New York Times Horse Racing

Year After Heartbreak, Happiness in the Stable and the Cradle

A devastating scratch at 2014’s Kentucky Derby was followed by a run of luck that led to American Pharoah’s Triple Crown victory, another racer’s successful return and the arrival of an unexpected bundle of joy. Read More...

Ugliness Is Unavoidable for American Pharoah

There’s a very good argument to make that American Pharoah has earned his right to spend the rest of his life in the stallion barn, far away from the track and the prospect of injury or even death Read More...

American Pharoah Wins Haskell Invitational

American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown champion in 37 years, became the eighth horse to win his next start after sweeping the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont. Read More...

Texas Red Prevails at Saratoga

Texas Red took the lead from Japan with an eighth of a mile left and held off Frosted to win the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy by a half-length at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Read More...

Racetracks Open Their Wallets in Attempt to Attract American Pharoah

The first Triple Crown champion in 37 years is a star attraction whose presence would lift attendance and handle and boost publicity. Read More...

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for American Pharoah

The Triple Crown winner American Pharoah received star treatment as he arrived for the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park. Read More...

American Pharoah Has a Secure Spot in History, but a Tricky Future

The ultimate goal for the Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. But deciding on the best path to get him there is difficult because of three distinct interests. Read More...

American Pharoah’s Drill

The Triple Crown champion American Pharoah had his first workout at Del Mar, Calif., in preparation for his next start in the Haskell Invitational in New Jersey. Read More...

Congressmen Propose Antidoping Agency for Horse Racing

Under the proposed legislation, the United States Anti-Doping Agency would create the agency to run a nationwide antidoping program starting in 2017. Read More...

Bill Would Save Horse Racing From No. 1 Threat: Itself

To try to save horse racing and its magnificent athletes, a bill to create a national antidoping agency for horse racing in the United States was introduced. Read More...

American Pharoah Set for Haskell

American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, will make his next start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2. Read More...

Horse Trainer Faces Labor Case

Steve Asmussen was accused of not paying overtime to grooms and hot walkers since at least 2012, Read More...

Holding Back Tears After American Pharoah’s Triple Crown

Donna Brothers, a racing analyst for NBC and a former jockey, had to check her emotions while covering American Pharoah’s Triple Crown victory. Read More...

Bill Cunningham | Classy Topper

Men have a new knot: the bow tie, which has been spotted at polo matches, at the Belmont Stakes, at picnics and at dance events. Read More...

A Record Ninth Victory at Royal Ascot

The English jockey Ryan Moore, 31, broke a postwar record when he claimed his ninth victory of this week’s Royal Ascot flat meeting in London. Read More...

At Royal Ascot, the Dress Codes Keep the Crowds Elegant

The five days of horse racing are fine, but so is the accompanying fashion display, which has strict rules and culminates on Ladies’ Day. Read More...

California Chrome’s Overseas Trip Hits a Detour

After a minor injury forced the reigning American Horse of the Year to miss his start at Royal Ascot, his trainer and co-owner remained optimistic about his next start. Read More...

A Challenge Too Great for California Chrome?

Preparing to race at Royal Ascot this week, Perry Martin, majority owner of the famous American colt, has been accused by some people of asking too much of his modestly bred horse. Read More...

‘Mad Genius From America’ Sets His Sights on England’s Racecourses

But the U.S.-based trainer Wesley Ward knows that renewing his success at Royal Ascot this week depends on the weather. Read More...

Me, My Dad and American Pharoah

The end of a 37-year Triple Crown drought brings with it a flood of memories of Sundays at the race track with Dad. Read More...

30,000 Fans Greet American Pharoah in Festive Return to Churchill Downs

Cloaked in white cloth, American Pharoah was paraded like a war hero at the racetrack where he began his path to horse racing immortality with a win in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Queen’s Jewel, a Chestnut Gem in Prix De Diane Field

A textbook example of a champion racehorse, 3-year-old filly is undefeated in all of her three starts and is a favorite to win on Sunday at Chantilly. Read More...

In France, It’s Ladies First as Fillies Trump Colts

Unlike elsewhere, races for females are more popular than those for males in France, mainly because the French Oaks for 3-year-old fillies has been the proving ground for stars with staying power. Read More...

Belmont Ticketholders Hope to Cash In Online

More than 90,000 winning tickets from American Pharoah’s Triple Crown victory are unclaimed, with many bettors guessing their ticket is worth far more behind a frame, or on eBay. Read More...

Bob Baffert Weighs Options With American Pharoah

It appears the early leaders in the sweepstakes to have the Triple Crown winner American Pharoah appear at their racetracks are Monmouth Park in New Jersey and Saratoga in upstate New York. Read More...

Belmont Payouts Await

More than 95 percent of the $2 wagers placed on American Pharoah had yet to be collected. Read More...

Affirmed’s Owner and Jockey Share in a Celebration, 37 Years After Their Own

Patrice Wolfson and Steve Cauthen, whose Triple Crown feat went unmatched for decades, expressed admiration for American Pharoah and his team. Read More...

American Pharoah’s Triumph, Deftly Covered From Start to Finish

NBC’s prerace broadcast seemed long, but in the end, the network’s Belmont Stakes coverage was worthy of a Triple Crown victory. Read More...

Amid the Mud and Straw, Workers on the Backstretch Savor a Special Day

At a distance from the crowd and the pageantry, the rarely seen horse people at Belmont Park gathered to watch the historic run of American Pharoah on Saturday. Read More...

After American Pharoah’s Runaway, Pondering Whether to Quit While Ahead

American Pharoah’s owner and trainer, Ahmed Zayat and Bob Baffert, “owe it to the sport” to keep running horse racing’s new ambassador. Read More...

An Elusive Trophy, Gleaming Through the Smudges of Hands and Lips

For 37 long years, as the Triple Crown trophy waited for a permanent home, those handling it almost always did so wearing cotton gloves. “It shows fingerprints easily,” an executive said. Read More...

Golden Horn Wins English Derby at Epsom

The horse won three and a half lengths in Britain’s biggest flat race. Read More...

Frustration Turns to Elation for Victor Espinoza

Espinoza had been thwarted twice in Triple Crown attempts at Belmont before riding American Pharoah to victory on Saturday. Read More...

A Stooper at Belmont Chases the Jackpot

Frankie Abbate scoops up betting slips at the racetrack in hopes of finding a few winners that bettors discarded prematurely or in error. Read More...

Divine Intervention Is a Hope, Not a Horse, in the Belmont Stakes

American Pharoah’s jockey, Victor Espinoza, paid homage at the grave site of a Jewish leader who, some believe, has the ear of a higher power. Read More...

Storied Trainer Hoping to See, or Hear, Triple Crown History

John A. Nerud has overseen a stable full of great horses, and he bred and owned Fappiano, American Pharoah’s great-great-grandfather. Read More...

American Pharoah Wins Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown

For the first time since Affirmed in 1978, a horse swept the Triple Crown. American Pharoah became the 12th horse to accomplish the feat. Read More...

Adjustments Ease Crowd at Racetrack

After last year’s unwieldy crowds, insufficient food supplies and long train delays, new preparations were well-received by visitors to Belmont Park. Read More...

Jockeys Keep Whipping, Adding Urgency for Some to a Horse Racing Debate

Riding crops used by jockeys to spur racehorses have been the center of much discussion over many years, one that still continues despite restrictions. Read More...

Real Estate Magnate Pushes for a Casino in North Jersey

Jeff Gural, who proposes a $1 billion venue at the Meadowlands Racetrack he runs, must overcome opposition from South Jersey and get a referendum on the ballot. Read More...

Pulses Are Zooming, and Opinions Are Flying

Everyone seems to have an opinion on whether American Pharoah will become the 12th thoroughbred to sweep the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Caught Between Fresh Horses and Triple Crown Tradition

The effect on racing of fresh horses spoiling Triple Crown bids is a problem seeking an answer in an industry fighting for relevance. Read More...

A Triple Crown Possibility Keeps Registers Ringing Around Belmont Park

Business picks up every year in neighborhood around the racetrack, as workers and crowds move in for the Belmont Stakes. The challenge is staying afloat when the visitors are gone. Read More...

Turn-Ons: Peppermints, Cool Breezes. Turn-Offs: Mares Who Move Too Fast.

American Pharoah’s sire, Pioneerof the Nile, is a picky stallion, but his breeding fees could soar if his offspring wins the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown. Read More...

‘And Down the Stretch They Come!’ (All Rights Reserved)

From horse racing to basketball, announcers have often sought copyright protection for their signature calls. Read More...

Belmont Stakes 2015: Predictions and Analysis

Can American Pharoah win the Triple Crown? A look at the horses in the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes with comments by Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert. Read More...

American Pharoah Can’t Erase All of Ahmed Zayat’s Missteps

The associations and dealings of Mr. Zayat, who made his fortune selling beer in Egypt and became a successful horse owner, have resulted in myriad legal proceedings. Read More...

Barnyard Buddies Curl Up at Belmont

High-maintenance thoroughbreds often enjoy the companionship of less-demanding companion ponies or sometimes other species, such as pigs and goats, to soothe their nerves. Read More...

L.I.R.R. Outlines Changes to Ease the Wait for a Stampede of Fans Heading Home

Though there still likely will be a wait for the Long Island Rail Road after American Pharoah’s Triple Crown bid at the Belmont Stakes, improvements have been made. Read More...