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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
With the short-lived nasal strip controversy resolved and wins in two Triple Crown races on his resume, California Chrome arrived in Elmont, N.Y., shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, where his connections plan to run the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby champion in the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Chrome, who won the 139th Preakness by 1 1/2 lengths on Saturday, will try to become the first winner of horse racing's Triple Crown since Affirmed...
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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 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 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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May 8, 2005
Chasing the Triple Crown THE PREAKNESS Pimlico Race Course Date: May 21 Distance: 1 3/16 miles. BELMONT STAKES Belmont Park Elmont, N.Y. Date: June 11 Distance: 1 1/2 miles
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By Special to The Sun | September 6, 1992
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Charles Town Races will present its traditional 13-race Labor Day card tomorrow afternoon, post time 1 p.m.Heading the card will be simulcasts of Belmont Park's $200,000 Jerome Handicap, a mile test for 3-year-olds, and Philadelphia Park's $150,000 Pennsylvania Derby, 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds.
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June 14, 1994
In Friday's editions of The Sun, the name of a new Carney-area retirement community holding a series of Sunday concerts in Belmont Park was listed incorrectly. The name of the community is Oak Crest Village.The Sun regrets the error.
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By Tom Keyser | September 14, 1998
Cetewayo, the outstanding turf runner based in Maryland, suffered no apparent injuries when he fell and crashed to the ground Saturday in the Man O'War Stakes at Belmont Park.Michael Dickinson, who trains the 4-year-old colt, said yesterday from his Tapeta Farm in North East: "At the moment he appears to be 100 percent. But we won't really know for three or four days."Viewers watching on ESPN couldn't tell exactly what happened. Dickinson said Cetewayo, accelerating around the far turn, was forced into the hedge, which serves as the inner rail, and stumbled.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | June 11, 1995
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Awad, a Maryland-bred grass champion of 1993, came from last place in a 12-horse field to win the Grade I $200,000 Early Times Manhattan Stakes by a nose over Blues Traveller yesterday at Belmont Park.Jim Ryan, the horse's owner-breeder from Mount Airy, flew in from the Middle East, where he is building homes on the West Bank, to watch the horse win.Awad is a son of Ryan's 1983 Maryland-bred Belmont Stakes winner Caveat, who died earlier this year at the Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | October 6, 1995
Grade I winners Urbane and Prenup head the list of 140 horses entered to run on the Oct. 14 Maryland Million card at Laurel Park.The actual starting fields and post position draw will be held Thursday.Urbane ships in Tuesday from California and is scheduled to race in the Maryland Million Oaks at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt. Owner Samantha Siegel said she is trying to line up Corey Nakatani to ride the 3-year-old daughter of Citidancer.Prenup, headquartered at Belmont Park, will try for a repeat victory in the Sprint.
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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 Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Metro Meteor, whose abstract paintings rapidly are becoming an art world sensation, might be just a horse. And the 11-year-old bay, like all equines, has a hard time distinguishing reds from greens or browns. Yet Metro's original watercolors have become the runaway favorite at a regional art gallery. He has racked up a combined $130,000 in sales for his paintings and, through a separate licensing agreement, a line of home-decorating products. "Metro is by far our best-selling artist," said Peggy Rock, the director of Gallery 30 in Gettysburg, Pa. There, the horse, who is stabled here in Frederick County, has sold 80 large paintings and 300 miniature works at prices ranging from $80 to $850.
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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 Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - The tension is palpable as post positions are drawn for the Kentucky Derby. Trainers entertain nightmare visions of their wonderfully quick animals becoming trapped behind a wall of 19 other horses. For the Belmont Stakes? Horsemen spoke as if Wednesday's draw barely mattered. With its 1 ½-mile length, wide turns and smaller fields, the race presents a different set of problems that overshadow fears of early traffic. Which might be a good thing for California Chrome, who will start from the No. 2 post as he tries to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
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By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER | June 8, 2006
Elmont, N.Y. -- Two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher causes other trainers to shake their heads over his ability to win wherever he enters his horses. The only exception to the rule is Triple Crown races. Pletcher is 0-for-19 in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Belmont Stakes Belmont Park, Elmont, N.Y., Saturday, post time 6:35 p.m. TV: 5 p.m., chs. 2, 7
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By Los Angeles Times | October 24, 1990
NEW YORK -- An international selection committee that is determining the remaining five starters has ruled against Quiet American being in the field for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park on Saturday. Trainer Gary Jones' 4-year-old colt didn't have enough points to earn one of the first nine spots.Quiet American has won only once in five starts this year, but has beaten Bayakoa and finished second to Dispersal in the Woodward Handicap at Belmont on Sept. 15.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
ELMONT, N.Y. - After another difficult morning working in the starting gate, third-place Preakness finisher Social Inclusion will not run in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. "I don't want to hurt the horse," owner Ron Sanchez said as he watched Social Inclusion take a bath Wednesday morning. "There's no good reason to put him in that gate in front of 140,000 people. " The speedy colt will instead run in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens, earlier on Saturday's race card. The key difference, Sanchez said, is that the Woody Stephens will start on the far side of the track, away from the crowd.
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By Aaron Dodson and The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
When Mike McCarthy saw California Chrome up close and personal for the first time at the Preakness, he marveled at the sight of the chestnut colt. McCarthy, a former jockey and Maryland horse trainer who is now a Florida-based jockey agent, saw a horse poised for the moment. "I thought his composure was amazing," McCarthy said. "He's able to handle all the pre-race activities with no problem, the big crowds. To me, it seems like he's a whatever happens happens kind of guy, and handles all of the pressure pretty good.
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