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Did Racing Need A Triple Crown Winner?

As the drought stretched on, as years passed and horse racing faded in popularity, it became a commonplace to hear that the sport “needed a Triple Crown winner”. A horse that could win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont would invigorate the sport, some thought. It would bring much-needed attention from casual fans,…

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Brian Nadeau’s Belmont Analysis

   by Brian Nadeau of Horseplayer Now and Capital OTB TV.  Belmont Park: The GI, $1.5 million Belmont at 1 1/2 miles #1 Governor Malibu (12-1): New York-bred gave odds-on favorite Unified a scare when second in the local prep, the GII Peter Pan last month, and is certainly on the rise for Clement, who won this race two…

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Zayats, Baffert Reflect on Triple Crown Glory

On the afternoon of June 9, Bob Baffert walked into the paddock at Belmont Park for the first time since saddling American Pharoah before last year’s Belmont Stakes (gr. I). “I got goosebumps,” he told a crowd of about 75 people at Belmont that evening, part of a Q&A held by the New York Racing Association to celebrate…

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NYRA’s Future Is In Albany’s Hands

As it waits for a decision on the future of the New York Racing Association, the organization’s board of directors May 25 spent less than five minutes discussing rumors of a proposal that would keep the association under state control. The NYRA board, at a meeting in New York City, implicitly acknowledged a report that emerged…