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Tacitus finishes second in Belmont Stakes

Tacitus was well-rested for a run on his home track. It just didn’t work out. The favored Tacitus finished second to Sir Winston in the Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old colt, …


UPDATED: Sat., June 8, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont

Sir Winston gave the Triple Crown another unexpected turn, rallying in the stretch to capture the Belmont Stakes in a 10-1 upset. The win gave trainer Mark Casse the final …


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 4:51 p.m.

Analysis: Belmont pick is Tacitus, aided by bloodlines

This is a Triple Crown season that will be remembered, though probably should be forgotten.


Trainer Bill Mott trying to win Belmont, and without mayhem

Trainer Bill Mott comes to the Belmont Stakes after what has been a chaotic Triple Crown season for him. Mott won the Kentucky Derby with Country House, becoming the first …


Better camera technology game-changer for Triple Crown races

High-definition monitors used by broadcaster Larry Collmus for the first time at Justify’s foggy Preakness victory in 2018 and the “BatCam” that runs on a zip line are now prominent …


Tyler Gaffalione has become horse racing’s rising star jockey

Tyler Gaffalione has become horse racing’s rising star jockey after winning the Preakness and can add to his already impressive resume in the Belmont.


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Tacitus favored in Belmont; Preakness winner War of Will 2nd choice

Tacitus was made the slight favorite over Preakness winner War of Will in a Belmont Stakes that wraps up a whacky Triple Crown. Tacitus and War of Will got the …


Belmont features one of the safest racing surfaces in U.S.

The home of the Belmont is laps ahead of other U.S. racetracks when it comes to keeping horses safe. Belmont Park and other tracks around the state of New York …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 9:01 a.m.

Baltimore politicians, track owners duel over Pimlico future

The future of Pimlico Race Course has become a tug of war between Baltimore officials and the track owners. At the center of the battle is the Preakness. City officials …


UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Justify wins Belmont Stakes to become 13th winner of the Triple Crown

Justify led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown champion and second in four years. The chestnut colt is the second undefeated …


Memories of Playfair are bittersweet, as fans of former Spokane horse track find other venues

When Playfair closed the gates on its final meet on Dec. 17, 2000, local racing fans were forced to find other outlets to follow their favorite sport. Like a congregation …


Justify ready to challenge for Triple Crown

This afternoon at Belmont Park, Justify looks to join the highest stratum of horse racing immortality by becoming the 13th thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown in the 150th running …


Jockey Mike Smith back on familiar turf at Belmont

Walking into Belmont Park is like old home week for Mike Smith. The jockey knows the vast track with its sweeping turns like the back of his hand. Fans who …


Tapwrit rallies in stretch to win Belmont Stakes

Tapwrit overtook favored Irish War Cry in the stretch to win the Belmont Stakes by two lengths on Saturday, giving trainer Todd Pletcher his third career victory in the final …


Belmont Stakes up for grabs in topsy-turvy Triple Crown season

This year’s topsy-turvy Triple Crown trail comes to an end in a Belmont Stakes without the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners or the expected favorite who dropped out. It does …


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 8 a.m.

Japanese horse Epicharis treated for lameness before Belmont

The mystery surrounding the Japanese horse that is the early 4-1 second choice to win the Belmont Stakes has gotten deeper. Epicharis was treated with an anti-inflammatory for lameness in …


UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 2:27 p.m.

Irish War Cry returns to Triple Crown as 7-2 Belmont fave

Irish War Cry is returning to the Triple Crown trail as the 7-2 favorite for the Belmont Stakes. The colt claimed that status after expected favorite Classic Empire was forced …


Likely favorite Classic Empire to miss Belmont with abscess

Classic Empire is out of the Belmont Stakes because of an abscess in his right front hoof. Trainer Mark Casse says the abscess is a recurrence of the same problem …


Creator pulls an upset in Belmont Stakes

NEW YORK – Creator closed with a rush and caught Destin at the wire to win the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, with Preakness winner Exaggerator finishing well back …


Exaggerator seeks slice of history in Belmont Stakes

Even without a Triple Crown on the line, there’s always a slice of history waiting at the finish line of the Belmont Stakes.


Nyquist won’t run in Belmont Stakes

So much for a rematch in the Belmont Stakes.


Derby winner Nyquist is sick and won’t run in Belmont

So much for a rematch in the Belmont Stakes. Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist won’t run in the final leg of the Triple Crown after developing a fever and having an …


Triple Crown win draws big TV rating, but not biggest

American Pharoah’s historic Triple Crown win drew the third-best television rating for the Belmont Stakes since that started being measured in 1988. The race portion of NBC’s broadcast Saturday ran …


Pharoah’s final jewel

NEW YORK – By mid-stretch, Bob Baffert knew it. American Pharoah was going to win the Triple Crown. He took his eyes off the horse to soak in the crazed …


American Pharoah jockey Victor Espinoza paid his dues

NEW YORK – Victor Espinoza called it “the best feeling I ever had,” and American Pharoah was only through the first turn. A tad slow out of the gate at …


UPDATED: Sat., June 6, 2015, 7 p.m.

American Pharoah becomes first Triple Crown winner in 37 years

American Pharoah led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths on Saturday, becoming the first horse since 1978 to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and …


Triple Crown win alone won’t save horse racing

NEW YORK – Will the long, long wait finally end in the Belmont Stakes today? If it does, and American Pharoah becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, …


Triple Crown may not be enough to save horse racing

Will the long, long wait finally end in the Belmont Stakes today? If it does, and American Pharoah becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, it may not …


American Pharoah must handle distance to break Triple Crown drought

NEW YORK – All that separates American Pharoah from ending the longest drought in horse racing history – 37 years without a Triple Crown winner – is 1 1/2 miles …


Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah named Belmont favorite

NEW YORK – Bob Baffert and the rest of the group in charge of American Pharoah could smile and laugh Wednesday after the Triple Crown hopeful landed in the No. …