The Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes have come and gone, and with this, racing fans have also seen their hopes of a Triple Crown winner in 2013 shattered almost before they could even tell what had happened. Every year fans hope that after the Derby, that year’s winner will continue on and become a Triple Crown winner — something fans believe our sport desperately needs. No one said it was easy, and that is why no horse has completed the feat since Affirmed in 1978.
That brings us to this year’s Belmont Stakes, one of the most prestigious races in all of thoroughbred racing. Not only is it one of the richest races, with a $1 million purse, but it is also the fourth-oldest race in the United States. This is a race steeped in tradition, where dreams are achieved and, more often than not, crushed. Even though there is not a Triple Crown on the line this year, there are still plenty of story lines for this race. The field is an impeccable one, with many of the horses that ran in the Derby attempting to get revenge on Orb for him beating them on the first Saturday in May. Orb is also attempting to once again beat Oxbow after he quashed Orb’s Triple Crown hopes with an impressive victory in this year’s Preakness.
Regardless of Triple Crown implications, there are still plenty of reasons to head out to Belmont Park this weekend to see the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes. As an ambassador for America’s Best Racing, I get the chance to spread the word about the sport of thoroughbred racing. America’s Best Racing is a new fan development initiative funded by the Jockey Club and supported by National Thoroughbred Racing Association communications.
Our goal is to get as many new fans involved in the sport and out to the racetracks as possible. This year we have been traveling to the top races…