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American Pharoah Big Favorite, but Science Is Skeptical

Will we get a Triple Crown winner today?

(Newser) - The latest odds ahead of today's Belmont Stakes have American Pharoah as the favorite to win and thus claim the Triple Crown. He's at 1-2, with the next best odds belonging to Frosted at 5-1 and Materiality at 7-1, reports the Courier-Journal . If Pharoah does win, the horse... More »

California Chrome Owner: Tonalist Took 'Coward's Way Out'

Horses shouldn't be allowed to crash Belmont with fresh legs, says Steve Coburn

(Newser) - Let us just say that California Chrome's co-owner isn't taking his pony's lost Triple Crown bid lightly or gracefully. Immediately after his colt placed fourth in yesterday's Belmont Stakes , Steve Coburn blasted Tonalist as having taken "the coward's way out" to victory—that is,... More »

California Chrome Will Run After All

NY Racing Association OKs colt's nasal strip

(Newser) - California Chrome will indeed make his run—nasal strip and all—to be the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, reports ESPN . The New York Racing Association said today it would allow the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes to also use the strip in the Belmont... More »

I'll Have Another Drops Out of Belmont Stakes

Trainer Doug O'Neill cites tendonitis

(Newser) - I'll Have Another's Triple Crown hopes have been dashed: The horse won't race in the Belmont Stakes, his trainer says. Following the horse's outing this morning, Doug O'Neill spotted swelling. "He has the start of some tendonitis in the left front leg," O'... More »

Did Sarah Palin Get a Boob Job?

Tipster reports former Alaskan governor sporting 'instant boobage!'

(Newser) - The rumor comes from Wonkette's Facebook page , but it never had a chance of staying there: Sarah Palin may or may not have gotten breast implants. The tipster is a woman, and "women seem to keep very careful mental records about such things," Ken Layne writes . "And... More »

Derby, Preakness Champs Will Skip the Belmont

Super Saver, Lookin at Lucky will sit out third leg of Triple Crown

(Newser) - The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners will not run in the third leg of the Triple Crown, the June 5 Belmont Stakes, their trainers said today. Lookin at Lucky's victory in yesterday's Preakness made 2011 the 32nd straight year without a Triple Crown winner, notes USA Today . It also took... More »

Mine That Bird May Skip Preakness

(Newser) - Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird may pass over the Preakness and aim for a strong Belmont Stakes run in June instead, the AP reports. "The Preakness tends to be a little more speed-biased and I don't know that that's going to fit our horse," said trainer Bennie... More »

Loose Shoe Cost Big Brown Triple Crown

New photos implicate wobbly footwear in Belmont letdown

(Newser) - Big Brown may have lost the Triple Crown because of a dislodged shoe, newly released photos appear to show. The extreme close-ups reveal a loose shoe on Big Brown's right hind hoof about 200 yards into the June 7 Belmont Stakes. "The picture shocked me," one of Big... More »

Big Brown More Compelling in Defeat

Belmont defeat reminds us of why we race in the first place

(Newser) - Big Brown may have performed poorly at the Belmont Stakes, but his loss makes for a better story than victory would have, and he's in good company, writes Wallace Matthews in Newsday. Between Roberto Duran throwing in the towel against Sugar Ray Leonard, and Alex Rodriguez's plummeting temperature each postseason,... More »

Big Brown Upset at Belmont

Da' Tara takes victory at 38-1 odds

(Newser) - Big Brown is hobbling home after running last in today’s Belmont Stakes and losing his bid to win the Triple Crown, the AP reports. A strong favorite after rival Casino Drive was scratched, Big Brown ran with an injured hoof. "I had no horse," Big Brown's jockey... More »

Big Brown's Main Rival Scratched

Casino Drive sidelined by injured hoof, will return to Japan

(Newser) - Big Brown moved one hoof closer to becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years today, after his strongest opponent in the Belmont Stakes dropped out because of an injury. Casino Drive, who developed symptoms yesterday, may have a stone bruise on his hoof and will return to Japan... More »

Big Brown Win Bad for Racing

Victory would be success for 'win-at-all-costs' methods: NYT

(Newser) - Big Brown carries the best hopes of racing fans as he tries to capture the Triple Crown today, but represents the worst of horse racing, writes Peter Thomas Fornatale in the New York Times. Brown is an admirable creature, sure, but he's the product of a company that runs its... More »

Big Brown, Big Favorite: Inside Post, 2-5 Belmont Odds

Trainer confident he'll win the Triple Crown

(Newser) - Big Brown drew the inside post for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, meaning he'll run closest to the rail as he tries to become the first horse in 20 years to win the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner is the heavy favorite, with 2-5 odds. The horse given... More »

Big Brown Awaits Hoof Crack Repair

Prerace routine will include synthetic patch

(Newser) - Big Brown will get the equine equivalent of a pedicure on Friday, the day before he tries to sew up the Triple Crown. An acrylic and fiberglass patch will be placed on the Kentucky Derbu and Preakness champion’s left front hoof, the New York Daily News reports. The work... More »

Big Brown's Trainer Makes Big Boast

Confident Dutrow calls Triple Crown 'foregone conclusion'

(Newser) - When Big Brown enters the gate for the Belmont Stakes next week, one member of the crowd won't be on pins and needles: Rick Dutrow is confident his horse will win, reports USA Today. "I feel that he will do it. It's actually a foregone conclusion for me,"... More »

Big Brown Back on Track

Belmont fave does 9 furlongs easily after hoof crack sidelined him

(Newser) - Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown looked to be on the mend from his foot injury yesterday, making his longest practice run yet at the Belmont track. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner galloped 1 1/8 mile under the careful supervision of an exercise rider, ESPN reports. A crack in his... More »

Sweet Spot May Be Big Brown's Key

White dot may hold answer to amazing colt's victories

(Newser) - There is something unique about Big Brown, and it’s not just his decimation of the fields at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. It's a silver-dollar sized white spot at the top of his left front leg. “Some good horses have something about them that's totally different from... More »

Just How Big is Big Brown?

The colt may be one of the best ever, or the field may just be weak

(Newser) - With Big Brown on the brink of being the first to snag horse racing's Triple Crown in three decades, some are wondering if the colt is really untouchable—or whether he's just the best of a mediocre field. The Belmont Stakes, on June 7, might help answer that question, the... More »

Victorious Filly Races Into History

Rags to Riches Captures Belmont at the Wire

(Newser) - The cry of "girl power!" echoed throughout stately Belmont Park today as a filly won the Belmont Stakes for the first time in 102 years. Rags to Riches, a half-sister of 2006 winner Jazil, overcame a stumble at the start to outduel favored Curlin by a neck and... More »

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