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."





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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.'"





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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."





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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.





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Tuesday, June 02 2015


Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah arrives at Belmont Park


ELMONT, N.Y. - Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah arrived in New York safe and sound on Tuesday afternoon, landing at Long Island's MacArthur Airport before traveling 40 miles west to take up residence in Barn 1 on the Belmont Park backstretch at approximately 3:40 p.m.






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Monday, June 01 2015


Belmont Park Notes 6/1


• Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah turns in final breeze for G1 Belmont Stakes; probable Belmont field now stands at eight
• Multiple G1 winner Carpe Diem withdrawn from Belmont
• Zito finalizing travel plans for Belmont Stakes contender Frammento
• Honor Code on track for Grade 1 NYRA.com Met Mile; Bayern breezes at Churchill Downs for $1.25 million race
• Untapable, Shook Up work toward Belmont Stakes Day assignments
• Jerkens has strong hand for Belmont Stakes undercard
• Finnegans Wake looks for back-to-back G1 wins in Knob Creek Manhattan





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Saturday, May 30 2015


Belmont Park Notes 5/30


• Tale of Verve breezes five furlongs in advance of G1 Belmont Stakes
• Belmont Stakes contender Frammento works for two-time winner and Hall of Famer Zito
• Mubtaahij hits the track again for the Belmont Stakes
• Pletcher's Belmont trio return from works in good shape
• Promise Me Silver fires a bullet ahead of G1 Acorn
• Fields taking shape for G1's on Belmont Stakes Day

ELMONT, N.Y. - Belmont Stakes hopeful Tale of Verve took to the Belmont main track early Saturday morning to log his final breeze in advance of the $1.5 million race on June 6.






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Thursday, May 28 2015


Belmont Park Notes 5/28


The Truth or Else joins Belmont Stakes mix; nine appear likely to challenge American Pharoah in his bid for the Triple Crown on June 6

ELMONT, N.Y.-- Trainer Kenny McPeek, who upset War Emblem's bid for a Triple Crown with Sarava in 2002, said Thursday morning that he will more than likely point The Truth or Else towards the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 6.





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Friday, September 05 2014


Exercise rider dies after fall at Belmont Park


ELMONT, N.Y. - Exercise rider Juan Vazquez, 39, died Friday morning following a training accident at Belmont Park.

Juan Vazquez was working Global Warrior, an unraced 2-year-old, in company with Broadway Bay in the stretch on the training track at approximately 8 a.m. when the horse suddenly ducked into the inside rail, unseating the rider, according to Bruce Brown, who trains both horses.





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