Belmont Park, Race 4, May 23 @ 2:40 ET

Race of the Day, May 23 Belmont Park, Turf, Maiden Claiming $65K, 1 1/16 miles, Purse: $50K FOUR QUESTIONS Four questions for the 4th at Belmont: 1. Will In Speight Ofital  like the turf?  He has some nice back performances on the turf, including two second place finishers.  It was a long time ago, but the
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Postscript: Charles Town, Race 9, May 22

Second Batallion closed well to win the 9th at Charles Town.  Let’s see how the race played out by revisiting the questions from the race preview. Q: How is the track playing tonight — are horses able to close?  If they are, then Second Battalion looms large. A: Horses were able to close on the track
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Charles Town, May 22, 10:20 P.M. ET

Race of the Day, May 22 10:20 P.M. ET Charles Town, Race 9, Claiming 5K, non-winners of 2 lifetime (excluding state-bred), 7 furlongs, Purse: $11K We take out first late-night trip to Charles Town Races (and slots!) tonight.  I’ve spent a decent amount of time at this track which is located just about 45 minutes
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Belmont #3 — Postscript

Let’s take a look back at the last race to see the answers to the questions that I posed earlier. The questions were: Will Purling maintain the main track Aqueduct form that has served her well?   She seemed to slip a little bit and we’ll have to wait for the speed figure to be
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Belmont Park, Race 3, May 21 @ 2:05 p.m.

Purse: $32K, Claiming for Fillies and Mares 3 and up.  Non-winners of 3 Lifetime, 6F We returning to Belmont for a late lunch for those in the east.  If you’re in the west, perhaps it’s a good day for an early lunch. Race 3 from Belmont is for $20K claimers who have not won 3 races
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Mountaineer Race Track, May 20, 7:00 ET

Race of the Day, May 20. Mountaineer Race Track, Chester, West Virginia. Race 1, Maiden Special Weight, Turf, 3 and up, 1 mile and 70 yds. Purse: $19,400 We’re returning to Mountaineer for our customary early week visit with a deep field of maidens routing on the turf. None of these horses have won a race
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Recent Triple Crown History at Belmont

Recent history has been unkind to winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown.  Let’s review the past ten years: 2003:  Funny Cide The plucky NY-bred beat heavily favored Empire Maker in the Kentucky Derby and romped in the Preakness while Empire Maker rested.  Watch what happened when they met in the Belmont:
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Race of the Day for Monday, May 19 @6:00 P.M.

Race of the Day, May 19, 2014 Hastings Racecourse, Vancouver, BC Race 4, Maiden Special Weight, 6 1/2 furlongs, Fillies and Mares, Purse: $25,000 On a relatively quiet racing Monday, we take our first trip out of the United States to charming Hastings Racecourse in  Vancouver, Canada. Today is Victoria Day, a holiday up north,
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Preakness Recap: How Champions Look

Greatness comes from everywhere.  Even from a $2,500 Stud Fee and a $8,000 mare.  California Chrome looked all the part of a champion today.  Social Inclusion ran well — right up to him on the turn — and California Chrome had more.  When Ride on Curlin made a solid run at his down the final furlong, I
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Quick Thoughts about Every Preakness Horse

#1. Dynamic Impact developed late but still well below these. Has some style flexibility which could be an asset from rail. #2. General A Rod is a notch below these.  I’d like him in the Indiana or Iowa Derby later this summer. #3. California Chrome is best on paper.  If he wins, he’ll become the biggest public horse since Smarty
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