German-bred Sanagas, the 2-1 morning-line favorite, goes for his first graded stakes win when facing six other turf males in the $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) on opening-day of the Belmont Park fall meet Sept. 10.
The New York Racing Association announced a menu of 21 potential capital improvement projects for Saratoga designed to secure the historic nature of the race track while enhancing the facilities and overall fan experience.
The New York Racing Association, which was unhappy Breeders' Cup chose Santa Anita Park over Belmont Park to host the 2012 World Championships, already is in discussions with the organization to be the 2013 host site.
The New York Racing Association has announced the stakes programs for the 2011 Belmont fall championship meet and the 2011 Aqueduct fall meet, featuring 30 graded stakes races and nearly $9 million in purses.
As expected, Breeders' Cup Aug. 10 announced that Santa Anita Park in California will serve as the 2012 host site of the two-day World Championships.
Belmont Park has become the sixth racetrack to earn re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Safety and Integrity Alliance.
California isn't expected to award 2012 racing dates until the fall, which makes for an interesting scenario as Breeders' Cup continues discussions on selection of a host site for next year's World Championships.
Belmont Park, saying it benefited from the shutdown of New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., reported increases in attendance and most pari-mutuel handle categories for its 2011 spring/summer meet.
European invader Cape Blanco, making his United States debut, denied champion Gio Ponti a third straight victory in the $600,000 Man o' War (gr. IT) when he held him off in the stretch to win by about two lengths July 9.
There is a pick-six carryover of $34,680 Saturday, July 9 at Belmont Park because of a mutuel department mistake.
Two-time reigning turf champion Gio Ponti still has a chance to remain one of the division leaders and he can do that while attempting to make history in the $600,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) July 9 at Belmont Park.
Key economic indicators for the U.S. horse racing industry maintained the status quo in June, with declines in total wagering, purses, and race days.
Well beaten in her last two tries, Bobby Flay's Her Smile became a grade I winner July 4 when she rallied from last to score in the $250,000 Prioress Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
The longest shot on the board in a field of six, Flat Out swept by everyone at the eighth-pole and rolled through the stretch to score the $300,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) by 6 1/2 lengths July 2 at Belmont.
Beaten in the final jump during his stakes debut in his last start, Dominus was not to be caught this time, as he took the field wire-to-wire to win the $150,000 Dwyer (gr. II) July 2 at Belmont Park.
The Futurity and Matron (both gr. II), previously held during the fall, both make their reappearance July 3 at Belmont Park after a one-year hiatus. The Futurity drew a field of six, while the Matron attracted seven.
The improving Adios Charlie will be one of the favorites to take the $150,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park, as he will meet six sophomore rivals in the 1 1/16-mile race.
Colizeo looks to be lone speed in the $300,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. I) and the son of Distorted Humor will try to take advantage to pick up his first graded stakes of the season when he meets five others July 2 at Belmont.
Giants Play took advantage of an unpressured lead in the early going and had just enough to hold off Zagora to notch her first stakes victory in the $150,000 New York (gr. IIT) June 25 at Belmont Park.
Apprentice jockey Ryan Curatolo fractured his clavicle when he fell from his mount, Vision of Jewels, in the fourth race Friday, June 24, at Belmont Park.
Hibaayeb and Giants Play, the top two finishers in the Sheepshead Bay (gr. IIT), will square off again in $150,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at Belmont Park June 25.
After Plum Pretty and Royal Delta were taken out of consideration for the $250,000 Mother Goose (gr. I), Joyful Victory is the lone standout in the race for 3-year-old fillies June 25 at Belmont Park.
Apprentice jockey Ryan Curatolo, who fell from his mount during the post parade for the first race June 19 at Belmont Park, was examined and released from North Shore University Hospital.
The host site for the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships could be announced before the end of June or in early July, with Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, and Santa Anita the three finalists.
Stuart Janney III's homebred Air Support, a graded stakes winner on the Belmont turf a year ago, returns to New York as the one to beat in the $100,000 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) on June 18.
There were 11 winning tickets for the record-setting Pick 6 at Belmont Park June 15, with each ticket paying $308,963.
Mission Approved, claimed for $35,000 two starts back and making his first start in 11 months, went wire-to-wire to pull a 21-1 shocker in the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) June 11 at Belmont Park.
C.S. Silk spurted away from her eight rivals to score a 12-1 upset in the $400,000 Foxwoods Just a Game Stakes (gr. IT) on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard June 11.
Darley Stable's It's Tricky turned back a stern challenge from 3-5 favorite Turbulent Descent to win the TVG Acorn Stakes (gr. I) by 3 3/4 lengths over a muddy track June 11 at Belmont Park.
Grey skies and damp conditions greeted Belmont Stakes (gr. I) day at Belmont Park on Long Island June 11. A light rain continues to fall with an hour to the first post.
Stretching out to 1 1/2 miles for the first time, Preston Stables' Birdrun went wire-to-wire to win the $150,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) June 10 at Belmont Park.
Pam and Martin Wygod's homebred Courageous Cat took over from pacesetter Yield Bogey nearing the eighth-pole and cruised to victory in the $100,000 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 10 at Belmont Park.
If the forecast is correct, Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) could be run over a wet track, a factor that will be considered by many handicappers.
Lenny, Steve, and special guest Steve Byk report from Belmont Park about the Belmont Stakes, including thoughts about the draw, how the race will be run, and picks. Plus, a tour of Belmont Park. Watch Video
If many of the names in the Belmont (gr. I) look familiar, that's because they should. For the first time in history, the top seven finishers from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) have returned for the final leg of the Triple Crown
Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and second in the Preakness (gr. I), was named the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He'll break from post 9 in a 12-horse lineup.
Trappe Shot and Calibrachoa put their winning streaks on the line when they square off in the $250,000 True North Handicap (gr. II) Saturday, June 11 at Belmont Park.
Turbulent Descent, the only filly with grade I status entered in the TVG Acorn Stakes, will be tough to beat if the excellent form she has exhibited on the California circuit and Keeneland carries over to Belmont Park.
Patrice Wolfson, co-owner of Affirmed, the last Triple Crown winner, made an appearance at the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) draw June 8 at Belmont Park, recalling her great champion.
Ramon Dominguez joined Jorge Velasquez as one of only two jockeys to win six races in a single day at Belmont Park, aided by a sweep of the June 5 New York Stallion Series races aboard Darrin's Dilemma and Hessonite.
Kristi Wierzbicki of Bayonne, N.J. was selected as the winner of the Belmont Stakes Prize Package for two which includes transportation, hotel accommodations, and premium tickets for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Team Valor International's Animal Kingdom galloped 1 1/2 miles on the dirt at Fair Hill Training Center June 3 in continued preparations for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Javier Castellano shot past Cornelio Velasquez in the Belmont Park spring/summer jockey standings by winning five races June 2.
Emirates Airline, a long-time partner of the New York Racing Association, will serve as the presenting sponsor of the $250,000 True North Handicap (gr. II).
The medication summit will shed plenty of light on how the U.S. can improve its policies. Read Blog
Monzon, who finished sixth in the May 14 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park and is being pointed for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), worked six furlongs in 1:16 May 31, according to Daily Racing Form.
Phillips Racing Partnership homebred Winter Memories served notice May 30 with an emphatic score in the Sands Point Stakes (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park May 30.
Apprentice rider Irad Ortiz Jr. suffered a possible head injury after being thrown from his mount, Freud's Debut, in the ninth race at Belmont Park May 28.
On Friday, June 10 at Belmont Park, one day before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), The New York Racing Association will run the sixth race in memory of Jack Kelly.
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The first international summit on race-day medication as it relates to exercise-induced pulmonary hemorhaging will be June 13-14 at Belmont Park.
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