Boggy conditions at Belmont Park were of no concern to John Murrell's Zhukova, who trounced her male rivals by six lengths May 13 in the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes (G1T).
With rain in the forecast, handicapper Dave Litfin sizes up Saturday's top stakes.
Having already taken down some of the best turf performers in Europe, Dermot Weld-trained Zhukova (IRE) is now aiming at making her first stateside impression a winning one.
Trainer Chad Brown appears to hold a strong hand in the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) May 14 at Belmont Park with three entrants: Morandi, Money Multiplier, and Wake Forest.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Twilight Eclipse earned a career-best victory May 9 at Belmont Park, winning the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) to take home his first grade I.
The 2014 Arlington Million winner will step straight into the highest level of competition for his first start of the year, and takes on 2014 Man o' War victor Imagining May 9 at Belmont Park.
A resilient Imagining took the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) field the entire 1 3/8 miles to hand trainer Shug McGaughey his third consecutive win in the prestigious turf race May 11 at Belmont Park.
Adjudged Arlington Million (gr. IT) victor Real Solution has some solid competition from grade II winners Lucayan and Grandeur in the May 11 Man o' War, along with grade III winner Imagining.
The $250,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. II), originally scheduled for April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack, will now be contested on May 11 at Belmont Park.
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Evan recaps the American Derby, Man o War Stakes, and more from the weekend's races.
f Americans are going to have any chance against the mighty Europeans in this year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), they're going to have to show what they're made of. They can start July 14 in the $600,000 Man o' War Stakes.
Two-time reigning male turf champion Gio Ponti, denied a third consecutive win in Belmont Park's Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) July 9, will likely point to the Arlington Million (gr. IT), according to his trainer.
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.
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.
Reigning champion Gio Ponti closed into a slow pace but was still able to get up by a measured neck to score his first win of the season and defend his title in the $600,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) July 10 at Belmont.
Champion Gio Ponti will attempt to break a five-race losing streak and defend his title in the $600,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) July 10 at Belmont.
Dual Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti is expected to defend his title in the $600,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) July 10 at Belmont. The 5-year-old horse worked five furlongs in 1:02 July 1.
Son of Tale of the Cat dominated the turf division in a season that lacked a main track standout; finished second to Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic
Castleton Lyons' homebred won four consecutive grade I turf races, ran second in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT) and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Castleton Lyons' Gio Ponti notched his third consecutive grade I win when he came from off the pace to take the $500,000 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park July 11. The 4-year-old son of Tale of the Cat won for the fourth time in five starts on Belmont's turf course.
Castleton Lyons' Gio Ponti, fresh off victories in the Frank Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) and Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT), will shoot for his third consecutive grade I score July 11 in the $500,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.
Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin came out of his second-place finish to Red Rocks in Belmont Park's Man o'War Stakes (gr. IT) July 12 in good order and was on his way to Saratoga the following morning.
British invader Red Rocks spoiled American champion Curlin's turf debut in the $500,000 Man o' War Stakes (g. IT) at Belmont Park July 12 and gave owner J. Paul Reddam a grand grade I double on the day.
Trainer Steve Asmussen said he wanted a true measure of champion Curlin's potential to compete against the best grass runners in the world, and that's what he's likely to get in the $500,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park July 12.
ESPNews will televise the 49th running of the $500,000 Man o'War Stakes (gr. IT) July 12 at Belmont Park, featuring the turf debut of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin.
Doctor Dino had not won since last October, but reuniting with jockey Olivier Peslier may have been the key to getting him over the top, as the 5-year-old French-bred courageously outfought Sunriver to win by a head in the $500,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) Sept. 8 at Belmont Park.
Lunar Sovereign, winner of the Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) for Kiaran McLaughlin last year, makes his return to the UAE at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday night when he contests the Burjaman Dubai City of Gold Stakes (UAE-III).
With Anticipation, winner of three consecutive grade I contests in 2002, has re-aggravated a tendon injury and could be retired.
Foreign invaders have won two of the last three runnings of the $500,000 Man o' War (gr. IT) and seem to hold a strong hand in the 2001 edition to be contested Saturday at Belmont Park.
Godolphin Racing's Man O' War Stakes (gr. IT) hopeful Fantastic Light put in a five-furlong drill over the main track at Belmont Park Wednesday morning in preparation for Saturday's $500,000 race. Other probable starters for the race include Aly's Alley, Down the Aisle, Ela Athena, Gritty Sandie, Honor Glide, John's Call, Sunshine Street, and Timboroa.
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