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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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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 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 10, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
ELMONT, N.Y. - It was 5:39 p.m. Saturday when California Chrome left Barn 26 on the Belmont Park backstretch to head for Barn 4, the holding area where horses about to race get blood drawn and gather for the walk through the nearby tunnel to the paddock. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, followed as he was in the Preakness by Ride On Curlin, made his way past the barn of Hall of Famer Bill Mott with the sign that said "Cigar, winner of the Dubai World Cup. " Then, he passed by the Phipps barn where Easy Goer emerged 25 years ago to deny Sunday Silence the Triple Crown.
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June 9, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
ELMONT, N.Y. - History finished in a dead-heat for fourth place on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park. Glory came up short in the final stretch run. Immortality will have to wait for another year. California Chrome would have gathered all those accolades with a win in the Belmont Stakes to secure horse racing's first Triple Crown since 1978, but instead the strong chestnut colt joins the growing list of horses who could get only two-thirds of the way to the wire. If not this horse, which was dominant in winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, then what will it take for another horse to break the streak?
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June 8, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
THE PRESSURE at Belmont Park early this evening will be felt from the track all the way to the announcers' booths. Larry Collmus, the voice of the Triple Crown, will be calling his first Triple Crown attempt for NBC. Tom Durkin, the regular announcer at Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Saratoga who preceded Collmus on NBC, will be calling his final Belmont Stakes, a Triple Crown call away from being able to say he has done absolutely everything in the sport....
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June 7, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
California Chrome is not going to capture horse racing's Triple Crown with a win in the Belmont Stakes. It would be a nice story if it did happen, and I sincerely hope to write it on Saturday evening, but that's not the way to bet. The Belmont is a heartbreaker, and for the 12 previous horses in the last 36 years who won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, it is a streak breaker, too. That's because of the 11/2-mile distance, the farthest any...
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June 6, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LATE IN THE DAY on Sunday, Dec. 22 at Hollywood Park, California Chrome was a promising horse that was nonetheless 2-for-6 lifetime with earnings of just $104,850. The colt exploded that day to win the King Glorious Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths. Since that breakthrough, California Chrome is 6-for-6 with earnings of $3,347,800, a Belmont Stakes win away from being the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. CC is perfect with jockey Victor Espinoza. He is perfect with that nasal strip.
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June 6, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
IF HORSE RACING was not so different than other sports, I would be pleased to tell everybody there is no way California Chrome can lose tomorrow's Belmont Stakes. There are dozens of reasons why CC should win and become America's first Triple Crown winner since 1978 and 12th ever. He has won six consecutive races, including three consecutive Grade I stakes, the highest level of American racing. CC's opponents have just one Grade I win among them. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner's final Belmont workout last Saturday was absolutely dazzling.
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June 5, 2014
A WISE MAN told me years ago that it was not necessarily going to take a great horse to win the Triple Crown for the first time since 1978. He told me it would be won in a year when there was a solid, consistent colt running against a group that was neither solid nor consistent. This may be that year. As a charter member of the California Chrome fan club, I will say nothing to denigrate the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner. I love this horse. Still, only time will tell us where the colt belongs in relation to the legendary horses.
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June 5, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
COMING CLOSE may count when playing horseshoes on the front lawn, but not when chasing history in horse racing. Since Affirmed won it in 1978, 12 horses have come to the Belmont Stakes with a chance to win the Triple Crown and all 12 have been denied. Four of those 12 - Sunday Slence, Silver Charm, Real Quiet and local hero Smarty Jones - finished a heart-wrenching second. Here is a look at the 12 terrific horses who needed just one more win to become legendary.   2012 - I'LL HAVE ANOTHER Trainer: Doug O'Neill Jockey: Mario Gutierrez Derby: Won by 1 1/2 lengths Preakness: Won by a nose Belmont: Did not start due to injury Did you know?
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June 5, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Win or lose at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome will be racing with the weight of a TV network and a beleaguered horse-racing industry on his powerful shoulders. NBC expects to more than double the TV audience of a typical Belmont to 17 million viewers because of Chrome's story and his chance for the coveted Triple Crown - the last one was Affirmed in 1978. Over the last dozen years, four horses raced for the Triple Crown in the Belmont without winning: War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003, Smarty Jones in 2004, and Big Brown in 2008.
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