Tags ‘Belmont Stakes’

A Voice From The Farm: Why American Pharoah’s Victory ‘Meant So Much’

American Pharoah spent his formative months in my backyard. My boyfriend and I live on the property where he was raised from a young foal to a weanling, although now the farm is under new ownership.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: What Next For Racing, Triple Crown Winner?

One thing that will be missing in next year’s Triple Crown races is that overwhelming sense of historical anticipation that’s been woven into the series for many years. The moment is now... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Jerardi: Pharoah’s performance far better than Beyer Figure indicates

DRF | 3 months ago
The coolest thing about the wonderful performance in the Belmont Stakes was that American Pharoah ran the second six furlongs in 1:13.24, .17 of a second faster than the first six furlongs. This amazing colt, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, was running as fast at the end of the race as he was at the beginning. Read More...

American Pharoah Offers A Carpe Diem Moment For Racing

Two out of three readers who voted in this week’s Paulick Report poll believe American Pharoah’s Triple Crown triumph will help create new racing fans. Between the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

In American Pharoah, racing finds a champion

DRF | 3 months ago
Thoroughbred racing jumped the rails in a big way last Saturday with the triumph of American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes. Suddenly, after 37 years of wondering which horse would be next, or if there ever would be another, the one thing everyone knew about horse racing was made flesh and blood once again. The Triple Crown. Read More...

Privman’s Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 months ago
AMERICAN PHAROAH became the 12th Triple Crown winner, the first in 37 years, and only the fourth since Citation in 1948 with this dominating performance. He needed to gut out a victory in the Kentucky Derby, relished a sloppy track in the Preakness, and then, at the end of an ambitious campaign, left no doubt as to his superiority and deserving place in history with a 5 1/2-lenngth victory, his seventh straight, earned at six different racetracks. Read More...

For Frosted, no shame in second

DRF | 3 months ago
Frosted had moved into second leaving the five-sixteenths pole of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, and for a moment, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin allowed himself to get excited. Read More...

After Triple Crown win, American Pharoah eyes summer stakes

DRF | 3 months ago
After winning the Triple Crown, what can a horse do for an encore? It is a question that has not been asked for 37 years, but as with the 11 who preceded him, American Pharoah will get a chance to further cement his legacy with a post-Triple Crown campaign before he goes off to stud. Read More...

American Pharoah had strong support back home in California

DRF | 3 months ago
Mike Marlow, assistant to trainer Bob Baffert, was home from a full day’s work when American Pharoah walked into the starting gate for the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Marlow, who heads the stable’s division at Los Alamitos, was settled in his living room, anxious to see if American Pharoah could sweep the Triple Crown. Read More...

Beyer: American Pharoah defied all obstacles

DRF | 3 months ago
American Pharoah is not another Secretariat, Affirmed, or Seattle Slew. But after his front-running victory Saturday, he deserves an exalted place in racing history, for he swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes at a time when the feat has become more difficult than ever. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: NYRA pleased with how smoothly things went

DRF | 3 months ago
Though there was a predictable drop-off in handle, Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, for the most part, was logistically, aesthetically, and historically a success for the New York Racing Association, officials said. Read More...

Television ratings down slightly for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 3 months ago
The overnight rating for NBC’s Belmont Stakes broadcast Saturday was a 12.7, slightly down from the 12.9 overnight rating posted for last year’s broadcast, according to figures released by the network Sunday. Read More...

Espinoza savors Triple Crown success

DRF | 3 months ago
American Pharoah carried 126 pounds to victory in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. His jockey, Victor Espinoza, on the other hand, had the weight of the world on his shoulders before erasing memories of past Triple Crown failures with a flawless ride that helped guide American Pharoah into history as racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner. Read More...

Belmont Stakes handle down 10.5 percent

DRF | 3 months ago
All-sources handle on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, which featured the first Triple Crown triumph in 37 years, was down 10.5 percent from the record-setting handle on the Belmont last year, when California Chrome failed in his own attempt to win the Triple Crown, according to charts of the race. Read More...

Baffert full of gratitude after Triple Crown win

DRF | 3 months ago
After three failed attempts at winning the Triple Crown, trainer Bob Baffert could have been excused if he talked about how great an accomplishment American Pharoah’s Triple Crown sweep felt for him personally. Read More...

Watchmaker: How does American Pharoah compare to other Triple Crown winners?

DRF | 3 months ago
Now, after his dominant victory in the Belmont Stakes to become only the 12th ever to capture the Triple Crown, the debate shifts from whether American Pharoah can make history to his place in it. Read More...

Belmont Stakes order of finish and payoffs

DRF | 3 months ago
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American Pharoah Completes Triple Crown Sweep

It’s over. horse racing’s 37-year affair with frustration has ended. American Pharoah, owned and bred by Zayat Stables and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, lit up Belmont Park with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

American Pharoah wins Belmont, becomes 12th Triple Crown winner

DRF | 3 months ago
To months in a year, inches in a foot, signs of the Zodiac, members of a jury, and days of Christmas, the number 12 now includes Triple Crown winners. American Pharoah put an emphatic exclamation point on the 2015 Triple Crown with a runaway victory Saturday at Belmont Park in the 147th Belmont Stakes, romping by 5 1/2 lengths in front of a crowd of 90,000 that included former President Bill Clinton. Read More...

DRF Live! Video: Belmont Stakes Day

DRF | 3 months ago
Watch DRF Live! for all-day video coverage of the Belmont Stakes Day card here: http://live.drf.com/ Read More...

Gold Cup/Belmont Park daily double will-pays

DRF | 3 months ago
Belmont Gold Cup/Belmont Stakes $2 daily double will-pays: Read More...

Hersh: Belmont Stakes Day pick four

DRF | 3 months ago
I find the Manhattan, race 10, unwieldy and don’t really like anyone very well, and find race 13, the second-level, $62,500 optional-claiming dirt sprint, unwieldy and don’t really like anybody. So, without strong opinions anywhere in the sequence, the idea of putting together an expensive play seems unwise. In fact, I’m going caveman style here and merely narrowing things to the horses I like best – no backups – in those two tricky races. Read More...

American Pharoah takes on ghosts of Triple Crowns past

DRF | 3 months ago
Through the steady rain falling in the dark at Belmont Park, you can hear them – the ghosts of Triple Crowns past, echoing through the mammoth grandstand and around the sweeping final turn. Read More...

McGee: Belmont Stakes Day pick five

DRF | 3 months ago
Belmont Stakes Day action starts promptly at 11:35 a.m. Eastern, and Todd Pletcher wastes no time making his presence felt with Stanford as the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the first of 13 Saturday races. But does he have to win when making his first start since the Louisiana Derby? Well... Read More...

Belmont Stakes Day previews, analysis, and plays

DRF | 3 months ago
The following is a list of DRF Plus resources and content related to Saturday’s Belmont Stakes card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Belmont Stakes Day

DRF | 3 months ago
There’s something for horseplayers of all wagering persuasions on this 13-race Belmont Stakes card, whether they like to shoot for the moon in the four guaranteed multirace exotic pools or make solid percentage plays on legit favorites, or both. Read More...

Monster Energy Drinks to sponsor American Pharoah and connections

DRF | 3 months ago
American Pharoah will be sponsored by Monster Energy Drinks for his attempt to win the Triple Crown in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York Read More...

The Friday Show: Never A Dull Moment In Bid For Triple Crown

With one of the toughest feats in all of sports at stake, you’d think the tension on the racetrack would be enough, but that’s rarely the case with horse racing’s top honor. Human... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Pedigree profiles

DRF | 3 months ago
A closer look at the pedigrees of the entrants for the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, to be contested Saturday in New York. Read More...

The Haiku Handicapper: Belmont Stakes

DRF | 3 months ago
DRF sales editor Joe Nevills analyzes the Belmont Stakes field, in post position order, in the form of Haiku, a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Read More...

Beyer: History says American Pharoah is up against it

DRF | 3 months ago
Despite all American Pharoah’s obvious strengths, I would counsel casual fans and serious players not to bet him – except possibly for a $2 souvenir ticket on what might be history’s 12th sweep of the Triple Crown. Read More...

With racing world in a tizzy, Espinoza stays cool

DRF | 3 months ago
Thrust back into horse racing’s occasional spotlight, Victor Espinoza has been more than willing to answer all the questions he was asked last year before and after California Chrome’s try in the Belmont Stakes, as well as a few left over from 2002, when he came to the Belmont with Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem and left empty-handed. Read More...

American Pharoah training like a Triple Crown winner

DRF | 3 months ago
There are no more uneventful mornings on the Belmont Stakes workout watch now that American Pharoah has arrived, and he put on another great show during a 1 1/2-mile gallop here Thursday. Read More...

Lawsuit against Zayat thrown out

DRF | 3 months ago
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit alleging that American Pharoah’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, reneged on a $1.65 million debt, citing the statute of limitations and the plaintiff’s difficulty in proving his allegations, according to court records. Read More...

Being Todd Pletcher: A Day Behind The Scenes

Trainer Todd Pletcher has taken plenty of ribbing about his 1 for 43 record in the Kentucky Derby, but it’s only because he’s been so successful everywhere else in the sport. The winner of a record... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Watchmaker: Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 months ago
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Brad Free’s Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 months ago
FROSTED is positioned for an “upset” as the likely second choice in the Belmont Stakes. He has been freshened five weeks since a solid fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, a race dominated by frontrunners. Frosted was one of the only late runners to make an impact. He was shuffled early, uncorked a wide move on the far turn, kept to his task late, and missed by only 3 1/4 lengths. He skipped the Preakness, enters the Belmont fresh, and has looked good in morning workouts, according to clocker reports. Read More...

Crist: Try to beat Belmont favorite at 3-5

DRF | 3 months ago
Can American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes and become the first winner of the American Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978? Of course he can, but he’s a very bad bet to do so at 3-5. Read More...

Bayern will try to rebound in Met Mile

DRF | 3 months ago
It isn’t often a trainer could run the defending Breeders’ Cup Classic winner in a Grade 1 race and have it be only the second most important race of his day. Read More...

For fresh Belmont contenders, time is on their side

DRF | 3 months ago
Of the eight 3-year-olds scheduled to run in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, five – Frosted, Frammento, Keen Ice, Materiality, and Mubtaahij – will have run in the Derby and skipped the Preakness to await the Belmont. It is a strategy that has produced six Belmont winners in the past 12 runnings. Read More...

NYRA, NBC extend Belmont Stakes broadcast deal

DRF | 3 months ago
The New York Racing Association and NBC Sports Group have extended a deal giving the network exclusive broadcast rights to the Belmont Stakes, the two groups said on Wednesday. Read More...

Belmont: Multiple guaranteed pools in exotics for Friday, Saturday

DRF | 3 months ago
There will be no shortage of wagering opportunities Friday and Saturday – Belmont Stakes Day – at Belmont Park, including multiple two-day daily double bets. Read More...

Baffert gets fourth shot at Triple Crown glory

DRF | 3 months ago
On Saturday, American Pharoah steps to the plate. He will either become the 12th Triple Crown winner, or the 14th horse since Affirmed – and 24th overall – who won the Derby and Preakness but did not win the Belmont. Read More...

Jerardi: American Pharoah can solve the Belmont riddle

DRF | 3 months ago
Prior to the Kentucky Derby, more people picked American Pharoah than any other horse. Prior to the Preakness, just about everybody picked American Pharoah. This week, hardly anyone I talk with is picking American Pharoah to win the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Desormeaux takes shot with maiden in Tremont

DRF | 3 months ago
Last year, trainer Keith Desormeaux won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with Texas Red, who finished a close second to American Pharoah in the voting for champion 2-year-old. So when Desormeaux ships a maiden cross-country for a stakes race and names his brother Kent to ride, it merits attention. Read More...

American Pharoah gets post 5 for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 3 months ago
American Pharoah’s quest to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner and first since 1978 will start from post 5 against seven challengers in the 147th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Justin Zayat’s racing knowledge grows, but he’s still learning

DRF | 3 months ago
Justin Zayat is the racing and stallion manager for Zayat Stables, which owns 147 horses, including American Pharoah, who on Saturday will attempt to complete Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. To some, it may be hard to believe that, at age 23, Justin Zayat is making key decisions for one of the largest outfits in racing. Read More...

Hovdey: Donegal taking the long view

DRF | 3 months ago
Jerry Crawford, who manages the Donegal Racing partnership which owns Keen Ice, is savvy enough to concede all the advantages in the Belmont Stakes to American Pharoah, except one. “He’s the best-bred horse from a stamina standpoint in the field,” Crawford said of Keen Ice. “He has not been as quick as some of the others. But the mile and a half gives the horse with the right breeding a chance to succeed.” Read More...

Desormeaux takes shot with maiden in Tremont

DRF | 3 months ago
Last year, trainer Keith Desormeaux won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with Texas Red, who finished a close second to American Pharoah in the voting for champion 2-year-old. So when Desormeaux ships a maiden cross-country for a stakes race and names his brother Kent to ride, it merits attention. Read More...

Desormeaux takes shot with maiden in Tremont

DRF | 3 months ago
Last year, trainer Keith Desormeaux won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with Texas Red, who finished a close second to American Pharoah in the voting for champion 2-year-old. So when Desormeaux ships a maiden cross-country for a stakes race and names his brother Kent to ride, it merits attention. Read More...