Triple Crown

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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Gunnevera Ready To Resume Galloping At Gulfstream West; Sano Targeting Jim Dandy Stakes

Peacock Racing Stables’ Gunnevera, who will bypass the Belmont Stakes after competing in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1), is being given a breather at Gulfstream Park West. “He’s doing very good, very good. He’ll start galloping this week,” said trainer Antonio Sano, whose multiple graded stakes-winning trainee finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby […]

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Classic Empire ‘Very Sharp’ In Sunday Gallop; Epicharis Familiarized With Belmont Facility

Trainer Mark Casse wasn’t on hand, but he certainly liked what he heard about Classic Empire’s gallop early Sunday morning at Churchill Downs. Last year’s 2-year-old champion and this year’s Arkansas Derby winner is the favorite for the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets after finishing a gallant fourth in the Kentucky Derby following a […]

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‘He Deserves Another Chance’: Irish War Cry Officially Confirmed For Belmont Stakes

Isabelle de Tomaso’s New Jersey homebred Irish War Cry, whose multiple Grade 2 wins include the April 8 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack, will make his next start in the 149th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets, June 10 at Belmont Park. Trainer Graham Motion said Sunday that […]

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Lookin At Lee Posts ‘Very Good Breeze’ In Lone Work Before Belmont Stakes

Kentucky Derby runner-up Lookin at Lee is coming into the Belmont Stakes in top form, trainer Steve Asmussen told drf.com. The son of Lookin at Lucky worked a half-mile over the Belmont main track on Sunday in 48.42, his lone breeze since a fourth-place effort in the Preakness Stakes. “That’s a very good breeze for […]

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Hollywood Handsome Tabbed For Belmont Stakes

Trainer Dallas Stewart confirmed on Saturday that sophomore colt Hollywood Handsome will be entered in next weekend’s Belmont Stakes. The Mark and Nancy Stanley-owned son of Tapizar should appreciate the 1 1/2-mile distance of the third leg of the Triple Crown, Stewart said, and will ship to New York on Tuesday. “He’s coming in off […]

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