New York Times Horse Racing

Photos: There’s Always the Kentucky Derby, in Good Times and Bad

The 140th running of horse racing’s top event finds a sport that has run into difficulties but has much glory to look back on. Read More...

If Pollock Could Whinny

Metro, a retired racehorse that paints, is now decorating housewares. Read More...

Trainer’s Hunch on Modest Colt Pays Off

Jose Garoffalo bought Wildcat Red for his owners last year for $30,000 and embarked on a wild ride that stops next at the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Ring Weekend Scratched From Derby

Now that Ring Weekend is out, Commanding Curve joins the field for Saturday’s race with jockey Shaun Bridgmohan. Read More...

Two Horses, 59 Years Apart, Inspire One Trainer

The trainer Art Sherman, 77, was an exercise rider for the 1955 Derby winner, Swaps, but he has never had a Derby entrant until California Chrome, the race favorite. Read More...

Recapturing Heart of a Derby Upset

“50 to 1” details the hard-to-believe victory of Mine That Bird in the 2009 Kentucky Derby, and the rough-hewed cast that surrounded the horse. Read More...

Four Are Elected to Hall of Fame

Jockey Alex Solis, the trainer Gary Jones and the thoroughbreds Ashado and Curlin were elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. Read More...

Horse Owners and Trainers Say They’ll Release Veterinary Records

More than 40 horsemen have agreed to turn over records for the two weeks before any graded stakes races, which will be made available to the public two hours before post time. Read More...

Florida Derby Winner to Miss Kentucky Derby

Undefeated Constitution will miss the Triple Crown season because of a slight hairline fracture in his front right cannon bone. Read More...

Publicizing of Veterinary Files Is Urged for Triple Crown Events

Ogden Mills Phipps, the chairman of the Jockey Club, said the goal was to ensure that the horses were sound and not under the influence of unnecessary drugs. Read More...

The Kentucky Derby Dartboard: Week 3

Ranking the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby on May 3 after another weekend of major prep races. Read More...

Dr. Charles Fager, Dies at 90; Lent Name to a Racetrack Champion

Dr. Fager, who saved a trainer’s life, advanced the understanding and treatment of spinal disorders. Read More...

The Kentucky Derby as a ‘Rite of Passage’

Carl Myers, who owns a stake in a thoroughbred that competed in the Derby, talks about watching the race and visiting Kentucky horse country. Read More...

Blue Grass Stakes Winner Isn’t Likely to Run in Kentucky Derby

Dance With Fate’s trainer said the horse did not have the power to run on dirt like that at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Kentucky Students Catch Breath to Cheer a Derby Hopeful

Students at the University of Kentucky bred a colt that has a chance to qualify Saturday for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

The Kentucky Derby Dartboard: Week 2

Ranking the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby on May 3 after another weekend of major prep races. Read More...

Policing the Sport of Kings and Knaves

Horseracing is in urgent need of oversight from the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Read More...

With Upset at Wood Memorial, Wicked Strong Ensures Spot in Derby

Wicked Strong won by three and a half lengths, rewarding his backers with $20.40 for a $2 bet, and delivering a $590,000 first-place check to his owners, Centennial Farms. Read More...

Long Shot Jumps to Win

Pineau De Re won the Grand National in Aintree, England, by five lengths, giving the most prized victory in steeplechase racing to Richard Newland, a doctor who trains horses as a hobby. Read More...

A Track’s Shift to Dirt Adds to Horses’ Risks

Keeneland will soon replace its synthetic track with dirt, a surface that fatally broke down racehorses at a much greater rate from 2009 to 2013, according to the Jockey Club. Read More...

The Kentucky Derby Dartboard: Week 1

Ranking the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby on May 3 after the first weekend of major prep races. Read More...

Contenders For the Derby Bring Historic Possibilities

Constitution took the Florida Derby, and Vicar’s in Trouble won the Louisiana Derby. Toast of New York won in Dubai, although his trainer was unsure whether he would travel to Kentucky. Read More...

African Story Wins in Dubai

African Story, a 7-year-old gelding, won the $10 million World Cup, the world’s richest horse race, by two and three-quarter lengths, making the trainer Saeed bin Suroor a six-time winner of the event in the United Arab Emirates. Read More...

Horse and Handlers Groomed for Success

Vercingetorix, a colt favored in Dubai, emerged from a workers’ cooperative program sponsored by the South African government. Read More...

South African Horse Gets His Star Turn

After a nearly yearlong journey to Dubai, Variety Club has been leaving challengers behind and is among the favorites for the Godolphin Mile on Saturday. Read More...

Jockey Club Wants U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in Charge

The Jockey Club, one of horse racing’s most influential groups, said efforts at reform from within have moved too slowly and “enough was enough.” Read More...

Seamy Side of a Sport: Prodding Horses With Shocks

The devices, also called batteries or machines, conduct electrical current to shock a racehorse into running faster and have long been part of the sport’s seamier lore. Read More...

Clang of Prison Bars Replaced by That of Starting Bell for a Much Wiser Jockey

After serving time on a drug-possession charge, Noberto Arroyo Jr. learned from his mistakes and returned to the sport he loves. Read More...

An Embattled Trainer Fires His Assistant

The trainer Steve Asmussen broke with Scott Blasi, his assistant for 18 years, on Saturday as the authorities looked into allegations that the two had mistreated racehorses. Read More...

Racing Hall of Fame Takes Trainer’s Name Off Ballot

The trainer Steve Asmussen was removed from the Racing Hall of Fame ballot as three states investigate accusations that he and an assistant mistreated their horses. Read More...

PETA Videos Prompt New York and Kentucky to Investigate Horse Trainers

An undercover investigator for the animal rights group gathered evidence of mistreatment of racehorses while working for the trainer Steve Asmussen and his assistant Scott Blasi. Read More...

PETA Accuses Two Trainers of Cruelty to Horses

After an undercover investigation, PETA filed complaints Tuesday with federal and state agencies, accusing Steve Asmussen and Scott Blasi of mistreating their horses. Read More...

Native Diver’s Remains Exhumed

The racehorse Native Diver was exhumed from Hollywood Park and will be moved to a new resting place in California. Read More...

Top Prospect Sustains Injury

The Triple Crown prospect Top Billing cracked his right front cannon bone in a workout and is off the Triple Crown trail. Read More...

Hall of Fame Finalists

The jockey Garrett Gomez and the trainer Steve Asmussen, along with the two-time horse of the year Curlin, are among 10 finalists named to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame ballot. Read More...

Hialeah’s Fabled Track Seeks a Rebirth

Hialeah Park, once a magnet for Palm Beach socialites, has begun to revive its fortunes with quarter horse racing and a profitable casino. Read More...

Wildcat Red Emerges as Derby Contender

Wildcat Red, a 2-year-old trained by Jose Garoffalo, established himself as a contender for the Kentucky Derby with a victory in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. Read More...

Belmont Stakes Undercard Grows Richer

The New York Racing Association made the Belmont Stakes undercard the second-richest day in racing at $7.7 million. Read More...

Betting on the Handicappers, Not the Horses

Esquire Network begins the series “Horseplayers,” a reality show examining the same turf covered by the ill-fated HBO scripted series “Luck.” Read More...

First Foal for Frankel

After an illustrious unbeaten career on the track, Frankel has fathered his first foal, it was announced. Read More...

St. Nicholas Abbey Dies

St. Nicholas Abbey, who won the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2011 and five other top-level races in a five-year career, died after a bout of colic at 7. Read More...

Gaming Commission Names Equine Medical Director

The New York State Gaming Commission announced the appointment of the state’s first equine medical director and said it was committed to making its racetracks safer. Read More...

Upstate, Opposition to a Casino Is a Surprise

What was once considered a fait accompli is no longer a sure thing, and much of that is because of a coordinated local resistance. Read More...

Two Horses Die at Belmont in Training Accident

The four-time graded stakes winner Caixa Eletronica collided on the training track with Six Drivers, who was running loose after dumping his rider. Read More...

Purse Increase for Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes will be worth $1.5 million next year, the first purse increase for the final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown since 1998. Read More...

Top Horse Has Heart Ailment

Sprinter Sacre, one of Britain’s top racehorses, was found to have an irregular heartbeat. Read More...

Different Paths, and Endings, for Two Derby Hopefuls

Kevin Krigger, aboard Goldencents, was a star coming into the Kentucky Derby, but the race went to Orb and the Phipps family. Read More...

Trainer Sets New York Record

David Jacobson broke the New York record for training victories in a year with a win at Aqueduct. Read More...

Trainer Ties State Record for Victories

David Jacobson matched the New York record for training victories in a year, sending out three winners Thursday at Aqueduct. Read More...

Hollywood Park’s Last Day

The track closed for good after the day’s 11 races, ending 75 years of racing that featured such thoroughbred stars as Seabiscuit, Seattle Slew and Zenyatta. Read More...