Triple Crown

Multiplier To Add Blinkers For First Time In Belmont Run

Grade 3 Illinois Derby winner Multiplier, most recently sixth in the Grade 1 Preakness, will race for the first time with blinkers in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Trainer Brendan Walsh decided to make the equipment change after Multiplier wore them for a sharp half-mile work in 48.60 seconds June 3 at Keeneland, his final pre-Belmont breeze. […]

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Updated: Epicharis Treated For Lameness; Does Not Train Thursday Morning

The status of Japanese invader Epicharis for the Belmont Stakes is questionable after he was treated for lameness in his right front leg Wednesday night. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, veterinary records released by the New York State Gaming Commission show that the colt was given two grams of phenylbutazone (bute) via IV Wednesday for “lameness right […]

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‘Let’s Hope Lightning Strikes Twice’: Flay Buys Interest In Belmont Contender J Boys Echo

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay has purchased a 25 percent interest in Belmont Stakes contender J Boys Echo, according to a report in the BloodHorse. Jason Loutsch, representing majority owner Albaugh Family Stable, made the announcement June 7. According to the BloodHorse, the deal came about after Flay contacted Loutsch and trainer Dale Romans last weekend. Should J Boys Echo […]

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Irish War Cry Draws Post 7, Installed As 7-2 Morning Line Favorite For Belmont Stakes

  A wide-open field of 12 3-year-olds, ranging from a half-dozen veterans of the Kentucky Derby to a world-class Japanese horse ridden by a French jockey and a handful of new shooters, is set for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets at Belmont Park. The 149th running of the “Test […]

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Abscess Knocks Classic Empire Out Of Belmont Stakes

Champion Classic Empire, who likely would’ve been the morning line favorite for the G1 Belmont Stakes, will be forced to miss the race due to an abscess in his right front foot. The BloodHorse reported the news Wednesday morning via Twitter: Champion Classic Empire will not run in Belmont Stakes due to abscess in right front, Mark […]

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Classic Empire, Multiplier Settling In To Cold Temperatures At Belmont Park

John Oxley’s Classic Empire, the expected favorite in the 149th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, arrived at Belmont Park on Tuesday and settled in well, trainer Mark Casse said. Classic Empire flew from Kentucky to New York City this morning. Led by Casse’s son and assistant trainer […]

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Epicharis, Senior Investment Turn In Final Works For Belmont Stakes

So far everything is going according to plan for Belmont Stakes hopeful Epicharis. The colt breezed a pedestrian 1:06 for five furlongs with regular rider Masa Aki over Belmont’s training track early Tuesday morning. The son of Gold Allure went easy down the backside, but picked up the pace late, clocking the last three furlongs […]

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Gormley Confirmed: Colt ‘Deserves The Opportunity’ To Contest Belmont Stakes

Santa Anita Derby winner Gormley has officially been confirmed for a start in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown. According to drf.com, owners Jerry and Ann Moss conferred with B. Wayne Hughes, whose Spendthrift Farm owns the son of Malibu Moon’s breeding rights, about the decision on Monday. Gormley, ninth in […]

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Belmont: Senior Investment Ready To ‘Fire Away,’ Kentucky Contingent Preparing For Tuesday Flight

Trainer Kenny McPeek was on hand Monday morning at Belmont Park as Fern Circle Stable’s Grade 3 Lexington winner Senior Investment got back to the track following a routine walk day on Sunday. Senior Investment, who hit the board with a third-place finish at 31-1 in the Preakness, is scheduled to turn in his final […]

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Romans Hopes J Boys Echo Is Finally The ‘Right One’ To Bring Home A Victory In The Belmont

Albaugh Family Stables’ J Boys Echo will be the ninth Belmont Stakes runner trained by Dale Romans, who has an unusual statistic in the Triple Crown finale. Four of his prior eight starters finished third, his best finish to date. Romans’ first two Belmont horses were third: the maiden Nolan’s Cat in 2005 and First […]

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