The stretch run of the inaugural Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby turned into an exhilarating showdown between the United States and Europe when Mr Speaker hooked up with the highly touted Irish-bred Adelaide midway through the lane, with Mr Speaker proving best by a neck after a stretch-long tussle.
Making his first stakes start in open company, New York-bred Zivo rocketed up the rail and went on to post a three-length upset of Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban Handicap on Stars & Stripes Day at Belmont Park.
Clearly Now made it apparent he's one of the best sprinters around on Stars & Stripes Day at Belmont Park by taking the Grade 3, $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship by 6 ¼ lengths and stopping the clock in track record time of 1:19.96 for seven furlongs.
Clearly Now will go in search of his first graded stakes victory in more than seven months when he contests the Grade 3, $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship at seven furlongs for older horses on Saturday at Belmont Park, as part of the inaugural Stars & Stripes Day card.
A trio of international horses took to the Belmont Park turf course shortly after 9 a.m. on Thursday in preparation for Stars & Stripes Day.
Toast of New York will look to become just that when he attempts to win the first running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The inaugural running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational attracted a diverse cast of 3-year-old fillies who will be traveling 1 ¼ miles over Belmont Park’s turf course on Saturday.
Multiple graded stakes winner Last Gunfighter goes in search of his third straight stakes victory on Saturday when he takes on a field of 10 in the Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban Handicap, one of five graded stakes on the inaugural Stars & Stripes Festival card at Belmont Park.
La Verdad, a winner of three straight stakes races, heads a group of five New York-bred fillies and mares entered in the $100,000 Dancin Renee, a six-furlong dash on Thursday at Belmont Park.
Multiple graded stakes winner Za Approval tries to regain the winning touch on Friday at Belmont Park as he heads a field of eight entered for the $150,000 Forbidden Apple, the first of two turf stakes on an Independence Day Card with a special first-race post time of 3 p.m.
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