California Chrome Owner Gives Weepy Apology

Steve Coburn, the co-owner of California Chrome, is real sorry about all the steamin' and hollerin' he's been doing in the days since his horse failed to win the Triple Crown. To prove it, Coburn and his wife went on Good Morning America, where the mustachioed old man wept and apologized the same way a horndog… » 6/09/14 10:26am 6/09/14 10:26am

Leaving The Belmont Is A Disaster

The parking lot at the Belmont Stakes, after a bid for the first Triple Crown in 36 years, is a mess of people, automobiles, and dirt. It was a huge event where over 100,000 people reportedly watched California Chrome come up short. Now they all want to leave and there's no lighting, no employees or police directing… » 6/07/14 10:29pm 6/07/14 10:29pm

California Chrome Owner: Tonalist's Win Was The "Coward's Way Out"

California Chrome's owner Steve Coburn was pretty salty following his horse's loss at the Belmont Stakes and a shot at the Triple Crown. The winner, Tonalist, did not run in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness and Coburn thinks that's dirty pool. In his post-race interview, where he spends most of his time… » 6/07/14 7:17pm 6/07/14 7:17pm

California Chrome Does Not Win The Triple Crown At Belmont

California Chrome finished tied for fourth at the Belmont and so the Triple Crown eludes another horse. Tonalist is your winner, as California Chrome got off the rail and stuck behind a pack of horses and never seemed to really catch fire. Commissioner and Medal Count came in second and third, respectively. » 6/07/14 7:05pm 6/07/14 7:05pm

A 16-year-old's summer job at Belmont: "It would quickly become apparent that I was the youngest person working at the racetrack by about 15 years, and if not the only woman, one of very few." » 6/07/14 3:29pm 6/07/14 3:29pm

Someday Belmont: The Making Of A Race Horse

Originally published in the June 1, 1975, edition of New York Newsday. Reprinted here with the author's permission. For more Nack, check out his classic portrait of Secretariat in Sports Illustrated. » 6/06/14 12:55pm 6/06/14 12:55pm

Last weekend's Preakness Stakes winner and Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome got some good news today: The horse's nasal strip, previously forbidden at the Belmont, has been approved. Not that there was any doubt. [ESPN] » 5/19/14 12:12pm 5/19/14 12:12pm

Secretariat Won The Belmont Stakes By 31 Lengths 40 Years Ago Today

Today's the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's victory at the Belmont Stakes. The horse won by an unfathomable 31 lengths to clinch the 1973 Triple Crown. Secretariat was the first Triple Crown winner since 1948, and there have only been two since. » 6/09/13 5:35pm 6/09/13 5:35pm

How Big Brown's People Nearly Pulled Off Horse Racing's Biggest Scam

As 95-degree temperatures baked a crowd of nearly 100,000 at the 2008 Belmont Stakes—the hottest June 7 on record—the only person who seemed unfazed was Richard Dutrow Jr., the trainer of Big Brown, an undefeated colt just 12 furlongs from the first Triple Crown in three decades. With history against him, Dutrow… » 6/07/13 10:30am 6/07/13 10:30am

Our Race Horses Are Broken, America

Our horses are sick. Our thoroughbreds are thoroughly inbred. They are locomotives sitting atop toothpicks. They are fragile and friable, designed to run but not to recover from running. And each time they break down or wear out, we chalk it up to an individual horse's shortcomings, rather than the decades-long… » 7/11/12 10:05am 7/11/12 10:05am

Here Is A Seething Bob Costas Trying To Conduct A Post-Race Interview…

Who won the Belmont Stakes? Who knows, it's not important. We're not degenerate gamblers, are we? This is fun, though. As Bob Neumeier attempted to kick it over to Bob Costas who was with Steve Duncker, chairman of NYRA, there was some confusion on Costas's end. » 6/10/12 5:00pm 6/10/12 5:00pm

I'll Have Another Scratched From Belmont Stakes

There will be no Triple Crown this year, either. Doug O'Neill, the trainer for I'll Have Another, just went on The Dan Patrick Show and declared the horse is "officially out" of tomorrow's Belmont Stakes because of a "little problem with his left front leg." O'Neill also thinks I'll Have Another will not compete again » 6/08/12 11:41am 6/08/12 11:41am

Doug O'Neill, Trainer Of I'll Have Another, Will Be Suspended For…

The California Racing Board has upheld a punishment of Doug O'Neill, trainer for Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another, in connection with an incident in a race nearly two years ago. In that case, Argenta, a horse trained by O'Neill, showed an overly high level of carbon dioxide in its blood. That's often associated… » 5/24/12 7:50pm 5/24/12 7:50pm

I'll Have Another's Trainer Talks Strategy With His Horse, But Quietly,…

Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Doug O'Neill and I'll Have Another have some secrets heading to Belmont. » 5/22/12 6:25pm 5/22/12 6:25pm

Bad Beats, Briefly: A Surefire Way To Lose Money In The Belmont Stakes

Hello, folks. Welcome back to Bad Beats, the column you visit for betting advice and sad tales of gambling woe. Read past Bad Beats here. Got any stories for us? Email us at tips@deadspin.com. Subject: Bad Beats. » 6/11/11 12:45pm 6/11/11 12:45pm

Drosselmeyer Wins The Belmont Stakes

Yes, it only lasts two-and-a-half minutes, but that's what makes it such an ideal candidate for real-time updating! I'll only be writing about the race itself, so we'll be out of here in no time. » 6/05/10 6:25pm 6/05/10 6:25pm

'Double Crown' Just Doesn't Have The Same Ring To It

The New York Racing Association says it's running low on cash, and might have to close their three tracks. That would mean no Belmont Park. And that would mean no Belmont Stakes. » 12/23/09 3:00am 12/23/09 3:00am

This Is Why You Can't Have Two Horses Named After A Bird Run In The…

Got an image you'd like to see in here first thing in the morning? Send it to tips@deadspin.com. Subject: Morning crap » 6/08/09 9:15am 6/08/09 9:15am