Claire Novak and special guest Jeremy Balan handicap the Belmont Stakes trackside at Belmont Park. Can American Pharoah win, or will it be one of their other picks? watch video
Regardless of whether American Pharoah ultimately proves himself to be great, he is standing on the precipice of a memorable achievement, and all that stands in his way is one long lap around Belmont Park's massive track. read blog
Sheikh Mohammed seeks to compete in classic races around the world, and he will have Frosted to carry the colors of his Godolphin in this weekend's Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Belmont Stakes hopeful Tale of Verve was calm while in the Belmont Park paddock June 4. watch video
Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) hopeful Keen Ice went to the track at Belmont Park the morning of June 4, his first outing since arriving in New York from Kentucky June 2.
View Belmont images from Steve Haskin with American Pharoah leading the masses and his contenders thriving. read blog
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including American Pharaoh, Madefromlucky, and Materiality schooling, and trackwork for Mubtaahij, Keen Ice, and Frosted. Watch Video
- By Frank Angst
- Kentucky Oaks, Handicapping, Triple Crown, Thoroughbred Racing, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
With pari-mutuel wagering up for the Kentucky Oaks day card, the Kentucky Derby day card, and the Preakness day card, racing enjoyed a 4.82% increase in wagering in the all-important month of May.
As Triple Crown contender American Pharoah has traveled between Churchill Downs, Pimlico Race Course, and Belmont over the past six weeks, this faithful companion has been there every step of the way.
A key to Saturday's Belmont Stakes Presented by DraftKings (gr. I) will be American Pharoah's efforts to carry his brilliance through a 1 1/2-mile race. read blog
With two days remaining until the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I), contenders for the third classic had a busy morning at Belmont Park June 4.
A judge has thrown out a civil lawsuit over $1.65 million in alleged gambling debts against the owner of American Pharoah, Ahmed Zayat.
American Pharoah continued his flawless preparations for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in his second day over the track at Belmont Park, powering through a stellar gallop and then schooling calmly in the paddock.
Thoroughbred racing once again pinned hopes and dreams upon the latest Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner heading into the Belmont. Finally, American Pharoah delivered, rolling to victory and becoming the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown.
Co-owner/breeder Perry Martin revisits the 2014 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and looks ahead to California Chrome's future at stud.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the 147th Belmont Stakes (gr. I). read blog
Competitive Edge puts his undefeated record on the line in the $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park June 6.
Trainer Dallas Stewart talks about Belmont Stakes contender Tale of Verve after the post position draw. Watch Video
Donegal Racing's Jerry Crawford talks about Keen Ice and the potential of derailing another Triple Crown bid. Watch Video
Trainer Todd Pletcher talks about Materiality and Madefromlucky after the Belmont Stakes draw. Watch Video
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah drew post 5 for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to be run June 6 at Belmont Park, and was installed as the 3-5 morning-line favorite.
Comments from American Pharoah's owner/breeder Ahmed Zayat and his son, Justin following the Belmont Stakes draw. watch video
Comments from American Pharoah's trainer Bob Baffert at the Belmont Stakes post position draw. video
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa, cousin to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Hamdan, will compete against his cousins when Mubtaahij faces off against Frosted in the Belmont Stakes.
NBC Sports Group has struck a deal with the New York Racing Association that gives it exclusive broadcast rights to the grade I Belmont Stakes, third leg of the Triple Crown, through 2020.
TimeformUS has Pace and Speed figures for the Belmont Stakes going back through 2004. It isn't a sample size a statistician would consider sufficient, but it's worth a look. read blog
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports the decision by Anthony Bonomo to take a leave of absence as chairman of the New York Racing Association.
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including a report on American Pharoah's first trip to the Belmont Park track. Watch Video
Another important factor that goes into riding in the Belmont Stakes is when to move on your horse. read blog
Lenny Shulman talks with Steve Cauthen about the Belmont Stakes and American Pharoah's chances for securing the Triple Crown. Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Stallions Watch Video
Trainer Bob Baffert talks with the media June 3 about how American Pharoah has settled in and what his first trip around the Belmont Park track was like. watch video
American Pharoah felt so good this morning at Belmont Park that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert decided to let him get a full look at the racing surface.
Zayat Stables has struck a promotional deal with Monster, which produces various energy drinks, with just days to go before American Pharoah bids for the Triple Crown June 6 at Belmont Park.
Belmont Stakes contender Frammento gets a bath at Belmont Park June 3. watch video
American Pharoah Heading to the Track watch video
With American Pharoah attempting to complete a Triple Crown in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, industry leaders talk about what the first Triple Crown sweep since 1978 would mean for the sport.
After pretty much non-stop rain over the last 48 hours, a break in the precipitation is forecast for Elmont, N.Y., Wednesday before returning again Thursday and Friday, June 4-5.
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown contender American Pharoah arrived June 2 at Long Island MacArthur Airport and soon after walked off a horse van at Belmont Park, ready for his run in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Dallas Stewart, trainer of Charles Fipke's homebred Tale of Verve, finds himself in a familiar spot heading into Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6.
Leaning on the porch railing at Schwanies At The Gap, under a gray blanket of overcast clouds at Los Alamitos Race Course, Art Sherman's essence appears untouched by the magical Triple Crown run 51 weeks ago.
Claire Novak updates us from outside of American Pharoah's barn, where he arrived on the afternoon of June 2, 2015. watch video
American Pharoah arrives at Belmont Park on June 2, 2015. Watch Video
Since Affirmed swept the Triple Crown in 1978, there have been a total of 13 horses who have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Of those, 12 failed in the Belmont Stakes and one was scratched the day. read blog
As he prepares UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner Mubtaahij for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), trainer Michael de Kock has no misconceptions about the task of trying to upend American Pharoah's Triple Crown quest.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice on June 2 put in his final work at Churchill Downs before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park.
The Metropolitan Handicap once served as a Belmont Stakes prep race. Read the full feature by Steve Haskin in the June 6, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse. view slideshow
Trainer Michael de Kock says Mubtaahij doing well, does not need anti-bleeder medication. watch video
Donegal Racing, which has run such grade I winners as Paddy O'Prado and Dullahan in Triple Crown races, is back with late-running Keen Ice, who encountered a ton of trouble last month in the Kentucky Derby.
When the gate opens June 6 in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), one of the most accomplished challengers to American Pharoah's Triple Crown bid is Godolphin Racing's Frosted.
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah completed his final pre-race work June 1 at Churchill Downs, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 under jockey Martin Garcia.
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