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And they're off! This Saturday June 9th, marks the official date of the Belmont Stakes. There has been a lot of buzz about the big upcoming race because there's a chance that there will be a Triple Crown winner. “I’ll Have Another” has won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and will now try for the big win at Belmont this Saturday.
A few horses have come close to winning the Triple Crown title, but only few have succeeded including Citation, Secretariat and Seattle Slew. Some believe few win all three of the races because there isn’t enough time in-between the races for the horses to recoup. There are two weeks between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and three more to the Belmont. Others believe it’s the change in distance. There is a cutback of a sixteenth of a mile from the Kentucky Derby to the Preakness and an additional five-sixteenths in the Belmont.
Doug O’Neill, trainer of “I’ll Have Another” has tried to send his colt from racetrack to racetrack as soon as possible after each race to acclimate and familiarize the horse with the track’s surface. “I’ll Have Another” arrived at Belmont Park in Long Island the day after the victory at the Preakness.
“I’ll Have Another” will be one horse in a eleven horse field. Some other contenders and competitors in the race include Dullahan, Atigun, Five Sixteen, Optimizer, Paynter and Ravelo’s Boy.
Will you be watching the Belmont Stakes? Are you attending? Are you considering throwing a Belmont Stakes Party? Be sure to let us know on Zachary’s Facebook page linked here!