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.
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.
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.
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.
Orb was made the 3-1 morning-line favorite in a 14-horse field entered Wednesday for the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Derby winner Orb is all set to take on Preakness winner Oxbow in the Belmont Stakes following a good workout on the track.
Trainer Shug McGaughey is still thinking Belmont Stakes for his Kentucky Derby winner after Orb had no problems galloping a mile Thursday morning at Belmont Park.
It appears a rematch is in the making. Both trainers are giving every indication their classic-winning colts will run in the Belmont on June 8.
Oxbow led from start to finish. It was the sixth Preakness victory for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
Orb drew the unfortunate rail, taking the first post. Let’s break down the field, starting with the Kentucky Derby winner.
Morning-line favorite Orb wins the 139th Kentucky Derby.
Honestly, I can look at the field and find a reason for 15 of the 20 horses to win.