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Belmont foils another Triple Crown contender

By Jeff Frank, The Sports Analyst Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, a vigorous threesome of races to win in a five-week span, thwarted another Triple Crown hopeful on Saturday as California Chrome finished in a dead heat for fourth in the Belmont Stakes. The Derby and Preakness winner became another in the long list of ... Read More »

Manhattan Handicap goes to Real Solution

Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Real Solution, ridden by Javier Castellano, outlasted nine rivals Saturday to capture the $1 million Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park in the final race before the 146th Belmont Stakes. Trained by Chad Brown for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Real Solution was running third in the 1 1/4-mile turf race while 16-1 longshot Five Iron set the ... Read More »

Palace Malice gets up to take Met Mile

Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Former Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice found something more down the stretch to win Saturday’s $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap (Met Mile) at Belmont Park. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Palace Malice was sent off as the 6-5 morning line favorite in the 12-horse field. The 4-year-old colt broke from the inside post for the mile race with ... Read More »

Ogden Phipps belongs to Close Hatches

Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Close Hatches, ridden by Joel Rosario, held off Princess of Sylmar and champion filly Beholder to win Saturday’s $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park on the Belmont Stakes program. The 1 1/16-mile Phipps was to be a meeting for the third time of the three leading 4-year-old fillies in racing, Beholder, Princess of Sylmar ... Read More »

‘Chrome’ is poised to triple the fun

By Don Agriss, Horse Racing Editor, The Sports Network Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Don’t change horses in mid-stream. Leave with the one who brought you. Those are the proverbs or cliches that seem apropos for betting this week’s 146th Belmont Stakes. California Chrome has proven he’s the best 3-year-old in the nation with his eye-popping victories ... Read More »

Kid Cruz and Norumbega take opening stakes at Belmont

Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Kid Cruz and Norumbega both came from off the pace to win stakes races Saturday at Belmont Park on the Belmont Stakes undercard. Trained by Linda Rice, Kid Cruz ran down the leaders in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes for his third stakes win this year. The 3-year-old was sent off as the 3-1 second pick ... Read More »

Odds are against California Chrome’s Triple Crown win

By Jeff Frank, The Sports Analyst Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – California Chrome is the 3-5 morning line favorite to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in racing history. However, the last seven odds-on Belmont Stakes favorites have failed to win and complete the magnificent feat. One has to go all the way back to 1978 when Affirmed held off Alydar ... Read More »

California Chrome gets familiar with Belmont Park

Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Triple Crown contender California Chrome put in another day at school Friday to prepare him for Saturday’s 146th Belmont Stakes. Trained by Art Sherman, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner spent time in Belmont Park’s paddock in the early morning before going on a two-mile gallop ahead of the 1 1/2-mile “Test of the Champion.” ... Read More »

Manhattan Handicap offers Belmont Stakes appetizer

Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Turf specialists will offer the final stakes appetizer Saturday leading into the 146th Belmont Stakes when 10 go to post for the $1 million Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park. Set to go off about 70 minutes prior to the 1 1/2-mile “Test of the Champion” the 1 1/4-mile Manhattan will feature some of the leading turf ... Read More »

California Chrome does some schooling for Belmont Stakes

Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Belmont Stakes favorite California Chrome did some schooling and galloping Thursday morning ahead of Saturday’s 146th Belmont Stakes. Trained by Art Sherman, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner was schooled at the starting gate before taking a 1 1/4-mile gallop at Belmont Park. “He was perfect in there,” said Alan Sherman, assistant to his father. ... Read More »