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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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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 | 3 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...

Tonalist denies California Chrome’s Triple Crown bid in Belmont

DRF | 3 months ago
The Triple Crown elevator still stops on the 11th floor. California Chrome could not end a 36-year drought of Triple Crown winners Saturday, when he finished in a dead heat for fourth in the 146th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park behind the victorious Tonalist, a late-developing colt who did not run in the Kentucky Derby nor the Preakness Stakes. Read More...

Tonalist gives Tapit his first classic winner as sire

DRF | 3 months ago
Tonalist’s Belmont win redirected the pedigree spotlight away from the compelling tale of California Chrome’s modest origins and back to the foundation of American Thoroughbred breeding – central Kentucky – and to that industry’s most successful young stallion. Read More...

California Chrome grabbed quarter during Belmont

DRF | 3 months ago
Victor Espinoza knew early on this wasn’t going to be California Chrome’s day. Read More...

Evans on other side of spoiled Triple Crown

DRF | 3 months ago
This wasn’t the first time the Evans family has been involved in a failed Triple Crown bid – but the view from the other side is a little bit different. Tonalist, owned by Robert S. Evans, edged Commissioner by a nose to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday in New York, as dual classic winner California Chrome finished in a dead heat for fourth, extending the Triple Crown drought for another year. Read More...

Belmont Stakes payoffs

DRF | 3 months ago
Here are all the mutuel payoffs for the 146th Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Triple Crown destiny again denied

DRF | 3 months ago
A look at what happened to those who have failed in their Triple Crown bids since Affirmed in 1978. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Settle in for long Belmont Stakes Day

DRF | 3 months ago
A reminder that today’s epic 13-race program, the richest day of racing in North America other than Breeders’ Cup Saturday, has a first post of 11:35 a.m. Eastern, so if you’re planning on playing the 50-cent pick five with a $500,000 guaranteed pool that starts with race 1, rise and shine. Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Settle in for long Belmont Stakes Day

DRF | 3 months ago
A reminder that today’s epic 13-race program, the richest day of racing in North America other than Breeders’ Cup Saturday, has a first post of 11:35 a.m. Eastern, so if you’re planning on playing the 50-cent pick five with a $500,000 guaranteed pool that starts with race 1, rise and shine. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: California Chrome ready after final jog

DRF | 3 months ago
It’s about 5:30 a.m. the morning of the Belmont Stakes, and dual classic winner California Chrome is sauntering down the horsepath under the trees, ears pricked, seemingly unperturbed by the handful of press and well-wishers here to get one final look the morning of the most significant test of his young life. Read More...

California Chrome early Belmont favorite at 1-2

DRF | 3 months ago
After a light amount of advance wagering reported Friday by the New York Racing Association, California Chrome is the heavy favorite for the 146th Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Horses in Belmont’s biggest races all pass drug tests

DRF | 3 months ago
The horses entered in the four races at Belmont Park on Saturday with purses of $1 million or more, including the Belmont Stakes, all tested negative for illegal substances in pre-race out-of-competition tests. Read More...

King: Link California Chrome with some longshots

DRF | 3 months ago
Those looking for a richer payoff will want to look for value beneath California Chrome and find some horse who is at least 15-1 to potentially light up the exotics. Read More...

Belmont Stakes workouts: Wicked Strong, Ride On Curlin display high energy

DRF | 3 months ago
Friday provided Belmont Stakes starters one final opportunity to really stretch their legs prior to the main event, with all 11 3-year-olds set to contest the final leg of this year’s Triple Crown finally on the grounds following the belated arrival of General a Rod and Medal Count the previous afternoon. Read More...

Hammersly: Belmont Day pick four (races 2-5)

DRF | 3 months ago
The entrée may be coming a bit later on the card but that doesn’t mean there aren’t appetizers to be enjoyed with the potential for padding the bankroll as the day’s first pick four is ripe with opportunity. Read More...

50 Belmonts in a Row: ‘Marking Time of My Life’

The potential of a Triple Crown is exciting for all racing fans, but for some, the Belmont Stakes is something more. For Brad Telias, this will be his 50th consecutive Belmont Stakes.  Telias has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Watchmaker’s Belmont Day pick six plays

DRF | 3 months ago
The pick six sequence at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day is entirely comprised of Grade 1 races, culminating with the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Belmont Stakes workouts: California Chrome looks to be peaking

DRF | 3 months ago
California Chrome jogged a mile, schooled in the starting gate like an old pro, then galloped another 1 1/4 miles and looked good doing it over the wet track. Read More...

Through the Eyes of a Newcomer: Triple Crown Fever

This week, we debut a series that shares insights from the perspective of someone who is just learning the sport of horse racing. Bill Rawlings is a relative newcomer to the game and will be touring... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Can California Chrome pace himself?

DRF | 3 months ago
California Chrome’s challenge in the Belmont Stakes is to run slower than he ever has. In his dozen starts, he never has gone an opening half-mile slower than 47.20. But how long can he, or will he, run more slowly? Will he get bored and start champing at the bit? And if California Chrome submits to a slower tempo, can he, at some point in the second six furlongs, lay down a couple of those 12-second furlongs and blow the race open? Read More...

Belmont 2014: Who is bred for the distance?

DRF | 3 months ago
A helpful set of statistics in analyzing which Belmont horses might thrive at 1 1/2 miles are the average progeny winning distances of a horse’s sire and dam. Those numbers can provide a snapshot of a sire’s ability to impart stamina on his progeny or a dam’s capabilities as a producer. Read More...

Welsch: Look for value beating the favorite

DRF | 3 months ago
After giving California Chrome his due and selecting him in the Preakness, it’s now time to give history its due and seek out some value in trying to beat the odds-on favorite in the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Alan Sherman enjoying the ride

DRF | 3 months ago
Alan Sherman, at 45 the youngest of Art and Faye Sherman’s two sons, has done most of the day-to-day training of California Chrome, overseeing nearly every step the colt has taken since he left California five weeks ago for this captivating journey. Read More...

Dougherty family banking on Ride On Curlin

DRF | 3 months ago
Dan Dougherty has been forced to gradually close all 16 of his furniture stores over the past five years due to the economic downturn. When the final two were shuttered last summer, the 55-year-old father of six faced an uncertain financial future. But then along came Ride On Curlin. Read More...

Billy Turner: Pedigree tells in Belmont

DRF | 3 months ago
Bill Turner, the trainer of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, is a fan of California Chrome, but he appeared to waver a bit on whether the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit is going to win the Triple Crown in Saturday’s 146th Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Mott and Smith have upset Belmont before

DRF | 3 months ago
Hall of Famers Bill Mott and Mike Smith will team up with Belmont Stakes longshot Matuszak, but they are no strangers to surprising the racing world in the oldest and longest spring classic. In 2010, they scored their first Belmont victory together with longshot Drosselmeyer. Read More...

Belmont Stakes workouts: California Chrome does his thing

DRF | 3 months ago
Tuesday was just another day at the office for the majority of the dozen or so confirmed starters for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Routine gallops were the order of the day for nearly the entire prospective field, with odds-on favorite California Chrome having the busiest morning of them all. Read More...

Allen Jerkens ships in to old stomping grounds

DRF | 3 months ago
The decision by Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens to remain in Florida this spring has left a void on the Belmont Park backstretch. Though he personally will not be attending Saturday’s Belmont Stakes card, the 85-year-old Jerkens will have the chance to make his presence felt. Read More...

Hovdey: Delgado high on his big horse

DRF | 3 months ago
Along with trainer Art Sherman, his son and assistant Alan, and groom Raul Rodriguez, exercise rider Willie Delgado has been indispensable in the development and ongoing success of California Chrome. On Saturday, Delgado hopes to join an honor roll of exercise riders whose work helped win a Triple Crown, riders like Freeman McMillen with Citation, Charlie Davis with Secretariat, Mike Kennedy with Seattle Slew, Jose ”Tuto” Ithier with Affirmed. Read More...

Beyer: The slowing of the Belmont

DRF | 3 months ago
The Belmont Stakes has historically been billed as “the Test of the Champion,” and it may live up to that description when California Chrome bids to sweep the Triple Crown. But in the last decade or so the 147-year-old event has been marked by freakish results and diminished prestige. Read More...

Chrome report: Sherman says horse has gained weight

DRF | 3 months ago
Art Sherman, the trainer of California Chrome, hadn’t seen the horse in person in two weeks, since the Preakness win at Pimlico, but he certainly liked what he saw after flying to New York on Monday to begin final preparations for the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Read More...

Social Inclusion’s status for Belmont Stakes pending gate session

DRF | 3 months ago
As of Tuesday, Social Inclusion is still being considered for the Belmont Stakes, said owner Ron Sanchez, who added he will make a decision Wednesday on whether to colt runs in the Belmont or the Woody Stephens. Read More...

Kid Cruz to skip Belmont Stakes

DRF | 3 months ago
Kid Cruz on Tuesday was all but ruled out of the Belmont Stakes by trainer Linda Rice, who said she was looking “for an easier spot to get him back on track.” Read More...

After high-mileage run, California Chrome still gleams

DRF | 3 months ago
For a horse who already has made 12 starts, has been in steady racing and training for more than a year, has won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, and will be racing at his fourth track in four states in his last four starts Saturday, California Chrome looks like he’s held up remarkably well as he prepares for a Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes. Read More...