Triple Crown

Belmont Park notes 6/5: Latest Belmont works, Manhattan updates

Press Release ELMONT, N.Y. – Mucho Macho Man turned in his final serious work for Saturday’s 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes this morning under new jockey Ramon Dominguez, covering the five furlongs in a brisk 59.57, the fastest of 15 at the distance. The leggy bay colt, third in the […]

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Animal Kingdom gallops at Belmont

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom got his initial feel for Belmont Park’s main track with a 1 1/2-mile gallop Sunday morning, a little more than an hour following a three-hour van ride from the Fair Hill training center in northeast Maryland. Animal Kingdom galloped an easy lap around the main track under exercise rider David […]

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Mucho Macho Man works over Belmont main track

Jockey Ramon Dominguez on Sunday morning got acquainted with his mount for next Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, working Mucho Macho Man a solid five furlongs in 59.57 seconds over the Belmont main track. “The first part, he felt like he was going pretty comfortably, and at the top of the lane he switched leads and he […]

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Animal Kingdom arrives at Belmont

Press Release ELMONT, N.Y. – Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up Animal Kingdom arrived at Belmont Park Sunday morning at approximately 7:30 a.m. in advance of a run in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 11.   The 3-year-old son of Leroidesanimaux took a few laps around the […]

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Prime Cut to run in Belmont

Trainer Neil Howard announced Saturday night that Prime Cut, the third-place finisher in last month’s Peter Pan Stakes, would indeed return to New York for the Belmont Stakes on June 11.

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Will new shoes carry Mucho Macho Man to Belmont win?

After losing shoes in two of his last three races, it’s no surprise that Mucho Macho Man—coming off a sixth-place Preakness finish—will have some new footwear for next weekend’s Belmont Stakes. He will be switching to synthetic polyflex shoes like those that former Preakness winner Curlin used at the end of his career.

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Not easy to prepare for the Belmont

The Belmont, at 11/2 miles, is one of the most demanding tests in sports. Most horses never will be asked to run this far the rest of their racing lives. The trick is, how do horsemen get their animals ready to run the daunting 11/2 miles of Belmont dirt?  Trainers’ methods differ on the track’s daunting surface.

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Belmont Stakes littered with pitfalls

There is no track in America quite like Belmont Park, and while every race presents its own set of challenges, perhaps none is less kind to newcomers than the 12-furlong Belmont Stakes.  Where most of the nation’s ovals are one mile to 1-1/8 mile in circumference, Belmont’s 1-1/2 mile main track is nothing short of […]

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Santiva preps for Belmont with Churchill breeze

Tom R. Walters’ Santiva breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01 at Churchill Downs June 4 in his final preparation for the Belmont Stakes in one week. The son of Giant’s Causeway, who finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby, breezed in company. Assistant trainer Brendan Walsh was aboard for the work. “I’m very happy with him,” said […]

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Belmont Park notes 6/4: Animal Kingdom to arrive 6/5, Gio Ponti completes prep for Woodward

Here are the Belmont Park notes for Saturday, 6/4: Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up Animal Kingdom is scheduled to arrive at Belmont Park early Sunday morning, and will gallop over the main track in advance of Monday’s final workout for the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 11, […]

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