King Of Queens & Belmont

The 154th Belmont Stakes developed into quite a wonderful New York story. Veteran owner Mike Repole, who proudly identifies himself as Mike from Queens, enjoyed a one-two finish with MO DONEGAL and the filly NEST, Saturday at Belmont Park– in the race he’s desired more than any other. “It’s a 40-year dream,” said an emotional Repole, 53. “Coming to this track and Aqueduct, being a kid from New York, this is … Continue reading King Of Queens & Belmont

Who Wins The Belmont Stakes ?

The $1.5 million dollar Belmont Stakes drew a field of eight 3-year-olds who will compete on Saturday in the 1 1/2-mile Test of the Champion, the final leg of the 2022 Triple Crown. Here is a look at the field for this year’s race with the official Belmont Park Morning Line odds. The final leg of this year’s Triple Crown is slated as race 11 on … Continue reading Who Wins The Belmont Stakes ?

Belmont Stakes Jockeys

Some of the best 3-year-old horses in the country are set to face off on Saturday, June 11th, in the 154th running of the Belmont Stakes. The $1.5 million, 1 ½-mile race called the Test of the Champion serves as the final leg of the Triple Crown and also regularly attracts the most accomplished jockeys in the country — each of them vying for Victory in … Continue reading Belmont Stakes Jockeys

Belmont By The Numbers

Like the first two jewels of horse racing’s U.S. Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes has a rich history dating back to its inception in 1867. That means there is no shortage of interesting numbers associated with the race called the Test of the Champion. Here is just a sampling of some fun facts and figures in regard to the Belmont Stakes. 1 1/2 MILES– The Belmont Stakes … Continue reading Belmont By The Numbers

Belmont Stakes Upsets

The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown races. So, as you might expect the contest has seen its fair share of upsets. In advance of Belmont Stakes 154 on June 11th, which appears to be a wide-open affair capable of producing its own unpredictable result, here’s a look back at 3 of the race’s most memorable upsets of the 21st century. SARAVA … Continue reading Belmont Stakes Upsets

Belmont Still A Big deal

The Belmont Stakes is famous for being the final leg of the Triple Crown. And although there is no chance of a Triple Crown this year, the Belmont is still a very prestigious race with a wonderful history. For the uninitiated here are the basics, as we head toward that big day of racing on June 11th: WHO: ELITE 3-YEAR-OLDS. Winning the Belmont Stakes is literally … Continue reading Belmont Still A Big deal

Going To The Belmont Stakes?

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) today announced that tickets for the 2022 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will go on sale to the public Thursday, February 10th via Ticketmaster. Highlighted by the 154th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million dollar Belmont Stakes – the oldest and most challenging leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown – the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will begin on Thursday, … Continue reading Going To The Belmont Stakes?

Covid Scratches Jockey

Poplar jockey Manuel Franco tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and will remain off his mounts until Sunday, January 9th, the New York Racing Association announced Wednesday. All members of the NYRA jockey colony are vaccinated and adhere to established protocols. In addition, the jockey quarters at Aqueduct have been substantially altered to provide maximum physical distancing and reduce density. Franco is best remembered for … Continue reading Covid Scratches Jockey

Give That Man A Cigar

The transformation of CIGAR from a horse that showed modest turf ability to one that developed into a legend on dirt illustrates how critical a trainer’s role can be. The son of PALACE MALICE went unraced at 2 before Winning two of nine starts the following season for his first trainer, Alex Hassinger Jr. He finished his 3-year-old campaign with earnings of $89,175 but was unable to … Continue reading Give That Man A Cigar

Baffert v NYRA

The Lance Armstrong of Thoroughbred trainers will finally have his day in court. The official hearing for Bob Baffert’s potential suspension from New York Racing Association tracks will begin on January 24th. That date was decided today during the initial meeting between NYRA and Baffert’s attorneys. Today’s meeting was presided over by O. Peter Sherwood, the retired New York State Supreme Court justice serving as … Continue reading Baffert v NYRA