Belmont Stakes Day
Date: Saturday – June 9th, 2012 – I’ll Have Another Goes for The Triple Crown
Location: Belmont Park – Elmont, New York
The Belmont Stakes, the final and most demanding leg of the Triple Crown, is named after August Belmont who had been a leading banker and racing man of the 19th century. He was also the first President of the Jockey Club in 1867.
Secretariat’s 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont established the world record for a mile and a half on dirt at 2:24. With his win in the Belmont, he became the ninth horse to capture the Triple Crown.
Twenty-nine horses have been eligible to win the Triple Crown coming into the Belmont Stakes and eleven have succeeded. In six recent runnings, horses that won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998, Charismatic in 1999, War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003 and Smarty Jones in 2004) were denied racing immortality in the Belmont Stakes. Racing has not seen a Triple Crown champion since 1978, when Affirmed swept the three-race series.
On Saturday, June 9th, 2012 Paul Reddam’s I’ll Have Another (Trained by Doug O’Neil) tries to become the 10th horse in horseracing history to successfully win all three Triple Crown races in one season.
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