The third and final leg of the Triple Crown is being held today, Saturday June 6th in New York. Nationally televised coverage of the Belmont Stakes begins at 4:30pm ET on NBC with the post time at 6:50 pm ET.
The 2.4 km Belmont Stakes has tested Thoroughbred greatness since 1867 and greats like Sir Barton, Man O’War, Citation and Secretariat have won races there. With only a handful of horses achieving the coveted Triple Crown at Belmont Stakes.
Although Belmont Stakes always attracts a large audience, one important note this year is the possibility of a Triple Crown winner to emerge from Belmont Stakes. If the three-year-old American Pharaoh is able to win at Belmont, he will be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
The real question on everyone’s mind is whether or not American Pharaoh will win. In his track debut as a two year old, American Pharaoh ran poorly, but he went undefeated thereafter, even winning numerous races by several lengths. As a result, he was voted American Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horse at the 2014 Eclipse Awards.
So far in 2015, American Pharaoh has had wins at the Rebel Stakes, Arkansas Derby and the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, making him a top pick to win the Belmont Stakes.
However, many experts have doubts on whether or not American Pharaoh will win as he is going up against horses who may be fresher than he is. Despite this, the latest odds still remain in favour of American Pharaoh as viewers place their bets for tonight’s race in the hopes of seeing the next Triple Crown winner.
The pressure is on for American Pharaoh as his owner, Ahmed Zayat expects that American Pharaoh will be retired from racing at the end of 2015.