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.
The connections of Carpe Diem announced Monday morning that they would not run the colt in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Moribund on the tote board at 36-1, trainer Robert “Butch” Reid Jr.’s capable sprinter Poseidon’s Warrior held little traction in the minds of handicappers Saturday alongside fearsome Classic winner Shackleford and blazingly fast Emcee in the Grade 1, $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Questing handled a return to Grade 1 company with aplomb Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, registering a 4 ¼-length victory to give trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and owner Godolphin Racing a repeat score in the $300,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks. The win was the first in a graded stakes for 19-year-old jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The jockey colony will once again be in the spotlight at Saratoga Race Course with two opportunities for fans to show their appreciation for the racing industry’s top riders.
ELMONT, N.Y. – Mystical Star atoned for her previous misbehavior in the starting gate by breaking in a timely manner and turning back Aruna’s stretch run to win Belmont Park’s Grade 2, $200,000 New York for turf fillies and mares on Saturday.
ELMONT , N.Y. – Once again, trainer Michael Matz found himself in the winner’s circle at Belmont Park with a talented 3-year-old as even-money favorite Teeth of the Dog held off Fast Falcon to take Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Dwyer by a neck.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The nation’s finest horses, top jockeys and best trainers will once again gather in upstate New York when historic Saratoga Race Course commences its 144th season of racing on Friday, July 20, with the Grade 1, $1 million Travers the centerpiece of a glittering 40-day meet that runs through Labor Day, September 3.
ELMONT, N.Y. – Zo Impressive took advantage of a tiring pacesetter in Contested and held off a late surge from Disposablepleasure to win Saturday’s 56th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose at Belmont Park.
ELMONT , N.Y. – Patiently and confidently handled by Ramon Dominguez, Summer Front found room in midstretch and claimed the lead in the final strides to beat Howe Great in Belmont Park ’s Grade 3, $150,000 Hill Prince for 3-year-olds on Saturday and remain undefeated in four starts on turf.