Posts in category "Belmont Stakes"

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 »

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 »

2016 Met Mile Preview and Saturday Belmont Park Stakes Selections

Here at Picks and Ponderings, we turn our attention to stakes races at a pair of tracks: Belmont and Arlington. Our Belmont coverage starts on Friday, though, with our New York Stakes preview and Friday selections.  It continues Saturday.  This preview will focus on Saturday’s Met Mile — and the bottom of the page contains... Read more »
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2016 Belmont Stakes Preview

The Belmont Stakes.  The Test of a Champion.  The third and final jewel of the American Triple Crown. This time around, there is no Triple Crown on the line after EXAGGERATOR turned the tables on Nyquist in the Preakness Stakes.  While Nyquist had an elevated white blood cell count and is passing this race, EXAGGERATOR... Read more »

Voters, American Pharoah, and Dialogues

My Picks & Ponderings teammate Nicolle Neulist came out in support of Martha Claussen.  If you aren’t sure who she is, she’s the lone dissenting voter who did not select AMERICAN PHAROAH as the top all-ages horse in the recently completed NTRA poll. And it should be noted before proceeding that I’m one of the... Read more »

2015 Met Mile Preview and Belmont Stakes Day Selections

To the lament of some horseplayers, the Grade One, $1,250,000 Metropolitan Handicap is not on Memorial Day.  Those vocal rabblerousers feel the race is marginalized with it moved to the Belmont Stakes Day undercard.  On the other hand, the presence of the Metropolitan Handicap gives the Belmont Stakes Day undercard a Baby Breeders’ Cup feel,... Read more »
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2015 Belmont Stakes Point/Counterpoint

The Belmont Stakes.  The Test of a Champion.  The third and final jewel of the American Triple Crown. This time around, there is a Triple Crown on the line with AMERICAN PHAROAH attempting to pull the triple.  The question that was asked last year with California Chrome will be asked again: Is he the one?... Read more »

2015 New York Stakes Preview

This weekend, Belmont Park has its biggest racing weekend of the year.  Though most of the marquee races take place on Saturday with the Belmont Stakes, Friday’s card also has a five-pack of stakes races.  Both halves of the Picks and Ponderings team have looked at all the stakes and provide a selection grid.  Picks... Read more »

2014 Purple Violet Stakes Preview

The big race day of the weekend is the Belmont Stakes with its star-studded program, but the local action at Arlington Park includes a stake as well.  (For a look at Belmont Stakes Day Picks and Ponderings, check out the links given: Friday and Saturday, The Grade Ones, and the Belmont Stakes.) As with last... Read more »
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2014 Belmont Stakes Day Preview Part 2

The feature on the Saturday June 7 card at Belmont Park may be the Belmont Stakes, but the undercard deserves a hard look as well. Belmont Park shifted its stake calendar about, and turned Belmont Stakes Day into a summertime Baby Breeders’ Cup.  Most every division gets a representation with a traditional New York stakes... Read more »