Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Let's Go To The Races - June 9-11, 2016
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Note: Content will be added daily thru Saturday

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival officially begins Thursday, June 9, and will feature 19 stakes races over a three-day period with nearly $10 million in total purses.

BELMONT STAKES FESTIVAL: If you thought the Belmont Stakes was about 1 big race, you would be mistaken. It's about a new "Festival" that includes not only the $1.5 Million Grade 1 Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11, but also has turned into a festival rivaling all racing in the U.S. not named Breeders' Cup! While there's no Triple Crown at stake this year, there is top class racing and purses totaling $10 Million, including 5 Grade 1 events, which are sure to attract some of the top horses in the U.S. On Saturday's big day alone, over $7.5 Million in purses, the largest 1-day in purses outside of the Breeders Cup in the U.S.

The 148th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) will be the anchor of this year's three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, featuring 19 stakes races and nearly $10 million in purses.
Belmont Stakes Week officially kicks off Saturday, June 4, and continues through Saturday, June 11, and features events for the whole family.

Belmont Stakes web site

NYRA giving boost to long-distance racing!
There are five races carded at 1 1/2 miles or longer during this year’s festival: On Thursday, there is the $200,000 Belmont Coronation at 1 15/16 miles for turf fillies; the Friday card includes the $150,000 Rags to Riches at 1 1/2 miles for older fillies and the $300,000 Belmont Gold Cup at two miles (!) on the turf; and Saturday’s stakes include both the Belmont and the Brooklyn at 1 1/2 miles each.

This is a revolutionary lineup and one that could add a new facet to the sport. Long-distance racing is vexingly unfamiliar to most American racegoers, and races such as these will create opportunities for a new group of horses to shine and perhaps strengthen the breed by rewarding stamina as well as speed. It’s a welcome development.


Belmont Stakes TV Coverage
All Times Eastern

June 10: Belmont Access, 4:00 – NBC Sports Network
June 11: Belmont Stakes Undercard, 2:30 to 5:00 – NBC Sports Network
June 11 Belmont Stakes 5:00 to 7:00 – NBC
June 11: Belmont Stakes Post Race Show, 7:00 to 7:30 - NBC Sports Network

Also: check out coverage with Jeff Siegel, Aaron Vercrussye, Millie Ball, Donna Brothers - Streamed in high definition and no commercials

TVG - TV and live stream - Free with account set up - no requirement to wager

Special: One year ago, a horse of a lifetime took us all on the journey of a lifetime through a Triple Crown year, the first in 37 years.

The Belmont Stakes - 2015

The Haskell Invitational - Probably the best race demonstrating his talent and ability - video
Baffert, Zayats reflect on Triple Crown glory - 1 hour interview



Time ordered races - Printable file
Entries Index

Don't forget: Once a race is completed, you can come back here, click on the CARD for a replay!

3:07 ET  Belmont Coronation Inv. Bel  $200,000 g 4+ f/m  15.5f T  R5 CARD
4:14 ET  Astoria  Bel  $200,000 2yo f  5.5f  R7 CARD
4:48 ET  Intercontinental (L)  Bel  $150,000 g 4+ f/m  7f T R8 CARD

Zindaya rallies from fourth to take Intercontinental
Bode's Dream leads all the way in Astoria
Suffused has no problem with Belmont Coronation distance

1:52 ET  Rags to Riches Inv. Bel  $150,000  4+ f/m  12f   R3 CARD
2:24 ET  Tremont (L)  Bel  $200,000  2yo  5.5f  R4 CARD
2:56 ET  Jersey Girl S (L) Bel  $150,000  3yo f  6f  R5 CARD
4:42 ET  True North S G2 Bel  $250,000  4+  6f  R8 CARD
5:14 ET  New York S G2  Bel  $500,000  4+ f/m  10f T R9 CARD
5:46 ET  Belmont Gold Cup Inv. (L)  Bel  $300,000  4+  16f T  R10 CARD


11:35 ET  Easy Goer S (L) Bel  $150,000  3yo  8.5f   R1 CARD
12:39 ET  Acorn S G1  Bel  $700,000  3yo f  8f  R3 CARD
1:11 ET  Brooklyn Invitational G2  Bel  $400,000  4+  12f R4 CARD
1:52 ET  Ogden Phipps S G1 BC  Bel  $1,000,000  4+ f/m  8.5f R5 CARD
2:34 ET  Jaipur Inv. G3  Bel  $300,000  4+  6f T R6 CARD
3:15 ET  Woody Stephens S G2  Bel  $500,000  3yo  7f R7 CARD
3:30 ET  Crystal Water S  SA  $100,000  4+ S  8f T R2  CARD
3:58 ET  Longines Just a Game S G1  Bel  $700,000  4+ f/m  8f T R8 CARD
4:41 ET  Metropolitan H G1 BC  Bel  $1,250,000  3+  8f R9 CARD
4:45 ET  Obeah S (L)  Del  $100,000  3+ f/m  9f R8 CARD
5:37 ET  Manhattan S G1  Bel  $1,000,000  4+  10f T R10 CARD
5:51 ET  Old Forester Mint Julep G3  CD  $100,000  3+ f/m  8.5f T R11 CARD
6:37 ET  Belmont S G1  Bel  $1,500,000  3yo  12f R11 CARD

FREE PPs - Belmont Stakes

Creator edges Destin to take Belmont
Trainer switch gave the race the pace needed for Creator to get the win for Asmussen. WinStar also owns the pacesetter, Gettysburg, and did the barn switch to take Pletcher off the hot seat with his owners of Destin, the second place finisher. Was a no-brainer decision by WinStar, I would think, but still, nice of all the parties to keep it friendly in the face of such an important race. As was expected, the race came down to Creator and Destin, and the pacesetter proved to be the difference in the outcome.  Asmussen basks in Belmont afterglow; Creator to get time off
Belmont Stakes recap      PRESS CONFERENCE - Video
Exaggerator jockey, Kent Desormeaux, describes Belmont run
Tom's Ready finds way in Woody Stephens
Frosted dusts Met Mile competition
Celestine dominant in Just A Game victory
Flintshire impresses in Manhattan victory
I'm A Chatterbox gets mojo back in Obeah
Cavorting kicks clear in Ogden Phipps

BELMONT STAKES DAY BEYER SPEED FIGURES Economic Model (Easy Goer Stakes) - 101, lifetime best
Carina Mia (Acorn) - 98, lifetime best
Shaman Ghost (Brooklyn) - 99, lifetime best
Cavorting (Ogden Phipps) - 102, lifetime best
Pure Sensation (Jaipur) - 102
Tom's Ready (Woody Stephens) - 95, lifetime best by 10 points
Celestine (Just a Game) - 107, lifetime best by 8 points
FROSTED (Met Mile) - 123, lifetime best by 17 points
Flintshire (Manhattan) - 110
Creator (Belmont) - 99, lifetime best


Purses increased for 2016 Breeders Cup Classic & Turf
Belmont Stakes Odds, Exaggerators price determine value
Internationals on Belmont Stakes Day - Kellie Reilly
Belmont Stakes doesn't have same impact on breeding industry as the Epsom Derby
Video - Keith Desormeaux on Exaggerator
Kid Cruz brings hot streak in to Brooklyn
The Twisting Tale of Suddenbreakingnews
TCI Insider - Video handicapping for the Belmont Stakes
HRN Belmont Stakes horse by horse info including pps & videos
DRF Race Previews - videos
DRF video page - Several videos with DRF handicappers
DRF race analysis with comments from Mike Watchmaker & Jay Privman
Flintshire confirmed for Manhattan
All your Belmont Stakes Festival news in one spot - TwinSpires blog
Exaggerator made 9-5 favorite, draws post 11 for Belmont Stakes
Fit and Fifty: How three over-the-hill jockeys keep on going - Special feature
Exaggerator gallops, Belmont field grows
Cathryn Sophia, Go Maggie Go tangle in Acorn
Lexie Lou carries Casse's Just A Game hopes
Connections expect improved Lani in Belmont
Kellie Reilly - International intrigue throughout Belmont Stakes Festival
Frosted makes Belmont return in Met Mile
The Truth about Bloodlines in Horse Racing
The People's Horse revolution
Baffert reflects on American Pharoah experience
Pete Monaco, The Spectrum: Up Next, Belmont, the Marathon of horse racing
Pete Monaco, The Spectrum: Exaggerator gets revenge in Preakness
Full menu of activities Belmont Stakes Week
TDN Steve Sherack: Belmont Stakes report - Tuesday
TDN Steve Sherack: Belmont Stakes Report - Wednesday
The Downey Profile
All Over But The Shouting - Downey Profile
TCI Insider - 6-8-16 - Video
Exaggerator draws post 11, installed as 9-5 Belmont Stakes favorite
2016 Belmont Stakes Post Position Draw Transcript
Frosted tops Met Mile; Justin Squared, Sharp Azteca meet in Woody Stephens
Flintshire returns in Manhattan loaded with heavyweights
Star-studded field assembled for Ogden Phipps
Cathryn Sophia, Go Maggie Go face off in Acorn
Desormeaux brothers praise Exaggerator’s ability to recover quickly
Baffert reflects on American Pharoah experience
With Gettysburg, we can now resume normal Belmont handicapping
Exaggerator wows as Desormeaux reflects ahead of Belmont Stakes
International intrigue throughout Belmont Stakes Festival
The three-year-old champion male Eclipse Award picture ahead of the Belmont Stakes
Exaggerator to breeze Tuesday for Belmont; Lani could move up work due to weather
Gettysburg adds speed to Belmont fray; Creator, Suddenbreakingnews work
Stewart: maiden winners Forever d’Oro and Seeking the Soul training forwardly for Belmont
Cherry Wine, Brody’s Cause breeze for Belmont
Governor Malibu breezes at Belmont; Exaggerator, Cherry Wine & Brody’s Cause gallop
Destin, Stradivari post half-mile moves for Belmont Stakes
Belmont race shape not flattering the heavy favorite
Belmont more hospitable to new shooters
Belmont Stakes Week packed with activities

Mike Welsch reports from Belmont Park on workouts - videos


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