The Saturday Special – June 12

Another Triple Crown in the books and a light weekend slate before the racing world turns its eyes to Royal Ascot next week and Stephen Foster Day card at the end of the month.

Jaipur win gives connections reason to smile

Lee Einsidler stood outside the Belmont Park winner’s circle Saturday and reflected on how horse racing has helped him get through the last 10 months, something made unspeakably difficult after the sudden death of his son, Aaron, last August.

Santana bounces back to win Met Mile with Silver State

Ricardo Santana Jr. went to bed Friday night not knowing if he would be able ride Saturday’s Belmont Stakes Day card, after a scary spill at Churchill Downs Friday left him with a swollen leg and lack of feeling in his right arm.

High Class: Godolphin homebred Essential Quality redeems in Belmont

Brad Cox finished an interview after winning an undercard stakes on Preakness Day at Pimlico Race Course before the conversation turned from victory at that moment to the Belmont Stakes three weeks down the road.

Tryon Steeplechase picks & preview

It’s June, do you know where your steeplechase season went? The National Steeplechase Association circuit started in mid-April (instead of mid-March) and extends to a third month with Saturday’s stop in Tryon, N.C. for the 74th Tryon Block House Races. The meet has changed locations and management – now calling the Green Creek Racecourse at the Tryon International Equestrian Center home.