NEW YORK — The road to the winner’s circle in the Belmont Stakes ran through the Kentucky Derby, even if the Derby and Preakness winners skipped the final leg of the Triple Crown. Tapwrit overtook favored Irish War Cry in the stretch to win by two lengths on Saturday, giving trainer Todd Pletcher his third
ELMONT, N.Y. — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert didn’t participate in the biggest race on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes card, and for the trainers who did, that was a good thing. Baffert went 4 for 4 in stakes races Saturday at Belmont Park, capped by a super-impressive 6 1/4-length victory by Mor Spirit in the
ELMONT, N.Y. — Bob and Mike’s big day at Belmont continued in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes as they teamed up with American Anthem to get the third of their four stakes wins together on the day. American Anthem proves to good for his rivals in the Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park. Barbara D.
ELMONT, N.Y. — Songbird is back and as good as ever. The two-time champion filly made her 2017 debut a winning one by holding off a persistent Paid Up Subscriber before scoring a one-length victory in the Grade 1, $735,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes, her first start since suffering the only loss of her 13-race career
ELMONT, N.Y. — When Hawksmoor defeated Dacita in the Grade 3 Beaugay Stakes here four weeks ago, she did so over a yielding turf course she loved and at a distance, 1 1/16 miles, that was well within her grasp. Friday, in the Grade 2, $500,000 New York Stakes, Hawksmoor had to navigate 1 1/4
ELMONT, N.Y. — Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith has had a year to remember, and it’s only June. He has won the world’s two richest races with Arrogate. He won the Kentucky Oaks with Abel Tasman. And his mounts in North America have already won more than $11 million in 2017. Smith hits Belmont
ELMONT, N.Y. — Ken McPeek flew into New York on Sunday night from England, back in the States after sending Daddys Lil Darling overseas to race June 2 in the Epsom Oaks. If a flash of inspiration motivated that trip, a bolt of lightning ruined it. Spooked by a storm while warming up for the
For those who prefer their Thoroughbred racing spiced with gender-bending fillies and mares, the first dozen years of the 21st century were a giddy time to be alive. Pick a hemisphere. There was something for everyone. Superstars Sunline, Makybe Diva, and Black Caviar emerged from Down Under. Buena Vista and Gentildonna dominated males in Japan.
ELMONT, N.Y. — The Belmont Stakes won’t have the Kentucky Derby winner or the Preakness winner, but it won’t have a shortage of entries, with a bulky field of 12 or 13 set to contest the last and longest leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday here at Belmont Park. A final decision on Gormley,
ELKTON, Md. — Irish War Cry established himself as an elite member of the 3-year-old crop this winter with wins in the Grade 2 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park and the Grade 2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. But after he finished 10th as the second choice in the Kentucky Derby, some are curious if the