Category: Belmont Park

2020 Belmont Stakes Preview

Thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Triple Crown has gone…a little topsy-turvy.  The Belmont Stakes, usually the last race of the three, is the first this year.  Usually the longest race of the series, it’s now the shortest: just a mile and an eighth. The race drew a field of 10 to contest for a... Read more »

2019 Rodeo Drive Stakes Preview, Plus Belmont and Santa Anita Stakes Selections

Breeders’ Cup prep hits fever pitch on Saturday, with stakes-laden cards at both Belmont and Santa Anita that have serious Breeders’ Cup implication.  Here at Picks and Ponderings, we’ll take a detailed look at the Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1), a Win and You’re In race (and local prep) for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare... Read more »

2019 Belmont Stakes Preview and Saturday Stakes Selections

This year’s Triple Crown season has been a rollercoaster.  The Derby featured its first-ever disqualification of a first-place finisher for interference in the race, after Maximum Security drifted out to interfere with War of Will, Bodexpress, and Long Range Toddy.  Two weeks later, in the Preakness, War of Will found his redemption. Bodexpress, on the... Read more »
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2019 Belmont Gold Cup Preview and Belmont Thursday-Friday Stakes Selections

As the Breeders’ Cup is in the fall, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival is at the end of spring. The weekend has established itself as American racing’s top midyear showcase, and the action begins Thursday. Picks and Ponderings will, of course, turn its eyes toward Belmont this week.  In addition to fully previewing the Belmont Gold Cup here,... Read more »

2018 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Preview, Plus Belmont and Santa Anita Graded Stakes Selections

Just five weeks remain until the 2018 Breeders’ Cup.  Most of the contenders are planning for their final preps, and top prospects on both coasts will make their final tune-ups this weekend at Belmont Park and Santa Anita Park. This piece features a full preview of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont, a Win... Read more »

2018 Belmont Stakes Preview and Saturday Stakes Selections

For the first time since American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in 2015, there’s a Triple Crown on the line.  Once again, that Triple Crown prospect hails from the barn of Bob Baffert, drawing comparisons to American Pharoah.  He comes into the Belmont undefeated, inspiring Seattle Slew references from his most steadfast boosters and Smarty... Read more »
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2018 Belmont Gold Cup Preview and Belmont Thursday-Friday Stakes Selections

Though the top racing story leading into the weekend is Justify’s bid for a Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival ensures that it is not the only one worth following.  With top-class stakes races across all ages and divisions, the weekend has established itself as American racing’s top midyear showcase, and the action begins... Read more »

2017 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Preview, Plus Belmont and Santa Anita Graded Stakes Selections

With five weeks until the Breeders’ Cup, many of the marquee prospects for our sport’s biggest weekend have penciled in their final prep races for this weekend.  Thanks to that, Saturday’s cards at both Belmont and Santa Anita are chock full of graded stakes. This piece features a full preview of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic... Read more »

2017 Belmont Stakes Point/Counterpoint and Saturday Belmont Park Stakes Selections

We’ve reached the Belmont Stakes.  The Test of the Champion, the third jewel of our Triple Crown, drew a competitive field of twelve to compete for a $1,500,000.  There’s no Triple Crown on the line — but no shortage of glory on the line, and an opportunity to end the first half of the three-year-old... Read more »
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2017 Belmont Gold Cup Preview and Friday Stakes Selections

Over the last few years, Belmont Stakes weekend has established itself as American racing’s midyear showcase.  With top-class stakes races across all ages and divisions, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival demands the attention of the racing world whether or not there is a Triple Crown at stake. Picks and Ponderings will tackle both Friday and... Read more »