The Triple Crown trail ends with the Belmont Stakes, and it’s finished in heartbreak for 13 horses whose Triple tries were foiled since 1979.
Amid a push to improve drug testing, a dwindling fan base and horse breakdowns, racing is a far cry from the popular sport it used to be in the days of Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed.
American Pharoah has taken a final gallop around Belmont Park before he attempts to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
“Everything that I see, the way he’s trained, it looks like he still has it in the tank,” Baffert told Francesa.
American Pharoah, the stud with the oddly spelled name, a mile and a half from history. The most heralded horse in the nation will be in New York tomorrow. And we need it.
He’s out to make history in more ways than one.
American Pharoah won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, and he’s looking to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed won all three races in 1978.
Is he strong enough to beat solid horses like Frosted and Materiality, who are rested and ready to roll? I say yes — we’ll see history Saturday at Belmont Park.
NYRA implemented a cap at 90,000 spectators for this year’s Belmont Stakes. In another departure from tradition, no tickets will be sold at the track on race day.
Twelve horses have tried to complete the sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont and failed since 1978. Now it’s American Pharoah’s turn Saturday.
Among those who will be watching the Belmont Stakes is a local woman who has successfully formed her own racing team, including a horse that is American Pharoah’s half-brother.
The Belmont Stakes is the the kind of place where luck looms large. But the team behind American Pharoah is hedging its bets by locking in a little help from above.
American Pharoah picked up the training tempo Thursday morning as he prepares for the Triple Crown try in the Belmont Stakes.
With thousands expected at Belmont Park Saturday to watch American Pharoah make a run for the Triple Crown, transit officials are promising a smoother ride this year thanks to a new LIRR station officially opening on Thursday.
With a possible Triple Crown winner poised to run in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, horse racing fans face a dilemma.