Track Talk: The Belmont Stakes
The final race of the Triple Crown is here and excitement is buzzing at Belmont as people place their bets with anticipation weighing on their minds—Will American Pharaoh win the next Triple Crown? There have only been 11 horses to successfully win the Triple Crown, the last winner, Affirmed, was in 1978, roughly 37 years ago.
The Belmont, like all the other crown races, has its very own signature flower—the white carnation—a seemingly simple flower for such an extravagant event. Of all the crown races it is deemed the most grueling with a running distance of 1 ½ miles naming it the oldest and longest race. Winners receive the Belmont Stakes trophy, a beautifully crafted, Tiffany-made, silver bowl. The winning owner is given the option to keep the trophy for the year that their horse reigns as the Belmont champion.
There is great potential for American Pharaoh to be the 12th Triple Crown winner, but only time will tell how he handles this demanding test.
Belmont Remembers and Pays Tribute
Before races, the horses circle the walking ring inside Belmont Park around a statue of Secretariat. The statue honors the record setting horse that has still, to this day, never been beaten. Secretariat was a truly remarkable athlete and many horses are still compared to him today.
Ruffian was an impressive black filly that died in a match race against Foolish Pleasure on the Belmont grounds. After suffering a bad break during the match race her jockey tried desperately to pull her up but she pushed through and continued running. This filly is the epitome of the heart and dedication both jockeys and horses have to this sport. She will forever be remembered as having the heart of a lion; a horse that had what it took to win a triple crown, but unfortunately will never have the chance to show us. She is buried in the infield of Belmont with her nose pointed toward the finish line.
Good Luck and safest of rides to both horses and jockeys. See you at the post at 6:50 pm.
So, my confession you ask? These horses give us the chills.May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,