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May 28, 2008 | By Craig Donnelly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Big Brown will be the heavy favorite to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he faces 10 likely rivals in the Belmont Stakes on June 7. After his big wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the 1 1/2 miles at Belmont might not be the colt's biggest obstacle, however. The imposing runner missed three days of training with a quarter crack in his left front foot but returned to the track yesterday, jogging 1 1/2 miles. Here is the probable Belmont Stakes field: Horse Trainer Jockey 1. Big Brown Dutrow Desormeaux He is seeking to become the 12th Triple Crown winner, but his preparation was delayed by foot problem.
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June 10, 2012 | By Dick Jerardi, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
ELMONT, N.Y. - Phyllis and Jamie Wyeth were alternately looking at the small monitor to their right and down the long Belmont Park stretch beyond the finish line to their left. The colt that had been raised at Point Lookout, their Chadds Ford farm, was just a few lengths off the lead with 200 yards to run in the Belmont Stakes. From their second-floor vantage point, the same spot where they watched the Champagne Stakes last October, they could see Union Rags was gaining momentum with every stride.
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June 9, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - The horses were making the turn to the homestretch at Belmont Park, and two had separated. Oxbow had led much of the race and Palace Malice had stalked behind, and now the two horses were even. Aboard Palace Malice, Mike Smith turned to his left, to Oxbow and Gary Stevens. "It was like a movie scene," Smith said. "I could just see [Stevens'] face clear as day, and he says: 'Go on with it, little brother. You're moving better than me.' " With that, Palace Malice peeled away from Oxbow and a charging Orb to take Saturday's 145th Belmont Stakes by 31/4 lengths.
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June 6, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ON THE 40th anniversary of Secretariat's Belmont Stakes win, when the colt ran off 31 lengths in front of the field into an unknown realm, we wait in vain for the next Secretariat or Seattle Slew or Affirmed, the Triple Crown still elusive. No Triple Crown is on the line in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, but we do get a rematch between the winner of the Kentucky Derby (Orb) and Preakness (Oxbow), as well as a terrific betting race, promised by a 14-horse field with much intrigue and more than a few question marks.
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May 20, 2013 | Associated Press
BALTIMORE - Another year, another Triple Crown hopeful unable to come through. After Oxbow, ridden by 50-year-old Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, upset Kentucky Derby winner Orb in Saturday's Preakness to extend racing's Triple Crown drought to 36 years, the next best alternative for the Belmont Stakes is a rematch. And, it appears one is in the making. Both trainers are giving every indication their classic-winning colts will run in the Belmont on June 8. "You know me," Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said after Oxbow's 13/4-length victory over Itsmyluckyday, with 3-5 favorite Orb finishing fourth.
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June 11, 2011 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
WHEN THE Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners are in the starting gate, the Belmont Stakes is always a terrific standalone race. The 1 1/2-mile distance may be an anachronism. You may need a high-powered telescope to see the horses on the backstretch. And, in the end, it may not really tell you that much because none of these horses will ever run the distance on dirt again. Still, it is hard to resist this Belmont with Animal Kingdom against Shackleford, alongside 10 others in the starting gate, all with their own stories.
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July 24, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Birdstone, who denied Smarty Jones the Triple Crown with his shocking come-from-behind victory in the June 5 Belmont Stakes, will make his first start back on Aug. 28 in the $1 million Travers Stakes. "The only shot I have of getting him to the Travers is to train him up to the race," trainer Nick Zito told Bloodhorse.com. "So, we'll just have to wait it out and get him in that cycle and try to pull it off. He has run some of his best races off layoffs. He proved that in the Belmont.
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July 13, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
August Belmont IV, grandson of the founder of Belmont Park, is dead at the age of 86. He died Monday in Easton, Md., following a massive stroke, the New York Racing Association said. Among Belmont's stakes winners were Dew Line, Heed, Quadratic and Caveat, who won the 1983 Belmont Stakes, named after his great grandfather, the first August Belmont. Belmont IV was a member and former chairman of The Jockey Club, an honorary trustee of Presbyterian Hospital in New York, a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, and a member and former chairman of the American Kennel Club.
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July 11, 2012 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags is out for the remainder of the year with a tendon injury, said Russell Jones, bloodstock adviser to the colt's owner, Phyllis Wyeth of Chadds Ford. The injury was discovered Tuesday morning by trainer Michael Matz. More information will be released Wednesday by veterinarian Kathy Anderson, Jones said. "At this point, a lot is up in the air," Jones said. "Even though he's done minor damage to the leg, there's no chance he will run again this year.
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June 13, 2008
SPORTS WRITER Dick Jerardi covered every reason imaginable why Big Brown came up small in the Belmont Stakes: The jockey, the weather, and even the competition's strategy. But how could a horse that never lost a race come in last at Belmont? Big Brown was a slam dunk to win. In a race where so much money is bet on the obvious, but ends in an absolutely unbelievable result, one has to consider that the fix was in. No, the very thought of it is so outrageous that Dick must have dismissed it. Or could it be the industry and others are circling the wagons?
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September 20, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
MIKE E. SMITH turned 48 last month. When he is in town to ride the last four races at Parx on Saturday, the Hall of Fame jockey ought to get together with Bernard Hopkins and compare notes. If Hopkins isn't the best conditioned late-40s athlete in America, then Smith is. Like Hopkins, Smith seldom performs anymore. He waits for the big moments. And he wins. Smith began riding 30 years ago. If he wasn't an instant success, it did not take long. By 1993, he was winning 342 races in a single year.
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September 15, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The St. Louis Blues and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo , 23, agreed on a seven-year, $45.5 million contract with a no-trade clause over the final three years, ending a brief holdout. The deal was announced Friday, one day after the first practice of training camp. Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley will miss three weeks after undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat. HORSE RACING Change of Command is the favorite for Parx's $250,000 PTHA President's Cup, a 11/8-mile turf race Saturday.
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September 4, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
NEARLY 10 YEARS from the day Smarty Jones ran the first race of his life at what was then Philadelphia Park, the star of the show on Smarty Jones Day at Parx Racing yesterday was Stewart Elliott. It was Elliott who rode Smarty in November 2003 until June 2004, when the horse nearly became the second unbeaten winner of the Triple Crown. On Labor Day, Elliott won the $350,000 Turf Monster on a 28-1 shot and followed that 30 minutes later by winning the featured race of the day on the favorite, a mile-and-70-yard, $350,000 race for 3-year-olds, the Smarty Jones Stakes.
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July 26, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LAST FALL, Monmouth Park was used as a shelter/command post after Superstorm Sandy devastated the New Jersey coastline. The main track building, just 2 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean, did not suffer any serious damage, but nine barns on the backstretch did have to be replaced. Approximately 1,000 displaced local residents stayed in the grandstand while 2,000 more lived for a time in tents located in the parking lot. Sunday, the track will be very much alive when the $1 million Haskell Invitational, the track's signature race, is run, the 13th of 14 races on a card that will begin at noon.
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June 10, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
ELMONT. N.Y. - In the last 15 years, as American training methods have changed dramatically and top horses never race three times in 5 weeks except during the Triple Crown, only two horses that ran in each of the events during racing's marquee series have been able to win the Belmont Stakes. In this era, to survive the series and come out the other side with a victory, it takes sensational animals like 2001 Horse of the Year Point Given and Philly's own 2005 3-year-old champion Afleet Alex.
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June 9, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - The horses were making the turn to the homestretch at Belmont Park, and two had separated. Oxbow had led much of the race and Palace Malice had stalked behind, and now the two horses were even. Aboard Palace Malice, Mike Smith turned to his left, to Oxbow and Gary Stevens. "It was like a movie scene," Smith said. "I could just see [Stevens'] face clear as day, and he says: 'Go on with it, little brother. You're moving better than me.' " With that, Palace Malice peeled away from Oxbow and a charging Orb to take Saturday's 145th Belmont Stakes by 31/4 lengths.
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June 9, 2013 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will be looking for a fifth Belmont Stakes win Saturday when he saddles Oxbow and Will Take Charge. One more win and Lukas ties Woody Stephens, who won the Belmont five years in a row starting in 1982. Lukas still has a way to go to catch James G. Rowe Sr., the all-time leader with eight wins. On a rainy Friday morning, Lukas reflected on his four Belmont winners: Tabasco Cat (1994), Thunder Gulch (1995), Editor's Note (1996), and Commendable (2000)
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June 7, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
THE BELMONT Stakes is unlike any other race because of the unique distance and the track where it is run. Running a mile and half is unusual enough. That the race is run at Belmont Park, America's only mile-and-a-half racetrack makes it even more complicated. Jockey Gary Stevens calls Belmont Park his favorite track, but he said you have to respect it. "It's like the ocean," Stevens said. "You can have a lot of fun in it, but it can hurt you if you don't respect it. " Riders can get lost at Belmont Park.
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June 6, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ON THE 40th anniversary of Secretariat's Belmont Stakes win, when the colt ran off 31 lengths in front of the field into an unknown realm, we wait in vain for the next Secretariat or Seattle Slew or Affirmed, the Triple Crown still elusive. No Triple Crown is on the line in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, but we do get a rematch between the winner of the Kentucky Derby (Orb) and Preakness (Oxbow), as well as a terrific betting race, promised by a 14-horse field with much intrigue and more than a few question marks.
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May 20, 2013 | Associated Press
BALTIMORE - Another year, another Triple Crown hopeful unable to come through. After Oxbow, ridden by 50-year-old Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, upset Kentucky Derby winner Orb in Saturday's Preakness to extend racing's Triple Crown drought to 36 years, the next best alternative for the Belmont Stakes is a rematch. And, it appears one is in the making. Both trainers are giving every indication their classic-winning colts will run in the Belmont on June 8. "You know me," Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said after Oxbow's 13/4-length victory over Itsmyluckyday, with 3-5 favorite Orb finishing fourth.
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