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Sunday's feature graded stakes at Belmont Park, the Grade 2, $200,000 Matron for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs, will see a talented field of six each looking to make their mark in the juvenile division.
A perfect 3-for-3 during her 2014 campaign, Amerman Racing's multiple graded stakes winner Coffee Clique will look to get back to last year's form as she takes on 12 rivals in the 38th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Athenia on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Sharing the spotlight with the Grade 3, $200,000 Athenia on Saturday at Belmont Park, the Grade 2, $200,000 Futurity attracted a field of promising juvenile sprinters going six furlongs on the main track.
Partisan Politics showed a new dimension as she unleashed a powerful late kick to win the $200,000 Pebbles, the holiday feature on Monday at Belmont Park.
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey was well-pleased Monday morning after Breeders' Cup Classic candidate Honor Code worked a sparkling five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 over the main track at Belmont Park.
Rallying from last with a thrilling drive in the stretch, Gestut Brummerhof's Messi earned his first career graded stakes victory in the Grade 3, $200,000 Knickerbocker on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Stronach Stables' Devine Aida looks to return to the winner's circle on Monday in the Columbus Day feature at Belmont Park, the $200,000 Pebbles for 3-year old fillies on the turf.
Drawing a talented field of 11 runners headlined by defending champion Legendary and multiple graded stakes winner Mr Speaker, Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Knickerbocker Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf at Belmont Park will look to establish some order in the older turf horse division on the East coast.
There will be a two-day Pick 6 carryover of $90,278 greeting bettors when live racing resumes Thursday at Belmont Park.
With his second consecutive Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup win under his belt, Robert S. Evans' Tonalist has emerged from his victory in tip-top shape, according to trainer Christophe Clement.
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