2015 Belmont Stakes News & Notes

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Mon May 18, 2015 6:54 am

Pletcher happy to have skipped Preakness; Mubtaahij works bullet for Belmont

If American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) is to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, he'll have to go through a trio of runners from the barn of Todd Pletcher, as the trainer is likely to send out the sixth and 10th-place finishers from the Kentucky Derby (G1), Materiality (Afleet Alex) and Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway), and the winner of the Peter Pan (G2), Madefromlucky (Lookin at Lucky), in the June 6 Belmont S. (G1).

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Tale of Verve headed to Belmont, Divining Rod not after Preakness placings

Before heading to the airport to catch an 8:30 a.m. (EDT) flight bound for Kentucky on Sunday, trainer Dallas Stewart stopped by the Pimlico Stakes Barn to check on Tale of Verve (Tale of Ekati), who finished second in Saturday's 140th edition of the Preakness S. (G1).

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Tue May 19, 2015 7:09 am

American Pharoah returns to Churchill Downs; Belmont field takes shape

Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) flew from Baltimore to Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday and settled in at Churchill Downs, where the Bob Baffert colt will train for his date with Triple Crown destiny in the June 6 Belmont S. (G1).

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From Brisnet

In advance of the 147th running of the Belmont S. (G1) on June 6, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced Monday that all reserved seats for Belmont Stakes Day are officially sold out. Extremely limited hospitality is available in the Marquee and Trackside Tents only. General Admission tickets for Belmont Stakes Day are still available for purchase, and can be secured through Ticketmaster while supplies last. General Admission tickets do not include guaranteed seating. Fans can visit ticketmaster.com, or call 800-745-3000 for more information. Earlier this month, the New York Racing Association announced that paid attendance for Belmont Stakes Day would be capped at 90,000.
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Wed May 20, 2015 6:37 am

Espinoza lauds New York, looks forward to Belmont return

Could the third time be the charm for Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winning jockey Victor Espinoza?

While the world will ultimately know less than three weeks from today, one thing is clear: he cannot wait to return to Belmont Park with American Pharoah.


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So the M horse breezed on the turf this past Sunday, which I thought was kind of strange, but okay. He's a foreign horses who might just feel more comfortable training on grass, despite all of his starts have been predominantly on Dubai dirt.

So what to make of him working back this morning on the main track dirt at Belmont? 48 and 1 is a solid time, though without having seen it to judge it.

Curious if he breezed with lasix or not.
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His trainer said all of his horses are trained on turf because he finds it easier on them as a whole.
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Somnambulist wrote:His trainer said all of his horses are trained on turf because he finds it easier on them as a whole.
Saw a comment by the assistant trainer after the turf breeze Sunday suggesting that, although it also included a comment that dirt training causes them to come back stiff. Now this morning, three days later, they're breezing him on dirt?

trainerspeak is what it is. Unreliable.
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Wed May 20, 2015 12:12 pm

But oh so fun to analyze.

He's not gonna get fit enough to run around that surface just running on turf. Maybe they're finally realizing it.
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Wed May 20, 2015 3:55 pm

Mike Smith is going to ride Frammento in the Belmont. Has to help.
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BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Mike Smith is going to ride Frammento in the Belmont. Has to help.
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/tripl ... nt-stakes/
2011. Never forget.
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Somnambulist wrote:
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Mike Smith is going to ride Frammento in the Belmont. Has to help.
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/tripl ... nt-stakes/
2011. Never forget.
I'm confused.
Smith didn't have a mount in the Belmont that year.
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pointgivenfan wrote: I'm confused.
Smith didn't have a mount in the Belmont that year.
It's whatever year he let Union Rags come up the rail and win.
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I'd like to see a max field. Every style, from rabbits to lurkers to stretchrunners to spoilers. Even if I think American Pharoah as a 2 year old champ is far more legit than the typical Triple Crown hopeful since Pleasant Colony in 1981, the task needs to be as difficult as possible. Give the bet-against types every imaginable variable in their favor. If the horse is special enough, it won't matter. I'd like to see the tactics used against Smarty Jones in 2004 repeated, along with Laz Barrera instructing Life's Hope jockey to scream at Seattle Slew immediately out of the gate in the 1978 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Heck, while we're at it, somebody can emulate Angel Cordero hitting Genuine Risk in the nose entering the stretch. We had whip controversy already but it was pathetic compared to the fun of the 1980 Preakness.
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Somnambulist wrote:
pointgivenfan wrote: I'm confused.
Smith didn't have a mount in the Belmont that year.
It's whatever year he let Union Rags come up the rail and win.
Ah, 2012.
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BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Mike Smith is going to ride Frammento in the Belmont. Has to help.
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/tripl ... nt-stakes/
Does it? Smith is a great jockey but you can't make a slow horse into a talented one.
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Looking at the Belmont PPs for the first time and this race is just going to be a three-horse race between American Pharoah, Materiality and Carpe Diem. Nobody else in here has any speed (yea, War Story is going to be more forwardly placed, supposedly, but we'll see). Won't be at all surprised if it's just Pletcher and Baffert all the way around. Nothing for the closers to do but watch as the frontrunners don't come back to them. Derby redux.
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dustino140 wrote:Looking at the Belmont PPs for the first time and this race is just going to be a three-horse race between American Pharoah, Materiality and Carpe Diem. Nobody else in here has any speed (yea, War Story is going to be more forwardly placed, supposedly, but we'll see). Won't be at all surprised if it's just Pletcher and Baffert all the way around. Nothing for the closers to do but watch as the frontrunners don't come back to them. Derby redux.
Carpe Diem over Frosted? Did I miss something, is he out?
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Kay16 wrote:
dustino140 wrote:Looking at the Belmont PPs for the first time and this race is just going to be a three-horse race between American Pharoah, Materiality and Carpe Diem. Nobody else in here has any speed (yea, War Story is going to be more forwardly placed, supposedly, but we'll see). Won't be at all surprised if it's just Pletcher and Baffert all the way around. Nothing for the closers to do but watch as the frontrunners don't come back to them. Derby redux.
Carpe Diem over Frosted? Did I miss something, is he out?
Carpe Diem over Frosted also seems weird to me. Frosted is definitely not out.

ALSO, FYI to all if it hasn't been posted here already: apparently it was announced that Gary Stevens will be riding Tale of Verve in the Belmont.
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