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The 151st running of the $1,500,000 Belmont Stakes (Grade I), is the third jewel of the Triple Crown, set for Saturday, June 8, 2019 at historic Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
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War of Will on target for Belmont Stakes
Gary Barber's War of Will exited his 1 ¼-length victory over the late-running Everfast in Saturday's144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course in good order and will run in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 8 at Belmont Park if the colt continues to show all the right signs, trainer Mark Casse said Sunday morning.
"I would say there's an extremely good shot he'll be there," Casse said of the 1 ½-mile third leg of the Triple Crown. "Now it's just a matter of him saying he doesn't want to go, that would be if he was lethargic or something in training.
"There are only three Triple Crown races; they're pretty important. I think if you can do it, you should do it," he added. "The Belmont is the Belmont. It's the third leg of the Triple Crown. Who doesn't want to win it?"
War of Will, who gave Casse, Barber and jockey Tyler Gaffalione their first victories in a Triple Crown race, could be the only horse to run in all three spring classics for 3-year-olds. The son of War Front was at the center of the potentially catastrophic entanglement in the Kentucky Derby (G1) May 4 when first-place finisher Maximum Security came out into War of Will's path. War of Will finished eighth and was moved up to seventh upon Maximum Security's disqualification to 17th that awarded the victory to second-place finisher Country House.
"It would just show he's tough and able to overcome things," Casse said of War of Will should he compete in all three Triple Crown races. "We saw yesterday that the Derby was very, very trying. I was worried about that with him. He was a little foot sore afterwards.
"The pace was extremely hot [in the Preakness] and you saw two deep closers come [to be second and third]. I didn't realize how deep. They were behind Bodexpress, [who continued to run after unseating jockey John Velazquez at the start]. For our horse to continue, he was pretty close to the pace and it was hot," he added. "I liked the fact that after the race, when they were galloping out, he took off again. He was not going to let them go by."
Of the race, Casse said, "I knew we were doing well and I liked where we were. About maybe the three-eighths pole, I started thinking, `Oh, dear, not again,' because he was wanting to go somewhere and he had nowhere to go. I didn't get excited until it opened up. I was hoping the leader would come off the rail a little bit. And when he did, Tyler snuck up in there a little bit. I don't know. I haven't seen it. But NBC had a camera on me and we gave them a lot to see, I can promise you that."
Casse reflected on growing up on a farm in Indiana when "Sundays were awful, because there was no Daily Racing Form. The Racing Forms were delivered to our farm, and everybody would drive from other places and pick them up. You know how a dog waits for its owner to come? I would sit and I would wait for the car to bring the Racing Form. Then I'd run over and read it from top to bottom - and how could you not know about the Preakness? I didn't even let that bother me about the Derby horse (Maximum Security or adjudged winner Country House) not being here and this and that. It's the Preakness. And we can now say we won it."
The trainer said his phone was blowing up with congratulatory messages.
"Between texts and emails, I had more than 400, and I always answer everybody," he said. "I've only answered about 250 so far, so I'm still working on that. And I got a very nice email from Gary West," the owner Maximum Security, "which was very nice, congratulating Gary (Barber) and I."
Casse reiterated his post-Derby sentiments that it was fortunate that a horse as athletic as War of Will was the one who nearly clipped heels with Maximum Security because a less agile horse might have fallen.
"We should be thankful," he said. "I'm not sure everybody would have survived that, the bumping and the contact. But he's very athletic."
Casse had planned to ship out War of Will Sunday morning, but changed it to Monday morning. He will go to Keeneland, where Casse's division is overseen by assistant trainer David Carroll, who also had War of Will all winter at the Fair Grounds.
War of Will won the Fair Grounds' Lecomte (G3) and Risen Star (G2) before finishing ninth in the Louisiana Derby, a race in which he lost his action shortly after the break and never was a threat. But Casse and his team never lost confidence in the War Front colt, who earned $990,000 and now has made $1,491,569 off a 4-1-1 record in 10 starts.
Owendale, Everfast Likely Candidates for 2019 Belmont Stakes
Calumet Farm's Everfast, who made an impressive late run along the rail to finish second in Saturday's Preakness, was headed back to trainer Dale Romans' Churchill Downs stable Sunday morning.
The Belmont Stakes will be taken under serious consideration for the son of Take Charge Indy, Romans said after Everfast nosed out Owendale for second money Saturday.
Brad Cox, who finished third with Owendale and fourth with Warrior's Charge in the trainer's Triple Crown debut, said Owendale could possibly run in the Belmont Stakes. Owendale, winner of Keeneland's Lexington (G3) in his prior start, put in a late wide rally to finish 1 ¼ lengths ahead of Warrior's Charge, who lost by a total of 2 ½ lengths after setting a strong pace.
Owendale and Warrior's Charge were scheduled to van back to Churchill Downs on Sunday.
"They both cooled out fine, actually pretty quick too, considering to ask them to do something they'd never done before, going that far," Cox said. "Warrior's Charge, as fast as he went early, he looked great his morning. His energy is good. Same thing with Owendale.
"Warrior's Charge, we wouldn't even consider the Belmont with him, obviously," he said. "The mile and a half is a touch far. Owendale, we'll think about it. We'll see how he's moving. It would have a lot to do with who's running, and, first of all, how he's doing. It's a lot back in three weeks. But it's a big purse and it's a prestigious race, and these horses only get one shot in their 3-year-old year."
Warrior's Charge blitzed the first quarter-mile in 22.50 seconds under Javier Castellano before getting a half-mile in 46.16 seconds and six furlongs in 1:10.56. War of Will came up the rail to take the lead, reaching the mile in 1:35.48 and 1 3/16 miles in 1:54.34. Cox said that he thought he had a chance to win when the field turned for home.
"I thought, `Warrior's Charge is doing exactly what I thought: He's going to take them a long way,' and he continued on," he said. "Then War of Will slipped up on the inside and I thought, `OK, he's got the best of us,' and I turned my attention to Owendale and thought for a second, `OK, he's got a shot to get there.' Then I saw the pink silks [of War of Will owner Gary Barber], and we weren't moving quick enough the last part of it.
"But it was a big effort, just a nose away from being second," he added. "I thought we lost more ground than the horse who ran second, so I was super-pleased with Owendale. Both of them. The horse on the lead ran an unbelievable race. He's a really nice horse, probably just a little shorter races for him in the future."
Cox said Warrior's Charge's owners, Ten Strike Racing and Madaket Stables, were glad to have supplemented the colt for $150,000 to the Preakness, even though fourth-place money of $99,000 left a shortfall.
"They didn't break even, they didn't get their money back," he said. "But the horse showed them a lot. I think for them, everything was positive as far as performance. The effort yesterday didn't surprise me at all. He gives you what he has. He's very, very honest."
Master Fencer Looks Great in Belmont Stakes Preps
Letting Master Fencer go about his business at his pace has been a key intangible in getting the best end result out of the chestnut colt.
So, on a picture perfect Wednesday morning at Keeneland, the connections behind the son of Just a Way gave him ample time to settle into his routine before posting a half-furlong workout in :52 seconds flat in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, slated for Saturday, June 8.
After emerging from his barn shortly after 6:30 a.m., Master Fencer first headed to the Keeneland training track where he jogged and cantered a couple of laps before making his way to the main track. With exercise rider Yosuke Kono in the irons, the sixth-place finisher in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby put in another easy canter once around before finally breaking off for his move.
"He's a pretty slow starter so we meant him to warm up and get ready to go to the main track," Kono said via translator. "Even at the main track, we actually wanted to see how he can move his body to take action. So the first gallop, we did a stop and go because I wanted to see how he can respond to the break. So he did that twice and he responded well. For the breezing, he did the Japanese way where we start slowly and then maybe the last two furlongs have a strong finish."
Master Fencer has been at Keeneland since rallying from last in the 19-horse field Kentucky Derby to cross the wire seventh before being elevated one spot via the disqualification of Maximum Security. That admirable surge far outdistanced his 58-1 odds and cemented his extended stay in North America for the purpose of chasing the final leg of the Triple Crown.
"To be honest, the plan [to go to the Belmont Stakes] was there but it was all up to the result of the Kentucky Derby," Kono said. "Fortunately he ran well, he finished seventh and eventually became sixth. Because of that result, immediately after the race the owner decided to go to the Belmont.
"Where he was in the first turn and coming into the stretch we were kind of thinking 'Oh my God'. But eventually he used such an amazing late kick. We are really hopeful for the next race."
Owned and bred by Katsumi Yoshizawa and trained by 48-year-old former jockey Koichi Tsunoda, Master Fencer earned his spot in the starting gate for the first Saturday in May by accumulating 19 points on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby. His 2019 campaign included a fast-closing second in the $310,830 Fukuryu at Nakayama Racecourse on March 31 and a fourth-place effort in the $330,506 Hyacinth Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse on Feb. 17.
Master Fencer is slated to ship to Belmont Park on Friday, May 24 where he will have his final bit of fine tuning in advance of the 12-furlong classic.
"He's been doing better all the time," Kono said. "He eats well and he works well so we're satisfied for now."
Tacitus in preps for 2019 Belmont Stakes
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was trackside at Belmont Park early Saturday morning to oversee Juddmonte Farms homebred Tacitus making his first breeze back since a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Mott is pointing the impeccably bred son of Tapit and multiple Grade 1 winner Close Hatches towards the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, slated for Saturday, June 8.
Tacitus, who captured the Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets in April at the Big A, breezed over the main track just after 6:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, working in company with graded stakes winner Multiplier.
Tacitus settled a length back of Multiplier, the 2017 Grade 3 Illinois Derby winner, through a quarter-mile in 24.3 seconds and edged along outside Multiplier down the lane with both grays officially clocked in 48.57 for the half-mile drill. Tacitus galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.44 as he began to pull away from Multiplier.
"It all went smoothly. It was his first breeze back and exactly what we wanted," said Mott. "It's what I expected. They look like a good team together."
Tacitus, piloted by Jose Ortiz in the Kentucky Derby, rallied from 16th to finish fourth, defeated less than four lengths, over a sloppy Churchill main track. He was elevated to third when Maximum Security, who crossed the wire first, was disqualified for an infraction at the top of the stretch that saw the Mott-trained Country House declared the winner of the 145th Run for the Roses.
"We were very happy with Tacitus' effort in the Derby. We always suspected he'd do well at a mile and a quarter," said Mott.
Country House, who provided Mott with his first Kentucky Derby winner, developed a cough after his historic win and was forced to skip the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Grade 1 Preakness, which goes to post at 6:48 p.m. this evening at Pimlico.
Country House was examined at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington and returned to Churchill Downs on Wednesday.
Mott said he will take his time with Country House before deciding on where the Derby winner will make his next start.
"Country House is back at the barn in Kentucky. He's just been walking under tack. I'll leave him there for a couple weeks. I want to make sure that he's healthy before we move him and make sure everything is good as it should be," said Mott.
On Friday, Mott watched his dual Grade 1-winner Yoshida breeze four furlongs in 49.64 over the dirt training track at Saratoga.
Owned by China Horse Club International, WinStar Farm, and Head of Plains Partners, the multi-surface star Yoshida enjoyed a lucrative 2018 campaign taking the Grade 1 Old Forester Turf Classic at Churchill Downs in May and the Grade 1 Woodward presented by NYRA Bets in September. Bred in Japan by Northern Farm, the Heart's Cry bay banked $1,040,670 in 2018.
Yoshida closed out 2018 with a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic and most recently finished sixth in the Grade 1 Dubai World Cup.
Mott said Yoshida is targeting the Grade 2, $600,000 Stephen Foster, a Breeders' Cup Win & You're In event, set for June 15 at Churchill Downs.
"Yoshida is doing well. That was his second breeze back. He'll probably train up to the Stephen Foster," said Mott.
Belmont Stakes Racing Festival - Thursday, June 7
|Astoria||$150,000||5 1/2 Furlongs/Dirt||F2YO|
|Intercontinental||III||$200,000||7 Furlongs/Turf||F&M 4&UP|
|Wonder Again||III||$200,000||1 1/8 Miles/Turf||F3YO|
Belmont Stakes Racing Festival - Friday, June 8
Belmont Stakes Racing Festival - Saturday, June 9
|Acorn Stakes||I||$700,000||1 Mile/Dirt||F3YO|
|Belmont Stakes||I||$1,500,000||1 1/2 Miles/Dirt||3YO|
|Brooklyn Invitational||II||$400,000||12 Furlongs/Dirt||4&UP|
|Easy Goer||$150,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||4&UP|
|Jaipur Invitational||II||$400,000||6 Furlongs/Turf||4&UP|
|Just a Game||I||$700,000||1 Mile/Turf||F&M 4&UP|
|Metropolitan Handicap||I||$1,200,000||1 Mile/Dirt||3&UP|
|Ogden Phipps||I||$750,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||F&M 4&UP|
|Manhattan||I||$1,000,000||1 1/4 Miles/Turf||4&UP|
|Woody Stephens||II||$400,000||7 Furlongs/Dirt||3YO|
Use the links below to learn more about the third leg of the `Triple Crown of Horse Racing'
- 2018 Belmont Stakes Contenders List of the confrimed 2018 Belmont Stakes contenders.
- Betting the Belmont Stakes - There are several concepts unique to the race that have to be taken into account when handicapping the third leg of horse racing's Triple Crown.
- Belmont Stakes History - Notable Moments In Belmont Stakes History.
- Belmont Stakes Traditions - Listing of the long lasting honored traditions of the Belmont Stakes.
- Belmont Stakes Past Winners - Listing of previous Belmont Stakes winners from 1867 until present.
- Belmont Park - is the annual host racetrack of the Belmont Stakes.
- Belmont Stakes Song Lyrics - Lyrics for New York, New York sung by Frank Sinatra
- 2017 Belmont Stakes Video Replay - Tapwrit Wins Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.
- Horse Betting News - Get up-to-date (Horse Racing News RSS Feeds) for the 2018 Belmont Stakes.
Belmont Stakes History
The Belmont Stakes, the final and most demanding leg of the Triple Crown, is named after August Belmont who had been a leading banker and racing man of the 19th century. He was also the first President of the Jockey Club in 1867. In 1869, August Belmont took first and second money with his own Fenian and Glenelg. When the race initially started running in 1867 it took place at Jerome Park Racetrack which is in the Bronx. The race didn't move until the Belmont Park opened in 1905 and the race has since remained at this venue.
The Belmont Stakes race is the third race in the triple crown and can carry a ton of excitement. By the time the Belmont Stakes rolls around bettors usually have an idea of what to expect from each horse since the top contenders will have already ran two races.. This means bettors have more information to work with in order to tip the odds in their favour and earn money betting on the Belmont Stakes race.
The Belmont Stakes is a 1.5-mile race, while the Kentucky Derby is only 1.25-mile and the Preakness Stakes is only 1.1875-mile. This extra distance changes the entire dynamic of the race and some horses who may excel at the first two races will not be able to last that extra quarter mile at the Belmont Stakes. This is why the Belmont Stakes is often referred to as the "test of the champion".
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Belmont Stakes Trivia
1 1/2miles - The distance of the Belmont Stakes, longer than both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
2 - The number of horses to compete in the race when Man o' War won in 1920. The race also had a two-horse field on four occasions before that.
2:24 - The distance of the Belmont Stakes, longer than both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
1 1/2miles - Record winning time for the Belmont, set by Secretariat when he won the Triple Crown in 1973.
3 - The number of times the Belmont has been decided by a nose, most recently when Victory Gallop denied Real Quiet a Triple Crown win in 1998.
3 - The number of fillies who have won the race. Rags to Riches' 2007 win is the most recent, breaking a 102-year drought since Tanya won the race in 1905.
6 - Number of Belmont wins by jockeys Eddie Arcaro and Jim McLaughlin, tied for the record.
8 - Record number of Belmont Stakes wins by a trainer, held by James Rowe Sr. His last win came in 1913, and he also won two Belmont Stakes as a jockey.
15 - The biggest field ever to contest the race, in 1983.
20 - The number of (equine) winners whose named started with the letter C, more popular than any other first initial.
31 lengths - The margin of victory when Secretariat romped in the 1973 edition, a record.
34 - The number of odds-on favorites to run in the Belmont since 1940. Thirteen of them won.
62 - Number of times the betting favorite has won the Belmont, equal to 42 percent of the time.
$142.50 - Record win payoff, when Sarava won at 70.25-1 in 2002.
1867 - The year the Belmont was first run. This year marks the race's 148th running, as there was no Belmont held in 1911 and 1912.
120,139 - Record attendance, at the 2004 race when Smarty Jones lost his Triple Crown bid. Last year's Belmont attendance was capped at 90,000 to ensure a great experience for fans.
134,839,391 - Total dollars wagered on last year's Belmont Stakes day races.
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