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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 10, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
THE BELMONT STAKES is a unique race, 440 yards longer than the Kentucky Derby, 550 yards longer than the Preakness and run over America's only mile-and-a-half racetrack at Belmont Park. It is also very counterintuitive. One would think a mile-and-a-half race would favor horses coming from far back with the last run. One would be wrong. The winning trip in the Belmont Stakes typically comes from a horse that is in the vicinity of what is almost always a very slow pace. That pace inhibits the closers, who generally don't have the same late rallies they had at Churchill Downs or Pimlico anyway, because they are starting their runs about the time the first two legs of the Triple Crown finish.
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June 14, 2016
ELMONT, N.Y. - When unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist finishes third in the Preakness after getting involved in an enervating pace duel and incredibly consistent Preakness winner Exaggerator finishes 11th in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, appreciation grows for what American Pharoah did last year by winning the first Triple Crown in 37 years. Either something goes wrong during a race or a horse hits the Triple Crown wall in the Belmont Stakes racing for the third time in 5 weeks, a concept completely foreign to top class American racehorses in the 21st century, or we get American Pharoah who manages to survive the Derby when he was at less than his best and dominate the final two legs with his speed, power and stamina.
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June 13, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
ELMONT, N.Y. - Irad Ortiz Jr. was already among America's best young jockeys. His ride in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday won't do anything but cement that position and perhaps put him in the conversation for best of any age. Riding 16-1 Creator for the first time after the Arkansas Derby winner finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby, Ortiz quickly got the colt to the rail from his extreme outside-post position in the 13-horse field. He patiently moved the horse from 10th on the backstretch to sixth by the quarter pole.
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June 11, 2016 | By Craig Donnelly, For The Inquirer
Former Inquirer handicapper Craig Donnelly analyzes the field for Saturday's 148th Belmont Stakes with a purse of $1,500,000, contested at 1 1/2 miles. Post time at Belmont Park is 6:37 p.m. on NBC10. Field in Post Position Order 1. Governor Malibu Improving and consistent stretch-runner has never finished out of the money and appears live long shot. Trainer Christophe Clement and jockey Joel Rosario combined to interrupt California Chrome's Triple Crown hopes with Tonalist two years ago. 2. Destin Among many in the 20 horse Kentucky Derby field who encountered some kind of traffic problems.
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June 10, 2016 | Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
THE AFLEET Alex entourage had swelled to a small city by the 2005 Belmont Stakes. A large tent was rented that Saturday at Belmont Park to congregate, entertain and simply revel in the moment. There will be a Cathryn Sophia tent right by the Belmont Park paddock this Saturday. The Kentucky Oaks winner is running in the Acorn Stakes on the Belmont undercard and owner Chuck Zacney is bringing 120 people with him. "I had a chance to see her work out last Wednesday," Zacney said.
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June 10, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
THE BELMONT STAKES is a unique race, 440 yards longer than the Kentucky Derby, 550 yards longer than the Preakness and run over America's only mile-and-a-half racetrack at Belmont Park. It is also very counterintuitive. One would think a mile-and-a-half race would favor horses coming from far back with the last run. One would be wrong. The winning trip in the Belmont Stakes typically comes from a horse that is in the vicinity of what is almost always a very slow pace. That pace inhibits the closers, who generally don't have the same late rallies they had at Churchill Downs or Pimlico anyway, because they are starting their runs about the time the first two legs of the Triple Crown finish.
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May 26, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
IF KENTUCKY Derby winner Nyquist and Preakness winner Exaggerator are to meet for a sixth time, it won't be in the June 11 Belmont Stakes. Nyquist spiked a fever Monday at Pimlico and underwent some blood tests. After the temperature went back to normal Monday afternoon, it was elevated again Tuesday morning. So the Derby winner has been declared out of the Belmont. "Nyquist's blood work came back this morning and there was a slightly elevated white count," said trainer Doug O'Neill's assistant, Jack Sisterson, who is with the colt at Pimlico.
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May 24, 2016
BALTIMORE - The long winning streaks of California Chrome, American Pharoah and Nyquist were a tease that overlooked the inherent obstacles even the best horses face in a race. Even when it has been easy, there will come a day when circumstances change and even the very best lose. That it did not happen for Chrome until the 2014 Belmont Stakes or Pharoah until after the colt had swept the 2015 Triple Crown or Nyquist until Saturday's Preakness at Pimlico should take nothing away from what those three horses accomplished, but it does speak to the horse-racing truth that what happens during a race often determines the outcome as much as the horses running in that race.
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September 18, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
TWO WEEKS AGO, Sam Elliott, the director of racing at Parx, got a text from Bob Baffert saying "get ready. " Before he began to hyperventilate, Elliott read the rest of the message and then called Baffert. It would really help, Baffert said, if the Pennsylvania Derby could be moved to Sept. 26. In any other year, the Pa. Derby probably would have been scheduled for Sept. 26 anyway. This was not any year, not with Pope Francis coming to town that day. Imagine. The Triple Crown winner this Saturday, the pope next Saturday.
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September 1, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
S ARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Bob Baffert had just offered to give up his seat at the postrace news conference to the man who owned the winning horse in Saturday's Travers Stakes at Saratoga. The great trainer moved a few paces away from the dais, but was quickly surrounded. After answering a few questions, he looked at me, smiled and said: "The last 50 yards, I was thinking Parx. " That would have been the Sept. 19 Pennsylvania Derby, almost certainly Baffert's first choice for American Pharoah's next race after the Triple Crown winner overwhelmed the field in the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational.
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July 31, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The jet took off from Ontario International Airport in Southern California on Wednesday at 5:02 a.m. Pacific time. It made a stop in Lexington, Ky., a natural horse hub, where it dropped off nine of its 12 equine passengers. The three remaining thoroughbreds continued on to Atlantic City International Airport, landing at 2:09 p.m. Two of the horses, Smiling John and Sir Macho, had to wait for the third to get off first. When the side door of the jet popped up, there was American Pharoah, in his flying stall, ears up, looking out the door.
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