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."
Za Approval, whose three graded stakes wins include a score in the Knickerbocker last fall at this venue, will attempt to regain winning form when he competes in the Grade 3, $300,000 Poker on Monday at Belmont Park.
Guests at Belmont Park will have the chance to enter a free drawing for memorabilia autographed by New York's top jockeys when they come to the track on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.
Several of the horses who are slated to challenge California Chrome in the 146th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7 are scheduled to breeze this weekend at Belmont Park.
Triple Crown contender California Chrome was unfazed Friday morning when he encountered an opossum who decided to cross the main track at Belmont Park towards the end of the chestnut colt's routine daily gallop in preparation for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.
Fostering a superstition born on the first stop of the Triple Crown, Belmont Park presented the connections of California Chrome with two saddlecloths upon his arrival - one bearing the proper spelling of the colt's name and one deliberately misspelled "Califorina Chrome".
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