The 3-year-old Malibu Moon filly earned her first grade I score, at Belmont Park in the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) June 11, a one-turn mile that followed her six-length victory in the seven-furlong Eight Belles (gr. II) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Economic Model got a good trip in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes June 11 at Belmont Park, while favored Cupid missed the break, rushed up on the backside, and faded to finish last.
The Weather Channel predicts an 80% chance of rain for the day, with isolated thunderstorms likely to move in around 3 p.m. ET, and a 60% probability for 6 p.m. Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 6:37 p.m.
- By Frank Angst
Already enjoying success at distance races on the turf, Da Big Hoss found two miles also to his liking as he launched a big rally in the fourth turn on his way to a clear victory in the $300,000 Belmont Gold Cup Stakes June 10 at Belmont Park.
Chad Brown swept the trifecta June 10 in the $500,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park, where Sheep Pond Partners and Bradley Thoroughbreds' Dacita swept wide at the top of the stretch and closed to win the 1 1/4-mile grass test.
Joking, a 9-1 shot who returned $21.80 while giving owner/trainer Charlton Baker his first graded stakes victory, dashed across the line to upset by a neck.
Trainer Steve Asmussen, who will be enshrined in the Racing Hall of Fame later this year, doesn't figure to have to use much time on strategy for his two Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I) starters June 11 at Belmont Park.
Silver Mission takes the Tremont Stakes by six lengths.
Trojan Nation's connections are getting the same questions they received before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and their answer largely has been the same.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contender Exaggerator moved through the rhythms of a big horse pre-race day June 10; gate-schooling, going for an easy jog, and moving into a controlled gallop as the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) looms.
New York's top fiscal watchdog said the New York Racing Association's portrayal of its financial improvements have been artificially inflated after an audit found the not-for-profit operation has run up deficits of $109 million on the racing side.
For an hour June 9, trainer Bob Baffert and members of the Zayat family told stories and shared memories at Belmont Park on how American Pharoah's Triple Crown victory last year affected them.
First-crop sire Bodemeister's first winner also became his first stakes winner when Bode's Dream, a gray or roan filly out of Frolic's Dream (by Smoke Glacken), won the $200,000 Asotria Stakes at Belmont Park.
Justin Squared carries his win streak into the $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. I), while Cupid returns in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes June 11 at Belmont Park.
Horse Racing Radio Network, the official radio home of the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup World Championships, will provide exclusive coverage of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) beginning at 2 p.m. EDT June 11.
Clement's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner this year, Governor Malibu—owned in partnership by Jump Sucker Stable and breeder Oak Bluff Stable—is generating some buzz off a second-place run in the Peter Pan (gr. II) last time out May 14.
Keith Desormeaux talks with media on the morning of June 9. The Preakness (gr. I)-winning trainer talked about his Belmont Stakes (gr. I) chances.
Chuck Fipke has had great success hitting the board in classic races with longshot maiden winners Tale of Verve and Golden Soul, and will try that formula again in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
With reigning champion grass mare Tepin across the Atlantic Ocean, trainer Mark Casse will turn to another champion in Canada's 2014 Horse of the Year Lexie Lou for the $700,000 Longines Just a Game Stakes (gr. I) June 11 at Belmont Park.
Cash is King's Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Cathryn Sophia will make her first appearance since that career-high victory when she takes on Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) winner Go Maggie Go in the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) June 11 at Belmont.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator drew post 11 June 8 for the upcoming June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Co-owner Matt Bryan discussed the final jewel of the Triple Crown, televised Saturday on NBC at 5 p.m. ET.
Curalina joins Stopchargingmaria, Sheer Drama, Cavorting, and others in a short but strong field June 11 at Belmont Park.
After finishing one-two last year, the Chad Brown-trained duo of Slumber and Big Blue Kitten will aim for more success in those familiar conditions June 11 in the $1 million Knob Creek Manhattan Stakes (gr. IT) on the inner turf at Belmont.
If trainer Mikio Matsunaga had it to do over again, he would have prepared group II winner Lani for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Belmont Park instead of Churchill Downs.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator drew post 11 in a field of 13 and was tagged the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) during the race’s post position draw June 8 in New York.
- By Steve Haskin
And the most unusual aspect of it is that everyone seems to be happy, which is not often the case when it comes to rabbits.
NBC Sports Group will begin its coverage of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with a "Belmont Access" program at 4 p.m. EDT on NBC Sports Network.
Reunited with Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux for the first time since their victory in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21, Exaggerator breezed five furlongs June 7 at Belmont Park in his final work prior to the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator, who galloped the morning of June 6 at Belmont Park, is expected to face 12 other 3-year-olds in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Chad Brown dominates East Coast turf races, and he will have three of the seven entrants in the June 10 New York Stakes at Belmont Park.
The $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II), to be run June 11 as part of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) program, has quietly become one of the nation's premier stakes sprints with a rich history of speedy, talented, and memorable winners.
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.
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.
The 5-year-old Bernstein mare clicked off the solid fractions that have become her trademark—splits of :12 2/5 and :24 1/5 under regular rider Julien Leparoux en route to a four-furlong time of :48 2/5 and a five-furlong gallop out in 1:01 1/5.
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.
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.
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.
After an upset win in the American Turf Stakes (gr. IIT) May 7 at Churchill Downs, Camelot Kitten will try for a second straight graded stakes score when he starts in the $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 4 at Belmont Park.
Swipe, a $5,000 yearling purchase who has banked $608,930 and finished second four times to champion Nyquist as a 2-year-old last year, isn't running the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) but he's at Belmont Park preparing for his return.
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).
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.
Mario Pino was announced as the 2016 recipient of the of the Mike Venezia Memorial Award, earning the prestigious honor for jockeys who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship.
Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse is nominated to three stakes the weekend of June 4-5, but trainer Mark Casse said the winner of five consecutive stakes probably will face males in the $500,000 Penn Mile (gr. IIIT).
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).
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).
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.
Vincent Scuderi's homebred Paulassilverlining picked up her second graded stakes victory of the year with a win in the grade III, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap May 21 at Belmont Park.
A first try on turf proved no problem for undefeated Lightstream as she rallied to victory in the $100,000 Soaring Softly Stakes May 21 at Belmont Park.
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