Tags ‘Belmont Stakes’

The Truth Or Else likely to take a shot

DRF | 10 hours ago
American Pharoah lost one rival but may have picked up another in his bid to become Thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner in the June 6 Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Princess Violet going big in Ogden Phipps

DRF | 1 day ago
Princess Violet, winner of the Grade 1 Madison Stakes at Keeneland two starts back, worked six furlongs in 1:13.66 over the Belmont training track Wednesday morning in preparation for an expected start in the Grade 1, $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes on June 6. Read More...

Rosario to ride Wicked Strong in Met Mile

DRF | 1 day ago
Joel Rosario, who was replaced by John Velazquez on multiple Grade 1 winner Tonalist for the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap, has picked up the mount on Wicked Strong for the Met Mile, replacing Rajiv Maragh, trainer Jimmy Jerkens confirmed Wednesday. Read More...

Brown has numbers going for him in Pennine Ridge

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainer Chad Brown will apparently utilize the strength in numbers approach when it comes to Saturday’s $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Baffert’s Horse Sense: ‘They Can’t Talk To Us’

It’s Belmont time again. On American Pharoah rest the hopes and prayers of every tired soul who wants to see this Triple Crown jinx finally end after 37 years. Heck, that seems like eons, not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Keen Ice works from home

DRF | 1 day ago
At the finish of the Kentucky Derby, Keen Ice and Mubtaahij were separated by a half-length, or approximately four feet. On Thursday, with both preparing for the June 6 Belmont Stakes – and a second meeting with each other and Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah – Keen Ice and Mubtaahij were separated by 772 miles and their trainers’ ideology. Read More...

Pletcher leaning toward Woody Stephens with Competitive Edge

DRF | 1 day ago
Competitive Edge, the unbeaten winner of the Pat Day Mile in his most-recent start, is more likely to run in the Grade 2, $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes for 3-year-olds on June 6 at Belmont Park rather than the Grade 1, $1.25 million Metropolitan Mile against older horses the same day, trainer Todd Pletcher said. Read More...

Mubtaahij stays busy

DRF | 1 day ago
An official three furlong breeze by the busy Mubtaahij and an unofficial one from Tale of Verve highlighted yet another rather uneventful morning on the Belmont Stakes watch in New York. Read More...

American Pharoah puts in strong work at Churchill Downs

DRF | 2 days ago
Anybody looking for a reason to side against American Pharoah in his quest to win the Triple Crown in the June 6 Belmont Stakes surely couldn’t have found one after watching his half-mile breeze Tuesday morning from Churchill Downs. Read More...

Tickets still available as NYRA preps for big Belmont Stakes Day

DRF | 2 days ago
With less than two weeks remaining until American Pharoah attempts to become Thoroughbred racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years at the Belmont Stakes on June 6, approximately 22,000 grandstand general admission tickets still are available, according to the New York Racing Association. Read More...

War Story to Ohio Derby instead of Belmont Stakes

DRF | 3 days ago
War Story, 16th in the Kentucky Derby, will not run in the Belmont Stakes on June 6 against American Pharoah and instead will point to the $500,000 Ohio Derby on June 20 at Thistledown. Read More...

Connections roll the dice with Conquest Curlinate

DRF | 3 days ago
After solid second-place performances in the Illinois Derby and Peter Pan Stakes, Conquest Curlinate has proven to trainer Mark Casse and his owners that he is worthy of a Triple Crown race. Read More...

Training For The Triple Crown: An Historical Perspective

Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, was scheduled to fly to Louisville, Ky., on Monday night to check in on the Zayat Stables’ homebred son of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Belmont clocker: Mubtaahij continues to stay busy

DRF | 4 days ago
Mubtaahij, the UAE Derby winner, worked five furlongs on grass here at Belmont Park on Sunday, a half-mile over the main track on Wednesday, and another five furlongs on dirt this morning after open galloping more than a mile Saturday. Read More...

Mubtaahij works five furlongs in company in prep for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
For the third time in eight days, Belmont Stakes candidate Mubtaahij put in a timed workout, this time going five furlongs in 1:01.83, according to Daily Racing Form, in company with stablemate Umgiyo over the Belmont main track. Read More...

Watchmaker: American Pharoah faces unfamiliar track in Triple Crown bid

DRF | 4 days ago
It bears repeating that American Pharoah will be bidding to make history in more ways than one in the Belmont Stakes on June 6. Beyond attempting to become only the 12th to sweep the Triple Crown, he will be attempting to become the first to complete a sweep of the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes without having previously raced at Belmont Park. Read More...

Out at third: Triple Crown denied

DRF | 5 days ago
Over the previous 36 Triple Crown seasons, 13 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but have been unable to close the deal in the Belmont. One of those, I’ll Have Another in 2012, never made it to the starting gate; the others were derailed by fate, circumstance, or just a better horse on that day. Each day leading up to this year's Belmont, we will take a look at one of the 13 failed attempts at capturing Thoroughbred racing’s most-elusive prize. Read More...

American Pharoah a happy horse

DRF | 5 days ago
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah galloped a little more than 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs on a nice, cool Saturday. Read More...

Zito gives Frammento’s longshot bid credibility

DRF | 5 days ago
It is likely Frammento will be one of the longest shots on the board in the Belmont Stakes on June 6, when American Pharoah will attempt to become Thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner. But before you dismiss Frammento and his 1-for-8 record, just look who trains him. Read More...

Belmont: Materiality emerges as top threat to Pharoah

DRF | 6 days ago
Materiality, who finished a troubled sixth in the Kentucky Derby, worked a terrific five furlongs in 59.81 seconds Friday morning over the Belmont main track. Materiality was one of five Belmont Stakes horses to put in workouts Friday morning, a roster that included Pletcher’s other two expected entrants, Carpe Diem and Madefromlucky, Kentucky Derby fourth-place finisher Frosted, and, in Kentucky, Conquest Curlinate, the Peter Pan runner-up. Read More...

Belmont: Materiality emerges as top threat to Pharoah

DRF | 6 days ago
Materiality, who finished a troubled sixth in the Kentucky Derby, worked a terrific five furlongs in 59.81 seconds Friday morning over the Belmont main track. Materiality was one of five Belmont Stakes horses to put in workouts Friday morning, a roster that included Pletcher’s other two expected entrants, Carpe Diem and Madefromlucky, Kentucky Derby fourth-place finisher Frosted, and, in Kentucky, Conquest Curlinate, the Peter Pan runner-up. Read More...

Belmont clocker: Pletcher trio puts in works

DRF | 6 days ago
Only six of the 11 potential Belmont Stakes starters are currently stabled at Belmont Park. Four of those six worked for the June 6 race on Friday: trainer Todd Pletcher’s trio of Materiality, Carpe Diem, and Madefromlucky and Kiaran McLaughlin’s Frosted, the sneaky-good fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

American Pharoah gallops; Conquest Curlinate works

DRF | 7 days ago
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah was out for his first gallop since his seven-length romp at Pimlico when going through a routine bit of training Friday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

American Pharoah starts cranking up for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 1 week ago
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah began his bid toward the June 6 Belmont Stakes with a once-around jog Thursday morning at Churchill Downs, a routine bit of exercise that took a mere seven minutes to complete. Read More...

Mubtaahij putting in work ahead of Belmont

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Dallas Stewart sent out yet another longshot to blow up the gimmicks in a Triple Crown event when Tale of Verve closed steadily to be second at 28-1 in the 140th Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico. Read More...

Hovdey: Most played an encore after the Triple Crown

DRF | 1 week ago
Should American Pharoah become a Triple Crown winner by taking the Belmont Stakes on June 6, there will be tremendous pressure on owner Ahmed Zayat to pull the racing plug and protect his valuable asset. Zayat has said the colt will continue to race this season, which is good news. If he goes forth as the 12th Triple Crown winner, here is how he would compare to the other 11 after their place in history was secure. Read More...

Stewart king of the Triple Crown back-wheel

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Dallas Stewart sent out yet another longshot to blow up the gimmicks in a Triple Crown event when Tale of Verve closed steadily to be second at 28-1 in the 140th Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico. Read More...

Zayat sells breeding rights to American Pharoah

DRF | 1 week ago
Owner Ahmed Zayat said Tuesday night that he has reached an agreement to sell the future breeding rights to dual classic winner American Pharoah to an undisclosed farm. Read More...

Keen Ice works, points to Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Keen Ice, seventh in the Kentucky Derby, worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 Friday at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Belmont Stakes on June 6. Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Recap, Belmont Cap, Whip Controversy?

The 141st edition of the Kentucky Derby is in the books, and the horse everyone was talking about before the race got the job done. It’s the third consecutive year the post-time favorite has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Tale of Verve under consideration for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Tale of Verve could wind up in the June 6 Belmont Stakes, said trainer Dallas Stewart, assuming the colt runs well in an interim prep, likely a first-level allowance. Read More...

Belmont Park to limit attendance on Belmont Stakes Day

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The New York Racing Association will cap the attendance to this year’s Belmont Stakes at 90,000, in part to avoid overcrowding and other logistical problems that were incurred at last year’s event. Read More...

Belmont Stakes tickets on sale Monday; prices increase

DRF | 3 months ago
Tickets for the June 6 Belmont Stakes will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m., the New York Racing Association announced Saturday, and, unsurprisingly, there will be price increases. Read More...

Through the Eyes of a Newcomer: The Almost-Crown

In this week’s edition of his column, Bill Rawlings, coach driver for the America’s Best Racing RV, recalls his first Belmont Stakes experience. This was my second trip to Belmont Park, after ABR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Mary Simon: Random thoughts on Belmont aftermath

DRF | 12 months ago
Soon after California Chrome finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes, my sister fired off a private Facebook message likening the Triple Crown to the Hunger Games – a hyperbolic tantrum I chalked up to frustration and disappointment. Read More...

Commissioner to have ankle chip removed

DRF | 12 months ago
Commissioner, the Belmont Stakes runner-up, will miss the summer’s major races in the 3-year-old division due to a chip in his left front ankle that will require surgery, according to a press release issued Wednesday by his owner, the WinStar Farm. Read More...

Hovdey: Echoes of defeat reach the cheap seats

DRF | 12 months ago
Last Saturday, it was the same as it ever was. As the race drew nigh, the bulk of the 102,199 fans were either nose to noggin on the apron or pressed against the back of the grandstand seats, dozens deep on tiptoes, straining to catch even the slightest glimpse of the live action. The rest gathered beneath banks of TV monitors, resigned to watching on a video screen what they had hoped to savor in the flesh. Read More...

Belmont Stakes handle revised slightly upward

DRF | 12 months ago
Handle on the Belmont Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park was $92.15 million, according to a revised chart released by Equibase, slightly higher than an initial estimate reported by Daily Racing Form just after the first chart was released Saturday night. Read More...

‘Princess’ Team Shows How to Lose With Dignity

Steve Coburn taught the public a lesson that many turf writers learn within their first year on the job: when dealing with connections after a loss, expect the unexpected. Coburn’s version of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Chrome’s Bid for Greatness Will Have To Wait

Trainer Art Sherman was right earlier this year when he said California Chrome was a “very good” but not a “great” horse. With the benefit of hindsight, it took a very good horse to do what he did:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

California Chrome won’t return until autumn

DRF | 12 months ago
Had California Chrome finished off a Triple Crown sweep with a victory in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, he would have had the male 3-year-old championship locked up, and very likely Horse of the Year, too, even with more than six months to go in the calendar year. Instead, both categories are still in play after California Chrome finished in a dead heat for fourth in the Belmont. Read More...

Coburn apologizes for remarks following Belmont

DRF | 12 months ago
Steve Coburn, a co-owner of California Chrome, offered a sincere, emotional apology Monday for unsportsmanlike and insensitive statements he had made in the aftermath of California Chrome’s defeat in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Beyer: Espinoza’s ride could have cost California Chrome the Triple Crown

DRF | 12 months ago
After California Chrome finished in a dead-heat for fourth place behind the victorious Tonalist, co-owner Steve Coburn ranted on national television that winning the Belmont with a rested, fresh horse such as Tonalist was “the coward’s way out.” He was universally denounced as a graceless and clueless bad sport. While there was unanimity of opinion about Coburn, another post-race issue provoked spirited debate: Did Espinoza bear a heavy load of responsibility for California Chrome’s defeat? Read More...

Coburn remains bitter about California Chrome’s defeat

DRF | 12 months ago
After coming off publicly as a fortunate, grateful man through the first two legs of the Triple Crown, Steve Coburn, a co-owner of California Chrome, came off as petty and ungrateful immediately following the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, calling the connections of the victorious Tonalist “cowards” for bypassing the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Read More...

Stewards may disqualify General a Rod for late arrival

DRF | 12 months ago
The New York stewards are conducting an investigation into whether trainer Mike Maker brought General a Rod to the assembly barn in the proper time frame leading up to Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, according to Braulio Baeza, the steward for the New York Racing Association. Read More...

Belmont Stakes overnight ratings second highest ever

DRF | 12 months ago
The overnight rating for the Belmont Stakes broadcast Saturday on NBC was a 12.9, the second-highest rating of all-time for the race, behind the 15.9 overnight rating posted for the 2004 race, when Smarty Jones was bidding for the Triple Crown, the network said on Sunday. Read More...

Pletcher misses monster payday by narrow margin

DRF | 12 months ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher was about a length away on Saturday from having arguably his greatest day as a trainer. On a day when Palace Malice won the Grade 1, $1.25 million Met Mile, Pletcher finished a combined length away from winning four other graded stakes - including the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, where his 28-1 shot Commissioner was beaten a head by Tonalist. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: California Chrome to rest

DRF | 12 months ago
California Chrome emerged from Saturday’s Belmont Stakes with a minor injury to his right front hoof and will be given a lengthy rest before a scheduled return to racing this fall, trainer Art Sherman said Sunday morning at Belmont Park. Read More...

Belmont handle smashes records

DRF | 12 months ago
California Chrome may not have brought home a Triple Crown, but he meant record business for Belmont Park on Saturday, with the track easily setting handle records for the race and for its revamped 13-race Belmont Stakes card. Read More...

Clement wins his first classic

DRF | 12 months ago
Christophe Clement used to resent when he would be characterized in the media as a turf trainer. But he learned to live with that reputation after taking some advice from his friend and colleague Bill Mott who said “never complain about being labeled as any kind of trainer because it keeps good horses coming your way.” Read More...