June 04, 2015
Bored to death with the whole idea of the Triple Crown in the wilderness since Affirmed won it in 1978? Can’t stand the suspense, now that another Belmont Stakes has arrived with the promise of a Triple Crown looming large?
June 03, 2015
Can American Pharoah win the Belmont Stakes and become the first winner of the American Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978? Of course he can, but he’s a very bad bet to do so at 3-5.
Prior to the Kentucky Derby, more people picked American Pharoah than any other horse. Prior to the Preakness, just about everybody picked American Pharoah. This week, hardly anyone I talk with is picking American Pharoah to win the Belmont Stakes.
June 02, 2015
Victor Espinoza, the man who rides American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, is already on a list that includes Bill Hartack, Milo Valenzuela, and Kent Desormeaux, all of them in the Hall of Fame. That’s pretty good company, but all the same ...
June 01, 2015
When American Pharoah seeks to complete a sweep of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park Saturday, racing fans will hope to see a great race and perhaps a definitive confirmation that the winner has earned a lofty place in the sport’s history. Based on ...
May 29, 2015
Beginning in 1987, when Jack Van Berg took Alysheba to the brink of winning the Triple Crown, I have been to Belmont Park for 10 tries and left there with a fistful of programs worth considerably less than they might have been. So here we go again.
May 21, 2015
Ahmed Zayat, the man behind American Pharoah, likes to say his homebred colt by a homebred stallion is a family production, “A to Z.” No argument here. But while we’re on the subject, the Triple Crown challenge faced by American Pharoah in the 147th ...
May 20, 2015
Should American Pharoah become a Triple Crown winner by taking the Belmont Stakes on June 6, there will be tremendous pressure on owner Ahmed Zayat to pull the racing plug and protect his valuable asset. Zayat has said the colt will continue to race ...
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 ...