J. Keeler Johnson handicaps three of the Super Saturday races at Belmont and Santa Anita. read blog
The top two finishers from the With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT), Azar and Next Shares, will battle again Sept. 26 at Belmont Park in the $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT), a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 2-year-olds.
Big Blue Kitten and Shining Copper finished on the board in the Arlington Million.
Rock Fall will try for a second straight grade I victory and seventh consecutive win overall when he faces a half-dozen rivals in the $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 29 at Belmont Park.
Curalina will step up to face older fillies and mares Sept. 26, taking on five rivals in the $400,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Dame Dorothy, whose seven wins in 10 starts includes the Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I), seeks a return to the winner's circle in the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) after finishing sixth in the Ballerina (gr. I).
Jockey Rajiv Maragh offered a positive update on his long road to recovery Sept. 23, when he shared news of his latest doctor's exam with followers on Twitter.
Two top runners from the Todd Pletcher stable turned in works Sept. 20 at Belmont Park in preparation for starts in grade I stakes Sept. 26 at the New York track.
Recepta secured her second straight stakes win and first career graded stakes victory Sept. 19 in the Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Belmont turf.
With one of his familiar rivals looking to play spoiler, Lubash will try to win $125,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds and older a second straight year and third time overall Sept. 29 at Belmont Park.
Marketing icon Ed Seigenfeld, former executive vice president of Triple Crown Productions, died Sept. 16 in Louisville, Ky., after a brief illness. He was 78.
Co-highweights Lady Lara and Coffee Clique look to return to winning ways in the one-mile Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.
Godolphin Racing's Sentiero Italia turned in her second straight standout performance Sept. 12 to claim the $500,000 Sands Point Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park, and capped a five-win day for jockey Joel Rosario.
Flaxman Holdings' Tacticus, a homebred son of A.P. Indy, went wire to wire in winning Belmont Park's $197,000 Temperence Hill Stakes at 1 5/8 miles. V. E. Day, the 1-2 favorite, was second.
Last year's Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner V. E. Day will get a class break on Saturday, Sept. 12 when he starts in the $200,000 Temprence Hill Stakes at Belmont Park.
A well-balanced field of 3-year-old fillies, including recent grade II winners Mrs McDougal and Sentiero Italia, has been entered in the Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) on the Sept. 12 opening Saturday card at Belmont Park.
A total of 40 stakes worth $10.6 million in purses highlight Belmont Park's 38-day fall championship meet, which runs from Sept. 11 through Nov. 1.
Grade I winners Honor Code and Tonalist remain on target for races on Belmont Park's Oct. 3 "Super Saturday" card.
Benzel, 40, will handle de Sousa's book while the 34-year-old Brazilian hopes to put down roots in the U.S. this October. De Sousa is atop the standings to collect his first title as Great Britain's champion rider.
A quick hello from the Triple Crown champ at Blue Grass Airport en route to NY for the Travers Stakes (gr. I).
It appears the worst is behind undefeated turf star Lady Eli, who continues to make significant strides in her recovery from laminitis in her front feet.
Business so far at the Saratoga Race Course meet has been very strong, NYRA officials reported Aug. 12, but they also noted that operating revenue for the year is down compared with 2014.
Undefeated 3-year-old filly Lady Eli continues to recover from laminitis at trainer Chad Brown's Belmont Park stable, with her connections encouraged that she is doing as well as possible at this point.
Average daily handle and attendance declined during the 59-day meet at Belmont Park that was highlighted by American Pharoah becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Beginning July 27 at Saratoga Race Course, Erinn Higgins will become the first female steward at the Saratoga Springs track, serving as alternate state steward for the New York State Gaming Commission under Steve Lewandowski.
With two wins on closing day, jockey Javier Castellano sewed up his third straight spring/summer meet title at Belmont Park, while Todd Pletcher had an insurmountable lead to garner top trainer honors.
First-time starter Hammers Vision won the fifth race at Belmont Park July 19 and became the first winner for five-time group I winner and Canadian stallion Court Vision.
Star 3-year-old filly Lady Eli is battling laminitis in both front feet and her prognosis remains unknown. She stepped on a nail following her victory in the Belmont Oaks and her condition turned worse earlier this week.
Jockey Rajiv Maragh remained hospitalized at North Shore Hospital July 11 as a result of injuries sustained during a spill the previous day at Belmont Park.
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Cozmic One, the first foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, and Indian Trail, a full brother to 2010 champion 2-year-old male Uncle Mo, will square off July 8 in a $75,000 maiden special weight race at Belmont Park.
The 38-day fall championship meet at Belmont Park will two "Super Saturday" programs with 11 graded stakes worth a combined $4.2 million Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, the New York Racing Association said July 6.
Lady Eli preserved her perfect record and dazzled in the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) July 4, collecting the second grade I stakes score of her career in dominant fashion at Belmont Park.
Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex went eye-to-eye with two-time grade I winner Tonalist in the stretch and won the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) by a head bob July 4 at Belmont Park.
WinStar Farm's homebred Speightster stayed unbeaten in style July 4, besting Longines Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red in the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
Derek Ryan's Irish Jasper continued a three-race win streak and earned her second grade III in a row July 4, closing with a wide rally and drawing away in the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
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Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Belmont Derby Invitational at Belmont Park. Will the international contenders spoil the locals and how will Bolo perform? watch video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Belmont Derby Invitational at Belmont Park. Will the international contenders spoil the locals and how will Bolo perform? Download Equibase Past Performances for the Belmont Derby Invitational.
Trainer Chad Brown has a strong chance to notch his second victory in as many runnings of the Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) July 4 at Belmont Park, in which he will send out three horses led by undefeated Lady Eli.
All eyes will be on Texas Red when the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner makes his first start in more than five months in the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park.
After disappointing finishes in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I), graded stakes winners Miss Ella and Promise Me Silver will look to get back to their winning ways in the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park.
Divisidero will try for a second straight stakes victory on the inner turf at Belmont Park in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) July 4, while classic runner Bolo will ship in from the West Coast.
Grade I winners The Big Beast and Private Zone will face off in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park.
Tonalist will find himself in easier company July 4 than he did last time out, with only five to tackle and not another grade I winner in the bunch in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
After winning stakes races at six and seven furlongs on the Belmont Park Widener turf course, Zindaya will return to the surface a third straight time when she tries the one-mile Perfect Sting Stakes Friday, July 3.
Overwhelming favorite La Verdad led at every point of call and won the $100,000 Dancin Renee Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares by 7 1/4 lengths June 28 at Belmont Park, pushing her earnings past the $1 million mark.
Include Betty, the lone graded stakes winner in the field of 10 3-year-old fillies for the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I), proved the class of the field when she delivered a clear victory in the June 27 race at Belmont Park.
Tonalist will look to rebound in the July 4 $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) off a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) on Belmont Stakes day.
With a narrow victory in her maiden special weight debut June 25 at Belmont Park, the filly Lucky Lurie became the first winner for stallion Girolamo.
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