Saturday, June 11 2016
The 148th Belmont Stakes (G1) Quotes
Steve Asmussen, winning trainer of Creator (No. 13): "It's the best feeling right now. The great thing about racing; you can have a bad day, a bad week, a bad month. They don't put you behind the gates, they line you up even and give you a chance to prove yourself. Obviously want to say thanks for the opportunity with a horse like him that can prove he's good enough to win the Belmont Stakes."
"Curlin didn't ever do anything but make us happy. Being a victor in the Belmont Stakes will look good on that plaque."
Thursday, June 09 2016
Baffert, Zayats hold Q&A at Belmont
ELMONT, N.Y. - The connections of 2015 Belmont Stakes winner American Pharoah returned to Belmont Park on June 9 for the first time since the Zayat Stables' LLC homebred became the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first in 37 years, and their experience was powerful.
"It was exciting to come back to the scene of the biggest accomplishment, ever, in my life," said Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, following the opening day's card of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, when he and Ahmed Zayat and Justin Zayat addressed a receptive group of fans in the Clubhouse during a free Q&A session, signed autographs and posed for photos with them.
Wednesday, June 08 2016
Exaggerator goes from hunter to hunted in G1 Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, N.Y. - No longer in the shadows following his emphatic victory in the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes, Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners and Rocker O Ranch's Exaggerator will have the headliner's spotlight trained on him early Saturday evening in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets at Belmont Park.
Tuesday, June 07 2016
Final contenders arrive for Saturday’s G1 Belmont Stakes
ELMONT, N.Y. - All 13 expected contenders for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes are on the grounds at Belmont Park following the arrival of Seeking the Soul, Suddenbreakingnews and Trojan Nation late Tuesday afternoon.
The Tex Sutton charter carrying the trio originated in California with a stop in Lexington, Ky. before landing at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, N.Y. at 2:17 p.m. All three horses were on the grounds by 4:30 p.m., just as a brief rainstorm hit the track.
Wednesday, June 01 2016
Belmont Park Notes 6/1
• Lani breezes for G1 Belmont
• Creator, Romans duo arrive at Belmont Park
• Exaggerator jogs over Belmont training track
• Wild About Deb under consideration for Belmont
- Koji Maeda's Japanese import Lani turned in a characteristically lengthy breeze early Wednesday morning, his penultimate work for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 11.
After walking a lap around the 1 ½-mile oval, the Kentucky-bred colt galloped into the far turn and picked up speed before the seven-eighths pole. Under exercise rider Eishu Maruucha, Lani gained momentum nearing the five-eighths pole, breezing fractions of :12 3/5 seconds, :25 and :37 for the opening three furlongs, according to NYRA clockers. The gray son of Tapit earned an official time of 1:02.09 for five furlongs and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15 4/5.
Sunday, June 07 2015
Belmont Park Notes 6/7
• Triple Crown winner American Pharoah emerges from Belmont in fine fettle
• McGaughey talks Honor Code, Triple Crown
• Belmont runner-up McLaughlin praises American Pharoah
• Pletcher runners come back in good shape
• Fifth with Frammento, Zito admires feat of American Pharoah, Baffert
• Brown reflects on stable's performance, Belmont Stakes Day
ELMONT, N.Y. - On the morning after American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought by winning the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes to become only the 12th Triple Crown winner, the Zayat Stables homebred was perfectly healthy and happy as his connections were still soaking in all of the emotions related to the significance of the achievement that has been termed "the most difficult in all of sports to accomplish."
Saturday, June 06 2015
Belmont Stakes (G1) Press Conference Initial Quotes
Bob Baffert, winning trainer of American Pharoah (No. 5): "Before we came up here from the barn, someone asked Bode if he was nervous and he said he was 10 times more nervous in the Derby. When they asked him why he said, 'Because the race is really, really far.'"
Belmont Stakes Quotes
Bob Baffert, winning trainer of American Pharoah (No. 5): "It's very emotional. I'm thinking about my parents, I wish they were alive to see this. I was hoping it would happen. I didn't know how good it was going to feel. Now I know. They [my parents] were with me today. I was talking to them the whole race.
Friday, June 05 2015
Belmont Stakes Notes 6/5
• Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah finalizes preparations for G1 Belmont
• Pletcher reflects on past Belmont winners
• McLaughlin brings Frosted to Belmont in midst of hot streak
• Belmont contender Tale of Verve goes for last gallop over track
• Frammento will be Zito's modern-day record 25th Belmont starter
ELMONT, N.Y. - After the final screws were tightened on Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah on Friday morning, the colt's connections were eagerly anticipating Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes while trying to keep their emotions in check.
Thursday, June 04 2015
Belmont Stakes Notes 6/4
• Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah is 'all systems go' for G1 Belmont Stakes
• Pletcher duo well-suited to Belmont, according to trainer
• Anticipation builds for McLaughlin, Frosted
• Stewart pleased with rider change on Tale of Verve for Belmont
• Mubtaahij receives final blowout for Belmont
• Keen Ice gets familiar with 'Big Sandy'
• Frammento gives Zito third chance to upset Triple Crown
ELMONT, N.Y. - All systems go.
That was the pronouncement by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert after he watched Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah gallop on the main track Thursday morning in preparation for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the elusive Triple Crown to be contested as part of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival presented by DraftKings.
Wednesday, June 03 2015
Belmont Stakes Draw Quotes
Trainer Bob Baffert (American Pharoah, post position 5, 3-5 morning line): "I don't really think it's a horrible post position. I've always liked the five. It's one I've had good luck with. The main thing is that the horse is doing well; I think that's the most important thing. He's doing great, but we still have to get around there."
"I think we don't know until it happens. A mile and a half is very foreign for most of those 3-year-olds and for me. We're just going to get him ready and if he's great he'll get it done."
American Pharoah gets acquainted with Belmont main track
ELMONT, N.Y. - Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah went out onto a sloppy Belmont Park main track for the first time this morning to stretch his legs and become acclimated with his new surroundings as he prepares for Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes as part of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival presented by DraftKings, and perhaps a date with destiny.