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Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Camelot Kitten finished the longest race of his career with a late surge for a victory by a neck in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Pennine Ridge for 3-year-olds on the inner turf at Belmont Park.
The three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, the highlight of which is the 148th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 11, opens on Thursday with a trio of stakes for fillies and mares including the inaugural $200,000 Belmont Coronation Invitational.
Trainer Todd Pletcher reported Saturday morning that his two Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes contenders, Destin and Stradivari, each jogged one mile on the training track and stood at the starting gate.
Joe Clancy of ST Publishing and Richard Rosenblatt of The Associated Press earned top honors in the New York Racing Association, Inc.'s (NYRA) seventh annual Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Contest, recognizing the best in print and internet coverage of the 2015 Belmont Stakes, in which American Pharoah became racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.
Beating the light rain that began to fall at Belmont Park Friday morning, Todd Pletcher worked both his Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes hopefuls, Destin and Stradivari, at 7:45 a.m. on the training track.
Charles Fipke's homebred Forever d'Oro is under consideration for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes following his maiden victory on May 29 at Belmont Park, said Kentucky-based trainer Dallas Stewart.
The New York Racing Association will again offer awards to recognize top performers for this year's Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.
Koji Maeda's Japanese import Lani turned in a characteristically lengthy breeze early Wednesday morning, his penultimate work for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 11.
The Chad Brown-trained Camelot Kitten will look to build on an impressive graded stakes victory in his last start as the bay colt highlights a field of 10 in the Grade 3, $200,000 Pennine Ridge for 3-year-olds on the inner turf Saturday at Belmont Park.
Following are the early probables for graded stakes during the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Belmont Park, highlighted by the 148th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. Likely fields for invitational races will be available later in the week.
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