Saturday, May 31 2014
California Chrome has final breeze for Triple Crown try
ELMONT, N.Y. - With a strong wind at his back as he came through the Belmont Park stretch, Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome breezed a half-mile in 47.69 seconds this morning in his final serious move before the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7.
Friday, May 30 2014
California Chrome schools in gate, ready to breeze tomorrow morning
ELMONT, N.Y. - Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome took a brief detour to school in the starting gate around 6:40 Friday morning before galloping around the Belmont Park oval.
With New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) starter Roy Williamson supervising, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was loaded into a stall in the starting gate on the backstretch, where he stood quietly for several moments with his hind end pressing against the back of the gate.
Thursday, May 29 2014
California Chrome schools in paddock before turning in routine gallop
ELMONT, N.Y. - California Chrome, who is aiming for a sweep of the Triple Crown, schooled in the paddock for the first time on Thursday before proceeding to gallop two miles over the Belmont Park main track.
The 3-year-old, who is slated to compete in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7 at Belmont Park, walked around the paddock shortly after 6 a.m. before standing in a stall for approximately five minutes. He then proceeded through the tunnel and onto the main track where he jogged clockwise to the half-mile pole before commencing his usual counter-clockwise two-mile gallop.
Wednesday, May 28 2014
California Chrome still raring to go on Wednesday
ELMONT, N.Y. - Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome on Wednesday picked back up where he left off the previous day, showing the same eagerness he displayed a day earlier when galloping his customary two-mile circuit on an overcast morning at Belmont Park.
Saturday, May 24 2014
“Califorina Chrome” spells success
ELMONT, N.Y. - Fostering a superstition born on the first stop of the Triple Crown, Belmont Park presented the connections of California Chrome with two saddlecloths upon his arrival - one bearing the proper spelling of the colt's name and one deliberately misspelled "Califorina Chrome".
Thursday, May 22 2014
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome has first gallop at Belmont Park
ELMONT, N.Y. - Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome had his first gallop around Belmont Park's 1 ½-mile oval this morning, going out on a sloppy track shortly after 6 a.m. with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard.
California Chrome, who will attempt to become the first horse in 36 years to add the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7 to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, galloped an easy 1 ¾ miles over the wet main track.
Wednesday, May 21 2014
California Chrome jogs on Belmont Park main track
ELMONT, N.Y. - Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome set foot on the Belmont Park main track for the first time on Wednesday, leisurely jogging once around the 1 ½-mile course with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome arrives at Belmont Park
ELMONT, N.Y. - California Chrome, who on June 7 will attempt to become thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner when he competes in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, arrived at Belmont Park at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday.
Monday, May 19 2014
JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING THE USE OF NASAL STRIPS
JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE NEW YORK STATE GAMING COMMISSION, NYRA AND THE JOCKEY CLUB REGARDING THE USE OF NASAL STRIPS
The three Stewards at Belmont Park today unanimously agreed to allow the use of equine nasal strips for all horses running at racetracks of The New York Racing Association, Inc (NYRA), effective immediately.
Sunday, October 06 2013
Belmont Park Notes Sunday, October 6
• Pletcher bubbly after Havana's G1 Foxwoods Champagne win
• Hushion confirms G1 Frizette winner Artemis Agrotera for Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies
• Big A likely destination for Foxwoods Champagne runner-up Honor Code; McGaughey issues upbeat bulletins on Orb, Point of Entry
• First career loss won't keep Sweet Reason from Breeders' Cup; Noble Moon possible for G2 Nashua
Jamaica Handicap (G1) quotes
Malcom Pierce, winning trainer of Up With the Birds (No. 11): "[Jockey] Cornelio [Velasquez] did a fantastic job to save ground around the first turn. I was a little worried that they were going a little too slow up front, and we were eight or nine lengths out of it, but he's a nice horse and he kicked when he asked him. You've got to give the jock a lot of credit and the horse a lot of credit."
Saturday, June 08 2013
UPDATED: Belmont Stakes (G1) Top Four Finishers Quotes
Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Palace Malice (No. 12): “It was an emotional win for me because of the Dogwood connection. They supported me from the very beginning and to win a big race for them is really gratifying. I kept saying I know there’s a big [race] there; I felt like he had a big one in him. I kept waiting for it to materialize in the afternoon. He got close a couple of times but didn’t quite get it done. It pretty much went in the early part the way we anticipated it would in terms of where we were positioned. He was able to get him in a nice comfortable rhythm and travel along pretty quickly, considering the distance, but he looked like he was in a good comfortable rhythm and that was the main focus.”
“To be honest, I need to see the replay [for the other horses]. I only got to see the race once. I got to talk briefly with [Garrett] Gomez about Midnight Taboo, and Johnny [Velazquez] briefly about Overanalyze, and I haven’t had a chance to talk to Javier [Castellano] about Revolutionary or Rosie [Napravnik] on Unlimited Budget.”