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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 Betting Odds and Payoffs
Includes a chart showing the pay-off for a $2 bet and how win odds are calculated.
Commong Betting Terms Used in Horseracing
Glossary of Horse Racing terms.
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.
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 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.
Weekly Thoroughbred Stakes Race Schedule
Weekly Thoroughbred stakes race schedule, including races for $75K or more purse.
Horseracing on Television
The latest schedule of televised horse racing in the US.
The 10 Fastest Runnings of the Kentucky Derby
A list of the 10 fastest horses to win the Kentucky Derby.
Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral: the Greatest Match...
Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral: the Greatest Match Race of the Century by Ron Hale
Free Harness Racing Programs with Past...
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.
Kentucky Derby Winners
Information about the winners of the Kentucky Derby.
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.
How to Box an Exacta When Betting on Horse Racing
A simple how to on placing a boxed exacta bet.
Best Sources for North American Harness Racing...
Sources for the latest entries and race results for harness racing at race tracks in North America.
Thoroughbred Horse Naming Rules and Requirements
Rules and requirements for registered Thoroughbred horse names.
2014 Graded Stakes List
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.
How to Box a Trifecta Wager
A simple how to on placing a boxed trifecta bet.
How to Claim a Race Horse, Step-By-Step
A simple how to on claiming a race horse.
e-ponies Free Selections
E-Ponies Picks featuring horse racing selections from Liam Durbin for New York, California, and other locations.
2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships Past...
Free past performances for the 2015 Breeders' Cup races at Keeneland on October 30 and 31 are now available for all races.
Collecting Kentucky Derby Glasses as a hobby
Collecting Kentucky Derby glasses, how to find them and what to pay.
Horse Racing Movies
A list of movies about or featuring horse racing.
Holiday Shopping for Horse Racing Fans
Where to find gifts online for racing fans.
Review - Exotic Betting
by Steven Crist. Not how to handicap, but how to use your handicapping skills to cash in on high paying exotic bets.
A profile of the race horse Astrology.
Thoroughbred Pedigree Reference Resources
Resources for thoroughbred pedigree research and stallion registers.
Breakage and How it Affects Bettors - Horse...
Breakage and how it affects bettors, from your Mining Co. Guide
Horse Racing How-To Index
A list of horse racing how-to's from placing a wager to paddock inspection.
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.
Wheel an Exacta
A simple how to on placing a wheeled exacta bet.
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.
The 2015 Bob Hope Stakes (G3) at Del Mar
Favorite Toews On Ice led most of the way to win the 2015 Bob Hope Stakes (G3) on Saturday at Del Mar. Mac Daddy Mac finished second and I'malreadythere was third. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Bet the Pick 3
A simple how to on placing a pick 3 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
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.
2015 Pattison Canadian International Day at...
Cannock Chase overcame a bad start to win the 2015 Pattison Canadian International (G1) by 1 1/2 lengths over Up With The Birds and Sheikhzayedroad at Woodbine on Sunday. Also on the card, Cactus Kris won the Ontario Fashion Stakes (G3). Get the results, charts, and photos for both here.
What is an inquiry in horse racing?
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
Race Types
Glossary of Horse Racing terms.
Horse Racing Glossary
Glossary of Horse Racing terms.
Preakness Winners
Information about past Preakness winners.
Place a Bet
A simple how to on placing a wager.
Christmas Gifts
My top picks for horse racing related Christmas gifts this year.
Profile of Triple Crown contender Tale of Verve
A profile of the race horse Tale of Verve
Jokes - Horse Racing
Horse Racing Humor, from your About.com Guide: wire cutters lots of jokes sister catherine catherine ann correct person
2015 Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar
Saturday at Del Mar, Longshot Full Ransom caught favorite Chaulk O Lattey to win the 2015 Kathryn Crosby Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths with Beat of The Drum third. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
How to Key a Trifecta
A simple how to on placing a keyed trifecta bet.
Top Horse Racing Books for Beginners
Selected books to help beginners to horse racing learn about the sport and wagering
African-Americans in Horse Racing
A historical look at blacks and their contribution to the sport, from your About.com Guide
2015 Red Carpet Handicap (G3) at Del Mar
Saturday at Del Mar, Rusty Slipper rallied to win the 2015 Red Carpet Handicap (G3) by 1 1/2 lengths over favorite Elektrum with Three Hearts third. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
What is the Kelly Criterion?
The Kelly Criterion is a money management and dutching system that is designed to maximize the growth of your bankroll over the long term.
Coloring Book Pages - Horse Racing
Coloring Book Pages, from your About.Com Guide
Belmont Stakes Winners
Information about the winners of the Belmont Stakes.
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.
2015 Royal Ascot race meeting results and photos
The 2015 Royal Ascot meet begins on June 16 and runs through Saturday with some of the best racing in the UK and Royals galore in attendance. Here is coverage of all the Group 1 events which will be updated daily until the meet ends.
The great racehorse Man O'War
A tribute to the great Man O'War on the anniversary of his death on November 11, 1947.
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.
Welcome to the Horse Racing Forum!
Sadly, About.com has decided to close down all their forums. Since we have had one here for over 15 years now, I have made us a new home over on Delphi. If you are a member of the old forum, please come on over and join the new one!
Breeders' Cup World Championship Race Winners
All the past winners of the Breeders' Cup World Championship races, the biggest event of the year in thoroughbred horse racing.
How to Calculate the Dosage Index
A simple how to on calculating the dosage index for Thoroughbred pedigrees by hand.
Before You Buy Binoculars
Your guide to selecting the right binoculars for race viewing.
Top 5 Famous Race Horse Biographies
Biographical books about famous race horses
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 1950-2012 and where they finished in each prep.
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.
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
Profile of thoroughbred race horse American...
A profile of the race horse American Pharoah, who became the 12th Triple Crown Champion on June 6, 2015.
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.
How to Bet the Pick 6
A simple how to on placing a pick 6 bet.
How to 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 Breeders' Cup Saturday Part 1
American Pharoah did not disappoint his fans in his final race on Saturday at Keeneland, winning the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic by 6 1/2 lengths in track record time. Also on the card, Found beat the boys in the Turf, Nyquist won the Juvenile, and Tepin beat the boys in the Mile. Get the results, charts,and photos here.
The History of John Henry
John Henry - story of a steel driving horse
New Breeders' Cup and the Hong Kong Jockey Club...
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Profile of thoroughbred race horse Keen Ice
A profile of the race horse Keen Ice
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.
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.
Ficton Books Top Picks
My top picks for horse racing fiction.: saratoga longshot saratoga headhunter saratoga swimmer william kinsolving romance novel
Jockeys with 5 or more wins on a single day
Here are some stats about jockeys who have won 6 or more races on a single card.
2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships Entries
Pre-entries for the 2015 Breeders' Cup races at Keeneland on October 30-31. 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.
National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame -...
National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, 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.
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.
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.
Rousing Sermon
A profile of the race horse Rousing Sermon.
Statues - Horse Racing
Photos of statues of famous horses, from your About.com Guide
2015 Breeders' Cup Championships Friday Results
The first 4 of 13 2015 Breeders' Cup Championship races were held on Friday at Keeneland, with Stopchargingmaria just getting up by a neck to win the featured Breeders' Cup Distaff over Stellar Wind. Also on the card, Catch a Glimpse won the Juvenile Fillies Turf, Liam's Map won the Dirt Mile, and Hit It a Bomb won the Juvenile Turf. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Scale of Weights - Horse Racing
Chart showing the current scale of weights for horses.
Profile of Triple Crown contender War Story
A profile of the race horse War Story
Jockey Russell Baze
Jockey Russell Baze became the first North American jockey hit 50,000 career starts on January 25, 2013 at Golden Gate Fields. The perennial leading jockey in Northern California, Baze is approaching the 12,000 win mark and is a member of the Racing Hall of Fame.
Bridge Jumper
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
Traditions at the Belmont Stakes
The Belmont Stakes was first run in 1867 and is the oldest of the Triple Crown events, predating the
Secretariat's Meadow: The Land, The Family, The...
A review of 'Secretariat's Meadow: The Land, The Family, The Legend' by Kate Chenery Tweedy and Leeanne Ladin.
Affirmed vs. Alydar - Horse Racing
The classic rivalry between two champions.
Singing My Old Kentucky Home at the Kentucky...
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Horse Racing History Stories
New York Race Tracks - A Short History by Ron Hale
Del Mar Racetrack
Founded by Bing Crosby, Pat O'Brien, and Bill Quigley, Del Mar is the premier summer race meeting in
Down the Stretch
The Down the Stretch is the signature cocktail of the Breeders' Cup World Championships and features Grey Goose Vodka, one of their sponsors.
Top 10 Biographies of Racing People
These are some of the top books about the people involved in racing: jockeys, trainers, owners, breeders, etc.
Historical Stories - Horse Racing
Agua Caliente by Ron Hale, from your About.com Guide
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.
2015 Woodbine Mile Day Entries and Post Positions
A field of 11 was entered for the $1 million Woodbine Mile (G1) headed by 5-2 morning line favorite Lea at a post position draw featuring NHL player Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Also on the card are the $300,000 Northern Dancer Turf (G1) at 1 1/2 miles and the $300,000 Canadian Stakes (G2) at 1 1/8 miles for the fillies and mares.
A definition of Objection
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
Kids Page - Horse Racing
Activities for kids and family friendly tracks, from your About.comGuide
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.
2015 E.P. Taylor and Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine
Also on Sunday at Woodbine, favorite Curvy came from behind to win the 2015 E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1) by 1 1/2 lengths over Talmada and Rosalind. Also on the card, Bye Bye Bernie upset in the Nearctic Stakes (G2) while favorite Cyclogenisis finished last. Get the results, charts, and photos for both 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.
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.
Top 10 Racing History Books
My top picks for horse racing history books.
2015 Super Derby Day at Louisiana Downs
Mobile Bay rallied to win the Super Derby (G2) at Louisana Downs on Saturday by 2 1/4 lengths over Chocopologie and Aliied Air Raid. Get the results, charts, and photos for this and the other six stakes races on the card.
Kinane by Anne Holland
A review of the book 'Kinane: A Remarkable Racing Family' by Anne Holland about the the history of the influential Irish horse racing family.
Book Review: Triple Crown Handicapper 2014
by Jim Mazur. An excellent publication for anybody wanting to bet the tough Triple Crown races, or for newer horseplayers wanting to learn more about the use of angles and biases when selecting their horses.
2013 Obituaries
Despite all the thrills and enjoyment horse racing brings, there are always losses each year. Here are some of the notable deaths in 2013, both human and equine, with links to articles about each. Page 3.
Book Review: Crushing the Cup 2014
A review of 'Crushing the Cup 2014: The Handicapper's Guide to Breeders' Cup XXXI' by Jim Mazur and Peter Mallett.
What is an overlay?
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
Profile of Triple Crown contender Materiality
A profile of the race horse Materiality.
2015 Melbourne Cup won by Prince of Penzance
In the 155th running of the Melbourne Cup, 66-1 longshot Prince of Penzance held off Max Dynamite while favorite Fame Game was 13th. Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the 3200 meter (2 mile) Race That Stops a Nation, run before 94,000 fans at Flemington in Melbourne.
Champion race horse Cigar passes away at age 24
The great champion race horse Cigar passed away on October 7, 2014, from complications following surgery for osteoarthritis in his neck. He had lived at the Kentucky Horse Park since 1999 after proving infertile at stud.
A Visit to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement...
Our photographer Vanessa Ng made a visit to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm near Lexington in October. Here is a selection of photos of some of the horses enjoying their golden year there.
California Chrome
A profile of the race horse California Chrome.
Fans Again Voting on Racing's "Moment of the...
Vote for your favorite moment out of a selection of 10 at NTRA.com and get a chance to win $1000.
Seabiscuit and War Admiral - Horse Racing
Seabiscuit and War Admiral, from your Mining Company Guide
The Kentucky Derby Rose Garland
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Profile of Triple Crown contender Tencendur
A profile of the race horse Tencendur.
Profile of Triple Crown contender Far Right
A profile of the race horse Far Right.
Top 8 Books for Getting into Ownership
A selections of books for people who would like to learn more about becoming a race horse owner. From general information to buying at auctions or claiming, there is a lot to learn before you take that leap.
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.
Preakness Stakes Traditions
The Preakness Stakes was first run in 1873 and has many traditions associated with it. The most well know is probably the Black-Eyed Susans given to the winner and the $1 million Woodlawn Vase which is the permanent trophy of the race. Here is a look at some of the more well known Preakness traditions.
A profile of the race horse Rule.
Boxed Bet
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
Relive American Pharoah's day at the Belmont...
Take a walk down memory lane with a series of 21 photos taking American Pharoah from the paddock before the race until he is back at the barn on 2015 Belmont Stakes Day.
Friends of New York Racing gets organized
In its first major press conference since its inception late last year, on Wednesday Friends of New York Racing, Inc. (FNYR) announced its initial projects and goals.
Kentucky Derby Fast Facts - Horse Racing
Kentucky Derby stats and trivia: kentucky derby winning jockeys kentucky derby winners eddie arcaro james fitzsimmons citation in 1948
Horse Racing Memorabilia - Horse Racing - 07/3/97
Horse Racing Memorabilia, from your About.com Guide
Kelso - "King Kelly"
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2015 Breeders Crown Night at Woodbine
Saturday night Woodbine hosted the 12 Breeders Crown with 12 Championship finals for all the divisions of harness racing. Trainer Jimmy Takter won a record 6 Crown races, while driver Dave Miller set a new record by winning 5 races on the card.
Review: "Legacies of the Turf: A Century of...
This book is strongly recommended as a reference book for students of pedigree and racing history or
Seabiscuit Movie Review
A review of the new Seabiscuit movie by Cindy Pierson Dulay.
Past Japan Cup Winners
Past winners of the Japan Cup.
Kentucky Derby Seating and Tickets
A guide to seating and getting tickets for the Kentucky Derby.
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
Opening nationwide on October 21, 2005, "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story" tells the story of a father
2015 Breeders' Cup at Keeneland Morning Photos
A collection of 12 photos from the morning works at Keeneland on the Thursday before the 2015 Breeders' Cup, including American Pharoah's first appearance after shipping in and Beholder's last gallop before she scratched from the Classic.
"Win, Place and Show" - Full Product Review
An introduction to the thrill of Thoroughbred racing by Betsy Berns
Racing at Woodbine and Mohawk saved for 2 more...
A deal has been reached with the government of Ontario that will allow racing to continue at Woodbine and Mohawk for 2 more years, but leaves the long term viability of racing and breeding in Ontario uncertain. Opening day for this year will now be on April 20, 2013.
Profile of Triple Crown contender Itsaknockout
A profile of the race horse Itsaknockout.
2014 Del Mar Oaks Day Results and Photos
Personal Diary rallied from last to win the 2014 Del Mar Oaks (G1) at Del Mar on Saturday by 2 3/4 lengths over Stellaris and My Conquestadory. Favorite Sea Queen finished fourth. Get the results, chart, and photos here.
Barbaro to be buried at Churchill Downs
Owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson announced on the one-year anniversary of his death, that 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro's ashes will be buried at a special monument to be built outside Gate 1 at Churchill Downs. A life-size bronze statue will be unveiled at the site in 2009.
A profile of the race horse Flashpoint.
2015 Breeders' Cup Saturday Part 2
Also on Saturday at Keeneland, Runhappy won the 2015 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint, Stephanie's Kitten won the Filly and Mare Turf, Wavell Avenue won the Filly and Mare Sprint, Mongolian Saturday won the Turf Sprint, and Songbird won the Juvenile Fillies. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
2015 Breeders' Cup Classic Contenders
A look at the top contenders for the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships Classic at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.

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