Close Hatches turned back Princess of Sylmar and picked up the pieces when Beholder finished fourth in the June 7 Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Attempting the rare distance of two miles on turf for the first time, Charming Kitten overcame 10 rivals to win the inaugural $200,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational by one length at Belmont Park June 6.
- By Ron Mitchell
Trainer Todd Pletcher has two chances to win his third Belmont Stakes. Watch Video
In the time that has passed since Palace Malice won the 2013 Belmont Stakes, both Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow have retired -- but Palice Malice is still going strong.
Dual classic winner California Chrome drew post position 2 and was installed the 3-5 morning-line favorite for his attempt at the coveted Triple Crown when he faces 10 other 3-year-olds in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
NYRA unveils the first in its mega-day strategy June 7 when it moves races like the Met Mile, Ogden Phipps, Acorn, and Brooklyn to Belmont Stakes day in an effort to ramp up interest, quality, and handle.
A sporting gesture put two-time champion Beholder on a plane to Belmont Park last week for the brewing rematch between her and 2013 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Princess of Sylmar in the $1 million Ogden Phipps (gr. I).
This year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) includes Commissioner, who will be the final classic starter for A.P. Indy. Going into this edition, 14 Belmont victors have gone on to sire a Belmont winner.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders weren't the only ones catching attention June 2 at Belmont Park. Champion filly Beholder and rival Close Hatches both turned in final pre-race preparations for the Ogden Phipps (gr. I).
Aron Wellman of Eclipse Thoroughbreds confirmed June 2 that Todd Pletcher trainee Matterhorn will run in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), with New Jersey-based jockey Joe Bravo to get the mount.
Princess of Sylmar may not have won an Eclipse Award for 2013 despite four consecutive grade I victories, but owner Ed Stanco of King of Prussia Stable was a happy man at the Iroquois Awards Dinner in Pennsylvania May 30.
Trainer Todd Pletcher talks about the June 1 works of Commissioner, Matterhorn, Palace Malice, Princess of Sylmar, and more at Belmont Park. watch video
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent two 3-year-olds he is pointing toward the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to the Belmont Park training track along with stablemates Palace Malice and Princess of Sylmar.
Starlight Racing's Intense Holiday has been retired from racing because of a condylar fracture. The Risen Star Stakes winner had been preparing for a start in the Belmont Stakes when the injury was detected May 25.
Jack Milton's win in $300,000 Poker (gr. IIIT) propels trainer Todd Pletcher to the top of all-time earnings list.
Intense Holiday was taken out of consideration for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after being diagnosed with a condylar fracture following a May 25 workout for the $1.5 million classic.
Trainer Todd Pletcher was dissatisfied with how Danza emerged from his workout on Sunday at Belmont Park. The colt will be sent to Payton Training Center in Ocala for diagnostics and time off.
WinStar Farm's Revolutionary, more than 30 lengths behind early following a heated pace, kicked into gear and circled his eight foes to win the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III) by a neck at Pimlico Race Course May 16.
Repole Stable's Stopchargingmaria returned to her winning ways May 16 at Pimlico Race Course, but had to fight to get the job done in the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II).
A solid, evenly matched field of nine, including five graded stakes winners, was entered for the $300,000 Pimlico Special Stakes (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course May 16.
Main Line Racing Stable's Joint Return, four-for-five with two stakes victories, seeks her first graded win in the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Pimlico Race Course May 16.
TimeformUS Friday Stakes Plays for Pimlico, including the G2 Black-Eyed Susan and G3 Pimlico Special. read blog
After finishing second in her 2014 debut, Kauai Katie appears ready for a top effort in the $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. III) May 17 at Belmont Park.
Palace Malice, a prohibitive favorite at odds of 1-20, made easy work of his three opponents in the $142,500 Westchester Stakes (gr. III) May 11 at Belmont Park in his prep race for the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I).
Just three opponents have signed on to face Palace Malice in the $150,000 Westchester Stakes (gr. III) May 11, when the 2013 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner returns to Belmont Park.
Looking ahead to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher sends out Commissioner and Matterhorn in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes for 3-year-olds May 10, kicking off a big weekend of stakes action at Belmont Park.
Having watched his firstborn son survive multiple surgeries to correct a heart defect has given Joe Rocco Jr. a different perspective heading into his first Kentucky Derby. He's relaxed and having fun.
They saw the potential of their futures played out in furious rallies, wire-to-wire rumbles, by the widest of margins and the slimmest of victories. Weeks like this bring back those memories.
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss the sale of General a Rod, Todd Pletcher's comments on We Miss Artie, Rick Porter, and talk to trainer Peter Eurton about Dance With Fate. Plus, Derby picks! Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
California Chrome, the morning-line favorite for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew post 5 of 20.
Kentucky Oaks contender (gr. I) My Miss Sophia, whose namesake is Bill and Terry Mathis' 11-year-old daughter, is the current standout of the couple's three-horse stable.
Four days before the Saturday race, most of the trainers with horses in the classic shared a stage and a laugh or two at the annual Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner.
One year after coming up just short, Anita Cauley homebred On Fire Baby will give the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. I) another try Friday, May 2 at Churchill Downs.
There are heavy rains, torrential rains, and the rain that all but drowned Churchill Downs Monday morning. The lightning came fast and furious; one bolt knocked out light, and the flooding came just as fast. read blog
Starlight Racing's Intense Holiday was the 'buzz' horse April 27 at Churchill Downs. He was one of four workers for trainer Todd Pletcher.
The BloodHorse.com News Update for Sunday April 27, 2014. Claire Novak provides insight on the stand out works, including times, and why Intense Holiday was the buzz of the track. Watch great video footage of these works. watch video
As typical of Derby works, the good ones drew waves of excitement, while others were overblown as bad works. And some were, well, just works. read blog
Under ideal conditions at Churchill Downs Sunday morning, April 27, seven contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and several Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) candidates breezed.
My Miss Sophia and Got Lucky--two fillies trained by Todd Pletcher--went through their final paces in preparation for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when they breezed four furlongs in :49 2/5 at Churchill Downs April 26.
After plodding along near the back of the field, Unitarian unleashed an energetic burst of speed down Keeneland's turf course and won the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT) April 25.
While Todd Pletcher often gives his horses more rest between starts than the three weeks afforded his Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Danza before this year's Kentucky Derby, he believes the Street Boss colt can deliver.
Undefeated Gulfstream Oaks (gr. II) winner In Tune will receive rest and miss the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) after she came out of a recent workout with shin soreness.
Wildcat Red, working a half-mile at Gulfstream Park the morning of April 20, was reunited with jockey Luis Saez for the first time since they teamed for a front-running victory in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth.
Two Todd Pletcher-trained contenders for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)--My Miss Sophia and Got Lucky--worked at Churchill Downs the morning of April 19, breezing a half-mile in :48.
Given the colt's Chicago connections, it's not surprising Bob Baffert would send Midnight Hawk to the April 19 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. As for his plans from there on out, you'll have to read between the lines.
Todd Pletcher-trained filly makes first start in nearly nine months in six-furlong test at Aqueduct Racetrack April 19.
Let's Go Stable's undefeated Divine Oath will make his stakes debut April 19 in the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (gr. III) at Keeneland after failing to draw in to the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I).
Besilu Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Constitution will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the other two Triple Crown races after a hairline fracture in his front right cannon bone was discovered.
Steve Haskin reflects on this year's "Road to the Kentucky Derby" and shares his thoughts on who will be on top on the first Saturday in May.
Undefeated Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Constitution returned to work for trainer Todd Pletcher at Palm Meadows Training Center April 13, along with We Miss Artie and Intense Holiday.
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