The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the addition of two executives to its senior management team, naming Lynn LaRocca to the newly created position of Chief Experience Office and Joseph Lambert as its General Counsel.
Trainer Todd Pletcher adds Matterhorn to prospective Belmont Stakes field, preps Palace Malice and Princess of Sylmar for Belmont Day races.
Jack Milton pushed six-time Eclipse Award winning trainer Todd Pletcher to the top of the North American all-time earnings list on Monday with an emphatic 2 ¾-length victory in the Grade 3, $300,000 Poker on Belmont Park's Widener turf course.
After Triple Crown contender California Chrome galloped two miles at 6 a.m. over Belmont Park's main track, assistant trainer Alan Sherman declared "all systems go" as the colt continued preparations for a date with history in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7.
Belmont Stakes contender Tonalist put in his penultimate work for the June 7 "Test of the Champion" at 6 a.m. on a resplendent morning at Belmont Park.
With clear blue skies and a bright morning sun beaming down for the first time since his arrival at Belmont Park earlier this week, Triple Crown candidate California Chrome "trained like a monster" this morning as he continued his preparations for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7.
Riposte, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for Juddmonte Farms, earned her first North American win in the Grade 2, $200,000 Sheepshead Bay on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Two automatic invitations to the inaugural Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational will be up for grabs on Monday in the $200,000 Pennine Ridge, a 1 1/8-mile race on the inner turf course for 3-year-olds.
With two weeks remaining until California Chrome's Triple Crown attempt in the 146th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 7, grandstand and clubhouse admission tickets are still available for New York's $8 million championship day of racing.
As Triple Crown contender California Chrome went about his daily routine on Saturday in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, a sizeable field was shaping up to challenge the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in the 1 ½-mile "Test of the Champion."
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