Thoroughbred Racing

News, previews, results for major North American Thoroughbred races

  • Va Bank

    Team Valor Acquires Half in Unbeaten Va Bank

    Team Valor International has acquired a 50% interest in Poland-based Va Bank, a 4-year-old son of Archipenko, who is unbeaten in 12 career starts after winning the Preis der Sparkassen Finanzgruppe (Ger-III) Aug. 27 at Baden-Baden in Germany.

  • Toews On Ice

    Toews On Ice Possibly Heading to New Mexico

    Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman's Toews On Ice set a track record Sept. 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course, but the Archarcharch colt may not carry the recognizable red and yellow silks in his next race.

  • Da Big Hoss scores a repeat victory in the Kentucky Turf Cup

    Another Big Win for Da Big Hoss

    "All I can say is he's the second-best marathon horse in the United States," said trainer Mike Maker, ceding the top position to five-time group/grade I winner Flintshire. "I think we just go right to the Breeders' Cup. He runs really well fresh."

  • Wellabled wins the 2016 Arlington-Washington Futurity

    Wellabled, Diadura Turn Heads at Arlington

    Wellabled sailed over the Polytrack to earn his first stakes score in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) and Diadura rolled to her first black-type with a win in the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes.

  • Watchyourownbobber rolls home to win the More Than Ready Stakes

    Watchyourownbobber Proves More Than Ready

    A weather delay of about 15 minutes didn't bother Watchyourownbobber in the More Than Ready Stakes, as the even-money favorite scored a clear victory in the one-mile test Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.

  • Stellar Wind, inside, works Sept. 10 at Santa Anita Park

    Stellar Wind, Nyquist, Arrogate Work in SoCal

    California Chrome wasn't the only star on the work tab Sept. 10 in Southern California. Champions of 2015 Stellar Wind and Nyquist both put in drills for upcoming starts, as did 2016 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Arrogate.

  • Alice Springs wins the 2016 Matron Stakes in England

    Alice Springs Earns Breeders' Cup Return

    Alice Springs could be Breeders' Cup-bound again via the Oct. 15 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) after winning the Sept. 10 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes (Ire-I) with a powerful rally under Ryan Moore.

  • Owner Robert Masterson

    Masterson Realizes Uniqueness of Tepin

    Robert Masterson has never had a horse like Tepin, the superstar mare who will carry his colors in next Saturday’s $1 million Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile while seeking her eighth consecutive victory for trainer Mark Casse.

  • Christophe Soumillon celebrates after winning the Irish Champion Stakes aboard Almanzor

    Almanzor Thrives in Irish Champion Stakes

    Travel proved no problem for French classic winner Almanzor, as he finished well to secure a three-quarter-length victory over top filly Found in a particularly strong edition of the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) Sept. 10 at Leopardstown.

  • Palentino upsets Black Heart Bart in the Makybe Diva Stakes

    Astern, Palentino Score in Australia Races

    In Australia's biggest races Sept. 10, Astern secured the first group I win of his career in the Golden Rose Stakes (Aus-I) at Rosehill while Palentino upset stablemate Black Heart Bart in the Makybe Diva Stakes (Aus-I) at Flemington.

  • West Coast Indy comes home strong to become the first winner for Northern Indy

    Northern Indy Gets First Winner

    California sire Northern Indy got his first winner on the racetrack Sept. 9 at Golden Gate Fields, where Remmah Racing's 2-year-old gelding West Coast Indy won a maiden claiming race to kick off the Friday card.

  • Beholder breezes at Santa Anita Park Sept. 9

    Beholder Works, Zenyatta Stakes Likely Next

    After her second work since a second-place run in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), trainer Richard Mandella is leaning toward running Spendthrift Farm's Beholder in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

  • RMTC Committee Accredits New York Laboratory

    The Horseracing Testing Laboratory Committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) met Sept. 9 and voted to fully accredit the New York Drug Testing Laboratory (NYDTL) pursuant to the RMTC laboratory accreditation program.

  • John Dowd is best known for training grade II winner Songandaprayer, shown leading early in the 2001 Kentucky Derby

    Trainer John Dowd Returns to Winner's Circle

    New Jersey native John Dowd has called Florida home since training Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Songandaprayer, and after taking a break to help raise his family, he is back conditioning in the Sunshine State.

  • Enola Gray

    Enola Gray Tries Open Company at Los Al

    After a minor illness knocked her out of the Torrey Pines (gr. III) at Del Mar Aug. 28, Nick Alexander's undefeated Enola Gray will take another shot at her first start against open company Sept. 11 in the Beverly J. Lewis Stakes.

  • Airoforce

    Airoforce, 'Oscar' Face Off at Kentucky Downs

    Back on their preferred surface after stints on the Triple Crown trail, Airoforce and Oscar Nominated have run well in multiple starts on turf, but have yet to find the winner's circle despite close calls.

  • Runhappy at Keeneland Sept. 8

    Runhappy Works 7 Furlongs at Keeneland

    James McIngvale's Runhappy continued to progress toward a return to the races with a seven-furlong work Sept. 8 at Keeneland. Last year's sprint champion male was clocked in 1:24 3/5.

  • Texas Red edges Frosted in the 2015 Jim Dandy Stakes

    Texas Red Nears Return to Training

    Keith Desormeaux admitted Sept. 7 that 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red is a long way away from a return to the starting gate, but the trainer expects the 4-year-old Afleet Alex colt to return to his barn at Santa Anita Park soon.

  • Dalmore after his Affirmed Stakes win

    Dalmore Ships East for Super Derby

    Up against a trio of older grade I winners in the Pacific Classic (gr. I), jockey Kent Desormeaux called Dalmore's fifth-place run in the 1 1/4-mile Del Mar summer feature a "learning experience."

  • Watchyourownbobber enters Saturday's test off a stakes win at Mountaineer.

    Watchyourownbobber to Try the More Than Ready

    Watchyourownbobber will try for a third consecutive stakes win at a third different track when he faces an expected seven rivals in the $400,000 More Than Ready Mile Stakes Sept. 10 at Kentucky Downs.

  • Trainer John Gosden

    Gosden: 'Staying Races Are So Important'

    British trainer John Gosden emphasized the importance of staying races during a Sept. 5 luncheon ahead of the Ladbrokes St. Leger (gr. I), the world's oldest classic run at an extended 1 3/4 miles, Sept. 10 at Doncaster.

  • A highlight of the meet was Innovative Idea's victory in the grade III Groupie Doll Stakes

    Ellis Park Reports Successful Meet

    Ellis Park, which closed its 30-day meet Sept. 5, reported a rise in all-sources handle and a slight drop in on-track wagering. Purses were up 25% due to an influx of funding from Kentucky Downs and historical race wagering.

  • Sweet Loretta (#1) and Pretty City Dancer (#6) dead heat in the 2016 Spinaway Stakes.

    The Week in Photos for 9/6/2016

    The Woodward, Spinaway, Hopeful, Del Mar Futurity, Prioress, Del Mar Derby, Bernard Baruch Handicap, John C. Mabee, Saranac, Smarty Jones, Sprint Cup and more.

  • Del Mar racing

    Handle, Purses Down Slightly at Del Mar

    Highlighted by its most successful single day ever, a sparkling parade of stakes races, and a continuing enhancement of its reputation as a sporting-entertainment venue, Del Mar raced to an uplifting finish to its 77th summer season Sept. 5.