Exclusive Native - Won't Tell You, by Crafty Admiral
Owner: Harbor View Farm
Trainer: Lazaro Barrera
Jockey: Steve Cauthen
If you care anything about horse racing, you must have seen the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) unless something else happened that was very important. If you saw it on television, then you know that it was a great race--maybe the greatest you have seen or ever will see--and you know about the coolness of the riders and the courage of the horses. More...
Seattle Slew is about out of answers, but only
because racing is about out of questions.
Speed?--Plenty, whenever needed. Stamina?--Name the
distance and he'll run it. Heart?--See For The Moment
and Cormorant. Class?--Absolutely. More...
This one we saw. Seeing is believing, but Secretariat's Belmont challenged credulity. He ran so far beyond known reference points, he left us with no measurable comparison. We saw it, believed it; we are having trouble, however, comprehending the preternatural. More...
Citation was passing the half-mile pole, three lengths
ahead. Behind him Arnold Kirkland swung Escadru to
full stride, and around the turn the margin shortened.
Three furlongs away it was a scant two lengths, and
the whole lone searching Belmont stretch lay ahead. It
looked long to me; maybe it looked interminable to
When King Ranch's Assault made a tentative bid for a grand slam of the
3-year-old classics by winning the six-furlong
Experimental Handicap at Jamaica on April 9, his first
start of the year, scarcely anyone was looking. Most
observers were studying the Maine Chance Farm
challengers, which they continued to do in the
Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, both of which fell
to Assault. More...
Small fields are not
new in the history of the Belmont Stakes, and the
result of the seventy-fifth running ($25,000 added,
3-year-old colts and fillies, 1 1/2 miles) on June 5
was no more of a foregone conclusion than the renewal
of 1920, when Man o' War was 1 to 20 to beat Donnacona,
not much more than that of 1910 when only Duke of
Ormonde contested Sweep's victory, or those of 1887
and 1888, when Hanover and Sir Dixon were the
respective winners. More...
In a manner of
speaking, Whirlaway won the Belmont Stakes on
successive Saturdays in May, for his decisive triumphs
in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes left owners
of other contenders with little hope for the Belmont.
When Whirlaway charged in the earlier races nothing
had proved able to go with him, and in the stretch at
Churchill Downs and Pimlico it was a clear case of
"the farther it went, the worse it got." More...
In 1879, at Jerome
Park, James R. Keene's Spendthrift won the Belmont
Stakes. He was the third son of Australian to win this
test, Joe Daniels having been successful in 1872,
Springbok in 1873. A grandson, Algerine, had won it in
The nearest counterpart to England's Derby now left
in America is the Belmont Stakes (3-year-olds, 1 1/2
miles), endowed for its sixty-seventh running with
$25,000. The 1935 renewal, at Belmont Park, June 8,
brought only five starters to the post, so completely
had the superiority of Belair Stud's Omaha been
magnificent son of Sir Gallahad III, property of
William Woodward, proved his superiority and his
rightful claim to championship of the 3-year-olds
when, at Belmont Park, June 7, he added the famous
Belmont Stakes to his Wood Memorial, Preakness Stakes,
and Kentucky Derby victories. More...
The Derby was generally thought to lie between
Eternal and Billy Kelly, which had finished in that
order in a match the previous fall. Earl Sande chose
to ride Billy Kelly, leaving Sir Barton to John
Loftus. Through driving rain, Sir Barton led all the
way, supposedly as Billy Kelly's pacemaker. More...