belmont

Max Player In A Holding Pattern; Rice ‘Anxious To Hear Of Adjustments’ To 3-Year-Old Races

Trainer Linda Rice said she is continuing to play the waiting game with promising sophomores Max Player and Montauk Traffic amid the uncertainty around the upcoming national stakes schedule due to circumstances regarding the coronavirus. Owned by George E. Hall, Rice said the Grade 3 Withers winner Max Player was pointing to the Grade 2, […]

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Sir Winston Back At Belmont After Clearing Quarantine On Return From Dubai

Tracy Farmer’s reigning Grade 1 Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston returned to familiar surroundings at Belmont Park after clearing quarantine on his return from Dubai. Trained by Mark Casse, the Awesome Again chestnut was a leading contender for the Group 1 Dubai World Cup which was postponed due to the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) […]

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‘Right Place At The Right Time’: Chaplain Chavez Stepping Up In Times Of Uncertainty

Chaplain Humberto Chavez has a few minutes to spare, or so he thought. It is early afternoon at Belmont Park and Chavez, who heads the New York division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, is in the midst of another work day that he suspects won’t end until nightfall. So it goes with tending […]

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Pletcher Shuts Down Belmont String ‘Until This Thing Is Over’

Todd Pletcher will be moving the 19 horses he had in training at Belmont Park, the trainer told drf.com on Tuesday. With NYRA racing cancelled for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing worldwide coronavirus pandemic, Pletcher made the decision to shut down his New York operation. “For the safety of our employees and to […]

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Sacco: ‘Important To Maintain Some Normalcy’ Through The ‘Uncharted Waters’ Of COVID-19

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control, a dual Grade 1-winner on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit, breezed three furlongs in 36.04 seconds on Saturday on the Belmont Park training track. Trained by Gregg Sacco, the 4-year-old Stay Thirsty colt posted his first breeze since his rallying score in the Grade 3, […]

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Rice Pleased That Max Player Will Have ‘More Time To Mature’ Before September Derby

Trainer Linda Rice maintains a bustling barn of 55 horses on the Belmont backstretch and has had a number of stable stars on the work tab over the past week, including Grade 3 Withers champ Max Player. Owned by George E. Hall, Max Player had been targeting the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by […]

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Suburban, Nerud Moved Up A Week To July 4 Card At Belmont

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the Grade 2, $300,000 John A. Nerud, a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In event, and the Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban would be moved up one week to the Saturday, July 4 card at Belmont Park. “By moving these races up one week, we’ll be able […]

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Sir Winston Will Ship To Florida, Acclimate To Warmer Weather Before Dubai

Following a triumphant return to action in a January 31 allowance race at the Big A, Tracy Farmer’s reigning Grade 1 Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston returned to the work tab on Friday when recording a half-mile breeze in 48.74 seconds over the Belmont Park training track in preparation for the Group 1, $12 million […]

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NYRA Releases Stakes Schedule Worth $18.65 Million For Belmont Spring/Summer Meet

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the stakes schedule for the 51-day Belmont Park spring/summer meet, featuring 58 total stakes races worth $18.65 million starting Friday, April 24 through Sunday, July 12. The meet will offer 11 total Grade 1 contests and five races with purses of $1 million or higher, with […]

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