Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Stay Thirsty was made the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Aug. 27 Travers (gr. I), while Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Coil was pegged as the 3-1 second choice.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Shackleford and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Ruler On Ice are among nine horses listed as at probable starters in the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27 Saratoga.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Shackleford and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Ruler On Ice turned in their final works for the Travers (gr. I) Aug. 20.
The Travers, King's Bishop, and Pacific Classic could be must-see races. read blog
Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Coil, one of the probable favorites for the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I), worked six furlongs Aug. 17 at Saratoga.
Michael Lauffer and Bill Cubbedge's Shackleford turned in an important work for the Travers (gr. I) Aug. 13, breezing six furlongs on the Saratoga main track in 1:14.
Preakness (gr. I) winner Shackleford likely will contest the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27, instead of taking on older horses in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) a week later, trainer Dale Romans said Aug. 7.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Frankel has now assumed top position in the World Thoroughbred Rankings at 135 pounds following his scintillating performance in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes (Eng-I).
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Point Given's 3yo Coil, who surprised 2011 classic winners Ruler On Ice and Shackleford in the Haskell, has a pedigree replete with turf influences and Belmont credentials.
- By Steve Haskin
Bob Baffert and Martin Garcia perform more magic with Coil in the Haskell. read blog
This year's champion 3-year-old male may take the title with only a single grade I win. read blog
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Shackleford, second by a neck to Coil in the July 31 Haskell Invitational (gr. I), arrived at Saratoga shortly after 4 p.m. Aug. 1 to prepare for his next start.
A forced change of tactics helped Coil capture the the $1 million Resorts Casino Hotel Haskell Invitational (gr. I) in a spirited stretch duel with favored Shackleford at Monmouth Park July 31.
Do you like Fire or Ice? Shackleford or Coil? How will they run? Predict the Order
The Haskell and Jim Dandy headline a key weekend of 3-year-old racing. read blog
On July 31 at Monmouth Park, Shackleford will try to stamp himself as the division leader when he leads a field of eight in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I).
Jason, Ian and Evan handicap the Haskell and Jim Dandy this weekend. Watch Video
Both Shackleford and Ruler On Ice will have a big chance to jump to the top of the 3-year-old division July 31 when they headline the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.
Trainer Kelly Breen had Ruler On Ice and Pants On Fire on the Monmouth Park track shortly after the fifth race July 24 for a four-furlong work between races one week prior to the Haskell Invitational (gr. I).
The locally-based duo of Pants On Fire and Ruler On Ice will have their final respective works for the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) between races Sunday, July 24 at Monmouth Park.
Monmouth Park officials said July 14 they're expecting a field of at least eight for the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) set for July 31 at the New Jersey racetrack.
Jason Shandler provides updates on all 3YOs that won graded stakes this season. read blog
The three Triple Crown race winners are all pointing toward the Haskell Invitational (gr. I), but a hefty bonus in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) could help lure a top 3-year-old.
The Belmont slop produced yet another 3-year-old upset Read Blog
Jon and Joel dissect the Belmont Stakes from the break of the gate to individual horse performances. Horses such as Stay Thirsty, Ruler On Ice, Animal Kingdom, Shackleford and Mucho Macho Man. Watch Video
Lenny Shulman recaps the upset performance of Ruler On Ice in the 2011 Belmont Stakes. Watch Video
Longshot son of Roman Ruler takes the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) over Stay Thirsty and Brilliant Speed on a muddy track at Belmont Park.
Animal Kingdom and Master of Hounds received the bulk of the early betting action for the Belmont Stakes; Shackleford was being largely ignored.
Animal Kingdom, of course, must be included in all exotic bets. It's just a question who do you put with him? read blog
Jason and James Scully from twinspires.com preview the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), and make their picks. Watch Video
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Lenny, Steve, and special guest Steve Byk report from Belmont Park about the Belmont Stakes, including thoughts about the draw, how the race will be run, and picks. Plus, a tour of Belmont Park. Watch Video
If many of the names in the Belmont (gr. I) look familiar, that's because they should. For the first time in history, the top seven finishers from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) have returned for the final leg of the Triple Crown
If you can overlook the fact that Nehro has won only one race in his career in six starts, he has a much going for him in regard to being an ideal Belmont Stakes horse as anyone. read blog
Trainer Dale Romans calls 'dibs' on the front end for Shackleford in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), also known as the 'Test of the Champion.'
Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and second in the Preakness (gr. I), was named the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He'll break from post 9 in a 12-horse lineup.
Steve Haskin looks at the draw, and how the race will be run. read blog
Who will win the Belmont Stakes? Will it be Derby winner Animal Kingdom, Preakness winner Shackleford, or a new face? How will the others finish? Predict the Order
Lenny Shulman reports on the activities of the day, including Animal Kingdom and Shackleford schooling in the gate. Plus, a weather report. Watch Video
Team Valor's Barry Irwin thinks Mucho Macho Man is the horse to beat in the Belmont Stakes. read blog
The Belmont could be the start of a big run by one of many horses from this year's crop. read blog
Racing across the world, and prepping for the Belmont Stakes. View Slideshow
Long-time jockey agent Dennis Cooper seeks respect for his client, Jesus Castanon, and other Midwest riders. Castanon is the rider of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Shackleford.
After Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Shackleford breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Belmont Park June 4, trainer Dale Romans said the Forestry colt will run in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
The work tab at Belmont Park will be busy the weekend of June 4 as some contenders for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) will be putting in their final workouts.
Although most Triple Crown trainers admit their concern about having to run three grueling races in five weeks, the trainers of Animal Kingdom and Shackleford actually can't wait for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
The Belmont should go a long way in helping decide the eventual 3YO champion. read blog
The connections of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Shackleford said a decision on the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) will be made after the Forestry colt breezes at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 4.
A 35-slide review of the many races from the holiday weekend! View Slideshow
- By Esther Marr
Beyond the Blinkers presents video from the 2011 Preakness. read blog
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