USA horse racing news


Secretariat wins virtual Kentucky Derby

Secretariat has lived up to his billing as favourite for the virtual Kentucky Derby, winning from the 12 other triple crown champions.

Secretariat favourite in virtual Derby

Secretariat is favourite ahead of Citation with the 13 triple crown winners to do battle in a virtual running of the first leg, the Kentucky...
Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs preparing for racing again

Churchill Downs Racecourse, the home of the Kentucky Derby, will re-open for training with racing to be phased in subject to government approval.

NBC to air virtual Kentucky Derby

The 13 US Triple Crown winners will battle out a virtual running of the Kentucky Derby which has been postponed because of COVID-19.
Aqueduct racecourse

New York racetrack turned into hospital

New York's Aqueduct racetrack is to be used as a hospital site for people recovering from coronavirus.
Santa Anita

Santa Anita ends racing over COVID-19

Santa Anita racetrack has been closed after Los Angeles health authorities ordered all non-essential services be shut down over coronavirus.
Javier Castellano

US Jockey Javier Castellano in isolation

United States Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano is in isolation after a positive test for COVID-19.
Dubai World Cup

US jockeys to avoid Dubai World Cup

Three American jockeys have chosen to stay at home rather than travel to compete at the rich Dubai World cup meeting.
Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby moved to Sept due to virus

Horseracing's Kentucky Derby has been moved from May to September due to official advice during the coronavirus pandemic, Churchill Downs' Bill Carstanjen says.
War Emblem

2002 Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem dies

War Emblem, winner of the first two legs of the 2002 Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, has died aged 21.
Santa Anita

Meds not factor in Santa Anita deaths

Californian authorities say there is no evidence of illegal medications playing a part in horse fatalities at Santa Anita.

Legendary stallion A.P. Indy dies aged 31

One of the most influential stallions of the past 25 years, A.P. Indy, has died at his home in Kentucky aged 31.
Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs to use new starting gate

Churchill Downs will have a new Australian designed and made 20-gate starting stall in place for the Kentucky Derby.
Bricks And Mortar

Bricks And Mortar in Eclipse Awards sweep

Bricks And Mortar has swept all his elgible categories in the US Eclipse Horse of the Year awards.

Trainer sues over Justify drug test

Bolt d'Oro trainer Mick Ruis is suing the California Horse Racing Board over Justify being declared winner of the Santa Anita Derby despite a failed...
Maximum Security

Maximum Security invited to Pegasus Cup

Maximum Security is among the 17 horses invited to run in the revamped Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park.
Mike Smith

Mike Smith rides 217th Grade 1 winner

Mike Smith has set an American record 217 Grade One wins with victory aboard Omaha Beach at Santa Anita.
City of Light

Major drop in prize money for Pegasus Cup

Once the richest race in the world, the Pegasus Cup will have a substantial drop in prize money and new rules with horses to race...
Maximum Security

Maximum Security smokes them in Cigar Mile

Maximum Security, famous for being disqualified as the winner of the Kentucky Derby, has ended the season with victory in the Cigar Mile.

Judge dismisses Maximum Security suit

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the owners of Maximum Security challenging the decision to disqualify the horse as the winner of the...

Horse fatally injured in Breeders’ Classic

Mongolian Groom has been euthanised after suffering a catastrophic leg injury in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

Vino Rosso wins Breeders’ Cup Classic

Vinao Rossos has won the Breeders' Cup Classic but the race has been marred by injury to one of his rivals.
Joseph O'Brien

Iridessa in famous win for Joseph O’Brien

Joseph O'Brien has become the youngest trainer to saddle a Breeders' Cup winner when Iridessa stormed home in the Filly & Mare Turf at Santa...
Santa Anita

Horse safety priority at Breeders Cup

Horsessafety is the over-riding issue at the troubled Santa Anita Racecourse ahead of the Breeders' Cup meeting.

Temperature scuppers Magical swan song

Trainer Aidan O'Brien has confirmed Magical will miss the Breeders' Cup and will be immediately retired from racing.