2014 Belmont Stakes Week

Images from the week leading up to the Belmont Stakes.

Good morning from Belmont Park.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

Secretariat welcomes this year's Belmont Stakes contenders.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The Derby and Preakness winner was one of the first to arrive at Belmont Park.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

California Chrome is greeted by the media.

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Checking out his new surroundings at Belmont Park.

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Photo: © 2014 Rick Samuels/The Blood-Horse

This place is not too shabby.

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California Chrome heads to the Belmont Park track for the first time.

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Motoring through the turn

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Ride On Curlin arrived the same day as California Chrome, with much less fanfare.

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But, he had his own way of getting attention.

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Another important arrival, the Triple Crown Trophy.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Time to go to work

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Blood-Horse staffers Claire Novak and Scott Tracy get ready for work in their own way.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

TV trucks are in position, ready to catch California Chrome's every move.

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Shooting 'And They're Off' with Lenny Shulman (left), Steve Haskin (right), and special guest Steve Byk.

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Trainer Manny Azpurua

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His Social Inclusion was under consideration for the Belmont Stakes.

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But, will run in the Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) instead.

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Social Inclusion

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Champion Beholder was in town,

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to face

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Close Hatches and

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Princess of Sylmar in the Ogden Phipps (gr. I).

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NYRA CEO Chris Kay welcomed folks to the Post Position Draw.

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Assigning the gate positions.

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The field is set.

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California Chrome owner Steve Coburn had plenty to say after the draw.

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Wicked Strong did his prep work on the training track at Belmont Park.

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Wicked Strong

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Wicked Strong

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Angel Cordero Jr., left, and trainer Chad Brown

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Schooling for star pupil California Chrome

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Back to the barn

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Striking a pose

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The Todd Pletcher trainees Commissioner and Matterhorn worked together to prep for the Belmont.

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Two heads are better than one.

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Commissioner

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Shake it, Matterhorn!

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California Chrome emerges from the tunnel.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Seems like someone wants to take it all in.

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But out on the track, he's all business.

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Bath time

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Trainer Dallas Stewart leads Commanding Curve out to the track. Commanding Curve was a closing second in the Kentucky Derby.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Commanding Curve stretching his legs on Wednesday morning.

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Commanding Curve

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Commanding Curve checks out the salad bar.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Commanding Curve practicing posing for photos.

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2013 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner Goldencents tries the Met Mile on Belmont Stakes Day.

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

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Kid Cruz contemplated a Belmont Stakes start.

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But, trainer Linda Rice chose the Easy Goer for him instead.

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Matuszak most recently finished 2nd in the Federico Tesio Stakes.

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Matuszak

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Keep your eye on the Chrome.

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Can you smell spring in this one?

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Medal Count, 8th in the Kentucky Derby, returned to try California Chrome again.

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Medal Count

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Medal Count

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Trainer Bill Mott

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Time to wake up.

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2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice was back, this time to take on the Met Mile

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Palace Malice

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Ride On Curlin rolling on the track.

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Ride On Curlin emerges from the trees.

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Grade I winner Artemis Agrotera, who runs in the Acorn (gr. I) on Belmont Stakes Day.

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Assistant trainer Alan Sherman was getting pretty comfortable with the media, after his daily press briefings.

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Gary Stevens

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Recording history

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Trainer Dallas Stewart finds something to laugh at Belmont week.

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The pony watches over all the Belmont Park training.

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Tonalist

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Tonalist

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Tonalist

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Peter Pan winner Tonalist gets one last lick in before race day.

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Samraat made the long journey from Aqueduct to Belmont Park.

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He was just in time for the rain, but that didn't stop him from going out to the track.

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Samraat splashing through the slop.

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Trainer Rick Violette, right with red hat, is all smiles watching his charge Samraat at Belmont Park.

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Others may have been dissuaded by the muddy conditions.

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But, Ride On Curlin was unfazed,

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facing the elements with unrelenting power.

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Art Sherman talks at press conference as son Alan, right, looks on.

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Heading out to the track

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General a Rod, one of three to compete in all three Triple Crown races in 2014.

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California Chrome was looking very comfortable on the wide expanse of Belmont Park.

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Photo: Rick Samuels

Is this the view that the rest of the field will have?

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The week is complete, on to the big day.

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