It appears the worst is behind undefeated turf star Lady Eli, who continues to make significant strides in her recovery from laminitis in her front feet.
Business so far at the Saratoga Race Course meet has been very strong, NYRA officials reported Aug. 12, but they also noted that operating revenue for the year is down compared with 2014.
Undefeated 3-year-old filly Lady Eli continues to recover from laminitis at trainer Chad Brown's Belmont Park stable, with her connections encouraged that she is doing as well as possible at this point.
Average daily handle and attendance declined during the 59-day meet at Belmont Park that was highlighted by American Pharoah becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
Beginning July 27 at Saratoga Race Course, Erinn Higgins will become the first female steward at the Saratoga Springs track, serving as alternate state steward for the New York State Gaming Commission under Steve Lewandowski.
With two wins on closing day, jockey Javier Castellano sewed up his third straight spring/summer meet title at Belmont Park, while Todd Pletcher had an insurmountable lead to garner top trainer honors.
First-time starter Hammers Vision won the fifth race at Belmont Park July 19 and became the first winner for five-time group I winner and Canadian stallion Court Vision.
Star 3-year-old filly Lady Eli is battling laminitis in both front feet and her prognosis remains unknown. She stepped on a nail following her victory in the Belmont Oaks and her condition turned worse earlier this week.
Jockey Rajiv Maragh remained hospitalized at North Shore Hospital July 11 as a result of injuries sustained during a spill the previous day at Belmont Park.
Cozmic One, the first foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, and Indian Trail, a full brother to 2010 champion 2-year-old male Uncle Mo, will square off July 8 in a $75,000 maiden special weight race at Belmont Park.
The 38-day fall championship meet at Belmont Park will two "Super Saturday" programs with 11 graded stakes worth a combined $4.2 million Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, the New York Racing Association said July 6.
Lady Eli preserved her perfect record and dazzled in the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) July 4, collecting the second grade I stakes score of her career in dominant fashion at Belmont Park.
Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex went eye-to-eye with two-time grade I winner Tonalist in the stretch and won the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) by a head bob July 4 at Belmont Park.
WinStar Farm's homebred Speightster stayed unbeaten in style July 4, besting Longines Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red in the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
Derek Ryan's Irish Jasper continued a three-race win streak and earned her second grade III in a row July 4, closing with a wide rally and drawing away in the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
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Trainer Chad Brown has a strong chance to notch his second victory in as many runnings of the Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) July 4 at Belmont Park, in which he will send out three horses led by undefeated Lady Eli.
All eyes will be on Texas Red when the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner makes his first start in more than five months in the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park.
After disappointing finishes in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I), graded stakes winners Miss Ella and Promise Me Silver will look to get back to their winning ways in the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park.
Divisidero will try for a second straight stakes victory on the inner turf at Belmont Park in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) July 4, while classic runner Bolo will ship in from the West Coast.
Grade I winners The Big Beast and Private Zone will face off in the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park.
Tonalist will find himself in easier company July 4 than he did last time out, with only five to tackle and not another grade I winner in the bunch in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
After winning stakes races at six and seven furlongs on the Belmont Park Widener turf course, Zindaya will return to the surface a third straight time when she tries the one-mile Perfect Sting Stakes Friday, July 3.
Overwhelming favorite La Verdad led at every point of call and won the $100,000 Dancin Renee Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares by 7 1/4 lengths June 28 at Belmont Park, pushing her earnings past the $1 million mark.
Include Betty, the lone graded stakes winner in the field of 10 3-year-old fillies for the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I), proved the class of the field when she delivered a clear victory in the June 27 race at Belmont Park.
Tonalist will look to rebound in the July 4 $500,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) off a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) on Belmont Stakes day.
With a narrow victory in her maiden special weight debut June 25 at Belmont Park, the filly Lucky Lurie became the first winner for stallion Girolamo.
While the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) features some promising youngsters trying stakes company for the first time, Include Betty enters as the most accomplished in the expected field of 10 3-year-old fillies.
New York trainer David Jacobson reached the 1,000-win milestone June 18 when capturing Belmont Park's third race with Classic Salsa.
Daniel Hayden and trainer Charlton Baker's Possessed stalked and rallied to a visually impressive win in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Division of the New York Stallion Stakes at Belmont Park June 21.
Robert Luttrell's Promise Me Silver, whose nine-race unbeaten streak was lost earlier this month in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I), returned to the worktab June 21 with a half-mile breeze in :49 at Churchill Downs.
Bobby Flay's Dame Dorothy added another victory to her already-impressive resume with a 1 1/2-length win in the $150,000 Bed O' Roses Handicap (gr. III) June 20 at Belmont Park.
Mark My Style and Freudie Anne will try to register the first stakes wins of their respective careers June 21 in a pair of New York Stallion Stakes.
With the Triple Crown in the books, Belmont Park is preparing for its July 4 Stars and Stripes program and will continue offering it regular weekly events, including Breakfast at Belmont and Party at the Park.
Humana Distaff (gr. I) winner Dame Dorothy is scheduled to make her first start since that May 2 victory when she faces an expected seven other older fillies and mares in the $150,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap (gr. III).
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The atmosphere at Belmont Park still lingers with the jubilation that reverberated through the racetrack and captured the nation's imagination with American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep June 6.
Gerald and Susan Kreesa's King Kreesa stole away on the front end June 13 to take the $300,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park, becoming just the third two-time winner of a race he also won in 2013.
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Stuart S. Janney III's Ironicus shoots for his second straight graded stakes score in the $500,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park on June 13.
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The New York Racing Association says that more than 95% of the $2 win tickets sold at Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack on American Pharoah to win the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) haven't been cashed.
Triple Crown Productions has granted All Pro Championships, Fanatics Authentic, and Steiner Sports rights to produce and distribute officially licensed apparel and other merchandise to commemorate American Pharoah's feat.
In the 37th year since Affirmed swept the classics in 1978, Zayat Stables' American Pharoah toyed with the field of seven other horses to win the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
All-sources pari-mutuel handle on the 13-race Belmont Stakes (gr. I) program June 6 totaled $134,839,391, down about 10.2% from last year's Belmont day program, which had the same number of races.
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