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How to get free past performances for today's...
You have to have the past performances to handicap the races. Here is where you can find free past performance data online for racing in North America.
How to calculate odds and payoffs when betting...
Includes a chart showing the pay-off for a $2 bet and how win odds are calculated.
Thoroughbred Horse Racing Entries and Results
Sources for the latest entries and race results for Thoroughbred racing at race tracks in North America.
Betting for Beginners: A Guide to Wagering on...
A quick description of common wager types at horse racing tracks in North America with minimum bets and how they work plus a guide for estimating the cost of wagers that involve multiple combinations like boxes and keys and a chart of payoffs for $2 win bets.
Horseracing on Television
The latest schedule of televised horse racing in the US.
Commong Betting Terms Used in Horseracing
Glossary of Horse Racing terms.
How to Box an Exacta When Betting on Horse Racing
A simple how to on placing a boxed exacta bet.
How to Box a Trifecta Wager in Horse Racing
A simple how to on placing a boxed trifecta bet.
Understanding the Types and Classes of Horse...
Here is a look at the types of races run at North American tracks, starting at the bottom and working our way up from maidens to graded stakes. This should give you a better understanding of all levels of racing and what types of races most tracks run.
The 10 Fastest Runnings of the Kentucky Derby
A list of the 10 fastest horses to win the Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky Derby Winners
Information about the winners of the Kentucky Derby.
Saratoga Race Course facts and statistics
Information about and useful links for Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Weekly Thoroughbred Stakes Race Schedule
Weekly Thoroughbred stakes race schedule, including races for $75K or more purse.
Best Sources for North American Harness Racing...
Sources for the latest entries and race results for harness racing at race tracks in North America.
How to Identify a Horse by its Lip Tattoo
Most horse breeds racing in North America are required to have a tattoo inside their upper lip for identification purposes. This tattoo permanently links their registration and ownership information with the horse and can be used to find out the name of horses purchased or rescued without papers after they retired from the racing.
2014 american graded stakes committee horse...
The American Graded Stakes Committee has assigned graded status to 455 races for 2014. Five races were upgraded, with one new Grade 1 races and four new Grade 2 races, and five new Grade 3 races were added. Three races lost their graded status for 2014. Get the details here.
Where to Download Free Harness Racing Programs
You have to have the past performances to handicap the races. Here is where you can find free programs past performance data online for harness racing in North America.
How to Claim a Race Horse
A simple how to on claiming a race horse.
American Pharoah heads entries for 146th Travers
American Pharoah drew post 2 for the 2015 Travers Stakes (G1) on Saturday at Saratoga where he will take on 9 foes as the 1-5 favorite. Get the entries, post positions, and past performances here.
The True Story Behind the Movie 'Dreamer:...
The come-from-behind winners, and horses that have battled the odds to achieve the seemingly impossible have always been the ones that capture our imagination ... and our hearts.
Thoroughbred Horse Naming Rules and Requirements
Rules and requirements for registered Thoroughbred horse names.
Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral: the Greatest Match...
Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral: the Greatest Match Race of the Century by Ron Hale
Horse Racing How-To Index
A list of horse racing how-to's from placing a wager to paddock inspection.
Bet the Pick 3
A simple how to on placing a pick 3 bet.
e-ponies Free Selections
E-Ponies Picks featuring horse racing selections from Liam Durbin for New York, California, and other locations.
Wheel an Exacta
A simple how to on placing a wheeled exacta bet.
Welcome to the Horse Racing Forum!
With the new redesign of the About.com Horse Racing website for some reason the link to the Horse Racing Forum was left off the main page making it very hard to find the link to the forum. You can find the correct link here!
Collecting Kentucky Derby Glasses
Collecting Kentucky Derby glasses, how to find them and what to pay.
Place a Bet
A simple how to on placing a wager.
Horse Racing Movies
A list of movies about or featuring horse racing.
Key a Trifecta
A simple how to on placing a keyed trifecta bet.
Breakage and How it Affects Bettors - Horse...
Breakage and how it affects bettors, from your Mining Co. Guide
2015 Pacific Classic Day
Beholder romped home 8 1/4 lengths in front to win the 2015 Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar in her first try against the boys. Also on the card, Big John B won the Del Mar Handicap (G2) for the turf horses and Appealing Tale won the Pat O'Brien Stakes (G2) for the sprinters. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Bet the Pick 6
A simple how to on placing a pick 6 bet.
10 Biggest Kentucky Derby Long Shots
2015 will mark the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the most important race in
2015 Del Mar Oaks Results
Sharla Rae won the 2015 Del Mar Oaks (G1) at Del Mar on Saturday by 3/4 length over Her Emmynency with favorite Prize Exhibit third. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Race Types
Glossary of Horse Racing terms.
Horse Racing Glossary
Glossary of Horse Racing terms.
Belmont Stakes Winners
Information about the winners of the Belmont Stakes.
The Best Kentucky Derby Winners
The 10 best horses to ever win the Kentucky Derby based on the year end championships and other honors they won.
Top 8 Books for Beginners
Selected books to help beginners in horse racing learn about the sport and wagering
Affirmed vs. Alydar - Horse Racing
The classic rivalry between two champions.
2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships Past...
Free past performances for the 2014 Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita on October 31 and November 1 are now available for all races.
Kentucky Derby Glasses Price Guide
A Comprehensive Guide to Collecting Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Glasses and Shot Glasses edited by Judy Marchman. This new 2008 edition is an invaluable tool for anyone who collects Derby, Preakness, Belmont, or Breeders' Cup glasses and shots. Photos of everything included so you can ID glasses you find.
Scale of Weights - Horse Racing
Chart showing the current scale of weights for horses.
Statues - Horse Racing
Photos of statues of famous horses, from your About.com Guide
Thoroughbred Pedigree Reference Resources
Resources for thoroughbred pedigree research and stallion registers.
2015 Alabama Stakes Day at Saratoga
Embellish the Lace led all the way to win the 2015 Alabama Stakes (G1) by 1 1/4 lengths at Saratoga on Saturday over I'm a Chatterbox and favorite Curalina. Also on the card, Shore Runner won the Troy Stakes. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Jokes - Horse Racing
Horse Racing Humor, from your About.com Guide: wire cutters lots of jokes sister catherine catherine ann correct person
Preakness Winners
Information about past Preakness winners.
Horse Racing in France
What racing is like in France and the differences between their horse racing and how we do it in North America.
Coloring Book Pages - Horse Racing
Coloring Book Pages, from your About.Com Guide
What is the Kelly Criterion?
What is the Kelly Criterion? Horse Racing.
Frankie Lovato's 365 Days of Racing Term Videos
Retired jockey Frank Lovato Jr. of JockeyWorld.org has created an excellent series of YouTube videos illustrating 365 different racing terms using photos and videos for examples as well as narration. This is a great resource for any racing fan and does a great job educating people about horse racing.
Profile of Triple Crown contender American...
A profile of the race horse American Pharoah, who became the 12th Triple Crown Champion on June 6, 2015.
Kentucky Derby Winners and Public Auction Prices
How much is too much to pay for a potential Kentucky Derby winner at auction? The price is a lot lower than you might think based on how expensive purchases at public auction have done in the past. Just another factor to consider when handicapping the Derby.
2015 Arlington Million Day
The Pizza Man just got up to win the 2015 Arlington Million (G1) at Arlington Park on Saturday over Big Blue Kitten and Shining Copper. Also on the card, Lucky Speed won the American St. Leger Stakes (G3). Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Man O'War - 3/29/17 to 11/1/47
A tribute to the great Man O'War on the anniversary of his death on November 11, 1947.
How to Box a Trifecta
A simple How to on placing a trifecta bet, from your About.com Guide
Historical Stories - Horse Racing
The Haskell and The Travers by Ron Hale, from your About.com Guide
Boxed Bet
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
African-Americans in Horse Racing
A historical look at blacks and their contribution to the sport, from your About.com Guide
Top Kentucky Derby Jockeys
For a jockey to win the Kentucky Derby is the highlight of his career, and only a select few have won this race more than once. Here are those elite jockeys who have won the Kentucky Derby three times or more.
Inquiry
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
Bridge Jumper
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
Top Kentucky Derby Trainers
For a trainer to win the Kentucky Derby is the highlight of his career, and only a select few have won this race more than once. Here are those elite trainers who have won the Kentucky Derby more than once.
Horse Racing History Stories
New York Race Tracks - A Short History by Ron Hale
Across the Board
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
How to make a bet on a SAM (Automated teller...
Step by step instructions for how to use a SAM, Screen Activated Machine or automated teller, to place a wager.
The History of John Henry
John Henry - story of a steel driving horse
2015 John C. Mabee and Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar
Elektum held on by a head to win the 2015 John C. Mabee Stakes (G2) at Del Mar on Saturday over Queen of the Sand and Emotional Kitten. Also on the card, Nyquist won the Best Pal Stakes (G2) for the 2-year-olds. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Barbaro Photo Album
A photo tribute to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro who passed away on January 29, 2007, due to complications from the injury he suffered in the Preakness.
How to Key a Trifecta
A simple How to on placing a trifecta bet, from your About.com Guide
Women in Horse Racing - Horse Racing
Women and their influence on horse racing: helen hay whitney kentucky derby winner penny chenery triple crown winner frances genter
2015 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar
Beholder romped home 7 lengths in front to win the 2015 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (G1) over Yahilwa and Warren's Veneda on Saturday at Del Mar. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Holiday Shopping for Horse Racing Fans
Where to find gifts online for racing fans.
How to Place a Bet
A simple How to on placing a wager, from your About.com Guide
Breeders' Cup World Championship Race Winners
All the past winners of the 14 Breeders' Cup World Championship races, the biggest event of the year in thoroughbred horse racing.
American Pharoah wins the 2015 Haskell...
American Pharoah won easily in the 2015 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Sunday, romping home 2 1/4 lengths in front of Keen Ice with Upstart third. The the results, charts, and lots of photos here.
2015 Jim Dandy and Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga
Texas Red hung on to win the 2015 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga by a half length over favorite Frosted with Japan third. Also on the card, Holy Boss won the Amsterdam Stakes (G2). Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Perform Pre-race Paddock Inspection
A simple how to on inspecting the horses in the paddock prior to a race and judging their fitness to race.
2015 Opening Day Stakes at Saratoga Race Course
Opening day for the 2015 season at Saratoga Race Course featured the Lake George Stakes (G2) for fillies on the turf won by Mrs McDougal and the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) for the juvenile fillies won by Off the Tracks. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Calculate the Dosage Index
A simple how to on calculating the dosage index for Thoroughbred pedigrees.
Before You Buy
Your guide to selecting the right binoculars for race viewing.
2015 San Diego Handicap Day at Del Mar
Saturday at Del Mar, Catch a Flight caught Appealing Tale by a head to win the San Diego Handicap (G2) with Bayern third. Also on the card, Big Book won the Fleet Treat Stakes. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
American Pharoah at Monmouth Park on Friday
American Pharoah galloped on Friday morning, July 31, preparing for the 2015 Haskell Invitational. This will be his first start since winning the Triple Crown. Check out photos of him and a few of his opponents for the race.
Cavalia, an Unbridled Affair — Not To Be...
Cavalia is a new show featuring human and equine performers that is now touring North America to sold out audiences. Here is a description of the show by Charlene Keys illustrated by photographs by Tina Hines.
Secretariat Race Videos
Watch video replays of all 15 races that the great champion race horse Secretariat ran in New York. This includes his legendary Belmont Stakes win where he completed the 1973 Triple Crown.
Tax Tips for Bettors and Owners - Horse Racing
Some income tax tips for handicappers and horse owners
National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame -...
National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, from your About.com Guide
Jockey Weights - Horse Racing
Are jockeys killing themselves to make weight?: female jockeys starvation diets bodies and bones potassium depletion nyra
Objection
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
Overlay
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
2015 Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine
Favorite Danish Dynaformer drew off to win the Breeders Stakes by 7 3/4 lengths at Woodbine on Sunday over Conquest Boogaloo and Lucky Lindy. This was the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Horse Racing Net Links
Main library of link categories. You can get to everything from here.
2015 Beverly D. and Secretariat Stakes Results
Watsdachances was awarded the win in the 2015 Beverly D Stakes (G1) at Arlington Park on Saturday after first place finisher Secret Gesture was disqualified to third for drifting out in the stretch and impeding Stephanie's Kitten. Also on the card, Mizz Money won the Pucker Up Stakes (G3) and Recount won the Brude D. Memorial. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships Saturday...
The 2014 Saturday Breeders' Cup card included 9 championship races, headlined by the $5 million Classic won by Bayern by a nose over Toast of New York. It was another head back to California Chrome in third. Get the results, charts, and photos for 4 races here: the Classic, Turf, Sprint, and Juvenile.
2014 Melbourne Cup
In the 154th Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse, Protectionist and jockey Ryan Moore drew away to win by four lengths over Red Cadeaux with Who Shot Thebarman third. Get the results and US pay-offs here.
Ficton Books Top Picks
My top picks for horse racing fiction.: saratoga longshot saratoga headhunter saratoga swimmer william kinsolving romance novel
Preakness Stakes Winners
Information about the winners of the Preakness Stakes.
Kelso - "King Kelly"
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The Twin Spires of Churchill Downs
There are many traditions associated with the Kentucky Derby from roses to mint juleps. Here is a bit about the most recognizable landmark at Churchill Downs, the Twin Spires.
5 Great Traditions at the Belmont Stakes
The Belmont Stakes was first run in 1867 and is the oldest of the Triple Crown events, predating the
2015 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame...
Ten new members were inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame on August 5, 2015, including Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, champion pacer Artsplace, jockey Stewart Elliott, and driver William Gale. Find out about all the inductees here.
Lexie Lou wins easily in the 2014 Woodbine Oaks
The Woodbine Oaks is the first race of Canada's Triple Tiara for 3-year-old Canadian-bred fillies. Lexie Lou caught pacesetter Wild Catomine to win by 4 1/2 lengths with Llanarmon third. On the undercard, We Miss Artie won the Plate Trial and Cristina's Halo won the Alywow Stakes. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Jose Santos
Jockey Jose Santos won his 4000th career race at Aqueduct on February 4, 2006. Here is a profile of him with the highlights of his career.
Kentucky Derby Prep Races Stats and History
The historical significance of major Kentucky Derby prep races that have produced a Kentucky Derby winner. Includes all Derby winners from 1950-2008 and where they finished in each prep.
2014 Breeders' Cup World Championship Entries,...
Info about the 2014 Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita Park on October 31-November 1. This year the Breeders' Cup World Championships will have a total of 13 races spread over two days of racing worth a total of $24.5 million.
Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey
A profile of top owners Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey. Some notable horses they have raced include Kitten's Joy, Roses in May, and Nothing to Lose.
2015 Suburban Handicap, Dwyer Stakes, and...
Also at Belmont Park. Effinex beat favorite Tonalist by a head to win the Suburban Handicap (G2) for the older horses. Also on the card, Speightster won the Dwyer Stakes (G3) for the 3-year-olds and Irish Jasper wons the Victory Ride Stakes (G3) for the fillies. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Exotic Betting
by Steven Crist. Not how to handicap, but how to use your handicapping skills to cash in on high paying exotic bets.
Profile of Triple Crown contender Tale of Verve
A profile of the race horse Tale of Verve
Triple Crown contender International Star
A profile of the race horse International Star.
How to do Paddock Inspection
A simple How to on inspecting the horses in the paddock prior to a race, from your About.com Guide
Jockeys - new TV series on Animal Planet
Jockeys, a new TV series from Animal Planet focusing on the California jockey colony, premieres on Friday February 9, 2009, at 9pm ET in the US and Saturday February 10 at 9pm ET in Canada.
Top 10 Biographies of Racing People
These are some of the top books about the people involved in racing: jockeys, trainers, owners, breeders, etc.
Belmont Stakes Central
The Belmont Stakes is the third and final jewel of the Triple Crown and held every year five weeks after the Kentucky Derby at Belmont Park in New York, New York. It can be a total frenzy if a Triple Crown is on the line, like with American Pharoah, otherwise it can be very laid back, especially if the Kentucky Derby winner doesn't come. Here is a guide to everything about the Belmont Stakes online.
Belmont Stakes 101
A basic introduction the the third and final jewel of the Triple Crown. How it began, basics of picking a winner, and how to attend in person. Page 2.
People and Jobs
Glossary of Horse Racing terms.
2015 Whitney and De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga
Honor Code rallied from last to win by a neck over pacesetter Liam's Map in the 2015 Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday. Also on the card, Recepta won the De La Rose Stakes on the turf. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Profile of Triple Crown contender Keen Ice
A profile of the race horse Keen Ice
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Information about and useful links for Del Mar Thoroughbred Club race track near San Diego, CA.
2014 Louisiana Premier Night at Delta Downs
On Saturday, Delta Downs hosted Louisiana Premier Night, a series of ten stakes races for Louisiana-breds with a total of $1 million in purses. Get the results, charts, and photos for all ten races here.
How to Box an Exacta
A simple How to on placing an exacta bet, from your About.com Guide
2015 Alfred G. Vanderbilt and Bowling Green...
Favorite Rock Fall got up by a nose to win the 2015 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) at Saratoga over The Big Beast and Favorite Tale. Also on the card, Red Rifle won the Bowling Green Handicap (G2). Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Breeders' Cup Info Central
The Breeders' Cup World Championships is the biggest event of the year in Thoroughbred horse racing with 13 races worth $24.5 million run over two days. In 2014 the Breeders' Cup will be at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA, on October 31 and November 1.
Top 5 Famous Race Horse Biographies
Biographical books about famous race horses
2015 Eddie Read and Osunitas Stakes at Del Mar
Gabriel Charles drew away to win the Eddie Read Stakes (G1) on opening weekend at Del Mar by 3 3/4 lengths over Twentytwentyvision and Finnegans Wake with favorite Midnight Storm finishing fifth. Also on the card, Gas Total won the Osunitas Stakes. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Profile of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner...
An indepth look at Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another along with his owner Paul Reddam, trainer Doug O'Neill, and jockey Mario Gutierrez.
Seabiscuit and War Admiral - Horse Racing
Seabiscuit and War Admiral, from your Mining Company Guide
Race Track Directories
Directories of race tracks with dates, contact info, etc.
2015 Haskell Invitational Undercard Stakes...
There were five other stakes races on the 2015 Haskell Invitational undercard at Monmouth Park.including the Monmouth Cup (G2) won by Bradester, the Matchmaker Stakes (G3) won by Casual Smile, and the Oceanport Stakes (G3) won by Heart to Heart. Get the results, charts, and photos for all five races here.
2014 Arkansas Derby
Results and photos for the 2014 Arkansas Derby (G1) and Northern Spur Stakes held at Oaklawn and won by Danza and Bourbonize.
2015 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame...
Takeover Target got up on the outside to win the 2015 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes by a half length on Friday at Saratoga while favorite Startup Nation finished fifth. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Jockeys with 5 or more wins on a single day
Eibar Coa won 5 races at Belmont on September 28, 2007, the first five-win day for a jockey since Ramon Dominguez at Aqueduct in April. Here are some stats about jockeys who have won 5 or more races on a single card.
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
Opening nationwide on October 21, 2005, "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story" tells the story of a father
2013 Saratoga Opening Day
On a blazing hot opening day at Saratoga, Sage Valley won the James Marvin Stakes (G3) while favorite Souper Speedy finished fourth. In the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) for 2-year-old fillies, favorite Bahnah and Brazen Persuasion finished in a dead heat for the win. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Top 10 Racing History Books
My top picks for horse racing history books.
2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships Friday
Friday included 5 races highlighted by the feature Breeders' Cup Distaff. Beholder drew away to win in the $2 million Distaff by 4 1/4 lengths over Close Hatches and Authenticity while favorite Royal Delta faded to finish fourth. Get the results, charts, and photos for all 5 Friday races here.
Saratoga Race Course
The historic oval in upstate New York has greeted racing's elite since 1863, earning a reputation as
Preakness Central
The Preakness Stakes is the second jewel of the Triple Crown and held every year two weeks after the Kentucky Derby at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. While it does not have as much prestige as the Derby, with a purse of $1 million guaranteed it is still a juicy prize for any horseman. Here is a guide to learning about the Preakness online.
Breeders' Cup Race Order and Post Times
The race order, post times, and wagers offered for the 2004 Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park on October 30.
One Turn Routes
A list of the thoroughbred race tracks in North America that can run one turn horse races at a mile or longer on the dirt or turf.
Superfecta
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
2013 Big Apple Showcase Day at Belmont Park
On Saturday June 1, 2013, Belmont Park hosted Big Apple Showcase Day, a series of seven stakes races for New York-breds with a total of $850,000 in purses. Get the results, charts, and photos for all seven races here.
NTRA All-Star Jockey Championship at Lone Star...
Tons of photos from All-Star Jockey Championship at Lone Star Park.
Horse Racing - Past issues of weekly features
Previous issues of weekly features and columns, from your About.com Guide
Thoroughbred Breeding by Dr. Matthew Binns and...
A review of Thoroughbred Breeding: Pedigree Theories and the Science of Genetics by Dr. Matthew Binns and Tony Morris.

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