Belmont Stakes

June 11, 2016
Although we don’t have another Triple Crown winner like American Pharoah to celebrate, Creator’s victory in the Belmont Stakes does set up an interesting second half of the year for this group of 3-year-olds.
June 09, 2016
If Exaggerator can win the Belmont he would join some fine company. With or without the presence of the Derby winner, adding the Belmont to the Preakness is no mean feat.
June 08, 2016
In 2014 and 2015, a newly constructed Belmont Stakes Day was dominated by the suspense of whether a Derby and Preakness winner could complete the first Triple Crown since 1978. This year, with no crown on the line, it may be easier to appreciate the ...
The length and a quarter by which Exaggerator finished second to Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby is also the difference between Keith Desormeaux being elevated as the overnight sensation of Belmont Stakes week and just the latest trainer trying to see if ...
May 29, 2016
What is striking about the group of 10 potential starters for the Belmont Stakes is not one of them – not a single one – fits the traditional definition of a front-runner. None even fits a loose definition of a speed horse.
June 10, 2015
The coolest thing about the wonderful performance in the Belmont Stakes was that American Pharoah ran the second six furlongs in 1:13.24, .17 of a second faster than the first six furlongs. This amazing colt, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, ...
June 09, 2015
Thoroughbred racing jumped the rails in a big way last Saturday with the triumph of American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes. Suddenly, after 37 years of wondering which horse would be next, or if there ever would be another, the one thing everyone knew ...
June 07, 2015
American Pharoah is not another Secretariat, Affirmed, or Seattle Slew. But after his front-running victory Saturday, he deserves an exalted place in racing history, for he swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes at a time when the feat ...
June 06, 2015
Now, after his dominant victory in the Belmont Stakes to become only the 12th ever to capture the Triple Crown, the debate shifts from whether American Pharoah can make history to his place in it.
June 04, 2015
Despite all American Pharoah’s obvious strengths, I would counsel casual fans and serious players not to bet him – except possibly for a $2 souvenir ticket on what might be history’s 12th sweep of the Triple Crown.