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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2011
Graham Motion, who trainedAnimal Kingdom to a victory in the Kentucky Derby and then a second place finish in the Preakness, said Thursday that he plans to ship the chestnut colt to New York Sunday — almost a week ahead of time — to give him a better chance to prepare for theBelmont Stakes. That strategy is a departure from what Motion did withAnimal Kingdom prior to the Preakness, when he kept him at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton until the day of the race. Motion said he's not second-guessing that plan; he simply wants Animal Kingdom to have more time to adjust to the unique track at Belmont.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - As California Chrome began his recovery from a foot injury that might have contributed to his flat performance in the Belmont Stakes, his co-owner, Steve Coburn, stood by harsh comments about owners and trainers who run fresh horses in the third leg of the Triple Crown. An unrepentant Coburn said the Belmont, which pitted numerous fresh horses against a tired California Chrome, was "like me, at 6-foot-2, playing basketball with a kid in a wheelchair. " Coburn had become one of the stars of California Chrome's Triple Crown quest with his bold predictions of victory and his talk of representing the little guy in a sport full of blue bloods.
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By New York Daily News | May 15, 1991
Lite Light, who stamped herself as the nation's top 3-year-old filly when she won the Kentucky Oaks by 10 lengths, will race next in the June 8 Belmont Stakes, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said yesterday.Hollendorfer said the decision was made Monday night in a meeting with Lite Light's owners, the family of rap star M.C. Hammer. They'll have to pay a $50,000 supplemental entry fee.It was the owners who suggested the Belmont following Lite Ligh's victory in the 1 1/2 -mile Kentucky Oaks.
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Peter Schmuck | June 7, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn spent the past five weeks captivating America with his folksy charm and a shoot-from-the-hip style that seemed refreshing until he shot himself in the foot on Saturday. Instead of expressing his great pride in a low-budget horse that captured the imagination of the nation and nearly became the first horse in 36 years to win horse racing's Triple Crown, Coburn blasted the format that forced his horse to face several Kentucky Derby rivals who rested through the Preakness and crowned a new Belmont Stakes champion who had not run since May 10. He called the strategy "a coward's way out" during a nationally televised interview that wasn't folksy or charming.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | May 22, 1995
Expect a small field for the June 10 Belmont Stakes.That seems to be the result of repercussions felt from Saturday's injury-filled Preakness, where four of the 11 runners bled and another, Our Gatsby, suffered a fractured ankle that will require surgery.Both of D. Wayne Lukas' horses, winner Timber Country and third-place finisher Thunder Gulch, returned in good shape and appear certain Belmont starters. His Black-Eyed Susan winner, Serena's Song, is also New York-bound. But she won't run in the Belmont Stakes.
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June 5, 2008
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2011
Howard County officials have agreed to purchase Belmont, the historic 18th-century estate in Elkridge, for just over half the cost paid by owner Howard Community College. The county reached an agreement Sept. 7 with Howard Community College at a price of nearly $2.7 million for the 81-acre property. But, because the county previously provided about $2.6 million to the school to help it purchase Belmont, Howard will now only pay the difference of $89,000, said Kevin Enright, a county spokesman.
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By New York Times News Service | June 8, 1994
At 81 and counting, Charlie Whittingham is the dean of American horse trainers. He has won more than 2,400 races, 600 of them stakes, including the Kentucky Derby twice and the Preakness once. He has earned more than $104 million in purses. He has trained 10 national champions. He has won the Hollywood Gold Cup eight times, the Santa Anita Handicap nine times, the San Bernardino 11 times and the San Juan Capistrano 14 times.But in 60 years of prizes, he somehow has missed one: the Belmont Stakes.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2011
Howard County government is moving to buy Belmont, the historic 18th-century Elkridge estate left vacant in December when owner Howard Community College removed its culinary training classes and canceled future rentals. The Ulman administration announced Friday that the county is exercising its right of first refusal to make the purchase, though plans for the property are uncertain. There has been discussion of having a local environmental group operate programs there and manage the property.
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July 5, 1991
In Excess won the $500,000 Suburban Handicap in track record time yesterday at Belmont Park in New York.The 4-year-old colt won for first time in three tries at 1 1/4 miles in 1 minute, 58 1/5 seconds, smashing the Belmont record of 1:59 2/5 set by Alysheba on Sept. 17, 1988.In Excess came within two-fifths of second of equaling the world record set by Spectacular Bid on Feb. 3, 1980.* Tight Spot retained his perfect record on grass, leading wire to wire to capture the $219,400 American Handicap at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - In the end, California Chrome could not outrun recent history. All week, veteran horsemen had pointed to the 11/2-mile oval at Belmont Park, the longest in American thoroughbred racing, and predicted it would be the grueling expanse on which his Triple Crown quest withered. They had seen it too many times, brilliantly fast horses losing their juice down the stretch of the Belmont Stakes. Surely this son of a sluggish filly and an unremarkable stallion would falter, just as Big Brown and Smarty Jones and Silver Charm had in the 36 years before him. It wasn't the result most in racing wanted, but the skeptics' logic held.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - Let the debate go on. California Chrome just didn't have enough left on a beautiful Saturday afternoon here on Long Island, finishing in a dead heat for fourth place in the Belmont Stakes and disappointing a nation full of horse racing enthusiasts and casual sports fans who have waited nearly four decades for a horse to win the Triple Crown. The skeptics were right. The race was won by Tonalist, a horse who didn't run in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness.
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By Childs Walker and Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
Commissioner nearly became the latest long shot to win the Belmont Stakes, losing to Tonalist in a photo finish as a 28-1 shot Saturday. Trainer Todd Pletcher said all along his horse had the perfect pedigree to run 1 ½ miles at Belmont Park. He had dreamed of saddling him in the Belmont from the first days he worked with the colt. “He ran super,” Pletcher said. “I didn't anticipate that we would be on the lead, but we weren't going to take away anything they gave us. He was almost good enough today.” Like Tonalist, Commissioner did not run in either of the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
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Peter Schmuck | June 6, 2014
The case can be made that there is a lot more riding on California Chrome than a 100-pound jockey and a chance to be mentioned in the same conversation with the greatest thoroughbreds of all time. The case can be made that when Chrome bursts out of the starting gate at Belmont Park on Saturday, he'll be carrying the weight of the horse racing world on his chestnut shoulders. He won't just be chasing history. He won't just be trying to end a 36-year Triple Crown drought, though that's the main headline.
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By Liam Durbin, For The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
The California Chrome doubters who were talking about his slow Kentucky Derby time had to find something else to nitpick when California Chrome posted the fastest Preakness time since Curlin in 2007. And some who still remain doubters today have suggested that California Chrome's successes in the first two legs of the Triple Crown have had an element of luck in them. Every clean trip is fortunate, of course, but California Chrome has a way of making his own luck. In the Derby, he stayed close to an honest pace and avoided traffic problems that doomed some others.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - Robert Evans laughed when asked if Tonalist, his Belmont Stakes contender, has been a pleasant surprise. "Anytime you have a horse good enough to run in one of these races, it's a pleasant surprise," said Evans, who owns a 500-acre farm in Easton. He would know. This is his first Triple Crown entrant in almost 50 years as a thoroughbred owner and breeder. On the other hand, his father, Thomas Mellon Evans , owned Pleasant Colony, winner of the 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | May 31, 1992
About a month ago, the anointed star of the Triple Crown was a little chestnut horse named Arazi.Reporters thought they'd be carrying a French-to-English dictionary just to converse with his Parisian trainer and head lads.Pleasant surprise, then, that the media darling turned out to be an appealing woman from Northern California who speaks in David Letterman one-liners and has the Earth Motherliness of Barbara Bush.Turns out she's a pretty darn good horse trainer, too.Everyone can't get enough of Shelley Riley, whose Casual Lies finished second in the Kentucky Derby, third in the Preakness, and now has a chance to win the $1 million Triple Crown Bonus on Saturday in the Belmont Stakes.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 5, 1995
August Belmont IV, still going strong at 86, was at Pimlico's opening yesterday, a sort of human historical marker who had traveled from his home on the Eastern Shore to see one of his horses run at Old Hilltop.Going to the races is something Belmonts have been doing for well over a century -- if not in Baltimore, then at other East Coast tracks, such as Belmont Park.It's that thread linking past and present that was evident yesterday when Pimlico opened its doors for its 125th anniversary season.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - Billy Gowan has a vision in his mind's eye of how Saturday's Belmont Stakes might unfold. He pictures his horse, Ride On Curlin, pulling alongside Triple Crown aspirant California Chrome with a quarter mile left in the race. "I'd like to be eyeing California Chrome and see who has the best horse," says the folksy Louisiana native. "I'd like to see me and him come down the stretch, because we've made it to all three dances. " Ride On Curlin and General a Rod are the only challengers who've chased California Chrome through each leg of his quest for the first Triple Crown since 1978.
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By Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2014
Stewart Elliott chuckled when he was asked the question. Why is winning the Triple Crown so difficult? Elliott, Smarty Jones' jockey in 2004, rattled off a laundry list of reasons why no horse has captured the sport's most prestigious honor since 1978. You need an adaptable horse - one who can adjust to the longer distance at the Belmont Stakes. A horse that can handle running three races in five weeks. One that can handle the hubbub and not get flustered. And a little bit of luck.
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