After one of the craziest Triple Crown trails in thoroughbred racing history, all eyes are pointed to the Belmont Stakes for the grand finale.
Even after a century-and-a-half of racing, the Kentucky Derby® can still produce moments that we've never seen before.
We've already discussed why you should attend the Belmont Stakes, but we still have yet to drive home what really makes this race different from its Triple Crown™ counterparts. While it's often grouped together with the other treble sprints, the Belmont Stakes has unique merit and value that helps differentiate it from the rest. While it is seen as one of three, it carries enough weight to stand truly on its own.
American Pharoah and Justify have both left an eternal mark on horse racing history.
Winning the Belmont Stakes ensures a horse's place in the history books, but completing the "Test of Champions" faster than any other competitors puts them into another stratosphere.
As I've said before when we looked at the top Belmont Stakes winners of all-time, this race is more than just a 1 1/2-mile sprint. The Belmont Stakes carries the weight of the entire Triple Crown™ on its back, even in non-treble years.
The Belmont Stakes will forever be intrinsically linked to the Triple Crown™, but the race also has the legs to stand on its own. While it's known as the third, and final, jewel of the Triple Crown™, the Belmont Stakes should be better remembered for its century-and-a-half history that out-spans both the Kentucky Derby® and the Preakness Stakes.
On June 9th, 2018, Justify raced into history when he won the 2018 Belmont Stakes. He became the 13th Triple Crown™ winner and the second horse to achieve this while being undefeated. Not only did he win the true “Test of the Champion,” but he performed this in wire-to-wire fashion, making it look so easy, which we all know it is not.