This year is the first time that colts making the field in the Kentucky Derby qualified under a new points system. In years past, colts qualified based on graded stakes earnings.
The Ladies’ Classic is clearly the best race of Breeders’ Cup weekend which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The field of eight fillies and mares have won a combined fifty-seven races from ninety-four starts, an incredible 60% winning percentage.
John Cashman, a veteran of the harness racing industry and the father of New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, has died. He was 72.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another paraded between races at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday, giving fans at the colt’s home track a chance to cheer him one last time before he heads off to stud.
Even with the absence of I’ll Have Another and his bid to win the Triple Crown, horse racing had a successful day at the Belmont Stakes.
It happened again Saturday, when Union Rags nipped the trainer’s front-running Paynter at the wire and won the Belmont Stakes.
Gutierrez was presented a plaque hours before the Belmont by Carlos M. Sada, the consul general for Mexico based in New York, commemorating the wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
Trainer Doug O’Neill gave his horse three friendly slaps on the flank, removed his saddle, and I’ll Have Another was led out of the Belmont Park winner’s circle into retirement.
With I’ll Have Another retired with a tendon injury, there wasn’t much excitement among fans entering the huge racetrack hours before the race.
Giant Ryan broke his left front ankle while battling for the lead in the True North Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Even with the devastating news and the unconventional end of yet another Triple Crown try, an intriguing field of ten remains for the one million dollar Belmont Stakes.
The horse with possibly the best chance to spoil I’ll Have Another’s bid for a Triple Crown posted a strong workout six days before the Belmont Stakes.
Since then, 11 horses have won the first two only to come up short in the Belmont, felled by a safety pin picked up in a stall, a stumble out of the gate or a jockey’s judgment.
The morning after Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in New York Mets history, the trainer of Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another showed up for his Belmont Stakes news briefing sporting a Mets cap.
Trainer Doug O’Neill welcomed an uneventful day at training for Belmont Stakes favorite I’ll Have Another.