The Preakness (gr. I) winner, one of only two horses this year to run in all three legs of the Triple Crown, emerged from an 11th-place finish in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont without an excuse, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux.
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.
Steve Asmussen dreaded walking by a wall featuring photos of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners after Curlin's tight defeat in 2007, but that was all erased June 11.
Creator and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. win the 148th Running of Belmont Stakes (gr. I)
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.
Cash Control narrowly held on to beat stablemate Sweet Acclaim (IRE) by a head in the $100,000 Old Forester Mint Julep Handicap (gr. III) June 11 at Churchill Downs.
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.
Juddmonte Farms’ globe-trotting Flintshire displayed his brilliant turn of foot in the stretch to post a 1 3/4-length victory over Ironicus in the $1 million Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes (gr. IT) on the June 11 Belmont Stakes undercard.
Maybe I'm a Chatterbox needed a race, maybe she needed an easy target. Either way, the grade I winner got her mojo back in the $100,000 Obeah Stakes (gr. III), in which she made short work of a short field June 11 at Delaware Park.
In his first U.S. start since opening the season in Dubai, Frosted delivered a dominating performance in the $1.25 million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) June 11 at Belmont Park.
James Bryan Jr.'s 4-year-old Scat Daddy filly raced just off early leader La Berma in the mile turf test, breezed by in the far turn, and pulled away to win by 3 3/4 widening lengths.
Tri-Bone Stables' grade I winner Effinex has been made the 122-pound high weight for the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 18 at Churchill Downs.
Zigzagging down the stretch to find running room between horses, Tom's Ready punched through late to score a clear victory in the $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) June 11 at Belmont Park.
Patricia Generazio’s homebred Pure Sensation sizzled gate to wire in a course-record time of 1:06.76 for six furlongs to take the Jaipur Invitational Stakes (gr. IIIT) over another Generazio homebred, Disco Partner, at Belmont Park June 11.
Cavorting closed from far back and drew off to score June 11 in the $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, a track she loves.
Shaman Ghost bided his time down on the inside and then easily flew past frontrunners Doyouknowsomething and Waymond Boyd to take the Brooklyn Invitational June 11 at Belmont Park.
- 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 3-year-old Malibu Moon filly earned her first grade I score, at Belmont Park in the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) June 11, a one-turn mile that followed her six-length victory in the seven-furlong Eight Belles (gr. II) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
James McIngvale's Runhappy, sprint champion male of 2015, has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right front cannon bone and will be given 60 days off according to trainer Laura Wohlers.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Economic Model got a good trip in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes June 11 at Belmont Park, while favored Cupid missed the break, rushed up on the backside, and faded to finish last.
California Chrome took his weekly step toward his next start in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) with a five-furlong workout in 1:01 June 11 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
After a positive seven-furlong workout from undefeated Songbird June 11 at Santa Anita Park, owner Rick Porter said the champion filly is ready to make her return to racing June 18 in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks (gr. II).
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.
Jimmy Jerkens might not have a Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender this year, but he's holding a hot hand with June 18 Stephen Foster (gr. I) contender Effinex and June 19 Pegasus (gr. III) runner Unified, who will go favored in their respective races.
American Cleopatra began her early conditioning at McKathan Brothers Training Center, and graduated to Santa Anita Park last week. She is expected to breeze there Belmont Stakes (gr. I) weekend, one year after her full brother swept the Triple Crown.
The next time a horse is awarded the Triple Crown trophy will be the first time for a new design, as New York Racing Association president Chris Kay has commissioned a new trophy to replace the one awarded to many previous Triple Crown winners.
- By Frank Angst
Already enjoying success at distance races on the turf, Da Big Hoss found two miles also to his liking as he launched a big rally in the fourth turn on his way to a clear victory in the $300,000 Belmont Gold Cup Stakes June 10 at Belmont Park.
Chad Brown swept the trifecta June 10 in the $500,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park, where Sheep Pond Partners and Bradley Thoroughbreds' Dacita swept wide at the top of the stretch and closed to win the 1 1/4-mile grass test.
Joking, a 9-1 shot who returned $21.80 while giving owner/trainer Charlton Baker his first graded stakes victory, dashed across the line to upset by a neck.
The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale came to an end June 10, with a Majesticperfection filly breezing a quarter-mile in :20 4/5, co-fastest during six days of workouts.
Gustav Schickedanz homebred Fireball Merlin made history in the first race at Woodbine June 10, when taking the inaugural clockwise EuroTurf Series race.
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.
Silver Mission takes the Tremont Stakes by six lengths.
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.
Trojan Nation's connections are getting the same questions they received before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and their answer largely has been the same.
The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings has a new horse, A Shin Hikari, in the top spot. The 5-year-old son of Deep Impact impressively won his first start of the year in the Prix d’Ispahan (Fr-I).
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contender Exaggerator moved through the rhythms of a big horse pre-race day June 10; gate-schooling, going for an easy jog, and moving into a controlled gallop as the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) looms.
Steve Haskin looks back at American Pharoah's Triple Crown victory through photos.
Fred Papert died May 20 in his hometown of New York City
Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including the activities of Exaggerator, Lani, Cherry Wine, Brody's Cause, and Trojan Nation, as well as non-Belmont Stakes horses Effinex and Unified.
New York's top fiscal watchdog said the New York Racing Association's portrayal of its financial improvements have been artificially inflated after an audit found the not-for-profit operation has run up deficits of $109 million on the racing side.
Examining a widely held hypothesis that Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners are not taken as seriously as potential commercial stallions as winners of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) or Preakness Stakes (gr. I), or both.
Shakhimat, the winter book favorite for the Queen’s Plate for Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield, tops the six-horse field for the July 12 $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes at 1 1/8 miles over the Tapeta all-weather track at Woodbine Racetrack.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
For an hour June 9, trainer Bob Baffert and members of the Zayat family told stories and shared memories at Belmont Park on how American Pharoah's Triple Crown victory last year affected them.
Suddenbreakingnews, a Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contender who recently had his sex status changed from gelding to ridgling, might still be considered a gelding had he not contested any of the Triple Crown races.
First-crop sire Bodemeister's first winner also became his first stakes winner when Bode's Dream, a gray or roan filly out of Frolic's Dream (by Smoke Glacken), won the $200,000 Asotria Stakes at Belmont Park.
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