American Pharoah will break from the No. 5 post as he attempts to make history by winning the 2015 Belmont Stakes on Saturday. It has been 37 years since Affirmed won the 1978 Triple Crown, 14 horses have come to Belmont Park having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
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American Pharoah,the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Victor Espinoza, is an odds-on favorite and owner Ahmed Zayat says there will be “no excuses” if the sweet-striding bay colt fails to clinch the coveted Ttriple Crown.
The Belmont was given the title of the “Test of the Champion” because if a horse is fortunate enough to emerge victorious from the first two legs, the third leg is the toughest test of all. Covering 12 furlongs while racing for the third time in five weeks is a major challenge.
Baffert, has been here before with Triple Crown contenders Silver Charm, Real Quiet and War Emblem all failing to win at the Belmont. He worked American Pharoah on Monday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, then the horse jogged happily at Belmont on Wednesday after making the trip to New York.
While Baffert acknowledges the 1 1/2-mile Belmont distance — rare in US racing –his horse come to New York more race experience over the longer distances than any other horse in the field.
If you are looking for some an upset it could come here are 3 horses that could beat American Pharaoh in the Belmont: Frosted, Materiality and Madefromlucky. Frosted’s late run in the Kentucky Derby has the colt as a very strong chance to be the spoiler.