Latest Belmont Stakes News

Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont

Jun. 8, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Winston provided a perfect finish to a crazy Triple Crown. After a disqualification in the Kentucky Derby and a runaway horse in the Preakness, of course the Belmont Stakes goes to a 10-1 long shot. Sir Winston captured the $1.5 million race Saturday, holding off favored Tacitus by a...

Tacitus finishes second in Belmont Stakes

Jun. 8, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tacitus was well-rested for a run on his home track. It just didn't work out. The favored Tacitus finished second to Sir Winston in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. The 3-year-old colt, who skipped the Preakness after finishing third in the Kentucky Derby, had one of the worst trips of his...

Sir Winston crosses finish line first in Belmont Stakes

Jun. 8, 2019 6:43 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Winston crosses finish line first in Belmont Stakes.

Analysis: Belmont pick is Tacitus, aided by bloodlines

Jun. 7, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

This is a Triple Crown season that will be remembered, though probably should be forgotten. Maximum Security was the winner of the Kentucky Derby for about 20 minutes, then got taken down over a claim of foul that will be debated forever. The Preakness was probably most notable for Bodexpress throwing jockey John...

Belmont will bring end to entertaining Triple Crown

Jun. 7, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's been a buzz about thoroughbred racing since the Kentucky Derby and it just might increase when the "What if?" Triple Crown comes to an end with the Belmont Stakes. Think about it. What if Maximum Security, the first colt across the finish line, had not interfered with eventual...

Pletcher's longshots can't be ignored in Belmont Stakes

Jun. 7, 2019 1:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Trainer Todd Pletcher, always dangerous in the Belmont Stakes, sends out a pair of long shots Saturday in the final leg of the Triple Crown. The focus of attention will fall on two other horses — Tacitus, the 9-5 favorite, and War of Will, the Preakness winner and the close second...

Trainer Bill Mott trying to win Belmont, and without mayhem

Jun. 6, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Standing outside his barn at Belmont Park and wearing a New York Yankees cap, trainer Bill Mott was finishing a conversation about Roger Maris. Mott had thought the man who broke Babe Ruth's record was from his home state, South Dakota. Actually it was North Dakota, although the Hall of...

Better camera technology game-changer for Triple Crown races

Jun. 6, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Without high-tech cameras and updated monitors, TV viewers would not have been able to see Justify win the 2018 Preakness. At least not nearly as clearly as they did. When the fog descended on Pimlico Race Course, everyone was blinded to the track. But NBC Sports' use of the "BatCam" and...

Gaffalione has become horse racing's rising star jockey

Jun. 5, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

Tyler Gaffalione seems poised to add his name to the list of all-time great jockeys in horse racing that includes Ron Turcotte, Jerry Bailey, Gary Stevens, John Velazquez and Mike Smith. While there may not be a specific moment when people in horse racing realized those jockeys would become all-time greats,...

Tacitus favored in Belmont; Preakness winner 2nd choice

Jun. 4, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Winning the Preakness wasn't enough to make War of Will the Belmont Stakes favorite. In fact, being the only colt to run in all three Triple Crown races really didn't earn him the respect one would expect. Well-rested Tacitus was made the slight favorite over the hard-working War of Will in...