USA horse racing news

Omaha Beach lands Kentucky Derby spot in Arkansas Derby

Fox Hill Farms’ Omaha Beach entered Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at a sloppy Oaklawn Park needing to secure a beachhead in the Kentucky...

Roadster runs down Game Winner in Santa Anita Derby

Tabbed as the heir apparent to Justify before he ever ran, Roadster is now in a position to go for classic glory himself. The Bob...

Vekoma gives Weaver home state win in Blue Grass

Trainer George Weaver, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, has had one previous starter in the Kentucky Derby (G1), a 52-1 longshot that beat just one...

Tacitus too tough despite rough trip in Wood

If 5-2 favorite Tacitus had lost Saturday’s $750,000 Wood Memorial (G2), he could have pointed to a rough passage in the early going at Aqueduct....

Japan Road concludes with Der Flug winning Fukuryu

The final leg of the “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1)” was run on Sunday at Nakayama. Run at 1,800 meters (about 1 1/8...

Ex-claimer Maximum Security steps up big in Florida Derby

Maximum Security, whose three previous starts were dominating wins in a $16,000 maiden claimer and two starter allowances, lulled the perceived best three-year-olds in South...

Haikal bags Gotham with late kick

Haikal rallied to win Saturday’s $300,000 Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct, erasing a sizable deficit in the stretch to post a one-length decision, and earned 50...

Tales from the Crib: War of Will

In War of Will’s case, “WOW” isn’t just an acronym. His longtime nickname around the Mark Casse barn, “WOW” could also sum up his life’s...

Code of Honor breaks through in Fountain of Youth

Code of Honor flashed enormous promise in his first two starts but nothing went according to plan over the following months as he was forced...

Oval Ace stays unbeaten in Hyacinth on Japan Road To The Derby

Tsuru Nishimori’s Oval Ace wore down Weitblick to prevail in a battle of unbeatens in Sunday’s Hyacinth S. at Tokyo, the third race on the...

War of Will opens Championship Series with Risen Star win

War of Will accelerated into the stretch with a clear lead and scored by a 2 ¼-length margin in the $400,000 Risen Star (G2), winning...

Anothertwistafate becomes latest Scat Daddy sensation in El Camino Real

After coming up with unbeaten Triple Crown champion Justify in his penultimate crop, late sire Scat Daddy has bequeathed a rising star among his final...

Harvey Wallbanger rides the rail to Holy Bull shocker

Harold Lerner LLC et al’s Harvey Wallbanger raced in last for the opening half-mile of the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park on...

Tax repels foes in thrilling Withers Stakes

R. A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable’s Tax took a short lead nearing midstretch and gamely held off a...

Mucho Gusto dominates Robert B. Lewis Stakes

Michael Lund Petersen’s Mucho Gusto left little doubt as to who was best in the $147,351 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita on...

Gun Runner’s first foal born in Japan

THE 2017 American Horse of the Year Gun Runner has produced his first progeny after a filly was born in Japan at Shadai Farm. The...

Justify honored as Horse of the Year at Eclipse Awards gala

Triple Crown winner Justify took top honors at Thursday night’s 48th annual Eclipse Awards gala, often described as American horse racing’s version of the Oscars....

Pruett ‘more optimistic’ about his second Smarty Jones winner

Dwight Pruett has been here before. The Arkansas-based owner won the 2016 Smarty Jones Stakes with Discreetness, but that horse has not won in 11...

Long Range Toddy faces eight in Smarty Jones

The final Road to the Kentucky Derby series prep for the month of January is Friday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones, the opening day feature of the...

War of Will comes out on top in the Lecomte

War of Will passed his fast-track debut with flying colors on Saturday, emphatically capturing the $200,000 Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds by four...

Kentucky Derby Purse Raised to $3 Million

The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 will be the richest in history as the...

Mind Control opens New Year with Jerome win

Mind Control showed speed from the start and turned back multiple challenges posting a front-running victory in the $150,000 Jerome at Aqueduct. The New Year’s...

Gunmetal Gray rallies to win Sham

Gunmetal Gray made a last-to-first rally to defeat heavily favored Coliseum and five others in Saturday’s $100,702 Grade 3 Sham at Santa Anita, the first...

Six-horse Jerome the first 2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifier

Grade 1 winner Mind Control tops a field of six and Kentucky Derby points are up for grabs in Tuesday’s $150,000 Jerome Stakes. The New...

Improbable unstoppable in Los Alamitos Futurity romp

Team Justify is back on the Triple Crown trail. That’s the inescapable conclusion after WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and Starlight Racing’s Improbable romped as...