Mr. Bill Mott

As teenagers, some youngsters tend to think the world is theirs for the taking. Not so for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. Mr. Mott did not dream big as a youth. “I was 18 years old and hauling horses around in a two-horse trailer to the bush tracks,” recalled the native of Mobridge, South Dakota. “I never imagined training for anybody else other than … Continue reading Mr. Bill Mott


There are numerous reasons to explain why a long list of outstanding horses were thwarted in their bid to become a Triple Crown Champion. Some are predictable; others are surprising. Premature moves, suicidal paces, injuries, medications, exhaustion and bad trips have all played a role in the Triple Crown drought that stood at 37 years until AMERICAN PHAROAH completed the sweep in 2015. There was … Continue reading Hi-Yo SILVER

Triple Crown Mystique

There is at least one racing term that immediately inspires respect, and even awe, from people within the racing industry, long-time railbirds, and even from those with little knowledge of the sport – the Triple Crown. The difficulty of capturing the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, at three different distances, on three tracks, all in the span of five weeks can not be … Continue reading Triple Crown Mystique

JJ Going On The DL

Jockey Javier (JJ) Castellano will take off the final six weeks of 2020 to address a minor issue in his right leg and plans to return to race-riding in early- to-mid-January at Gulfstream Park. On Monday, Castellano will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right leg, near the hip, to clean up some debris in the area. The procedure will be performed by orthopedic surgeon Bryan … Continue reading JJ Going On The DL

Here’s Johnny !

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez secured his 2,000th Win at Belmont Park in the 4th race on Friday when riding first-time starter MALATHAAT to a 1 3/4-length Victory for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Shadwell Stable. The Win came in a seven-furlong Maiden special weight for juvenile fillies on the fast main track. MALATHAAT paid $3.70. The 48-year-old Velazquez, was inducted into the National … Continue reading Here’s Johnny !

Big Belmont Jackpot Possible

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced that this Saturday, October 10th there will be a mandatory payout of the Empire-6 jackpot. The Empire-6 currently boasts a jackpot of $352,831 following Sunday’s 10-race card at Belmont Park, in which there was not a unique Winning Pick-6 ticket. Live television coverage of all the races in the sequence will be available with America’s Day at the Races on … Continue reading Big Belmont Jackpot Possible

Back On The Air

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced that America’s Day at the Races returns this week on FOX Sports and MSG Networks to provide coverage and analysis of thoroughbred racing from Belmont Park, Churchill Downs and Delaware Park. After a nine day hiatus, the show resumes on Thursday (tomorrow) with live racing from Churchill Downs and Delaware Park. The show then transitions on Friday (Opening … Continue reading Back On The Air

Wrapping Up Belmont

Chad Brown picked up 23 Wins to finish as the leading trainer at the Belmont Race Track spring/summer meet for the 5th consecutive year. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. posted 34 Victories to lead all riders as the 25-day meet concluded on Sunday at Belmont Park. The meet ran from June 3rd to July 12th. The spring/summer meet kicked off on June 3rd marking the return … Continue reading Wrapping Up Belmont

The Winner Of The Met Mile Is…

The Grade 1, $500,000 dollar Metropolitan Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday is an excellent race featuring a group of quality sprinters and routers competing in a one-turn mile.   Eight entries are set to run, and it is not as easy as it appears to handicap this years edition. The Met Mile is Race 9 on a card of 11, with a scheduled Post Time … Continue reading The Winner Of The Met Mile Is…

The Metropolitan Mile

Saturday brings another great day of racing to Belmont Park, with the feature race being the Metropolitan Handicap. The Challenge Series Win and You’re In qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile has attracted a stellar field, including CODE OF HONOR, McKINZIE, and VEKOMA. Here are Lucky 7, fun facts about the Met Mile. 1. The race was first run in 1891, making this year … Continue reading The Metropolitan Mile