Tags ‘Belmont Stakes’

Five fresh from Kentucky Derby among Exaggerator’s dozen challengers

DRF | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months 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 | 12 months ago
Memories of his outstanding turf mare Wonder Again are everywhere for trainer Jimmy Toner at Belmont Park this week. Read More...

Rags to Riches has had modest broodmare career

DRF | 12 months ago
On Friday, Belmont Park will card the Rags to Riches Invitational, named to honor the 2007 Belmont Stakes winner – who became the first filly in more than a century to win America's oldest and longest classic when she outdueled eventual two-time Horse of the Year Curlin for the victory. Read More...

Clocker: Creator looks strong in half-mile work

DRF | 12 months ago
Creator broke off at the half-mile pole for a typically orchestrated Asmussen prep five days prior to the race. With exercise rider Jesus Vinegas aboard, Creator went off slowly, then picked up the pace a bit down the stretch, breezing four furlongs in 50.93 with a 24.87 final quarter. Read More...

Owners enjoying the ride with Exaggerator

DRF | 12 months ago
As far as the ownership team behind Preakness winner and Belmont Stakes favorite Exaggerator is concerned, it's a case of the more, the merrier. Read More...

Desormeaux enters alcohol rehab program, will ride in Belmont

DRF | 12 months ago
Jockey Kent Desormeaux, who is scheduled to ride Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator in the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 11, is currently undergoing an alcohol rehabilitation program in Utah, according to a statement released by Santa Anita publicity. Read More...

Belmont clocker: Romans workers a study in contrasts

DRF | 12 months ago
The Roman(s) Empire took center stage on the Belmont Stakes watch Saturday morning, with CHERRY WINE and BRODY’S CAUSE working within minutes of each other shortly after the renovation break, the pair proving to be a study in contrasts during their final major preps for the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Romans works Cherry Wine, Brody’s Cause

DRF | 12 months ago
To this point, Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine have performed at their best in races where the pace was swift and they could sit back and make one run. Read More...

Clocker: Governor Malibu, Pletcher pair work

DRF | 12 months ago
Finally, some serious action to report on the Belmont Stakes watch, with three of the eight potential starters on the grounds working Friday, and the other five visiting the racetrack for varying degrees of exercise. Read More...

Belmont Doings: Pletcher gives Stradivari the go-ahead

DRF | 12 months ago
While he didn't win the Preakness, Stradivari ran well enough in trainer Todd Pletcher's eyes to prove he belonged competing at this level. Pletcher wanted to run Stradivari back in the Belmont Stakes. He just needed cooperation from the horse and the blessing of his owners. Pletcher got what he was looking for Friday. Read More...

Romans has deep ties to Cherry Wine’s pedigree, owners

DRF | 12 months ago
Most of the horses contesting the 2016 Triple Crown series arrived at the barns of their trainers roughly a calendar year ago as 2-year-olds almost ready to begin their careers. However, trainer Dale Romans has known his Preakness Stakes runner-up and Belmont Stakes contender Cherry Wine much longer, with nearly two decades of association with the colt's family – and even longer with his human connections. Read More...

Clocker: Governor Malibu, Lani stretch their legs

DRF | 12 months ago
It was a relatively quiet morning on the Belmont Stakes watch here Thursday, with the favorite, Exaggerator, getting a day off from training, Lani doing little more than walking after having breezed the previous day, and a trio of recent arrivals – Preakness runner-up Cherry Wine, his stablemate Brody's Cause, and Creator – all getting themselves acclimated to their new surroundings. Read More...

Belmont Doings: Just call them the Comeback Kids

DRF | 12 months ago
As one of the sharpest jockey agents in the history of racing, Ron Anderson has won plenty of major races over the years, but his closest call came a little more than a year ago, and it wasn't even on the track. Read More...

Belmont Doings: Lani settling down

DRF | 12 months ago
Lani may be shedding his reputation as the bad boy of the Triple Crown. A horse who gave his handlers fits before the Kentucky Derby, would act studdish around fillies and mares, and who was tough around the gate, Lani has been on his best behavior at Belmont Park. Read More...

Nyquist getting ready to return to California

DRF | 12 months ago
Nyquist, whose bid for a Triple Crown ended with a third-place finish in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 21, was scheduled to resume jogging at Pimlico on Thursday in advance of a flight to trainer Doug O'Neill's base at Santa Anita on Sunday. Read More...

Clocker: Lani looking professional

DRF | 12 months ago
Lani has made great strides since his training before the Kentucky Derby. And those who saw him in Louisville would find it hard to believe after watching him train here Wednesday that this was the same horse who would refuse to break off or extend himself during workouts. Read More...

Belmont Clocker: Exaggerator stretches legs in 1 3/4-mile gallop

DRF | 12 months ago
With Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist out of the picture, Preakness hero Exaggerator will garner most of the attention here in the final 12 days leading to the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Exaggerator picks up the pace in gallop

DRF | 12 months ago
Preakness winner Exaggerator got a bit more serious about his training for the June 11 Belmont Stakes with a strong gallop over the main track Tuesday morning that saw him go his last half-mile in 56.50 seconds. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Sloppy track welcomes Exaggerator to New York

DRF | 12 months ago
Rain and a sloppy track made for an appropriate setting Monday morning, when Preakness winner Exaggerator visited Belmont Park's main track for the first time as he continued preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes here on June 11. Read More...

Belmont Doings: New experience for Creator

DRF | 12 months ago
Creator will try a new distance at a new track with a new rider when he competes in the Belmont Stakes on June 11. For the past seven weeks, Creator has been stabled at Churchill Downs, where on Monday he worked five furlongs in 1:02, in company. Jockey Florent Geroux was aboard. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Exaggerator arrives in New York

DRF | 12 months ago
If Exaggerator has as smooth a trip in the Belmont Stakes on June 11 as he did Sunday shipping from Baltimore to New York, he’ll be even tougher to beat than most people think. Exaggerator, the Preakness winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up, arrived at Belmont Park shortly after noon Sunday, following a smooth four-hour van ride from Pimlico. Read More...

Watchmaker: Dearth of early speed among Belmont Stakes cast

DRF | 12 months ago
What is striking about the group of 10 potential starters for the Belmont Stakes is not one of them – not a single one – fits the traditional definition of a front-runner. None even fits a loose definition of a speed horse. Read More...

Smith to ride Suddenbreakingnews in Belmont Stakes

DRF | 12 months ago
Two-time Belmont Stakes winner Mike Smith has picked up the mount on Suddenbreakingnews for the Belmont Stakes on June 11, trainer Donnie Von Hemel said Saturday morning. Read More...

Belmont: Stradivari may join Pletcher stablemate Destin

DRF | 1 year ago
Todd Pletcher has participated in 12 runnings of the Belmont Stakes and five times he has run more than one horse in the third leg of the Triple Crown. There's a strong possibility he'll run two horses in the 147th Belmont Stakes on June 11. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Creator is good to go

DRF | 1 year ago
Trainer Steve Asmussen on Thursday confirmed Arkansas Derby winner Creator as a definite starter for the Belmont Stakes on June 11. Creator finished a troubled 13th in the Kentucky Derby after coming rapidly to hand this winter and spring in Arkansas and winning the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park by 1 1/4 lengths over Suddenbreakingnews, another likely Belmont runner. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Exaggerator stretches legs; Nyquist stays at Pimlico with fever

DRF | 1 year ago
In the wake of the highly disappointing news that Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will miss the 148th Belmont Stakes because of an illness, the other 3-year-olds being pointed to the June 11 classic at Belmont Park are continuing unaffected with their preparations. Read More...

Nyquist out of Belmont with high white cell count

DRF | 1 year ago
Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will miss the Belmont Stakes on June 11 due to an illness, trainer Doug O’Neill told Daily Racing Form Tuesday morning. Read More...

For NYRA, rubber match in Belmont Stakes only part of the fun

DRF | 1 year ago
When Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator turned the tables on Nyquist in last Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, it meant that for the first time under the current management team at the New York Racing Association, the Belmont Stakes will be run without a Triple Crown on the line. Read More...

Trio of Belmont possibles work

DRF | 1 year ago
Less than 48 hours after the second jewel in the Triple Crown was run in the Pimlico mud, a trio of Churchill-based 3-year-olds who could run in the third jewel were out for serious work early Monday over a fast track. Read More...

Exaggerator continues remarkable run for sire Curlin

DRF | 1 year ago
The morning after the Preakness Stakes, trainer Keith Desormeaux needed to look no further than Exaggerator's pedigree line to express his confidence about the upcoming Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Fever makes Nyquist’s status for Belmont Stakes uncertain

DRF | 1 year ago
After splitting the first two legs of the Triple Crown, Exaggerator and Nyquist are still pointing to the Belmont Stakes on June 11, but the status of Nyquist became a bit uncertain on Monday when trainer Doug O'Neill revealed that the horse had a high temperature, necessitating a delay in his shipping from Pimlico to Belmont Park. Read More...

Nyquist among O’Neill horses shipping to Belmont Park for upcoming stakes

DRF | 1 year ago
Trainer Doug O’Neill was heading back to Southern California on Sunday morning, but a small contingent of his stable - led by Kentucky Derby winner and beaten Preakness favorite Nyquist - were heading to New York on Monday. Read More...

Exaggerator, Nyquist will continue rivalry in Belmont Stakes

DRF | 1 year ago
Exaggerator and Nyquist, winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown, both emerged from the Preakness Stakes on Saturday in good order and are set to meet again in the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, on June 11, their trainers said Sunday morning. Read More...

Bernier: Pick four for Preakness undercard

DRF | 1 year ago
The $500,000-guaranteed pick four on the Preakness undercard Saturday at Pimlico offers a little bit of everything, from superstars to blue-collar allowance runners. Take everything I’ve written with a grain of salt simply because the weather forecast calls for legitimate rain in the Baltimore area, and it would seem as though the turf events could be in danger of coming off the grass. Read More...

Jerkens prefers options other than Belmont Stakes for Unified

DRF | 1 year ago
Having passed his distance exam Saturday at Belmont Park, Unified will likely be tested around two turns for his next start, though the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 11 is not likely to be that spot, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Sunday morning. Read More...

Unified takes Peter Pan, but questionable for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 1 year ago
Unified did what he was expected to do Saturday - win the Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park. The question now is did he do enough to convince his connections to take a swing in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes in four weeks? Read More...

Destin points to Belmont Stakes

DRF | 1 year ago
Destin, the Tampa Bay Derby winner who finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby, will be pointed to the Belmont Stakes on June 11, trainer Todd Pletcher said Friday. Read More...

As Time Goes By: Clocking The Classics

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