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Fifty years ago, Brooklyn native Walter Blum won his lone American Classic in front of a record Belm
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Jun 4, 2021
Fifty years ago, Brooklyn native Walter Blum won his lone American Classic in front of a record Belmont Stakes Day crowd

Brian Bohl

Much has changed in a half century at Belmont Park, from the amount of real-time information available digitally to increased purse money to the way most fans place wagers. But the draw of a potential Triple Crown holds the same appeal as it did in 1971, when a then-record crowd of 81,036 came out to Elmont to witness Venezuelan champion Canonero II’s quest to add the third jewel of the 3-year-old season to his collection in the Belmont Stakes.

Ortiz, Brown notch respective 11-day Aqueduct spring meet titles
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Apr 18, 2021
Ortiz, Brown notch respective 11-day Aqueduct spring meet titles

Brian Bohl

A short spring slate at Aqueduct Racetrack saw familiar faces finish atop the leaderboards for the jockey and trainer standings, as Jose Ortiz outlasted his brother, Irad Ortiz, Jr., by a 24-17 win margin after the boutique 11-day meet’s finale on Sunday. Trainer Chad Brown recorded 10 wins to pace all conditioners, while Peter Brant and Noda Brothers each compiled four wins to tie for the top owners mark.