Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito spoiled two Triple Crown bids with longshot winners in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Here, he talks about what it takes to win the Belmont, and what it will take for another horse to win the Triple Crown. View other video features on Triple Crown contenders and those who spoiled historic bids, and read Frank Angst’s Triple Crown longform at http://www.bloodhorse.com/CrowningGlory.
The classy sprinter La Verdad handled an increase in distance to take the Critical Eye Stakes, and 3-year-old filly Isabelle went wire-to-wire in the Bouwerie Stakes May 31 at Belmont Park on New York Showcase Day.
Social Inclusion walks the shedrow after working at Belmont Park on May 21, 2014. Watch Video
California Chrome and Victor Espinoza take to the track for the first time together at Belmont Park. Watch Video
California Chrome and Victor Espinoza take to the track for the first time together at Belmont Park.
Tonalist hanging out in the barn after working at Belmont Park on May 31, 2014.
Social Inclusion walks the shedrow after working at Belmont Park on May 21, 2014.
Social Inclusion works at Belmont Park on May 31, 2014.
California Chrome has his final work before the Belmont Stakes on May 31, 2014.
Represented in 2012 by graduate I'll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the Florida-based operation now has another graduate heading for the Belmont Stakes with Ride On Curlin.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome looked sharp in his final workout May 31 in preparation for the upcoming Belmont Stakes (gr. I), breezing a half-mile in a quick :47.69 at Belmont Park.
Following a four-length win at Belmont Park in the Peter Pan, Tonalist will have the opportunity June 7 to capture the Triple Crown race that eluded his maternal grandsire while carrying Robert S. Evans' colors.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome gets new shoes from Judd Fisher before the Belmont Stakes (gr.I).
Belmont Stakes contender Ride On Curlin gets a bath on Friday, May 30, 2014.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome gets a bath on Friday, May 30, 2014.
La Verdad seeks her first win beyond six furlongs as she heads a group of nine New York-bred fillies and mares in the $200,000 Critical Eye at one mile. Earlier on the card, Flipcup heads $125,000 Bouwerie.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome schooled in the Belmont Park paddock for the first time May 29 before proceeding to gallop two miles on the main track.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome May 28 picked back up where he left off the previous day, showing the same eagerness he displayed when galloping his customary two-mile circuit.
This generation is all too familiar with the bad-beat story when it comes to the Triple Crown. Delve into the history of failed bids, explore the challenge of winning the final leg, and relive stories of spoilers who have halted each quest for history.
Owner Spendthrift Farm said May 27 that Medal Count, a troubled eighth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is being pointed to the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park June 7.
Victor Espinoza has been a model of consistency aboard California Chrome, but Belmont Park presents unique challenges during the running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), said NYRA analyst and retired rider Richard Migliore.
Jack Milton's win in $300,000 Poker (gr. IIIT) propels trainer Todd Pletcher to the top of all-time earnings list.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, whose Danza was third in the Kentucky Derby, has purchased Coolmore and partners' Peter Pan fourth-place finisher Matterhorn.
In her first work since capturing the May 2 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred filly Untapable breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of May 26.
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Evan Hammonds recaps several turf races from the weekend, including the Sheepshead Bay Stakes, Louisville Handicap, and Whittingham Stakes.
Intense Holiday was taken out of consideration for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after being diagnosed with a condylar fracture following a May 25 workout for the $1.5 million classic.
Several horses slated to challenge dual classic winner California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7 are scheduled to breeze this weekend at Belmont Park.
Fostering a superstition born on the first stop of the Triple Crown, Belmont Park presented the connections of California Chrome with two saddlecloths upon his arrival.
Alan Sherman talks about how California Chrome is adjusting to the track at Belmont, and reflects on his own memories of previous Triple Crown races. Video courtesy of NYRA. watch video
The New York State Gaming Commission and New York Racing Association has announced enhanced security protocols for horses running in the four $1 million-plus grade 1 stakes races on Belmont Stakes day, June 7.
NBC Sports has announced its lineup of coverage for June 6-7 in conjunction with the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), in which California Chrome will shoot for the Triple Crown.
The morning of May 18 was time for Art Sherman to check his horse and relive the thrill of California Chrome's Preakness victory, while trainer Billy Gowan was all smiles about a runner-up finish from Ride On Curlin.
Merry Meadow, a daughter of Henny Hughes, rallies to overtake Jane of All Trades to win the grade II Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park May 17. The 4-year-old filly ran the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.36.
After finishing second in her 2014 debut, Kauai Katie appears ready for a top effort in the $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. III) May 17 at Belmont Park.
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Track announcer Tom Durkin, who has been calling races for the New York Racing Association circuit since 1990, announced he will bring a 43-year career to a close Aug. 31.
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Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap three-year-olds in the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park. watch video
The Jockey Club Tour on FOX makes its first and only stop at historic Belmont Park May 11, with live coverage of the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes from 4:30-6 p.m. EDT.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap three-year-olds in the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Peter Pan Stakes.
The 146th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7 anchors the 54-day spring/summer meet at Belmont Park, which opens May 1 and runs through July 13.
NBC Sports Group announced April 24 the schedule for its record 15 1/2 hours of programming for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the rest of its Triple Crown coverage.
The Breeders' Cup Challenge series this year will consist of 73 automatic qualifying races into the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup World Championships, with 46 challenge races to be held in the U.S. and Canada.
Team Valor International announced March 20 that 3-year-old colt Mexikoma is no longer being aimed at the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and is now pointed toward the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
The New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. has announced enhancements and purse increases for New York-bred stakes races to be run at the three New York Racing Association racetracks and at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.
Tickets to the the 2014 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), which this year will feature a 13-race card offering $8 million in purses, will be available for purchase beginning March 31.
While Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course were topics at the meeting, conversations about nearly every major issue facing NYRA will be affected by what happens to Aqueduct Racetrack.
Andrew Lakeman, seven years removed from the catastrophic accident which left him paralyzed at the age of 32, has made the difficult transition from rider to trainer.
Frank Gabriel Jr., currently the Dubai Racing Club's chief executive officer, will rejoin the New York Racing Association as the racing secretary for Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.
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