New York-bred 3-year-olds will be in the spotlight June 25 at Belmont Park in a pair of $100,000 New York Stallion Stakes contested at seven furlongs on turf.
The lead up to the Breeders' Cup will feature the Oct. 7 $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), which had its purse trimmed by $250,000.
Donegal Racing’s Ballagh Rocks got the class break he needed in the $300,000 Poker Stakes (G3T) at Belmont Park June 18 and he took advantage of it to add his first graded stakes victory to his resume.
Unexpected heavy rains forced the New York Racing Association to cancel the final six races at Belmont Park June 17 to ensure the safety of all participants.
Richard Migliore is leaving his position at NYRA TV following the July 8 card at Belmont Park, the retired jockey and current racing analyst announced June 16.
In her fourth start, and first outside of Santa Anita Park, Gary Hartunian's Chalon impressed in a stacked Jersey Girl Stakes for 3-year-old fillies June 11 at Belmont Park.
- By Steve Haskin
Tonalist...Frosted...Creator...Tapwrit. If not for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah defeating Frosted in 2015, Tapwrit would have been Tapit's fourth consecutive Belmont Stakes winner.
Tired but good was the official declaration of how Tapwrit was doing Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after his two-length victory in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Tapwrit with Jose Ortiz wins the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRABets (G1)
Comments from the connections of 2017 Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit, including trainer Todd Pletcher.
With an inside trip just off favored Irish War Cry, Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert LaPenta's Tapwrit angled out late in the final turn under jockey Jose Ortiz and kicked well clear of the rest in the 1 1/2-mile classic.
In his graded stakes debut off back-to-back wins, Ascend proved up to the class upgrade when he scored a clear victory in the $1 million Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes (G1T) June 10 at Belmont Park.
Juddmonte Farms' Antonoe announced her presence with a tremendous run in the $700,000 Longines Just a Game (G1T) June 10 at Belmont Park.
American Anthem left his field in arrears as he scored a powerful victory in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens Stakes, giving his trainer Bob Baffert a third win on the Belmont Stakes card
For a second straight year a Patricia Generazio homebred not only won the Jaipur (G3T) but set a course and North American record in the process when Disco Partner rallied to a half-length victory in the turf sprint June 10 at Belmont Park.
In her 2017 debut June 10 at Belmont Park in the $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1), Fox Hill Farm's 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro was challenged in the turn by Paid Up Subscriber.
Abel Tasman, winner of the May 5 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), put on another last-to-first showcase when she shot up the rail and withstood a challenge from Salty to capture the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (G1).
War Story made the last run, passed frontrunning favorite Tu Brutus and Sunny Ridge late, and took the 12-furlong Brooklyn Invitational (G2) June 10 at Belmont Park.
Hall of Famer Bob Baffert brought West Coast to the East Coast ready to rumble, and the son of Flatter impressed like a 9-5 choice should June 10 in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont Park.
Claire Novak with news updates on Belmont Stakes day morning on June 10, 2017, at Belmont Park.
Epicharis, who traveled from Japan to contest the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1), was a vet scratch the morning of the race June 10, after he failed to train several days in a row at Belmont Park.
In the days and weeks after Royal Mo's breakdown at Pimlico Race Course, in his last timed workout for the Preakness Stakes (G1), it was difficult for the trainer to power forward, but the other horses in his care deserved his best.
While By the Moon's running style changed a bit, the outcome proved the same as she delivered a second straight victory in the $250,000 Bed o' Roses Invitational Stakes (G3) June 9 at Belmont Park.
Australian Bloodstock's Red Cardinal (IRE) invaded Belmont Park June 9 and claimed the $400,000 Belmont Gold Cup (G3T) with a strong turn of foot.
In case the memo was missed the first time around, let it be known that Hawksmoor (IRE) alone on the lead is not a scenario that ends well for others.
What has been an ever-shifting landscape for this year's 3-year-old runners is set to conclude its first-half act June 10 with a wide-open edition of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1).
After capturing the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) with Always Dreaming, trainer Todd Pletcher will try to close out the Triple Crown season with another classic victory when he sends out Tapwrit and Patch in the Belmont Stakes.
Maryland-based He Hate Me conquered New York with a late run that carried him to victory in the Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park June 9 against a field of seven other two-year-olds
Rally Cry will be joined in the Met Mile starting gate by his multiple graded stakes winning stablemate Tommy Macho, making his first start since a third-place finish in the Carter (G1) at Aqueduct Racetrack in April.
For the third consecutive day, Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1) entrant Epicharis did not go to the track June 9, two days after he received a treatment of phenylbutazone for "lameness" in his right front leg.
Unbeaten on dirt since he was transferred to the barn of Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown, Twisted Tom has a chance to become the poster child for outside-the-box thinking in the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1).
Divisidero has been given significant time off throughout his career, and rewarded his connections for it.
There is usually not a ton of buzz that comes out of 1 3/8-mile black-type stakes on the dirt. It is far from the norm, however, for such outings to yield the kind of result Tu Brutus (CHI) put up in his second North American start.
New Money Honey took matters into her own hands and made amends for an off-the-board outing in her first test this season when she delivered a gate-to-wire score in the $200,000 Wonder Again (G3T) at Belmont Park.
Smiles and laughter filled the halls of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, N.Y. Thursday when five of the New York Racing Association's best jockeys made their annual visit.
Sagamore Farm's Recruiting Ready will try to extend his win streak to four June 10 in the $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park, but he'll have to fend off a trio of last-out grade 3 winners if he wants to earn his own graded score.
After grabbing the top two positions in last year's Jaipur Invitational Stakes (G3T), Patricia Generazio homebreds Pure Sensation and Disco Partner are back for another edition of the turf sprint June 10 at Belmont Park.
Lookin At Lee will not be carrying a lunch pail during the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park, but trainer Steve Asmussen knows his horse will bring that mental approach to the 1 1/2-mile classic.
Newly minted Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) favorite Irish War Cry got his first look at the massive Belmont Park oval the morning of June 8, when he hit the main track for a 1 1/2-mile gallop with trainer Graham Motion keeping tabs.
Two-time champion filly Songbird is the 1-2 morning-line favorite for her 2017 debut in the $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park.
- By Lenny Shulman and Claire Novak
- Thoroughbred Racing, International, Triple Crown, Northeast Region
The status of Japanese contender Epicharis is in question for the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) after the colt was treated with bute June 7 and did not go out to train June 8 at Belmont Park.
- By Paul Volponi
The daughter of Scat Daddy was purchased last year by Moyglare Stud Farm for $2.55 million at the Keenland November breeding stock sale, and is now trained by Christophe Clement.
Mor Spirit and Mohaymen, on the Triple Crown trail a year ago, look to establish a new specialty as milers when they contest the Metropolitan Handicap against Sharp Azteca and Awesome Slew
Abel Tasman will cut back in distance when the daughter of Quality Road tries the one-turn mile of the Acorn Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park.
With champion Classic Empire out of the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) with a hoof abscess, Irish War Cry inherited the position of favoritism for the 1 1/2-mile race, and was installed as the 7-2 morning-line choice.
A foot abscess knocked Classic Empire out of the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), and left the rest of the entrants' connections to wonder how the race will play out in his absence.
Claire Novak interviews trainer Mark Casse about Classic Empire's defection from the Belmont Stakes (G1), and checks in on the juvenile champion on a busy Wednesday morning as the remaining Belmont contenders gear up for the race.
Two starts back, the 3-year-old son of Flatter missed by a neck to Belmont Stakes (G1) contender Senior Investment in the April 15 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) after drawing clear in the stretch.
Owner West Point Thoroughbreds said Twilight Eclipse, who once sold at auction for $1,000 but reached racing's heights, has been retired from racing.
Japanese-bred colt covered five furlongs in 1:06, but ran the last three in :37 on the Belmont Park training track.
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