New York Times Horse Racing

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...

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...

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...

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...

Big Test for American Pharoah’s Jockey, Too

In Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, much will depend on the split-second decisions made by the jockey Victor Espinoza and his counterparts in a grueling mile-and-a-half contest. 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...

In Belmont Draw, American Pharoah Gets Post 5 in Field of Eight

American Pharoah will launch his Triple Crown bid from the No. 5 post as the odds-on favorite Saturday in the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Long Path to the Top of Racing for Larry Collmus, the Voice of the Triple Crown

Collmus, the successor of the renowned Tom Durkin, began calling races at age 18 and has called the Triple Crown races since 2011. Read More...

New Leader for New York Board

Michael Del Giudice, the New York Racing Association’s vice chairman, will lead the association’s board. Read More...

Todd Pletcher, Seeking to Spoil Triple Crown Bid, Relies on Rest and Home Turf

The trainer Todd Pletcher hopes his willingness to skip the Preakness will provide the edge he needs to deny American Pharoah the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

American Pharoah Arrives at Belmont

American Pharoah, which left Louisville, Ky., in a plane at around 11:15 a.m., arrived at Belmont Park four and a half hours later, stepped off a van and walked straight into his barn. Read More...

NYRA Chairman, Anthony Bonomo, Is Taking a Leave of Absence

Mr. Bonomo has been accused of providing a no-show job to the son of Dean G. Skelos, the former New York State Senate majority leader. Read More...

NBC Expected to Extend Belmont Stakes Rights Through 2020

No financial details were available for a deal that will help NBC in its quest to secure the long-term rights to all three Triple Crown races. Read More...

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...

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...

2015 Belmont: American Pharoah and the Other Contenders

An early look at some of the possible entrants in the Belmont Stakes, ranked in approximate order from contender to pretender. 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...