Triple Crown

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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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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