New York Times Horse Racing

The Complex Battle to Achieve the Perfect Dirt

The mile-and-a-half racetrack at Belmont Park, which has unusual aspects ranging from its length to its running surface, requires a great deal of maintenance. Read More...

Breaking Down a Bid for History at the Belmont Stakes

The horses for the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes are listed in order of post position with comments provided by Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert of The New York Times. Read More...

Decent Draw and Rising Hopes for California Chrome

Chrome, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, is the 3-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s race at Belmont Park. Read More...

At Belmont Park, Savoring the Other Sides of the Track

Regulars at Belmont Park bemoan the frenzied throngs that are expected to turn out on Saturday for California Chrome’s bid for the Triple Crown, preferring the racetrack’s slower pace. Read More...

A Bonus California Chrome Can’t Win

From 1997 to 2005, Visa USA offered a $5 million reward to any horse that could claim racing’s Triple Crown. But none did. Read More...

A Belmont Who Fought for Racing and for Soldiers

More than 100 years ago, August Belmont Jr. battled an antigambling law that shut down horse racing. He eventually won out by stressing the value of horse. Read More...

California Chrome’s Quest for the Triple Crown, and the Lives He Transformed

The connections behind California Chrome’s run at the Triple Crown have one thing in common: They all fell hard for him in their own way. Read More...

Favorite for Triple Crown Inspires a Run on Betting Tickets

At the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, California Chrome could become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. Fans are preparing by buying unusual amounts of betting tickets, some for potential profit but mostly for souvenirs. Read More...

Horse Racing Still Stumbling in Antidrug Push

Efforts to combat the widespread use of drugs in horse racing have been fragmented and ineffectual. Perhaps it’s time to bring in the United States Antidoping Agency. Read More...

One Last Shot for the Voice of Racing

The Belmont track announcer Tom Durkin has called seven Triple Crown attempts and may still see a victorious effort before he retires later this year. Read More...

Belmont Park Braces for a Triple Crown Crowd

Elbow room is often plentiful at Belmont Park, but more than 100,000 fans are expected to pack the grandstand and thousands more are likely to crowd the backyard paddock this Saturday. Read More...

Amid Crown Chase, a Battle for Racing’s Soul

Lasix, a diuretic that reduces bleeding in horses’ respiratory systems, is at the center of a struggle pitting owners and breeders against trainers and veterinarians. Read More...

Underdog Seeks Jump From Second to Spoiler

Ride On Curlin was not coveted by many bidders as a yearling in 2012, but under the trainer Billy Gowan, he has developed into a threat to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

An Impressive Workout by California Chrome Electrifies Belmont Park

California Chrome ran through his only significant workout on Saturday, a week before he takes aim at the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Triple Crown Bid Is a Long-Awaited Anniversary Gift

It is thought that the final leg of the Triple Crown requires a special style and “a high cruising speed.” No horse has won all three races since 1978. Read More...

The Race Not Run

I’ll Have Another has settled in at a Japanese breeding farm, two years after an injury cost him a shot at a Triple Crown. Read More...

Pushing to Change the Triple Crown’s Grueling Schedule

There is growing momentum in the horse racing world to change the schedule so that the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes are spread out over three months. Read More...

At Belmont, No Bets on Race Weather

The weather may be the biggest challenge facing California Chrome as he tries to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Read More...

Belmont Park Hopes Old Song Will Break Triple Crown Drought

“Sidewalks of New York,” which was once considered the city’s anthem and until 1997 introduced the running of the Belmont Stakes, is coming back this year. Read More...

Intense Holiday Retires Prior to Belmont

Intense Holiday, who finished 12th in the Kentucky Derby on May 3 and was being pointed toward the Belmont Stakes on June 7, was retired from racing Tuesday, the owner Starlight Racing said. Read More...

California Chrome Has Training Run

California Chrome galloped again in preparations for the Belmont Stakes, while a new contender trained by Todd Pletcher emerged for the last leg of the Triple Crown. Read More...

In a Father’s Footsteps, Chasing a Triple Crown

After lasting as a jockey for three years, Alan Sherman followed his father Art into horse training and is now the assistant trainer for California Chrome. Read More...

And … They’re Off (Fingers Crossed)

California Chrome, the Triple Crown candidate, has four white feet, a bad omen at the racetrack, where superstitions are more prevalent than horses. Read More...

Horse Dies in Fall at Churchill Downs

A racehorse died at Churchill Downs after a fall that her trainer blamed on the sound of a starting-gate bell blaring on the Louisville track’s new sound system. Read More...

California Chrome Shows Star Quality in New York Arrival

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was the object of attention when he arrived at Belmont Park, and he seemed to take it all in stride. Read More...

Ruling Clears Way for California Chrome to Run in Belmont

State racing stewards in New York agreed to discontinue their ban on the 4-by-6-inch breathing aid, allowing the colt to race with one in the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Looking for a Sure Thing in the Belmont Stakes? Bet on NBC

With California Chrome striving to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years, the network will be a winner no matter the outcome. Read More...

Savoring the Magic, One Run at a Time

At the post-Preakness news conference, California Chrome’s co-owner, trainer and jockey were buoyant, clearly having fun and enjoying their fairy-tale run. Read More...

California Chrome’s Nasal Strip Could Be an Issue in Belmont

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner is unbeaten while wearing a nasal strip, but the New York stewards disallowed the breathing aid for a previous Triple Crown contender. Read More...

Horse Racing Holds Its Breath Over a Nasal Strip

California Chrome’s owners and New York racing officials need to reach an agreement on whether the colt, trying to win the Triple Crown, can compete in the Belmont Stakes with a breathing aid. Read More...

Two California Chrome Owners Who Aren’t Fond of Spotlight Choose to Stay Behind

After a less than enjoyable experience at the Kentucky Derby, Perry and Denise Martin planned to catch up on business and watch the race in California. Read More...

A Long-Shared Love of Racing and a Champion

Carolyn Coburn helped develop her husband’s interest in horse racing before they got married and became part of the ownership group of California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby winner. Read More...

California Chrome Wins Preakness for Second Jewel

The Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome added a victory in the Preakness Stakes, keeping alive his bid to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed in 1978. Read More...

Top Horse, From a Place Winners Aren’t Made

California Chrome, the overwhelming favorite for the Preakness, was brought up by modest owners in a region long considered inferior to the lush fields of Kentucky. Read More...

Concerns Fade Over Weather and the Favorite’s Health

Storms cleared ahead of the Preakness Stakes, and California Chrome’s trainers said that he was ready and that worries over a scratchy throat were overblown. Read More...

The Preakness Draw

Post positions for Saturday’s 139th running of the Preakness Stakes. Read More...

California Chrome Coughs, but Trainers Say He Is Fine

California Chrome, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the 3-5 favorite to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, was deemed to be fine despite coughing after his morning gallop. Read More...

The Preakness Dartboard

Ranking the top contenders for Saturday’s second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, the 139th running of the race. Read More...

Derby Victor a Heavy, and Heavier, Preakness Favorite

California Chrome, who has put on 35 pounds since winning the Kentucky Derby, was made the 3-5 morning-line favorite and will break from the No. 3 post in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

The Preakness Draw

Post positions for Saturday’s 139th running of the Preakness Stakes. Read More...

A Trainer in Twilight and a Horse Poised for Its Day in the Sun

On Saturday in the Preakness Stakes, the trainer Manny Azpurua, 85, will saddle Social Inclusion. Read More...

Filly to Run in Preakness

Ria Antonia will be the first filly to run in the Preakness since 2009, when Rachel Alexandra won the race. Read More...

Winner for McGaughey

Imagining led all the way in the $400,000 Man o’ War, giving the Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his third straight victory in the event. Read More...

Letters to the Editor

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

Longtime Horse Racing Announcer to Retire

Tom Durkin will retire from calling horse races in August at Saratoga after a 43-year career that included announcing Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races. Read More...

New Entrants for Racing Hall of Fame

Lloyd Hughes, the first jockey to win the Preakness three times, and Clifford, an elite racehorse in the 1890s, were elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame by the Historic Review Committee. Read More...

Challenger Arrives at Pimlico

Social Inclusion has arrived at Pimlico Race Course in preparation to take on the Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome in the Preakness. Read More...

For a Winning Owner at the Derby, Belief in an Unseen Hand

Steve Coburn made brash proclamations about California Chrome, but all was forgiven when the horse rolled round Churchill Downs for the victory. Read More...

At Derby Day With Murdoch, Rand Paul Goes Through His Paces

For Rand Paul, the would-be presidential candidate, and Rupert Murdoch, one of the most powerful Republican brokers, Saturday marked a potential turn in the 2016 campaign. Read More...

Coming From Humble Beginnings, a Favorite Defies the Odds

California Chrome, whose owners scraped together $10,000 to breed him, became the first California-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby since 1962. Read More...