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Can The “Pharoah” Conquer The Belmont Back Stretch?
Can American Pharoah Triple Up?
By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor – in – Chief
PHILADELPHIA (BASN) The Oasis of Champions is merely a mile and a half away.
American Pharoah, two thirds and five weeks from his journey across the burning sands, can see it; and a sellout crowd of over 125,000 will be there with him at the 147th Edition of the Belmont Stakes.
After Affirmed’s Triple Crown achievement in 1978, a baker’s dozen of opponents have tried – and failed.
California Chrome’s bid was squelched in mid –stretch last year; and local hero Smarty Jones got outmaneuvered by Birdstone in 2004 as the long backstretch of Belmont ate him up.
At this point, the question isn’t “will he win?” The possibility seeing a Triple Crown winner for the first time in 37 years is why everyone’s there – but we cannot ignore The ‘Ol Debble Upset Factor.
There was a time when that would mean it was Woody Stephens World at Post Time – and we were just visiting. The great trainer won five consecutive Belmont Stakes – and has passed on that knack at the track to Mr. Nick Zito, who dusted off Smarty Jones with Birdstone and took down Big Brown four years later. In this race that means the #4 horse Frammento (Mike Smith in the irons) will hope to one – run his way to the finish.
This is one of these rare instances where the feat will far outweigh the event. At odds of 3/5, no one will be expecting to make a lotta cash unless they are prepared to make a lotta risk; but the sound of hundreds of thousands of screaming voices reverberating down that long backstretch will tell the tale.
Here they are:
6:50 PMExacta, Trifecta (.50), Super (.10), Pick 3 Races (11-13), Double Wagers Leg B $300K Guaranteed Gold Cup/Belmont Double
Belmont S. presented by DraftKings
Purse $1,500,000 FOR THREE YEAR OLDS. By subscription of $600 each, to accompany the nomination, if made on or before January 17, 2015, or $6,000, if made on or before March 23, 2015.
At any time prior to the closing time of entries, horses may be nominated to The Belmont Stakes upon payment of a supplementary fee of $75,000 to the New York Racing Association, Inc. $15,000 to pass the entry box and $15,000 additional to start. All entrants will be required to pay entry and starting fees; but no fees, supplemental or otherwise shall be added to the purse.
The purse to be divided $800,000 to the winner, $280,000 to second, $150,000 to third, $100,000 to fourth, $60,000 to fifth, $45,000 to sixth, $35,000 to seventh and $30,000 to eighth. Colts and Geldings, 126 lbs.; Fillies, 121 lbs. The winning owner will be presented with the August Belmont Memorial Cup to be retained for one year as well as a trophy for permanent possession and trophies to the winning trainer and jockey. One And One Half Miles (Dirt)
PP Horse Virtual Stable A/S Med Jockey WGT Trainer M/L
1 1 Mubtaahij (IRE)
3/C I Ortiz, Jr.
126 M F. de Kock
2 Tale of Verve (KY)
3/C L G L. Stevens
126 D Stewart
3 3 Madefromlucky (KY)
3/C L J Castellano
126 T A. Pletcher
4 Frammento (KY)
3/C L M E. Smith
126 N P. Zito
5 5 American Pharoah (KY)
3/C L V Espinoza
126 B Baffert
6 6 Frosted (KY)
3/C L J Rosario
126 K P. McLaughlin
7 Keen Ice (KY)
3/C L K J. Desormeaux
126 D L. Romans
8 Materiality (KY)
3/C L J R. Velazquez
126 T A. Pletcher
Time for a Champion.
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