Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, unable to prevent a Triple Crown winner for the third time, was full of praise for the feat accomplished June 7 by American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes Presented by DraftKings (gr. I).
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah shipped well the morning of June 7 from New York to Churchill Downs, where he arrived early afternoon with more than 100 fans and members of the media waiting at the barn.
The overnight television rating for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), which produced the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years in American Pharoah, was down slightly from last year, according to The Nielsen Company.
American Pharoah was thriving in his role as Thoroughbred racing's latest superstar June 7, one day after winning the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and becoming the first horse since 1978 to sweep the Triple Crown.
The Triple Crown winner appears on national TV June 7 at Belmont Park.
Slumber caught the rest of the field napping in the $1 million Knob Creek Manhattan Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park and kicked home to win in dramatic fashion by 2 3/4 lengths.
Honor Code turned on the afterburners and flew home June 6 in the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park, with last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist getting up for second.
Robert Masterson's Tepin won her third turf race in a row and second straight graded event with a half-length victory in the $700,000 Just a Game Stakes (gr. IT) June 6 at Belmont Park.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Curalina, making her first start in stakes company, prevailed in a very deep field for the $750,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 6.
Rigney Racing's gelded son of Purim gets his first win since October 2013 and breaks the dry spell with his first stakes win in graded company.
Second choice Wedding Toast led all the way in the $1 million Ogden Phipps (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 6, drawing off to win by five lengths while favored champion Untapable was second.
Robert LaPenta's March won a hard-fought battle by a slim nose in the $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II), the first of nine graded stakes on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) day under card.
The second day of the inaugural Pan American Conference focused on medication policy and reform.
Monster Energy has entered into a sponsorship arrangement with Zayat Stables' American Pharoah as the Pioneer of the Nile colt seeks to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
The first two days of the inaugural Belmont Stakes Racing Festival showed sharp increases in on-track and all-sources wagering over the same two days in 2014, the New York Racing Association announced June 5.
As American Pharoah trains flawlessly toward the June 6 Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I), it is tempting to wonder if this horse might be the one.
Mrs. Paul Shanahan's Waltzing Matilda provided quite a shock in the $300,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) June 5, taking the 1 1/2-mile turf event at Belmont Park at odds of 22-1 in her U.S. debut.
The New York Racing Association the night of June 5 announced that all tickets for the Saturday, June 6 running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) have been officially sold out.
Rock Fall earned his fifth straight victory and first graded stakes win June 5, taking the $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II) by 3 3/4 lengths at Belmont Park.
Robert and Myrna Luttrell's homebred filly will hope to keep her perfect record in the June 6 Acorn Stakes (gr. I), the Texas-bred's debut at the top level.
American Pharoah tied a bow on his lead-up to the June 6 Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) with his final gallop June 5, ticking right along under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez.
Long before Olympic gold-medalist Bruce Jenner transformed into Caitlyn Jenner, for a brief period of time in the late-summer of 1976, future undefeated Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew was mistakenly identified.
International simulcasting exchanges, Southern Hemisphere shuttling, medication rules, and new technologies for tracks and bettors all covered at opening day of the inaugural Pan American Conference.
Sheikh Mohammed seeks to compete in classic races around the world, and he will have Frosted to carry the colors of his Godolphin in this weekend's Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) hopeful Keen Ice went to the track at Belmont Park the morning of June 4, his first outing since arriving in New York from Kentucky June 2.
As Triple Crown contender American Pharoah has traveled between Churchill Downs, Pimlico Race Course, and Belmont over the past six weeks, this faithful companion has been there every step of the way.
American Pharoah continued his flawless preparations for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in his second day over the track at Belmont Park, powering through a stellar gallop and then schooling calmly in the paddock.
Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex enters the marathon event having won his last two starts, including a game victory in the Excelsior Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack on April 25.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Twilight Eclipse will look to make it a double June 6 in the $1 million Knob Creek Manhattan (gr. IT) at Belmont Park, coming off his first grade I win in the May 9 Man o' War Handicap (gr. IT).
After the post position draw, trainer Mike de Kock talks about Mubtaahij.
Trainer Dallas Stewart talks about Belmont Stakes contender Tale of Verve after the post position draw.
Darley America president Jimmy Bell talks about Belmont Stakes contender Frosted after the post position draw.
Donegal Racing's Jerry Crawford talks about Keen Ice and the potential of derailing another Triple Crown bid.
Trainer Todd Pletcher talks about Materiality and Madefromlucky after the Belmont Stakes draw.
Comments from American Pharoah's owner/breeder Ahmed Zayat and his son, Justin following the Belmont Stakes draw.
Comments from American Pharoah's trainer Bob Baffert at the Belmont Stakes post position draw.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa, cousin to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Hamdan, will compete against his cousins when Mubtaahij faces off against Frosted in the Belmont Stakes.
The Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) is on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard for the second year in a row. With the 2014 edition won by the previous year's Belmont winner, Christophe Clement hopes Tonalist can also win.
American Pharoah felt so good this morning at Belmont Park that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert decided to let him get a full look at the racing surface.
Zayat Stables has struck a promotional deal with Monster, which produces various energy drinks, with just days to go before American Pharoah bids for the Triple Crown June 6 at Belmont Park.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, International, Thoroughbred Sales, Horse Health, Northeast Region
More than 300 representatives from 27 countries will converge upon New York City for two days of business presentations focusing on the sport of Thoroughbred racing as part of the Pan American Conference.
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown contender American Pharoah arrived June 2 at Long Island MacArthur Airport and soon after walked off a horse van at Belmont Park, ready for his run in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
As he prepares UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner Mubtaahij for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), trainer Michael de Kock has no misconceptions about the task of trying to upend American Pharoah's Triple Crown quest.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice on June 2 put in his final work at Churchill Downs before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park.
The Metropolitan Handicap once served as a Belmont Stakes prep race. Read the full feature by Steve Haskin in the June 6, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse. view slideshow
Donegal Racing, which has run such grade I winners as Paddy O'Prado and Dullahan in Triple Crown races, is back with late-running Keen Ice, who encountered a ton of trouble last month in the Kentucky Derby.
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah completed his final pre-race work June 1 at Churchill Downs, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 under jockey Martin Garcia.
Two-time grade II winner Honor Code remains on track for his scheduled start in the $1.25 million NYRA.com Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park.
Trainer Bob Baffert discusses the June 1 breeze of Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah at Churchill Downs.
Belmont Stakes contender The Truth or Else gets a bath on June 1 at Kenny McPeek's barn.
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