John C. Oxley's Classic Empire, the newly-minted champion 2-year-old of 2016, heads a roster of 418 3-year-olds made eligible during the early nomination phase to compete in the classic races of the 2017 American Triple Crown.
The New York Racing Association has announced a $1 million bonus to any Japan-based Thoroughbred who competes in and wins the 149th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park.
Sticksstatelydude has raced at seven different racetracks and in four different states, but does his best in one--the Empire State.
Drosselmeyer, one of only eight horses to win an American classic and the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), has been purchased by Stud TNT and will remain in Brazil to stand stud.
Creator, the 3-year-old colt by Tapit who won the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and Arkansas Derby (gr. I), has been sold by WinStar Farm and Bobby Flay to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association.
Three Rules won the $500,000 In Reality division of the Florida Sire Stakes Oct. 1 at Gulfstream Park to complete a three-race sweep of the series' open division for 2-year-olds.
With jockey Kent Desormeaux in the irons, the son of Curlin completed a half-mile in :51.69 on the main track.
With June's biggest race day seeing a significant decline in pari-mutuel handle, wagering on United States races for the month also declined compared with the same month in 2015.
Colt's connections could have urged for a Belmont (gr. I) run June 11 off the 3-year-old colt's May 14 score in the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II), but trust in their down-to-earth trainer and a long-term goal kept them grounded.
Trainer Woody Stephens often said that winning five consecutive editions of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) was the biggest accomplishment in his Hall of Fame career.
Relive the fun, fashion and pageantry surrounding the 2016 Belmont Stakes and two Breeders' Cup Win and You're In races at Belmont Park. From Frosted to Cavorting to Creator, the racing was as unforgettable as the exhilarating atmosphere.
Belmont day package gives us plenty to look forward to.
No one knows how long the 2016 Triple Crown will remain in the public's memory banks, but for now at least it should be remembered for its eccentricities, following one of the most memorable and emotional Triple Crowns in history.
Relive Creator's victory in the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.
Claire Novak updates us on how the main Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders are feeling a day after the race, including future plans.
With no Triple Crown on the line this year, betting on the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I) was well off the 2015 figure when American Pharoah capped his historic run.
Belmont Stakes winner Creator walking the shed row the morning after his classic win at Belmont Park.
Listen to Creator's connections discuss their Belmont Stakes victory.
Claire Novak recaps Creator's win in the Belmont Stakes. Claire talks about Creator's connections of Irad Ortiz, Jr., Bobby Flay, WinStar, and Steve Asmussen.
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux describes his Belmont Stakes (gr. I) run aboard Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator, who finished 11th in a field of 13 June 11 at Belmont Park.
WinStar Farm and Bobby Flay's Creator needed every step of the 1 1/2 miles over Big Sandy to win the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I) June 11.
- By Ron Mitchell
"He was a striking colt, with a lot of Tapit about him, and he was a correct and good mover," Gainesway's Michael Hernon said.
The Weather Channel predicts an 80% chance of rain for the day, with isolated thunderstorms likely to move in around 3 p.m. ET, and a 60% probability for 6 p.m. Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 6:37 p.m.
Trainer Steve Asmussen, who will be enshrined in the Racing Hall of Fame later this year, doesn't figure to have to use much time on strategy for his two Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I) starters June 11 at Belmont Park.
Lani will become the latest Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner with ties to Japan after Sunday Break ran third in 2002 and Casino Drive loomed large before scratching in 2008.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Dave in Dixie||John W. Sadler||
|Drosselmeyer||William I. Mott||
|First Dude||Bob Baffert||
|Fly Down||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Game On Dude||Bob Baffert||
|Ice Box||Nicholas P. Zito||
|Interactif||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Make Music for Me||Alexis Barba||
|Spangled Star||Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.||
|Stately Victor||Michael J. Maker||
|Stay Put||Steve Margolis||
|Uptowncharlybrown||Alan S. Seewald||
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