New York Times Horse Racing

Witnesses to Horse Racing’s Two Sides

Jimmy McCue, a photographer, has chronicled racing’s winning moments, while the equine ambulance driver Joe Miller has witnessed the darker side. Read More...

Preakness Champion, and Mother, Toughs It Out

Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Preakness and horse of the year winner who is now a broodmare, is recuperating from a near-fatal infection she developed after foaling in February. Read More...

Jockey Is Atop the Favorite, and All of Racing

After a string of impressive victories, Joel Rosario is the leading money winner among the nation’s jockeys, and he stands a good chance to increase his earnings in the Preakness. Read More...

Favorite in Preakness Will Start on the Rail

The Kentucky Derby champion Orb, racing against a small field, is even money to win the Preakness Stakes. Read More...

Phipps Family’s Plan Breeds Success

The Phipps family’s savvy business plan, which focuses on its stable’s female bloodlines, is an expensive one, but it helped produce the Kentucky Derby champion Orb. Read More...

Orb’s Breezy Speed Stirs Talk of a Crown

Before heading to Baltimore for Saturday’s Preakness, the thoroughbred turned in what trainer Shug McGaughey described as a “breathtaking” workout Monday. Read More...

Mylute to Race in Preakness

Mylute will run Saturday’s in Preakness Stakes, giving Rosie Napravnik a chance to become the first female jockey to win the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Read More...

Derby-Winning Jockey Stays Hot

The winning jockey of this year’s Kentucky Derby, Joel Rosario, won another stakes race at Belmont Park, guiding Miss Valentine to victory in the No Reason. Read More...

One Race Down, It’s Off to Next for Orb

Shug McGaughey shipped his newly crowned Kentucky Derby champion, Orb, to his home base in New York to prepare for the May 18 Preakness Stakes. Read More...

Orb Finds Joy in Mudville

Orb, ridden by Joel Rosario, found a way to win despite his lack of experience on a wet track, trudging to victory Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Dawn Approach Wins 2,000 Guineas

Dawn Approach won the 2,000 Guineas — a mile-long race for 3-year-old colts and fillies — in Newmarket, England, bringing some joy for the Godolphin stable. Read More...

The Road to Louisville Is Now Paved With Points

Kentucky Derby officials created a new qualifying system to decide which 20 horses would make the 139th "Run for the Roses" on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

With One Bet, Stablehand Becomes Stable Owner

Conor Murphy was a stablehand in England when he won $1.5 million on a $75 bet. It was a life-changing event, but not everything is different. Read More...

Unheralded Filly Beats Star-Studded Oaks Field

Princess of Sylmar launched a prolonged rally to overtake Beholder by one-half length and pull a stunning upset in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks. Read More...

To Race’s Owner, Track Is No Longer at Center of the Business Universe

As the business of horse racing continues its long decline, Churchill Downs Inc. has transformed itself into a full-blown gambling company, with interests in casinos and Internet sites. Read More...

Leading at Midpoint, Mickelson Looks Sharp

Phil Mickelson might have taken this weekend off, had the horse in which he has a stake made the Kentucky Derby field. Read More...

Racing Family Dares to Dream of Victory

The Phipps family, who owned the Kentucky Derby runner-up in 1989, have this year’s morning-line favorite, Orb. Read More...

2 Storied Lineages Share a Kentucky Derby Favorite

The bay colt Orb could well bring his co-owners, Ogden Mills Phipps and Stuart Janney, and his trainer, Shug McGaughey, their first Derby crown. Read More...

In the Playoffs, There Is Room for Panic

The Knicks and the Thunder won their first three playoff games, but not Games 4 and 5. The rumblings have begun. Read More...

Racing Industry Eager to See Bill Allowing Usada Oversight

Horse racing officials said they had not yet seen the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, which is expected to be introduced to Congress next week. Read More...

A Surprise Favorite for Derby

The undefeated Verrazano was expected by many to be the morning-line favorite. But after a blazing workout, Orb ran away with that honor when the field was drawn. Read More...

Bill Would Give Usada Authority Over Racing

Two lawmakers will propose letting the United States Anti-Doping Agency enforce antidoping standards and kick violators out of the sport. Read More...

Derby Limelight Doesn’t Fall on Baffert

The Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert does not have a Derby contender, and the attention he has drawn has not been friendly. The deaths of horses he trained are under investigation. Read More...

Dreaming of Julia, a Top Filly, to Race in Kentucky Oaks

Dreaming of Julia won her last race, the Gulfstream Park Oaks at the end of March, but will not be running in the Kentucky Derby. Instead, she will compete in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks. Read More...

History Aside, Jockey Is Just Out to Win

If Kevin Krigger wins this year’s Kentucky Derby, he will become the first black jockey to take the honor since 1902. But Krigger is focused simply on winning the race. Read More...

Forty Tales Wins Derby Trial

Forty Tales won the Derby Trial in Louisville, Ky., and has enough points to enter Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Jockey Borel Elected to Hall of Fame

The three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel and the horses Housebuster, Invasor, Lure, McDynamo and Tuscalee were elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Read More...

A Blow to British Horse Racing

Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai, and Godolphin, his global horse racing enterprise, have been the talk of Britain after 11 of his best horses tested positive for banned steroids. Read More...

Top Trainer Is Suspended for Role in Doping Scandal

A leading trainer for Godolphin, Mahmood al-Zarooni, was barred for eight years for his part in a major doping scandal. Read More...

Storm Cat, Top Stallion, Dies at 30

Storm Cat, a thoroughbred stallion who once commanded one of the highest breeding fees in North America, died at Overbrook Farm in Lexington, Ky. Read More...

11 Horses Test Positive for Steroids

The powerful racing outfit Godolphin came under scrutiny after it was revealed that 11 of its horses had tested positive for anabolic steroids. Read More...

Can a Woman Win the Kentucky Derby?

Rosie Napravnik isn’t just the most successful “girl jockey” today; she’s one of the best American jockeys, period. Read More...

Another Possible Kentucky Derby Qualifier for Pletcher

Winning Cause won the $200,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland to give the trainer Todd Pletcher another possible Kentucky Derby qualifier. Read More...

25th Win in a Row for Black Caviar

The Australian mare Black Caviar won the 25th consecutive race of her career, breaking out of a tight pack about 546 yards from the finish to win the T. J. Smith Stakes by two lengths. Read More...

Java’s War Wins Blue Grass Stakes; Overanalyze Takes Arkansas Derby

Late surges by Java’s War and Overanalyze were a boon for trainers Ken McPeek and Todd Pletcher and helped bring the field for the 20-horse Kentucky Derby into focus. Read More...

Mindful of Drugs, Race Officials Will Keep Closer Eye on Kentucky Derby

Under new security measures at the Kentucky Derby, horses will be under 24-hour surveillance and those with access to the horses must log in and log out. Expanded drug testing also will be in place. Read More...

Wise Dan Wins Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland

Wise Dan, the 2012 Horse of the Year, took control at the top of the stretch to win the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland in his first start of the year. Read More...

GTT ★

Our quirky, discerning picks for the most interesting things to do around the state this week. Read More...

Verrazano Gets Velazquez

John Velazquez will ride the unbeaten Verrazano in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

California Examines Puzzling Trend of Horses’ Sudden Deaths

Seemingly healthy horses have been dying at an alarming rate in California. In the last 16 months, seven horses under the care of the trainer Bob Baffert have died suddenly, necropsies revealed. Read More...

Jockey John Velazquez Is Hurt at Aqueduct

The jockey John Velazquez was dumped in the seventh race at Aqueduct in Queens, fracturing a rib and chipping a bone in his right wrist, when his mount, Katie Malone, stumbled. Read More...

Kentucky Derby Favorite Verrazano Wins Wood Memorial

The victory puts Verrazano into a tie atop the Kentucky Derby points list with Orb, the winner of the Florida Derby. Read More...

Auroras Encore Triumphs at Grand National

Auroras Encore, a 66-1 long shot, won the Grand National Steeplechase by nine lengths in Aintree, England, in a race shadowed by recent horse deaths. Read More...

Death of Second Horse at Grand National Reignites Concerns Over Fences

The deaths of two horses at the Grand National meeting at Aintree Racecourse have dampened spirits before the main event and reignited concerns over the forbidding fences. Read More...

Verrazano Enters Wood Memorial With Undefeated Record at Stake

Verrazano, the favorite at Saturday’s $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack, is looking to build momentum for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Horses Running at Santa Anita Will Be Under Surveillance

An owner with a horse in the Santa Anita Derby, a prep race for the Kentucky Derby, has offered to pay for enhanced security to ensure Saturday’s race is run fairly and to provide transparency. Read More...

New Drug Laws Allow for More Testing of Horses in New Mexico

Racing regulators in New Mexico will be able to test more horses for illegal drugs and can impose tougher sanctions for violations under legislation signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez. Read More...

The Derby Dartboard

A points system is now being used to determine the field for the Kentucky Derby, replacing the use of graded-stakes earnings. Points are earned by the top four finishers in prep races and records are starts-win-place-show. Read More...

Lines of Battle Scores Upset in Dubai

The American-bred Lines of Battle held off Elleval and the fast-finishing Secret Number to win the $2 million U.A.E. Derby at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Read More...