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New York-bred Tiz the Law wins barren Belmont Stakes

Tiz the Law has won an unprecedented Belmont Stakes, claiming victory at the first race of a rejiggered Triple Crown schedule and crossing the finish line in front of eerily empty grandstands.

Belmont sets pace for Triple Crown, with Tiz the Law favored

It's been 17 years since Jack Knowlton and his Sackatoga Stable pals rode yellow school buses to the Belmont Stakes. It was a rollicking party on wheels for the group that came to watch their colt Funny Cide try to sweep the Triple Crown.

Tacitus finishes second in Belmont Stakes

Tacitus was well-rested for a run on his home track. It just didn’t work out. The favored Tacitus finished second to Sir Winston in the Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old colt, who skipped the Preakness after finishing third in the Kentucky Derby, had one of the worst trips of his career.

Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont

Sir Winston gave the Triple Crown another unexpected turn, rallying in the stretch to capture the Belmont Stakes in a 10-1 upset. The win gave trainer Mark Casse the final two jewels of the showcase for 3-year-old thoroughbreds.

Trainer Bill Mott trying to win Belmont, and without mayhem

Trainer Bill Mott comes to the Belmont Stakes after what has been a chaotic Triple Crown season for him. Mott won the Kentucky Derby with Country House, becoming the first trainer to win the showcase race after the horse that crossed the finish line first was disqualified. It was an awkward time for Mott. Still, he was happy for the win. Now, Mott has the Belmont favorite. And he hopes Tacitus will give him his second Triple Crown win this year. And this time without the mayhem.

Better camera technology game-changer for Triple Crown races

High-definition monitors used by broadcaster Larry Collmus for the first time at Justify’s foggy Preakness victory in 2018 and the “BatCam” that runs on a zip line are now prominent pieces of NBC Sports’ Triple Crown telecasts that have revolutionized the game and made no weather situation too tough to handle. They’ll be on display again Saturday at the Belmont Stakes to document a showdown between favored Tacitus and Preakness winner War of Will.

Tacitus favored in Belmont; Preakness winner War of Will 2nd choice

Tacitus was made the slight favorite over Preakness winner War of Will in a Belmont Stakes that wraps up a whacky Triple Crown. Tacitus and War of Will got the outside No. 10 and 9 post positions, respectively, in the draw at Citi Field, but those should not be a problem in the 1 1/2-mile race on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Belmont features one of the safest racing surfaces in U.S.

The home of the Belmont is laps ahead of other U.S. racetracks when it comes to keeping horses safe. Belmont Park and other tracks around the state of New York have had some of the fewest horse deaths in the sport. Amid the 26 horse deaths at California’s Santa Anita Park since late December, the Belmont will be run Saturday on a track that national observers say is among the safest and best maintained in the country.

Horsing around: Riderless colt races to Preakness finish

Unencumbered by a jockey and suddenly free to run wherever he darn pleased, Bodexpress decided to take a shot at winning the Preakness. Taking one of the most memorable trips in the 149-year history of Pimlico Race Course, Bodexpress followed the leaders without a rider on board and at one point appeared to be a contender in the 13-horse race. He was knocked down to last because, well, a horse can’t be declared a winner without a rider.

D. Wayne Lukas-trained long shot Market King cleared for Preakness

Long shot Market King has been cleared to race in the Preakness. Market King had been on the veterinarian’s list in Kentucky after being scratched before the Pat Day Mile on the Kentucky Derby undercard May 4. He was entered in the Preakness on the condition that he’d only run if he passed the adequate tests to be removed from the list, and those results came back satisfactory.

Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez appeals suspension

Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez has appealed his 15-day suspension by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. He says the stewards’ penalty for failing to control the horse in the Kentucky Derby is “unduly harsh and not supportable by facts and law.” The rider also seeks to stay his suspension pending appeal to fulfill riding commitments. Stewards disqualified Maximum Security from first to 17th in the Derby and suspended Saez from May 23 to June 14.