May 28, 2008 |
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.
June 10, 2012 |
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.
June 9, 2013 |
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.
June 6, 2013 |
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.
May 20, 2013 |
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.
June 11, 2011 |
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.
August 11, 2016 |
HE TRIPLE Crown is run at three tracks in May and June. The first "Triple Crown Challenge" is being offered on Sept. 24 at Parx Racing. Parx racing director Sam Elliott's idea is, if the winners of the three 2016 Triple Crown races all run in the Pennsylvania Derby, the purse will increase from $1 million to $1.5 million. If two run, it would be $1.25 million. The purse increase would be in addition to bonuses already into the race that total $500,000. "We recognize there is a unique opportunity this year because three different horses won the Triple Crown races, an anomaly lately," Elliott said.
June 10, 2016 |
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.
July 24, 2004 |
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.
June 5, 2015 |
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.