Belmont Stakes field reduced to 8 horses

All agreed that a successful bid by American Pharoah to win the Belmont Stakes on June 6 and become horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner would inject interest and vitality in the sport among popular culture.

Baffert flew in from California on Saturday evening to watch American Pharoah put in a routine 1 3/8-mile gallop at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning, a prelude to his final work before the Belmont on Monday. “What is interesting is the connection of 2-year-old champions that have gone on to win the Triple Crown as 3-year-olds, which American Pharoah is, so that is hopeful”.

“That was mad”, Baffert said. He doesn’t have to be a great horse to beat the field that will challenge him late Saturday afternoon.

In view of racing’s declining popularity, it’s easy to see why track officials are reluctant to inhibit interested parties from getting a closer look at the merchandise.

There was so much human traffic accompanying the horses between their barns and the paddock on Derby Day that Baffert saw fit to raise concerns about crowd control.

Twitter Updates on 2015 Belmont Stakes Contenders: Reports indicate that American Pharoah continues to train well at Churchill Downs and hold his weight in preparation for the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes.

“He weighed the same after the Preakness as he did going into the Arkansas Derby”, said Baffert. The same was true for Silver Charm and Real Quiet. “It’s more the distance and the race shape because nobody’s run 1½ miles and you don’t know if any of United States want to run that far”.

Sherman said he’s pointing for a big meeting at Del March He liked the way the sale horses went over the new dirt track during the previews before the Barretts Sale.

“It’s exciting for the fans”, Baffert said. In both races, victory was snatched from him in the final strides by Touch Gold and Victory Gallop, respectively. And he’ll relax too.

“I don’t think anything should be changed”, he said. But the Belmont is a wacky race. When they’re on a good horse, they’re going to get you there.”. They teamed to win that day and at the Preakness, but the Bob Baffert-trained colt stumbled out of the starting gate in the Belmont and finished eighth. The Truth or Else didn’t run in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness and has an ankle issue. “You might think it would detract from the Belmont, but the way the race was packaged as an equal to the basketball and baseball games actually helped grow the Belmont’s reputation as a major event”.

Shared Belief, out for the year with an injury, has a slight lead in the National Poll over American Pharoah.

It’s just incredible to be in this position that I’m at right now. And past year, riding California Chrome, he didn’t turn in his best work, allowing the colt to get trapped on the rail through the first mile – a place he had never been in the first two Triple Crown races – and then taking him four wide in the turn for home. To me it’s the two-minute warning.

Carpe Diem turned in two quick workouts at Belmont since finishing a career-worst 10th in the Kentucky Derby.

Espinoza is one of just six jockeys to win consecutive Kentucky Derbies, and he’s among seven riders to have won it three times. His fitness is as good as he can get.



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