Belmont Oaks

‘Very Relaxed’ Japanese-Bred Jodie Breezes For Belmont Oaks Invitational

Japanese-bred contenders Jodie and Master Fencer will add to the international flair of the inaugural $5.25 million Turf Triple Series, featuring the Turf Trinity and Turf Tiara for sophomores over three legs at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, set to begin Saturday as part of the Stars & Stripes Festival to be broadcast live […]

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O’Brien To Ship Trio Of Contenders For Belmont Oaks, Derby

Trainer Aidan O’Brien will be represented by multiple group winner Just Wonderful in the Grade 1, $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational and Blenheim Palace and Cape of Good Hope in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational as the first legs of the newly-minted Turf Triple series gets underway. Just Wonderful, a bay daughter […]

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Japan’s Master Fencer ‘Refreshed And Energetic’ In Turf Gallop For Belmont Derby

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, trained by Koichi Tsunoda, competed in the two-thirds of the Triple Crown with a rail-rallying sixth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and a wide-rallying fifth in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, just a head shy of Tax for fourth. The Japanese-bred son of […]

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Royally-Bred Winter Sunset Targeting Summer’s Belmont Oaks

The Fair Grounds’ Shantel Lanerie Memorial Overnight Stakes winner Winter Sunset looked “fabulous” following her triumphant stakes debut according to trainer Wayne Catalano, who stated that the Grade I $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational on July 6 will be a main target for later this year. “I talked to (Owners) Mr. Bob (Cummings of Coffeepot Stables) […]

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Stars & Stripes Festival Achieves Record Handle Of $24.6 Million

Saturday’s Stars & Stripes Racing Festival, comprised of five graded stakes and highlighted by Catholic Boy’s thrilling victory over Analyze it in the Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational, generated all-sources handle of $24,612,465, the highest such handle figure since NYRA launched the Stars & Stripes Racing Festival in 2014. With a paid attendance […]

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Short Turnaround No Problem As O’Brien-Trained Athena Kicks Clear In Belmont Oaks

The Coolmore Partners’ Athena ran just six days ago in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh, finishing third, but had no problems blowing by her 3-year-old female rivals in Saturday’s Grade 1 Belmont Oaks. The daughter of Camelot hit the wire 2 1/2 lengths ahead of a tightly-bunched pack, with Thewayiam a […]

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Weekend Lineup: Stars & Stripes

An exciting weekend of graded stakes action is on tap for racing fans, with NBC coverage of the Stars & Stripes card at Belmont Park on Saturday. The two features are the Belmont Oaks and Belmont Derby, but international intrigue extends to the Dwyer Stakes on the undercard as well. Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan […]

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Former Pletcher Assistants Thomas, McCarthy Enjoying Belmont Homecoming

Jonathan Thomas and Michael McCarthy, both former assistants to trainer Todd Pletcher, have been part of many major victories at Belmont Park. This Saturday, Stars & Stripes Day, Thomas and McCarthy will have the chance to create some Belmont Park history of their own. Thomas, who was Pletcher’s Belmont-based assistant from 2008-11, will send out […]

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Brown Calvacade Prepares For Saturday’s Stars & Stripes At Belmont

Fresh off a 1-2 finish in the Grade 1 United Nations on Saturday, trainer Chad Brown sent out a slew of turf workers Sunday morning at Belmont Park, some in preparation for Stars & Stripes Day on July 7 at Belmont. Brown’s contingent was led by Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational hopeful Analyze It, who breezed five furlongs in […]

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Breeders’ Cup Winner Rushing Fall Taken Out Of Consideration For Royal Ascot

Trainer Chad Brown told drf.com that Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Rushing Fall is no longer under consideration for the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. “I feel like she’s not up to making that trip right now, I need some more time with her,” Brown said. “I gave her an easy work, I’m just […]

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