Lenny, Steve, and special guest Steve Byk discuss filly Unlimited Budget, Orb, the post position draw, and make their picks. Plus, comments from Dallas Stewart, trainer of Golden Soul. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
WinStar Farm has launched the 2013 WinStar StableMates Belmont Stakes Challenge contest, which is free for racing fans, easy to play, and offers unique prizes.
A love affair with New York and their belief that the Belmont Stakes is one of the great races on the Thoroughbred calendar fuel his owners' desire to run Kentucky Derby winner Orb as long as he continues doing well.
Steve Haskin delivers the news of the day, including the weather and who looks good. Watch Video
Jon & Joel look to wrap up the Triple Crown season in style, as they dissect Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Watch Video
Now that the post positions for the Belmont Stakes have been drawn, we at least can make an educated guess on how the race might be run. read blog
NBC network will provide two hours of coverage June 7 and start its pre-race program at 3 p.m. June 8. Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 6:36 p.m. EDT.
Giant Finish, who finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), turned in his final serious work for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 4, breezing a half-mile on the main track.
Just looking at recent history, eight of the previous dozen Belmont Stakes winners were by sires who won grade I races at 1 1/4 miles or longer, including three winners by previous Belmont Stakes winners.
When you get right down to it, the Belmont Stakes is all about stamina; horses running a distance they likely will never run again. You can throw out speed figures and any other handicapping tool you use. read blog
HRTV and TVG will offer on-site coverage of the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) showdown between Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Oxbow.
While the biggest wagering card of the year saw a 1% decline in handle, U.S. racing managed to register a strong month of May as pari-mutuel handle was up 3.57% compared with the same month last year.
Grade II winner Vyjack completed serious preparations for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by working five furlongs in :59 Tuesday, June 4 at Belmont Park for trainer Rudy Rodriguez.
Dogwood Stable's Cot Campbell hopes Palace Malice has matured to the point where he can relax and rate in the Belmont Stakes, allowing him to use his natural speed to gallop the field into submission in the 1 1/2 mile test.
Filly Unlimited Budget will take on the boys in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) when she is saddled by Todd Pletcher, the only living trainer to win the 1 1/2-mile race with a filly. Pletcher saddled 2007 winner Rags to Riches.
McLaughlin is relying strictly on pedigree in his belief that the regally bred son of A.P. Indy - Octave, by Unbridled's Song has some sort of chance of making an impact on the finish of the mile and a half race. read blog
Trainer Ken McPeek confirmed Monday June 3 that Magic City Thoroughbred Partners' Frac Daddy will run Saturday in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park in field that could include 15 starters.
Former jockey Tom Albertrani and former groom Terry Finley team up now as trainer and owner of Peter Pan winner and Belmont contender Freedom Child.
Trainer Shug McGaughey said June 2 that Orb definitely will be pointed toward the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) following the colt's half-mile work in :48 and gallop-out of five furlongs in a sharp 1:00 2/5.
Always in a Tiz, most recently ninth in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:01.12 on the morning of June 1 at Belmont Park for a possible start in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in a week.
Preakness (gr. I) winner Oxbow and stablemate Will Take Charge will van to Belmont Park June 3 to compete in the upcoming Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas confirmed.
Steve Haskin, Blood-Horse magazine's senior correspondent, discusses the Triple Crown races so far this year and offers his perspective on the upcoming Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Cee's Song produced four stakes winners, one an important sire, and two multiple stakes producers, each with a grade I winner to her credit.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said in a national teleconference May 30 that jockey Rosie Napravnik was "very likely" to ride Unlimited Budget in the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) if the filly competes.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Oxbow, stablemate Will Take Charge, and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Golden Soul turned in preparations for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on the morning of May 30 at Churchill Downs.
by Anne Peters
Winning the Derby immediately marks a colt as a potential stallion prospect. Breeding success does not always follow, however, and the commercial market has been hard on Derby winners in recent years.
Trainer Dallas Stewart said May 28 Golden Soul, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is doing "awesome" after taking a while to recover from his effort in the Derby.
New York City commuters, tourists, and visitors will have a chance to experience the fun of a trip to Belmont Park thanks to a promotion scheduled the day before this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Freedom Child turned in his first breeze since romping in the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) earlier this month, covering five furlongs over the Belmont Park main track May 27 in a sharp :59.87.
Palace Malice led a sizable contingent of trainer Todd Pletcher's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders working at Belmont Park May 27 with an eye-catching five-furlong breeze on the main track.
Golden Soul, runner-up to Orb in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on the morning of May 25 but trainer Dallas Stewart delayed the work for another few days.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb returned to the Belmont Park main track May 23 for the first time since his fourth-place finish in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), galloping a mile and pleasing trainer Shug McGaughey.
10 questions about the Kentucky Derby and Preakness to inspire thought. read blog
The New York Racing Association has revised its security policies and procedures for fans attending the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 8.
Submission and publication of veterinary records for horses competing in the Belmont Stakes is among the security measures announced May 21.
Nearly 10 million viewers tuned in to see Oxbow win the 2013 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 18 from Pimlico Racecourse near Baltimore, as ratings for the second jewel of the Triple Crown improved markedly over year-ago numbers.
Conviction pulls Stevens and Lukas out of their slumps. read blog
by John P. Sparkman
Orb is Lady Liberty's fourth foal and second winner.
You don't witness it very often, but one of those cheering the loudest for D. Wayne Lukas and Oxbow in the final quarter mile of the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was one of his opponents in the race. read blog
Tizamazing, dam of Preakness winner Oxbow with her 2013 Unbridled's Song colt born on April 16, 2013, at Burleson Farm in Kentucky. watch video
After bypassing the Preakness, trainer Todd Pletcher has a deep group of possible contenders for the Belmont Stakes, including Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) third-place finisher Unlimited Budget.
Experience an interactive turn-by-turn slideshow of the 2013 Preakness Stakes. view experience
Viewers tuning in to see if Orb could continue his Triple Crown run in the Preakness moved overnight ratings up for the Preakness during NBC's coverage of the second jewel of the Triple Crown May 18.
Evan Hammonds recaps Oxbow and his Preakness Stakes win and how Orb performed. watch video
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, his Preakness (gr. I) winner Oxbow, and the rest of his nine-horse contingent this week at Pimlico Race Course were on the highway before dawn May 19 heading back to their base at Churchill Downs.
Hall of fame trainer Shug McGaughey shares his thoughts on Orb's fourth-place finish in the May 18 Preakness (gr. I) on the morning of May 19, and speaks of plans for the future including a potential Bemont Stakes run. watch video
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas supervises the loading of Preakness winner Oxbow at Pimlico May 19. watch video
The 2013 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. view slideshow
Tom LaMarra recaps Oxbow's victory in the Preakness Stakes. Watch Video
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