Latest Belmont Stakes News

Essential Quality probably tops in Triple Crown gray area

Jun. 06, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three Triple Crown races, three different winners and one isn't even decided yet. More than five weeks since the Kentucky Derby and with the Belmont Stakes over, the Triple Crown season is still muddled in uncertainty. Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit...

Brad Cox-trained Essential Quality wins Belmont Stakes

Jun. 05, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Cox insisted he wasn't sitting around waiting or worrying about whether a disqualification of Bob Baffert's Kentucky Derby winner would give him his first victory in a Triple Crown race. Essential Quality captured the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to...

Jockey Luis Saez dedicates Belmont Stakes win to brother

Jun. 05, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Saez looked up to the sky after winning the Belmont Stakes aboard Essential Quality. It was not hard to think the words going through his mind were: "This one is for you, Juan." The win was Saez's first official one in a Triple Crown race, but it it...

Riding spill painful for jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., plus costly

Jun. 05, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A nasty fall riding in a race earlier this week not only sidelined jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., it proved costly on Saturday's Belmont Stakes card. Ortiz had to take off all 12 of his mounts because of his injuries, including a ride on Known Agenda in the $1.5...

The Latest: Essential Quality rallies to win Belmont Stakes

Jun. 05, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Belmont Stakes (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Essential Quality wore down pacesetter Hot Rod Charlie in the stretch and crossed the finish line first in the Belmont Stakes. The win was the sixth...

Essential Quality crosses finish line first in Belmont Stakes

Jun. 05, 2021 18:56 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Essential Quality crosses finish line first in Belmont Stakes.

Analysis: A lot of second chances at play in the Belmont

Jun. 05, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

The Belmont Stakes is the third leg of the Triple Crown, yet for many on Saturday it represents a second chance. First, it’s a first step for racing on what will be a long trip to escape yet another cloud. The news earlier this week of Churchill Downs suspending Bob...

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. out of Belmont following scary fall

Jun. 04, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. is out of the Belmont Stakes after a scary fall while racing but seems to have escaped long-term injury. Ortiz was thrown off a horse during a race Thursday at Belmont Park and then trampled by the horse being ridden by younger...

'Formidable group' of horses finish Triple Crown at Belmont

Jun. 04, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Kentucky Derby winner could be disqualified for the second time in three years, the Preakness winner pulled off a big upset and now nobody knows who is the best 3-year-old horse in the country. Perhaps it'll be settled at the Belmont Stakes on...

Carmouche riding at 'new level' into Belmont for first time

Jun. 04, 2021 02:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Five months after breaking his right leg, Kendrick Carmouche needed to get back on a horse. “I start watching those horses go around the track,” he said, mimicking goosebumps popping up on his arms and tingling in his fingers. “That itch came...