The 10 best Kentucky Derby winners of all time
The greatest Kentucky Derby winners didn’t just run the race of their lives as three-year-olds on the first Saturday in May. They built resumes, often as older horses, that stand the test of time.
Kentucky Derby scratches that changed history
While a comprehensive list of Kentucky Derby scratches since 1875 is not possible, these four withdrawals perhaps were the most significant.
Tall Tales of the Track: I Am Woman, Watch Me Win!
In the first years of the 19th century, Alicia Meynell rode in not one but two match races against a man on an English racecourse, demonstrating that same self-assurance and drive that many a woman, including Annie Oakley, would need in their male-dominated pursuits.
Seabiscuit: 10 interesting facts about the legendary horse
Here are 10 interesting facts about America's favorite equine underdog.
Top 10 best racehorses of all time
Ranking the greatest racehorse of all time is an exercise fraught with challenges and subjectivity. But I'm going to give it a try.
Tall Tales of the Track: And the Winner Is…
Rumor had it that it was not Bend Or who ran down Robert the Devil at Epsom, but a horse named Tadcaster, an accusation of mistaken identity that was resolved more than a century later.
The Heart that Wears the Crown: Gallant Fox
Gallant Fox’s victories in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes were the first to come with the name “Triple Crown,” as those intervening years saw the three races enter the sport’s consciousness with that sobriquet attached.
Tall Tales of the Track: Sysonby, the (Almost) Unbeatable
A skeleton of a horse once hung in the American Museum of Natural History, the limbs positioned as if in flight.
The Heart That Wears the Crown: Sir Barton
Thoroughbreds are fast and powerful athletes and the most elite are the ones whose names become a part of our collective consciousness, but, like familiar faces like Tom Brady and Michael Jordan, they were living, breathing beings who interacted with the world around them and left a distinct impression on those who cared for them.
Tall Tales of the Track: Death Rides Along
The story of the jockey who died in the middle of the race.
True Crime in Horse Racing: Shergar, Stallion Lost
This month, we explore the ultimate cold case in horse racing, an international mystery that captivates to this day. Who kidnapped Shergar and why?
True Crime in Horse Racing: Small Sponges, Big Problems
As racetracks wrestled with questions about security and access, everyone from fans to owners grappled with the idea that someone was hurting horses on purpose. Who was harming horses and why?
History's Top 10 Breeders' Cup Juvenile performances
Since its inaugural running in 1984, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) has produced many impressive winners and exciting editions.
History's Top 10 Breeders' Cup Sprint performances
Over the course of 38 editions, the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) has produced a bevy of eye-catching winners. Let’s take a tour through history and rank the Top 10 best Breeders’ Cup Sprint performances.
History's Top 10 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint performances
The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) enjoyed its inaugural running in 2007. In the years since, the race has been a proving ground for the fleetest female racehorses in North America.
History's Top 10 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile performances
The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) is one of the younger Breeders’ Cup races, dating back to 2007. But the past 15 years have produced an impressive roster of winners.
True Crime in Horse Racing: What Happened to 'Red' McDaniel?
This month, True Crime in Horse Racing looks at the life of this California trainer and the mystery behind his tragic death.
10 things to know about the Breeders' Cup Mile
Inaugurated in 1984 as part of the first Breeders’ Cup gala, the Mile is designed for specialists at the distance. Yet its honor roll includes several champions of a broader range.
10 things to know for the Breeders' Cup Turf
One of the original Breeders’ Cup fixtures dating back to the 1984 genesis, the Turf has retained its character as a 1 1/2-mile test.
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf: 10 things to know
Established in 1999, the Filly & Mare Turf was the first new race added to the Breeders’ Cup slate since its 1984 inaugural.
Breeders' Cup: Top 12 international winners
International competition is an essential element of the Breeders’ Cup, going back to its inaugural in 1984. Here are the 12 best internationals who starred at the World Championships.
Queen Elizabeth II: A Life with Horses
Among those mourning her passing was the sport of horse racing, who remember Queen Elizabeth for her skills in the saddle, her passion for breeding, and her affinity for the racetrack.
Stories of the Queen's links to New Zealand and Australian racing
Any contact the Queen had with people in the thoroughbred industry in former colonies would be fondly remembered.
World's great races named for Queen Elizabeth II
No fewer than five major jurisdictions have international Group 1 races named after Queen Elizabeth II.
Flightline evokes memories of all-time greats in Pacific Classic
Flightline’s manner gave a worldwide audience that spine-tingling sensation of watching a performance of historic proportions unfold in real-time.
What is the greatest Travers Stakes moment?
The Travers S. has been a fixture at Saratoga for more than a century and a half. What is your favorite moment from that illustrious history?
The Science of Racing: Vision and Blinkers
The Science of Racing looks at a horse’s vision and how changing the way they see the world around them can affect performance.
True Crime in Horse Racing: Hawthorne on Fire
When a devastating fire hit Hawthorne in 1978, attention immediately turned to what – and who – could have caused the blaze and why.
The 10 Best Races in Australia
Here is a look at 10 of the best races in Australia, in chronological order.
Jason Beem's Thursday Column for Aug. 11, 2022
Jason discusses this weekend's Longacres Mile and looks back at some of his favorite editions of this race.
After the Racetrack: Kelso Was Brilliant On and Off the Track
This legend sailed into retirement with ease, showing the same consistency and excellence that had earned him a place in the sport’s Hall of Fame.
True Crime in Horse Racing: A Deadly Night Out
For Triple Crown winning jockey Willie Saunders, the trappings of fame led to a night out gone tragically awry, leaving a woman dead and his life forever changed.
The Science of Horse Racing: The Photo Finish Camera
Learn more about this essential piece of racetrack equipment, from the pioneers working with single-exposure cameras and film baths to a filmmaker who developed the system we know today.
Secret Oath follows historic hoofsteps as filly in Preakness
The Preakness (G1) media guide lists six female winners from a total of 55 fillies who took on males in the classic.
True Crime in Horse Racing: Phar Lap
Since his sudden death in 1932, Australian champion Phar Lap has remained ingrained in the consciousness of the sport, both in his native land and here in North America.
The ultimate Preakness Stakes quiz
How much do you truly know about the history of the Preakness Stakes? Take this quiz and find out!
Remembering the Run for the Roses: longtime attendee looks back on his best Derby memories
Charles VanDyne has attended approximately 60 editions of the Kentucky Derby. The still-practicing attorney from Ada, Ohio, who has been in his present office for 66 years, is proud to say he is 91 years old.
True Crime in Horse Racing: The Curious Case of the Missing Mare
Shergar's kidnapping is shocking but not unprecedented: a similar crime happened nearly six years earlier, when Canadian champion Fanfreluche was stolen from her paddock at Claiborne Farm.
True Crime in Horse Racing: The Real Peaky Blinders
Whether they were bribing authorities or intimidating bookmakers, gangsters like the Shelby brothers of Peaky Blinders made the racetrack a dicey place to be for several decades.
Kentucky Derby Flashback: 2007 with Street Sense, Hard Spun, Curlin [VIDEO]
Kentucky Derby Flashback 2007 Street Sense, Hard Spun, Curlin and The Queen.
Secretariat's 10 Best Broodmares
Here are 10 of Secretariat’s best broodmares, including two names that you will find in the bloodlines of two more recent champions.
The Science of Horse Racing: The Stride
Let’s look at the particulars of the stride and how horses move at each gait.
True Crime in Horse Racing: The Notorious Life of Arnold Rothstein
From baseball to horse racing, Arnold Rothstein played a role in some of the more dubious sports moments of the early 20th century.
Seabiscuit to California Chrome: Hollywood Park memories sparked by SoFi Super Bowl
Although brand new SoFi Stadium is hosting its first Super Bowl, the site has long been a playing field for champions. The Inglewood, California, facility is built on the land made famous by Hollywood Park, the “Track of Lakes and Flowers” that showcased some of the greatest stars of American horse racing – and cinema.
Secretariat's Top 10 Foals
The measuring stick for a great thoroughbred is not just their performances on the track, but also their ability to pass those talents on to the next generation.
Who is the greatest Phoenix Stakes winner?
The Phoenix S. has the longest history of any stakes race in the United States. But who is its greatest winner?
What is the History of entering a horse into a horse race?
The roots of racing in medieval England were planted when horses for sale were ridden in competition to demonstrate their speed to potential buyers.