Godolphin Racing's Essence of Dubai, ninth in the Kentucky Derby in his last start, worked 5 furlongs in 1:03 4/5 at Belmont Park on Tuesday.
Latest workout infomration and look at probable field for Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
n the ninth of 11 installments on previous Triple Crown winners, here is an excerpt from The Blood-Horse issue of June 18, 1973 on Secretariat winning the Belmont Stakes.
Triple Crown hopeful War Emblem had his final serious work for Saturday's Belmont Stakes when he worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning. "Whew, I'm glad that's over," a relieved trainer Bob Baffert said as the colt pulled up.
Those traveling to Elmont, NY for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) can expect pleasant spring temperatures with periods of both sun and clouds.
Paraneck Stable's Artax Too, who may go off the biggest price on the toteboard in the Belmont Stakes, turned in his final workout Monday at Aqueduct.
The white placard hanging outside Barn 30 along the Belmont Park backstretch reads: H. A. Jerkens Racing Stable. The H. stands for Harry, but it is seldom used. Allen Jerkens trains racehorses here. His workers call him, "The Chief."
Sunday Break and Puzzlement, the respective first- and second-place finishers in the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II), worked at Belmont Park on Monday in preparation for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Here is an excerpt from Joe Palmer's Sidelights column in The Blood-Horse issue of June 19, 1948 on Citation winning the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown.
Proud Citizen, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness, concluded his serious training for the June 8 Belmont Stakes, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 at Churchill Downs Sunday morning.
Medaglia d'Oro and Perfect Drift both turned in sharp five-furlong works Saturday morning at Belmont Park and the Trackside training center, respectively.
Trainer Niall O'Callaghan said he was "leaning toward running" in the Belmont Stakes following Wiseman's Ferry's five-furlong work in 1:01 1/5 at Churchill Downs Friday.
Although he doesn't know about it, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem has been getting a taste of his own medicine over at Murray Johnson's barn at the Trackside training center.
In the seventh of 11 installments on previous Triple Crown winners, here is an excerpt from The Blood-Horse issue of June 8, 1946 on Assault winning the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown.
Pat Day will ride Columbine Stable's Like A Hero in the June 8 Belmont Stakes.
Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem, said on a national teleconference Thursday he is going to try to enjoy his third attempt at a Triple Crown sweep, and advised Magic Weisner's trainer Nancy Alberts to do the same.
The price that WinStar Farms and Taylor Made Farm paid for Our Emblem, the sire of Triple Crown hopeful War Emblem, was $10.1-million, according to WinStar president Doug Cauthen.
In the sixth of 11 installments on previous Triple Crown winners, here is an excerpt from The Blood-Horse of Issue of June 12, 1943 on Count Fleet winning the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown.
Big Red now has his own Web site at www.secretariat.com.
New Phoenix Stable's Sarava, winner of Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico, breezed four furlongs in :49.20 for trainer Ken McPeek. Jockey Patricia Cooksey was in the saddle for the work by the son of Wild Again, who will make his fourth start for McPeek in the Belmont Stakes.
Godolphin Racing's Essence of Dubai, ninth in the Kentucky Derby, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 over the main track with exercise rider Lee Roebuck aboard.
Triple Crown hopeful War Emblem had his first serious work since his May 18 Preakness triumph, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Wednesday at Churchill Downs.
Our Emblem, the sire of Triple Crown contender War Emblem, has been purchased by WinStar Farm in partnership with Taylor Made Farms and will stand the 2003 season at Taylor Made in Kentucky. The fee has not been determined.
Sam and Jeri Knighton's Request For Parole, winner of the John Battaglia Memorial and fifth in the Kentucky Derby, will not run in the Belmont Stakes, after trainer Steve Margolis discovered the beginnings of a stress fracture in the colt's left front leg.
In the fifth of 11 installments on previous Triple Crown winners, here is an excerpt from The Blood-Horse of Issue of June 14, 1941 on Whirlaway winning the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown.
Sportsman's Park officials expect soon to receive the $1-million payout War Emblem earned for winning both the Illinois Derby (gr. II) and the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). They also hope to learn who will receive the bonus.
Even as activities proceeded as usual at Belmont Park, the unmistakable buzz in the air continued to grow. It comes around only when a 3-year old has a shot to win the Triple Crown.
Perfect Drift, third in the Kentucky Derby, worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 at the Trackside training center near Churchill Downs Monday. Trainer Murray Johnson caught the son of Dynaformer galloping out the seven furlongs in 1:26 2/5.
Proud Citizen, second in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness, breezed an easy half-mile in :50 4/5 at Churchill Downs Sunday in preparation for the June 8 Belmont Stakes.
If the Preakness took anything out of War Emblem, he didn't show any signs of it Thursday morning, as he took to the track for his first gallop since winning the second leg of the Triple Crown.
A day after his 1 1/2-length win in Thursday's $75,000 Alydar Stakes at Hollywood Park the connections of Like a Hero say the son of Pleasant Colony is a probable entrant for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Four riders have been caught up in the whirlwind called War Emblem, but only one was destined to ride to glory aboard the son of Our Emblem.
Owners Robert Baker, David Cornstein, and Bill Mack will donate their share of purse money earned by Proud Citizen in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to the Twin Towers Fund.
Godolphin Racing's Ibn Al Haitham breezed Wednesday morning at Belmont Park in preparation for a start in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Trainer Steve Margolis said Wednesday that Sam and Jeri Nighton's Request For Parole, fifth in the Kentucky Derby, would likely make his next start in the Belmont Stakes.
Looking for a reason to believe War Emblem is worthy of Triple Crown fame, or simply just a reason to bet him on June 8? The following facts and figures and odds and ends might help.
After War Emblem hit the wire in the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Audrey Murray cashed a $5 ticket on the speedy colt and got back $19. But any day now, she and her husband, Allen, could be celebrating an even bigger payoff as the result of War Emblem's success in the Triple Crown races.
Will the third time be the charm for Bob Baffert? No other Thoroughbred trainer in history has accomplished what Baffert has in a remarkable six-year span--point three different horses to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with the Triple Crown on the line.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the two horses he saddled in the Preakness - Proud Citizen, who finished third, and Table Limit, who crossed the wire 11th- would likely run in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 8.
Trainer Ken McPeek said Harlan's Holiday, seventh as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness, will not run in the June 8 Belmont Stakes. But McPeek will still be represented in the third jewel of the Triple Crown by Sarava, an impressive winner of Saturday's Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.
It was no longer about buying the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), or Saudi Arabian politics, or lawsuits and bonuses. The 127th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was about a white-haired man and his free-spirited black horse, and the history they will be attempting to make in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 8.
War Emblem walked his Churchill Downs shedrow Tuesday morning, three days after his triumph over Magic Weisner in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Few stallions in recent memory have enjoyed more of an upswing in their reputation in such a short span as Our Emblem.
Tails of the Crypt, listed as a possible starter for the Belmont Stakes, finished second Saturday in the $162,750 Marine Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine. Also, another horse listed by Belmont Park as a possible starter in the third leg of the Triple Crown has been entered in Thursday's feature race at Hollywood Park –- the $75,000 Alydar Stakes.
NBC Sports coverage of the 127th Preakness Stakes Saturday generated a 6.5 overnight rating and 15 share (5-6:45 p.m. ET), the highest overnight rating for the Preakness since 1990's 7.8/20 on ABC, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Who will challenge War Emblem in the Belmont (gr. I) and try to stop his Triple Crown bid? Wayne Lukas said Sunday morning that Proud Citizen, who was second in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and third in the Preakness (gr. I), will show up for sure.
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