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 03, 2014
Along with trainer Art Sherman, his son and assistant Alan, and groom Raul Rodriguez, exercise rider Willie Delgado has been indispensable in the development and ongoing success of California Chrome. On Saturday, Delgado hopes to join an honor roll of ...
The Belmont Stakes has historically been billed as “the Test of the Champion,” and it may live up to that description when California Chrome bids to sweep the Triple Crown. But in the last decade or so the 147-year-old event has been marked by freakish ...
June 02, 2014
Before the Kentucky Derby, the owners of California Chrome turned down an offer to sell 51 percent of their colt for $6 million. The offer pegged his value at about $12 million. After California Chrome proceeded to win the Kentucky Derby and the ...
May 30, 2014
Mickey Taylor knows just how Steve Coburn and Perry Martin feel, coming from a place in the Thoroughbred world so far removed from the bluegrass of Kentucky and the ivied walls of Belmont Park to try and win the Triple Crown.
May 27, 2014
We found out in the Preakness that California Chrome is tough, with multiple gears, first fighting off that early turn move by Social Inclusion and then holding firm against a serious stretch charge by Ride On Curlin. We shall find out on June 7 if ...
June 12, 2013
No longer will the deeply loyal Dogwood fans of Aiken be satisfied by merely hitting the board in a classic, or making the lively pace. If the local reaction to the Belmont is any indication, nothing less than a grand triumph will ever be tolerated again.
June 06, 2013
My 1-2-3 picks for the Belmont Stakes are the same 1-2-3 picks I made five weeks ago for the Kentucky Derby, even though they ran 11-1-3 instead of 1-2-3 and none of them won the Preakness.
The 1993 Belmont Stakes marked a career highlight for Julie Krone, but a sad memory for her good friend Mike Smith.
June 05, 2013
If any race should be judged on its own terms it's the Belmont Stakes. Jay Hovdey offers his five favorite Belmonts that did not have a Triple Crown on the line.