Tags ‘Belmont Stakes’

The Price of ‘Chrome’: A Triple Crown Winner’s Worth?

As the racing world anxiously awaits California Chrome’s bid for history in the Belmont Stakes, stallion farms are punching calculators to figure out what a Triple Crown winner might be worth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Beyer: California Chrome’s stud value has ceiling

DRF | 5 months ago
Before the Kentucky Derby, the owners of California Chrome turned down an offer to sell 51 percent of their colt for $6 million. The offer pegged his value at about $12 million. After California Chrome proceeded to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, trainer Art Sherman declared: “Now the horse is worth $30 million.” When the breeding puts a valuation on humbly bred colt, however, his connections may be in for a surprise -- and a disappointment. Read More...

Belmont Stakes workouts: Busy day on track for probables

DRF | 5 months ago
What started out a relatively chilly morning heated up steadily as the day went on, both weather- and activity-wise for Belmont Stakes-bound 3-year-olds, six of whom worked during the course of a long morning, which began before 6:30 a.m. on the main track with Commanding Curve and ended more than three hours later over at the training track with an eye-catching drill by Wicked Strong. Read More...

Wicked Strong works a fast five Sunday morning

DRF | 5 months ago
On Saturday, Wicked Strong will chase Belmont Stakes glory. On Sunday, he was chasing Belmont Stakes history. Read More...

Samraat works a mile for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 5 months ago
In sharp contrast to the large throng of cheering spectators who assembled at Belmont Park early Saturday morning to watch California Chrome turn in his final work for the Belmont Stakes, trainer Rick Violette and a few disinterested members of the cleaning crew were about the extent of the crowd on hand when Samraat did likewise across town at Aqueduct later that morning. Read More...

General a Rod to run in Belmont Stakes

DRF | 5 months ago
General a Rod will join the field for the June 7 Belmont Stakes, his co-owner, Jack Wolf, said Saturday morning following a five-furlong workout in 1:00.20 at the Trackside training center in Louisville, Ky. Read More...

California Chrome sharp in workout for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 5 months ago
On Saturday, California Chrome, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, looked fabulous in a half-mile workout timed in 47.41 seconds by Daily Racing Form. It was California Chrome’s one and only work between the Preakness and his attempt to become the sport’s 12th Triple Crown winner in the June 7 Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Espinoza accepts New York mounts ahead of Belmont Stakes

DRF | 5 months ago
Jockey Victor Espinoza, who did a superlative job guiding California Chrome to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, will remain in New York and accept mounts throughout the week, according to his agent, Bryan Beach. Read More...

Trainers shake up routines for Belmont Stakes contenders

DRF | 5 months ago
After spending the past three mornings watching the same prospective Belmont Stakes starters go through virtually the same routines, there finally was some welcomed diversity during training hours at the main track Friday, with some relevant activity also taking place over at the training track during the course of the session. Read More...

California Chrome camp radiating good feelings

DRF | 5 months ago
The connections of California Chrome who are based in New York have emanated more and more confidence in their colt’s Triple Crown quest with each passing morning that they watch their Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner train. Read More...

Jockeys’ Triple Crown dreams must survive tough final test

DRF | 5 months ago
Belmont Park is where Triple Crown dreams are realized – 11 times since 1919. And it is where they have gone to die 11 times since 1978, with a 12th bid in 2012 negated by I’ll Have Another’s career-ending injury announced on the eve of the race. Read More...

New York Aims for Big Days, Big Business — With a Cherry on Top

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Belmont workout report: Bandage comes loose as Social Inclusion trains

DRF | 5 months ago
You know it’s a slow day on the Belmont Stakes workout watch when the biggest news of the morning was either Social Inclusion’s bandage unraveling as he neared the completion of another routine 1 3/8-mile gallop or the absence of Wicked Strong, who merely walked the shed row Thursday. Read More...

NBC plans 16 hours of Belmont coverage

DRF | 5 months ago
NBC Sports and its parent network will show 16 hours of Belmont Stakes-related coverage beginning June 4 and through the race June 7, double the amount it had originally been planning, the network said Wednesday. Read More...

Medal Count to enter Belmont field

DRF | 5 months ago
Medal Count, second in the Blue Grass and eighth in the Kentucky Derby, will run in the Belmont Stakes, trainer Dale Romans confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Robby Albarado will ride. Read More...

California Chrome measures up with recent heroes

DRF | 5 months ago
We found out in the Preakness that California Chrome is tough, with multiple gears, first fighting off that early turn move by Social Inclusion and then holding firm against a serious stretch charge by Ride On Curlin. We shall find out on June 7 if California Chrome is legendary. Read More...

Ride On Curlin still fresh for Belmont

DRF | 5 months ago
After driving through the night from Louisville, Ky., trainer Billy Gowan arrived in New York at around 2 a.m. Tuesday and, shortly thereafter, was reunited with his 3-year-old colt Ride On Curlin. Any fatigue Gowan may have had quickly dissipated after watching Ride On Curlin train over Belmont’s main track in preparation for the June 7 Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Schedule Change Can Make Triple Crown Even Tougher

Jeff Lowe is a former staff writer for Thoroughbred Times who currently handles media for Team Valor International If California Chrome succeeds in ending the 36-year Triple Crown drought with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Intense Holiday out of Belmont Stakes with injury

DRF | 5 months ago
On a morning when California Chrome had a routine two-mile gallop, five of his would-be challengers for the June 7 Belmont Stakes put in timed workouts at Belmont over tracks that had finally dried out after several days of rain. Unfortunately, one of those horses was injured and will not make the race. Read More...

California Chrome handles wet Belmont track just fine

DRF | 5 months ago
Being based mostly in Southern California, California Chrome had rarely, if ever, seen a wet track. During his Triple Crown run, California Chrome has seen his share of them in Kentucky, Baltimore, and especially here in New York. Read More...

Velazquez picks up mount on Ride On Curlin

DRF | 5 months ago
Preakness runner-up Ride On Curlin will have his third rider in as many Triple Crown races when John Velazquez pilots him in the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Danza out of Belmont, to be freshened

DRF | 5 months ago
Danza, the Arkansas Derby winner and third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, will not run in the June 7 Belmont Stakes, trainer Todd Pletcher said Tuesday afternoon. Read More...

Chrome report: California Chrome arrives for Belmont

DRF | 5 months ago
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, along with Preakness runner-up Ride On Curlin, arrived at Belmont Park just after 10:45 a.m. Tuesday following a van ride of almost five hours from Baltimore. Read More...

California Chrome can wear nasal strip in Belmont

DRF | 5 months ago
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome will be able to wear a nasal strip for the June 7 Belmont Stakes and all horses competing at New York Racing Association tracks will be able to wear them, effectively immediately, according to a press release issued Monday by the New York State Gaming Commission. Read More...

Will New York allow California Chrome to wear nasal strips?

DRF | 5 months ago
The connections of dual classic winner California Chrome will have to meet with the New York stewards to formally request they be able to equip the horse with nasal strips when he bids for the Triple Crown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Ride on Curlin, Social Inclusion set sights on Belmont Stakes

DRF | 5 months ago
As Ride On Curlin walked behind California Chrome in the shed row of the Pimlico stakes barn Sunday morning, the irony of his place in the pecking order was not lost on trainer Billy Gowan. Read More...

Ride on Curlin, Social Inclusion set sights on Belmont Stakes

DRF | 5 months ago
As Ride On Curlin walked behind California Chrome in the shed row of the Pimlico stakes barn Sunday morning, the irony of his place in the pecking order was not lost on trainer Billy Gowan. Read More...

Commanding Curve breezes for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 5 months ago
Commanding Curve on Friday recorded his first breeze since his runner-up finish in the Kentucky Derby, working a half-mile in 48 4/5 seconds over a “good” track at Churchill Downs as he prepares for the June 7 Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Peter Pan win propels Tonalist to Belmont Stakes

DRF | 6 months ago
It was a bit of an ugly start, but a good-looking finish for Tonalist, who established himself as a prime contender for the June 7 Belmont Stakes with a four-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes at sloppy Belmont Park. Read More...

Belmont Stakes Day entertainment announced

DRF | 6 months ago
LL Cool J, Frank Sinatra Jr., and former New York Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams headline the musical acts that will perform at the June 7 Belmont Stakes, the New York Racing Association announced on Friday. Read More...

Tonalist finally healthy for Peter Pan Stakes

DRF | 6 months ago
Christophe Clement will send out the likely favorite, Tonalist, while Jimmy Toner will saddle the main speed of the race in Fabulous Kid in the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan, the local prep for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7. Read More...

Weekend Warrior for May 10: Picks for Peter Pan, Decathlon, Fury

DRF | 6 months ago
The striking thing about Saturday's Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park is the almost complete lack of early speed. In a total pace play, I’m going with Fabulous Kid, who, barring an unlucky start, will be the lone front runner, and be as loose early as he wants to be. Read More...

Our Caravan heads Peter Pan cast

DRF | 6 months ago
Our Caravan is the only stakes winner among seven 3-year-olds entered Wednesday in the Peter Pan, the local prep for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7. Read More...

Candy Boy a candidate for Belmont

DRF | 6 months ago
Candy Boy is a candidate for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7 following a troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs last Saturday. Read More...

Now healthy, Tonalist will start in Saturday’s Peter Pan

DRF | 6 months ago
Trainer Christophe Clement hopes Tonalist can catch the last leg of the Triple Crown, the June 7 Belmont Stakes, but must first get a good performance out of the Tapit colt in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont. Read More...

Little Daddy eyes Sir Bear, maybe Belmont

DRF | 6 months ago
One of the horses pointing for the Sir Bear, a one-mile overnight stakes here on Kentucky Derby Day, is Little Daddy, who is unbeaten in two starts. Read More...

Belmont Park: Modest price increases for admission, seating at rich Belmont Stakes card

DRF | 7 months ago
While there will be some price increases in admission and seating for this year’s Belmont Stakes, they are not nearly as steep as initially thought when NYRA President and Chief Executive Chris Kay suggested they would be in line with prices for the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

Belmont Park spring stakes schedule has six stakes worth at least $1 million

DRF | 8 months ago
One week after announcing that the June 7 Belmont Stakes Day card will be the second-richest program on the North American calendar, the New York Racing Association released the entire spring/summer schedule that will present 62 stakes worth $17.95 million in purses – including six races worth at least $1 million. Read More...

Belmont Stakes Day beefed up with 10 stakes, card will offer $8 million in purses

DRF | 9 months ago
The New York Racing Association announced Friday that the June 7 Belmont Stakes Day card will offer purses totaling $8 million and 10 stakes races - six Grade 1’s - including the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, which has been moved from its traditional Memorial Day spot on the calendar. Read More...

Palace Malice is fourth Belmont winner for Farish, Lane’s End

DRF | 1 year ago
A popular expression used to describe an appealing horse in the bloodstock market is to say that he or she “ticked all the boxes.” For breeder William S. Farish III, Palace Malice’s triumph in the Belmont Stakes did just that. Read More...

Campbell, Dogwood partnership enjoy another classic success

DRF | 1 year ago
W. Cothran “Cot” Campbell, president of the trailblazing Dogwood Stable partnership, always felt there were bright things in the future for Palace Malice, a well-regarded colt who, through a run of bad luck, entered the Belmont Stakes without a graded stakes victory to his name. Read More...

Jay Hovdey: Palace Malice puts Aiken in a New York state of mind

DRF | 1 year ago
No longer will the deeply loyal Dogwood fans of Aiken be satisfied by merely hitting the board in a classic, or making the lively pace. If the local reaction to the Belmont is any indication, nothing less than a grand triumph will ever be tolerated again. Read More...

Parlaying the Triple Crown: Time for a Change?

As usual the week after the Belmont Stakes, I’m suffering from Triple Crown Letdown. I always enjoy the time of year when our sport is most in the mainstream spotlight. Friends and family tune... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Belmont Stakes television ratings down slightly from 2012

DRF | 1 year ago
The Belmont Stakes broadcast on NBC on Saturday had a final national rating of 4.5 with a share of 11, slightly down from the figures last year but slightly up from the 2011 figures, according to numbers distributed by the network Tuesday. Read More...

Belmont Park: Orb, Oxbow, Palace Malice may meet again in Travers

DRF | 1 year ago
Orb won the Kentucky Derby but finished behind Oxbow in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, and those two colts both were behind Palace Malice on Saturday in the Belmont, leaving the male 3-year-old title up for grabs nearing the midway point of the year. Read More...

Palace Malice, Persistence Make ‘Great Moment’ for Campbell

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Belmont Stakes: Palace Malice targeting Jim Dandy, Travers

DRF | 1 year ago
Palace Malice, who won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, came out of the race in good condition and is likely headed to Saratoga for his next starts in the Jim Dandy Stakes on July 27 and the Travers on Aug. 24, trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday at Belmont Park. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Handle on race declines 6 percent, overall card down 8 percent

DRF | 1 year ago
Handle on the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York on Saturday was $52.6 million, down 6.2 percent compared with handle of $56.1 million on the race last year, according to the charts for the two races. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Palace Malice emerges from Curlin’s first crop

DRF | 1 year ago
Curlin, arguably one of the best two or three U.S. horses of the 2000s, dominated racing headlines during his 2007 and 2008 campaigns, providing racing fans with a handful of superior performances on the track and plenty of intrigue elsewhere as well. The all-time earnings leader in North America, Curlin was naturally highly regarded as a potential standout sire upon his retirement in 2008 to William S. Farish III’s Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: More success for Farish family’s Lane’s End

DRF | 1 year ago
Palace Malice’s victory in the Belmont Stakes represented an all-encompassing triumph for William Stamps Farish III's Lane’s End, which bred the colt and stands his sire, Curlin. Read More...