New York Times Horse Racing

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...

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...

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The Louisiana Derby winner was withdrawn early Saturday morning because of a left front hoof issue, leaving the Triple Crown race with 18 starters.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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Chris Antley Named to Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Antley, a jockey who twice won the Kentucky Derby, was elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, along with the thoroughbreds Lava Man and Xtra Heat and the trainer King Leatherbury. Read More...

One Lucky Dane Won’t Run Derby

One Lucky Dane is out of the field for next month’s Kentucky Derby after injuring himself during a workout at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Read More...

Churchill Downs Bans Selfie Sticks

Churchill Downs, which is set to host the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2, has banned the pole-like contraptions that allow people a longer reach to snap their self-portraits. Read More...

Wire-to-Wire Champions Besides Jordan Spieth

Spieth is the fifth Masters tournament winner to be alone at the top of the leaderboard after each round. Other sports also have notable wire-to-wire champions. Read More...

The Kentucky Derby Dartboard: Week 3

Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert weigh in on some of the contenders for the 141st Kentucky Derby, which is set to be run May 2. Read More...

Distinctive Victory for Jockey

Leighton Aspell became the first jockey in 61 years to win back-to-back Grand Nationals on different horses by riding Many Clouds to victory in the world’s most grueling jumps race. Read More...

5-Year-Old Wins a Grade I

Jack Milton stormed from outside entering the stretch and took charge for his first Grade I win in the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky Read More...

Beholder Takes Santa Lucia Stakes for 11th Win

The two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder won the $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

The Kentucky Derby Dartboard: Week 2

Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert weigh in on some of the contenders for the 141st Kentucky Derby, which is set to be run May 2. Read More...

Headed to the Derby? Here’s What to Do in Louisville, Ky.

In the city, the Kentucky Derby is an occasion to throw a two-week party from April 18 to May 1, ahead of the big day on May 2. Read More...

Dortmund Romps to 6-0, Rising as a Kentucky Derby Favorite

Dortmund overcame a stumble out of the gate to lead every step of the way in an emphatic victory at the Santa Anita Derby, and remained undefeated. Read More...

At 54, Jockey Is Closer Than Ever to a Kentucky Derby With El Kabeir

C.C. Lopez will try for his lone Grade I victory and the chance to reach his first Kentucky Derby when he rides El Kabeir in the Wood Memorial on Saturday at Aqueduct. Read More...

Dortmund, Leading Derby Contender, Is Horse Discoverer’s Latest Star

Donato Lanni arrived in Lexington, Ky., in 1996 with a lifelong dream but no connections, and made himself one of the most sought-after thoroughbred scouts in North America. Read More...

NYRA Bars Official and Jockeys’ Agents During Investigation

A clocker and two jockey agents were told their privileges were revoked until an investigation into allegations of unlawful access to a computer system is concluded. Read More...

Next Stop for California Chrome: Royal Ascot

California Chrome, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes last year, is heading to England, having been confirmed as a runner in the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting in June. Read More...

Despite Inexperience, Materiality Wins Florida Derby With Stretch Run

Materiality, facing graded stakes competition for the first time in his third career race, outslugged Upstart and won by one and a half lengths. Read More...

In Dubai, an American’s Racing Dreams Come True

Doug Watson rose from mucking stalls in Illinois to become one of the top trainers in Dubai, where on Saturday he will saddle Candy Boy in the $10 million World Cup. Read More...

Modern Track in Dubai Enters an Old-School New Era

After American horses stayed away, Meydan Racecourse drops its synthetic surface in favor of dirt for Dubai World Cup. Read More...

In Derby Run-Up, Todd Pletcher Again Has Numbers on His Side

The trainer is expected to run some talented horses in the Kentucky Derby prep races, but his 1-for-40 Derby history underscores how perilous the month ahead may be. Read More...

Teenage Snowbirds? Just Part of Being a Young Equestrian

The Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla. draws elite young riders from the New York area. Read More...

Allen Jerkens, ‘Giant Killer’ of Horse Racing, Dies at 85

Mr. Jerkens, a Hall of Fame thoroughbred trainer who was renowned for pulling upsets, trained colts that beat Secretariat twice in 1973 after his Triple Crown victory. Read More...

American Pharoah Wins in Hot Springs

American Pharoah, last year’s 2-year-old champion, made his return to the track appear easy, winning the Rebel Stakes in Hot Springs, Ark., by six and a quarter lengths. Read More...

Close Victory for Dodging Bullets

Dodging Bullets held on for a victory in the Queen Mother Champion Chase as Sprinter Sacre, a popular former winner, was pulled up on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival in England. Read More...

Cheltenham Festival Starts in England

The trainer Willie Mullins and the jockey Ruby Walsh combined to win three of four races at the Cheltenham Festival in England, including the Champion Hurdle, the opening day main event. Read More...

Winter Racing Is Staying at Aqueduct, but Not All the Horses Are

A prominent owner decided against sending a Kentucky Derby hopeful to Aqueduct Racetrack for the Gotham Stakes in the wake of 14 equine fatalities and 15 cancellations at the track since Dec. 3. Read More...

Dortmund Improves to 5-0

Dortmund won the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes in Arcadia, Calif., by one and a quarter lengths to improve to 5-0 and solidify his status as a threat for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

10 Are Finalists for Horse Racing Hall of Fame

The jockeys Chris Antley, Victor Espinoza and Craig Perret are among the 10 finalists for election to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. Read More...

Jerry Lambert, Jockey Who Won Over 2,500 Races, Dies at 74

Lambert was the regular rider of the Hall of Fame gelding Native Diver, and together they won Hollywood Gold Cups in 1965, ’66 and ’67. Read More...