empire classic

Pat On The Back Seeks Sixth Stakes Win In Friday’s Affirmed Success

Stakes action at Belmont Park gets started on Opening Day, Friday April 26, when eight New York-breds will assemble for the $100,000 Affirmed Success over the main track. Making his 2019 debut in the six-furlong sprint is Pat On the Back, who won the Empire Classic over the Belmont Park main track two starts back. […]

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Pat On The Back Turns The Tables In Empire Classic; Castellano Hits 5,000 Wins

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano notched three wins, including his 5,000th victory in North America aboard Runaway Lute in the $150,000 Hudson Handicap, on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park to steal the show on Empire Showcase Day, an 11-race all-New York-bred card, including eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million in purses. […]

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Belmont Park Hosts The Best Of Empire State On Saturday

More than 100 New York-breds are assembled for a special 11-race card on Saturday at Belmont Park to celebrate the best of New York for the annual Empire Showcase Day. In addition to eight stakes races worth $1.75 million, anchored by the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap, Empire Showcase Day will be broadcast on the critically acclaimed Belmont […]

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Brown, Castellano Send Out Back-To-Back Winners On Empire Showcase Day

Trainer Chad Brown and Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano teamed up Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park for back-to-back wins on Empire Showcase Day, a unique 11-race all-New York-bred card, including eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million in purses. Peter Brant’s Fifty Five got the duo off to a sharp start in the $200,000 Ticonderoga, […]

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Royal Posse Scores Big In Empire Classic Handicap

Belmont Park celebrated all things New York with its annual Empire Showcase Day, a unique 11-race all-state-bred card, including eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million in purses, despite the forecasted rain on Saturday afternoon as Royal Posse vindicated his narrow defeat in last year’s $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap with a 3 ½-length […]

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Belmont’s Empire Showcase Shines With $1.75 Million In Purses

The spotlight will again shine on the Empire State this Saturday, with eight stakes races worth $1.75 million in purses exclusively for New York-breds, to go along with a host of fall-themed family activities that comprise Empire Showcase Day. Highlighted by the 39th running of the $300,000 Empire Classic, Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park […]

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Lunar Victory battles for Empire Classic win

Odds-on favorite Lunar Victory outkicked a game Saratoga Snacks in a dramatic stretch duel and hit the wire 1 ¼ lengths in front to take Saturday’s $250,000 Empire Classic, the centerpiece of New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park. Carrying the colors of Juddmonte Farms – which earlier in the day at Ascot Racecourse saw […]

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Haynesfield wins Empire Classic to star on NY Showcase Day

ELMONT, N.Y. – Haynesfield made a triumphant return to the winner’s circle at Belmont Park on Saturday afternoon, taking the lead at the top of the stretch and holding off a resurgent Green Monster to win the 36th running of the $200,000 McMahon Adena Empire Classic on New York Showcase Day. It was the first victory […]

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