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ELMONT – The Belmont Stakes undercard continues to deliver one of racing’s biggest days. Saturday’s card will feature nine graded stakes in total, including the four Grade 1 races and three Grade 2 races. The 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets, is scheduled to go to post at 6:46 p.m. early Saturday evening. Coverage begi…

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BELMONT – The Triple Crown is hard enough to win without superstitions getting in the way. Justify (4-5), the strapping chestnut colt by Scat Daddy, will attempt to become Triple Crown club member No. 13 in Saturday’s 150th running of the Belmont Stakes. Thirteen, not exactly the luckiest number in the world. Add to the oddity that Justify will be wearing the red …

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ELMONT – As the American Triple Crown series comes to conclusion this weekend on Long Island, the Canadian Triple Crown starts to heat up north of the border. The $125,000 Plate Trial will be run at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday afternoon, the major prep race for the $1 million Queen’s Plate on June 30. The race has only attracted seven horses, and for the first time i…

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ELMONT - It’s only fitting that Gronkowski trainer Chad Brown is well versed in the Patriot Way. The 39-year-old trainer will saddle the strapping dark brown colt named after Western New York native and All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, on Saturday afternoon in the 150th Belmont Stakes. Introduced by one of his clients, Sol Kumin, Brown has had the good fortune of si…

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This evening at Citi Field, the post draw for the 150th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes was conducted for the 10 horses heading to the gate at approximately 6:48 p.m. on Saturday evening on Long Island. The morning line favorite Justify (4-5) will start his journey to become thoroughbred racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner from the rail in the 1 1/2-mile race t…

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In 2008 I took the train from Buffalo to New York City for Big Brown’s Belmont Stakes. I should have known that trouble was lying ahead when our trip was delayed for hours when a tree landed on the tracks somewhere around Poughkeepsie. Let’s say that yours truly ended up having a better day than Big Brown. The big horse who dominated the first two legs of that Tri…

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The second jewel is in the books and the 14th attempt at a Triple Crown since 1979 is looming to anoint the 13th member of the elusive club. The Crown has been won multiple times in certain decades and the 2010’s could claim its second entrant joining multiple-decade winners of the 1930’s (three) 1940’s (four) and 1970’s (three). It will be the litmus test of whether…

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BALTIMORE – We waited 37 years for the last one. In three weeks, a coronation of horse racing’s second Triple Crown winner in the last four years will be in play. Justify ($2.80), the muscular chestnut colt, inched one notch closer to joining the exclusive club by winning the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the 143rd Preakness Stakes before 134,487 at deteriorating…

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By Melissa Hoppert BALTIMORE – The day looked much the same. There were wastebaskets catching rainwater seeping through the ceiling, cardboard and wood chips and carpets meant to soak up days of dampness. The track resembled peanut butter, not dirt. Despite the dreadful conditions, the fans, in rain boots and parkas, were not deterred: They wanted to witness the seco…

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Baltimore – With the top two Derby finishers running back and a soggy forecast for Pimlico Race Course looming on the north side of Baltimore, the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown could be the backdrop to a historic afternoon. Trainer Bob Baffert sends heavy favorite Justify (1-2) against seven contenders in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes. The white-haired super…

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BALTIMORE – We’re ready to kick off a wet weekend at Old Hilltop that will culminate in the Preakness Stakes late Saturday afternoon. On tap Friday afternoon at Pimlico Race Course is the 1 1/8-mile $250,000 Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan. Friday’s card also will include three Grade 3 races, the Miss Preakness, the DuPont Distaff and the Pimlico Special. The 94th running of t…

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The post position draw for the 143rd running of the $1.5 million Grade 1 Preakness Stakes was held late this afternoon at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, which included eight entries into Saturday's second jewel of the Triple Crown. We’re likely to get wet once again as rain is in the forecast through the weekend in Baltimore. Half of the field ran in the Derby and th…

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Another Kentucky Derby in the books and it was certainly one to remember… Here are some post-mortem Derby thoughts and some forward looking commentary on the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown…. When your top pick gets wiped out at the start for the second straight year, you just have to shake it off and move forward (I’m looking at you Irish War Cry and Mendelsso…

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – This century has seen the end of its share of sports curses. Another one bit the dust in the Kentucky Derby. Late Saturday afternoon in dismal weather conditions, a freaky horse named Justify lifted another one under the rain-soaked Twin Spires at historic Churchill Downs. In 2004, the Curse of the Bambino was lifted when the Boston Red Sox final…