Horse Racing

Fonner Park will continue to attract record handles into May. The suddenly popular Nebraska track received an extension for another season of racing. (Image: Grand Island Independent)

Nebraska’s Fonner Park Receives Extension, Will Race Through May

Horseplayers from around the world get another 12 days of Fonner Park races after Wednesday’s announcement that the Nebraska State Racing Commission unanimously approved the track’s extension for a second season of racing. Originally set to end its racing season April 29, Fonner Park gets an additional 12 days of […]

More racing coming at fans could be on the agenda if Tampa Bay Downs receives an extension of its season. (Image: SVPhotography)

Tampa Bay Downs Might Extend Racing Meet Well Into May

Welcome news greeted horsemen as they read Friday’s overnight entries list for one of the few North American racetracks still running live racing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Attention horsemen: We are seriously considering extending the meet. We need everyone to adhere to the protocols for COVID-19 that were handed out […]

Remington Park's Sooner 6ix bet is suspended after a complaint by a bettor called the jackpot-style bet into question. (Image: Remington Park)

Oklahoma’s Remington Park Suspends Pick Six after Payout Controversy

The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission ordered Remington Park to stop offering its Sooner 6ix jackpot wager after a bettor complaint created a controversy over the wager’s payout. Jeff Arthur, a Virginia bettor, filed the complaint with the OHRC last week. He argued he had the only winning Sooner 6ix ticket […]

Irad Ortiz Jr. will get back in the saddle Saturday after taking five weeks off. He returns to Gulfstream, where he won six races in one day last year. (Image: Gulfstream Park)

After Month Off, Award-Winning Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. Returns To The Pack

Irad Ortiz Jr. is used to being out in front. Now, with the announcement the two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey is returning to racing after a month’s hiatus, Ortiz is returning to the pack. Ortiz’s agent, Steve Rushing, confirmed to Horse Racing Nation his client plans returning to the saddle Saturday […]

Such is the pent-up racing demand and standout crop of 3-year-olds, Oaklawn Park may split the Arkansas Derby into two separate races. (Image: Eclipse Sportswire/Getty)

Overflowing Arkansas Derby Field May Require Two Divisions

It’s the only Kentucky Derby prep currently on the calendar, which explains why the Arkansas Derby is popular these days. But 99 nominations popular? To paraphrase Roy Scheider’s character from “Jaws” – “Someone’s gonna need a bigger race.” Oaklawn Park published the Arkansas Derby nominations list over the weekend, a […]

Nakayama Racecourse in Chiba, Japan is one of the world's largest. It will be spectator-free for Sunday's first leg of the Japanese Triple Crown -- the Satsuki Sho. (Image: ntainbound.com)

Yes, There’s a Triple Crown Race Sunday — Japan’s Satsuki Sho

This being mid-April, let the speculation begin on which horse can pull off one of the hardest feats in sports: winning the Triple Crown. By this Sunday – Saturday in the United States – we’ll know who took that first step by winning the Satsuki Sho. The Satsuki Sho? Also […]

Come Dancing, seen here blowing away the Distaff Stakes Field by 7 3/4 lengths last April, is the favorite for Saturday's Apple Blossom Handicap. It is her first two-turn race. (Image: NYRA)

Apple Blossom Handicap Blooms As Brightest Filly and Mare Race To Date

This is the field quality you usually see racing in the Breeders’ Cup in November, not the Apple Blossom Handicap in April. Deep, talented, accomplished, versatile in terms of running styles – it’s all there. And it’s there at Oaklawn Park. The $600,000, Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap is typically […]

After postponing racing due to the coronavirus, Belmont Park does not have a date for either its spring/summer meet or the Belmont Stakes. (Image: Getty Images)

Belmont Park Opening Date TBD, Belmont Stakes Still Scheduled for June

The status of the Belmont Stakes remains up in the air while the New York Racing Association has grounded racing at Belmont Park. The organization delayed the spring/summer meet due to the coronavirus pandemic. Belmont Park’s meet was to last 51 days, running from April 24 through July 12. From […]

Serengeti Empress, seen here winning the Kentucky Oaks last May, has endured a roller-coaster career. She is the favorite coming into Saturday's Apple Blossom Stakes. (Image: Churchill Downs)

Apple Blossom Favorite Serengeti Empress Blazes a Roller-Coaster Trail

She looms over the Apple Blossom Handicap field as a first-among-equals favorite. But royal resume, career victories and pedigree aside, Serengeti Empress wears the uneasy crown of a favorite with more to prove, and a desire to exit the roller coaster marking her career to date. Not that you’d turn […]

British Race Officials Extend Racing Shutdown Past Target Date

British Race Officials Extend Racing Shutdown Past Target Date

With no new date established to resume racing, the British Horse Racing Authority this week extended its coronavirus shutdown to sometime after May 1. But the BHA did leave wiggle room to resume racing without spectators in May. This wiggle room did not spare York Racecourse officials from canceling their […]

Trainer Wesley Ward is to training 2-year-olds as Bob Baffert is to 3-year-olds. He saddles favorite Lime in the first 2-year-old race of 2020. (Image: Keeneland)

Gulfstream Park to Host First 2-Year-Old Race of 2020

Gulfstream Park’s 11-race Thursday card isn’t one to send the blood racing. There isn’t a stakes race, let alone a graded-stakes race, to be found. And the two “feature” races are both allowance claimers. But the otherwise ordinary Thursday card does feature something kind of special in its second race. […]

Fonner Park in Nebraska is more than the home of the Nebraska State Fair. It's enjoying record handles and worldwide interest from horse racing fans. (Image: Venue Coalition)

Nebraska’s Fonner Park Enjoying Record Handle, Global Interest

In a normal year, most horse racing fans living on either end of the United States couldn’t find Fonner Park without GPS or Google maps. Not even TVG, your go-to video source for all things horse racing, has spent much time examining the happenings from Fonner Park, about an hour-and-a-half […]

Maximum Security edged Benbatl to win $10 million in the inaugural Saudi Cup in February. Saudi officials froze purse payments pending an investigation surrounding his trainer, Jason Servis. (Image: Reuters)

Officials Freeze Saudi Cup Purse Pending Internal Investigation

In the latest fallout from a long-running horse doping scandal ensnaring some of the sports top trainers and veterinarians, the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia announced it is withholding the purse distribution for the $20 million Saudi Cup pending its own internal investigation. Maximum Security won the Feb. 29, $20 […]

Bob Baffert's Thousand Words ships in from California as a vulnerable 5/2 favorite for the Oaklawn Stakes. (Image: OG News)

Oaklawn Stakes Vaults Into Prominence as Biggest Game in Any Town

Ignore for the moment that there are no Kentucky Derby qualifying points up for grabs at Saturday’s $200,000 Oaklawn Stakes. Instead, follow the lead of Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and Steve Asmussen and pay attention to the opportunity. In Baffert’s case, it’s an opportunity to see how Thousand […]

Japanese colt Danon Premium owns six victories in 10 races. He is the favorite for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Day 2 headliner at The Championships in Sydney. (Image: N. Kouno)

Queen Elizabeth Stakes Headlines Day 2 of The Championships

The fact there is a main event in the COVID-19 era took a back seat for Day 2 of tonight’s The Championships from Royal Randwick in Sydney. The biggest question horse racing fans across racing-mad Australia have is this: How do you follow a superhorse in the main event? That […]

(Image: Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Is Florida Horse Racing Booming amid Shutdown? New Races Added for April

With most horse racing canceled throughout the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gulfstream Park in Florida finds itself a surprising beneficiary due to horsemen staying put in one of the few states still featuring live racing. As a result of a deeper-than-usual horse population – both in numbers […]

Jersey Shore horse racing fans must now wait until July 3. Monmouth Park rescheduled its opening day for the second time in response to the coronavirus. (Image: Monmouth Park)

New Jersey’s Monmouth Park Delays Opening Day To July 3

Responding to the state’s prolific number of COVID-19 cases, New Jersey’s Monmouth Park became the latest American racetrack to push its opening day back when officials announced the facility will open on July 4 weekend instead of on May 2. As a result, Monmouth Park whittled its racing schedule down […]