Triple Crown

Majority Of Churchill Horsemen Think Exaggerator Will Be Hard To Beat In The Belmont

Some of Churchill Downs’ top horseman offered their expert opinion on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes (Grade I) at Belmont Park. Here’s what they had to say: Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens: “I think Exaggerator will win it. I think he’s a special kind of horse and (trainer) Keith (Desormeaux), it looks like to me, has […]

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Governor Malibu training prior to the 2016 Belmont Stakes
Easy-Breezy: Trainer Clement Pleased With Governor Malibu’s Belmont Preparation

With the race now just two days away, trainer Christophe Clement sent his Belmont Stakes contender Governor Malibu to the main track for a blow out this morning. Breezing four furlongs in :52 2/5. Clement was pleased with the work and how his trainee is looking heading into Saturday’s race. “He had a very easy […]

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TCI: Previewing The ‘Test Of The Champion’

The TCI guys preview the final jewel of the 2016 Triple Crown – Saturday’s Belmont Stakes (G1), the “Test of the Champion” at the grueling 1 1/2-mile distance. Can Exaggerator take a big step towards a possible end-of-year championship, or is he set up to be the most recent from a long line of big […]

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Exaggerator (Curlin) prior to the 2016 Preakness Stakes
Exaggerator Draws Post 11, Installed As 9-5 Morning Line Favorite For Belmont Stakes

Preakness winner Exaggerator drew post position 11 and was installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite for the 148th running of the G1 Belmont Stakes on Saturday. A field of 13 3-year-olds were entered for the 1 1/2-mile classic, which drew a total of seven colts that had also run in the Kentucky Derby. The Todd Pletcher-trained Stradivari, who […]

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Creator (Tapit) trains for the Kentucky Derby (Gr I) at Churchill Downs 5/5/16.
Bobby Flay Acquires Minority Interest In Arkansas Derby Winner, Belmont Hopeful Creator

Celebrity chef and renowned restaurateur Bobby Flay has finalized a deal with WinStar Farm to acquire a minority interest in leading 3-year-old colt Creator, this year’s winner of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and a contender in Saturday’s $1,500,000 Belmont Stakes (G1). “I’m thrilled to partner with WinStar Farm on Belmont Stakes contender Creator,” […]

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Suddenbreakingnews works at Churchill
Final Three Belmont Contenders Arrive In New York

All 13 expected contenders for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes are on the grounds at Belmont Park following the arrival of Seeking the Soul, Suddenbreakingnews and Trojan Nation late Tuesday afternoon. The Tex Sutton charter carrying the trio originated in California with a stop in Lexington, Ky. before landing at Long Island MacArthur […]

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Exaggerator works under Kent Desormeaux June 7
Desormeaux: Exaggerator’s Strange Reaction During Work ‘No Concern’

Reunited with Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux for the first time since their 3 ½-length victory in the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes May 21, Exaggerator breezed five furlongs Tuesday morning in his final work prior to Saturday’s 148th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. The likely favorite for the Belmont, at […]

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American Pharoah
Opinion: Today’s ‘Modern Racehorse’ Is Still Bred To Handle The Belmont Distance

The Belmont Stakes, the final and longest leg of the Triple Crown, is just a few days away. In the past, when there wasn’t a potential Triple Crown on the line, there usually was plenty of discussion in the media and by fans about either moving the three races farther apart, or shortening the distances of each […]

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Exaggerator gallops at Belmont Park
Desormeaux: ‘Calm, Confident’ Exaggerator Has Gained Weight, Breezes Tuesday

On his first morning at Belmont Park since arriving from California Sunday night, trainer Keith Desormeaux watched Grade 1 Preakness winner Exaggerator, the expected favorite in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, gallop 1 ½ miles Monday morning. Following his usual path that takes him through the backstretch and paddock, Exaggerator was led to the main track by […]

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Stradivari enjoying the activity at Belmont Park
‘A Bit Like Gold Dust’: Stradivari’s Breeder Has Another Shot At Classic Victory

Kentucky-based breeder John Gunther came very close to knowing what it is like to breed a Classic winner. The Gunther-bred Stay Thirsty was motoring through the stretch of the 2011 Belmont Stakes but couldn’t reel in Ruler On Ice, who posted a three-quarter-length victory. Gunther bred and raised Stay Thirsty at his farm, Glennwood, in […]

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