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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.
Horseracing on Television
The latest schedule of televised horse racing in the US.
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.
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.
How to Box a Trifecta Wager
A simple how to on placing a boxed trifecta bet.
Thoroughbred Horse Naming Rules and Requirements
Rules and requirements for registered Thoroughbred horse names.
The 10 Fastest Runnings of the Kentucky Derby
A list of the 10 fastest horses to win the Kentucky Derby.
2016 Triple Crown Early Nominations
A list of the 368 horses made eligible for the 2016 Triple Crown races for a fee of $600 during the early nomination period that closed on January 16. Topping the list is Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Nyquist.
Kentucky Derby Winners
Information about the winners of the Kentucky Derby.
Weekly Thoroughbred Stakes Race Schedule
Weekly Thoroughbred stakes race schedule, including races for $75K or more purse.
Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral: the Greatest Match...
Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral: the Greatest Match Race of the Century by Ron Hale
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.
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.
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.
Let It Ride (1989) is my personal all-tme...
A list of movies about or featuring horse racing.
Collecting Kentucky Derby Glasses as a hobby
Collecting Kentucky Derby glasses, how to find them and what to pay.
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.
Horse Racing How-To Index
A list of horse racing how-to's from placing a wager to paddock inspection.
Horse Racing History Stories
New York Race Tracks - A Short History by Ron Hale
Astrology
A profile of the race horse Astrology.
Breakage and How it Affects Bettors - Horse...
Breakage and how it affects bettors, from your Mining Co. Guide
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.
Bet the Pick 3
A simple how to on placing a pick 3 bet.
How to Key a Trifecta
A simple how to on placing a keyed trifecta bet.
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.
A definition of Objection
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
Thoroughbred Pedigree Reference Resources
Resources for thoroughbred pedigree research and stallion registers.
2015 Eclipse Award Winners
Winners for each division of the 2015 Eclipse Awards which name thoroughbred horse racing's annual champions.
African-Americans in Horse Racing
A historical look at blacks and their contribution to the sport, from your About.com Guide
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.
10 Biggest Kentucky Derby Long Shots
2015 will mark the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the most important race in
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 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.
Before You Buy Binoculars
Your guide to selecting the right binoculars for race viewing.
Top Horse Racing Books for Beginners
Selected books to help beginners to horse racing learn about the sport and wagering
Belmont Stakes Winners
Information about the winners of the Belmont Stakes.
Statues - Horse Racing
Photos of statues of famous horses, from your About.com Guide
Top 5 Famous Race Horse Biographies
Biographical books about famous race horses
Preakness Winners
Information about past Preakness winners.
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
Horse Racing Glossary - just what do all those...
A glossary of Horse Racing terms so you can find out just what all those strange things mean.
2016 Withers and Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct
Sunny Ridge fought off Vorticity to win the 2016 Withers Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct on Saturday, while favorite Flexibility faded to fourth. Also on the card, Sassicaia won the Toboggan Stakes (G3) for the sprinters. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Race Types
Glossary of Horse Racing terms.
2015 LONGINES Hong Kong International Races...
Friday morning at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong was busy again as the horses for the 2015 LONGINES Hong Kong International Races get closer to the big day. Check out photos and comments for 10 of the top horses including Free Eagle and Mondialiste.
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.
What is an inquiry in horse racing?
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
How to Bet the Pick 6
A simple how to on placing a pick 6 bet.
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.
Coloring Book Pages - Horse Racing
Coloring Book Pages, from your About.Com Guide
Jokes - Horse Racing
Horse Racing Humor, from your About.com Guide: wire cutters lots of jokes sister catherine catherine ann correct person
Top 10 Racing History Books
My top picks for horse racing history books.
Santa Anita Stakes Results
Results for the Buena Vista and Las Flores Handicaps at Santa Anita on February 21-22, 2004.
Holiday Shopping for Horse Racing Fans
Where to find gifts online for racing fans.
The great racehorse Man O'War
A tribute to the great Man O'War on the anniversary of his death on November 11, 1947.
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.
Ficton Books Top Picks
My top picks for horse racing fiction.
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.
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.
2015 Eclipse Award Finalists
Finalists for each division of the 2015 Eclipse Awards which name thoroughbred horse racing's annual champions.
How to Calculate the Dosage Index
A simple how to on calculating the dosage index for Thoroughbred pedigrees by hand.
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.
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.
The Kentucky Derby Trophy
There are many traditions associated with the Kentucky Derby from roses to mint juleps. Here is a brief history of and info about the gold trophy presented each year to the winner of the Kentucky Derby.
Historical Stories - Horse Racing
Agua Caliente by Ron Hale, from your About.com Guide
Breeders' Cup Traditions
Since the Breeders' Cup is held at a different race track each year, there are only two things that are always constant: the trophy and the flower blankets for the winners. They have had several signature drinks featuring various liquor sponsors, currently the Breeders' Cup Breeze with Maker's Mark. Learn more about them here.
Profile of Triple Crown contender Bolo
A profile of the race horse Bolo.
The History of John Henry
John Henry - story of a steel driving horse
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.
Horse Racing Memorabilia - Horse Racing - 07/3/97
Horse Racing Memorabilia, from your About.com Guide
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.
Profile of Triple Crown contender Tale of Verve
A profile of the race horse Tale of Verve
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.
Rousing Sermon
A profile of the race horse Rousing Sermon.
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!
Get and Use Press Credentials
a simple how to on getting press credentials and how to act when covering a major event
Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey
A profile of top owners Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey. Some notable horses they have raced include Kitten's Joy, Stephanie's Kitten, and Bobby's Kitten.
Preakness Stakes Winners
Information about the winners of the Preakness Stakes.
Scale of Weights - Horse Racing
Chart showing the current scale of weights for horses.
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.
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.
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.
Bridge Jumper
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
What is an overlay?
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
Place a Bet
A simple how to on placing a wager.
Santa Anita Weekend Stakes Results
Results for the La Canada and Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita.
Boxed Bet
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
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.
Kentucky Derby Seating and Tickets
A guide to seating and getting tickets for the Kentucky Derby.
Kids Page - Horse Racing
Activities for kids and family friendly tracks, from your About.comGuide
How to Box a Trifecta
A simple How to on placing a trifecta bet, from your About.com Guide
2015 Comely, Remsen, and Demoiselle Stakes at...
Also on 2015 Cigar Mile Day, Forever Unbridled won the Comely Stakes (G3) for the fillies, Mohaymen won the Remsen Stakes (G2) for the juvenile colts, and Lewis Bay won the Demoiselle Stakes for the juvenile fillies. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame -...
National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, from your About.com Guide
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.
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.
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.
Across the Board
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
The Kentucky Derby Rose Garland
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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 3.
2015 Breeders' Cup Mile Contenders
A look at the top contenders for the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships Mile at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.
Betting the Kentucky Derby
How to Wager and Win on America's Biggest Horse Race by Dean Keppler. Breaks the task of handicapping the Derby into easy to understand strategies that any bettor at any level of play can implement.
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.
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.
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.
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 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes...
Dubai Sky drew away to win the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park by 2 1/4 lengths over Conquest Typhoon and Firespike while favorite Metaboss finished 6th. Also on the card, Don't Leave Me won the Bourbonette Oaks. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
2016 Lecomte Stakes Day at the Fair Grounds
Favorite Mo Tom rallied to win the 2016 Lecomte Stakes (G3) at the Fair Grounds on Saturday. Also on the card, Chocolate Ride won the Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap (G3), Stageplay won the Silverbulletday, International Star won the Louisiana Stakes, and Street of Gold won the Marie G. Krantz Memorial. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Affirmed vs. Alydar - Horse Racing
The classic rivalry between two champions.
Race Track Directories
Directories of race tracks with dates, contact info, etc.
Profile of the race horse Stanford
A profile of the race horse Stanford.
Kelso - "King Kelly"
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How to Place a Bet
A simple How to on placing a wager, from your About.com Guide
Profile of Triple Crown contender Itsaknockout
A profile of the race horse Itsaknockout.
Traditions at the Belmont Stakes
The Belmont Stakes was first run in 1867 and is the oldest of the Triple Crown events, predating the
Saratoga Race Course facts and statistics
Information about and useful links for Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Trainer Scott Lake
Trainer Scott Lake got his 5000th win on Wednesday December 15, 2010 at Laurel Park with Communicator in the 1st race. He has trained multiple stakes winners in his long career. Check out his career highlights and stats here.
Top 10 Biographies of Racing People
These are some of the top books about the people involved in racing: jockeys, trainers, owners, breeders, etc.
Kentucky Derby 101 - Trying to Pick the Winner
An overview of the Kentucky Derby from this start to handicapping to how to attend.
Daily Racing Form, NTRA Announce Establishment...
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Daily Racing Form announced today the creation of the Joe Hirsch Scholarship, named after the legendary DRF columnist who will retire later this month after 55 years of covering Thoroughbred racing.
Profile of Triple Crown contender Tencendur
A profile of the race horse Tencendur.
Profile of the race horse War Story
A profile of the race horse War Story
2015 Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' Day at...
Distaff "Win and You're In" race on Saturday, when a field of eight distaffers traveled 1 1/16 miles
Secretariat Race Videos from New York Racing...
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.
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.
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.
The 2016 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct
Favorite Flexibility caught pacesetter Vorticity and drew away to win by 4 1/2 lengths in the 2016 Jerome Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct on Saturday. 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.
How to Key a Trifecta
A simple How to on placing a trifecta bet, from your About.com Guide
A profile of the race horse Flexibility
A profile of the race horse Flexibility
Rule
A profile of the race horse Rule.
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 2015 Sovereign Award Finalists
Finalists for the 2015 Sovereign Awards, Canadian thoroughbred horse racing's year end championships.
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.
2015 Malibu Stakes Day at Santa Anita
Favorite Runhappy led all the way to win the 2015 Malibu Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita on Saturday by 3 1/2 lengths over Marking. Also on the card, Birdatthewire won the La Brea Stakes (G1), Om won the Mathis Brothers Mile (G2), and Toowindytohaulrox upset in the Daytona Stakes (G3). Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Rip Van Winkle
A profile of the race horse Rip Van Winkle.
2015 Rebel Stakes, Razorback Handicap, and...
American Pharoah ran away by 6 1/4 lengths to win the Rebel Stakes (G2) for the 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on Saturday. In the Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies, Gold Medal Dancer upset heavy favorite Untapable, and in the Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses favorite Race Day won by a neck. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Superfecta
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
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.
Breakage
Glossary of Horse Racing terms
2015 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup and Mile
Saturday at Sha Tin Racecourse, Japan swept the top two spots in the 2015 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup with A Shin Hikari and Nuovo Record. Japan also took the LONGINES Hong Kong Mile with Maurice while favorite and defending champ Able Friend finished third. Get the results, charts, and photos here.

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