Horse Racing

It's upsetter Tax to win the 2019 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. (Chelsea Durand/NYRA)

Tax Files in Plenty of Time, Wins Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga

Former fringe player Tax is now front and center as a contender in the 1 1/4 mile, $1.25 million Travers Stakes Aug. 24 at Saratoga in Upstate New York. The former claimer disposing of a solid group of rivals in the $600,000 Jim Dandy, the local Travers prep. He’s now […]

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will be back at Del Mar, a California Supeior Court has rules. ((Andy Lyons/Getty Images/TNS)

Judge Allows Hollendorfer to Stable and Race at Del Mar — For Now

A California judge has given beleaguered Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer a reprieve, temporarily halting the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club from banning him. San Diego Superior Court judge Ronald F. Frazier issued the injunction on Friday, ruling that Hollendorfer must be allowed to stable his horses and train at […]

Maximum Security with Luis Saez at the controls reassumes leadership in three-year-old division. (Image: AP)

Tested to the Max, Maximum Security Prevails in Haskell Stakes

Maximum Security, boldly turning back Mucho Gusto in the stretch, is once again at the top of the three-year-old class with a stirring win in Haskell Stakes. The first under-the-wire-horse in the Kentucky Derby — only to be disqualified for interference — disposing of just five others Saturday in the […]

Early morning look at Del Mar, near San Diego, where a training accident took the lives of two horse. (Image: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club)

Two Horses Die in Freak Training Mishap at Del Mar during Opening Week

A training accident early Thursday at Del Mar has left two horses dead and one rider injured in a freak, head-on collision during a morning workout session. On Wednesday, the historic San Diego-area track had just begun its 80th summer meeting of Thoroughbred racing, kicking off a season in which track […]

Here's Shared Belief winning the 2014 Pacific Classic at Del Mar -- just one of 36 stakes wins for Jerry Hollendorfer at the track now barring him. (Image: DMTC)

Jerry Hollendorfer Heads to Court Challenging Del Mar Exclusion

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is now suing the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The DMTC manages the racing operation at the track on the San Diego County Fairgrounds. The track begins its 80 season Wednesday. The civil action filing in California Superior Court Monday seeks a temporary restraining order, […]

IT's July 3, 1937 and track founder Bing Crosby greets fans as they arrive for Del Mar's inaugural season. (Image: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club)

Can Del Mar Summer Season Prove California Racing Is Safe Again?

Thoroughbred racing returns Wednesday to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, outside of San Diego, with a renewed focus on equine safety. Considered one of the most beautiful racetracks in the world, the historic oval created by Bing Crosby and his pals in the 1930s is presenting a full, 10-race card opening day […]

Heavy favorite Mr. Money clears the field June 15 in the Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs (Image: Coady Photography)

Hot Horse Mr. Money Hits the Road for $500K Indiana Derby

Mr. Money is a surprise visitor to Indiana this weekend to contest the $500,000, 1 1/16 mile Indiana Derby. He’s the ultra-impressive winner of two straight stakes – Pat Day Mile, Matt Winn Stakes – both at Churchill Downs, his home track. Regular rider Gabriel Saez will be in the […]

Del Mar's paddock will be packed on opening day, July 17, but top trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will be missing Image (Del Mar Thoroughbred Club)

Del Mar the Latest to Give Legendary Horse Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer the Boot

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club reportedly is banning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer from its facilities. Del Mar, a hugely popular summer stop on Southern California’s horse racing circuit, follows Santa Anita operator The Stronach Group (TSG) and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) in barring the 73-year-old Hall of Fame trainer […]

The Triple Crown trophy went unclaimed this year and US racing handle suffered, (Image:AP)

No Triple Crown Contender, Santa Anita Deaths Dampen US Horse Betting Numbers

Overall wagering handle on all US Thoroughbred races in June 2019 fell back by 6.99 percent, according to newly released figures from Equibase. Equibase is the sports statistical record keeper for entries, results, breeding and a wide variety of other analytics related to the sport. Statistics further reveal a 3.01 […]

Rested and Ready Game Winner may come back Saturday in Los Alamitos Derby. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Horse Racing’s Three-Year-Old Division Readies for a Shake Up

Rumblings out of Southern California – not the earthquake variety – indicate Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert may be rolling out his three-year-old star Game Winner Saturday at Los Alamitos. Baffert has yet to confirm his exact plans. Entries for the race are taken Wednesday. If he runs, expect […]

Top turf trainer Chad Brown has four aces to play in Saturday's Belmont Derby. (Getty Images/Michael Reaves)

Trainer Chad Brown Holds Top Hand in Saturday’s Belmont Derby

Belmont Park soon passes New York’s Thoroughbred torch to Saratoga Race Course, upstate. But, before that happens fans and bettors Saturday will be enjoying the track’s Stars and Stripes Racing Festival. That’s the highly competitive and extremely lucrative stakes series for top runners on both turf and dirt. The Saturday […]

Increasing equine safety top priority as Del Mar begins 80th season. Image: (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

Where Turf Meets Surf: Del Mar Prioritizes Equine Safety in New Season

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) is now undertaking extensive new safety initiatives. The popular seaside race meet in Northern San Diego County starts on July 17. Track leaders say they’ll build on the track’s series of safety protocols and initiatives from previous years. They’ll do this by adding additional layers […]

Saratoga opens July 11, but is now closed to Hall-of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer (Image: NYRA)

About Face: New York Racing Association Turns Against Hollendorfer

Hall of Fame Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is now banned from stabling or entering horses at New York Racing Association (NYRA) racetracks. The move marks a reversal of NYRA’s previous position allowing the trainer to compete in New York. The Belmont meeting ends Sunday. The Saratoga summer season starts July 11. […]

Will she or won't she? Can Vaslika the outstanding turf mare get into the Breeders' Cup if her trainer is banned at Santa Anita. Many question about the event still remaining. (Image: Melanie Martines)

Breeders’ Cup Officials Decide Santa Anita is Safe Enough for Now

The 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships is remaining at Santa Anita Park. That’s the decision Thursday from Breeders’ Cup officials. But, they are expecting to continue grappling with the extensive fall-out from the Los Angeles-area race track’s outbreak of training and racing mishaps. Thirty horses have succumbed from racing or […]

Jockey John Velazquez holding the Queen's Plate Trophy after filly Wonder Gadot's 2018 triumph. (Image: AP)

We the North: All Eyes on Canada Saturday for Historic Queen’s Plate

The $1 million Queen’s Plate, Canada’s most important horse race, is being contested for the 160th time Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack, near Toronto. It’s the oldest continually run race in North America, dating back to 1860. A full field of 14 are contesting the race. The early 5/2 post time […]