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June 5, 1999 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
For non-racing fans who want to watch today's Belmont Stakes horse race because of Charismatic's bid for a Triple Crown, but may shy away because some of the sport's terms are foreign, remember: * A stakes race is not how fast you cook the meat on the grill. * An exacta is not a sharp knife used in art design. * Furlong is not the opposite of for short. Here, for your watching and enjoyment, is an introduction to some of the terms of the track.
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June 7, 2009 | Kevin Van Valkenburg
The Belmont Stakes has always had a cruel and sneaky sense of humor. The track nicknamed "Big Sandy" is so gorgeous and picturesque that it almost encourages its competitors to dream big, right before it punches them in the face, steals their wallet and breaks their heart. Few jockeys understand this better than Kent Desormeaux, a 39-year-old Hall of Famer who twice has had a Triple Crown snatched from his grasp on the 1 1/2 -mile New York track.
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June 7, 1997
Times staff writer Bob Mieszerski takes a look at the starters in the 129th Belmont Stakes, in post position order: FACTS * Post: 2:30 p.m. PDT. Weights: 126 pounds. Distance: 1 1/2 miles. Purse: $721,000 if 7 start. First: $432,600. Second: $144,200. Third: $79,310. * TOUCH GOLD: Jockey--Chris McCarron; Trainer--David Hofmans; Owner--Frank Stronach and Stonerside Ltd. * SILVER CHARM: Jockey--Gary Stevens; Trainer--Bob Baffert; Owner--Bob and Beverly Lewis.
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June 6, 2009 | Kevin Van Valkenburg
Unless you were one of the few to place a bet on him, hardly anyone remembers that Da'Tara won the Belmont Stakes last year. All the focus was on Big Brown's bid for the Triple Crown, and when he completely flopped, Da'Tara's improbable wire-to-wire victory at 38-1 odds seemed like an afterthought. Trainer Nick Zito doesn't mind, however. In fact, he kind of likes keeping a low profile. He's certainly had success at the Belmont.
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June 8, 2001 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the early 1980s, when trainer Woody Stephens collected Belmont victories as though they were hanging from trees, the exceptional thing was that he sometimes won the Triple Crown's windup race with his second string. Only one of Stephens' five consecutive Belmont Stakes winners, Swale, was favored. The last of those victories was 15 years ago, when Danzig Connection, a horse no jockey seemed willing to ride, marched off with the 1 1/2-mile marathon.
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June 4, 2004 | Bill Christine, Times Staff Writer
Easy Goer had lost the 1988 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, as the 3-10 favorite, but he quickly atoned early the next year, winning three prep races by almost 25 lengths and blowing into Louisville the odds-on favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Then Sunday Silence got in his way. The colt from California won the Derby, defeated Easy Goer in one of the tightest Preaknesses ever run and three weeks later was ready to become the 12th horse to win the Belmont and sweep the Triple Crown.
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June 8, 2001 | Bill Christine
A few days after a morning accident at Churchill Downs resulted in a four-stitch repair job to his head, Point Given reared up twice along the shedrow at Belmont Park on Thursday, forcing his exercise rider, Pepe Aragon, to jump off. Rather than fret, trainer Bob Baffert now takes these incidents in stride. Point Given has frequently acted up, including similar incidents before the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, so Thursday's brief escapade belonged to the what-else-is-new department.
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June 7, 1992 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before the 124th Belmont Stakes, there was concern about A.P. Indy's left front hoof. "The patch?" said trainer Neil Drysdale last week, repeating a question about the fiberglass reinforcement used to repair a small, almost invisible crack in A.P. Indy's hoof. "I think about it every day. I look at it every day." That was no patchwork job turned in by A.P. Indy and Eddie Delahoussaye on Saturday.
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June 11, 1988 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
The trainers of Brian's Time and Granacus, the late runners who might have a chance to overtake the speed and win the 120th Belmont Stakes, are in a tough spot. They need Risen Star to pressure Winning Colors today, to make sure she doesn't steal the race at the front end, but then they also have to worry about catching Risen Star at the wire. John Veitch is familiar with the role of the chaser in Triple Crown races.
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June 9, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the horses entered the track for the post parade, you didn't need a program to identify the one Braulio Baeza was riding. As they say along the backstretch, he had the classic seat. Ramrod straight, chiseled features, eyes focused straight ahead, he had the pre-race posture of a military academy cadet. Back in Panama, Baeza's father and grandfather were jockeys before they trained horses. "My father had a lot to do with the way I looked on a horse," he said.
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June 5, 2009 | Kevin Van Valkenburg
Jerry Hissam, Calvin Borel's close friend and longtime agent, was a little exasperated after the Preakness. Reporters were peppering him with questions about Borel, who had just won the second jewel of the 2009 Triple Crown, and he was trying to come up with a dignified way of saying what was on the tip of everyone's tongue: Isn't it about time the racing community figured out that Borel -- even at age 42 -- is one of the best jockeys in the sport?
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June 4, 2009 | Associated Press
What a perfect contrast in this soap opera of a Triple Crown season: The trainer hobbles up to the podium to talk about the horse who streaked to victory in the Kentucky Derby and is looking to add Saturday's Belmont Stakes to his record. Still on crutches after breaking his right leg in a motorcycle crash before the Derby, Chip Woolley said his little gelding is ready for one more big run in the Belmont.
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June 8, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK -- Casino Drive, scratched from the Belmont Stakes on Saturday morning because of a hoof injury, is likely to end up running in the Breeders' Cup Classic during the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita on Oct. 25. And to prep for the Classic, Casino Drive might return to the U.S. from Japan and run in the Goodwood Stakes on Sept. 27 during the opening weekend of Oak Tree. "We'd love to have him," said Ron Charles, the Santa Anita president, who was at Belmont Park on Saturday.
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June 7, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
Since Affirmed last won racing's Holy Grail, the Triple Crown, there have been 29 years of great horses and fascinating personalities training them. There has also been one poster boy for near misses, Bob Baffert. By the time Big Brown is loaded into the gate at Belmont Park this afternoon, all 11 of the Triple Crowns will have been celebrated in the media buildup. So will all the Triple Stumbles since 1978. A head-bob here, a muddy track there, a couple of brain-locked jockeys.
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May 26, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Big Brown's Triple Crown run has hit a snag, although it's deemed a small one at this time. It was learned Sunday that the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner has a slight crack on the inside of his left front hoof. He has already missed two days of training and will miss at least several more while being treated by specialist Ian MacKinlay for what is commonly referred to as a "quarter crack," which is a vertical crack in the hoof wall. This crack is five-eighths of an inch long.
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June 13, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
Turns out, all horse racing needed was a feminine touch. Imagine that, after all the talk about the need for another Triple Crown winner, for one of the boys to step up as Affirmed last did in 1978. Racing has talked itself into a near paralysis over this. If just another War Admiral or Secretariat would bound onto the scene and win all three jewels of the crown, all that declining attendance and sinking parimutuel pools would be reversed. Or so the thinking went.
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May 21, 1990 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Lasix question keeps causing controversy, and horse racing seems to simply shrug its collective shoulders and moves on to the next race. Belmont Park is preparing for the 122nd running of the Belmont Stakes June 9, and Summer Squall, the winner of Saturday's Preakness, will not be there because the state of New York does not permit the use of Lasix, a diuretic that controls respiratory bleeding.
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June 6, 1999
BELMONT STAKES. 131st running. Run as ninth race on June 5, 1999 card at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Distance of race: 1 1/2 miles. Purse: $1,000,000. Value to winner: $600,000. Second: $200,000. Third: $100,000. Fourth: $60,000. Fifth: $30,000. * Scratched--none 3 6--LEMON DROP KID61.5026.0010.60 2 2--VISION AND VERSE44.4017.00 1 4--CHARISMATIC3.60 Time--23.79, 47.60, 1.12.08, 1.36.57, 2.01.90, 2.27.88. Clear & Fast. Winner--b.c.3 Kingmambo--Charming Lassie.
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June 10, 2007 | Paul Moran, Newsday
She began a mile-and-a-half journey in the 139th Belmont Stakes on her knees in the first stride and staring at 102 years of history. Jockey John Velazquez pulled hard at the reins. "My heart stopped," he said. Then, fortune turned around. A stumbling start, a half a dozen colts, a painfully slow pace and more than a century of male dominance of the Belmont would not stop this filly, not on this day.
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June 9, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Only seven 3-year-olds will contest the Belmont Stakes when the final leg of the Triple Crown is run for the 139th time today at Belmont Park. Of that number, four are simply taking up space. Imawildandcrazyguy, Slew's Tizzy, C P West and Tiago will not win. They are vying for the minor awards. Fourth is worth $60,000, and the prize for finishing fifth is $30,000.
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