Friday, June 7, 2013




ORB and OXBOW meet 8 others from the KY Derby, along with 4 "new shooters" in the Grade 1 $1 Million Belmont Stakes.  Below are links to help you get up to speed on the weekend racing action around the globe.

All things BELMONT:
Belmont Stakes official site
Belmont Stakes Historical videos - 1973 Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes Historical videos - 1983 race video

Privman and Watchmaker review each of the runners in the Belmont (grid)
Privman and Watchmaker review the Belmont - Video
Novak and Angst on Why They Can Win, and Why They Can't - Belmont

In addition to the main event of the Grade 1 $1 Million Belmont Stakes, 6 graded stakes races support the undercard action with a couple of Grade 1s, two Grade2s, and a loaded field in the Grade 1, $500,000 Just a Game Stakes will nearly eclipse the main event this weekend.  Five of the seven participants have won at the highest level, with the other two possessing positive wet turf experience. Other racing action will take place at Churchill Downs and at Hollywood Park.  Privman and Watchmaker review the Belmont Stakes day undercard - Video

UPI's Robert Kieckhefer writes a weekly racing roundup feature as well as a past weekend wrapup.  Check these links out to see the racing picture not only in the U.S., but he takes you around the world.

UPI: Orb, Oxbow get rematch in Belmont Stakes
UPI: Past weekend racing roundup

Can they go long?  Can they run in the mud?  What do the pedgrees of the entries in the Belmont Stakes have to say about who might take home the winning trophy in America's "Test of Champions"?   BELMONT STAKES CONTENDERS PEDIGREE ANALYSIS

BELMONT CONTENDER PROFILES - DRF  Click on a runner's name and see past performance videos, and other background info.

WEATHER:  The joker in the deck may be the weather!  Weather forecast for Elmont, NY 

Handicapping tools
Jeremy Plonk Countdown to the Crown - Week 23
Free DRF PPs for Belmont Stakes
Mike Watchmaker on the pace for the Belmont
Privman: Belmont Stakes post draw, wet weather, add variables
Privman/Watchmaker analysis of each horse - grid
Belmont Stakes field odds and contender profiles

Belmont Stakes Classics           June 7            4-5 p.m.     NBC Sports Network
Belmont Stakes Access             June 7            5-6 p.m.     NBC Sports Network
Belmont Stakes Prerace            June 8            3-5 p.m.     NBC Sports Network
Belmont Stakes Race                June 8            5-7 p.m.     NBC
Belmont Stakes Post                 June 8            7-7:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network

Races are listed below in Time Ordered Format for ease in setting up your viewing schedule.

Belmont Stakes coverage starts today - TV Schedule
Ann Maree's Time Ordered List of Races and Entries

3:38 ET Mariensky S, BEL, $100,000, 3+, 1 1/16 mi R6 CARD
5:11 ET Jaipur SG3, BEL, $150,000g, 3&up, 7f T R9 CARD
5:45 ET  Brooklyn H G2 BEL, $200,000g, 3&up, 1 1/2 mi  R10 CARD

More info on today's races:
3:38  The runners' names might not be familiar in the Mariensky, but their sires will be: Giant's Causeway, Empire Maker, Cozzene, Street Cry, War Front, Pulpit, and Afleet Alex
5:11  Mr. Commons faces tough field in Jaipur

2:34 ET Easy Goer S, BEL, $150,000a, 3yo, 1 1/16 mi R6 CARD
3:15 ET True North H G2,BEL, $400,000g, 3&up, 6f R7 CARD
3:58 ET Longines Just a Game S G1, BEL, $500,000g, 3&up, f/m, 8f T R8 CARD
4:41 ET Woody Stephens SG2, BEL, $400,000g, 3yo, 7f R9 CARD
4:59 ET ET Mint Julep H G3, CD, $100,000a, 3&up, f/m, 1 1/16 mi T R9 CARD
5:32 ET Charles Whittingham Mem'l H G2 BHP, $200,000g, 3&up, 1 1/4 mi T R4 CARD
5:40 ET Woodford Res. Manhattan H G1 BEL, $500,000g, 3&up, 1 1/4 mi T R10 CARD
6:36 ET  Belmont S G1, BEL, $1,000,000g, 3yo, 1 1/2 mi. R11  CARD
7:35 ET Manhattan Beach S, BHP, $70,000a, 3yo f, 6f T R8 CARD
8:30 ET Honeymoon H G2, BHP, $150,000g, 3yo f, 1 1/8 mi T R10 CARD

More info on today's races:
2:34  Power Broker looks to move ahead in Easy Goer
3:15  Caixa Eletronica looks to defend True North
3:15  Four graded stakes in Saturday's Belmont undercard
3:58  Just A Game: Stephanie's Kitten, Hungry Island may benefit from soft ground
4:59  Daisy Devine can end skid in Mint Julep
6:36  Belmont Preview: No longer afraid of Orb

Mizdirection and Point of Entry spice up Belmont Stakes undercard

3:09 ET Alywow S, Woodbine, $125,000g, 3yo f, 6.5f T R5 CARD
4:12 ET Plate Trial S(R), Woodbine, $150,000g, 3yo, 1 1/8 mi R7 CARD
4:47 ET Woodbine Oaks(R), Woodbine, $500,000g, 3yo f, 1 1/8 mi R8 CARD
5:36 ET  Monmouth S G2, MTH, $200,000g, 3&up, 1 1/8 mi T R10 CARD

Animal Kingdom feature Video - Royal Ascot

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