Frank Angst and Claire Novak handicap the Man o' War Stakes and Virginia Derby. Both seem to think the Virginia Derby will be a very telling and exciting race to watch. Can the Kittens finish 1-2-3? watch video
After finishing off the board in the Penn Mile Stakes June 1 at Penn National Race Course, grade II winner Noble Tune will try to bounce back in the $100,000 Solar Splendor Stakes July 13 at Belmont Park.
Although Point of Entry will not defend his title in the $600,000 Man o' War Handicap at Belmont Park July 13, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey hopes Boisterous will be a capable pinch-hitter in the grade I turf event.
Southern Equine Stables' Moreno made nine starts before he found the winner's circle for trainer Eric Guillot, but once he did, he rather liked it there.
After defeating other New York-breds on the lead in his previous start, King Kreesa replicated that front-running effort against open company in the $150,000 Poker Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park.
Battier is the lone stakes winner in a field of six 3-year-olds who will assemble July 6 for the $200,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park, and all seek their first graded score.
Last Gunfighter has won six in a row, including the Pimlico Special (gr. III) last time out. On July 6 he looks to make it seven when he takes on a compact field including multi-millionare Flat Out.
Churchill, Monmouth, Prairie Meadows, Woodbine, Belmont, Europe and More! view slideshow
Multiple graded stakes winner Data Link looks for his second victory of 2013 when he heads a field of seven turf horses going a mile in the $150,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT), the Independence Day feature at Belmont Park.
Starformer rebounded off a dull effort in her last start to decisively capture the June 29 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) by 1 3/4 lengths over the inner turf at Belmont Park.
Paul Pompa Jr.'s Baby J re-rallies to overtake Bridgehampton in the final furlong to win the June 29 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park. The daughter of J Be K covers the six furlongs in 1:10.84.
Godolphin Racing's Alpha, who dead-heated for first in last year's Travers Stakes (gr. I), is set to make his next start July 6 in the $350,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
A trio of talented 3-year-old fillies from trainer Todd Pletcher, including multiple graded stakes winner Kauai Katie, heads the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) June 29 at Belmont Park.
- By Frank Angst
Evan Hammonds and Frank Angst handicap the New York Stakes and Iowa Derby this weekend. watch video
A seasoned field of older females, highlighted by dual grade I winner Lady of Shamrock, are poised and ready for the June 29 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park.
Tapping Christopher Kay looks like a wise move. read blog
Tony Soprano, Monmouth, Churchill, Ascot, Woodbine; Colonial Downs, Belmont & More view slideshow
Close Hatches became Juddmonte Farms' newest grade I winner when she captured the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) June 22 at Belmont Park, leaving heavily favored Dreaming of Julia behind on the turn and cruising home.
Stonestreet Stables' homebred Dreaming of Julia is the 1-2 morning line favorite in a light edition of the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, where just four other 3-year-old fillies will challenge.
Notacatbutallama found his way back to the winner's circle for the first time since last November and added a grade to his resume in the meantime, rallying to take the $150,000 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT).
A public hearing held by the New York Racing Association at Belmont June 15 was intended to focus on racing, wagering, and marketing, but within minutes of its start, it turned into an acrimonious, impromptu union meeting.
After a minor injury derailed sale plans, grade I winner Joha is scheduled to return to racing June 15 at Belmont Park in the $150,000 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT).
The Jaipur Stakes, originally carded as a grade III on turf June 7 at Belmont Park but automatically downgraded to a listed stakes and run over the sloppy main track, will not have its graded status restored for this renewal.
Experience an interactive turn-by-turn slideshow of the 2013 Belmont Stakes. view experience
Belmont, Churchill, Monmouth, Curragh, Hollywood, Golden Gate Fields & Much More view slideshow
The New York Racing Association board of directors met June 10, partly in closed session, but said afterward no decision had been made on selecting a chief executive officer to lead the organization.
Phipps Stable's Point of Entry, winner of the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) June 8, suffered a condylar fracture in his left hind cannon bone and will have surgery, trainer Shug McGaughey said.
The 2013 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. view slideshow
Phipps Stable's Point of Entry captured his eighth victory in 12 starts on grass with a smooth come-from-behind win in the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park June 8.
Though Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness winner Oxbow did not manage to get the money in a Belmont Stakes won by Palace Malice, they combined for a statistic that is difficult to achieve.
Stephanie's Kitten took the rail trip to victory in the $500,000 Longines Just a Game Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park June 8, digging in determinedly to best Better Lucky by half a length after a dogfight down the lane.
Gary and Mary West's Power Broker secured an early lead in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes and then drew off in the Belmont Park stretch to register his first stakes win since taking last year's FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I).
As fans started to trickle into Belmont Park on Saturday, June 8 for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the sun began to peek through scattered clouds as more than 24 hours of rain had finally halted.
Claire Novak takes a look at the track conditions on June 7, Belmont Stakes Eve. Watch Video
On the day before the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), horsemen were primarily trying to make the best of things as steady showers dampened conditions--if not spirits--around New York's Belmont Park.
Breeders' Cup Marathon victor Calidoscopio, 22 lengths off the pace, caught up with seven opponents on a sloppy track to take the $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) June 7 at rainy Belmont Park.
Here's a rundown of the field for the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), with reasons each contender could get the money... and why they might not.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas will send out a classic winner in Oxbow against another classic winner in Orb in this year's $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 8 at Belmont Park.
Dr. Larry Bramalge is back as the AAEP on-call vet for the final Triple Crown race after sitting out the first two following an incident at Churchill Downs.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the Belmont Stakes full field, which includes Kentucky Derby winner Orb on his home track, and Preakness winner Oxbow. watch video
When glory has worn off the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after a different horse comes along to claim the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) becomes anybody's race to win.
A salty field of seven sprinters will contest the six-furlong True North Stakes, with last year's 1-2 finishers back for a repeat duel against up-and-coming runners on the June 8 Belmont Stakes undercard.
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.
Trainer Mike Puype has no doubt 2012 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint victress Mizdirection is best of seven entered in the June 8 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont. But the new surface could be her undoing, especially if it rains.
Lucky Shamrock Stable's Declan's Warrior will try to extend his win streak to four races when he starts in what appears to be a strong edition of the $400,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) June 8 at Belmont Park.
A grade I winner as a juvenile, Gary and Mary West's Power Broker will try to secure the second stakes victory of his career June 8 in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont Park.
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.
St. George Farm Racing's homebred and dual graded stakes winner Mr. Commons will attempt to overcome the rail post and snap an eight-race losing streak when he faces at least eight others in the June 7 Jaipur Stakes.
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.
Two years after winning the Belmont Stakes, George and Lori Hall's Ruler On Ice will again travel the full circuit of the Belmont Park main track oval June 7 when he starts in the 1 1/2-mile Brooklyn Handicap.
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