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And They're Off: Belmont Stakes Edition

And They're Off: Belmont Stakes Edition

Lenny, Steve, and special guest Steve Byk discuss the Belmont Stakes, including Doug O'Neill's TCO2 violation, and the Belmont detention barn. Also, an interview with Chad Brown, trainer of Belmont contender Street Life, and the picks for the Belmont Stakes. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.

Belmont Stakes Interview: Ahmed Zayat

Belmont Stakes Interview: Ahmed Zayat

Eric Mitchell talks with Ahmed Zayat, who owns Belmont Stakes contender Paynter. Zayat also owns Bodemeister, who finished 2nd in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

Union Rags arrives; all Belmont runners in stakes barn

Union Rags, the 6-1 third choice on the morning line behind Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another (4-5) and Dullahan (5-1) for Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, arrived at Belmont Park shortly after 11 a.m. (EDT) and was quickly settled into to the stakes barn.

Giant Ryan, Trinniberg headline Belmont sprint stakes

Giant Ryan is currently 2-0-1 from three starts at Belmont Park and on Saturday will seek to improve that mark when starting as the 120-pound highweight in the Grade 2, $400,000 True North Handicap. The six-furlong contest will be accompanied on the Belmont Stakes undercard by a pair of stakes restricted to sophomores -- the Grade 2, $400,000 Woody Stephens Stakes going seven furlongs and the $100,000 Easy Goer Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

Manhattan, Just a Game highlight Belmont undercard

A handy winner of the Grade 2 Dixie on May 19, Hudson Steele could continue his ascent into the upper ranks of leading turf runners Saturday in the Grade 1, $500,000 Manhattan Handicap. The 1 1/4-mile heat will take its usual position on the 13-race Belmont Stakes day program as the race immediately preceding the third leg of the Triple Crown.

My Adonis to join Belmont field

I'll Have Another will have an additional rival in Saturday's 144th running of the Belmont Stakes as he tries to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.

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