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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 21, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
BALTIMORE - Gary Stevens had been retired for 7 years. It seemed like D. Wayne Lukas had been retired for even longer. Stevens, the Hall of Fame jockey, had been on the NBC broadcast team for many of the major races. Lukas, the Hall of Fame trainer, was still in the big races, but always on the periphery, an afterthought, if he was considered at all. Stevens, 50, came back in January because he missed the feeling of sitting on a horse's back. Lukas, 77, never left because he always loved the feeling of being around race horses every day. The racing gods decided there would be no Triple Crown for the 35th consecutive year.
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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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May 19, 2013 | Associated Press
BALTIMORE - Rosie Napravnik's motivation for winning the Preakness has little to do with making history. With a victory aboard Mylute on Saturday, Napravnik would become the first female jockey to capture the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. More important to her, though, it would serve as a triumphant return to Pimlico Race Course, where she launched her outstanding career. "You know what? It would be a great accomplishment, but that's not the reason I want to win it, because no other woman has won it before," she said.
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May 19, 2013 | By Richard Rosenblatt, Associated Press
BALTIMORE - Everything's a go for Orb. The Kentucky Derby winner was in a playful mood the day before the Preakness, making faces for photographers between nibbles of grass outside his stall at Pimlico Race Course. "He's really settled in well. He seems to be energetic about what he's doing so I couldn't be more pleased," trainer Shug McGaughey said on a warm and sunny Friday morning. "We're excited about giving it a whirl to see if we can get it done and go on to the next step.
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May 17, 2013 | By David Ginsburg, Associated Press
BALTIMORE - The Preakness draw was over, and trainer Shug McGaughey listed a variety of reasons he was OK with having Kentucky Derby winner Orb starting Saturday's race from the rail. Then someone asked him, "If you had your choice, where would you want to be?" Without hesitation, McGaughey responded, "The outside. " Despite getting the inside post in Wednesday's draw, Orb was made an even-money favorite to win the Preakness Stakes and keep alive his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
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May 17, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
BALTIMORE - When you pick a speed horse in a long race, there is always potential for embarrassment. If, however, you are not right, it really does not matter how wrong. Races are like chess games. All the moves have been made. It is just a question of determining which move is going to be the winning one, which factor is going to matter most. I came to the conclusion that the lack of early speed in the Kentucky Derby was the critical factor. Thus, I liked Goldencents, the horse that had the best chance of controlling the pace.
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May 17, 2013 | By Richard Rosenblatt, Associated Press
BALTIMORE - Growing up, Kentucky Derby winner Orb was just another horse who fit in with the crowd. Never caused problems. Never raised a ruckus. Never got sick or hurt while frolicking in the fields of Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., with his pals, or when he was learning how to be a racehorse at Niall Brennan's farm in Ocala, Fla. Did everything asked of him. "A model citizen," said Claiborne Farm manager Bradley Purcell. Brennan remembers that the colt did everything right.
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