Researching A Race Horse?

By Adam Spradling, Web Producer, Digital Designer and Blogger at The Blood-Horse. offers a deep pool of tools to use if you are trying to research a current race horse. Especially if the horse is in graded stakes competition.

Here is a brief guide to tools on that could aide in anything from a school paper to discovering your next claim. 


Search: Our search tool is improved, if you type the race name or horse name you are looking for, then articles with those specific words will appear. You can add quotations around words you specifically want to enhance the search even more.

For example type "Rachel" "Alexandra" for those two words to be keyed and bring up articles or media that contains those two specific words mentioned. If you are looking for a specific statement and not individual words, try "Rachel Alexandra" as a phrase in quotations.


Horse Profiles: Horse profiles are neat and robust. By finding an individual horse profile you can see any stories or media related to the desired horse. Included in the profile are the horse's pedigree, auctions history, biography, photos (that you can often order) and in some cases custom tabs.

Once a week we try to highlight an athelete's profile through our newsletters or homepage, so keep an eye out for those. The exclusive weekly pedigree analysis we have on tend to also highlight a current race horse and will involve their profile, history and pedigree.
To see a listing of our Pedigree Analyses visit here.

Horse Profile Examples:
Twirling Candy has a bio and pedigree, as well as photos from past races and news articles and multimedia associated with Twirling candy, which appear beneath the bio/pedigree tab. "Related Articles" would be the heading to look for.
Zenyatta and Uncle Mo horse profiles have custom tabs with video race replays.

You can also search alphabetically on the Horse Profiles search page. If the horse has been racing in the past few years there is a good chance that horse has a profile.

Race Profiles: As a companion to our horse profiles, we have race profiles. One set is for entries, the other for results of a race. You can see the order of finish, race details, and the horse names are linked if they have a Horse Profile or are on Often you can find the race replays and payoffs included as a tab on race profile pages.

Race Entries
Race Results
Race Profile Result: La Brea


Racing Leaders: Want to learn who the leading earners are for the year? Here is a link to our tabbed lists of Racing Leaders.

Of course you can always visit our racing page to find a top 10 list of top horse profiles being viewed by our users. Many other tools exist on the racing page for researching race horses.

Our Breeding / Sire Lists and Auctions Lists / Sales topic pages also hold tools for learning of auctions and breeding trends.

Then there is the old reliable database for new and old sires on for example Eskendereya. Remember there are no mares in the Stallion Register, such as Zenyatta or Ginger Punch.


Leave a Comment:


I do miss the old format where you could at least see their last 3 races.

29 Dec 2010 6:11 PM

What,if any help can you offer to  the racing public, find a non-stakes horse that they may have a fondness for?

Alot of fans have favorite horses that aren't of any great interest to the general public, but are important to them. Can you help us?

29 Dec 2010 7:37 PM
Stephi S.

RGGC, you can go to the Daily Racing Form and sign up for "Horse Watch" which will notify you, (onsite you have to check it regularly) when the horse runs, gives info on the race and the results for that horse. It's a fun way to keep track of personal favorites who are not in the news. You can also keep track of trainers that way, what horses they enter, etc. It is under the "Handicapping" heading, but it's fun to use even if you don't gamble. Enjoy!

30 Dec 2010 2:35 PM

To RGGC- go to Equibase and sign up (free) for their virtual stable. You can keep tabs on all your favorites- horses, trainers and now jocks.  Workout notifications, race entries and results.  A great tool for keeping track of  all your favorites, especially the allowance and claimers.

31 Dec 2010 6:56 AM
Fran Loszynski

You have given me so much knowledge about racehorses that I never could just pick up on my own as a fan. I love horseracing even more having you around "Bloodhorse".


31 Dec 2010 8:49 AM

Good question, RGGC - and one I've often asked too. Some of those, "just horses," are pretty special to us, aren't they!

31 Dec 2010 7:08 PM

My gelding was sired by Pancho Villa and his dam was by Explosive Bid; these are two horses that I am interested in learning more about.

01 Jan 2011 4:29 AM

Is there a way to access a trainers record and, if so, how is it done and how far back do the records go?

04 Jan 2011 3:10 PM

@Convene and @RGGC

Guerrella Warfare is one of my favorite horses, he races at Camarero in Puerto Rico, but owns the track there! =)

@Pboo, there are no trainer records in our results ordering. When we had our Data Digest, we often posted a few trainer stats here and there, but I will forward on your suggestion to our team.

Everyone has great ideas, thank you for the good feed back!

25 Jan 2011 11:53 AM

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