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Belmont Stakes workouts: California Chrome looks to be peaking

DRF | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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...

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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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

Ice cream is good. Put a little syrup on top and it gets better. Then add some whipped cream, nuts and a bit of fruit, and you’ve got what might be the perfect dessert. Then someone came along and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Belmont workout report: Bandage comes loose as Social Inclusion trains

DRF | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 12 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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...