New York Times Horse Racing

Crowd Watches American Pharoah’s Final Workout Before Belmont

Next for Pharoah, who is seeking the Triple Crown, will be to fly to New York on Tuesday to continue his quest for thoroughbred racing’s most coveted prize. Read More...

Ahmed Zayat, American Pharoah’s Owner, Is Named in $10 Million Libel Suit

The lawyer for the man who alleges that Ahmed Zayat has failed to pay a $2 million gambling debt filed a $10 million libel suit on Monday. Read More...

And They’re Off: Crowd Numbers Will Be Smaller at the Belmont Stakes

After a variety of problems at Belmont Park during California Chrome’s bid for a Triple Crown last year, crowd size will be curtailed to 90,000 as American Pharoah takes his shot. Read More...

For Horse Trainer Dallas Stewart, Diamonds in the Rough Are a Specialty

Stewart, who trains Tale of Verve, the runner-up in the Preakness, has a history of turning long shots into contenders in Triple Crown races. Read More...

All-Female Partners, Rare in Horse Racing, Aim for the Top

A syndicate that Linda Rice, a top horse trainer, and Sheila Rosenblum, an owner and New York socialite, started in February with another woman garnered attention when it spent $840,000 on the half brother of the Triple Crown hopeful American... Read More...

Helping Workers on the Backstretch Stay on Course

The Rev. Humberto Chavez, who serves the Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga tracks, is a chaplain for the largely unseen workers who keep the horses running. Read More...

Belmont Thrillers, Whether by a Nose or by 31 Lengths

The Triple Crown contender American Pharoah and his challengers will follow memorable rivalries when they compete in the Belmont Stakes on June 6. Read More...

Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on the latest headlines in Sports. Read More...

The 64-Year-Old Woman Who Named American Pharoah*

The owners of the Triple Crown hopeful, whose name was registered with the Jockey Club, suggested two possible reasons the thoroughbred’s name is spelled the way it is. Read More...

Zayat Sells American Pharoah’s Breeding Rights

Ahmed Zayat, the owner of American Pharoah, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, said he would retain control of racing decisions for the horse. Read More...

Two Elected to National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame

Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt and John Hay Whitney were elected posthumously to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. Read More...

Owner of American Pharoah Is Fighting Lawsuit Amid Triple Crown Bid

Ahmed Zayat has been contesting a federal lawsuit brought by a convicted felon that alleges Mr. Zayat has failed to pay a $2 million debt he ran up betting through a website in Costa Rica. Read More...

Belmont Stakes 2015: American Pharoah Eyes Triple Crown Sweep

For the 14th time since 1978, a horse will have a chance to become a Triple Crown champion at Belmont Park. Here’s what you need to know. Read More...

With Triple Crown Possible, Belmont Can Expect a Big Draw

Since 1992, a Belmont Stakes with a horse seeking the Triple Crown has drawn an average of 13.5 million viewers. When it’s an ordinary race, that figure plummets to 5.9 million. Read More...

American Pharoah Will Run Against History at Belmont

American Pharoah has some advantages in his quest for a Triple Crown, but plenty of other horses have had advantages, too. Read More...

For American Pharoah’s Owners, Chaotic Stretch After Derby Win

Members of the Zayat family traveled to Egypt before heading to Baltimore just in time for the Preakness. Another son — the stable’s racing and stallion manager — had to get through finals at N.Y.U. Read More...

Preakness Could Move to Sundays in Effort to Increase Revenue, Official Says

Timothy Ritvo, the chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, which operates Pimlico Race Course, said there was a “real good possibility” that the Preakness would be moved to Sunday next year. Read More...

Preakness 2015: American Pharoah Wins Second Leg of Triple Crown

American Pharoah won the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes by a whopping seven lengths on a humid and rainy Saturday at Pimlico Race Course to keep his Triple Crown bid alive. Read More...

Bob Baffert Already Has Only Crown He Seeks: Kentucky Derby’s

Baffert has had three horses come within a victory of a Triple Crown sweep, but this year he said his only desire was to win the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Preakness Favorite’s Problem: He Hates Crowds but Packs Them In

American Pharoah, a gentle horse, is unnerved by crowds, an unfortunate Achilles’ heel to have during Triple Crown season, when races attract over 100,000 people. Read More...

The Preakness Dartboard

Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert weigh in on the contenders for the 140th Preakness Stakes, which is set to be run on Saturday. Read More...

Barbaro’s Breeders Are Back for Another Preakness

Gretchen and Roy Jackson’s Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro broke a leg in the 2006 Preakness Stakes. Now they have a horse in the race for the first time since then. Read More...

American Pharoah Draws No. 1 Post in Eight-Horse Preakness Field

American Pharoah is the 4-5 favorite for the Preakness Stakes with his stable mate, Dortmund, 7-2 in the morning line. Read More...

Thrill of Big Race Keeps Gary Stevens Returning to the Saddle

Stevens, 52, retired twice from horse racing and had a knee replacement, and still he cannot wait to be riding Firing Line on Saturday in the Preakness. Read More...

Preakness 2015: American Pharoah, Dortmund and Firing Line Head Field

The top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby should again find the front of the pack in the second leg of the Triple Crown. Here are the contenders and pretenders. Read More...

A Baltimore Neighborhood, Wary and Still Healing, Prepares for Preakness Day

In the Park Heights area near Pimlico Race Course, residents remain on edge weeks after the death of Freddie Gray. Read More...

American Pharoah’s Trainer Sees Preakness as ‘Easiest’

Bob Baffert is 3-0 when his Kentucky Derby winners go to the gate at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Read More...

Madefromlucky Captures Peter Pan Stakes

Madefromlucky is headed for the Belmont Stakes after rallying to beat Conquest Curlinate by a length in the $196,000 Peter Pan Stakes for 3-year-olds. Read More...

To Avoid Last Year’s Problems, Belmont Attendance to Be Capped

California Chrome’s quest for a Triple Crown attracted the third largest crowd in Belmont Stakes history, which created problems inside and outside the track. Read More...

International Star Will Miss Rest of Triple Crown With Injury

International Star, who was scratched ahead of the Kentucky Derby, will be sidelined until at least the fall with a chip in his left front ankle. Read More...

International Star Is Sidelined Until Fall

Hopes for the horse running the Preakness and Belmont were dashed after he was a late scratch for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Top Talent Makes for More Dazzling Triple Crown

American Pharoah narrowly beat Firing Line and Dortmund at the Kentucky Derby, and having those other horses race at the Preakness would help push the Derby victor in the quest to capture the Triple Crown. Read More...

Third Horse, International Star, Is Scratched From Kentucky Derby

The Louisiana Derby winner was withdrawn early Saturday morning because of a left front hoof issue, leaving the Triple Crown race with 18 starters. Read More...

Stable Hands Tend Retired Horseman in Barn Area at Churchill Downs

Richard Miller, 87, worked for the Greg Foley Racing Stables for 30 years, and now the stable hands there are doing what they can to keep Miller on the track. Read More...

Churchill Downs Bolsters Its Hospitality After a High-Profile Criticism

The owners of last year’s Derby winner, California Chrome, were upset with Churchill Downs after their experience here in 2014, so much so that two of them decided to skip the Preakness. Read More...

American Pharoah Wins the Kentucky Derby

American Pharoah won the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on a sun-filled Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

The Most Exciting (Fill in the Blank) in Sports

Everyone knows the Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports. But what is the most exciting four minutes in sports? Fifteen? Twenty-five? Read More...

El Kabeir May Be Scratched From Kentucky Derby

El Kabeir, who excelled in prep races in New York, may have a bruised inside quarter. Read More...

At Long Last, a Kentucky Derby Only About the Horses

American Pharoah leads a deep crop of 3-year-olds into Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, for which the quality of the horses has been the prominent story line. Read More...

Lovely Maria Wins Kentucky Oaks

Lovely Maria won the 141st Kentucky Oaks by two and three-quarter lengths against Shook Up at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Read More...

Lovely Maria Wins Kentucky Oaks, Capping Comeback for Injured Trainer

It was an emotional finish for the trainer Larry Jones, who nearly died in a riding accident last year, and Kerwin Clark, 56, the oldest jockey to win the Oaks. Read More...

Going From Broadway to Racing’s Biggest Stage

Philip S. Birsh, the president and chief executive of Playbill, owns Tencendur, the Wood Memorial runner-up, who will compete in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Carpe Diem Owner Prioritizing Roses Over Reds

Inheriting her late husband’s winery and his taste for fine horses, Barbara Banke hopes to drive Stonestreet Farms into the Kentucky Derby’s winners’ circle. Read More...

The Kentucky Derby Dartboard

A look at the lineup for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby with comments by Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert of The New York Times. Read More...

American Pharoah and Dortmund Avoid Trouble in Kentucky Derby Draw

Two of Bob Baffert’s horses are made morning-line favorites for Saturday’s race at Churchill Downs. Read More...

A Globe-Trotter in the Kentucky Derby Gate

Having traveled from Dubai and faced many disadvantages, the bay colt Mubtaahij and his team are aiming “to participate at the highest level.” Read More...

Trainer’s Rapport With Fillies Translates to Success

Larry Jones, who has two contenders in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks, attributed his success with fillies to keeping them happy. Read More...

Dortmund Leads Field of Kentucky Derby Contenders

The Kentucky Derby draw is Wednesday, but here is an early look at the major players, ranked in approximate order from contender to pretender. Read More...

A Horse With the Right Name to Tie the Kentucky Derby to a Prizefight

A promotional link is found between Starlight Racing and the promoters of the match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, which is set for the same day as the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Trainer Seeks the Finish He Started 10 Years Ago

The trainer Kiaran McLaughlin almost won the Derby a decade ago with a 71-1 long-shot, and he is hoping this year Frosted can give him his first win. Read More...