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Belmont Stakes handle down 10.5 percent

DRF | 1 year ago
All-sources handle on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, which featured the first Triple Crown triumph in 37 years, was down 10.5 percent from the record-setting handle on the Belmont last year, when California Chrome failed in his own attempt to win the Triple Crown, according to charts of the race. Read More...

Baffert full of gratitude after Triple Crown win

DRF | 1 year ago
After three failed attempts at winning the Triple Crown, trainer Bob Baffert could have been excused if he talked about how great an accomplishment American Pharoah’s Triple Crown sweep felt for him personally. Read More...

Watchmaker: How does American Pharoah compare to other Triple Crown winners?

DRF | 1 year ago
Now, after his dominant victory in the Belmont Stakes to become only the 12th ever to capture the Triple Crown, the debate shifts from whether American Pharoah can make history to his place in it. Read More...

Belmont Stakes order of finish and payoffs

DRF | 1 year ago
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American Pharoah Completes Triple Crown Sweep

It’s over. horse racing’s 37-year affair with frustration has ended. American Pharoah, owned and bred by Zayat Stables and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, lit up Belmont Park with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

American Pharoah wins Belmont, becomes 12th Triple Crown winner

DRF | 1 year ago
To months in a year, inches in a foot, signs of the Zodiac, members of a jury, and days of Christmas, the number 12 now includes Triple Crown winners. American Pharoah put an emphatic exclamation point on the 2015 Triple Crown with a runaway victory Saturday at Belmont Park in the 147th Belmont Stakes, romping by 5 1/2 lengths in front of a crowd of 90,000 that included former President Bill Clinton. Read More...

DRF Live! Video: Belmont Stakes Day

DRF | 1 year ago
Watch DRF Live! for all-day video coverage of the Belmont Stakes Day card here: http://live.drf.com/ Read More...

Gold Cup/Belmont Park daily double will-pays

DRF | 1 year ago
Belmont Gold Cup/Belmont Stakes $2 daily double will-pays: Read More...

Hersh: Belmont Stakes Day pick four

DRF | 1 year ago
I find the Manhattan, race 10, unwieldy and don’t really like anyone very well, and find race 13, the second-level, $62,500 optional-claiming dirt sprint, unwieldy and don’t really like anybody. So, without strong opinions anywhere in the sequence, the idea of putting together an expensive play seems unwise. In fact, I’m going caveman style here and merely narrowing things to the horses I like best – no backups – in those two tricky races. Read More...

American Pharoah takes on ghosts of Triple Crowns past

DRF | 1 year ago
Through the steady rain falling in the dark at Belmont Park, you can hear them – the ghosts of Triple Crowns past, echoing through the mammoth grandstand and around the sweeping final turn. Read More...

McGee: Belmont Stakes Day pick five

DRF | 1 year ago
Belmont Stakes Day action starts promptly at 11:35 a.m. Eastern, and Todd Pletcher wastes no time making his presence felt with Stanford as the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the first of 13 Saturday races. But does he have to win when making his first start since the Louisiana Derby? Well... Read More...

Belmont Stakes Day previews, analysis, and plays

DRF | 1 year ago
The following is a list of DRF Plus resources and content related to Saturday’s Belmont Stakes card at Belmont Park. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Belmont Stakes Day

DRF | 1 year ago
There’s something for horseplayers of all wagering persuasions on this 13-race Belmont Stakes card, whether they like to shoot for the moon in the four guaranteed multirace exotic pools or make solid percentage plays on legit favorites, or both. Read More...

Monster Energy Drinks to sponsor American Pharoah and connections

DRF | 1 year ago
American Pharoah will be sponsored by Monster Energy Drinks for his attempt to win the Triple Crown in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York Read More...

The Friday Show: Never A Dull Moment In Bid For Triple Crown

With one of the toughest feats in all of sports at stake, you’d think the tension on the racetrack would be enough, but that’s rarely the case with horse racing’s top honor. Human... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Belmont Stakes: Pedigree profiles

DRF | 2 years ago
A closer look at the pedigrees of the entrants for the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, to be contested Saturday in New York. Read More...

The Haiku Handicapper: Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 years ago
DRF sales editor Joe Nevills analyzes the Belmont Stakes field, in post position order, in the form of Haiku, a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Read More...

Beyer: History says American Pharoah is up against it

DRF | 2 years ago
Despite all American Pharoah’s obvious strengths, I would counsel casual fans and serious players not to bet him – except possibly for a $2 souvenir ticket on what might be history’s 12th sweep of the Triple Crown. Read More...

With racing world in a tizzy, Espinoza stays cool

DRF | 2 years ago
Thrust back into horse racing’s occasional spotlight, Victor Espinoza has been more than willing to answer all the questions he was asked last year before and after California Chrome’s try in the Belmont Stakes, as well as a few left over from 2002, when he came to the Belmont with Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem and left empty-handed. Read More...

American Pharoah training like a Triple Crown winner

DRF | 2 years ago
There are no more uneventful mornings on the Belmont Stakes workout watch now that American Pharoah has arrived, and he put on another great show during a 1 1/2-mile gallop here Thursday. Read More...

Lawsuit against Zayat thrown out

DRF | 2 years ago
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit alleging that American Pharoah’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, reneged on a $1.65 million debt, citing the statute of limitations and the plaintiff’s difficulty in proving his allegations, according to court records. Read More...

Being Todd Pletcher: A Day Behind The Scenes

Trainer Todd Pletcher has taken plenty of ribbing about his 1 for 43 record in the Kentucky Derby, but it’s only because he’s been so successful everywhere else in the sport. The winner of a record... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Watchmaker: Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 years ago
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Brad Free’s Belmont Stakes analysis

DRF | 2 years ago
FROSTED is positioned for an “upset” as the likely second choice in the Belmont Stakes. He has been freshened five weeks since a solid fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, a race dominated by frontrunners. Frosted was one of the only late runners to make an impact. He was shuffled early, uncorked a wide move on the far turn, kept to his task late, and missed by only 3 1/4 lengths. He skipped the Preakness, enters the Belmont fresh, and has looked good in morning workouts, according to clocker reports. Read More...

Crist: Try to beat Belmont favorite at 3-5

DRF | 2 years ago
Can American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes and become the first winner of the American Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978? Of course he can, but he’s a very bad bet to do so at 3-5. Read More...

Bayern will try to rebound in Met Mile

DRF | 2 years ago
It isn’t often a trainer could run the defending Breeders’ Cup Classic winner in a Grade 1 race and have it be only the second most important race of his day. Read More...

For fresh Belmont contenders, time is on their side

DRF | 2 years ago
Of the eight 3-year-olds scheduled to run in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, five – Frosted, Frammento, Keen Ice, Materiality, and Mubtaahij – will have run in the Derby and skipped the Preakness to await the Belmont. It is a strategy that has produced six Belmont winners in the past 12 runnings. Read More...

NYRA, NBC extend Belmont Stakes broadcast deal

DRF | 2 years ago
The New York Racing Association and NBC Sports Group have extended a deal giving the network exclusive broadcast rights to the Belmont Stakes, the two groups said on Wednesday. Read More...

Belmont: Multiple guaranteed pools in exotics for Friday, Saturday

DRF | 2 years ago
There will be no shortage of wagering opportunities Friday and Saturday – Belmont Stakes Day – at Belmont Park, including multiple two-day daily double bets. Read More...

Baffert gets fourth shot at Triple Crown glory

DRF | 2 years ago
On Saturday, American Pharoah steps to the plate. He will either become the 12th Triple Crown winner, or the 14th horse since Affirmed – and 24th overall – who won the Derby and Preakness but did not win the Belmont. Read More...

Jerardi: American Pharoah can solve the Belmont riddle

DRF | 2 years ago
Prior to the Kentucky Derby, more people picked American Pharoah than any other horse. Prior to the Preakness, just about everybody picked American Pharoah. This week, hardly anyone I talk with is picking American Pharoah to win the Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Desormeaux takes shot with maiden in Tremont

DRF | 2 years 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 gets post 5 for Belmont Stakes

DRF | 2 years ago
American Pharoah’s quest to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner and first since 1978 will start from post 5 against seven challengers in the 147th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. Read More...

Justin Zayat’s racing knowledge grows, but he’s still learning

DRF | 2 years ago
Justin Zayat is the racing and stallion manager for Zayat Stables, which owns 147 horses, including American Pharoah, who on Saturday will attempt to complete Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. To some, it may be hard to believe that, at age 23, Justin Zayat is making key decisions for one of the largest outfits in racing. Read More...

Hovdey: Donegal taking the long view

DRF | 2 years ago
Jerry Crawford, who manages the Donegal Racing partnership which owns Keen Ice, is savvy enough to concede all the advantages in the Belmont Stakes to American Pharoah, except one. “He’s the best-bred horse from a stamina standpoint in the field,” Crawford said of Keen Ice. “He has not been as quick as some of the others. But the mile and a half gives the horse with the right breeding a chance to succeed.” Read More...

Desormeaux takes shot with maiden in Tremont

DRF | 2 years 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...

Desormeaux takes shot with maiden in Tremont

DRF | 2 years 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...

Desormeaux takes shot with maiden in Tremont

DRF | 2 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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...