Triple Crown

TCI: Belmont Stakes & Triple Crown Wrap-Up

The TCI guys break down last Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, and talk about a photo-finish Exacta between each of their picks. They also discuss how stamina and pedigree appeared to have influenced another Belmont Stakes outcome, including some horses that moved up – and other top contenders that regressed at the daunting 1 1/2-mile trip. A […]

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Nyquist Back On Track Friday For First Work Since Illness

Kentucky Derby winner and 2015 two-year-old champion male Nyquist is scheduled to have his first workout Friday morning since suffering his only defeat, in the Preakness Stakes on May 21, trainer Doug O’Neill said Thursday. “That’s the plan,” said O’Neill, who added that the son of Uncle Moe would work at 7 a.m. at an […]

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American Pharoah
Drape: Despite Thrilling Finish, Belmont Stakes ‘A Letdown’ After American Pharoah

There has been plenty of discussion over the past several months about an ‘American Pharoah effect’ in horse racing – would those fans drawn to the sport because of the Triple Crown winner’s exploits remain involved, and could racing continue to attract new ones? Although it may be too early to definitively answer those questions, […]

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Exaggerator ‘Struggled’ With Belmont’s Surface, Points To Jim Dandy

Grade 1 Preakness winner Exaggerator walked the shedrow Sunday morning, emerging no worse for wear following his 11th-place finish as the 7-5 favorite in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. “He’s good. I walked him myself at about 6:30 this morning. He’s his same, vibrant self, bright-eyed, ate up his feed last night, legs are clean,” trainer Keith […]

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A joyous Asmussen celebrates as Creator is declared the winner.
Asmussen ‘Very Proud’ Of Creator, Who May Be Pointed To Saratoga

Steve Asmussen, who won his first Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets with Creator on Saturday in the trainer’s third try for the third jewel in the Triple Crown, happily reported the son of Tapit to be in tip-top shape this morning. “I am obviously very proud of the horse. He’s […]

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Creator (13) and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. win the Belmont Stakes
Creator Brings The Rain In 2016 Belmont Stakes

WinStar Farm and Bobby Flay’s Creator nosed out Destin to win the 148th running of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, covering the 12 furlongs in 2:28.51 over Belmont Park’s fast main track. Just after the son of Tapit crossed the wire, rains began to fall over the Belmont oval, drenching the connections in the winner’s […]

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The original Triple Crown trophy
‘Equally Spectacular’: New Triple Crown Trophy Commissioned By NYRA

Chris Kay, CEO of the New York Racing Commission, believes that the trophy for a Triple Crown winner ought to be as special as the achievement it honors. So, he’s commissioned a new one with artist Roberto Santo, according to “It’s 7 1/2 inches and relatively minimalistic,” said Kay of the trophy awarded to […]

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Gary Young
Young: Creator, Suddenbreakingnews Possible To Upset Exaggerator

Private clocker Gary Young likes favored Exaggerator in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, but if someone upsets the Santa Anita Derby and Preakness winner in the final leg of the Triple Crown at a mile and a half, he says it likely would be Suddenbreakingnews or Creator. “Does Exaggerator run OK in the mud and does he […]

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Lani galloping at Belmont
Lani’s Connections Hoping For A Fast Track For Belmont Stakes

As per usual, Koji Maeda’s Lani was out bright and early at 6:30 this morning, and the Japanese invader completed four circuits of Belmont’s main track while either galloping, jogging or walking at various intervals. After being led back to Barn 6, Lani was examined by Dr. Scott Palmer, the Executive Medical Director for New […]

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Maiden winner Forever d'Oro galloped at Belmont Park June 10
Stewart Hoping To Play Belmont Spoiler With Pair Of Fipke Homebreds

Based most of the year in Kentucky and Louisiana, trainer Dallas Stewart is right at home in New York. For the fourth straight year and sixth time in his career, the former assistant to Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas finds himself at Belmont Park in June with a contender in the Belmont Stakes. This […]

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