Triple Crown

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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Epicharis Clears Quarantine, Tries Out Belmont Training Track In Private Session

Carrot Farm’s Epicharis received his anticipated release from quarantine late this morning, and stretched his legs atop the Belmont Park training track in route tonext Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. The UAE Derby runner-up entered the track in his private session roughly around 11:40 am, and calmly jogged a clockwise five furlongs before […]

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Belmont: J Boys Echo, Multiplier, Gormley Put In Final Works

A trio of Belmont Stakes probables turned in their final breezes on Saturday morning across the country. J Boys Echo worked five furlongs in 1:00 flat at Churchill Downs, Multiplier worked a half in :48.60 at Keeneland, and Gormley breezed seven furlongs in 1:25.60 at Santa Anita, according to drf.com. Albaugh Family Stables’ J Boys […]

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Irish War Cry Breezes Six Furlongs At Fair Hill, Likely For Belmont Stakes

After back-tracking nearly a mile at his home base Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, Irish War Cry set out to breeze alongside stablemate Ascend. The 3-year-old son of Curlin covered six furlongs in 1:14 flat. Last week, trainer Graham Motion announced that the Isabelle de Tomaso-owned colt could still enter next Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, […]

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TCI: Belmont Stakes Stamina Preview

Jon and Joel discuss their running theory on the importance of stamina indicators within the pedigrees of this year’s Belmont Stakes contenders, which they break down individually in this annual episode about one week before the final leg of the Triple Crown. Who’s bred best to see out the 1 1/2-mile “Test of a Champion”, […]

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Belmont Stakes: True Timber Out With Fever, Pletcher Pair Confirmed To Start

Calumet Farm’s True Timber will not run in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, Kiaran McLaughlin said Friday morning. The son of Mineshaft was withdrawn early this morning after being diagnosed with a fever, and will have to wait to make his eighth career start. “He spiked a temperature yesterday,” McLaughlin said. “He didn’t […]

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