Triple Crown

TCI: Belmont Stakes, Triple Crown Wrap

Jon & Joel discuss the results of the Belmont Stakes and wrap another Triple Crown season. Did their system of indicating stamina hold true? They also look forward with this year’s 3-year-old division, and preview TCI’s upcoming annual Breeders’ Cup series.

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Always Dreaming Ranked Highest In Final NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

The 2017 Triple Crown series is now in the books with the running of the final jewel, the 149th Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park this past Saturday. The “Test of the Champion” won by Tapwrit did not get voted the best NTRA three-year-old as the final votes were tabulated in week 20 of the […]

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Irish War Cry Haskell-Bound After ‘Gutsy’ Effort In Belmont Stakes

Isabelle de Tomaso’s homebred Irish War Cry, a gutsy second as the favorite in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, exited the race in good order and will be pointed to the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational July 30 at Monmouth Park. Graham Motion checked in on the multiple Grade 2 winner early Sunday morning before heading back to […]

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Pletcher On Tapwrit’s Belmont Victory: ‘It Was A Great Win For The Whole Team’

A relaxed and happy Todd Pletcher reported Sunday morning that Tapwrit, commanding winner of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, and third-place finisher Patch exited their efforts in Saturday’s 1 ½-mile race in “excellent shape.” “I was really pleased with their energy level,” said the trainer. “It was a great […]

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$1.2 Million Gamble Pays Off As Tapwrit Captures Belmont Stakes

Horse racing is full of gamblers, from the bettors who play the races on the front side to the owners taking a chance on young bloodstock at the sales. Such was the case with Aron Wellman at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Sale when he came across a yearling son of Tapit. Wellman gathered his Eclipse […]

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Epicharis Fails Pre-Race Veterinary Exam; Japanese Contender Scratched From Belmont

The standard pre-race examination of Carrot Farm’s Japanese stakes winner Epicharis Saturday morning by NYRA Chief Examing Veterinarian Dr. Anthony Verderosa, revealed continued inflammation in the horse’s right front. As a result, the runner-up in the UAE Derby was scratched from the 149th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets. “This […]

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NYRA Again Extends $1 Million Bonus For Japan-Based 2018 Belmont Winner

In 2018, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will again offer a $1 million bonus to the connections of any Japan-based horse who wins the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets. NYRA officials made the announcement Friday. The $1 million bonus is being offered for the first time in 2017 […]

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Belmont Notes: Irish War Cry ‘Taking It All In Stride,’ Lookin at Lee Earns Asmussen’s ‘Respect’

During her eight years working for trainer Graham Motion, assistant Alice Clapham has had the privilege of getting aboard such talented horses as Animal Kingdom, Better Talk Now, Bullsbay and Miss Temple City – all Grade 1 winners. Since their arrival in New York from the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland early Wednesday […]

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Connections Still Targeting Belmont Stakes With Epicharis

Connections of Japanese invader Epicharis remained hopeful Friday morning that their colt would take his spot in the starting gate in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. The Daily Racing Form reports that the colt was examined by NYRA’s chief veterinarian early Friday. Epicharis did not train, but was walked in the barn’s shedrow. His right front foot has been fitted […]

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Irish War Cry Takes First Spin Around Belmont Oval Thursday

Multiple Grade 2 winner Irish War Cry, the 7-2 program favorite for Saturday’s 149th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, got his first tour of Belmont Park’s main track on a picture perfect Thursday morning. Joined by Graham Motion-trained stablemate Ascend, who will also race Saturday in the […]

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