Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Soaring Free Dominates Play the King Again

    Sam-Son Farm's heavily favored Soaring Free overcame a bumping incident coming out of the gate to register a three-quarter of a length win in the $173,400 Play the King (Can-III) at Woodbine Saturday.

  • Nothing to Lose outruns Silver Tree in the stretch to take the Fourstardave, Saturday at Saratoga.

    Nothing to Lose Trims Silver Tree in 'Dave

    Nothing to Lose, guided by John Velazquez through a couple of narrow gaps in the stretch, squeezed through along the hedge close to home and went on to a narrow victory over Silver Tree in the $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Saratoga turf Saturday.

  • Nakatani Takes a Punch, Delivers Knockout

    Jockey Corey Nakatani took at least one punch in a jockeys' room fracas after the first race Friday at Del Mar, then came back to register a knockout of his own with three victories in his final four rides.

  • Mitchell Holds Strong Pair in Del Mar Handicap

    Trainer Mike Mitchell, who already has won twice as many stakes races this season as he has in any Del Mar meet of the past, believes he has a strong hand for Sunday's $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT).

  • Harmony Lodge Trying to Make History in Ballerina

    Harmony Lodge will attempt to become just the second female in history to win consecutive runnings of the Grade $250,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) when she faces off against seven rivals Sunday at Saratoga

  • Smooth Arrival for Travers-Bound Suave

    Jay Em Ess Stable's Travers runner Suave finally arrived in Saratoga Thursday after a flight delayed from Kentucky by mechanical difficutlies.

  • Souvenir Gift Towers Over Debutante Field

    With Sorrento (gr. III) winner Inspiring sidelined, nine 2-year-old fillies led by dual stakes winner Souvenir Gift will go postward Saturday for the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) at seven furlongs on the main track.

  • Champali Battles Jimi Lee in Arlington Sprint

    Lloyd Madison Farms IV LLC's multiple graded stakes winner Champali figures to be a short-priced favorite in a small field of five for Saturday's $150,000 Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint at Arlington Park.

  • Plate Winner Headed for Pennsylvania Derby

    Chiefswood Stables' Queen's Plate winner Niigon will make his next start in the $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park on Labor Day Sept. 6, trainer Eric Coatrieux decided Thursday.

  • Soaring Free Top Choice for Play the King

    Coming off a record-shattering performance in the Ontario Jockey Club Stakes at seven furlongs, Sam-Son Farm's Soaring Free returns to his favorite turf course at Woodbine Saturday for the $173,400 Play the King Stakes (Can-III).

  • Park Avenue Ball Vs. Pletcher Trio in Sapling

    Park Avenue Ball, winner of the local Tyro Stakes on July 31, tries graded stakes company for the first time in Saturday's $100,000 Sapling Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Monmouth Park. Lining up with him in the gate will be a three-prong attack from trainer Todd Pletcher and Flash Stakes (gr. III) winner Primal Storm.

  • Maryland Racing Shifts to Timonium

    The Maryland State Fair at Timonium will host eight days of Thoroughbred racing, featuring two stakes Aug. 28 through Labor Day, Sept. 6. The two stakes for Maryland-breds are the $50,000 Alma North and the $50,000 Taking Risk Stakes.

  • Paralyzed Trainer Gets First Win Since Crash

    Trainer Dan Hendricks, paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle crash July 7, posted his first victory since the accident Wednesday when his Littlebitofzip was a dominating four-length winner of Del Mar's fourth race.

  • Azeri Topweighted at 122 in Personal Ensign

    Michael Paulson's Azeri, a three-time champion who became North America's all-time richest female in winning the Aug. 1 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, was assigned top weight of 122 pounds in Friday's $400,000 Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I).

  • Super Derby Likely Target for Imperialism

    Imperialism appears headed for Louisiana Downs' Super Derby (gr. II) Sept. 25 if trainer Kristin Mulhall and owner Steve Taub can agree on who will ride.

  • Stevens Lines Up Del Mar Mounts

    Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who has been riding for the legendary French trainer Andre Fabre, will be back in California beginning Sept. 2 following the end of his commitment to Fabre in France.

  • Sibille Undergoes Hip Replacement Surgery

    Ray Sibille, Arlington Park's fourth leading jockey of all time who retired earlier this summer, underwent successful hip replacement surgery Aug. 24 at Weiss Memorial Hospital.

  • Medallist Returns to Sprinting in King's Bishop

    Medallist, a bust trying two turns in the Jim Dandy (gr. II) at Saratoga earlier this month, returns to what he does best in Saturday's $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.

  • Christine's Outlaw Takes Aim at Fourstardave

    Christine's Outlaw, a winner of two of three races since trainer George Weaver switched the 4-year-old to the grass, is one of the favorites for Saturday's $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Saratoga outer turf course at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Spotlight, with jockey Jerry Bailey, captures the Lake Placid Stakes.

    Spotlight Shines in Lake Placid

    Green Hills Farms' Spotlight won her second consecutive race in as many starts in the U.S. when jockey Jerry Bailey rode the 3-year-old filly to a 3 1/2-length victory over Mambo Slew in the grade II $150,000 Lake Placid at 1 1/16 miles over a "good" Mellon Turf Course.

  • Purge, Eddington Work Toward Saturday's Travers

    With exercise rider Michelle Nihei aboard, Starlight Stable's Purge breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 over the main track at Saratoga on Monday in preparation for Saturday's 135th running of the grade I, $1 million Travers Stakes.

  • Pleasantly Perfect, ridden by jockey Jerry Bailey, draws away to win the Pacific Classic, Sunday at Del Mar.

    Pacific Classic is Pleasantly Perfect

    Pleasantly Perfect, rebounding strongly from defeat three weeks ago in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II), convincingly took the centerpiece of the Del Mar meeting, the Pacific Classic (gr. I), with a scintillating turn of foot the last quarter mile.

  • Evening Attire runs away with the Sarataoga BC Handicap.

    Evening Attire Ends Drought in Saratoga BC Handicap; Funny Cide Second

    Evening Attire showed once again that he likes Saratoga. The 6-year-old gelded son of Black Tie Affair squared off with last year's champion Funny Cide and Bowman's Band in the stretch and came home a five-length winner in the good time of 2:00.83 in the 1 1/4-mile Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).

  • Javier Castellano will ride Fortunate Damsel, Heriberto Cedano's first graded stakes starter, in Monday's Lake Placid Handicap at Saratoga.

    Cedano in New Role With Fortunate Damsel in Lake Placid

    Heriberto "Ocala" Cedano, who had worked for Hall of Fame trainer Phil "P.G." Johnson for 33 years, finds himself in a new position when he saddles Fortunate Damsel in Monday's $150,000 Lake Placid Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies at nine furlongs over Saratoga's Mellon turf course.

  • Dream of Summer Lands Rancho Bernardo

    James Weigel's homebred Dream of Summer earned a hard-fought neck victory over Barbara Orr Satuday in the 6 ½-furlong Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar.

  • Afleet Alex continues unbeaten 2YO season with win in the Hopeful Stakes.

    Afleet Alex Stays Unbeaten With Hopeful Win

    Afleet Alex had to work harder than in his previous three starts, be he remained unbeaten Saturday with a victory in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

  • Amorama, left, beats Ticker Tape by a nose to win the Del Mar Oaks.

    Amorama Wins Del Mar Oaks at 19-1

    Amorama, who had finished behind favorite Ticker Tape in all six of her North American starts and was 19-1, nipped that one on the line to win the Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday afternoon.

  • Birdstone, Suave Work Toward Travers

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Birdstone breezed six furlongs in 1:13 4/5, with regular exercise rider Maxine Correa aboard, over Saratoga's Oklahoma training track that was rated "good" on Saturday.

  • Champion Storm Flag Flying Breezes

    Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying breezed six furlongs in 1:13 4/5 over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Saturday morning as the 2-year-old filly champion of 2002 prepped for Friday's grade I, $400,000 Personal Ensign at 1 1/4 miles.

  • Ghostzapper Blows Away Rivals in Iselin

    He went by them so fast they might have thought he was a ghost. Ghostzapper sat off the pace and then blew by to win the Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap at Monmouth Saturday by 10 3/4 lengths.

  • Thrilling Arlington BC Oaks Ends in Dead-Heat

    The Arlington Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) was a thrilling race, with Lovely Afternoon near the lead the entire race while the filly that should have been on the lead Catboat, broke poorly and had to rally on the rail. The two hit the wire together.

  • Sense of Style, with Edgar Prado aboard, captures the Spinaway Stakes, Friday at Saratoga.

    Sense of Style Fashions Spinaway Win

    Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Sense of Style toyed with six other 2-year-old fillies Friday afternoon, then dismissed them with a sudden flourish in the stretch to win Saratoga's 113th running of the grade II, $250,000 Spinaway at seven furlongs.

  • Lion Heart

    Zito Pair, Lion Heart Work Toward Travers

    Trainer Nick Zito sent two of his three starters for the grade I, $1 million Travers Aug. 28 out for works on the main track at Saratoga Friday morning. Sir Shackleton breezed five furlongs in :59 3/5 while The Cliff's Edge went the same distance in 1:01 1/5.

  • Ticker Tape, Sweet Win Headline Del Mar Oaks

    Headed by American Oaks (gr. IT) winner Ticker Tape and San Clemente (gr. IIT) champion Sweet Win, a field of seven 3-year-old fillies is expected to go to the post Saturday for the 48th running of the grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks.

  • Seven Distaff Sprinters Contest Rancho Bernardo

    Boasting a record of five victories in seven career starts, Dream of Summer will lead a field of seven female speed burners to the post in Saturday's grade III, $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track at Del Mar.

  • Monmouth, Iselin Set for Ghost Sighting

    Stronach Stables' top-weighted Ghostzapper will face a field of six competitors in Saturday's $200,000 Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Monmouth Park.