The Kid Is 62

Monday we wrote about the racing rivals, today The rider. Over four decades (can that be right?) removed from his sensational jockey career, Steve Cauthen lives the life of a typical Thoroughbred insider in his hometown of Verona in Northern Kentucky. Best known for capturing the 1978 Triple Crown aboard AFFIRMED, Cauthen had established himself as a potential superstar in his first full year as a jockey in 1977.  He was … Continue reading The Kid Is 62

AFFIRMED & ALYDAR

There are lots of so-called rivalries in sports.  But there are few whose status lives on and can stand up to the test of time.  It is one small three letter word that is the barometer for these athletic battles that grow more legendary with each passing generation.  That word? AND.  It’s just that simple.  Whenever you cannot name one participant without the reflexive action … Continue reading AFFIRMED & ALYDAR

A Classic New York Bred

Nicholas Philip Zito grew up near Aqueduct Racetrack. His father would take him to the track as a young lad. But back in the day there were age restrictions on admission to the track. So the elder Zito would leave young Nicholas with a friend of his, who just happened to be a security guard at the Big A. It was there and then that Zito felt he found his calling. … Continue reading A Classic New York Bred

Jockey Club Gold Cup

Alas, the summer at Saratoga is coming to an end. But we shan’t bid adieu before the famous Jockey Club Gold Cup kicks off the final weekend at The Spa. The road to the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Classic will make one final stop at Saratoga Race Course this Saturday, September 3rd, as some of the best male dirt horses in training will square off in the $1.25 … Continue reading Jockey Club Gold Cup

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