The third and final leg of the American horse racing triple crown is the Belmont Stakes, and the tough 2400 metre contest will be run and won this Sunday morning Sydney time at Belmont Park, located at Elmont in New York.
Race goers in the States have been waiting since 1979 for a triple crown winner, and American Pharoah, winner of the first two legs, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, stands a great chance of ending the drought. The Bob Baffert trained colt, undefeated as a three year-old, will be racing for fame and you need not miss a minute of this action as well as other upcoming live sporting events with the options listed below.
2015 Belmont Stakes Preview
The Belmont Stakes is run over 2400m, and the runners will crash back from the barriers at the winning post and complete a full lap of the circuit. This will be the 147th running of this race, and it has been won by some absolute champions including Triple Crown winners War Admiral (1937) and the last to accomplish the feat Seattle Slew 40 years later. In total, eleven horses have won the US Triple Crown, but none since Seattle Slew and Affirmed went back to back some thirty-seven years ago.
Since 1979, thirteen horses have gone to Belmont Park in search of triple crown glory and each have failed. Trainer Bob Baffert and Jockey Victor Espinoza, the partnership that will combine with American Pharoah, have been in this position before, most notably in 2002 with War Emblem who failed in the Belmont. Baffert also came very close in 1998 with Silver Charm, who went within a lip of creating history, and the same can be said for Espinoza last year with California Chrome.
Given the layout of the course, like most American race tracks, it will be an advantage for horses near the speed, as we saw last year when Tonalist sat near the lead and proved too good and spoiled the triple crown attempt of California Chrome. The 2015 triple crown aspirant, American Pharoah, led all the way to win the Preakness and won the race very comfortably. It’s no surprise to see him the heavy favourite to become the first horse in 37 years to create history and become an instant racing legend.
When: Sunday, June 7 at 8:15 am (Sydney time)
Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, New York
Live TV: ESPN 3 and Sky Racing 2
Belmont Stakes Start time will be approximately 8:50 am (Sydney)
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2015 Belmont Stakes Horses To Watch
According to the racing experts, there is only one serious threat and that is the Godolphin galloper Frosted, trained by Kieran McLaughlin, who won the Belmont Stakes in 2006 with Jazil. Frosted hasn’t raced since the Kentucky Derby when working home strongly behind American Pharoah. He has skipped the Preakness and has been specifically targeted for the Belmont, an identical plan used with Jazil in 2006. He gives the impression he’ll run 2400 metres.
Madefromlucky didn’t contest the first two legs of the triple crown, but he earned his spot in the Belmont after a strong win in the Peter Pan Stakes on May 10, with trained Todd Fletcher saying immediately after the race that he’ll set this horse up for the Belmont. He is also an attractive pick to win the race, and given no horse participating in this year’s Belmont has raced at 2400 metres it really is an unknown as to who will like it best.
Carpe Diem is Latin for ‘Seize the day’, and Todd Fletcher hopes that is indeed the case with this horse, who was purchased for $1.2 Million as a yearling. He was disappointing in the Kentucky Derby when tenth to American Pharoah, but he has skipped the Preakness and now runs in the Belmont, a successful formula with Union Rags in 2012 and then Palace Malice 12 months later.