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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Changing Of The Crown?

Only one horse ran in all three legs of the Triple Crown this year, which has prompted the seemingly annual discussion about whether it's time to make changes to the timing of the races, offer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Belmont ratings down 15.6 percent

DRF | 2 months ago
Viewership of Saturday's Belmont Stakes broadcast on NBC and its digital platforms was down sharply compared with last year, according to figures provided by the network, as the race's lack of star power took its toll. Read More...

Tapwrit joins seven-figure classic club

DRF | 2 months ago
As uncommon as a million-dollar sales horse can be within a foal crop, one that goes on to win a U.S. classic has proven even harder to find. Tapwrit’s victory in the Belmont Stakes made him just the fourth horse to win a Triple Crown race after changing hands at auction for $1 million or more. Read More...

Tapit has third Belmont winner in four years

DRF | 2 months ago
Tapit keeps finding higher bars to clear. For three consecutive years, he has broken the single-season earnings record for a North American-based sire while leading the continent’s general sire list – this, after coming out of the gate by establishing what was then an earnings record for a freshman sire. The sire of several champions and classic winners, he reached the $100 million mark in career earnings last season, doing so faster than many of his contemporaries. Read More...

Belmont Stakes 2017: How the race was run

DRF | 2 months ago
A photographic look at how the Belmont Stakes developed from start to finish. Read More...

Belmont Stakes 2017: How the race was run

DRF | 2 months ago
A photographic look at how the Belmont Stakes developed from start to finish. Read More...

Future stallion Mastery recuperating at farm

DRF | 2 months ago
Unbeaten Mastery has arrived at Claiborne Farm, looking to a future as a stallion after his promising racing career was curtailed by injury. Read More...

Future stallion Mastery recuperating at farm

DRF | 2 months ago
Unbeaten Mastery has arrived at Claiborne Farm, looking to a future as a stallion after his promising racing career was curtailed by injury. Read More...

Holy Bull’s sons and daughters will ensure his legacy

DRF | 2 months ago
Hall of Famer and Horse of the Year Holy Bull died last week at age 26 at Sheikh Mohammed Al-Maktoum's Darley America base at Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky. The son of Great Above won 13 of his 16 career starts, including, in his 1994 championship season, Grade 1 scores in the Florida Derby, Metropolitan, Haskell Invitational, Travers, and Woodward Stakes. Read More...

Holy Bull’s sons and daughters will ensure his legacy

DRF | 2 months ago
Hall of Famer and Horse of the Year Holy Bull died last week at age 26 at Sheikh Mohammed Al-Maktoum's Darley America base at Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky. The son of Great Above won 13 of his 16 career starts, including, in his 1994 championship season, Grade 1 scores in the Florida Derby, Metropolitan, Haskell Invitational, Travers, and Woodward Stakes. Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: The Race To The Breeding Shed

There was a time, not so long ago, that sporting men and women would breed Thoroughbreds to race them. Today, it seems, we have more business people who race to breed. With the 2017 Triple Crown in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Bombs boost WCH qualifiers

DRF | 2 months ago
On Saturday, Belmont Day, four more players won their entries to the $5,000 buy-in finals of the World Championship of Handicapping, which will feature a prize of $1 million and no takeout. Read More...

Hovdey: For want of a healthy hoof, a classic was lost

DRF | 2 months ago
Classic Empire is the Joe Btfsblk of his generation, habitually wandering the landscape with a dark cloud over his handsome head, braced for the next siege of rotten luck. If the stars that crossed at the beginning of Classic Empire's 2017 campaign ever return to proper alignment, look out, because he is clearly the best of the bunch. Read More...

Tapwrit the rare million-dollar horse to win Triple Crown race

DRF | 2 months ago
Every year, a handful of horses are bought at auction for seven-figure hammer prices, and whether the buyer will admit it when the pen hits the ticket or not, the list of goals for the high-dollar colts certainly includes winning Triple Crown races. Read More...

Tapwrit strengthens dad’s influence on Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
For three consecutive years, Tapit has broken the single-season earnings record for a North American-based sire while leading the continent's general sire list – this, after coming out of the gate by establishing what was then an earnings record for a freshman sire. Read More...

Sparkman: Tapit joins long-dormant three-Belmont club

DRF | 2 months ago
Last Saturday, Tapit joined the honor roll of sires of American stayers with the victory of his son Tapwrit in the 149th Belmont. The Belmont win was the third for a son of Tapit. Read More...

All-sources betting on Belmont Stakes declines 9.2 percent

DRF | 2 months ago
All-sources betting on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes was down 9.2 percent this year compared to last year, according to charts compiled by Equibase. Read More...

Watchmaker: So far, this crop of 3-year-olds highly inconsistent

DRF | 2 months ago
If I wanted to reach for one word to describe the 2017 Triple Crown season, it would be “inconsistent.” Read More...

For Ortiz, Belmont Stakes win is one more rung on ladder to the top

DRF | 2 months ago
There was a morning in late March at the Palm Beach Downs training center in south Florida when Jose Ortiz worked Tapwrit in preparation for the Blue Grass Stakes. His enthusiasm level was high. Read More...

Belmont Stakes order of finish, payouts

DRF | 2 months ago
Tapwrit won the Belmont Stakes by two lengths over Irish War Cry. It was another 5 3/4 lengths back to Patch in third. Below is the complete order of finish: Read More...

Tapwrit wins Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
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King: Pick four ending with Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
What follows is a short analysis of the pick four that begins on race 8 at Belmont and continues through the Belmont Stakes, race 11. Read More...

Epicharis fails veterinary exam, scratched from Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
Epicharis was scratched from Saturday's Belmont Stakes after failing to pass the prerace veterinary exam performed by Anthony Verderosa, the chief examining veterinarian for the New York Racing Association. Read More...

NYRA to again offer bonus to Japan-based Belmont winner in 2018

DRF | 2 months ago
The New York Racing Association in 2018 will again offer a $1 million bonus to any Japanese-based horse who wins the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

NYRA to again offer bonus to Japan-based Belmont winner in 2018

DRF | 2 months ago
The New York Racing Association in 2018 will again offer a $1 million bonus to any Japanese-based horse who wins the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Peck: Finding value in Belmont Stakes field

DRF | 2 months ago
The lack of a Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes is bad news for the Elmont, N.Y., racetrack but good news for handicappers, as the absence of a standout betting favorite means a completely wide-open field ripe with betting value. Read More...

Epicharis walks shedrow, still on for Belmont

DRF | 2 months ago
Epicharis, who is being treated for an issue with his right front hoof that required him being outfitted in a glue-on shoe, on Friday remained a candidate for the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, even though he did not go to the track at Belmont Park for the second straight morning. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Songbird In The Flesh, Belmont Day Breakdown

The 149th Belmont Stakes won't bestow Triple Crown honors on a horse this year, but the main event and surrounding races certainly appear dreamy for horseplayers and other fans of horse racing. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

A bonus for Epicharis, bettors, and Belmont Park

DRF | 2 months ago
Eighteen months ago, officials at the New York Racing Association, put in motion a plan to lure more horses from Japan to New York. On Saturday, that plan,is expected to pay off when the Japanese horse Epicharis runs in the Belmont Stakes Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Pletcher, Brown go for Triple Crown double

DRF | 2 months ago
Todd Pletcher and Chad Brown won the first two legs of the Triple Crown with horses who won't be in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park, but both trainers have a chance to win two Triple Crown races in the same year with different horses. Read More...

Hovdey: Shirreffs readies first-string backup for Belmont

DRF | 2 months ago
The good news is that the hoof abscess troubling Classic Empire and keeping him out of the 149th Belmont Stakes should not prevent him from running again. This is something John Shirreffs did not need to point out, as he waited at Belmont's Barn 17 Wednesday afternoon for the arrival of his Belmont starter, Santa Anita Derby winner Gormley. Read More...

Epicharis has what it takes, both on the track and between the ears

DRF | 2 months ago
Epicharis arrived here from Japan last week to race in the Belmont Stakes. A talented, level-headed colt, Epicharis looks more suited to handling the challenge than did Lani last year. Read More...

Gormley, Irish War Cry get acquainted with track

DRF | 2 months ago
Irish War Cry and Gormley finally joined the party here Thursday morning, with the entire field now on the grounds and in the final stages of their preparations for Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Read More...

TimeformUS Belmont Stakes analysis: Patch can outlast his rivals

DRF | 2 months ago
TimeformUS handicapper David Aragona provides analysis for the 2017 Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Once again, Smith loaded for bear on a big day

DRF | 2 months ago
Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith has had a year to remember – and it's only June. He's won the world's two richest races and the Kentucky Oaks, and on Saturday Smith hits Belmont Park with mounts in eight of the 10 stakes on the card. Read More...

Met Mile still a source of successful stallions

DRF | 2 months ago
The Grade 1, $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap has a history of being a stallion-making race, because it showcases the brilliance so desired in the American market.The latest case in point came last year, when Frosted romped by 14 1/4 lengths in the sparkling time of 1:32.73. Read More...

Vet records: Epicharis treated Wednesday for lameness

DRF | 2 months ago
Japanese invader Epicharis, scheduled to run on Saturday in the Belmont Stakes, was treated for lameness in his right front leg, according to veterinary records from the New York State Gaming Commission. Read More...

TimeformUS 2017 Belmont Stakes pace projector

DRF | 2 months ago
The Belmont Stakes drew a hefty field of 12 but does not include the winner of either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness. Six different horses comprised the trifectas from the two races, and among those runners, only Derby runner-up Lookin At Lee and Preakness show horse Senior Investment are in the field. Neither has much early speed, but that may not be a bad thing in light of the TimeformUS Pace Projector. Read More...

Bernier: 2017 Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
The 2017 Belmont Stakes features a group of 3-year-olds that are either inconsistent, unproven at the graded stakes level, or a combination of the two. With Wednesday morning's defection of last year's juvenile champion Classic Empire, favoritism for the Belmont is unknown; Irish War Cry was made the tepid 7-2 morning-line favorite, but it wouldn't be a stunner to see other horses also vie for favoritism as post time approaches. Read More...

Welsch: 2017 Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
Considering the extremely wide-open nature of the race, with so many unknown factors coming into play not the least of which being the 1 1/2-mile distance, it almost behooves one to look for a price. Read More...

King: Belmont Stakes pace should be legit

DRF | 2 months ago
Even following the announcement Wednesday morning that juvenile champion Classic Empire would not enter the Belmont Stakes due to a foot abscess, there still remains ample speed for a race at 1 ½ miles. Five of the 12 entrants are horses that prefer to race up close -- Meantime, Irish War Cry, Epicharis, Gormley, and Twisted Tom -- likely assuring no speed horse will get away with stealing the Belmont. Read More...

Beer: 2017 Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
The third leg of the Triple Crown looms as an anticlimax, with the winners of the first two legs declining to participate, the undefeated Peter Pan winner taking a pass (despite having only three career starts behind him), and the news that 2016 juvenile male champ and Preakness runner-up Classic Empire won't start because of a foot issue. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Who is bred for the distance?

DRF | 2 months ago
The 1 1/2-mile distance of the Belmont Stakes will be uncharted territory for all 12 horses entered in Saturday's race, and most of them will never stare down a race of that length again. The Kentucky Derby poses a similar test at 1 1/4 miles five weeks earlier, but history has shown that the winners of the Derby and Belmont can be very different types of horses. Read More...

Sunday Silence still making an impact with Epicharis in Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
For all the accomplishments in his remarkable career, including victories in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Breeders' Cup Classic, 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence also lives in racing notoriety for one of his losses – an eight-length defeat at the hands of archrival Easy Goer in the Belmont Stakes, extending the Triple Crown drought of the time. Read More...

King: 2017 Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
Irish War Cry is a horse that is very good at his best – he has twice won graded stakes this year with matching 101 Beyer Speed Figures – and very bad when he is not, as reflected by a loss of 21 lengths in the Fountain of Youth to go along with his Kentucky Derby thumping. But if he runs his race, the Belmont is his race for the taking. Read More...

Brad Free: 2017 Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 months ago
The withdrawal of standout Classic Empire has turned the Belmont Stakes into a scramble. Perhaps, it would have been chaotic anyway. After all, seven of the last nine Belmont winners paid more than $20. Bettors shopping for a price will find plenty of choices, including an improving colt whose form might be better than it appears. Read More...

Classic Empire’s defection a double disappointment

DRF | 2 months ago
For horseplayers, the unfortunate news Wednesday morning that Classic Empire would be forced to miss Saturday's Belmont Stakes due to a foot abscess cut two ways. Read More...

Calumet continues to be Triple Crown participant

DRF | 2 months ago
Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky., had a productive Triple Crown prep season with its 3-year-old crop, and it put the storied operation in a position to have at least one representative in this year's Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Lookin At Lee last one dancing

DRF | 2 months ago
Lookin At Lee is the lone horse will who make all three Triple Crown dances, a task whose difficulty was never more evident than when Classic Empire had to come out of the Belmont owing to an abscess in his right front foot. Read More...

Roca Rojo has breakthrough opportunity

DRF | 2 months ago
Roca Rojo has a chance to make a statement on Saturday as she takes on Dickinson and Celestine in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes. The Irish-born mare won three of her first five starts in the U.S. last year, including the Grade 3 Athenia Stakes on the Belmont turf, and finished second by a nose to Miss Temple City in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes. She announced that she was poised to continue her ascent when rallying to win the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on the Kentucky Derby undercard five weeks ago. Read More...