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The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Glass Half-Full Or Half-Empty?

Alas, the 2016 Triple Crown season is over, and unlike last year when one horse convincingly captured all three races in a historic run, three different horses took the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Random Observations From A Triple Crown Notebook

It takes a very good horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont.  It takes a great one to win all three races. We witnessed greatness in 2015. Sometimes, when there's not much separation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Ortiz flaunts talent in Belmont Stakes ride

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Irad Ortiz Jr., 23, won his first American classic on Saturday, giving Creator a flawless ride to win the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. Ortiz rallied Creator from 10th position to nip Destin by a nose in the final stride. A day later, Ortiz was still living in the moment. Read More...

Creator’s dam represents Peru

DRF | 2 weeks ago
A Peruvian-bred horse has never won a Grade 1 event in the United States, but the South American nation has made a major impact on some of the Northern Hemisphere's biggest events through outstanding broodmares. The latest example came when Creator, out of Peruvian champion Morena, nosed out Destin to win the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Asmussen can’t get enough of watching Creator win Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen won his first Belmont Stakes on Saturday, and he kept wanting to relive the moment over and over Saturday night and into the wee hours of Sunday morning. “I woke up every 15 minutes to watch the replay,” Asmussen said at his Belmont Park barn Sunday morning. Read More...

Belmont Stakes TV ratings decline

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The two-hour broadcast of the Belmont Stakes on NBC Saturday drew a 4.3 rating, the network said Sunday, down 6.5 percent from the rating of the same broadcast in 2013, when no Triple Crown was on the line as well. Read More...

Watchmaker: Second half of season holds intrigue

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Although we don’t have another Triple Crown winner like American Pharoah to celebrate, Creator’s victory in the Belmont Stakes does set up an interesting second half of the year for this group of 3-year-olds. Read More...

Skiba wins inaugural Belmont Betting Challenge

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Garret Skiba has won the inaugural Belmont Betting Challenge. Skiba is believed to be the first handicapping-contest participant to win six figures on three separate occasions, having finished third at the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge and second five weeks ago at the inaugural Kentucky Derby Betting Challenge. Read More...

Exaggerator runs out of steam as Belmont Stakes favorite

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The rain came too late for Exaggerator. A proven commodity in the slop, Exaggerator was less than his best over a fast track in Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, fading to 11th in the 13-horse field, 14 lengths behind the winner, Creator. He was the 7-5 favorite. Read More...

Creator beats Destin by a nose in Belmont Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
It opened heaven and earth as soon as the 148th Belmont Stakes was over. That’s the kind of pull Creator had on Saturday. Creator, a troubled 13th in the Kentucky Derby five weeks ago, just nosed out Destin at the end of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, providing trainer Steve Asmussen with the biggest win of the year for him in a campaign that is shaping up far more celebratory than two years ago. Read More...

The Wizard: Why Exaggerator is a vulnerable Belmont Stakes favorite

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Exaggerator, the Preakness winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up, is clearly the most accomplished runner in the Belmont Stakes field, and for that reason he will be the heavy favorite. He also will be overbet and vulnerable stretching out to 1 1/2 miles, which makes him a horse I cannot select on top. Read More...

Belmont Stakes 2016: Inside the numbers

DRF | 3 weeks ago
We took a look at both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, with an eye toward how some of the contenders matched up to similar runners in the recent history of those races. Let’s do the same here with the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Weeding Out The Drama

While there's no chance of history doubling up this year in New York and no rematch between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners, that doesn't mean the final leg of the Triple Crown is devoid of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Bernier: Playing the Belmont Gold Cup/Belmont Stakes double

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The Belmont Gold Cup/Belmont Stakes double is a tough wager to have much confidence in since we’re dealing with a 16-furlong turf race and a 12-furlong dirt race. Considering that neither of these races will be contested at a distance that is common here in the United States, a great deal of projecting needs to be done when trying to smoke out horses who are best suited to stay these marathon distances. Below I’ve laid out the horses I’m most interested in, along with the odds I believe would represent fair value on each runner. Read More...

Clocker: Door open just a crack for an upset

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Clocker: The following are impressions of the 13 Belmont starters from observations made here over the past two weeks. Read More...

King: Closer look at the last starts of Belmont Stakes contenders

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Reviewing replays and trips can be a time-consuming, though often rewarding, experience – particularly in cases where the trouble goes unnoted in the charts. In preparation for the Belmont, I went through and examined the last-race trips of all the competitors. They follow below in post position order. Read More...

Hovdey: ‘Double Crown’ doesn’t quite have a ring to it

DRF | 3 weeks ago
If Exaggerator can win the Belmont he would join some fine company. With or without the presence of the Derby winner, adding the Belmont to the Preakness is no mean feat. Read More...

For Exaggerator, no time like the present

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Exaggerator, second in the Kentucky Derby, comes off a win in the Preakness Stakes and on Saturday will try to add another Triple Crown race win to his résumé when he starts as the strong favorite against 12 other 3-year-olds in the 148th Belmont Stakes. Read More...

King: Kid Cruz solid single in Belmont’s pick five

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Here is a look at the five-race sequence in Saturday's pick five at Belmont Park, and my strategy for hitting it. Read More...

Simon: Closer look at Triple Crown race winners as sires

DRF | 3 weeks ago
In the United States, the three classics – the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes – have long been used by breeders as measuring sticks for potential stallion prospects. A classic victory is worth millions in future stud fees, which is why these races – especially the Kentucky Derby – draw sizable fields almost every year. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: On pedigree, Brody’s Cause has an edge

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Without prior form to divine those most capable of getting the Belmont Stakes demanding distance, pedigree becomes an especially important part of analyzing the field. A helpful way to quantify and compare stamina capability for a Belmont contender is by measuring the average winning distance of his sire and dam's progeny. Read More...

Team Exaggerator’s leading lady

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Since Julie Clark met trainer Keith Desormeaux at a horse sale in Kentucky, they have become a couple, both personally and professionally, and they are having their greatest success yet with Exaggerator, who will be favored to add the Belmont Stakes to his glittering résumé. Read More...

Watchmaker: How I’ll play Belmont’s all-stakes pick four Saturday

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Yours truly has been tasked with writing about Saturday's all-stakes pick four at Belmont Park, the one that ends with the Belmont Stakes. And that's great. If I'm still breathing, I will play this sequence. Happily. With gusto. Read More...

American Pharoah’s siblings looking to make name for themselves

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's days on the racetrack are now a memory growing ever more distant. The champion retired at the end of his smashing 2015 campaign and is now nearing the completion of his first season at stud at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. But part of the beauty of the Thoroughbred industry is that it never stops moving on, and a number of American Pharoah's close relatives are preparing to one day make their own names in racing. Read More...

The Haiku Handicapper: 2016 Belmont Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks 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...

A different kind of Belmont Day for Reddam

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Paul Reddam will not be at Belmont Park on Saturday with his Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, who was knocked out of the final leg of the Triple Crown after running a minor temperature following his runner-up effort in the Preakness Stakes. But the prominent owner’s purple and white silks are still vying to appear in the Belmont winner’s circle, as he will send out homebred Mrazek in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters on the undercard. Read More...

Crist: NYRA giving a boost to long-distance racing

DRF | 3 weeks ago
In 2014 and 2015, a newly constructed Belmont Stakes Day was dominated by the suspense of whether a Derby and Preakness winner could complete the first Triple Crown since 1978. This year, with no crown on the line, it may be easier to appreciate the enormity of a card that has turned into the second-richest day on the American racing calendar. Read More...

Byron King’s Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Byron King's analysis for the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Mike Watchmaker’s Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Mike Watchmaker's Belmont Stakes analysis Read More...

Mike Welsch’s Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Mike Welsch's analysis for the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Mike Beer’s Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Mike Beer's analysis for the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Brad Free’s Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Brad Free's Belmont Stakes analysis Read More...

Belmont undercard stakes attract big fields

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Thirteen proved to be a lucky number for the New York Racing Association when it came to this year's Belmont Stakes undercard. Not only did 13 enter the Belmont Stakes, but there were 13 entrants in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, Grade 1 Just a Game, and Grade 2 Woody Stephens, three of the nine other stakes on Saturday's 13-race program at Belmont Park. The Grade 3 Jaipur Invitational drew 14. Read More...

Hovdey: Desormeaux lets the bon mots roll

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The length and a quarter by which Exaggerator finished second to Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby is also the difference between Keith Desormeaux being elevated as the overnight sensation of Belmont Stakes week and just the latest trainer trying to see if his colt can be the most admirable survivor of another grueling classic season. Read More...

No lemons for Fipke mare

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Forever Unbridled and Forever d'Oro will get wildly different receptions from horseplayers on Saturday at Belmont Park. Forever Unbridled is a Grade 1 winner who is part of a star-studded field in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes. Forever d'Oro is a recent maiden winner and will be a longshot in a Belmont Stakes topped by heavy favorite Exaggerator. Read More...

Fresh legs pose danger to Exaggerator

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Since the start of the millennium, eight of the 16 runnings of the Belmont Stakes have been won by horses who ran on Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs, then had five weeks off prior to the Belmont. That angle could prove pivotal again this year, as five of the contenders in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday have been similarly managed in the hopes of pulling off an upset over favored Exaggerator. Read More...

Five fresh from Kentucky Derby among Exaggerator’s dozen challengers

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Five of the contenders in the 148th Belmont Stakes on Saturday have had five weeks since the Kentucky Derby and will try to pull off an upset over favored Exaggerator, who will be just one of two horses – along with Lani – to run in all three legs of the Triple Crown this year. Read More...

Clocker: Lani, unfazed by workload, works five furlongs

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Lani took center stage on Wednesday, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.74 following another extended training session. Lani accelerated once turning for home, completing his final quarter in 23.64, and then was urged on to gallop out an additional furlong, pulling up six furlongs in 1:13.97. Read More...

‘Turf trainer’ Clement aims for second Belmont Stakes win

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Two years removed from Tonalist's victory in the Belmont, trainer Christophe Clement is back with Governor Malibu, a New York-bred son of Malibu Moon who was one of 13 horses entered Wednesday for Saturday's 148th Belmont Stakes. Read More...

WinStar has three for the present – and the future

DRF | 3 weeks ago
WinStar Farm has an interest in three horses in Saturday's renewal of the Belmont – Creator, Exaggerator, and Gettysburg. Creator and Gettysburg carry the WinStar colors in the classic, and the farm also owns the future stallion rights to Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator, the favorite for the Belmont. Read More...

Clocker: Exaggerator’s behavior raises concern

DRF | 3 weeks ago
All eyes were on Exaggerator Tuesday morning at Belmont Park, with the Preakness winner turning in his final major prep for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. He worked five furlongs in 1:00.92 over a very fast main track after the renovation break. Read More...

Kent Desormeaux gets reacquainted with Belmont Park

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Kent Desormeaux got reintroduced to Belmont Park and Exaggerator Tuesday morning, guiding the Preakness winner through his final workout in preparation for Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Exaggerator works well, gallops out ‘wow’

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Exaggerator, the Preakness winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up, completed his serious preparation for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes with a five-furlong workout on Tuesday morning at Belmont Park which Daily Racing Form timed in 1:00.92. Read More...

Slower pace puts closers closer in Belmont

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Closers don't win the Belmont Stakes. So goes second-level thinking these days in horse racing's hive-mind. Like the debunked myth of tight turns at Pimlico in the Preakness, the oversimplified notion suggesting the 1 1/2-mile Belmont favors late-rallying horses that have run out of ground at shorter distances has been kicked to the curb. Read More...

Gettysburg joins Belmont Stakes field; likely to set pace

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Gettysburg, whose best races have come when he was on the lead, was added to the Belmont Stakes field Monday, according to Elliott Walden, president/CEO and racing manager for WinStar Farm, which owns Gettysburg. WinStar also owns Creator and holds the breeding rights to Preakness winner Exaggerator, a pair of late-runners who are both running in the Belmont. Read More...

Dozen set to face Exaggerator

DRF | 3 weeks ago
After a Triple Crown bid by California Chrome in 2014 and then a Triple Crown sweep by American Pharoah last year, there will not be a horse going for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes when it is run for the 148th time on Saturday here at Belmont Park. But what is lost in drama will certainly be made up for in numbers. Read More...

Keith Desormeaux ‘proud’ that brother got help for alcohol problem

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Keith Desormeaux, the trainer of Preakness winner Exaggerator, said he is proud that his brother Kent, the Hall of Fame jockey, has sought help for an alcohol problem and is hopeful that he will be ready to perform at his best when he rides Exaggerator in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Cream of freshman sire crop on display

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Two of this year's most exciting freshman sires will have representatives on a major stage this week, as Belmont cards a pair of juvenile stakes in the Tremont and the Astoria. Read More...

Exaggerator loses shoe during gallop

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Exaggerator lost his left hind shoe while galloping on the Belmont Park main track on Monday morning, but he was due to be shod before the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and it just so happened that his blacksmith was due to arrive on Monday, so new plates were to be affixed prior to his scheduled workout on Tuesday. Read More...

It’s all in the Darby Dan family for Toner

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Memories of his outstanding turf mare Wonder Again are everywhere for trainer Jimmy Toner at Belmont Park this week. Read More...