Tag: Belmont Park

Due to construction of tunnels to Belmont Park's infield, the Belmont Park Fall Meet moves to Aqueduct Racetrack this fall. (Image: NYRA)

NYRA Moves Belmont Fall Meet to Aqueduct as ‘Belmont at the Big A’

Belmont at the Big A sounds like a mash-up of two tracks, which – thanks to construction – this year’s Belmont Fall Meet became. The New York Racing Associations announced Thursday that this year’s Belmont Fall Meet will run at Aqueduct Racetrack. The reason for the switch is ongoing tunnel […]

Jack Christopher's Grade 1 Woody Stephens victory was one of the highlights of Belmont Park's 2022 Spring/Summer Meet. One of the most lucrative meets had a rise in average daily handle and a drop in overall handle from 2021. (Image: NYRA Photo)

Mixed Messages Define Belmont Park’s Spring/Summer Handle

First, the good news for Belmont Park and its just-concluded Spring/Summer Meet. The track enjoyed a 2% increase in average daily handle over 2021. The average daily handle came in at $13,437,509 for the 44-day meet that ended Sunday. According to the New York Racing Association, the average daily handle […]

Chad Brown won his seventh training title with a record 47 victories. (Image: NYRA Photo)

Chad Brown, Irad Ortiz Jr. Capture Belmont Park Training, Riding Titles

Chad Brown added to his record-extending seventh consecutive Belmont Park Spring/Summer training title when the conditioner racked up 47 victories. Brown’s 47 victories eclipsed David Jacobson’s 2013 mark of 44 set over a 56-day meet. Brown’s 47 came in 44 days. “My team should be very proud of themselves and […]

To the victor goes the flower blanket. McKulick and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. bask in the Belmont Park winner's circle after winning the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Saturday. (Image: SR Photo)

Star Filly McKulick Puts Everything Together, Wins Belmont Oaks

McKulick was named after trainer Chad Brown’s former bookkeeper, the late Mary McKulick. The filly was the daughter of the legendary sire Frankel. That sire was named after the late Bobby Frankel, the Hall of Fame trainer who Brown apprenticed for before heading out on his Eclipse Award-winning career. The […]

Classic Causeway held off heralded European turf runners Nationls Pride adn Stone Age to win the Grade 1 Belmont Derby at 26/1. It was his first race on grass in his nine-race career. (Image: NYRA Photo)

Classic Causeway Proves the Grass is Greener, Wins Belmont Derby

Classic Causeway came into the Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational as an afterthought, the “other” horse in Kenny McPeek’s barn. The “other” horse making his turf debut a mere two weeks after finishing third in the Grade 3 Ohio Derby. He came out of it a Grade 1 winner, a […]

Nations Pride is one of five European invaders to Saturday's Grade 1 Belmont Derby at Belmont Park. He is the 5/1 second choice. (Image: Godolphin)

Yes, There’s a Heavy European Flavor to the Belmont Derby

Based on what we saw in the Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational last year, this European invasion wasn’t only predictable, it was expected. After supertrainer Aidan O’Brien sent Bolshoi Ballet across the Atlantic and into the Belmont Park winner’s circle in 2021, the British are definitely coming. So are the […]

Interstatedaydream won the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan comfortably. She is the favorite for the Indiana Oaks, Leg 4 of this week's Cross Country Pick 5. (Image: Jerry Dzierwinski/Maryland Jockey Club)

Sophomores Take Center Stage in All-Stakes Cross Country Pick 5

Belmont Park’s two Grade 1s share the stage with the biggest day on Horseshoe Indianapolis’ schedule to create this week’s all-stakes Cross Country Pick 5. The New York Racing Association starts this week’s Cross Country Pick 5 at home with the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational. The 10-filly field of […]

Dynamic One comes into the Grade 2 Suburban off his first victory of 2022. The 4-year-old is sizzling trainer Todd Pletcher's best prospect to grab the conditioner he second Suburban title. (Image: Adam Coglianese/NYRA Photo)

Hot-Handed Pletcher Driving Dynamic One Into the Suburban

With the Grade 2 Suburban Stakes on the agenda, Todd Pletcher isn’t slowing down on making Belmont Park his personal playground. Not this weekend, when he sends out Dynamic One and Untreated in Saturday’s Suburban on Belmont Park’s closing weekend. The Suburban, which sends its 4-year-olds and up 10 furlongs […]

Shedaresthedevil owns three Grade 1 victories, including this 2020 score in the Kentucky Oaks. But she comes into Saturday's Grade 2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs 0-for-her-last-5. (Image: Coady Photography)

Mandaloun, Life Is Good, Speaker’s Corner Head Cross Country Pick 5

Last year’s Kentucky Derby champion, two of the most dynamic sprinters in the country, and a multiple Grade 1 winner looking for redemption headline this week’s New York Racing Association’s Cross Country Pick 5. This week’s Cross Country Pick 5 is an all-stakes sequence. The week’s races come from Belmont […]

Gerrymander's three-length victory in Saturday's Grade 2 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park established her as a 3-year-old filly to watch going forward. (Image: Coglianese Photos)

Gerrymander Carves Out Her Spot Among the Top Sophomore Fillies

As if this year’s 3-year-old filly class wasn’t already loaded with talent, now you can add Gerrymander to the list of first-row sophomores who bear attention every time they enter a starting gate. In case you needed more proof that the likes of Secret Oath, Nest (more on her in […]

Mind Control's first of two wins last year came in the Nerud Stakes at Belmont Park. He's expected to be one of the contenders in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park. That's the final race in this week's Cross Country Pick 5. (Image: Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher)

Monmouth Park Stakes its Claim in This Week’s Cross Country Pick 5

Monmouth Park joins the New York Racing Association’s weekly Cross Country Pick 5 this week, spotlighting a contentious Grade 3 race featuring Grade 1 winner Hot Rod Charlie. That would be the Salvator Mile, one of three Monmouth Park races from Haskell Stakes Preview Day on the five-race wager. Two […]

Flightline soared to a six-length victory in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, remaining undefeated and cementing his reputation as the best horse in North America. Image: Susie Raisher)

Slow Start? So What for Undefeated Flightline in His Met Mile Cruise

This time, courtesy of a slow break, Flightline managed “only” a six-length victory in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap. But his reputation as a superhorse is alive and quite well. The latest convert? Jockey Junior Alvarado, who rode 2.75/1 second choice Speaker’s Corner to third in the Met Mile, one […]

The New York Racing Association offers several two-day wagers over its Friday and Belmont Stakes Day Saturday cards. (Image: NYRA Photo)

NYRA Betting Horseplayers Will Like These Two-Day Wagers

With a two-day Pick 6 as its centerpiece, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) unveiled a smorgasbord of special wagers for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival that begins Thursday. NYRA rolled out six two-day wagers that encompass the Festival’s biggest races. There are 17 stakes races over the three days, […]

Echo Zulu is the prohibitive 3/5 favorite to rebound from her fourth in the Kentucky Oaks with a victory in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes Saturday at Belmont Park. (Image: Chad B. Harmon)

Champion Echo Zulu Trying to Crack Her Foes in Acorn Stakes

Unwrapping Saturday’s Grade 1 Acorn Stakes, one of eight Grade 1 races on the weekend’s Belmont Stakes card, means finding the answer to two questions: can Echo Zulu – your 3/5 Acorn favorite — cut back? And, can the reigning Champion 2-Year-Old Filly rebound from her first loss? Echo Zulu […]