Tags ‘Belmont Stakes’

Desormeaux takes shot with maiden in Tremont

DRF | 2 months ago
Last year, trainer Keith Desormeaux won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with Texas Red, who finished a close second to American Pharoah in the voting for champion 2-year-old. So when Desormeaux ships a maiden cross-country for a stakes race and names his brother Kent to ride, it merits attention. Read More...

American Pharoah jogs at Belmont Park

DRF | 2 months ago
American Pharoah, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, on Wednesday morning had his first tour of the Belmont Park track over which he will try to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and seemed to take in his surroundings with the same aplomb with which he's handled just about everything else during his bid to become the 12th Triple Crown winner. Read More...

Bet This, Not That: Friday at Belmont

DRF | 2 months ago
Two big days of racing at Belmont offer large fields and quality horses. First, let’s look at Friday’s card, where there are a lot of betting opportunities, and we’ll use DRF Formulator to find a couple to play as well as a couple to avoid. Read More...

American Pharoah arrives at Belmont Park

DRF | 2 months ago
American Pharoah, who on Saturday will attempt to become the sport's 12th Triple Crown winner when he competes in the Belmont Stakes, arrived at Belmont Park on Tuesday following a flight from Kentucky and then a van ride from the local airport, a trip that took almost five hours from door to door. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Who’s bred for the distance?

DRF | 2 months ago
Much like the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes puts its competitors on a level playing field in that none of the horses have started at the race’s 1 1/2-mile distance. Read More...

After last year’s problems, Belmont Park seeks to make amends

DRF | 2 months ago
Despite steadily increasing crowds at racing’s Triple Crown events and the very real chance that American Pharoah on Saturday will become the sport’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, an attendance record will not be set at Belmont Park this weekend. Read More...

Hovdey: Entry is rare into this jockeys’ club

DRF | 2 months ago
Victor Espinoza, the man who rides American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, is already on a list that includes Bill Hartack, Milo Valenzuela, and Kent Desormeaux, all of them in the Hall of Fame. That’s pretty good company, but all the same Espinoza would like to jump ship and join the club made up of Johnny Loftus, Earl Sande, Willie Saunders, Charlie Kurtsinger, Eddie Arcaro, John Longden, Warren Mehrtens, Ron Turcotte, Jean Cruguet, and Steve Cauthen. Read More...

Three weeks to get 12 furlongs

DRF | 2 months ago
There is no right recipe for getting a horse from Kentucky Derby and Preakness wins to the Belmont, but methods have radically changed since Affirmed nipped Alydar in 1978, the last Triple Crown winner. Seattle Slew signaled his Belmont readiness working a fast mile in 1:37, something no trainer of this era would likely consider. In 1973, Secretariat worked a mile and 1 ¼ miles between Preakness and Belmont. Last year, California Chrome had one timed workout at a mere half-mile. Read More...

Mubtaahij prepared for another swing at American Pharoah

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Michael de Kock has competed in and won major races all over the world, but not until last month had he ever run a horse in the Kentucky Derby, when Mubtaahij finished eighth in the field of 18. His participation in American classics will double on Saturday, when Mubtaahij competes in the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Beyer: Pedigrees fail to pass the ‘Test’

DRF | 2 months ago
When American Pharoah seeks to complete a sweep of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park Saturday, racing fans will hope to see a great race and perhaps a definitive confirmation that the winner has earned a lofty place in the sport’s history. Based on recent history, it won’t happen. Read More...

American Pharoah struts his stuff in final Belmont Stakes work

DRF | 2 months ago
American Pharoah turned a dreary morning into a pretty special one Monday at Churchill Downs with an eye-catching final work for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Two defections leave field at eight

DRF | 2 months ago
The combination of an apparently thriving American Pharoah and few challengers willing to take him on has resulted in an expected field of eight for the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, when American Pharoah will be heavily favored to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first in 37 years. Read More...

Carpe Diem out of Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
The prospective field for the Belmont Stakes on Saturday is now down to eight after Todd Pletcher said Monday that Carpe Diem would not run. The Truth or Else was withdrawn earlier Monday morning by his trainer, Ken McPeek. Read More...

The Truth Or Else out of Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
The Truth Or Else is out of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park with filling in an ankle, his trainer, Ken McPeek, said Monday morning on his Twitter account. Read More...

American Pharoah impressive in final Belmont Stakes work

DRF | 2 months ago
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah completed his outstanding preparation for the Belmont with a final five-furlong breeze that was timed in 1:00.08 by DRF clocker Mike Welsch. Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Baffert pleased with American Pharoah’s steady weight

DRF | 2 months ago
For a man on the verge of making racing history, now less than one week away from attempting to complete the Triple Crown on Saturday with American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes, trainer Bob Baffert couldn’t have been more relaxed or in better spirits than he was Sunday morning at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Mubtaahij stays busy with another workout

DRF | 2 months ago
Barring a late change in plans, it appears that all the major work is over for the seven Belmont Stakes hopefuls currently stabled on the grounds after MUBTAAHIJ and TALE OF VERVE turned in five-furlong breezes about 2 1/2 hours apart under perfect conditions here Saturday. Read More...

Tale of Verve works sharp five furlongs for Belmont

DRF | 2 months ago
When Tale of Verve failed to draw into the field for the Kentucky Derby, his connections immediately began thinking about the Belmont Stakes as an ideal race for their long-distance-running 3-year-old. Read More...

American Pharoah, Keen Ice stretch their legs

DRF | 2 months ago
On a bright, warm Saturday morning at Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah was sent through what figures to be his final gallop here, as the colt was tentatively scheduled to have his final breeze here Sunday in preparation for the Belmont Stakes on June 6. Read More...

‘Made to run’: The making of American Pharoah

DRF | 2 months ago
Before American Pharoah arrived in trainer Bob Baffert's barn in 2014, equine professionals at Stockplace Farm, Vinery, Taylor Made, and the McKathans' training center gave the Triple Crown hopeful his earliest care and most basic lessons, in the process becoming the first to see that glimmer of promise. Read More...

Hovdey: Maybe 11th time will be the charm

DRF | 2 months ago
Beginning in 1987, when Jack Van Berg took Alysheba to the brink of winning the Triple Crown, I have been to Belmont Park for 10 tries and left there with a fistful of programs worth considerably less than they might have been. So here we go again. Read More...

Pletcher seeking third rider for Belmont contenders

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher still has decisions to make – most notably who will ride his horses in the June 6 Belmont Stakes – but on Friday, he seemed pretty certain that he would run three horses against Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah in the “Test of the Champion” at Belmont Park. Read More...

Frosted impresses in Belmont work

DRF | 2 months ago
Friday has been the work day of choice for the majority of the Belmont Stakes contenders stabled on the grounds. For the second Friday in a row, trainer Todd Pletcher worked his Belmont trio of Materiality, Carpe Diem, and Madefromlucky, while Kiaran McLaughlin followed suit, keeping Frosted on the same schedule with an impressive half-mile breeze after the renovation break. Read More...

American Pharoah gallops at Churchill

DRF | 2 months ago
At Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah was out Friday morning for his first gallop since his Tuesday breeze, going through a 10-minute exercise routine that included a brief schooling session in the starting gate. Read More...

The Friday Show: Strange Things Happen In The Belmont

With the Triple Crown vacant since 1978, it obviously takes a rare combination of horse, connections, and circumstances to pull off one of the most difficult feats in sports. In addition to the grind... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The Truth Or Else likely to take a shot

DRF | 2 months ago
American Pharoah lost one rival but may have picked up another in his bid to become Thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner in the June 6 Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Princess Violet going big in Ogden Phipps

DRF | 2 months ago
Princess Violet, winner of the Grade 1 Madison Stakes at Keeneland two starts back, worked six furlongs in 1:13.66 over the Belmont training track Wednesday morning in preparation for an expected start in the Grade 1, $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes on June 6. Read More...

Rosario to ride Wicked Strong in Met Mile

DRF | 2 months ago
Joel Rosario, who was replaced by John Velazquez on multiple Grade 1 winner Tonalist for the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap, has picked up the mount on Wicked Strong for the Met Mile, replacing Rajiv Maragh, trainer Jimmy Jerkens confirmed Wednesday. Read More...

Brown has numbers going for him in Pennine Ridge

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Chad Brown will apparently utilize the strength in numbers approach when it comes to Saturday’s $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Baffert’s Horse Sense: ‘They Can’t Talk To Us’

It’s Belmont time again. On American Pharoah rest the hopes and prayers of every tired soul who wants to see this Triple Crown jinx finally end after 37 years. Heck, that seems like eons, not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Keen Ice works from home

DRF | 2 months ago
At the finish of the Kentucky Derby, Keen Ice and Mubtaahij were separated by a half-length, or approximately four feet. On Thursday, with both preparing for the June 6 Belmont Stakes – and a second meeting with each other and Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah – Keen Ice and Mubtaahij were separated by 772 miles and their trainers’ ideology. Read More...

Pletcher leaning toward Woody Stephens with Competitive Edge

DRF | 2 months ago
Competitive Edge, the unbeaten winner of the Pat Day Mile in his most-recent start, is more likely to run in the Grade 2, $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes for 3-year-olds on June 6 at Belmont Park rather than the Grade 1, $1.25 million Metropolitan Mile against older horses the same day, trainer Todd Pletcher said. Read More...

Mubtaahij stays busy

DRF | 2 months ago
An official three furlong breeze by the busy Mubtaahij and an unofficial one from Tale of Verve highlighted yet another rather uneventful morning on the Belmont Stakes watch in New York. Read More...

American Pharoah puts in strong work at Churchill Downs

DRF | 2 months ago
Anybody looking for a reason to side against American Pharoah in his quest to win the Triple Crown in the June 6 Belmont Stakes surely couldn’t have found one after watching his half-mile breeze Tuesday morning from Churchill Downs. Read More...

Tickets still available as NYRA preps for big Belmont Stakes Day

DRF | 2 months ago
With less than two weeks remaining until American Pharoah attempts to become Thoroughbred racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years at the Belmont Stakes on June 6, approximately 22,000 grandstand general admission tickets still are available, according to the New York Racing Association. Read More...

War Story to Ohio Derby instead of Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
War Story, 16th in the Kentucky Derby, will not run in the Belmont Stakes on June 6 against American Pharoah and instead will point to the $500,000 Ohio Derby on June 20 at Thistledown. Read More...

Connections roll the dice with Conquest Curlinate

DRF | 2 months ago
After solid second-place performances in the Illinois Derby and Peter Pan Stakes, Conquest Curlinate has proven to trainer Mark Casse and his owners that he is worthy of a Triple Crown race. Read More...

Training For The Triple Crown: An Historical Perspective

Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, was scheduled to fly to Louisville, Ky., on Monday night to check in on the Zayat Stables’ homebred son of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Belmont clocker: Mubtaahij continues to stay busy

DRF | 2 months ago
Mubtaahij, the UAE Derby winner, worked five furlongs on grass here at Belmont Park on Sunday, a half-mile over the main track on Wednesday, and another five furlongs on dirt this morning after open galloping more than a mile Saturday. Read More...

Mubtaahij works five furlongs in company in prep for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
For the third time in eight days, Belmont Stakes candidate Mubtaahij put in a timed workout, this time going five furlongs in 1:01.83, according to Daily Racing Form, in company with stablemate Umgiyo over the Belmont main track. Read More...

Watchmaker: American Pharoah faces unfamiliar track in Triple Crown bid

DRF | 2 months ago
It bears repeating that American Pharoah will be bidding to make history in more ways than one in the Belmont Stakes on June 6. Beyond attempting to become only the 12th to sweep the Triple Crown, he will be attempting to become the first to complete a sweep of the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes without having previously raced at Belmont Park. Read More...

Out at third: Triple Crown denied

DRF | 2 months ago
Over the previous 36 Triple Crown seasons, 13 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but have been unable to close the deal in the Belmont. One of those, I’ll Have Another in 2012, never made it to the starting gate; the others were derailed by fate, circumstance, or just a better horse on that day. Each day leading up to this year's Belmont, we will take a look at one of the 13 failed attempts at capturing Thoroughbred racing’s most-elusive prize. Read More...

American Pharoah a happy horse

DRF | 2 months ago
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah galloped a little more than 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs on a nice, cool Saturday. Read More...

Zito gives Frammento’s longshot bid credibility

DRF | 2 months ago
It is likely Frammento will be one of the longest shots on the board in the Belmont Stakes on June 6, when American Pharoah will attempt to become Thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner. But before you dismiss Frammento and his 1-for-8 record, just look who trains him. Read More...

Belmont: Materiality emerges as top threat to Pharoah

DRF | 2 months ago
Materiality, who finished a troubled sixth in the Kentucky Derby, worked a terrific five furlongs in 59.81 seconds Friday morning over the Belmont main track. Materiality was one of five Belmont Stakes horses to put in workouts Friday morning, a roster that included Pletcher’s other two expected entrants, Carpe Diem and Madefromlucky, Kentucky Derby fourth-place finisher Frosted, and, in Kentucky, Conquest Curlinate, the Peter Pan runner-up. Read More...

Belmont: Materiality emerges as top threat to Pharoah

DRF | 2 months ago
Materiality, who finished a troubled sixth in the Kentucky Derby, worked a terrific five furlongs in 59.81 seconds Friday morning over the Belmont main track. Materiality was one of five Belmont Stakes horses to put in workouts Friday morning, a roster that included Pletcher’s other two expected entrants, Carpe Diem and Madefromlucky, Kentucky Derby fourth-place finisher Frosted, and, in Kentucky, Conquest Curlinate, the Peter Pan runner-up. Read More...

Belmont clocker: Pletcher trio puts in works

DRF | 2 months ago
Only six of the 11 potential Belmont Stakes starters are currently stabled at Belmont Park. Four of those six worked for the June 6 race on Friday: trainer Todd Pletcher’s trio of Materiality, Carpe Diem, and Madefromlucky and Kiaran McLaughlin’s Frosted, the sneaky-good fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby. Read More...

American Pharoah gallops; Conquest Curlinate works

DRF | 2 months ago
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah was out for his first gallop since his seven-length romp at Pimlico when going through a routine bit of training Friday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

American Pharoah starts cranking up for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 months ago
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah began his bid toward the June 6 Belmont Stakes with a once-around jog Thursday morning at Churchill Downs, a routine bit of exercise that took a mere seven minutes to complete. Read More...

Mubtaahij putting in work ahead of Belmont

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Dallas Stewart sent out yet another longshot to blow up the gimmicks in a Triple Crown event when Tale of Verve closed steadily to be second at 28-1 in the 140th Preakness on Saturday at Pimlico. Read More...