The Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes was a breakout performance in several ways for Madefromlucky. He recorded his first career stakes win, earned a career-best Equibase Speed Figure and secured a spot in the Belmont Stakes.
Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah had his first gallop since his seven-length runaway victory in the Preakness Stakes in preparation for the final leg of the Triple Crown, the $1.5-million Belmont Stakes on June 6.
With American Pharoah attempting to be coronated as the 12th Triple Crown winner in history in the June 6 Belmont Stakes, you may be planning on attending the Test of the Champion in Elmont, N.Y. However, if you’re like me, you love to look your best at the races without spending all of your hard-earned cash on clothes. Therefore I’ve put together a few looks that are perfect for the third leg of the Triple Crown that will leave you with plenty of betting money in the bank!
The difficulty of capturing the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, at three distances, on three tracks, all in the span of five weeks can’t be overstated. The task is such a tall order that only 11 horses have accomplished it in 139 years of the series – and none since Affirmed in 1978. So just who are these talented and tenacious Thoroughbreds? Find all the details on each Triple Crown winner listed below, a hallowed group that American Pharoah can join with a victory in the Belmont Stakes.
The Triple Crown is one of the most elusive titles in all of sports, one that has only been captured by 11 horses since 1875. That elusiveness helps to also make it one of the most talked about titles in sports, especially for five weeks each spring.
So while you’re standing around the water cooler for the next two weeks, deliberating over American Pharoah’s chances to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner by capturing the Belmont Stakes on June 6, here are 13 facts to impress your friends with.
Returning to the track for the first time since his Preakness Stakes romp last Saturday, American Pharoah went for a mile jog around Churchill Downs today.
The colt shipped to Churchill Downs on Monday to train up to the Belmont Stakes but had just walked the shed row on Tuesday and Wednesday. Trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes was happy with American Pharoah’s energy level during his morning exercise and is waiting to hear from Baffert on whether the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will jog again or gallop tomorrow morning.
Another potential end to the Triple Crown drought awaits. Sports pages will devote more space to this story than they allocate to horse racing the rest of the year. People who donʼt know the first thing about horse racing will have the name American Pharoah cross their lips repeatedly. This is good news for the sport but itʼs also a great opportunity to remind people of the lesser known tracks that donʼt grab nationwide headlines but keep the sport alive and relevant.
Owner Ahmed Zayat catapulted into the national spotlight this spring when his electrifying horse, American Pharoah, won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Mr. Zayat has a passion for the sport of horse racing, and over his years in the game he’s spoken some inspiring words about the Sport of Kings. As his American Pharoah heads toward Triple Crown glory in June 6’s Belmont Stakes, we’ve collected some of Mr. Zayat's best quotes and turned them into motivational posters for you!
In the rich tradition of horse racing, it ranks as a unique symbol. Every year the weathervane above Pimlico Race Course is painted with the jockey silks colors and saddle cloth number of the horse that won the Preakness Stakes. The tradition began in 1909. The horse and rider weathervane used to sit on top of the old clubhouse (dating back to 1870). Unfortunately, the clubhouse was destroyed in a fire in 1966. One of the only items rescued was the weathervane, which is currently on display in Pimlico’s museum.
The Preakness is all about the party and the fans. This was my second time at the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, and I was reminded again of all the great things it has to offer. There seems to be a bit more tension at the Kentucky Derby, the first of three grueling races in a five week period, and an added level of stress at the Belmont Stakes, the final and longest race of the series.
Frank Mirahmadi ushered in a new era at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., last weekend when he took the microphone as the track’s announcer.
Mirahmadi, who feels fortunate to be at Monmouth, had a spot of bad luck during the first portion of his first day: heavy fog hung around the park. He had only experienced fog this thick one other time in his career.
The Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes was a breakout performance in several ways for Madefromlucky. He recorded his first career stakes win, earned a career-best Equibase Speed Figure and secured a spot in the Belmont Stakes. Madefromlucky is expected to be part of a strong Belmont Stakes group from trainer Todd Pletcher that could also include Grade 1 winners Carpe Diem and Materiality. Let’s take a look at how Madefromlucky stacks up against the elite competition he will face in the Belmont Stakes.
Each week media members around the country vote on the top Thoroughbreds and top three-year-old Thoroughbreds in the nation and give readers a sneak peak at who they are impressed with early in the season and considering as top contenders for the Triple Crown races. Get to know the horses they have named the top in the nation below and vote for your favorites on America's Best Racing's Fan Poll.
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Preakness Stakes day started very auspiciously: the skies were bright, the birds were chirping, and Baltimore woke up to a perfect morning. I actually debated bringing my rain gear to Pimlico, since the weather was so perfect when I was leaving the press hotel. Fortunately, I decided that it would be better to have precipitation preparation and not need it than the other way around; so the giant rain boots of doom went on and my faithful Gore-Tex coat went around my waist.
Last night’s “Mad Men” series finale ended with Don Draper sitting on a cliff meditating and chanting, “Om …”. The camera pushed in to his blissful face and then faded to the famous “hilltop” Coca-Cola ad where a chorus of races and nationalities sing “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke.”
Preakness Day got off to a great start for me when my friend, Matt Smoot, brought me and his wife Courtney a “real” cup of coffee around 7am. After breakfast (a cold slice of leftover pizza for me - my favorite!) a shower, and a heavy application of sunscreen, we hit the road to Pimlico Race Course to watch our friend, Jockey Victor Espinoza, contest the middle jewel of the Triple Crown - The Preakness Stakes.
Back in the same position he was in last year – and in 2002 – Victor Espinoza is hoping the third time is the charm for his Triple Crown attempt.
After winning the Preakness yesterday, American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza became the 14th pair since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978 to have a chance to break the 37-year Triple Crown drought. Of those 14, three others have belonged to American Pharoah’s trainer Bob Baffert who won the first two legs of the series with Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998, and War Emblem in 2002.
Wagering on perennial maidens usually takes a toll on a bankroll, but unless you’re talking about Zippy Chippy, at some point an also-ran will blossom into a full-fledged winner.
Katie O. came into the fourth race at Keeneland on April 15 knowing nothing about the winner’s circle. Winless in 11 career starts, she showed only a smidgen of potential.
I love Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico – it’s an action-packed afternoon filled with amazing racing, decadent fashion, excellent music and – if you’re lucky – beautiful spring weather. Well, Mother Nature delivered on the sensational weather for Black-Eyed Susan Day; it was sunny, warm and breezy, the perfect setup for a fantastic afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.
It’s been two weeks since Victor Espinoza became only the sixth jockey to win back-to-back Kentucky Derbys — last year on California Chrome and this year aboard American Pharoah — and his picture is everywhere.
When one enters the press box on the fourth floor of Pimlico, there is a beautiful oak arts-and-crafts bench upholstered in fine leather. A dapper senior citizen sits there between races and I notice that the turf writers all greet him. He is stylish in his slacks, navy blazer with three gold buttons on the sleeves and leather loafers. A friend brings him a diet soda between races and he sits quietly watching the monitor and checking the minutes between the races.
In some ways, Swale can be considered the Riva Ridge of the 1980s.
Both were champions.
Each of them were obscured by a famous stablemate for part of their career.
They also registered the first Kentucky Derby win for one of the sport’s most famous farms.
All good things must come to an end. It is cliché, but it is true when it comes to describing my breeding-season internship at Claiborne Farm. My last day is Sunday, May 17, and as that dreaded mark approaches, it has provided a chance to gain some perspective on the past 3 1/2 months and to appreciate some of the most memorable moments and learning experiences: