With an inside trip just off favored Irish War Cry, Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert LaPenta's Tapwrit angled out late in the final turn under jockey Jose Ortiz and kicked well clear of the rest in the 1 1/2-mile classic.
In the days and weeks after Royal Mo's breakdown at Pimlico Race Course, in his last timed workout for the Preakness Stakes (G1), it was difficult for the trainer to power forward, but the other horses in his care deserved his best.
What has been an ever-shifting landscape for this year's 3-year-old runners is set to conclude its first-half act June 10 with a wide-open edition of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1).
After capturing the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) with Always Dreaming, trainer Todd Pletcher will try to close out the Triple Crown season with another classic victory when he sends out Tapwrit and Patch in the Belmont Stakes.
For the third consecutive day, Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1) entrant Epicharis did not go to the track June 9, two days after he received a treatment of phenylbutazone for "lameness" in his right front leg.
Unbeaten on dirt since he was transferred to the barn of Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown, Twisted Tom has a chance to become the poster child for outside-the-box thinking in the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1).
Newly minted Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) favorite Irish War Cry got his first look at the massive Belmont Park oval the morning of June 8, when he hit the main track for a 1 1/2-mile gallop with trainer Graham Motion keeping tabs.
With champion Classic Empire out of the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) with a hoof abscess, Irish War Cry inherited the position of favoritism for the 1 1/2-mile race, and was installed as the 7-2 morning-line choice.
A foot abscess knocked Classic Empire out of the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), and left the rest of the entrants' connections to wonder how the race will play out in his absence.
In search of a yearling with classic potential, Albaugh Family Stable stepped up to acquire J Boys Echo for $485,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Champion Classic Empire will not run in the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) because of a hoof abscess in his right front, trainer Mark Casse said June 7.
Japanese-bred colt covered five furlongs in 1:06, but ran the last three in :37 on the Belmont Park training track.
Robert LaPenta, who dethroned Big Brown in 2008 with longshot Da' Tara, hopes to score his second Belmont Stakes victory as one of the co-owners of Tampa Bay Derby winner Tapwrit.
Preakness Stakes (G1) third-place finisher covered a half-mile in :50 1/5.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) runner-up Lookin At Lee breezed four furlongs in :48.33 under the early morning sunshine on the Belmont Park main track June 4 in preparation for the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1).
Both Isabelle de Tomaso's homebred Irish War Cry and Mark and Nancy Stanley’s Hollywood Handsome have been confirmed for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park.
Circumstances required trainer John Shirreffs to throw two entirely new elements at Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley June 3, in his final work for a potential Belmont Stakes (G1) start.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Patch will join stablemate Tapwrit in the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1), after the pair worked five furlongs in company June 2 at Belmont Park.
Fern Circle Stables' Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) winner Senior Investment posted a half-mile breeze the morning of May 31 in preparation for his expected bid in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1).
Cobra Farm's Federico Tesio Stakes winner Twisted Tom will run in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1), said trainer Chad Brown, following his five-furlong breeze May 28 at Belmont Park.
Before and after Gormley logged his workout May 27 at Santa Anita Park, trainer John Shirreffs emphasized that, although the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) is under consideration, nothing is set in stone.
In his first workout since finishing tenth in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), Irish War Cry kept the door open for a start in the Belmont Stakes (G1) when he turned in a five-furlong move at Fair Hill Training Center May 27.
Carrot Farm's UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) runner-up Epicharis is one step closer to his bid in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 10, as he emerged from a May 24 breeze in good order and entered isolation in Japan.
John Oxley's Classic Empire, who finished second in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) by a head, is scheduled to begin preparations for the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) with a morning jog May 25 at Churchill Downs.
The sale grounds at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic were abuzz the morning of May 21 about the previous day's racing at Pimlico Race Course highlighted by the Preakness Stakes (G1) victory of Seth Klarman and William Lawrence's Cloud Computing.
With the glow of the sun pink on the horizon and most of the Pimlico Race Course stakes barn just beginning to rustle with activity, Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Cloud Computing departed from Baltimore to return to his Belmont Park home base May 21.
Cloud Computing moved alongside Classic Empire in the final sixteenth of the Preakness Stakes (G1) and just got his head in front at the wire. Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming set the pace and finished eighth.
Lookin At Lee has become the horse of a lifetime for Hanson, a native of Everett, Wash., who has been breeding and racing Thoroughbreds for more than 30 years.
The half-moon was still high in the sky when Always Dreaming went to the track at Pimlico Race Course at 5:30 a.m. the morning of May 19, putting in his final exercise in preparation for the following day’s Preakness Stakes (G1).
When he enters the gate May 20 at Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness Stakes (G1), just how well Conquest Mo Money can run will be put to its toughest test.
Todd Pletcher is taking a cue from Always Dreaming in that he, like his high-energy charge, have about had it with the minutiae leading into the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) and are ready to just run the race.
As activity picked up at the Pimlico Race Course stakes barn May 16, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming went out earlier than normal for his daily exercise.
Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) announced Tuesday they will broadcast the 142nd running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) live from Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland, Saturday, May 20.
Lookin At Lee, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) runner-up, and stablemate Hence turned in their final works for the Preakness Stakes (G1) the morning of May 15 at Churchill Downs.
After some calm, controlled training through his first week or so at Pimlico Race Course, Always Dreaming was back to his energetic, hard-to-handle self May 15 in Baltimore.
Illinois Derby (G3) winner Multiplier and Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) winner Senior Investment both turned in their final works at Keeneland May 14 for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).
Son of Uncle Mo suffered a "fracture of the inside right-front sesamoid" in his final work for the Preakness Stakes (G1).
Always Dreaming's gallop one time around the Pimlico main track May 14 was another spin within himself, unlike his unruly gallops at Churchill Downs, but exercise rider Nick Bush still felt his strength and eagerness to run.
- By Jeremy Balan
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southwest Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Conquest Mo Money's odyssey across the country via truck and trailer will continue May 13.
Trainer Todd Pletcher gave a very positive review of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming after the colt galloped once around Pimlico Race Course May 11, in preparation for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).
Judge Lanier Racing's Preakness Stakes (G1) candidate Conquest Mo Money is scheduled to arrive at Pimlico Race Course May 14.
Trainer Steve Asmussen said Hence may join Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands runner-up Lookin at Lee in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner is latest major stakes winner bought at auction by agent Steve Young.
Classic Empire and Gunnevera, fourth- and seventh-place finishers respectively in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), will both head to the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course May 20, their connections said May 8.
Claire Novak updates us on Kentucky Derby runners Always Dreaming, Lookin At Lee, Battle of Midway, Classic Empire, and more.
Claire Novak recaps Always Dreaming's win in Kentucky Derby 143 and shares post race details.
Claire Novak recaps Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.
Topped by Tapwrit's $1.2 million price, a dozen of the 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) were purchased at public auction, several of them more than once.
It will be strictly business for Stone, 33, Churchill's track announcer since the 2015 spring/summer meeting.
Hall of Fame rider Angel Cordero Jr. has served as a mentor to fellow Hall of Famer John Velazquez, who has in turn passed riding knowledge to Jose Ortiz.
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