Month: June 2011

Arlington Park: Prairie State Festival of Racing

The summer racing season in Chicago is in full swing at Arlington Park Racetrack and it is a big day today.  Today’s card, The Prairie State Festival of Racing, is a celebration of Illinois Thoroughbred Racing, featuring six $100,000 Stakes Races.  In order to qualify for entry in any of the six races there is one small but mandatory component: you must be bred in the Land of Lincoln.  In addition, Arlington Park has dedicated a race on today’s card to benefit the Galloping Out Foundation.  The foundation is well-known its efforts and dedication for the rescue and care of retired Thoroughbred racehorses.

Since we’ve got 6 races to look at, let’s get back to racing.   (more…)


Iowa Festival of Racing Opens Tonight

Altoona, IA isn’t the most well-known destination for Thoroughbred Racing in North America but since the opening of Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in 1989, this coming weekend has been brining welcoming attention to the tracks Spring–Summer racing season.  Kicking off tonight with the featured 6 F Iowa Sprint Handicap, the Iowa Festival of Racing is set to conclude tomorrow night with a pair of 3 yr old stakes races and the feature Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap for 3 yr olds and up.  (more…)

Belmont Recap: Ruler on Ice Rules Over the Slop

Ruler on Ice Wins Belmont Stakes 143

A Triple Crown that was never short of
surprises came to end on Saturday with another twist of the unexpected. To make the 1 1/2 Mile test even more grueling, the field for the final jewel of the Triple Crown would enter the starting gate and race over a Sloppy Belmont Park track. Immediately following the break from the post, the chances we were in for another unexpected result made us gasp. (Replay and Results) (more…)

The Morning Line: The Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes Trophy

As the Triple Crown season comes to an end on Saturday, America will not be treated to a Triple Crown champion for another year.  Animal Kingdom looked to be serious threat to break the drought after winning the Kentucky Derby on May 7.  Owner Team Valor and trainer Graham Motion raved about his performance and were confident he would repeat in the Preakness Stakes two weeks later.  However, Shackleford spoiled Team Valor’s dreams of a Triple Crown with a slim victory over the derby champion.  Despite the fact that we will have to wait another year for a Triple Crown possibility, the two champions will meet in a rubber match in the Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park.

New York sets the stage for two of the biggest stars in racing to settle the debate about who is the better horse.  Animal Kingdom has been given a slight nod and was instilled as the 2-1 favorite.  Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro sits at 4-1 with Shackleford as the third betting choice at 9-2.  (more…)

Animal Loose in New York

Nehro's Owner Zayat Still Raving About Sitting Next to Fundanichols

After Animal Kingdom’s amazing run through the Derby, I was convinced that two things were going to happen.  First, we would be looking at a potential Triple Crown winner on June 11 and second, that it would coincide with the birth of my son on the same day.  He would be aptly named Animal.  However, it seems that AK had no such luck in the Preakness and it looks like my child may be a late bloomer anyways.

Regardless, this weekend’s race at Belmont Park should provide plenty of excitement and a couple of sporty Pick 4s, Pick 6s and potentially even a healthy trifecta and superfecta.  In my mind, the garland of carnations is down to two horses, Animal Kingdom and Nehro.  (more…)

Belmont Picks; Special Guest Edition

Written by: Stackin’ Green                                                                                                         Special Guest to:

The third leg of the Triple Crown really feels like the only 1.5 mile dirt race left in the entire world. What’s that? We’re going to have 3 year olds run in it? And mostly after two grueling, hard fought races within the past 5 weeks? It sounds like great fun! Yes, the Belmont Stakes offers another possibility for greatness, or depending how you look at it, randomness.  (more…)

Animal Kingdom Avoids The Rail

Only two post positions remained open, Post 1 and Post 9, and of the two remaining horses yet to draw was Animal Kingdom.  What unfolded next brought plenty of reason for Team Valor and Graham Motion to breathe easy on Wednesday afternoon as Animal Kingdom drew post 9.  The post position draw caps a solid pre-race week for the Kentucky Derby winner.  On Monday, Animal Kingdom completed his final work, finishing 4 Furlongs in 47.76 over the main track at Belmont Park.  The workout was the fastest 4F work of the day at Belmont Park and by all accounts, the colt looked well tuned and ready for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.  (more…)

The Finale

The Greatest Belmont Victory - Secretariat 1973

It’s fitting that the Triple Crown ends in one of the greatest, if not the greatest city in America.  New York City is the mecca for all things in this great country.  It is where dreams are made and crushed.  It is the holy land for entertainment, food, sports, art, music, film, and money.  And on Saturday the ‘city that never sleeps’ will host the third and final jewel of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.

Of the three Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes is the oldest.  Inaugurated in 1867 and named for politician and racing enthusiast August Belmont Sr., the race was orginally run at Jerome Park Race Track before moving to Morris Race Park Racecourse in 1890.  The race was later moved to Belmont Park in 1905.  As with the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes had a brief hiatus from 1911-1912 leaving the Kentucky Derby as the only Triple Crown race that has been run in consecutive years since its inception.  Time has not taken away from the prestigious stature of the race.  The Belmont Stakes has come to be known as the ‘Test of Champions’ and rightly so.  (more…)

Rubber Match Is On

Exercise Rider Tammy Fox breezes Shackleford at Belmont Park

Going into this weekend it was clear that Shackleford’s bid for the third leg of the Triple Crown would not be decided until after his 5 Furlong breeze over the main track at Belmont Park this morning.  After the Preakness winner finished in 1:00.37, it was apparent that Shackleford couldn’t give Trainer Dale Romans any hints or reasons to think that he wasn’t ready for the Belmont Stakes one week from today.  Following the work, Dale Romans put it very simply, “It’s a Go”, and so it is.  The Belmont Stakes is the stage for the Rubber Match between our Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom, and Preakness winner, Shackleford, in what should be quite an exciting Final Showdown.  (more…)