Headlines for Monday, June 2, 2014

  • California Chrome is attempting to become the first California-bred Triple Crown winner.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Belmont-Stakes-146/i-QV5j88Q">Order This Photo</a>

    Assault, Secretariat, Affirmed Lead 'Chrome'

    If California Chrome wins the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7 at Belmont Park, he would become the first California-bred Triple Crown winner and just the fourth horse bred outside of Kentucky to sweep the three classics.

  • California Chrome with Art Sherman

    'Chrome' Connections Arrive at Belmont

    Trainer Art Sherman and co-owners Steve and Carolyn Coburn arrived at Belmont Park June 2 to check on their Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner, California Chrome.

  • Trainer Gary Contessa said "I like the opportunity to bring the public closer to the horses."

    'Breakfast at Belmont' Gets 'Chrome' Boost

    The weekend breakfast program Belmont Park is a mainstay of the spring meet. It got a supercharged boost May 31 when a few hundred guests showed up to watch California Chrome work in advance of the Belmont Stakes.

  • Paul Reddam

    Reddam, Iavarone Recall Run-Up To Belmont

    California Chrome owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn are no doubt getting to know the surreal conditions of becoming instant celebrities as their horse attempts to win the long-vacated Triple Crown at Belmont Park.

  • TVG's Belmont Coverage Begins With Draw

    TVG announced its on-site Belmont Stakes (gr. I) week coverage that will focus on California Chrome's Triple Crown bid will begin at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 4, with a live broadcast of the post position draw.

  • Beholder breezes at Belmont Park June 2.
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    Beholder, Close Hatches Work for Ogden Phipps

    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).

  • Belmont Stakes News Update for June 2, 2014

    Claire Novak reports from Belmont Park on the routine of California Chrome this week. Hear about the buzz over Social Inclusion possibly running in the Woody Stevens with comments from trainer Ron Sanchez. There is a Kid Cruz update and mentions of the works of Beholder and Close Hatches.

  • Haskin: Morning at Belmont

    If the first two mornings at Belmont Park are any indication, we should see a top-class field of horses in Saturday's Belmont Stakes who are all looking great and working sensationally.

  • Matterhorn (inside) and Commissioner jogged at Belmont Park on June 1, 2014. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Belmont-Stakes-146/i-Xkd4LDQ">Order This Photo</a>

    Matterhorn Confirmed for Belmont, Bravo Up

    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 <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-Z6m3bVv">Order This Photo</a>

    Princess of Sylmar Sparks Regional Pride

    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.

  • Dads Caps won the 2014 Carter Handicap. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3162309401&k=3xVLxd2">Order This Photo</a>

    Grade I Winner Dads Caps Tops True North

    Dads Caps, a front-running sprint specialist who won the April 5 Carter Handicap (gr. I), tops the nine-horse field of 4-year-olds and up entered for the $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park June 6.

  • Twilight Eclipse won the 2014 Mac Diarmida Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3076734092&k=BhwPQTT">Order This Photo</a>

    Twilight Eclipse Targets Belmont Gold Cup

    Multiple grade II winner Twilight Eclipse will stretch out to two miles Friday, June 6 when the 5-year-old Purim gelding faces an expected 11 rivals in the inaugural $200,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational Stakes.

  • Opening Windows for Equine Social Interaction

    As social relationships between horses become a greater equine welfare focus, scientists are seeking ways to allow social interactions for animals housed in traditionally isolating box stall settings. But don't tear your barn and stalls down just yet: French researchers recently tested another solution—windows between stalls—with positive ...