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Scrutiny Circles Track at Del Mar

The California racetrack will host the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, but its summer meet has been beset by a series of calamities, including the deaths of five horses early on the newly installed turf course. Read More...

Larry Collmus Chosen as New Voice of New York’s Tracks

Collmus, the race caller for NBC’s Triple Crown broadcasts, was hired by NYRA to replace the longtime announcer Tom Durkin. Read More...

‘He Lied Like Nobody’s Business’: A Racing Con Man and His Trail of Deception

Five months ago, Jonathan Pippin was living large. A small-time Ohio grifter who had convinced a handful of Twitter followers to invest in horses he didn’t own, Pippin had been working for months at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

With History of Drug Problems, Sport Seeks Intervention

Faced with frequent scandals, horse racing has turned to Congress in an effort to fortify its policies against those who break the rules. Read More...

A Broadcaster Knows Long Shots, and Not Just Those of the Slap Variety

Eddie Olczyk, a former Ranger and current N.H.L. analyst, is moonlighting this summer as a member of NBC Sports Group’s horse racing broadcast team. Read More...

Postcard From Saratoga Springs: Eternal Rest at a Shrine He Enlivened

The Newsday writer Paul Moran, who died of lung cancer in November, instructed that his remains be scattered in the infield at Saratoga Race Course. Read More...

Colorful Trainer and Suddenly Brilliant Gelding Win the Whitney

Moreno, trained by the salty Eric Guillot, grabbed the lead early and did not let go in a surprise victory against more established opponents, including the favored Palace Malice. Read More...

Trixton Stages an Upset at the Hambletonian

Trixton won the Hambletonian, beating Nuncio by a half-length in the $1.2 million race for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings at the New Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. Read More...

Worries Over Surface at Del Mar Track

The Del Mar racetrack in Southern California suspended racing on its new turf course through this weekend after a thoroughbred was badly injured and eight other horses died in the last two weeks, officials said. Read More...

Worries About Surface at Del Mar Track

The Del Mar horse track in Southern California has suspended racing through this weekend on its new turf course after a thoroughbred was badly injured and eight other horses died in the last two weeks, race officials said. Read More...

‘Perfect’ Colt Anointed Hambletonian Favorite

Father Patrick is a 4-5 favorite to win harness racing’s most prestigious race on Saturday. Read More...

Assistant in Cruelty Case Is Rehired

Scott Blasi, an assistant to Steve Asmussen, the second winningest trainer in North America, had been caught on videotape speaking profanely about the stable’s injured horses. Read More...

Bayern Solidifies Baffert’s Haskell Monopoly by Cruising to Victory

The win in the $1 million event at Monmouth Park was the seventh for the trainer Bob Baffert, and the fourth in five years. Read More...

Blinkers Help a Colt Surge at Saratoga After Earlier Flops

Wicked Strong, who faded in the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, charged to a win in the Jim Dandy Stakes. Read More...

A Filly Is the Favorite at the Haskell

The filly Untapable is the 2-1 favorite for her first race against the colts, the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park. Read More...

Chrome’s Trainer to Receive Award

The trainer Art Sherman, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes with California Chrome, will receive the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award. Read More...

Queen Elizabeth’s Horse Tests Positive for Morphine

A racehorse owned by Queen Elizabeth II that won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year has tested positive for the banned substance morphine. Read More...

And They’re Off, to Horse Racing’s Version of Summer Camp

Saratoga, a one-of-a-kind racetrack that opens for the season on Friday, offers an ideal to which the sport can aspire. Read More...

California Chrome Preparing for Return

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome is set to return to Los Alamitos Race Course on July 17 from an extended layoff. Read More...

New York Racing on Display at Belmont Park

At the inaugural Stars and Stripes Day, Mr Speaker upset Adelaide in the Belmont Derby as the state took a step back into international racing. Read More...

Injured Jockey Resumes Riding

Jockey Rosie Napravnik plans to resume seriously riding next weekend, making a swift return from a shoulder injury she sustained last month. Read More...

New Rules for Steroids

The British Horseracing Authority is planning to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on anabolic steroids, the organization said on Thursday. Read More...

New Rules for Steroids

The British Horseracing Authority plans to adopt a tougher policy on anabolic steroids, the organization said. Read More...

Exercise Rider Killed

The rider, Mourad Boudraa, 40, was riding about 6 a.m. when the horse went into an “unexplained wild gallop,” showing signs of medical distress, the police said. Read More...

Rizeena Wins Coronation

Rizeena bounced back from defeat in the 1,000 Guineas with a victory in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Read More...

Queen’s Horse Is Toppled in Ascot Gold Cup

Leading Light won the Ascot Gold Cup in a thrilling finish, denying Queen Elizabeth II’s horse Estimate a second consecutive victory in the race. Read More...

The Fugue Tops Treve in the Prince of Wales

The Fugue spoiled the highly anticipated English debut of Treve and set a track record in winning the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot. Read More...

High Hopes for an American Racehorse in Europe

Verrazano, who began his career in the United States, is continuing his shift from dirt to turf at the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. Read More...

Qatar, the New Force in European Thoroughbred Racing

With nearly unlimited resources, members of Qatar’s royal family are changing the world of European racing. Read More...

Prix de Diane: A Race Made for Local Heroines

The favored French-bred and -trained filly We Are was pulled from the race in Chantilly this weekend, leaving a more open field. Read More...

Winning Horse Races Is All in the Family

Criquette Head-Maarek, trainer of last year’s Prix de Diane winner, Trêve, is a member of the Head family that has been at the forefront of French racing for more than a century. Read More...

L.I.R.R. Popularity Led to Crush After the Belmont

Far more fans took the train to the Belmont than railroad officials had predicted, prompting the railroad to summon extra service for the crush at the typically little-used station. Read More...

California Chrome’s Co-Owner Apologizes for His Outbursts

Steve Coburn returned to ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday to apologize for remarks that diminished the achievement of Tonalist, the Belmont Stakes winner. Read More...

Tonalist’s Owner Savors Victory but Offers Some Criticism of His Own

For Robert Evans, Tonalist’s win in the Belmont Stakes made up somewhat for a failed Triple Crown by his father’s horse in 1981. But he, like his competition, relayed complaints. Read More...

A Triple Crown Tradition Prevails at Belmont Stakes Despite Sour Grapes

The owner and trainer of Tonalist, the Belmont Stakes winner, understood why Steve Coburn, a co-owner of California Chrome, was upset, but the reality was that they put their horse first. Read More...

Steve Coburn’s Proposal Aside, Belmont Field Is Traditionally Small

Steve Coburn spoke out in favor of limiting the race to horses that had run the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but that would change the dynamics of the entire series, making it much easier to complete the trifecta. Read More...

Hope Wilts as Tradition Stays Strong

Tony Green, Belmont’s official florist, felt deep in his bones on Saturday morning that California Chrome would win the Triple Crown and wear the blanket of carnations he had assembled. Read More...

Record Streak in Epsom Derby

Aidan O’Brien became the first trainer to saddle three consecutive Epsom Derby winners as Australia, the 11-to-8 favorite, prevailed in England. Read More...

Steve Coburn Lashes Out at Racing Industry, Capping an Emotional Five Weeks

Coburn, an owner of California Chrome, said horses shouldn’t be allowed to skip the Kentucky Derby to stay fresh for the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

After California Chrome’s Belmont Defeat, Owner Stands on an Unseemly Soapbox

Steve Coburn, the picture of ebullience before the Belmont, turned sour afterward rather than praising the winner, Tonalist. Read More...

Watchful Eyes in Booth Certify the Action on the Track

For the three placing judges perched high above the Belmont Park clubhouse, their work determining official race results is a delicate dance. Read More...

‘As Though the Other Good Horses Weren’t There’

Steve Wolfson, 73, shared his memories of Affirmed and discussed issues facing the thoroughbred racing industry. Read More...

After Thrill of Triple Crown Bid, Frustration for Delayed Passengers

The possibility of seeing a Triple Crown winner brought larger crowds to Belmont Park, testing the infrastructure of the track and the city’s public transportation. Read More...

Fresh Legs Stamp Out a Coronation

Tonalist won the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, denying California Chrome his shot at becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Read More...

Portraying Horse as Hero, Soon Fallen

Television networks face the danger of falling in love with potential Triple Crown winners, and not doing enough justice to the rest of the field. Read More...

Hard Lessons From Belmont

To follow horse racing is to become a connoisseur of bad luck. Read More...

Wanting to Believe in California Chrome

Nearly four decades ago, Richard Migliore saw back-to-back Triple Crowns as a teenage exercise rider. He and many other fans are hoping to feel that magic again at Belmont Park on Saturday. Read More...

Many Bettors at a Loss Since the OTBs Closed

In a city where almost everything disappears — the diners and dry cleaners of yesterday shape-shifting into frozen yogurt shops and Duane Reades — the demise of New York’s Off-Track Betting parlors was particularly cruel to its patrons. Read More...

Palace Captures Sprint at Belmont

At Belmont Park, Palace took the $250,000 True North for sprinters by three-quarters of a length over Bakken at 9-1. Read More...