Belmont

Sir Winston Tries to Regain Belmont Glory in Suburban

Last season's GI Belmont S. winner Sir Winston (Awesome Again) will attempt to return to the scene of his most important victory and try to add Saturday's GII Suburban S. to his resume. Runner up in the GIII Peter Pan S. prior to his win in the third jewel of the Triple Crown, the Tracy Farmer hombred was sidelined because of a left front ankle injury last summer. Resurfacing with a forgettable 12th after a troubled trip in a soggy renewal of the one-mile Woodchopper S. over the Fair Grounds...

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Garoppolo Becomes First Winner for Outwork in Belmont Opener

Garoppolo (Outwork) became the first winner for his freshman sire by (Uncle Mo) in the Belmont opener Friday. An even fourth on debut at this strip June, he fired a pair of bullets in the interim, most recently working three panels in :35 flat (1/6) at Belmont June 26, and was given a 6-1 chance this time. Tracking from third through a :22.30 opening quarter, the $125,000 OBSMAR buy swept up three wide to draw even with the leaders at the top of the stretch and kicked clear in the...

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Newspaperofrecord Wires GI Just a Game Field

Klaravich Stables' Newspaperofrecord (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) returned to her sensational juvenile form and proved her decisive score in the GIII Intercontinental S. last out was no fluke with a scintillating victory in the GI Just a Game S. at Belmont Saturday. Breaking on top, the even-money shot hustled out to a clear lead, doling out early splits of :23.79 and :48.1 with champion stablemate and slight favorite, also at even-money, Uni (GB) (More Than Ready) biding her time back off the pace in fourth. Newspaperofrecord was still well...

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Belmont Barn 37 Under Precautionary Quarantine

Officials at the New York Racing Association and New York State Gaming Commission have placed Barn 37 at Belmont Park under a precautionary quarantine after a suspected case of Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) developed in that barn. Freudnme (Freud), a 4-year-old colt trained by Chris Englehart, exhibited fever and neurological symptoms Saturday morning and has started treatment under the care of a private veterinarian. H. last raced at Finger Lakes June 24, Overseen by Dr. Anthony Verderosa, Director of NYRA's Veterinary Department, and in consultation with the NYSGC, the quarantine of...

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Law and Order

ELMONT, NY -- Manny Franco let out a yell in celebration that echoed through the massive empty grandstand as Tiz the Law (Constitution) came streaking under the line a dominating 3 3/4-length winner of a most unique renewal of Saturday's GI Belmont Stakes. Dr Post (Quality Road), a last out winner of Gulfstream's Unbridled S. Apr. 25, and GIII Withers S. hero Max Player (Honor Code) rallied from the back to collect second and third honors, respectively. Although positioned as the first leg of this year's upside down Triple Crown...

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Oleksandra Mows Down the Boys in the Jaipur

Oleksandra (Aus) (Animal Kingdom) got the best of the boys and secured a spot in the gate at the Breeders' Cup with a late-rallying victory in the GI Jaipur S. at Belmont. Trailing the field early, the 9-4 chalk bided her time as Pure Sensation (Zensational) battled Hidden Scroll (Hard Spun) through swift opening splits of :21.33 and :43.52. Swung out three wide, the dark bay picked it up approaching the far turn and charged down the lane, inhaling her competitors to nail new leader Kanthaka (Jimmy Creed) on the...

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Into Mischief’s Gamine Dominates Acorn

ELMONT, NY -- Unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Gamine (Into Mischief) put on the 'wow' performance of the day while making her stakes debut for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert on the GI Belmont S. undercard, airing by 18 3/4 lengths as the 3-5 favorite in the GI Longines Acorn S. The Barclay Tagg-trained Pleasant Orb (Orb) completed the exacta at 39-1. Water White (Conveyance) was third. Returning GISW Perfect Alibi (Sky Mesa) was far back in fifth for her sophomore debut. The $1.8-million Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale topper blasted out...

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American Pharoah Filly Scores Sweet Win in Wonder Again

Sweet Melania delivered the performance everyone expected, dominating the GIII Wonder Again S. from start to finish. Seizing the early advantage, the 6-5 chalk put up a half-mile in :47.62 with Antoinette (Hard Spun) hounding her from a close second. Showing the way into the lane, the chestnut charged clear in the lane to win as she pleased with Highland Glory (Sky Mesa) in second. "Analyzing the race beforehand, it looked as though she had a pace advantage," said Todd Pletcher. "We weren't going to put her on the lead,...

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Violence Colt Takes No Prisoners in Woody Stephens

ELMONT, NY -- 'TDN Rising Star' No Parole (Violence) exited his rail draw with his mind on business, and ran four quality rivals off their feet to collect a first top-level score in Saturday's GI Woody Stephens S. at Belmont Park. The Louisiana-bred cruised on the front end through an opening quarter in :22.31 with slightly favored 'Rising Star' Meru (Sky Mesa) and GIII Gotham S. winner Mischevious Alex (Into Mischief) giving chase in second and third. Mischevious Alex made his move into second and the turning- back 'TDN Rising...

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Promising Fillies Resurface in Wonder Again

A competitive field of five is set to line up Saturday for Belmont's GIII Wonder Again S. Speaktomeofsummer (Summer Front) enters off a pair of wins and receives Lasix for the first time here. Off the board in and off-the-turf event at Monmouth in her Sept. 7 career bow, the dark bay graduated on the lawn at the Oceanport oval three weeks later. She closed out her juvenile season with a victory in Aqueduct's Chelsey Flower S. Nov. 3 and has been working steadily towards this sophomore bow. Robert and...

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Pure Sensation Looks to Pick Up Baton for Clement in Jaipur

From 2016 to 2018 the GI Jaipur S. was won by a gray Patricia Generazio homebred from the Christophe Clement barn, starting with Pure Sensation (Zensational) in 2016 when the race was a Grade III. The following year, Pure Sensation was fourth to his stablemate Disco Partner (Disco Rico), who set a new world record en route to a one-length score. The Jaipur was upgraded to a Grade II in 2018 and Disco Partner successfully defended his title with Pure Sensation finishing third. In 2019, Pure Sensation skipped the Jaipur,...

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June 12 Insights: War Front, Frankel Juvys Clash at Belmont; Baffert Unveils Promising Uncle Mo Colt at Santa Anita

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 1st-BEL, $64K, Msw, 2yo, 5fT, 1:15 p.m. ET International star sire power will be on display in Friday's opener at Belmont, as Coolmore unveils RIVER TIBER (War Front) against Gary Barber's Mrs Frankel (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) and six other juveniles in this intriguing turf sprint, the first 2-year-old turf race in New York this year. River Tiber, a $500,000 Keeneland September buy, is a full-brother to 2015 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Hit It a Bomb and 2016 G1 Cheveley Park S. victress Brave...

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