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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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June 9, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
ELMONT, N.Y. - It was 6:16 p.m. Saturday evening when the star of a show that had been running for 37 years and was in desperate need of a proper ending emerged from Barn 4 at the intersection of Secretariat Ave. and Count Fleet Rd. in the stable area of old Belmont Park. American Pharoah, hinting at what was about to go down in the 147th Belmont Stakes, led the other seven horses from the assembly barn before making a U-turn into the tunnel that would lead to the teeming paddock where the only calm soul was the colt that was 30 minutes from horse-racing legend.
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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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April 28, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A muscular and finely groomed chestnut stallion of ordinary stature - age 13, still rambunctious - was led down a stone-dust path from his barn to a breeding shed, where a mare named Love's Clever Trick awaited. The stallion knew his job. Nine minutes later, Love's Clever Trick was back in her trailer hitched to a truck, leaving Peach Bottom, Lancaster County. For Smarty Jones, it was just another Thursday afternoon's work. It has been 10 years since a horse stabled at Philadelphia Park set the horse racing world briefly ablaze, winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, coming within a tantalizing length of the Triple Crown, setting attendance marks at the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
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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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June 9, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - Racetrack lifers, those who knew Bob Baffert well enough to wander inside Barn 1 at Belmont Park, congregated in a corner as American Pharoah walked around the shed row. One guy held Baffert's coffee while the trainer signed a Belmont Stakes program for him. Out on Hempstead Turnpike, just over a fence, traffic spilled by, past a Wendy's and a Subway across the street, which seemed a world away. Inside the fence, there was an air of contentment. Why would the glow wear off?
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June 9, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
ELMONT, N.Y. - It was 6:16 p.m. Saturday evening when the star of a show that had been running for 37 years and was in desperate need of a proper ending emerged from Barn 4 at the intersection of Secretariat Ave. and Count Fleet Rd. in the stable area of old Belmont Park. American Pharoah, hinting at what was about to go down in the 147th Belmont Stakes, led the other seven horses from the assembly barn before making a U-turn into the tunnel that would lead to the teeming paddock where the only calm soul was the colt that was 30 minutes from horse-racing legend.
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June 8, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
ELMONT, N.Y. - The Triple Crown winner that horse racing had been awaiting for 37 years turned out to be worth the wait. American Pharoah, a big bay colt with a faultless, fluid stride, didn't destroy the field at the Belmont Stakes like Secretariat, the most dominant Triple Crown winner, or earn the crown in a stretch duel like Affirmed, the most recent previous winner. But Pharoah might have done something more impressive late Saturday afternoon. He turned in what amounted to a casual victory in the grueling 11/2-mile race despite being marked by a field of horses, all of which had a significant rest advantage.
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June 7, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
People want lasting memories and they want to be present for the making of history or the long anticipated renewal of an interrupted tradition. The more than 100,000 who showed up at Belmont Park a year ago for the Belmont Stakes were not necessarily all fans of horse racing, but they came out because they didn't want to miss the promise of something very different. Well, they all got a memory, and they were all there for history, and it was definitely a different day. Those fans were on hand for the day the Long Island Rail Road melted down and the roadways along the border of Queens and Nassau County became solid pipelines clogged by steel and chrome.
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June 7, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - All eyes at Belmont Park on Friday morning were on the lookout. A man and a woman together at the rail, each with their own set of binoculars, spotted him first. "He's by himself . . . There he goes. " Eventually, here he came, American Pharoah, taking his last gallop, his final preparation for a bout with history in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, as the colt tries to become the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown, ending a 37-year drought. Trainer Bob Baffert has been right here before, with three horses that had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness only to fall short – "I think I'm responsible for the drought," Baffert said Friday after American Pharoah returned to the barn.
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June 5, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Columnist
WINNING A single Triple Crown race for a horse trainer is just like winning any golf major or any championship in any team sport. No matter what else happens in a career, only one trophy in horse racing's marquee series is a forever moment. Bob Baffert has won 11 Triple Crown races since 1997 - the Kentucky Derby four times, the Preakness six times, the Belmont Stakes once. To put in perspective how dominant Baffert's stable has been since Silver Charm won the '97 Derby, consider that he has won nearly 20 percent of all Triple Crown races since then (11 of 56)
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June 5, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Columnist
IF I LOOKED at these Belmont Stakes past performances in a vacuum, I would note that there is only one horse that has ever gone wire-to-wire in any race and that horse has done it four times. I would also note that none of the other horses has ever been in front at the first call of any race. The best horse with a tactical advantage is the closest thing to a sure thing as there is in horse racing. American Pharoah is obviously the best horse in tomorrow's Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah also has the best early speed.
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June 4, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
SECRETARIAT, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, three of the greatest horses in the history of the sport, won the Triple Crown in 1973, 1977 and 1978. Since then 14 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness without winning the Belmont Stakes. There is no common theme other than the result. Every one of them lost, even when losing really did not seem possible. Here is a year-by-year look at the Almost Crowns. Spectacular Bid (1979) The 1979 2-year-old champion had won 12 consecutive stakes before the Belmont.
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May 19, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
BALTIMORE - A hot, muggy spring day had begun to cool late Saturday afternoon as the area around Pimlico darkened and a breeze blew through the old racetrack grounds. It was 5:35 p.m. when Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah emerged from the stakes barn to get his prerace bath, a ritual that would quickly prove unnecessary. The 140th Preakness, which attracted a record 131,680, was about to get an unwanted visit from the skies, which went black as the eight horses were wandering about the grass course 15 minutes before the 6:18 post time.
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