Jockey Jose Santos, who will ride Funny Cide in his bid for the Triple Crown Saturday afternoon in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has a lot of people in his corner. Count among them Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson, who compared him to the legendary Braulio Baeza.
The more one looks at the repercussions of a Funny Cide victory in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the more it looks almost a sure thing that Empire Maker will hook up fairly early with the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.
While track officials are hoping for a record crowd for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to watch Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide bid for the Triple Crown, they have already set a record...for press credentials.
Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem, who experienced difficulties at the Yoshida family's Shadai Stallion Station during his first season at stud this year, has been transferred to the insurance companies.
Illinois Derby winner Ten Most Wanted worked five furlongs in a solid :59 3/5 at Hollywood Park Monday morning as he continues preparations for Saturday's $1-million Belmont Stakes.
Currin and Eisman's Outta Here will not make the starting gate for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), trainer Bill Currin said in a prepared statement released Monday morning.
Robert and Beverly Lewis' Scrimshaw, winner of the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) and third-place finisher in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), completed his major training for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with a strong five furlong work on Monday at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Neil Howard confirmed Monday that William S. Farish's Midway Road would skip the Belmont Stakes in favor of a run in the $300,000 Ohio Derby (gr. II) at Thistledown on June 21.
John Phillips and partners' Sir Barton Stakes winner Best Minister zipped a half-mile in a quick :47 at Belmont Park on Monday as the Deputy Minister colt continued to progress toward Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
To create additional space for the large crowd expected for Saturday's Belmont Stakes day, the New York Racing Association is adding 1,500 additional reserved bleacher seats at the west end of the grandstand.
Just when the sun makes a rare appearance, it is gone in a few hours and the rain clouds roll back in. As a result, several trainers of Belmont horses have had to revise their training schedules.
Al Eisman and Bill Currin's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) possibility Outta Here worked one mile in 1:43 4/5 handily around the dogs over Hollywood Park's firm turf Sunday morning. Currin, who trains the colt wasn't prepared to commit to running in Saturday's Triple Crown finale, however.
Lloyd Madison Farm's Champali, winner of the Iroquois (gr. III) and runner-up to Midas Eyes in the Derby Trial (gr. III) breezed a strong half-mile Saturday in 48.80 at Churchill Downs.
The ESPN networks are offereing extensive coverage of 2003 Belmont Stakes Week, featuring 11 1/2 hours of programming on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic, beginning Sunday, June 1 and continuing through Saturday, June 7.
On Friday, trainer Barclay Tagg, who has been very protective of Funny Cide, told it like it is. Starting next Friday afternoon, Funny Cide and Barn 6 are off limits to all non-employees. Tagg explained his course of action and the difficult task of getting the horse to the Belmont.
Next week's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) lost a possible contender on Saturday when trainer Ken McPeek confirmed that R. David Randal's unbeaten Wild and Wicked would not ship to Belmont Park for the race.
Edmund Gann's Peace Rules, breezed a half mile over Belmont's main track in :48 Friday morning in his first workout since finishing a distant fourth behind Visa Triple Crown hopeful Funny Cide in the May 17 Preakness (gr. I). NYRA clockers caught the colt galloping out five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.
Belmont Park was visited by a long, lost friend Friday morning...the sun. But it's not supposed to stay very long.
As Funny Cide continues in his pursuit of the Triple Crown, it is bringing to the fore the question of why some horses are gelded and others are not. Dr. Larry Bramlage, on-call veterinarian for the American Association of Equine Practitioners, sheds light on the subject.
While leading Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders Funny Cide, Empire Maker and Dynever are getting most of the attention these days, it wasn't long ago that Sky Mesa, Vindication and Toccet were the darlings of the current 3-year-old class.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide may very well be the "people's horse," but the impeccably-bred Empire Maker still remains the big horse in the eyes of jockey Jerry Bailey.
Shortly after it was announced Thursday that Atswhatimtalknbout would not contest the June 7 Belmont Stakes, the classic lost another starter when Team Valor's Colita was withdrawn from the 1 1/2-mile race at New York's Belmont Park.
Trainer Ron Ellis ruled out a Belmont Stakes bid for B. Wayne Hughes' and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout on Thursday morning, saying the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby will return to California and be given some time off while a quarter crack on his right front foot heals.
Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide turned in another sharp drill Wednesday morning, working 5 furlongs in :59 2/5 over a muddy track in preparation for the Belmont Stakes, in which he will attempt to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.
B. Wayne Hughes' and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout worked a mile in 1:46 4/5 over a fast track at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning, which was five to six seconds slower than trainer Ron Ellis was looking for.
With the buzz growing ever louder over another potential Triple Crown winner, the racing industry is marshalling its marketing forces to make sure the public at large becomes aware of what's at stake at Belmont Park June 7.
Chisholm, Jarvis and Reddam's Ten Most Wanted took one more step toward the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with a seven-furlong work in 1:25 over a fast Hollywood Park main track Tuesday morning.
Midway Road and Scrimshaw, the second- and third-place finishers in the Preakness Stakes, both turned in solid works Tuesday. Whereas Scrimshaw is a confirmed starter for the Belmont Stakes, no decision has been made yet regarding Midway Road.
Because of complications with its schedule, NBC initiated a time change for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in which Funny Cide will attempt to win the Triple Crown.
Kenny McPeek, who already has one horse, Best Minister, in the Belmont Stakes field, said Monday he also is considering running Wild and Wicked, unbeaten in two career starts.
Atswhatimtalknbout, the fourth-place finisher to Visa Triple Crown contender Funny Cide in the Kentucky Derby (Gr. I), jogged two miles over a fast track on Sunday at Churchill Downs as the condition of his sore right front foot continued to improve.
Bobby Frankel's plans to run Kentucky Derby runner-up Empire Maker in Monday's Jersey Derby were canceled Sunday morning when the colt breezed 5 furlongs in 1:02 3/5 over Belmont's yielding inner turf course.
Herbert and Carol A. Schwartz's Go Rockin' Robin, like Funny Cide a New York bred by Distorted Humor, flew over a sloppy Belmont Park track to win Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds.
Trainer Bobby Frankel, fearing he may not get enough training in Empire Maker because of the bad weather in the Northeast, has entered Kentucky Derby runner-up Empire Maker in Monday's Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park.
Atswhatimtalknbout, who came out his last work with a minor foot bruise, jogged perfectly Saturday morning, and is scheduled to work again on Tuesday, trainer Ron Ellis said.
With the Belmont track soaked from several days of rain, trainer Christophe Clement has decided to postpone Dynever's work from Friday to either Sunday or Monday. Also scheduled to work Monday is Kentucky Derby runner-up Empire Maker.
Atswhatimtalknbout, who closed fastest of all to finish fourth in the Kentucky Derby, is being treated for a bruised foot that could jeopardize his chances of making the 135th Belmont Stakes
It has been 25 years since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978 and 30 years since Secretariat broke a 25-year Triple Crown drought in 1973. The connections of Secretariat, Affirmed, and Seattle Slew speak out.
The riders of the last three Triple Crown winners offered some advice for Jose Santos, the regular rider of Funny Cide as he bids for the Triple Crown on June 7. The riders, Ron Turcotte, Jean Cruget, and Steve Cauthen commented during a round-table teleconference sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
Out of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with a low blood count, Alysweep bounces back for Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II) at 1 1/8 mile for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.
Phillips Racing Partnership's Best Minister, impressive winner of the Sir Barton Stakes, will be supplemented to the Belmont Stakes for a $100,000 fee, as trainer Kenny McPeek attempts to catch lightning in a bottle for the second year in a row.
Team Valor Stable's Colita, a 3-year-old son of Grindstone, won Wednesday's seventh race at Belmont Park and in doing so, earned a trip to the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Last year Bob Baffert had a shot at the Triple Crown with War Emblem. This year he might not even start at horse in the June 7 Belmont Stakes, but he'll be watching.
Midway Road returned to the track Wednesday at Churchill Downs. Scrimshaw walked the Lukas shedrow and could go to the track Thursday. Ten Cents a Shine will take a break rather than go on to New York. Atswhatimtalknbout is scheduled to work Monday.
Total handle on the May 17 Preakness Stakes Day program at Pimlico Race Course topped $60 million for the third consecutive year, but it was down 9.5% from last year, according to figures released May 21 by the Maryland Jockey Club.
Ten Most Wanted, who finished a disappointing ninth in the Kentucky Derby at odds of 6-1, turned in a sharp 6-furlong breeze in 1:13 2/5 at Hollywood Park Wednesday in preparation for the Belmont Stakes.
From May 23 until June 7, when Belmont Park will host the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the race will be celebrated almost daily in greater New York City. There is a Belmont Festival at Chinatown; a hot dog eating contest, a street festival, and a hat contest.
Move over Derek Jeter, there's another New York-based athlete stealing the hearts of sports fans in the Big Apple. Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide, along with his connections, owner Sackatoga Stable, trainer Barclay Tagg, and jockey Jose Santos, were honored during a luncheon Tuesday at Gallagher's Steak House.
Trainer Bill Currin said on Tuesday that his and Al Eisman's stakes winner Outta Here, the seventh-place finisher in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is possible for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but a final decision won't likely come until later this week.
Empire Maker breezed six furlongs on Belmont Park's fast main track after the mid-morning break Tuesday in a bullet 1:12 under jockey Aaron Gryder.
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