The 2013 racing season concluded with a host of graded stakes action over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, including a Grade 1 victory that may have solidified 3-year-old male honors for a most unlikely colt.
High drama, thrilling finishes and devastating loss—this year’s Breeders’ Cup had it all. Let’s recap the weekend’s memorable highs and lows.
History was made at Woodbine this weekend by a veteran globetrotter, as Belmont and Keeneland wrapped up their fall meets and Churchill opened theirs with a look at the stars of tomorrow.
As Breeders’ Cup contenders continued their preparation, state-bred championships were the focus this weekend.
Juveniles took center stage this weekend, and defending Breeders’ Cup champions fell short in their final preps before the big day.
Super Saturday lived up to its billing, with thrilling finishes, shocking upsets and a princess dethroning a queen.
It was an extremely light weekend of stakes action as we gear up for a huge final weekend of September.
With his facile track record-setting effort this weekend, Wise Dan turned up the heat in his contest with Game on Dude for the Horse of the Year title.
Saturday’s Midsummer Derby muddled rather than clarified the top 3-year-old picture, but there’s absolutely no doubt as to who is the number one older dirt horse in America.
A bevy of juvenile races highlighted the weekend’s stakes action, and two Breeders’ Cup champions returned to the track with mixed results.
It was a light schedule of graded stakes on the first weekend of August as we take a little breather before the hectic end of summer.
Turf is where the action was last week, with several big races at both Arlington and Colonial Downs, not to mention the final spring/summer action at Hollywood Park.
The long holiday weekend saw red hot action from sea to shining sea.
Just as weather extremes divided the country, favorites and longshots equally played a role in shaping this week’s racing storylines.
A proliferation of upsets highlighted the week, with the failure of heavy favorites and a Derby winner retired on a losing note.
A relatively light week in terms of racing was highlighted by who returned to the track—and who reluctantly departed it.
Only a light schedule of racing in the U.S. this weekend, as the European classics got underway.
The unofficial beginning of summer was marked by a plethora of racing action from coast-to-coast, including three Grade 1 events at Belmont Park on Memorial Day.
Oxbow’s upset victory in the Preakness leaves us bereft of a Triple Crown winner yet again, but with familiar names in the winner’s circle, a sense of nostalgia reigned supreme this weekend.
A quiet weekend saw a vindication and a couple of upsets as we set our sights on the upcoming Preakness.
Orb’s satisfying victory in the Kentucky Derby topped off a terrific weekend of racing, justly raising hopes that the Triple Crown drought may finally end.
As April begins to transition into May, major tracks like Belmont, Churchill, Hollywood and Woodbine open for the season, and anticipation builds for the upcoming classics.
With less than two weeks now remaining before the Kentucky Derby, a relatively light weekend of racing featured a million dollar payday for Game on Dude—and the retirement of unbeaten superstar Black Caviar.
The major Kentucky Derby and Oaks preps wrap up, an international mare stays perfect and a maiden claimer race turns into one the most exciting and wild things we’ll probably see all year.
While the Derby prep races may have dominated the weekend headlines, the Oaks-bound fillies most impressed some racing fans.
Animal Kingdom’s thrilling win set the stage for an exciting weekend of racing.
Records fell from coast to coast this weekend, on turf and dirt.
For a weekend rather light in graded stakes action, it was by no means a boring one.
The quest for Derby glory claimed yet another victim this weekend, while the future wager favorite solidified his position with an impressive win.
Impressive performances were the hallmark of last weekend.
As the Kentucky Derby Championship Series gets underway, there’s a new (and surprising) leader atop the point standings, and a top contender falls to the wayside. Here we go again, folks…
On opposite sides of the globe, two superstar mares made victorious returns to the track, and now seek even greater glory in the coming year.
The year’s first Grade 1 stakes included a match-up of two gifted older horses headed for a world stage—and a lightly-raced first-time stakes starter who pulled off a shocker.
Satisfying results abounded this Thanksgiving weekend, as sturdy Shackleford ended his career on a high note and Groupie Doll gamely proved her mettle against the boys, even in a losing effort. Who says sportsmanship in horse racing is dead?
This year’s Breeders’ Cup offered a bevy of heart-warming stories, surprise results and satisfying moments.
With extreme weather threatening much of the eastern United States, sun-drenched Santa Anita readies itself to host yet another Breeders’ Cup this Friday and Saturday (November 2-3).
The international scene heated up as Breeders’ Cup contenders prepare for the first weekend in November.
The final five Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge races were contested this past week.
As the countdown to the Breeders’ Cup continues, several leading contenders demonstrated their worthiness this weekend, while a few others surprised us – to say the least.
Super Saturday certainly lived up to its billing, as racing fans enjoyed ten Grade 1 offerings and terrific performances on both coasts, setting the stage for an exciting Breeders’ Cup just one month away.
Autumn officially arrived this weekend, greeted by a light schedule of graded stakes races, as we enjoyed a bit of a breather before next weekend’s impressive array of Grade 1 events.
It was a grassy weekend with an international vibe as we get one step closer to the Breeders’ Cup.
Rather than catching our collective breath with a light schedule, this weekend provided plenty of performances that managed to take our breath away.
Say good-bye to summer and hello to autumn, as the drive to the Breeders’ Cup intensifies over the next two months.
The ill-fated fortunes of this year’s 3-year-old male crop continued with injuries, yet this unlucky bunch of sophomores also provided us with some of the week’s most exciting racing.
Terrific turf performances highlighted this week’s graded stakes action, with Americans holding their own against European invaders.
While injuries forced three fan favorites into retirement this week, the top juvenile contenders on both coasts strengthened their positions with impressive wins.
In terms of horses and jockeys, rising stars shone brightly this week in the unlikeliest races.
Whether it came to the bloodlines of horses, or of their human connections, the mantra this week was keeping it all in the family.
While the ranks of the top 3-year-old colts continue to be depleted, older champions stepped up to provide plenty of excitement.
Turf racing dominated the graded stakes action this weekend, but there were also several impressive performances on dirt including a sprinter set on making her third attempt at Breeders’ Cup glory, and a filly defeating the boys in the second jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown.
The Breeders’ Cup may still be four months away, but the maneuvering of contenders in preparation for the big event has already begun.
Excessive heat played havoc on racing up and down the East Coast this weekend, with cancelled cards and extra precautions taken to keep both horses and humans alike well hydrated.
When it comes to horse racing of late, it’s a woman’s world, baby — and why would we want it any other way? Whether against their own sex or in open company, fillies and mares provided plenty of excitement with gutsy performances this week in Europe and in North America.
The first week of post-Triple Crown racing saw highs, lows and sweeping changes on the horizon.
With the late defection and retirement of Triple Crown contender I’ll Have Another, the Belmont was looking like the Bummer Stakes. But like the eventual winner, it rallied to provide an exciting end to another long, strange Triple Crown season.
Forget that old adage that great race mares don’t produce as broodmares. The daughter of a Kentucky Oaks winner, she was Grade 1-placed, having never finished out of the money in eight lifetime starts. She is also the only mare in history to produce back-to-back Belmont Stakes winners, Jazil and Rags to Riches.
The Dubai bounce theory suffered a serious blow last week in the form of Game on Dude while potential Belmont contenders prepared for their upcoming date with destiny.
Easy Goer. His name is nearly indelibly coupled with that of Sunday Silence now, but his accomplishments go beyond their history-making rivalry.
Several down on their luck graded stakes winners found their way back to the winner’s circle on Saturday while Memorial Day was full of standout performances.
I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister put on another great show while several 4-year-olds quietly kick off their campaigns.
Described as an ugly duckling by his breeder, he went on to win eight races from twelve starts and 2.7 million dollars during a career shortened by injury. His win in the Preakness will be long remembered for a near disaster when he almost fell at the top of the stretch.
Former Derby contenders found the winner’s circle last weekend and we gear up for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Stakes record fell, betting records were set, history was made and exciting finishes were the order of the day during the most anticipated weekend of the year.
Our picks for the 2012 Kentucky Derby card.
It was a relatively sleepy weekend as a few performances hinted at interesting things to come and we gear up for one of the best weeks of the year.
It was a quiet weekend on the 2012 Kentucky Derby front but Wise Dan closed out the weekend with a win that reminded everyone that the Kentucky Derby isn’t the only game in town.
While upsets were the order of the day at Keeneland, the 2012 Kentucky Derby started to come into sharper focus, and the picture looks good!
She won 11 straight races, all of them graded stakes. She hit the board in 18 straight races. She earned more than $4 million dollars. She was champion older female for three consecutive years and Horse of the Year in 2002.
Thrilling stretch drives where the hallmark of last weekend’s races, in particular the Kentucky Derby preps as the winning margin in each was less than a length.
It was a relatively quiet weekend with a few preps and a few marathons as we gear up for a three week stretch of major Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby prep races.
Most of the weekend action was centered on fillies and mares with Horse of the Year Havre de Grace taking center stage as she kicked off her 2012 campaign.
Many of last weekend’s winners continued their perfect 2012 records while others regained their winning form.
Hansen made a strong showing in the Gotham Stakes but much of the weekend action was centered around older horses.
Union Rags ended the weekend with a bang while simultaneously ending the lack of a 2012 Kentucky Derby buzz horse!
2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom overshadowed the 2012 Kentucky Derby hopefuls with an impressive performance in his much anticipated return. Elsewhere formful races and exciting finishes were the norm.
The Kentucky Derby and Oaks trails saw some interesting performances over the weekend in maiden and allowance company while the stakes scenes provided several exciting races.
The Triple Crown nominations are out and so far the 2012 Kentucky Derby trail is wide open.
The newly revamped Sunshine Millions showcased plenty of notable performances while the Kentucky Derby and Oaks trails quickly heated up.
Things start to ramp up as we slowly crawl out from under our rock to pay closer to attention to racing!
A spur-of-the moment impulse purchase as a yearling, this two-time champion reeled off an eight race winning streak that included the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, the Ashland and Kentucky Oaks.
The last whirlwind weekend of racing for 2011 leaves the impression that 2012 might be a very enjoyable year.
Who’s retired and who’s remaining in training? Find out what’s next for the stars of Breeders’ Cup 2011.
Happy Halloween and Breeders’ Cup week! Final preparations will be happening all week as we gear up for 15 races spread over two days.
The 2011 Breeders’ Cup Challenge races have ended, but if we take our queue from Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup winner Forever, contenders have two more weeks to prepare!
Several horses made a return to racing after long layoffs and several Breeders’ Cup races started to take shape.
As expected, Super Saturday turned out to be a largely a chalkfest of epic proportions as Breeders’ Cup plans started to shake out.
Comebacks, break-outs and step-ups sum up the weekend as we begin the season of final preps for the Breeders’ Cup.
It was a weekend of exciting finishes and first Grade 1 wins as turf racing took center stage across divisions.
It was a relatively quiet weekend as the non-stop pace of the summer slowly transitioned to fall.
Like all good things, summer racing comes to an end with the conclusion of Saratoga on Monday and Del Mar on Wednesday. Summer potential turns into fall preparation, bringing some of the best racing of the year across all divisions as eyes, and hopes, turn to the Breeders’ Cup in November.
Racing’s last great undefeated champion spent the final seconds of her career nipping the Kentucky Derby winner on the wire on racing’s biggest stage.
It was a wild weekend with plenty of upsets, several clunkers and a few fabulous comebacks.
Much of this weekend was focused on 3-year-old fillies as three validated prior good form, one stepped up, one got stuck in traffic and one made it 22 in a row!
It was an international invasion of chalky proportions at Arlington Park as heavily-favored European horses swept the Secretariat Stakes, Beverly D Stakes and Arlington Million.
Another weekend, another two days of racing on national television as horses duked it out across divisions.
Argentinean-bred Invasor was one of the best racehorses of the century’s first decade. In his 12 starts on three continents, he won the Uruguayan Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and the Dubai World Cup. In 2006, he was named Horse of the Year.
There was plenty of racing across multiple divisions this weekend, but perhaps the biggest story was that thoroughbred horse racing was nationally broadcast both days of the weekend.
Summer swung into high gear as the two premier summer boutique meets opened and we caught a glimpse of a couple of potential future stars.
Much like last weekend many races came down to the wire. Unlike last weekend we probably saw the best race of the year in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap.
Exciting photo finishes and European imports ruled the weekend.
A New York favorite and practically unbeatable at Belmont Park, she won going short, and she won going long. She was voted a champion in 1994, and this year, she joins her trainer in the Hall of Fame.
Last week’s three Grade 1 races underscore the radical difference between the handicap (older male) division and the distaff (older female) division.
After a long Kentucky Derby trail full of upsets, surprises and the occasional unfathomable result, Ruler on Ice’s upset in the Belmont Stakes was somewhat of a fitting end to the 2011 Triple Crown.
Our picks for the 2011 Belmont Stakes card.
We got a glimpse of the summer stars over the weekend as the field for the 2011 Belmont Stakes comes into focus.
Ranking past Belmonts like a tremendous machine, our panelists share their favs. Watch replays of Triple Crown victory, defeat & tested champions!
It was a turf-tastic long holiday weekend with the majority of stakes races on the grass as we transition into summer racing.
It was a weekend of exciting stretch-duels, mixed performances by heavy favorites and another surprising twist in the topsy turvy Triple Crown.
Our picks for the 2011 Preakness card.
It was a relatively quiet week as we gear up for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
The Preakness has been run 135 times. Find out which five our panelists liked the best and why. Oh yes, and watch the replays!
After months of preparation the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby both provided great stories and solid racing.
Our picks for the 2011 Kentucky Derby card.
The Kentucky Derby has been run 135 times. Find out which five our panelists liked the best and why. Oh yes, and watch the replays!
The final preparations are nearly complete as Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby 2011 are less than a week away.
It’s official, the 2011 Kentucky Derby prep season is finally over. And perhaps there’s no better way to send Kentucky Derby trail 2011 on its way than saying Adios Charlie!
To say that longshots ruled the Derby preps this weekend would be an understatement of epic proportions.
It was a weekend full of upsets where the only thing that wasn’t a surprise was that the Derby picture took another crazy turn.
Were pretenders sorted out or did contenders have an off race? That probably depends on who you ask!
In a season where each Derby prep presents more questions than answers, three exciting Oaks contenders burst onto the scene.
It was a record breaking weekend that saw its share of surprises.
In a much anticipated weekend, we saw returns, romps and upsets… but what did we learn?
It was a weekend marked by exciting finishes and unexpected outcomes.
Even with only a small amount of races this weekend, we saw assumptions felled and learned a little something along the way.
This weekend provided some much needed insight to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks pictures. Also showcased this weekend were stayers, with three longer distance turf races.
With only a few exceptions, it was a weekend of upsets that saw some major shifts in the 2011 Kentucky Derby picture.
New stars burst onto the scene while familiar faces stepped up to fill the void in the handicap division.
A weekend full of dramatic finishes and notable payouts brought some much needed excitement to this winter weekend.
Now that the 2010 Eclipse Awards are behind us, we can look ahead to what 2011 has to offer. Judging by a few efforts this weekend, the future looks intriguing.
It was a record setting weekend that saw the beginning of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks prep races. It’s good to be back!
The holiday weekend was full of longshots and favorites and we do our final recap before we take a break in December.
The last big weekend of the year is upon us, with 6 Grade 1 and 17 graded races in total, Thanksgiving weekend is shaping up to be a decent last hurrah before the Derby trail picks up in the beginning of the year.
Breeders’ Cup 2010 is in the books and it was one for the ages. Promising juveniles, a historic three-peat and an epic rendition of the Classic!
After much preparation and anticipation, the moment has finally arrived. Let us help you keep up with the Breeders’ Cup!
Now that the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races are complete, attention will turn to preparations and decisions.
On a weekend where many hopefuls put in their final prep for the Breeders’ Cup, some questions were answered while new ones were asked. Who will Gio Ponti face in November? Can Uncle Mo handle stiffer competition? Will Sidney’s Candy even run?
With a head spinning 20 graded races over the weekend it was easy to overlook some interesting performances, particularly given Zenyatta’s heart stopping 19th win! But not to worry, we can help!
International buzz baby Frankel creates even more buzz at Ascot and the biggest Breeders’ Cup prep weekend is upon us. We also wrap-up Figs Gone Wild Month with a Q&A about DIY figs.
All eyes turned north to Woodbine for several Breeders’ Cup turf preps. This week at the site Figs Gone Wild Month is still full of run and Ten Things You Should Know About makes a return!
Snapping losing streaks, staying perfect and overcoming traffic trouble were a few of the themes from last weekend. We’ll take a closer look at Beyer Speed Figures in this week’s installment of Figs Gone Wild!
It was a mixed bag of performances with everything from the workmanlike to the break-out, with an emphasis on juveniles. And, we’re proud to announce our first theme month: September is Figs Gone Wild Month!
Repeat victories, exciting stretch duels and surprise upsets were just a few of the things that happened last weekend!
It was a weekend of impressive performances and touching stories and we look ahead to one of the most action-packed weekends of the summer.
Sidney’s Candy turns in one of the year’s most electrifying performances and we gear up for an upcoming week of excellent racing.
It was a bittersweet week with fantastic wins, unexpected retirements and the loss of one the top turf mares.
Stepping-up seemed to be the theme of this past weekend with Proviso proving she’s more than a miler in Filly & Mare turf division and Lookin at Lucky emphatically and easily cruising to the top of the 3-year-old division. We’ll help you step-up your game this week by taking a look at questions to ask while handicapping.
Summertime, and the winning is easy, at least that’s how the majority of last weekend’s winners made it look, come take a look!
The dominant kept on dominating and we gear up for racing at Del Mar and Saratoga!
Awesome Gem reminds us that patience is key by scoring his first Grade 1 win in the Hollywood Gold Cup at age seven! Come watch replays and find out what races are coming up this weekend!
The long weekend provided plenty of stakes action and a number of surprises. In one of our handicapping challenge races Chinchon unleashed a furious run to upset the United Nations. An equally bold and impressive move won our handicapping contest!
Just Louise and Salty Strike give us a glimpse of the future in the Debutante at Churchill. Meanwhile, we’re preparing for our first handicapping contest!
Several Triple Crown contenders returned to the races with mixed results. If you missed any of the action, or just want to see it again, we’ve got replays and photos!
Summer swung into gear with a great weekend of racing that produced plenty of impressive winners. If you missed any of the action, or just want to see it again, we’ve got replays!
Our picks for the 2010 Belmont Stakes card.
Our picks for the 2010 Preakness card.
Our picks for the 2010 Kentucky Derby card. Also includes race replays and results chart.
Our picks for the 2010 Kentucky Oaks card. Also includes race replays and results chart.
Derby and Oaks prep season maybe all but over for the contenders, but it’s just getting into full swing for us!