A pair of colts best known to this point in their careers for strong runner-up finishes in graded stakes this spring, Stanford and Donworth, head a field of five 3-year-olds in the $150,000 WinStar Farm Easy Goer Stakes.
Untapable will try to unleash the same form that saw her cruise to victory in the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) when the champion daughter of Tapit returns from a short layoff in the Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I).
The $750,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I), for 3-year-old fillies at a mile, drew a well-heeled bunch that includes three unbeaten fillies.
Stakes winners are everywhere you look in the $700,000 Longines Just a Game (gr. I) for older fillies and mares going one mile June 6 on the Belmont Park turf.
The Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) is on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) undercard for the second year in a row. With the 2014 edition won by the previous year's Belmont winner, Christophe Clement hopes Tonalist can also win.
TimeformUS has Pace and Speed figures for the Belmont Stakes going back through 2004. It isn't a sample size a statistician would consider sufficient, but it's worth a look. read blog
Trainer Bob Baffert talks with the media June 3 about how American Pharoah has settled in and what his first trip around the Belmont Park track was like. watch video
American Pharoah felt so good this morning at Belmont Park that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert decided to let him get a full look at the racing surface.
Belmont Stakes Contender American Pharoah slow-motion walk.
Trainer Bob Baffert talks with the media June 3 about how American Pharoah has settled in and what his first trip around the Belmont Park track was like.
Zayat Stables has struck a promotional deal with Monster, which produces various energy drinks, with just days to go before American Pharoah bids for the Triple Crown June 6 at Belmont Park.
Belmont Stakes contender Frammento gets a bath at Belmont Park June 3. watch video
American Pharoah walking to the Belmont Park track for the first time June 3.
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown contender American Pharoah arrived June 2 at Long Island MacArthur Airport and soon after walked off a horse van at Belmont Park, ready for his run in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Claire Novak updates us from outside of American Pharoah's barn, where he arrived on the afternoon of June 2, 2015. watch video
Claire Novak updates us from outside of American Pharoah's barn, following his afternoon arrival on June 2, 2015.
American Pharoah arrives at Belmont Park on June 2, 2015.
Since Affirmed swept the Triple Crown in 1978, there have been a total of 13 horses who have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Of those, 12 failed in the Belmont Stakes and one was scratched the day. read blog
As he prepares UAE Derby (UAE-II) winner Mubtaahij for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), trainer Michael de Kock has no misconceptions about the task of trying to upend American Pharoah's Triple Crown quest.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice on June 2 put in his final work at Churchill Downs before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park.
The Metropolitan Handicap once served as a Belmont Stakes prep race. Read the full feature by Steve Haskin in the June 6, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse. view slideshow
Zayat Stables' Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah completed his final pre-race work June 1 at Churchill Downs, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 under jockey Martin Garcia.
NBC's broadcast of the 147th Belmont Stakes (gr. I), in which American Pharoah will bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, starts at 4:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, June 6.
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes the potential pace scenario of the Belmont Stakes. read blog
Two-time grade II winner Honor Code remains on track for his scheduled start in the $1.25 million NYRA.com Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park.
Claire Novak updates us on American Pharoah's final breeze before the 2015 Belmont Stakes. watch video
Claire Novak updates us on American Pharoah's final breeze before the 2015 Belmont Stakes.
Facts vs. Opinions with Steve Haskin as he weighs the task at hand for American Pharoah to become the 12th Triple Crown winner. read blog
As American Pharoah seeks to cap the Triple Crown, America's Best Racing announced it will distribute more than 50,000 "Hail the Tail" tattoos and share a printable poster across social media channels.
The connections of Carpe Diem, who was being pointed to the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), have decided not to enter the two-time grade I winner in the 1 1/2-mile classic.
Trainer Bob Baffert discusses the June 1 breeze of Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah at Churchill Downs.
Belmont Stakes contender The Truth or Else gets a bath on June 1 at Kenny McPeek's barn. watch video
Horse Racing Radio Network, the official radio home of the 2015 Triple Crown, will return to Belmont Park for the ninth consecutive year with more than 13 hours of live Belmont Stakes on-site programming beginning June 3.
Trainer Christophe Clement reflects on the 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist. Christophe also comments on Tonalist's 2015 campaign and run in the Met Mile. watch video
Two-time grade I winner Dads Caps appears to be the class in the $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II) June 5 at Belmont Park, as a part of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's multiple grade I winner Stephanie's Kitten returns in the June 5 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park. The daughter of Kitten's Joy won Tampa Bay's Hillsborough Stakes (gr. III) last time out.
It took a while for Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli to find room in the $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes, but she did just in time to remain undefeated May 31 at Belmont Park.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Red Rifle, a front-running type, will carry the field a long way in the June 5 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational Stakes at two miles on the Widener Turf Course.
Trainer Dallas Stewart hopes to improve off a second place Preakness Stakes finish with the Belmont Stakes. watch video
It's been a year since Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes, denying California Chrome a Triple Crown, and the son of Tapit will once again be running on the Belmont card.
Trainer Christophe Clement reflects on the 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist. Christophe also comments on Tonalist's 2015 campaign and run in the Met Mile.
Trainer Dallas Stewart hopes to improve off a second place Preakness Stakes finish with the Belmont Stakes.
Belmont Stakes contender The Truth or Else gets a bath on June 1 at Kenny McPeek's barn.
Gunpowder Farms' Divisidero overcame a troubled start and a wide trip to chase down his rivals and win the $200,000 Pennine Ridge for 3-year-olds by a neck May 30 at Belmont Park.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Tale of Verve took to the Belmont Park main track May 30 to log his final breeze in advance of the $1.5 million race June 6.
Undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) winner Lady Eli will headline the $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles May 31 on the inner turf at Belmont Park.
Grade I winners Materiality (:47.78) and Frosted (:47.84) both worked a half-mile May 29 at Belmont Park in preparation of the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out a pair of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) prospects May 29 at Belmont Park. Carpe Diem drilled a half-mile in :47.66 and Madefromlucky was clocked in :47.84.
The quality that American Pharoah brings to the table--the quality trainer Bob Baffert believes could help him sweep the Triple Crown--is the colt's smooth stride.
Dual classic winner American Pharoah impressed trainer Bob Baffert and onlookers at Churchill Downs the morning of May 26 when the colt breezed four furlongs in :48 in preparation for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
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