 1,500 victories, returned to racing on Sunday at Emerald Downs with a fifth-place finish aboard Crystal Mt. Stevie in a $14,000 allowance race.

  • Elusive Diva Enjoys Railbird View Better

    A distant fourth in last month's Fantasy Stakes (gr. II), Elusive Diva found the field and a cutback in distance a little more to her liking Sunday, winning a tight four-horse decision in the $109,600 Railbird (gr. III) at seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park.

  • Mobil Motors Past 'Bad Boy in Vigil

    Just days before the running of the $160,800 Vigil Stakes (Can-III), trainer Mike Keogh termed Mobil a "forgotten horse." Not after the 4-year-old colt's superb 2004 debut Saturday at Woodbine.

  • Pie's Lil Brother Repeats in Prairie Express

    Pie's Lil Brother won Saturday's $50,000 Prairie Express at Prairie Meadows for the second straight year, holding off Coach Jimi Lee and Sand Ridge in a photo finish.

  • Track Record for Leroidesanimaux in Inglewood

    Leroidesanimaux won for the third consecutive time and broke a course record in the process when he went gate-to-wire Saturday to win the $110,900 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) by two lengths at Hollywood Park.

  • Jerry Bailey and Stroll win the Woodford Reserve.

    Stroll Strolls to Woodford Reserve Win

    Stroll had won a grade III and grade II. Now he has a grade I on his resume, winning Saturday's $453,900 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs by 2 1/2 lengths the race prior to the Kentucky Derby (gr. IT).

  • Stay Forever Along in Time in Hollywood Wildcat

    Stay Forever captured the $150,000 Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup Handicap at Calder Race Course on Saturday, coming from well off the pace and running down the early leaders in the final strides.

  • Mayo on the Side (5) nips Azeri by a nose in a thrilling finish to the Humana Distaff.

    Azeri Upset in Humana Distaff

    Azeri came back time after time, but it wasn't enough. Mayo on the Side and Pat Day got by at the end to win the Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Saturday.

  • Lunarpal runs away with the Three Chimneys Juvenile, Saturday at Churchill Downs.

    Lunarpal Easy Winner of Three Chimneys

    Favored Lunarpal made it look easy, coasting home by five lengths in the $115,400 Three Chimneys Juvenile on the Kentucky Derby day undercard.

  • Jockeys Lopez, Miranda Improving After Fall

    Jockeys David Lopez and Alfredo Miranda, who were injured when their horses fell in Thursday's seventh race, were in stable condition Friday and improving, Bay Meadows track physician Dr. David Seftel reported.

  • Speedy Falcon on Railbird Perch

    Speedy Falcon and Aspen Gal, a pair of 3-year-old fillies who have dominated stakes opposition in the Midwest and Southwest, seek graded stakes stature on Sunday in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Railbird Stakes (gr. III) at seven furlongs.

  • Ashado rolls to victory in the Kentucky Oaks.

    Ashado Wins Kentucky Oaks

    In a good betting race, the public was right in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), with favored Ashado winning the 130th running of the top race for 3-year-old fillies Friday at Churchill Downs.

  • Kitten's Joy and Jerry Bailey win the Crown Royal American Turf.

    Kitten's Joy Remains Undefeated on Grass

    Kitten's Joy remained unbeaten on turf in five starts with an impressive 2 1/2-length victory Friday at Churchill Downs in the Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds.

  • Galloping Gal Rallies Late in Edgewood

    Edgar Prado had Galloping Gal rolling late and she just got up in the final strides to beat Gingham and Lace and Jerry Bailey in the Edgewood Stakes, the first added-money event on the Kentucky Oaks day undercard at Churchill Downs.

  • Halfbridled, working at Churchill on Thursday.

    Halfbridled Scratched from Kentucky Oaks

    Halfbridled, the 2-year-old filly champion of 2003, was scratched from the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. 1) the morning of the race after having tied up. She was scratched from the April 3 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland for the same reason.

  • One Cool Cat Favored in 2,000 Guineas

    Aidan O'Brien saddles favored One Cool Cat for Saturday's 2,000 Guineas (Eng-I), which attracted 14 runners to Newmarket for Saturday's English Classic.

  • Mobil to Make 2004 Bow in Woodbine's Vigil

    Multiple stakes winner Mobil makes his 2004 debut in Saturday's $160,800 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine with high expectations from trainer Mike Keogh.

  • Mulhall Entry Part of Inglewood 'Cap Line-Up

    Kristin Mulhall, the 21-year-old Californian who on Saturday aims to become the youngest trainer and first female ever to win a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) when saddling Imperialism at Churchill Downs, will double team the same day's $100,000 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Friendly Michelle's Grit Shows in La Troienne

    Front-running Friendly Michelle, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Artax owned by television producer Ed Friendly, came on again in the last sixteenth after dropping back to third to win the featured $112,200 La Troienne Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies today at Churchill Downs.

  • Nicole's Dream Game Mamzelle Winner

    Dare to Dream Stable's Nicole's Dream, piloted by Robby Albarado, resisted Tangier Sound in a prolonged stretch battle to win the $117,700 Mamzelle Stakes for older fillies and mares Thursday at Churchill Downs.

  • Withers Pits Saratoga County, Forest Danger

    Kentucky Derby Day is always a big one at Aqueduct, where two stakes will be featured on Saturday, the $150,000 Withers Stakes (g. III) and the $100,000 Beaugay Handicap (gr. IIIT).

  • Team Valor Aims for American Oaks With German Filly

    Team Valor has purchased German stakes winner La Ina and is pointing her for her United States debut in the $700,000 American Oaks (gr. I) on July 3 at Hollywood Park if she is invited, according to president Barry Irwin.

  • Persian Punch Dies on Track

    Champion European stayer Persian Punch died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack while making his 11-year-old debut in the Sagaro Stakes (Eng-III) at Ascot, according to The <i>Racing Post</i>.

  • Apple Blossom Order Changed; Wild Spirit DQ'd to 3rd

    Wild Spirit, the second-place finisher in the April 3 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. II), was disqualified to third Tuesday by the Oaklawn Racing Commission for a bumping incident with Star Parade at the top of the stretch.