When Kent Desormeaux gets a leg up June 11 aboard early Belmont Stakes (gr. I) favorite Exaggerator, he will bring with him a new focus on life and a determination to win that exceeds even the intense competition of the racetrack.
Dale Romans' Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders Cherry Wine and Brody's Cause wrapped up their major preparations for the June 11 final jewel of the Triple Crown, undertaking very different workouts the morning of June 4 at Belmont Park.
Hall of Fame jockey and three-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Kent Desormeaux issued a brief statement June 4 through his agent J. R. Pegram, stating that he will return to riding June 9 following a brief stay in an alcohol rehabilitation program.
Joe Clancy of ST Publishing and Richard Rosenblatt of The Associated Press earned top honors in the New York Racing Association's seventh annual Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Contest.
Two expected Belmont Stakes (gr. I) starters for Dale Romans are taking different paths to the 1 1/2-mile classic, but the trainer believes the different schedules will suit each horse well.
Beating the light rain that began to fall at Belmont Park June 3, Todd Pletcher worked both his Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopefuls, Destin and Stradivari, on the training track.
In trying to explain the steady improvement of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator, trainer Keith Desormeaux believes the colt is benefitting from his breeding and from added distance.
Mike Curry finds 20 of the 75 top-three finishers during the last 25 years were five lengths or more off the pace.
Charles Fipke homebred Forever d'Oro is under consideration for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), according to trainer Dallas Stewart, following his maiden victory May 29 at Belmont Park.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist, who suffered his first career loss in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), returned to the track June 2 for the first time since his third-place finish in the May 21 Preakness.
Once upon a time, not long ago (actually, only three months ago), Twin Creeks Racing Stables had a hot prospect for the Kentucky Derby named Destin.
Koji Maeda's UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner Lani turned in a characteristically lengthy breeze early the morning of June 1 at Belmont Park, his penultimate work for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 11.
Landry came to mind before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as a rider who had the finesse to manage high-energy Exaggerator—who wound up second to champion Nyquist in the Derby before turning the tables two weeks later in Baltimore.
Sometimes I like to devote this space to the racing fans who pour so much passion into the sport or a particular horse.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator got a feel for the Belmont Park surface on a rainy morning May 30 in his first trip to the track since his arrival in New York from Maryland the previous day.
WinStar Farm's Creator, winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), worked five furlongs May 30 at Churchill Downs and is expected to travel to New York May 31 to continue preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Samuel Henderson's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Suddenbreakingnews, recently discovered to be a ridgling, continued preparations for the $1.5 million classic with a six-furlong breeze May 29 at Churchill Downs.
After an uneventful four-hour van ride from Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator arrived at Belmont Park at 12:10 p.m. ET May 29 for his next assignment, the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 11.
For Delta Downs director of racing Chris Warren, there's no beating some free, on-track publicity when it comes to promoting the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III).
After two days of walking, Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator returned to the track with an easy gallop Saturday morning at Pimlico Race Course.
Trainer Dale Romans invoked the name of Hall of Famer H. Allen Jerkens the morning of May 28, a fitting move considering he had just gone old-school in preparing his pair of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopefuls.
Son of Giant's Causeway works five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 in company with Stanford. Stradivari possible Belmont starter, too.
Governor Malibu, the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) runner-up, worked at Belmont Park May 27 with an eye on the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
J. Keeler Johnson shares early thoughts on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders.
Trainer Donnie Von Hemel said Samuel Henderson's Suddenbreakingnews remains on track for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after a May 26 work at Churchill Downs.
Tickets are $15 in advance and provide the opportunity to celebrate the Belmont Racing Festival, highlighted by the Belmont Stakes, as well as provide donations to the two Thoroughbred retirement organizations.
Exaggerator has only two off-the-board finish in 11 starts, and should have stamina from Curlin. One concern about his chance at the Belmont distance comes from his female family, with his dam and her dam both being winners only in sprints.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist the morning of May 25 was improving after an elevated white blood cell count and fever, while Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator jogged two miles on the main track at Pimlico Race Course.
A wet day didn't stop the party for fans at Pimlico for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The action on the track and infield made for one of the best parties in sports as Exaggerator avenged his earlier losses to Nyquist.
About a half million more viewers tuned in to watch Exaggerator deliver Nyquist his first loss than watched American Pharoah in 2015.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Commanding Curve has been retired from racing and will begin retraining for a second career with Olympic level three-day event rider Phillip Dutton, according to a May 24 release.
Nyquist, third in the Preakness Stakes after winning the Kentucky Derby, will be heading home to California to recuperate instead of to New York for the Belmont Stakes, said trainer Doug O'Neill May 24.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator was in fine fettle the morning of May 24 when he returned to the track at Pimlico Race Course for the first time since his impressive victory May 21.
Preakness weekend hospitality far outshines the venue
Did you ever have a recurring dream that you were chasing someone or some thing and just as you were about to catch it you woke up?
Uncle Lino, seventh in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) but transported off the track by equine ambulance because of an injury, returned to California May 22 for evaluation and is expected to need some time off.
Nyquist, the champion colt who finished third in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) in his first career loss, has spiked a fever and did not ship to Belmont Park as scheduled May 23.
The New York Racing Association May 22 listed seven 3-year-olds, including the top three finishers in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), as pointing toward the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Claire Novak gives us updates on Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator, runner-up Cherry Wine, third-place Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victor Nyquist, and more! Learn who is heading to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and when.
Preakness Stakes runner up Cherry Wine the morning after. In good form other than stitches over the right eye from hitting gate.
There may not be a Triple Crown on the line June 11 at Belmont Park, but a budding rivalry between the top two 3-year-old colts in the country is probably the next-best option.
Relive Exaggerator's victory in the 2016 Preakness Stakes (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.
Listen to Keith and Kent Desormeaux and the connections of Exaggerator following their Preakness Stakes victory.
Claire Novak reports on Exaggerator's Preakness Stakes win trackside at Pimlico Park. Hear about Exaggerator's future plans and other Belmont Stakes probables, plus an update on Uncle Lino.
Exaggerator with jockey Kent Desormeaux win the 141st running of the Grade I Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
A Maryland Jockey Club official May 21 said the company would prefer to keep the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course, and much could depend upon a study that will be conducted on behalf of the Maryland Stadium Authority.
The world-famous Budwesier Clydesdales are a fixture at Pimlico for Preakness weekend. Go behind the scenes for a special look at their daily routine and on-track performance.
It was a soggy start to Preakness Stakes (gr. I) day as steady to heavy rain fell at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, and more of the same was forecast throughout the day May 21.
Trainer Gary Sherlock, now 70 years old, is making his first classic start with high-school friend Tom Mansor.
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