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

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 !

Change The Triple Crown ?

Saturday is the Preakness Stakes. In a normal year the Preakness takes place two Saturdays after the Kentucky Derby. Three weeks after the Derby the Belmont Stakes is contested. Those are the three jewels of horse racing’s Triple Crown series. This year’s Triple Crown schedule has been unlike any other thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many racing fans are still shaking their heads at … Continue reading Change The Triple Crown ?

The Belmont Stakes

The newly minted Triple Crown season will finally kick off on Saturday at Belmont Park, with the $1 million dollar Belmont Stakes.  It’s time for the old-schoolers to set aside the discussion about the new distance and the altered sequence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and start handicapping. For the first time in history, the Belmont Stakes kicks off the Triple Crown series, and it … Continue reading The Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes Line Up

In this, the most unique of racing seasons, the Belmont Stakes — traditionally the last and longest of the three Triple Crown races for 3-year-olds — will for the first time ever, lead-off the classic season while running at the shortest distance of the three jewels. A field of 10 was entered in the Belmont, which this year has been shortened to 1 1/8-miles from … Continue reading Belmont Stakes Line Up

The Belmont Stakes

There will indeed be a 2020 version of the Triple Crown, though in this rendition the last shall be first. The New York Racing Association announced the $1 million dollar Belmont Stakes will be contested June 20th at Belmont Park without fans.  That makes this years Belmont the opening leg of the series that has been shuffled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from the new … Continue reading The Belmont Stakes

Team Effort; Red & Ron

SECRETARIAT, arguably the greatest race horse of all time, would have been fifty years of age on March 31st.  Big Red passed away in 1989. But one can not celebrate the birthday of the mighty Triple Crown champion without pointing to jockey Ron Turcotte, and recognizing him as an integral member of a dynamite team. Watching replays of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes … Continue reading Team Effort; Red & Ron

Belmont Picks

Will the Belmont Racing Festival finale (Belmont Stakes) be a chalk fest ?  We at the Daily Racing Blog are betting it won’t be.  The Belmont is usually a very lucrative race.  Favorites don’t fare well here.  Only three Post Time favorites in the last 15 years have Won the race, and only five favorites have hit the board. Winning the 2002 edition, SAVARA paid a … Continue reading Belmont Picks

Belmont Field

Let’s call this years edition of the 1 ½-mile Belmont Stakes “ The Big Mystery At Big Sandy.”  The final leg of the Triple Crown will be the first (and probably last) time these horses will be asked to race at a 12-furlong distance.  It’s difficult to foresee how any of the horses in this 151st edition of the Test of the Champion will handle the distance, … Continue reading Belmont Field