Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Keeneland set an attendance record at its fall meet that concluded Oct. 29.

    Keeneland Sets Fall Meet Attendance Record

    Keeneland closed its 2016 fall meet, which celebrated the 80th anniversary of racing at the world-famous track, on Oct. 29 with record total on-track attendance of 276,543 and substantial gains in on-track and all-sources wagering. 

  • Cover Song, right, outduels favored Danilovna in the Autumn Miss Stakes

    Cover Song Springs Autumn Miss Upset

    Spendthrift Farm's Cover Song had to wait out an extended inquiry, but her connections still got to celebrate her first stakes victory in the Santa Anita Park winner's circle Oct. 29.

  • Syringe for use on equine animals on May 24, 2006, in Lexington, Ky.

    Kentucky Likely to Put Labs to the Test

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will likely run double-blind quality assurance testing on its lab after the state’s Equine Drug Research Council approved plans to carry out such tests.

  • Lewis Bay rolls to easy win in Turnback the Alarm Handicap

    Ortiz Jr. Sweeps Belmont Graded Stakes

    Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. won the two graded stakes on the Oct. 29 Belmont Park card when he guided Lewis Bay to an easy victory in the Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) and Stallwalkin' Dude to a clear win in the Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III).

  • Not this Time works at Santa Anita Park Oct. 29 in preparation for 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I)

    Albaugh Not Letting Go of Talent This Time

    When Taylor Made Sales inquired last season about whether Jason Loutsch and his father-in-law, Dennis Albaugh, were going to offer their homebred half brother to Liam's Map at the yearling sales, the response was a prophetic 'Not this time.'

  • I'm a Chatterbox breezes Oct. 29 at Keeneland.

    BC Hopefuls Work at Keeneland, Belmont

    While many Breeders' Cup pre-entered horses already are in Southern California, several also wrapped up final serious works elsewhere Oct. 29, including I'm a Chatterbox at Keeneland and 2015 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice at Belmont Park.

  • Masochistic worked five furlongs from the gate in 1:00

    Masochistic Relaxed in BC Sprint Workout

    Masochistic worked five furlongs from the gate in 1:00 with jockey Mike Smith aboard in a relaxed manner that had all of his connections pleased with the Oct. 29 move at Santa Anita Park.

  • Gormley worked 6 furlongs in 1:16 2/5

    Gormley Goes Easy in BC Juvenile Work

    As the deluge of workers lined up, eagerly awaiting the second training session to begin near the top of the Santa Anita stretch, trainer John Shirreffs held back Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley for a few minutes to let the track clear.

  • Nyquist works Oct. 27 at Santa Anita

    Nyquist Injured, Out of Breeders' Cup Classic

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist will not run in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). The multiple grade I winner exited an Oct. 27 workout with a "puffy ankle," according to a release from trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Runhappy Eager in Final Breeders' Cup Work

    Still full of antics but much more willing than in his penultimate move, reigning champion male sprinter Runhappy turned in his final work in advance of the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) when he drilled five furlongs in :58 2/5 Oct. 29.

  • Three Rules is undefeated in five starts, all in Florida

    Three Rules Puts in Final Juvenile Work

    Undefeated Three Rules worked five furlongs in a sharp :57.64 at Gulfstream Park the morning of Oct. 28 in preparation for a scheduled start in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Dave Litfin - Litfin At Large

    Getting Started on Breeders' Cup Handicapping

    At this relatively early stage, before the final make-up of the fields and post positions are known, it's best to merely formulate a rough draft of potential wagering strategies, and avoid getting "married" to any particular horse(s).

  • Kentucky Downs Juvenile winner All Right is one of 14 2-year-olds entered in Spendthrift Stallion Stakes

    Cool Arrow On Target for First Spendthrift

    Brad Grady's Cool Arrow will try for a second straight stakes win when he faces an expected 13 other juveniles in the inaugural running of the $300,000 Spendthrift Stallion Stakes Sunday, Oct. 30 at Churchill Downs.

  • October 22, 2016: Lightstream (12) Julien Leparoux up, wins the Gr.2 Lexus Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland...
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    The Week in Photos for 10/25/2016

    Lexus Raven Run, Athenia, Pin Oak Valley View, Rood and Riddle Dowager, Sycamore, Kikuka Sho, Cup and Saucer, Empire Classic, Empire Distaff, Maid of the Mist, Sleepy Hollow, Mohawk, Ticonderoga, Jean Lafitte and more.

  • Awards for Breeders of Breeders' Cup Winners

    The Breeders' Cup announced today the introduction of the Breeders' Edition of the Breeders' Cup World Championship Trophy, which will be awarded to the breeder of the winner of each of the 2016 World Championship races. 

  • Catch a Glimpse worked four furlongs in :49 2/5.

    Catch a Glimpse Breezes for Breeders' Cup

    Gary Barber, Michael James Ambler, and Windways Farm's Catch a Glimpse and Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna, trainer Mark Casse's two Breeders' Cup pre-entrants stabled at Keeneland with assistant David Carroll, both worked Thursday, Oct. 27. 

  • Beholder

    Beholder, Frosted Drill at Santa Anita

    Spendthrift Farm's Beholder logged what will likely be the final breeze of her career Oct. 27, in preparation for what should be her final start in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).

  • Nyquist worked 7 furlongs in 1:27 2/5

    Nyquist's BC Work Less Than Ideal

    Nyquist's two-turn workout Oct. 27 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) didn't start off as planned, but trainer Doug O'Neill was ultimately OK with how the Uncle Mo colt immediately came out of the work--covered in dirt.

  • Churchill Downs 2016

    Churchill Downs Readies for 21-Day Fall Meet

    Cooler temperatures and the leaves changing colors signify the return of live horse racing to the Louisville area as Churchill Downs, the historic home of Kentucky Derby day, readies to open its 127th Fall Meet Sunday, Oct. 30.

  • Songbird

    Songbird Logs Final Breeze for Distaff

    With the potential of rain looming in Southern California, several Breeders' Cup horses got an early start Oct. 27 at Santa Anita Park, headlined by Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird.

  • Miesque, with Freddy Head up, wins 1988 Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.

    A Look Back: Miesque's Second Mile Victory

    This week is a recap of the 1988 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, written by Kimberly Herbert with the headline "Mile After Mile" from the 1988 BloodHorse Breeders' Cup special issue.

  • Noble Bird Heads Field of Eight in Fayette

    The Noble Bird who turns jockey Julien Leparoux into a happy passenger is the one his connections hope shows up Oct. 29, when he headlines a field of eight entered in the Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) on the final day of the Keeneland fall meet.

  • Forever Unbridled

    Forever Unbridled, Tom's Ready Work for BC

    Multiple grade I winner Forever Unbridled and stablemate Tom's Ready were declared "happy and healthy" by trainer Dallas Stewart after each threw down their final works at Churchill Downs Oct. 26 in advance of their expected Breeders' Cup runs.

  • Breeders' Cup scene at Santa Anita Park on October 29, 2013. Photo By: Chad B. Harmon

    Breeders' Cup Race Order, Wagering Options

    The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 26 the official order of races, and guaranteed multi-race wagering pools for the 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

  • California Chrome is expected to bring star power to this year's Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Breeders' Cup Pre-Entries Total 185

    Led by North America’s all-time leading money earner California Chrome, an all-star international cast of 185 of the world’s best Thoroughbreds, including 38 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

  • Mondialiste

    Mondialiste Likely for Breeders' Cup Turf

    Mondialiste (IRE), winner of the Aug. 13 Arlington Million (gr. IT), is likely to bypass a rematch with champion Tepin in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park in favor of a start in the 1 1/2 miles Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).

  • Texas Chrome

    Handy Work at Remington for Texas Chrome

    Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) winner Texas Chrome put in his final official local workout on Oct. 24 at Remington Park and appears to be set to travel to Santa Anita Park for the Breeders' Cup World Championships in early November.

  • Arrogate works six furlongs in 1:11 1/5 Oct. 25 at Santa Anita

    Arrogate Smooth in Six Furlong Work

    The smooth strides of Arrogate were in full effect during a busy morning at Santa Anita Park as the Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner turned in a handy six-furlong move in 1:11 1/5 in company with stablemate Mor Spirit.

  • Trainer Baird Reaches Win 2,000

    Trainer John Baird secured the 2,000th victory of his career Oct. 24 at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort when Monba Number Five posted a front-running win in the first race.

  • In the winner's circle after Sintra's score in the first Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

    BH 100: The Royal Treatment

    As the 80th fall meet of Keeneland Race Course got underway Oct. 7, we recall an Indian Summer weekend 32 years ago when Queen Elizabeth II came to visit Kentucky, spending a magical afternoon at the track.

  • Roca Rojo Wins 2016 Athenia Stakes

    Roca Rojo Closes for Athenia Victory

    A two-time allowance winner since moving to the barn of Chad Brown, Sheep Pond Partners, Newport Stables, and Bradley Thoroughbreds Roca Rojo broke through for her first graded win Oct. 23 in the $200,000 Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.