A sporting gesture put two-time champion Beholder on a plane to Belmont Park last week for the brewing rematch between her and 2013 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Princess of Sylmar in the $1 million Ogden Phipps (gr. I).
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including California Chrome schooling and galloping under the watchful eye of Art Sherman. Also, Commanding Curve, and the status of Kid Cruz. Watch Video
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders weren't the only ones catching attention June 2 at Belmont Park. Champion filly Beholder and rival Close Hatches both turned in final pre-race preparations for the Ogden Phipps (gr. I).
Claire Novak reports from Belmont Park on Social Inclusion possibly running in the Woody Stevens, California Chrome, Kid Cruz, Beholder and Close Hatches. watch video
Aron Wellman of Eclipse Thoroughbreds confirmed June 2 that Todd Pletcher trainee Matterhorn will run in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), with New Jersey-based jockey Joe Bravo to get the mount.
The status of Social Inclusion for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) remained uncertain June 2 after the Pioneerof the Nile colt acted up while schooling in the gate at Belmont Park.
Claire Novak updates us on the status and works of several horses from this morning. Watch work footage from Ride On Curlin, Commanding Curve, Wicked Strong, Commissioner, Matterhorn, Palace Malice, and Princess of Sylmar. watch video
Daniel Dougherty's Ride On Curlin, runner-up to California Chrome in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), stretched his legs June 1 with a seven-furlong breeze under exercise rider Bryan Beccia at Belmont Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher talks about the June 1 works of Commissioner, Matterhorn, Palace Malice, Princess of Sylmar, and more at Belmont Park. watch video
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent two 3-year-olds he is pointing toward the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to the Belmont Park training track along with stablemates Palace Malice and Princess of Sylmar.
Hard-knocking Delaunay secured his second graded victory May 31 in the $112,900 Aristides Stakes (gr. III), driving clear by 3 1/2 lengths under Rosie Napravnik at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. confirmed that Itsmyluckyday, runner-up in the 2012 Preakness Stakes, will point to the July 6 Salvatore Mile (gr. III) at Monmouth Park as expected instead of wheeling around to the Met Mile.
The classy sprinter La Verdad handled an increase in distance to take the Critical Eye Stakes, and 3-year-old filly Isabelle went wire-to-wire in the Bouwerie Stakes May 31 at Belmont Park on New York Showcase Day.
Claire Novak updates the news for Saturday, including works for California Chrome, Social Inclusion, and Tonalist. Also, what's on tap for tomorrow. Watch Video
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome gets new shoes from Judd Fisher before the Belmont Stakes (gr.I). Watch Video
After schooling in the gate and going out for exercise, Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome got a visit from farrier Judd Fisher and a set of new shoes May 30 at Belmont Park, in time for his planned breeze the next day.
My Meadowview Farm lost the cornerstone of its breeding operation with the death of Noble Causeway, the sire of upcoming Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender Samraat.
La Verdad seeks her first win beyond six furlongs as she heads a group of nine New York-bred fillies and mares in the $200,000 Critical Eye at one mile. Earlier on the card, Flipcup heads $125,000 Bouwerie.
Front-running filly Istanford took it to her male rivals early and held on late, carrying home a stylish victory in the $150,000 Arlington Classic Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park.
Homebred Nikki's Sandcastle made a strong run on the final turn of the $150,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (gr. III), and that move carried him to a determined victory May 24 at Arlington Park.
Itsmyluckyday continued his progress on the comeback trail May 24, clearing Code West by a comfortable 1 1/4 lengths in the $75,000 Majestic Light Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Salvador Hernandez's La Tia displayed her affinity for her home track May 24 in the $150,000 Arlington Matron (gr. III), romping wire-to-wire under E.T. Baird in the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack event at Arlington Park.
Arlington Oaks winner La Tia is after her second grade III victory, but could have her work cut out for her May 24 when invader Moment in Dixie comes in for the $150,000 Arlington Matron Stakes (gr. III).
War Dancer, winner of the 2013 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) and runner-up in last month's Elkhorn (gr. IIT) at Keeneland, is the 118-pound highweight May 24 in the Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
Morton Fink's two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan rolled off the trailer with a spring in his step May 21, seemingly none the worse for wear after undergoing emergency colic surgery five days earlier at Rood & Riddle.
- By Claire Novak
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan comes home to Forest Lane Farm near Lexington after May 16 colic surgery at Rood & Riddle. watch video
The connections of California Chrome have asked New York regulators and stewards for permission to race the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes with a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes.
Claire Novaks gives a brief update on California Chrome, Ride On Curlin, and mentions Art Sherman saying to 'bring on the Triple Crown.' watch video
The morning of May 18 was time for Art Sherman to check his horse and relive the thrill of California Chrome's Preakness victory, while trainer Billy Gowan was all smiles about a runner-up finish from Ride On Curlin.
Somali Lemonade had never been to Pimlico Race Course before, but on the track's biggest day in front of a Preakness Day throng, the 5-year-old mare galloped to victory in the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Sagamore Farm and Mel Paikoff's Happy My Way streaked wire to wire in the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap presented by Jagermeister (gr. III) May 17 at Pimlico Race Course, securing his first graded stakes score.
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan came through the night in good order and was recovering well from emergency colic surgery, trainer Charlie LoPresti reported May 17.
- By Claire Novak
Raul Rodriguez, California Chrome's Main Man: Out of the limelight yet playing a vital role, one man provides day-to-day hands-on care for Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome. Watch Video
Early Preakness morning, the Kentucky Derby winner went to the track at Pimlico for a jog. Watch Video
Repole Stable's Stopchargingmaria returned to her winning ways May 16 at Pimlico Race Course, but had to fight to get the job done in the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II).
There is always hope for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner when he gallops into the Preakness, and through him hope for racing to realize the making of another legend.
- By Claire Novak
Is California Chrome the real deal? Will blinkers off help Bayern? Will up and coming Kid Cruz hit the board? All of these questions and more in this week's episode! watch video
Claire Novak updates us on developing news, how the athletes looked on the track, and the weather. California Chrome, Ring Weekend, Ria Antonia and more! watch video
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan was taken to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington May 16 for emergency colic surgery, according to trainer Charlie LoPresti.
Caroline Forgason's Somali Lemonade has spent her fair share of time on a horse van, and will add Pimlico Race Course to her resume when she faces nine others in the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT).
Claire Novak updates us on the Preakness Stakes new arrivals, how the athletes looked on the track and other developing news. Ring Weekend, California Chrome, Ria Antonia, Bayern, Pablo Del Monte, Dynamic Impact and more! Watch Video
Connections from the camp of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome said May 15 the colt has a minor throat irritation and is not becoming ill.
After traveling together from Louisville to Baltimore May 14, Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contenders Ria Antonia, Bayern, Dynamic Impact, and Pablo Del Monte all stretched their legs May 15 on a cloudy day at Pimlico.
Canadian Horse of the Year Up With the Birds takes on highweights Hamp and Hey Leroy May 17 in the $400,000 Longines Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) at Pimlico Race Course.
Assistant trainer talks about the Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner on his first morning at Pimlico. Norm also comments on the speed in the race, the plan for Dynamic Impact, and the Illinois Derby win. watch video
Preakness (gr.I) contender Ria Antonia, the lone filly in the field, grazes at Pimlico after training May 15. watch video
Claire Novak checks in with a quick update from the post position draw for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Watch Video
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contender Ride On Curlin breezed four furlongs in :49 3/5 on an overcast morning at Pimlico Race Course May 14.
Trainer of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner California Chrome addresses the media three days before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). watch video
Adjudged Arlington Million (gr. IT) victor Real Solution has some solid competition from grade II winners Lucayan and Grandeur in the May 11 Man o' War, along with grade III winner Imagining.
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