Belmont Park

YESTERDAY October 22, 2014
The nominal feature on Thursday at Belmont Park is race 7, a $77,000 optional claimer with preliminary allowance conditions for 3-year-olds that is scheduled for a mile on the Widener turf.
If Mother Nature relents enough to allow turf racing to resume here Friday, there is a very intriguing third-level allowance race that serves as the feature on a 10-race card at Belmont Park.
A new claiming rule will go into effect with the Oct. 29 beginning of the Aqueduct meeting, one designed to reward horsemen for displaying patience in bringing horses back off an extended layoff.
El Kabeir, who impressed winning a maiden race at Saratoga before failing to handle the slop when fourth in the Grade 1 Champagne, will be pointed to the Grade 2, $250,000 Nashua Stakes.
After seriously considering supplementing him into one of two Breeders’ Cup races, the connections of River Rocks opted to stay home and run him in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont Park.
October 21, 2014
The final week of the fall meet begins with the threat of wind and rain, as a slow-moving nor’easter is forecast to move across New York and New England Wednesday and Thursday.
Fifteen 3-year-olds were entered for Thursday’s seventh race, a $77,000 optional claimer with preliminary allowance conditions that serves as the nominal feature.
October 20, 2014
When trainer Linda Rice looks over the fall stakes calendar for filly and mare sprinters, she finds opportunities few and far between. So, she is considering running her New York-bred filly La Verdad against males for her next start.
While most of the high-profile horses are preparing for the Breeders’ Cup and the end of their racing seasons, one big-name horse is getting closer to restarting his career.
Rajiv Maragh, who suffered a broken arm in a spill during the running of the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on Sept. 27, confirmed Monday that he would not make it back in time to ride the Breeders’ Cup.