Jun. 06, 2018
To help you with the upcoming Belmont, here are some of AP's plans. Please direct questions to Oscar Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Times are ET. This digest will be updated daily.
Wednesday, June 6
RAC--BELMONT-JOCKEY CONCUSSION PROTOCOL
Horse racing is years behind other sports in concussion education, evaluation, diagnosis and return protocol for jockeys, who often suffer them when they fall off. Doctors have spent the past two years developing a protocol, but progress has been slowed by the industry's lack of continuity from state to state and track to track. Riders who are on the Triple Crown trail from the Kentucky Derby to the Preakness and the Belmont see different rules and care along the way as horse racing seeks to catch up with the NFL, NHL and NBA on brain injuries decades after developing better treatment for horses than riders. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 950 words, file photos by 4 a.m. EDT
NEW YORK — Justify arrives at Belmont Park after a flight from Kentucky to begin his final preparations for the Belmont Stakes and his bid to become horse racing's second Triple Crown winner in four years and 13th overall. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET.
NEW YORK — Gronkowski is taking a shot at knocking off Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify in the Belmont Stakes. The colt named for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski brings a record of four wins in six career starts to the U.S. from Britain. The human Gronkowski has purchased an interest in his equine counterpart. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET.
Thursday, June 7
RAC--HORSE RACING-SUPER TRAINERS.
A look at how trainers like Baffert, Lukas and Chad Brown have dominated/taken over the sport. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 a.m.
RAC--BELMONT-BIG MONEY MIKE
NEW YORK — Mike Smith has ridden some of the best horses in history — Zenyatta and Arrogate come to mind — and is the career leader in Breeders' Cup victories. Now at 52, he has a chance to make history aboard Justify by winning the Belmont and completing a Triple Crown sweep. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m. ET.
Friday, June 8
RAC--BELMONT-THINGS TO KNOW
NEW YORK — Some things to watch for as Justify seeks to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing's 13th Triple Crown winner. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 a.m. ET
NEW YORK — Justify is looking to become the second Triple Crown winner in four years Saturday when the colt takes on 10 rivals in Belmont Stakes. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 9
NEW YORK — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify faces 10 rivals in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes as the Bob Baffert-trained colt tries to complete a sweep of the Triple Crown for the second time in four years and 13th ever. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos from post time of 6:48 p.m. ET
— RAC-BELMONT-THE LATEST. Real-time updates on the Belmont.
— Sidebars on merit
Sunday, June 10
NEW YORK — A look at how the Belmont Stakes unfolded and what lies ahead for Justify. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m. ET.
Tuesday, June 5
NEW YORK — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify, who won the first two legs out of the No. 7 post, finds out where he will break from the starting gate for the Belmont Stakes when post positions are drawn. The colt could face 10 rivals in his bid to become horse racing's 13th Triple Crown winner. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 600 words, photos on Tuesday, June 5
Here he goes again. Bob Baffert is poised to become just the second trainer in history to oversee two Triple Crown winners. He has Justify on the brink of becoming the 13th Triple Crown champion just four years after his colt American Pharoah accomplished one of sports' toughest tasks. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 750 words, photos on Tuesday, June 5
RAC--BELMONT-AMERICAN PHAROAH VS JUSTIFY
Four years after American Pharoah won the Triple Crown for trainer Bob Baffert, Justify is a victory at the Belmont away from the feat done just once since 1978. Baffert sees plenty of physical similarities between the champion horses, but they traveled different paths. Pharoah was a 2-year-old champion and looked the part of a super horse, while Justify is a late-bloomer who wasn't expected to do this. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 800 words, file photos on Monday, June 4
NEW YORK — It's been 45 years since Secretariat won the 1973 Belmont by 31 1/2 lengths in a track-record time that still stands to sweep the Triple Crown. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos on Monday, June 4