Tonalist won the 146th Belmont Stakes Saturday, thwarting California Chrome from becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
California Chrome was...
California Chrome, Victor Espinoza
California Chrome won the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday.
California Chrome, who was favored to win 2-1, spent most of the race in third place, until pulling far ahead of the competition in the home stretch.
Palace Malice and jockey Mike Smith
Palace Malice won the 145th Belmont Stakes Saturday, with a finishing time of 2:30.70. Coming in second was...
The 145th Belmont Stakes, the third and final stop in horse racing's Triple Crown, will be run on Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
John Velazquez and Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom, who was 20-1 on the morning line, won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
Shackleford kept a commanding lead throughout the race, but Animal Kingdom, ridden by John Velazquez and trained by H. Motion, overtook his competitors on the homestretch to win the 137th Kentucky Derby. Velazquez, who was initially set to ride Uncle Mo before the horse was scratched, replaced jockey Robby Albarado after an injury. Shackleford only placed fourth.
Calvin Borel and Super Saver, winners of 2010 Kentucky Derby
Grab your crazy-big hats and mint juleps — it's Derby Day!
The Kentucky Derby, the first leg in the race for the Triple Crown, will be broadcast live from Churchill Downs on Saturday starting at...
The Belmont Stakes
The elusive Triple Crown is not on the line, but that won't diminish the stakes for a dozen top 3-year-olds and their connections in the 142nd mile-and-a-half journey around New York's Belmont Park. Kentucky Derby runner-up Ice Box and Preakness runner-up First Dude lead the way, looking to make big strides in the yearlong race for top 3-year-old. Ice Box is joined by Fly Down in a threatening duo trained by New Yorker Nick Zito, whose two Belmont winners (Birdstone, Da' Tara) have spoiled the last two Triple Crown bids, in 2004 and 2008. Training history would be made if Make Music for Me (fourth in the Derby) hits the finish first, making Alexis Barba the first female trainer of a Triple Crown race winner.
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Da'Tara by Brendan McDermid / Reuters
Saturday's Belmont Stakes was a bust for Big Brown, but ABC came out a winner. Overnight ratings were up 169 percent from last year no surprise given that there seemed a good chance for a Triple Crown winner for the first time in 30 years.Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, finally saw his hot streak end down the Belmont Park homestretch. Jockey Kent Desormeaux eased up on the horse, and trotted home last. Instead the upset winner was Da' Tara, who entered the race at 38-1.UPDATE: The race drew an audience of 13.24 million viewers, a huge increase over last year (4.86 million), but well shy of the 21.89 million in 2004, the last time a Triple Crown winner was possible.Watch video of the race:
Big Brown, with jockey Kent J. Desormeaux by Jason Reed/REUTERS.
ABC and ESPN are going all out with coverage of the Belmont Stakes (June 7, 5 pm/ET, ABC). In the mile-and-a-half race Big Brown is attempting to be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. If successful, he would be just the 12th horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Ten others have won the first two legs, only to fall short at Belmont Park.ESPN's preview coverage starts with Today at the Belmont Stakes from noon to 3 pm/ET, followed by The Belmont Stakes Special from 3 to 5 pm/ET. ABC takes over after that, with coverage of the race itself scheduled for about 6:25 pm/ET.