Triple Crown

Motion: Animal Kingdom will run in Belmont

Press Release Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up Animal Kingdom will run in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 11, trainer Graham Motion said today. “We just made the decision that he will be coming to the Belmont ,” said Motion, speaking from the training center at Fair […]

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Alternation preps at Arlington Park

Peter Pan Stakes winner Alternation worked six furlongs Friday at Arlington Park in preparation for a possible return to New York for the Belmont Stakes June 11.  Trainer Donnie Von Hemel said the colt’s owner, Pin Oak Stable, would decide this weekend where Alternation would start next. Alternation was timed at 1:00.60 for five furlongs […]

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Romans and Fox make dynamic duo

The Daily Racing Form profiles Preakness-winning trainer Dale Romans and exercise rider Tammy Fox.  The “curious” couple has been together for 20 years, and by all accounts, they make a good team: While Romans, 44, has steadily increased his profile since he won his first race in 1987, Fox, 46, has been the proverbial good […]

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Baffert: Derby field size biggest deterrent to TC winner

California turf writer Art Wilson talks to trainer Bob Baffert about the Preakness and Derby results and the Triple Crown drought.  Baffert believes the Derby’s large field is the single biggest reason the sport hasn’t seen a Triple Crown winner since 1978: “It (Triple Crown) would happen sooner than later if they just went with […]

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Triple Crown Insider: On to the Belmont

In the latest edition of the Triple Crown Insider, Jon Siegel and Joel Cunningham explain why the Preakness result makes sense in hindsight and look at who might step forward in the Belmont Stakes June 11.  Click below to watch.

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HRI – Pricci: The more disclosure, the better

Horse Race Insider John Pricci “weighs” in on the disclosure of information to bettors about a horse’s condition, such as weight loss or profuse pre-race sweating.  The issue has been debated following NBC’s Preakness broadcast.  Bettors complained that information about certain runners came too late to make an adjustment to wagers.  Pricci concludes: “During the […]

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Belmont lineup still uncertain but large field expected

The connections of Animal Kingdom and Shackleford are preparing their colts for a run in the Belmont Stakes but still not fully committing to entering the race just yet.  Animal Kingdom’s trainer, Graham Motion, tells the Daily Racing Form he’d “like to be there,” while Shackleford’s trainer, Dale Romans, says he wants to “give it […]

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Romans: Shackleford to train “as if” running in Belmont

At her blog, Lexington Herald-Leader turf writer Alicia Wincze Hughes quotes trainer Dale Romans as saying Thursday that he will train Preakness winner Shackleford “as if” he’ll run in the Belmont.  Shackleford trained over a sloppy Churchill Downs track Thursday and will likely head to New York “in the next few days.”

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Wilson: Best three-year-old that didn’t win Triple Crown?

At the Pasadena Star-News, turf writer Art Wilson asks which horse was the best runner that fell short of winning the Triple Crown.  He concludes: “To me, Spectacular Bid in 1979, Alysheba in 1987 and Point Given in 2001 stand out as the best 3-year-olds that didn’t sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. […]

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NYRA announces transportation plans for Belmont Stakes

Press Release On Thursday, May 4, 1905, Belmont Park opened. It was an historic day for another reason – the opening of the “Taj Mahal of Racing” also created the first traffic jam in Long Island ‘s history. But on Saturday, June 11, 2011, racing fans will be able to avoid traffic trouble as they […]

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