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Filly to Run in Preakness

Ria Antonia will be the first filly to run in the Preakness since 2009, when Rachel Alexandra won the race. Read More...

Winner for McGaughey

Imagining led all the way in the $400,000 Man o’ War, giving the Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his third straight victory in the event. Read More...

Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on the latest headlines. Read More...

Longtime Horse Racing Announcer to Retire

Tom Durkin will retire from calling horse races in August at Saratoga after a 43-year career that included announcing Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races. Read More...

New Entrants for Racing Hall of Fame

Lloyd Hughes, the first jockey to win the Preakness three times, and Clifford, an elite racehorse in the 1890s, were elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame by the Historic Review Committee. Read More...

Challenger Arrives at Pimlico

Social Inclusion has arrived at Pimlico Race Course in preparation to take on the Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome in the Preakness. Read More...

For a Winning Owner at the Derby, Belief in an Unseen Hand

Steve Coburn made brash proclamations about California Chrome, but all was forgiven when the horse rolled round Churchill Downs for the victory. Read More...

At Derby Day With Murdoch, Rand Paul Goes Through His Paces

For Rand Paul, the would-be presidential candidate, and Rupert Murdoch, one of the most powerful Republican brokers, Saturday marked a potential turn in the 2016 campaign. Read More...

Coming From Humble Beginnings, a Favorite Defies the Odds

California Chrome, whose owners scraped together $10,000 to breed him, became the first California-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby since 1962. Read More...

Derby Winner Gives Co-Owner a Birthday Gift to Remember

Steve Coburn turned 61 on the day his horse California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

A Sport’s Beauty Clashes With the Stain of a Scandal

Steve Asmussen, the trainer of Tapiture, is being investigated over accusations of cruelty as the horse racing industry grapples with how to deal with a lingering problem. Read More...

On Kentucky Derby Weekend, a Tea Party Julep for Mitch McConnell

In addition to being a symbol of conservative activism, tea also pairs well with bourbon. Read More...

Aboard Untapable, Jockey Napravnik Wins a Second Oaks

After becoming the first female rider to guide a horse to victory in the Kentucky Oaks in 2012, Rosie Napravnik matched the feat in a four-and-a-half-length victory Friday. Read More...

Derby Dawns for Two Sons Seeking Win Fathers Missed

The trainer Jimmy Jerkens and the owner Don Little Jr., the sons of accomplished horsemen, hope that Wicked Strong takes them to a victory in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Riding High on a Last Chance

On Saturday, Ride on Curlin, a 3-year-old colt trained by Billy Gowan, will complete one of the most unlikely trips to the Kentucky Derby in the history of the famous race. Read More...

Derby Dreams Meet an Early End

Hoppertunity was scratched from the Kentucky Derby because of a foot injury, a heartbreaking development for a couple in Pasadena, Calif., and a reporter. Read More...

The Kentucky Derby Dartboard

Ranking the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby on May 3, the 140th running of the race. Read More...

Good-Looking Colt. Nice Story. 5-2 Odds. What’s Not to Like?

California Chrome, trained by 77-year-old Art Sherman, was made the morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Read More...

Photos: There’s Always the Kentucky Derby, in Good Times and Bad

The 140th running of horse racing’s top event finds a sport that has run into difficulties but has much glory to look back on. Read More...

If Pollock Could Whinny

Metro, a retired racehorse that paints, is now decorating housewares. Read More...

Trainer’s Hunch on Modest Colt Pays Off

Jose Garoffalo bought Wildcat Red for his owners last year for $30,000 and embarked on a wild ride that stops next at the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Ring Weekend Scratched From Derby

Now that Ring Weekend is out, Commanding Curve joins the field for Saturday’s race with jockey Shaun Bridgmohan. Read More...

Two Horses, 59 Years Apart, Inspire One Trainer

The trainer Art Sherman, 77, was an exercise rider for the 1955 Derby winner, Swaps, but he has never had a Derby entrant until California Chrome, the race favorite. Read More...

Recapturing Heart of a Derby Upset

“50 to 1” details the hard-to-believe victory of Mine That Bird in the 2009 Kentucky Derby, and the rough-hewed cast that surrounded the horse. Read More...

Four Are Elected to Hall of Fame

Jockey Alex Solis, the trainer Gary Jones and the thoroughbreds Ashado and Curlin were elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. Read More...

Horse Owners and Trainers Say They’ll Release Veterinary Records

More than 40 horsemen have agreed to turn over records for the two weeks before any graded stakes races, which will be made available to the public two hours before post time. Read More...

Florida Derby Winner to Miss Kentucky Derby

Undefeated Constitution will miss the Triple Crown season because of a slight hairline fracture in his front right cannon bone. Read More...

Publicizing of Veterinary Files Is Urged for Triple Crown Events

Ogden Mills Phipps, the chairman of the Jockey Club, said the goal was to ensure that the horses were sound and not under the influence of unnecessary drugs. Read More...

The Kentucky Derby Dartboard: Week 3

Ranking the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby on May 3 after another weekend of major prep races. Read More...

Dr. Charles Fager, Dies at 90; Lent Name to a Racetrack Champion

Dr. Fager, who saved a trainer’s life, advanced the understanding and treatment of spinal disorders. Read More...

The Kentucky Derby as a ‘Rite of Passage’

Carl Myers, who owns a stake in a thoroughbred that competed in the Derby, talks about watching the race and visiting Kentucky horse country. Read More...

Blue Grass Stakes Winner Isn’t Likely to Run in Kentucky Derby

Dance With Fate’s trainer said the horse did not have the power to run on dirt like that at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Kentucky Students Catch Breath to Cheer a Derby Hopeful

Students at the University of Kentucky bred a colt that has a chance to qualify Saturday for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

The Kentucky Derby Dartboard: Week 2

Ranking the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby on May 3 after another weekend of major prep races. Read More...

Policing the Sport of Kings and Knaves

Horseracing is in urgent need of oversight from the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Read More...

With Upset at Wood Memorial, Wicked Strong Ensures Spot in Derby

Wicked Strong won by three and a half lengths, rewarding his backers with $20.40 for a $2 bet, and delivering a $590,000 first-place check to his owners, Centennial Farms. Read More...

Long Shot Jumps to Win

Pineau De Re won the Grand National in Aintree, England, by five lengths, giving the most prized victory in steeplechase racing to Richard Newland, a doctor who trains horses as a hobby. Read More...

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...