ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — Work has begun on a $1.3 billion arena for the New York Islanders hockey team at Belmont Park.
The 19,000-seat arena will also include shops, restaurants and a hotel....
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...
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after a failed postrace drug test at a California track that could have kept the horse out of the Kentucky...
NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Winston provided a perfect finish to a crazy Triple Crown.
After a disqualification in the Kentucky Derby and a runaway horse in the Preakness, of course the Belmont...
NEW YORK (AP) — 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 on Saturday. The...
This is a Triple Crown season that will be remembered, though probably should be forgotten.
Maximum Security was the winner of the Kentucky Derby for about 20 minutes, then got taken down...
NEW YORK (AP) — There's been a buzz about thoroughbred racing since the Kentucky Derby and it just might increase when the "What if?" Triple Crown comes to an end with the Belmont...
NEW YORK (AP) — Trainer Todd Pletcher, always dangerous in the Belmont Stakes, sends out a pair of long shots Saturday in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
NEW YORK (AP) — Standing outside his barn at Belmont Park and wearing a New York Yankees cap, trainer Bill Mott was finishing a conversation about Roger Maris.
NEW YORK (AP) — Winning the Preakness wasn't enough to make War of Will the Belmont Stakes favorite.
In fact, being the only colt to run in all three Triple Crown races really didn't earn...
NEW YORK (AP) — The home of the Belmont Stakes 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...
BALTIMORE (AP) — Owner Gary Barber called trainer Mark Casse for the fourth time in 11 hours since War of Will won the Preakness.
Only this time, Casse was in the middle of holding court...
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Jockey Craig Perret, trainers Mark Casse, Christophe Clement and the late David Whiteley, and five thoroughbreds are contemporary finalists for the National Museum of Racing's 2019 Hall of Fame ballot.
The racehorses are Blind Luck, Gio Ponti, Havre de Grace, Rags to Riches and Royal Delta.
Results of the voting will be announced April 22. All candidates that receive majority approval of the voting panel will be elected to the Hall of Fame.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Unbeaten Game Winner, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and last year's 2-year-old champion, is among 362 3-year-old thoroughbreds made eligible during the early nomination period to compete in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
Other top horses include Gunmetal Gray, Improbable, Knicks Go, Mucho Gusto and Tax.
Manny Ycaza, a Hall of Fame jockey who won the 1964 Belmont Stakes and paved the way for generations of Latin Americans to ride in North America, has died. He was 80.
Ycaza died Monday of pneumonia and sepsis at a hospital in Forest Hills, New York, according to his wife, Jeanne De Ycaza. She said he had been admitted a day earlier after the couple had gone for a walk.
ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The former boyfriend of a woman who was found stabbed to death at the Belmont Park racetrack on New York's Long Island has been arrested on a murder charge.
Nassau (NAS'-saw) County police say 53-year-old Jose Franco-Martinez was arrested at the scene where the 51-year-old woman was found with multiple stab wounds early Sunday morning.
Police say the victim worked in the stable as a hot walker, a person who walks horses after a workout. Her name has not been released.
NEW YORK (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify will get a well-deserved break and then race again this year, although no date or location has been targeted yet after the colt came out of his Belmont Stakes victory in good condition.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Baffert made himself right at home at Belmont Park again.
Not only did Justify give the 65-year-old trainer his second Triple Crown in four years on Saturday, but for the second straight year, Baffert came away with a win in every race he had an entry on the day of the Belmont Stakes.
NEW YORK (AP) — Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality.
The late bloomer won the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths on Saturday, giving the sport its 13th Triple Crown champion. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015 and now just four years later, racing is celebrating another sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest from Saturday's Belmont Stakes (all times local):
Justify has won the Triple Crown.
The Preakness and Kentucky Derby winner became thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown with a front-running victory in the Belmont Stakes.
American Pharoah ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought in 2015. It was the second Triple Crown for trainer Bob Baffert and the first for jockey Mike Smith.
NEW YORK (AP) — Three races at various distances on three different tracks over a span of five weeks.
Just 12 horses have swept the Triple Crown, one of the rarest feats in sports.
Justify will try to immortalize his name and join such horses as Whirlaway, Count Fleet, Citation and Secretariat when he runs in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Forget the Belmont Stakes. It's already been a remarkable week for trainer Dale Romans.
He potentially saved a woman from choking to death by performing the Heimlich maneuver during a New York Mets' game at Citi Field.
"It was interesting, to say the least," Romans said. "Maybe I get a little divine intervention Saturday."
That intervention could take the form of a 30-1 upset by Romans' Free Drop Billy in the $1.5 million Belmont, denying Justify the Triple Crown in the process.
NEW YORK (AP) — Justify turned in another strong gallop Friday in his final preparation for a Triple Crown bid in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.
The chestnut colt will be the odds-on favorite Saturday to become the 13th horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
NEW YORK (AP) — Walking into Belmont Park is like old home week for Mike Smith.
The jockey knows the vast track with its sweeping turns like the back of his hand. Fans who remember him from his successful years riding the New York circuit will hoot and holler.
Smith feels a comfort level at the track that has spelled heartbreak for so many other Triple Crown attempts over the years.
NEW YORK (AP) — Raised in upstate New York, Chad Brown didn't root for the Bills, the Giants or the Jets when it came to football.
The 39-year-old from Mechanicville was a San Francisco 49ers fan. It was simple. He liked future Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, although football didn't turn out to be Brown's sport.
Brown has become one of thoroughbred racing's top trainers, and his favorite football team now is the New England Patriots. It has nothing to do with Tom Brady.
NEW YORK (AP) — Triple Crown contender Justify glided over the track in his first trip over the Belmont Park strip on Thursday morning.
The strapping chestnut colt is the odds-on favorite to complete the series sweep on Saturday in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes following victories in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify arrived in New York on Wednesday ahead of this weekend's Belmont Stakes, in which the colt will try to sweep the Triple Crown.
NEW YORK (AP) — There are horses for courses and Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott thinks he has one ready to upset Justify's bid for a Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.
The colt is Hofburg, a 9-2 second choice in $1.5 million race Saturday. Justify will look to become thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015.
NEW YORK (AP) — Something Bob Baffert always dreads has come true ahead of the Belmont Stakes: Justify drew the No. 1 post for the colt's bid to sweep the Triple Crown.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was made the early 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field for Saturday's race.
Baffert is not a fan of the inside post for his horses, no matter what the race.
NEW YORK (AP) — The only thing Bob Baffert wanted to do in horse racing was win the Triple Crown.
Been there, done that in 2015 with American Pharoah.
Now, the white-haired trainer is back with another chance to saddle a colt to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
Justify could become racing's 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years if he wins the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
"I've won it so I'm actually going to enjoy this a little bit more," Baffert said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Turcotte peeked under his arm with about a quarter-mile to go in the Belmont Stakes. The other horses were mere dots behind him and Secretariat.
With the crowd roaring, the chestnut colt nicknamed Big Red hit the wire an astounding 31 lengths in front on June 9, 1973, at Belmont Park. The racing world had never seen anything like his performance before or since.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Justify has finished a five-furlong workout at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Belmont Stakes and pursuit of a Triple Crown.
Trainer Bob Baffert watched the colt cover the distance in 1 minute, 1.40 seconds on Monday morning with jockey Martin Garcia aboard. Justify galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.60 and seven in 1:27.20 with about 100 spectators watching on the front stretch and just as many on the backside.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify has completed a half-mile workout at Churchill Downs in preparation for his Triple Crown bid next month.
The 3-year-old colt covered the distance in 46.80 seconds on Tuesday with trainer Bob Baffert and co-owner Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm looking on. It was the fastest among 43 workouts at the distance. Jockey Martin Garcia flew in from Southern California to work Justify, who is ridden in races by Mike Smith.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify has galloped at Churchill Downs in front of trainer Bob Baffert as the Triple Crown hopeful trains for the Belmont Stakes.
Baffert arrived from Southern California to watch Justify gallop 1½ miles on Monday. The trainer says the 3-year-old colt could breeze Tuesday. That's a workout when Justify would easily run under a hold without encouragement from his exercise rider.
NEW YORK (AP) — Gronkowski has completed his first official workout since arriving in the United States ahead of his expected start in the Belmont Stakes.
The colt breezed four furlongs in 47.99 seconds at Belmont Park on Saturday for Chad Brown, who has taken over training duties from Europe-based Jeremy Noseda.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify won't have to further contend with Audible in pursuit of the colt's bid for the Triple Crown.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Friday that Audible will be pointed toward a summer campaign, with the $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 28 or the $1 million Haskel Invitational on July 29 being the top options for his next start.
Bob Baffert has a good feeling about Justify's chances of winning the final leg of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes.
The famed horse trainer appeared on the "PodcastOne Sports Now" show to talk to co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg about the June 9 race and Justify's shot at history.
Baffert said the way Justify won the Preakness showed another side of a horse who has won all five times he has raced in his brief career.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Justify has begun preparing for the Belmont Stakes and pursuit of the Triple Crown with an energetic gallop around Churchill Downs.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Justify rounded the final turn and hit the top of the stretch winded but with the lead.
The roar from the crowd was delayed, hushed by the thick fog that enveloped the track. When Justify emerged from the haze in view of the grandstand, trainer Bob Baffert could see jockey Mike Smith's white silks and knew his horse had been pushed to his limit with 100 yards left to go.
"I knew he was in for a fight," Baffert said. "I knew this was not going to be easy."
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Good Magic, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and last year's 2-year-old champion, is among 360 3-year-old thoroughbreds made eligible during the early nomination period to compete in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont stakes.
Other top horses are: once-beaten Bolt d'Oro, BC Juvenile runner-up Solomini, undefeated McKinzie and BC Juvenile Turf winner Mendelssohn.
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders have made a bid to return to the New York City suburbs.
The National Hockey League team that moved from Long Island to Brooklyn two years ago submitted a bid with several other partners Thursday to develop a new arena at Belmont Racetrack in Nassau County
Penny Chenery, who bred and raced 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat as well as realizing her ailing father's dream to win the Kentucky Derby in 1972 with Riva Ridge, has died. She was 95.
Chenery died Saturday in her Boulder, Colorado, home following complications from a stroke, according to her children. They announced her death Sunday through Leonard Lusky, her longtime friend and business partner.
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Irish War Cry, the runner up in the Belmont Stakes, is the 5-2 favorite in the $1 million Haskell Invitational for 3-year-olds.
The richest race of the season at Monmouth Park drew a field of seven for the 50th edition on Sunday.
With a victory, Irish War Cry would join Thanks To Tony (1980) as the only New Jersey-bred winners of the state's biggest thoroughbred stakes.
NEW YORK (AP) — The road to the winner's circle in the Belmont Stakes ran through the Kentucky Derby, even if the Derby and Preakness winners skipped the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Tapwrit overtook favored Irish War Cry in the stretch to win by two lengths on Saturday, giving trainer Todd Pletcher his third career victory in the Belmont. He won in 2007 with filly Rags to Riches and in 2013 with Palace Malice.
NEW YORK (AP) — Songbird captured her comeback, winning the $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes for fillies and mares, while Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert also starred on the Belmont Stakes undercard Saturday.
Smith won five of the first seven stakes he rode in, teaming with Baffert for four of those victories.
"It's pretty big for us," Baffert said. "They were the favorites, but the odds were against us. How can you win them all? Mike Smith was huge."
NEW YORK (AP) — The Belmont Stakes is down to 11 horses after Epicharis was scratched after a veterinarian exam on Saturday morning.
The New York Racing Association said the exam revealed continued inflammation in the Japanese colt's right front hoof. Epicharis wasn't ready to run the 1½-mile race three days after the colt was treated for lameness in his hoof.
The pre-race exam is standard for all Belmont runners.
NEW YORK (AP) — This year's topsy-turvy Triple Crown trail comes to an end in a Belmont Stakes without the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners or the expected favorite who dropped out. It does come with questions about a Japanese horse with a sore foot.
No horse has dominated the 3-year-old ranks so far, leaving the 1½-mile Belmont up for grabs among 12 horses that on Saturday will run the longest race of their lives.
NEW YORK (AP) — Songbird makes her season debut Saturday in the $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes for fillies and mares, the glamour race on the Belmont Stakes undercard.
It's Songbird's first start since her first career defeat last November in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita. It took a determined effort by Beholder to beat Songbird by a nose. The loss snapped an 11-race winning streak that earned her Eclipse Awards at age 2 and 3.