Triple Crown

Belmont Notes: Tax Records ‘Nice Easy Work,’ Joevia ‘Still Learning And Improving’

Trainer Danny Gargan was looking for an easy move out of graded stakes winner Tax on Saturday morning and that’s exactly what he got as the 3-year-old gelded son of Arch went a half-mile in 49.80 seconds over the Belmont Park training track. Under mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the early 60’s, Gargan sent […]

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Casse’s Belmont Duo: Sir Winston Puts In ‘A+ Work,’ War Of Will ‘Feeling Good’

Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse will saddle both War of Will and Sir Winston in the Belmont Stakes. Casse said Gary Barber’s War of Will, who was a powerful winner of the Grade 1 Preakness, is in good order in Kentucky where he is currently preparing for the third leg of the Triple […]

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Master Fencer Headed To New York To Chase $1 Million Belmont Stakes Bonus

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer, an eye-catching sixth in the Kentucky Derby rallying up the rail under Julien Leparoux for trainer Koichi Tsunoda, will make his next start in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on Saturday, June 8 at Belmont Park. The Japanese-bred son of Just a Way will […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: ‘Challenging’ Times

The second leg of what has turned out to be one notable Triple Crown series is in the books. Meanwhile, the drama continues off the track for the horse racing industry with lawsuits, betting challenges, legislative hearings and media scrutiny. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss War of […]

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Japan’s Master Fencer Puts In Final Belmont Stakes Breeze At Keeneland

Katsumi Yoshizawa’s homebred Master Fencer (JPN), who is scheduled to make his next start in the Belmont (G1) on June 8, worked a half-mile in :52 over a fast track Wednesday at Keeneland, where he has resided since placing sixth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) on May 4. Video of the work […]

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Never A Time ‘I Felt Like I Was Going To Get Beat’: Connections Reflect On Justify’s Triple Crown

Some legends don’t need long careers to make an indelible mark on their sport. Running backs Jim Brown and Barry Sanders both retired from Hall of Fame careers before turning 31. Injuries forced Mike Bossy, one of the NHL’s best all-time goal scorers, out of the league at a similar age. Sandy Koufax called it […]

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Maximum Security Still Leads War Of Will In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

War of Will’s statement-making victory in the 144th Preakness Stakes was heeded as the Mark Casse-trained colt earned 18 first-place votes and 411 points to move up to second overall in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. War of Will came into the middle leg of the Triple Crown after avoiding […]

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Preakness Field: Improbable ‘Came Out Good,’ Signalman Bled

The top four finishers in the 144th Preakness all exited the race in good condition, and the top three are expected to carry on to next month’s Belmont Stakes. Meanwhile, fourth-place finisher Warrior’s Charge is not under consideration for the Test of the Champion due to potential distance limitations, according to trainer Brad Cox. The […]

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Gaffalione: War Of Will’s Preakness Win ‘Really Hasn’t Sunk In Yet’

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione returned back to his “new home” in the Churchill Downs jockey colony following his victory aboard War of Will in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (Grade I) at Pimlico Race Course. Gaffalione, a 24-year-old native of Davie, Fla., was on the Churchill Downs backstretch early Sunday morning to work horses and was named to […]

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Record Preakness Day Wagering Just Shy of $100 Million

The 144th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico in Baltimore, Md., set an all-time total handle record Saturday of $99,852,653. Saturday’s record handle topped the previous mark of $97,168,658 set in 2017. Attendance was 131,256, according to the Maryland Jockey Club. War of Will, who was placed seventh in the Kentucky Derby (G1) […]

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