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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...

In Derby Warm-Up Race, a Favorite Is Disqualified

Itsaknockout was awarded a victory in the Fountain of Youth Stakes after Upstart, who had finished first, was disqualified for impeding Itsaknockout during the race. Read More...

Nick Zito Yearns to Revive Stable and Recapture the Glory of the Big Races

Zito, the Hall of Fame trainer, will learn Saturday whether he has a player for the Kentucky Derby when Frammento runs in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. Read More...

In Home Stretch of Career, A.P. McCoy Leaves Victories, and Carnage, Behind

Like many champions, A.P. McCoy has little idea what life might bring after he retires. Read More...

Win No. 5,000 for Jockey

The Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens rode his 5,000th winner in North America in a $58,000 feature at the Santa Anita track in Arcadia, Calif. Read More...

Shared Belief Edges California Chrome in Showdown at Santa Anita Park

California Chrome was the people’s choice at the San Antonio Stakes, but the bettors’ choice was Shared Belief, who went off at even money to take his eighth victory in nine starts. Read More...

Owners Delay the Retirement of Top Horses, and Fans Are Grateful

All 10 horses in the season-ending National Thoroughbred Racing Association poll for premier 3-year-olds remain in training and are expected to race this year, setting up several appealing events. Read More...

Jockeys on Screens Only at Aqueduct

Aqueduct canceled the Saturday card because of cold temperatures and high winds in the New York area. Read More...

Raced to Death at the Big A

New emergency measures are in place at Aqueduct Racetrack. More may be needed. Read More...

Horses’ Deaths at Aqueduct Prompt New Rules

At the racetrack’s current winter meet, the breakdown rate has been more than four times the national average. Read More...

California Chrome Is Named Horse of the Year

California Chrome, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes last year, picked up two Eclipse Awards, including horse of the year. Read More...

California Chrome Is Finalist for Horse of the Year Award

California Chrome, Bayern and Main Sequences are finalists for the honor, which will be unveiled when the Eclipse Awards are announced Saturday. Read More...

Trainers Cleared in Cruelty Case

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said Steve Asmussen and Scott Blasi did not abuse horses as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had charged. Read More...

Aqueduct Cancels Card

Aqueduct canceled the Saturday program, the fourth straight card affected by the cold snap in the New York area. Read More...

Eclipse Finalists Include California Chrome and Bayern

California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner; Bayern, the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner; and Main Sequence, the Breeders’ Cup Turf winner, are the finalists for horse of the year at the Eclipse Awards. Read More...

Photographs at Aqueduct Racetrack: Where Horses Race, but No One Wins

When the photographer Theo Zierock looked beyond the excitement of horse racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, he found a building populated by lonely old men. Read More...

In a Position Beyond His Control

A flight attendant’s mishap foils the usual early-morning flight plan for the chief operating officer of the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Close Finish at Welsh Race

Emperor’s Choice, trained by Venetia Williams, won the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow. Read More...

Reno Rebel Earns Victory at Los Alamitos

Reno Rebel led for most of the race and won on the closing day of the winter meet at Los Alamitos by a length and a half to earn the $48,406. Read More...

Tom Durkin, Retired Announcer, to Receive Eclipse Award

The retired track announcer Tom Durkin will receive the Eclipse Award of Merit given by the thoroughbred industry. Read More...

What’s Age Got to Do With It?

The 8-year-old Cirrus des Aigles, the leading European-trained money-earner ever, has become a yardstick by which other racehorses are measured. Read More...

John Moore, an Accidental Kind of Trainer

Mr. Moore is the most successful horse trainer in Hong Kong history, by victories and earnings. He was there from the start, when the city’s professional era began in October 1971. Read More...

No Longer Fearful, a Trainer Presides Over an Empire

Ron Burke inherited his father’s training business and became the first harness racing trainer to earn $100 million in purses won. Read More...

No Shame in Giving Thanks for Some Sports Story Lines

Though misconduct and violence dominated much of the sports landscape this year, a select few stood above the fray and provided reasons to be thankful. Read More...

California Chrome to Race on Turf

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome will try turf racing for the first time in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on Saturday at Del Mar. Read More...

California Chrome Will Race as a 4-Year-Old

California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner who finished third in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, will race rather than retire to stud. Read More...

Texas Red Wins in Upset in Juvenile Race

The colt pulled a 13-1 upset in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Rainout at Meadowlands Racetrack

Rain forced the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., to cancel its six-race thoroughbred card scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup 2014: In Classic, Bayern Bumps the Favorite, Shared Belief, Then Wins in a Wild Finish

After a contentious start, Bayern turned back California Chrome and held off Toast of New York down the stretch to give the Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his first Classic victory. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Picks: Day 2

Win, place and show selections for Saturday’s races at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Fluid, Plucky and Injury-Free, a Gelding Faces a New Test

The undefeated Shared Belief is a 9-5 favorite in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, and it could be a defining race for the three-year-old gelding. Read More...

Favored Untapable Rallies to Win Breeders’ Cup Distaff

The three-year-old filly completed an undefeated season against mares and other fillies when she took the Breeders’ Cup Distaff by a length and a quarter at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Picks: Day 1

Win, place and show selections for Friday’s Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Young Trainer Set to Grow His Standing

Chad Brown has built a powerhouse stable that will be showcased when he sends out 11 starters in the 13-race Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday and Saturday. Read More...

NBC Extending Breeders’ Cup Deal

The Breeders’ Cup will stay on NBC and NBCSN through 2025, the NBC Sports Group was to announce Thursday. Read More...

A Hall of Fame Jockey Steers a Protégé to Success

Mike Smith, who will ride in the Classic on Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup, has been mentoring Drayden Van Dyke, the leading candidate to win the Eclipse Award as the top apprentice rider in North America. Read More...

American Pharoah, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Favorite, Is Sidelined

American Pharoah’s trainer, Bob Baffert, said he did not believe the horse’s injury, a bruise on his left front foot, was career-threatening. Read More...

Apprentice Jockey’s Death ‘an Unfortunate Accident’

Investigators have found no wrongdoing by jockeys in this week’s death of a 17-year-old apprentice jockey riding at an Indiana horse track. Read More...