This weekend is one of the better weekends for finding big races in the East, both on the turf and on the dirt. We also get to see some solid runners, including Preakness winner Oxbow and Belmont Stakes winner Palice Malice.
As usual at the Spa, the bombs and longshots have been coming in. It’s what makes the game so great. Let’s try and find three in today’s card.
The first leg of great summer of racing has started at Del Mar racetrack. Now we get ready for Saratoga, where the best of the best go for six weeks.
This week marks the opening of my two favorite summer racing meets. Saratoga opens up on Friday, and Wednesday opens up the summer meet at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California.
Bob Quigley was GM of the Meadowlands when the track opened in 1976. He oversaw harness and thoroughbred operations for six years.
Great racing continues this Saturday as Belmont Park has the G2 Suburban Handicap and the G2 Dwyer Stakes, Monmouth Park has the G1 United Nations Stakes and Hollywood Park has the G1 Hollywood Gold Cup.
I took an extended look at Friday’s card at Monmouth Park. To me, there are some very favorable odds that could pay out.
The Triple Crown season has come and gone, with three separate winners in all three seasons. But the summer of races is only starting, and we have plenty of graded races to break down throughout the summer.
Palace Malice took charge on the turn for home and won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, holding off Kentucky Derby winner Orb.
Glen Kozak, the vice president of facilities and racing surfaces for the New York Racing Association, says he’s “pretty confident we’ll be wet-fast” by the Belmont post time of 6:36 p.m., and “if we get real lucky we’ll be fast.”
We’ve looked at the undercard, and now it’s time to break down the big one. The one that matters most.
Ahead of the 145th Belmont Stakes, WFAN’s Mike Francesa was live from Belmont Park on Friday to preview the third leg of the Triple Crown. You can listen to all of the exclusive audio from Friday’s program right here.
The best horsemen in the business like to change things up every once in a while in the Belmont Stakes. And with the weather forecast predicting a sloppy track, almost any horse can come out on top.
The beauty of such great races is that it didn’t take me long to figure out which races to use in the column this week. The hard part was making my picks.
Cowboy boots, blue jeans, starched sports shirt, gleaming smile and shades. Yes, trainer D. Wayne Lukas is back in the spotlight during the Triple Crown. And don’t think he isn’t enjoying every second of it.
WCBS 880’s Tom Kaminski takes some incredible photos of Belmont Park.
Photos from the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes.
Photos from the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY.
Photos of Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another.