New York Times Horse Racing

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...

Study Raises Questions About Antibleeding Drug

Horses given the race-day medication furosemide bled at higher rates than those who were not, a study commissioned by the Breeders’ Cup found. Read More...

A Last Hurrah for Hollywood Park

With the track’s last race scheduled for Dec. 22, among the few likely to witness its final moments are those who remember the synchronization of the golden eras of horse racing and Hollywood. Read More...

Jockey Breaks Purse Earnings Record

With a win in the third race at Gulfstream Park, the jockey Javier Castellano broke the North American single-season record for purse earnings. Read More...

Preakness Purse to Increase

The Preakness Stakes will be worth $1.5 million next year, up from $1 million, the first purse increase for the race since 1998. Read More...

It’s Post Time: At the Big A, Big Art

“The Aqueduct Murals,” a project sponsored by the New York Racing Association, has brought street artists to the Queens racetrack. Read More...

World Traveler With Humble Roots

Red Cadeaux, a 7-year-old gelding, has crisscrossed the globe chasing finish lines for owner Ronald Arculli. Read More...

How a Spindly Yearling Became a Legend

Moonlight Cloud is making the 20th and final start of her career on Saturday in the Hong Kong Mile, having won 12 races and the hearts of European racing fans. Read More...

World Traveler With Humble Roots

Red Cadeaux, a 7-year-old gelding, has crisscrossed the globe chasing finish lines for owner Ronald Arculli. Read More...

Flat Out Wins Cigar Mile

Flat Out powered past the field with a five-wide sweep to win the $500,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in New York. Read More...

Will Take Charge Wins at Churchill Downs

The Travers winner Will Take Charge bounced back from his loss in the Breeders’ Cup to win the Grade I, $550,700 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Here’s to the Better Angels of the Sports World

Giving thanks to those who are deserving, including football players who boycotted a game, a wheelchair racer and all who campaigned to restore wrestling as a medal sport in the Summer Olympics. Read More...

Despite the Evidence, Trainers Deny a Doping Problem

For years, many in horse racing have acknowledged that the use of performance-enhancing drugs has eroded the sport’s popularity and its bottom line. Read More...

1,000 Wins in a Year for Trainer

Ron Burke became the first harness racing trainer to record 1,000 victories in a year when Magic Starlight won the eighth race at the Meadows in Washington, Pa. Read More...

Witnesses at Hearing Urge Congress to Enlist Antidoping Agency and Save Horse Racing

A congressional hearing on Thursday focused on legislation that would give the United States Anti-Doping Agency the authority to set and enforce antidoping standards in the sport. Read More...

Royal Delta, Two-Time Distaff Winner, Is Retired

Royal Delta, who twice won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and was a double Eclipse award winner, has been retired from racing. She won 10 graded stakes, including six Grade 1 races. Read More...

4,000th Win for Jumps Jockey

Tony McCoy scored his 4,000th career win, cementing his status as Britain’s most successful jumps jockey. Read More...

Australia’s Melbourne Cup Is Now a Foreign Affair

At least a third of the field on Tuesday in the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s biggest horse race, will be made up of overseas runners. It wasn’t always so. Read More...

A Cosmopolitan Horse Comes to Australia

Dandino and his trainer, Marco Botti, are the embodiment of the international nature of the 153rd Melbourne Cup race in Australia. Read More...

Moving Moments Send Shivers, Both Good and Bad

Mucho Macho Man won the Breeders’ Cup World Championships title by a nose, but the day was also marked by a filly who broke her leg and was euthanized. Read More...