Belmont Stakes


Barbara D. Livingston
Classic Empire dealt with issues leading up to and throughout the Triple Crown series.
Classic Empire is the Joe Btfsblk of his generation, habitually wandering the landscape with a dark cloud over his handsome head, braced for the next siege of rotten luck. If the stars that crossed at the beginning of Classic Empire's 2017 campaign ...Full Story >>
June 10, 2017
If I wanted to reach for one word to describe the 2017 Triple Crown season, it would be “inconsistent.”
June 05, 2017
The slyly named Rags to Riches was born to privilege, raised in luxury, and sold at a $1.9 million premium to the House of Coolmore, as represented by Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. Rooting for such a filly to succeed seemed on a par with hoping the ...
June 04, 2017
Saturday’s Belmont Stakes field will not have the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness winner. In the old days, that would have made Belmont Day a dud. But with eight other stakes races, five of them Grade 1s, two with seven-figure purses, and with a total ...
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 ...