On a day when some people would like to see the New York Racing Association run the Belmont Stakes, a considerably smaller but nonetheless enthusiastic crowd turned out to watch "a big day" of racing unfold on a beautiful July afternoon.
Mr Speaker, ignored at odds of 23-1, charged along the inside to overtake favored Adelaide by a head for a major upset in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational on the inner turf course July 5 at Belmont Park.
Clearly Now returned to the winner's circle in blazing fashion July 5, setting a track record for seven furlongs when taking home the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes by open lengths at Belmont Park.
Bettors who play name angles will have a hard time getting past Group 2 winner Toast of New York when he makes his U.S. debut July 5, in the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park.
Multiple graded stakes winner Last Gunfighter is back for revenge July 5 against 10 others in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap, one of five graded stakes on the inaugural Stars & Stripes Festival card at Belmont Park.
The $1 million Belmont Oaks, formerly the Garden City Stakes, has found a new identity as part of the New York Racing Association's July 5 Stars and Stripes card, which also features the Belmont Derby.