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ABRV - EVENTS/TRAVEL

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California Chrome is only one race from making history but before his name is etched on the Triple Crown trophy, he must face a talented field in the Belmont Stakes. Here the America's Best Racing Brand Ambassadors give you a quick rundown or “cheat sheet” of the 13 expected Belmont starters to help you learn more about California Chrome’s rivals. The contenders for the Belmont Stakes are listed in alphabetical order below.

1. Medal Count (20-to-1)

Medal Count

Jockey: Robby Albarado
Trainer: Dale Romans
Owner: Spendthrift Farm
Career Record: 8 Starts - 3 Wins - 1 Second - 0 Thirds
Career Earnings: $261,600
Earnings Per Start: $32,700
Pedigree: Dynaformer – Brisquette, by Unbridled’s Song
Color: Bay
Running Style: Closer
Notable Achievements and Interesting Facts: Medal Count encountered a rough trip in the Kentucky Derby, finishing eighth, 7 ½ lengths behind California Chrome. He notched a solid runner-up finish to Dance With Fate in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland eight days after winning the Transylvania Stakes. Trainer Dale Romans is seeking his first victory in the Belmont Stakes. 

2. California Chrome (3-to-5)

Chrome

Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Trainer: Art Sherman
Owner: Steven Coburn and Perry Martin
Career Record: 12 Starts - 8 Firsts -1 Second - 0 Thirds
Career Earnings: $3,452,650
Earnings Per Start: $287,721                      
Pedigree: Lucky Pulpit - Love the Chase, by Not For Love
Color: Chestnut
Running Style: Pacesetter/Stalker
Notable Achievements and Interesting Facts: California Chrome is riding a 6-race win streak, all stakes, that includes the $1.5-million Grade 1 Preakness Stakes, $2-million Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, the $1-million Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby and $300,000 Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park. He will become the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown (Derby, Preakness and Belmont) if he wins the Belmont Stakes on June 7th. California Chrome, or CC for short, is only one of four California-breds to have won the Kentucky Derby and the fifth to win the Preakness. He won the 140th Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2014 and the 139th Preakness Stakes on May 17. 

3. Matterhorn (30-to-1)

Matterhorn

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Jockey: Joe Bravo
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
Career Record: 4 Starts - 1 Wins - 0 Second - 1 Thirds
Career Earnings: $62,102
Earnings Per Start:  $15,526
Pedigree: Tapit - Winter Garden, by Roy
Color: Bay
Running Style: Closer
Notable Achievements and Interesting Facts: He showed talent by winning his debut over Harpoon in November 2013. After beating fellow Belmont contender Tonalist in the debut race for both horses (Tonalist finished fourth), Matterhorn finished fourth behind Tonalist in the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park in early May.

4. Commanding Curve (15-to-1)

Commanding -Curve

Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds
Career Record: 7 Starts - 1 Win - 2 Seconds - 2 Thirds
Career Earnings: $541,434
Earnings Per Start: $77,491  
Pedigree: Master Command - Mother, by Lion Hearted
Color: Bay
Running Style: Closer
Notable Achievements and Interesting Facts: He came in second behind California Chrome in the 19-horse field of the 2014 Kentucky Derby. His trainer, Dallas Stewart, was also second in the 2013 Kentucky Derby with Golden Soul.Stewart gained invaluable training experience during 12 years of working as an assistant for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, whose nickname is “The Coach”. 

5. Ride On Curlin (12-to-1)

Ride On Curlin

Jockey: John Velazquez
Trainer: William Gowan
Owner: Daniel Dougherty
Career Record: 11 Starts - 2 Firsts - 3 Seconds - 4 Thirds
Career Earnings: $714,687
Earning Per Start: $64,972
Pedigree: Curlin - Magical Ride, by Storm Cat
Color: Bay
Running Style: Stalker
Notable Achievements and Interesting Facts: Ride On Curlin has finished no worse than third in nine of his 11 career starts, including five graded stakes races. Ride On Curlin’s sire [father], Curlin, won the 2007 Preakness Stakes. The colt ran second behind California Chrome in the Preakness Stakes after a troubled seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. 

6. Matuszak (30-to-1)

Matuszak

Jockey: Mike Smith
Trainer: Bill Mott
Owner: George Prussin
Career Record: 8 Starts - 1 Wins - 1 Second - 2 Thirds
Career Earnings: $78,643
Earnings Per Start: $9,830
Pedigree: Bernardini - Golden Sonata, by Mr. Prospector
Color: Dark Bay or Brown
Running Style: Closer
Notable Achievements and Interesting Facts: Matuszak has been beaten by fellow Belmont contender Kid Cruz in his last two starts. He hasn’t won race a race since breaking his maiden in his debut at Churchill Downs on September 21, 2013. His trainer, Bill Mott, and jockey, Mike Smith, teamed to win the Belmont Stakes in 2010 with Drosselmeyer. 

7. Samraat (20-to-1)

Samraat

Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Trainer: Richard Violette, Jr.
Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Career Record: 7 Starts - 5 Firsts - 1 Second - 0 Thirds
Career Earnings: $833,200
Earning Per Start: $119,029
Pedigree: Noble Causeway - Little Indian Girl, by Indian Charlie
Color: Dark Bay/Brown
Running Style: Stalker
Notable Achievements and Interesting Facts: He won his first five career races, including the Kentucky Derby prep Withers and Gotham Stakes, at Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park in New York. Samraat is an Ancient Indian word which translates into “Emperor.” He finished fifth in the 140th Kentucky Derby. 

8. Commissioner (20-to-1)

Commissioner

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Jockey: Javier Castellano
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC
Career Record: 7 Starts - 2 Firsts - 2 Seconds - 1 Third
Career Earnings: $235,767
Earnings Per Start: $33,681
Pedigree: A.P. Indy - Flaming Heart, by Touch Gold
Color: Bay
Running Style: Closer
Notable Achievements and Interesting Facts: Commissioner ran 2nd to Tonalist in the Belmont Park’s local Belmont Stakes prep, the Grade 2 Peter Pan. He is a homebred for owner WinStar Farm, who won classic races with Super Saver (2010 Kentucky Derby) and Drosselmeyer (2010 Belmont Stakes). WinStar Farm also bred 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide.

9. Wicked Strong (6-to-1)

Wicked -Strong

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Trainer: James A. Jerkens
Owner: Centennial Farms
Career Record: 7 Starts - 2 Firsts - 1 Second - 1 Third
Career Earnings: $804,610
Earnings Per Start: $114,944                        
Pedigree: Hard Spun - Moyne Abbey, by Charismatic
Color: Bay
Running Style: Closer
Notable Achievements and Interesting Facts: Named in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, Wicked Strong was the winner of the $1-million Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. Centennial Farms is donating five percent of Triple Crown winnings for Wicked Strong to One Fund Boston. The colt finished fourth in the 140th Kentucky Derby.

10. General a Rod (20-to-1)

General -a -Rod

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Trainer: Michael J. Maker
Owner: Skychai Racing LLC and Starlight Racing
Career Record: 7 Starts - 2 Firsts - 2 Seconds - 1 Thirds
Career Earnings: $372,200
Earning Per Start: $53,171
Pedigree: Roman Ruler - Dynamite Eyes, by Dynaformer
Color: Bay
Running Style: Front-runner/Stalker
Notable Achievements and Interesting Facts: General a Rod is named for his former owner, Armando Rodriguez. He won the Gulfstream Park Derby in January and hit the board in February’s Fountain of Youth and the Florida Derby in March before finishing 11th in the Kentucky Derby. He then finished 4th in Preakness Stakes when only missing 3rd by a head after getting shuffled back early.

11. Tonalist (8-to-1)

Tonalist Hero

Photo by Coglianese Photos/NYRA

Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Owner: Robert S. Evans
Career Record: 4 Starts - 2 Firsts - 1 Second - 0 Thirds
Career Earnings: $157,000
Earnings per start: $39,250
Pedigree: Tapit - Settling Mist by Pleasant Colony
Color: Bay
Running Style: Pacesetter/Stalker
Notable Achievements and Interesting Facts: He ran second to eventual Florida Derby winner Constitution in a February Gulfstream Park allowance race. Tonalist won the local prep race for the Belmont Stakes, the Peter Pan, in impressive fashion by 4 lengths.

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Hoja de Repaso del Belmont Stakes

California Chrome está a solo una carrera de hacer historia, pero antes de que su nombre esté grabado en el trofeo de la Triple Corona, debe enfrentar a un talentoso grupo en el Belmont Stakes. Aquí, el America's Best Racing Brand Ambassadors, les brinda un rápido resumen o una “hoja de repaso” de los 13 participantes en el Belmont, para ayudarlos a que aprendan un poco más acerca de los rivales de California Chrome. Los contendientes para el Belmont Stakes están listados abajo en orden alfabético.

1. Medal Count (20-to-1)

Medal Count

Jinete: Robby Albarado
Entrenador: Dale Romans
Propietario: Spendthrift Farm
Récord de Campaña: 8 Carreras - 3 Triunfos - 1 Segundo - 0 Terceros
Sumas Ganadas: $261,600
Sumas Ganadas por Carrera: $32,700
Pedigrí: Dynaformer – Brisquette, por Unbridled’s Song
Color: Castaño
Estilo de correr: Atropellador
Logros Notables y Datos de Interés: Medal Count se encontró con un trayecto complicado en el Kentucky Derby, finalizando octavo, 7 ½ cuerpos detrás de California Chrome. Se apuntó un buen segundo lugar detrás de Dance With Fate en el Toyota Bluegrass Stakes en Keeneland, ocho días después de haber ganado el Transylvania Stakes. Su entrenador Dale Romans está buscando su primera victoria en el Belmont Stakes. 

2. California Chrome (3-to-5)

Chrome

Jinete: Victor Espinoza
Entrenador: Art Sherman
Propietario: Steven Coburn and Perry Martin
Récord de campaña: 12 Carreras - 8 Primeros -1 Segundo - 0 Terceros
Sumas ganadas: $3,452,650
Sumas ganadas por carrera: $287,721                      
Pedigrí: Lucky Pulpit - Love the Chase, por Not For Love
Color: Alazán
Estilo de correr: Ligero/ A Medio Grupo
Logros notables y Datos de Interés: California Chrome está siguiendo una racha de 6 triunfos consecutivos, todos clásicos, que incluyen el $1.5-millón Grado 1 Preakness Stakes, el $2-millones Grado 1 Kentucky Derby, el $1-millón Grado 1 Santa Anita Derby y el $300,000 Grado 2 San Felipe Stakes en Santa Anita Park. Se convertirá en el 12mo. caballo en ganar la Triple Corona (Derby, Preakness y Belmont) si gana el Belmont Stakes el 7 de Junio. California Chrome, o CC en abreviado, es sólo uno de cuatro ejemplares criados en California que ha ganado el Kentucky Derby y el quinto en ganar el Preakness. Ganó el 140mo. Kentucky Derby el 3 de Mayo, 2014 y el 139mo. Preakness Stakes el 17 de Mayo. 

3. Matterhorn (30-to-1)

Matterhorn

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Jinete: TBD
Entrenador: Todd Pletcher
Propietario: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
Récord de Campaña: 4 Carreras - 1 Triunfo - 0 Segundos - 1 Tercero
Sumas Ganadas: $62,102
Sumas Ganadas por Carrera: $15,526
Pedigrí: Tapit - Winter Garden, por Roy
Color: Castaño
Estilo de correr: Atropellador
Logros Notables y Datos de Interés: Mostró talento ganando su debut sobre Harpoon en Noviembre del 2013. Después de haber batido a Tonalist , su competidor en el Belmont, el día que ambos debutaron y donde Tonalist llegó cuarto, Matterhorn finalizó cuarto detrás de Tonalist en el Peter Pan Stakes en Belmont Park a comienzos de Mayo. 

4. Commanding Curve (15-to-1)

Commanding -Curve

Jinete: Shaun Bridgmohan
Entrenador: Dallas Stewart
Propietario: West Point Thoroughbreds
Récord de Campaña: 7 Carreras - 1 Primero - 2 Segundos - 2 Terceros
Sumas Ganadas: $541,434
Sumas ganadas por carrera: $77,491  
Pedigrí: Master Command - Mother, por Lion Hearted
Color: Castaño Oscuro
Estilo de Correr: Atropellador
Logros Notables y Datos de Interés: Viene de llegar segundo detrás de California Chrome en el lote de 19 caballos del 2014 Kentucky Derby. Su entrenador, Dallas Stewart, fue también segundo en el 2013 Kentucky Derby con Golden Soul. Stewart ganó invalorable experiencia como entrenador luego de trabajar 12 años como asistente del entrenador miembro del Salón de la Fama, D. Wayne Lukas, cuyo apodo es precisamente “El Instructor”. 

5. Ride On Curlin (12-to-1)

Ride On Curlin

Jinete: John Velazquez
Entrenador: William Gowan
Propietario: Daniel Dougherty
Récord de Campaña: 11 Carreras - 2 Primeros - 3 Segundos - 4 Terceros
Sumas Ganadas: $714,687
Sumas Ganadas por Carrera: $64,972
Pedigrí: Curlin - Magical Ride, por Storm Cat
Color: Castaño
Estilo de Correr: A Medio Grupo
Logros Notables y Datos Interés: Ride On Curlin nunca ha llegado peor que tercero en nueve de sus once salidas, incluyendo cinco carreras de grado clásico. El padre de Ride On Curlin, Curlin, ganó el 2007 Preakness Stakes. El potro llegó segundo detrás de California Chrome en el Preakness Stakes después de un problemático séptimo lugar en el Kentucky Derby.

6. Matuszak (30-to-1)

Matuszak

Jinete: Mike Smith
Entrenador: Bill Mott
Propietario: George Prussin
Récord de Campaña: 8 Carreras - 1 Triunfo - 1 Segundo- 2 Terceros
Sumas Ganadas: $78,643
Sumas Ganadas por Carrera: $9,830
Pedigrí: Bernardini - Golden Sonata, por Mr. Prospector
Color: Castaño Oscuro
Estilo de correr: Atropellador
Logros Notables y Datos de Interés: Matuszak ha sido batido por Kid Cruz, su competidor en el Belmont, en sus dos últimos enfrentamientos. No ha ganado una carrera desde que salió de perdedor en su debut en Churchill Downs el 21 de Septiembre del 2013. Su entrenador Bill Mott y el jinete Mike Smith trabajaron juntos para ganar el Belmont Stakes del 2010 con Drosselmeyer. 

7. Samraat (20-to-1)

Samraat

Jinete: Jose Ortiz
Entrenador: Richard Violette, Jr.
Propietario: My Meadowview Farm
Récord de Campaña: 7 Carreras - 5 Primeros - 1 Segundo - 0 Terceros
Sumas Ganadas: $833,200
Sumas Ganadas por Carrera: $119,029
Pedigrí: Noble Causeway - Little Indian Girl, por Indian Charlie
Color: Castaño Oscuro
Estilo de Correr: A Medio Grupo
Logros Notables y Datos de Interés: Ganó sus cinco primeras carreras, incluyendo las preparatorias al Derby, el Withers y el Gotham Stakes, en Aqueduct Racetrack y Belmont Park en New York. Samraat es una antigua palabra india que se traduce como “Emperador.” Llegó quinto en el 140mo. Kentucky Derby. 

8. Commissioner (20-to-1)

Commissioner

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Jinete: Javier Castellano
Entrenador: Todd Pletcher
Propietario: WinStar Farm LLC
Récord de Campaña: 7 Carreras - 2 Primeros - 2 Segundos - 1 Tercero
Sumas Ganadas: $235,767
Sumas Ganadas por Carrera: $33,681
Pedigrí: A.P. Indy - Flaming Heart, por Touch Gold
Color: Castaño Oscuro
Estilo de Correr: Atropellador
Logros Notables y Datos de Interés: Commissioner llegó 2do de Tonalist en la carrera preparatoria del Belmont Stakes, corrida en Belmont Park, el Grado 2 Peter Pan. Fue criado por su propietario WinStar Farm, quien ha ganado carreras clásicas con Super Saver (2010 Kentucky Derby) y Drosselmeyer (2010 Belmont Stakes). WinStar Farm también crió al ganador del 2003 Kentucky Derby y Preakness Stakes, Funny Cide.

9. Wicked Strong (6-to-1)

Wicked -Strong

Jinete: Rajiv Maragh
Entrenador: James A. Jerkens
Propietario: Centennial Farms
Récord de Campaña: 7 Carreras - 2 Primeros - 1 Segundo - 1 Tercero
Sumas Ganadas: $804,610
Sumas Ganadas por Carrera: $114,944 
Pedigrí: Hard Spun - Moyne Abbey, por Charismatic
Color: Castaño
Estilo de Correr: Atropellador
Logros Notables y Datos de Interés: Llamado así en honor a las víctimas de las bombas de la Maratón de Boston, Wicked Strong fue el vencedor del $1-millón Grado 1 Wood Memorial en Aqueduct. Centennial Farms está donando cinco por ciento de sus premios en la Triple Corona a One Fund Boston. El potro finalizó cuarto en el 140th Kentucky Derby.

10. General a Rod (20-to-1)

General -a -Rod

Jinete: Rosie Napravnik
Entrenador: Michael J. Maker
Propietario: Skychai Racing LLC and Starlight Racing
Récord de Campaña: 7 carreras - 2 Primeros - 2 Segundos - 1 Terceros
Sumas Ganadas: $372,200
Sumas Ganadas por Carrera: $53,171
Pedigrí: Roman Ruler - Dynamite Eyes, por Dynaformer
Color: Castaño
Estilo de CorrerPuntero/A Medio Grupo
Logros Notables y Datos de Interés: General a Rod es llamado así en honor a su anterior propietario, Armando Rodríguez. El ganó el Gulfstream Park Derby en Enero y entró en el marcador en el Fountain of Youth de Febrero y en el Florida Derby en Marzo, antes de finalizar 11mo. en el Kentucky Derby. Luego terminó 4to. en el Preakness Stakes perdiendo el 3er. lugar solamente por cabeza, después de venir enredado en los tramos iniciales.

11. Tonalist (8-to-1)

Tonalist Hero

Foto de Coglianese Photos/NYRA

Jinete: Joel Rosario
Entrenador: Christophe Clement
Propietario: Robert S. Evans
Récord de Campaña: 4 Carreras - 2 Primeros - 1 Segundo - 0 Terceros
Sumas Ganadas: $157,000
Sumas Ganadas por Carrera: $39,250
Pedigrí: Tapit - Settling Mist por Pleasant Colony
Color: Castaño
Estilo de Correr: Ligero/ A Medio Grupo
Logros Notables y Datos de Interés: Llegó segundo del posterior ganador del Florida Derby, Constitution, en una carrera condicional en Gulfstream Park, en FebreroTonalist ganó la preparatoria local para el Belmont Stakes, el Peter Pan, en forma impresionante por 4 cuerpos.

 


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ABR Brand Ambassadors

As part of an ongoing commitment to new fan development, America’s Best Racing (ABR) in 2013 launched a national bus tour designed to increase interest in the lifestyle and competition of America’s high profile Thoroughbred races and big event days across the country.

Dubbed the “ABRV”, the 45-foot-long tour bus traveled around the country, beginning in March 2013, with six young, enthusiastic brand ambassadors. The ambassadors met with national and local media outlets and appear on college campuses, and in high-traffic areas and strategic locations within each destination city. The energetic group focused on attracting a younger audience to the sport of horse racing, specifically the big race day events in each city.

The project was renewed for 2014 and 2015 with the six ambassadors embedded in key markets in Miami (Vince Mathews), Chicago (Mike Johnson), New York (Victoria Garofalo, Dan Tordjman) and Los Angeles (Jose Contreras, Ciara Austin). The project serves as a key component to America's Best Racing's commitment to grow the sport of horse racing and build the next generation of racing fans.

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ABR Brand Ambassadors

As part of an ongoing commitment to new fan development, America’s Best Racing (ABR) in 2013 launched a national bus tour designed to increase interest in the lifestyle and competition of America’s high profile Thoroughbred races and big event days across the country.

Dubbed the “ABRV”, the 45-foot-long tour bus traveled around the country, beginning in March 2013, with six young, enthusiastic brand ambassadors. The ambassadors met with national and local media outlets and appear on college campuses, and in high-traffic areas and strategic locations within each destination city. The energetic group focused on attracting a younger audience to the sport of horse racing, specifically the big race day events in each city.

The project was renewed for 2014 and 2015 with the six ambassadors embedded in key markets in Miami (Vince Mathews), Chicago (Mike Johnson), New York (Victoria Garofalo, Dan Tordjman) and Los Angeles (Jose Contreras, Ciara Austin). The project serves as a key component to America's Best Racing's commitment to grow the sport of horse racing and build the next generation of racing fans.

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