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BALTIMORE – Trainer Tommy Drury and Art Collector get another chance at Triple Crown glory this weekend.
Each time Bob Baffert won a big race over the past two decades with assistant Jimmy Barnes by his side, the two would share a moment and embrace.
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.
There is never a sure thing in racing.
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.
Tiz the Law was made the early 6-5 favorite for the Belmont Stakes this weekend.
The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 in New York in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert denied giving 2018 Triple Crown winning horse Justify a banned substance that caused a positive test prior to last year’s Kentucky Derby and blamed the result on contaminated food.
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.
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 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.
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.
Tyler Gaffalione has become horse racing’s rising star jockey after winning the Preakness and can add to his already impressive resume in the Belmont.
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.
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.
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.
War of Will bounced back from a bumpy ride in the Kentucky Derby to win the Preakness Stakes, holding off a field that included a riderless horse that threw his jockey out of the gate and still finished the race.
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.
War of Will came out of a rough race at the Kentucky Derby unscathed, surprisingly frisky and primed to show what he can do in the Preakness.
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.