Belmont Park

January 07, 2015
The New York Racing Association continues to make progress on expanding the Belmont Park barn area, nearly completing the construction of one new barn and expanding several others. The goal is to have 200 additional stalls by May and another 50 by the ...
December 26, 2014
A bulked up Belmont Stakes week, another change to Memorial Day, and an addition to the Stars and Stripes Festival highlight the 2015 Belmont Park spring-summer meet, which includes 60 stakes worth a total of $18.55 million.
December 02, 2014
Only six runners turned up for the Champagne, New York’s final major prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, run four weeks later at Santa Anita. This proved to be a big day for trainer Todd Pletcher, who won the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland with Carpe ...
October 09, 2014
Horseplayers who prefer multirace wagers, the pari-mutuel wagering industry’s lone growth sector in recent years, have repeatedly made their preferences clear by voting with their wallets. They want many-legged bets with low takeouts, low minimums, and ...
September 25, 2014
There was a time when the main attraction of top-flight racing after Labor Day was seeing how the season’s 3-year-olds stacked up against the older horses. Is that still the case?
July 03, 2014
Whether or not you think that what American racing really needs is a pair of new seven-figure races for 3-year-olds on the grass, Saturday’s inaugural Stars and Stripes Day card at Belmont has already succeeded in its mission: to create a stakes-rich, ...
June 26, 2014
The banner on the front pages of Daily Racing Form and The Racing Times of June 9, 1991 were the same: “The Mother of All Gooses.” It was a sly, ripped-from-the-headlines reference to Saddam Hussein’s hollow, defiant cry, “mother of all battles,” from ...
June 16, 2014
Soon after California Chrome finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes, my sister fired off a private Facebook message likening the Triple Crown to the Hunger Games – a hyperbolic tantrum I chalked up to frustration and disappointment.
June 11, 2014
Last Saturday, it was the same as it ever was. As the Belmont Stakes drew nigh, the bulk of the 102,199 fans were either nose to noggin on the apron or pressed against the back of the grandstand seats, dozens deep on tiptoes, straining to catch even ...
June 08, 2014
After California Chrome finished in a dead-heat for fourth place behind the victorious Tonalist, co-owner Steve Coburn ranted on national television that winning the Belmont with a rested, fresh horse such as Tonalist was “the coward’s way out.” He was ...