Keyword: Empire Maker

  • Trainer Barclay Tagg on Travers decision: "There are a lot of factors here."

    Funny Cide, Empire Maker Both 'Iffy' for Travers

    Triple Crown race winners Funny Cide and Empire Maker remain on the "if" list for Saturday's Travers (gr. I). If this happens, they will go to the post for the $1 million race. It that happens, they won't.

  • Funny Cide, one of eight entered in Travers Stakes.

    Funny Cide Among Eight Entered For Travers

    A field of eight passed the entry box Wednesday morning for the $1 million Travers Stakes. How many will run is another story. The big news was Funny Cide entering after two weeks of "doubtfuls" and "highly unlikelys," from trainer Barclay Tagg.

  • Saratoga Looking Ahead to Travers Weekend

    It is still unknown if the Aug. 23 Travers Stakes (gr. I) will result in the much-anticipated meeting of Empire Maker and Funny Cide, but that race isn't the only graded stakes scheduled for that weekend at Saratoga.

  • Belmont winner Empire Maker to contest Jim Dandy.

    Empire Maker Returns in Jim Dandy

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Empire Maker returns to action Sunday, one of seven entered in Saratoga's Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds.

  • Empire Maker Favored in BC Future Pool

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Empire Maker was made the 7-2 favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic, Powered by Dodge (gr. I) in future book wagering conducted this weekend.

  • 3-Year-Old Stars Work at Spa For Haskell, Jim Dandy

    The 3-year-old stars were on parade Saturday morning at Saratoga, as Peace Rules and Sky Mesa worked 5 furlongs for next Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational, and Empire Maker worked 6 furlongs for the Jim Dandy Stakes the same day.

  • Santos Appeals 10-Day Suspension

    Jockey Jose Santos received a 10-day suspension from the New York state Racing and Wagering Board steward for careless riding in the sixth race Wednesday.

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    Captivating Crown

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- A Travers with Funny Cide and Empire Maker is almost certain to attract a record crowd to Saratoga.

  • Jockey Jerry Bailey.

    Belmont Winning Jockey: Classic Bailey

    Ever since Empire Maker's runner-up finish as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Jerry Bailey had been feeling a little bit guilty. The Hall of Fame rider couldn't be blamed for the bruised foot that disrupted the colt's training schedule. But Bailey did regret his decision regarding Empire Maker's post position. In the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), he was riding for redemption--for both Empire Maker and himself.

  • Report: Visa Calls Jockey Advertising 'Ambush'

    Officials for Visa, the title-sponsor of the Triple Crown, are angry about the advertising worn during the Belmont Stakes program by three jockeys, including Jerry Bailey, who won the final leg of the Triple Crown aboard Empire Maker.

  • Belmont Winner's Pedigree: Breeding Empire

    Empire Maker, the colt that was supposed to win the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby (gr. I) because of his pedigree, instead won the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes (gr. I) because of his pedigree. That's a lot of pedigree for one horse, even for one from the vast international breeding empire of Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms.

  • Trainer Bobby Frankel.

    Winning Belmont Trainer: Making the Grade

    Bobby Frankel has almost done it all as a trainer. He's won the last three Eclipse Awards as North America's top trainer to go with the one he earned in 1993. He joined the pantheon of greats while being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995. He now has a classic win in his back pocket as the result of Juddmonte Farms' Empire Maker's win in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Empire Maker, left, edged Funny Cide in the final NTRA 3-year-old poll.

    Empire Maker Tops Final NTRA 3-year-old Poll

    In a very close vote by 23 media representatives, Empire Maker came out on top of the final 3-year-old poll of 2003 conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

  • Haskin's Belmont Story--Part 2

    The day before Empire Maker's scheduled work on May 31, jockey Jerry Bailey showed up at Frankel's barn and echoed the trainer's words that he truly believed he had the better horse.

  • Belmont TV Rating Races Away From Other Sports

    The 1 1/2-hour Belmont Stakes telecast on NBC produced an overnight rating of 10.4, the highest for any horse race since the 1990 Kentucky Derby and the highest for a Belmont since 1987, when ratings were introduced. The overnight rating for the race exceeded overnight ratings for other major sporting events over the weekend.

  • Empire Maker (left) and Funny Cide may meet again.

    Belmont Starters In Good Shape; Travers Showdown Looms

    Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel was all smiles this morning after winning Saturday's Belmont Stakes with Empire Maker, who is likely to face Funny Cide and Ten Most Wanted in the Travers Stakes. Empire Maker is expected to run next in the Jim Dandy and Funny Cide the Haskell Invitational, both on Aug. 3.

  • Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, being fed a carrot by jockey Jerry Bailey, may face Funny Cide in the Travers Stakes.

    No Joke: Travers Day at Spa Has Huge Potential

    Having just completed a very successful Belmont Stakes Day despite very unfavorable weather conditions, the New York Racing Association is looking forward to a potentially huge day Aug. 23 when the grade I Travers Stakes is run at Saratoga.

  • Jockey Jerry Bailey feeds a carrot to Belmont winner Empire Maker Sunday morning.

    Bailey's Confidence Rewarded With Belmont Victory

    The day after his second-place finish in the May 3 Kentucky Derby aboard Empire Maker, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey was noticeably upset by the outcome, ostensibly because of his confidence in the colt whose pre-Derby preparations were hampered by a bruised hoof. On Saturday, June 7, Bailey was rewarded for his confidence in Empire Maker when he rode the colt to victory in the Belmont Stakes.

  • Frankel: 'All the Issues are Out of the Way'

    A cheery Bobby Frankel said Friday morning that Empire Maker covered his usual mile and quarter gallop and went to the starting gate for schooling as the son of Unbridled moved one day closer to Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

  • Empire Maker leads Ten Most Wanted to the wire in the Belmont Stakes.

    Empire Maker Spoils Funny Cide's Triple Crown Run

    History was set at Belmont Park Saturday but it was not Funny Cide becoming a Triple Crown winner. Instead, it was trainer Bobby Frankel winning his first Triple Crown race when his Empire Maker won the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Ten Most Wanted was second and Funny Cide third.

  • Triple Crown Contenders Among Virginia Derby Noms

    Several Triple Crown contenders are among the nominees for the $500,000 Virginia Derby, centerpiece of the upcoming meet at Colonial Downs. The turf event is scheduled for July 12.

  • Jockeys Jose Santos, left, and Jerry Bailey flank Belmont announcer Tom Durkin.

    Belmont Draw: Four Horse in the Cide Pocket

    Funny Cide, who will attempt to become Thoroughbred racing's 12th winner of the Triple Crown Saturday in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will do so from post 4. The Sackatoga Stable star will face five challengers in the 1 ½-mile "Test of a Champion" and was installed the even-money favorite for the race.

  • Belmont Stakes favorite Funny Cide.

    Funny Cide Even-Money Favorite for Belmont

    Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide was made the even-money morning line favorite when six horses were entered Wednesday for Saturday's Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old gelding will break from post position 4 as Derby runner-up Empire Maker breaks from the inside post.